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Public schools play an important role in Oregon and across the country, and strengthening public education and improving access to higher education will grow our economy and benefit our communities. It was an honor to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to pass the Every Student Succeeds Act, which replaces No Child Left Behind (NCLB). The Every Student Succeeds Act will reduce high-stakes testing—which narrowed curriculum and stifled teaching and learning—and facilitate more decision-making at the local and state level. The law includes my commonsense provision to streamline testing in schools so educators can focus more of their time on teaching and helping students learn and thrive. As a member of the select panel of House and Senate members tasked with crafting the final version of the bill, I successfully added language to encourage STEAM, interdisciplinary educational programs that integrate arts and music into science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) courses.
I worked my way through community college, college, and law school, so I know how important it is to make higher education available and affordable. I've consistently opposed efforts to cut financial aid for low-income students, and I support robust funding for Pell Grants and legislation to prevent the doubling of Stafford loan interest rates. The growing amount of loan debt and default faced by graduates is a serious problem, and I am working with my colleagues to improve loan counseling, curb rising costs, and make repayment manageable for millions of current loan borrowers.
The future of our economy will rely on an educated and innovative workforce to create and fill the jobs of the 21st century. As the founder and co-chair of the Congressional STEAM Caucus, I'm working to ensure that today's K-12 and higher education programs meet our country's future needs, especially in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and design, and math) fields that produce skilled workers and creative thinkers.


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November 19, 2021 Statements
I rise today in support of a meaningful and consequential piece of legislation, the Build Back Better Act.
November 19, 2021 Press Release
The Build Back Better Act is a victory for children, families, caregivers, early childhood educators, and our planet.
November 16, 2021 Press Release
It is unacceptable that millions of children across the U.S. are hungry, which affects their ability to learn and grow.
November 5, 2021 Press Release
The pause on student loan repayment for the COVID-19 pandemic has been a lifeline for borrowers in Oregon and across the country.
October 29, 2021 Statements
The Build Back Better Framework embodies the best of our American values by focusing on children, families, and workers.
October 26, 2021 In The News

Oregon’s congressional delegation has taken several close looks at Chemawa over the last few years, starting with a visit in May 2018, which included representatives from several Oregon tribes. That visit was followed a year later by an emotional and occasionally combative congressional hearing. Reps. Suzanne Bonamici, D-Beaverton, and Kurt Schrader, D-Canby, have visited Chemawa more recently, including in 2019, when they emerged to say they felt encouraged that the school was making changes.

October 25, 2021 In The News

Stars in the House—the daily live streamed concert series created by Playbill correspondent and SiriusXM Broadway host Seth Rudetsky and producer James Wesley—spotlights Americans for the Arts' National Arts and Humanities Month, the largest annual celebration for the arts and humanities in the nation, October 25. Guests include U.S. Representative Suzanne Bonamici, Government Affairs Manager of Americans for the Arts Lauren Cohen, Poet Laureate and National Arts and Humanities Month Ambassador Alora Young, and Voices Inside Founder and Artistic Director Robby Henson.

October 21, 2021 In The News

It has a waiting list annually and serves as a "choice school" for many in the Native community. Yet in 2019, Oregon U.S. Reps. Kurt Schrader and Suzanne Bonamici criticized the school for failing students and the tribes who entrusted their children to the school's care.

October 15, 2021 Press Release
The arts are a fundamental part of a well-rounded education, especially now when innovative thinking and creative problem solving are in high demand.
September 30, 2021 Press Release
Reducing food waste in schools will give students the opportunity to develop responsible habits that can benefit their communities and our planet throughout their lives.