Energy and Environment
Oregon’s First Congressional District is known for its natural treasures — from the Pacific Ocean to the Columbia River to the Clatsop State Forest — and it is imperative that they be preserved for future generations. We do not need to sacrifice environmental values to rebuild the economy, and in Congress I have repeatedly voted against legislation that would weaken the environmental review process or threaten the environmental health of our public lands.
With oil prices increasing and the effects of global climate change already apparent, it’s more important than ever to develop a comprehensive national energy policy that includes a greater emphasis on renewable energy and energy-efficient technologies. Investing in and developing these nascent technologies will help drive down demand for, and the price of, gasoline. In Oregon, with our natural solar, wind, and wave resources, we have an opportunity to lead the nation in efforts to decrease our reliance on fossil fuels. By focusing our investments on renewable resources, we not only protect our environment but also have the opportunity to support new industries, jobs, and innovative businesses that are developing natural energy sources. One of the many steps we can take to begin a shift in our energy policy is eliminating costly and ineffective oil and gas subsidies, and instead putting those resources toward renewable energy research and development.
Additionally I joined a bipartisan group of colleagues in Congress to vote for the continuation of renewable energy tax credits in 2015. These credits are critical to supporting emerging industries, creating new jobs across NW Oregon, and moving toward a new energy future for our country. We should be pursuing policies that support working families and small businesses instead of supporting Big Oil and special interests. I will continue fighting for legislation to repeal subsidies that support our nation’s reliance on dirty fossil fuels.
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This fall I wrapped up a series of six town hall meetings with two final meetings in Cannon Beach and Portland. I celebrated the Portland Thorns’ victory in the National Women’s Soccer League Championship—go Thorns! Another highlight was working with Senator Jeff Merkley to bring the “I Am Not Invisible” exhibit featuring Oregon women veterans to the nation’s capital. Too often women veterans feel invisible, but seeing the faces and stories of women veterans from Oregon in the halls of Congress was a proud moment for me and for women veterans everywhere.
In the wake of this year’s horrific wildfire season, the U.S. House on Wednesday passed legislation aimed at reversing the rising fire danger in the nation’s forests and grasslands.
The measure, passed on a 232-188 vote, would increase timber harvests and relax some key environmental rules. It also seeks to relieve the U.S. Forest Service from being forced to cannibalize its fire prevention budget to pay for the rapidly escalating costs of combating wild-land blazes.
CANNON BEACH — When Gearhart resident Arden Bryce heard Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici tell the story of her and her daughter, Selah, on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives back in May, she couldn’t help but feel emotional.
Bryce emailed Bonamici earlier in the year when House Republicans first started proposing plans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Bryce, whose daughter has been diagnosed with autism and a host of other medical issues, said she worries about how she would be able to afford the medication her daughter requires.
WASHINGTON - Oregon's entire House delegation applauded Thursday the inclusion of emergency funding for wildland fire suppression in the supplemental appropriations bill just passed by the House.
WASHINGTON, DC [10/05/17] – Today Congresswoman Bonamici released the following statement after voting against the Congressional Republican’s budget bill, which lays the groundwork for massive tax reform through a process known as reconciliation.
Thank you Chairman Schmidtlein, Vice Chairman Johanson, Commissioner Williamson, and Commissioner Broadbent. I represent the First Congressional District of Oregon in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, and I appreciate the opportunity to testify before you today.
I am here today to express my support for a thoughtful and strong remedy that will recognize that our domestic manufacturers need to be able to compete on a level playing field, and also recognize the potential for growth in the renewable energy industry in Oregon and the United States.