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Everyone in our country should have access to affordable health care. When I worked at Legal Aid, I saw firsthand the devastating effects caused by a lack of accessible health care. This, along with my experience on the Health Care Committee in the Oregon House of Representatives, further cemented my conviction that quality health care must be accessible to all and that increased access will drive down costs. When people have access to primary and preventive care, they avoid high-cost health care in emergency rooms. This results in fewer instances of chronic disease and better outcomes at a lower cost.
Affordable health care includes mental health services. As a member of the Mental Health Caucus, I understand the importance of ensuring that those with mental illness receive proper care and treatment.  
A focus on prevention, both in the doctor’s office and at home, is also key to ensuring a healthy future for our country. I am a cosponsor of the Personal Health Investment Today Act, which provides tax incentives for citizens who purchase exercise equipment, join gyms, and stay active.  Additionally oral health has a significant impact not only on our physical health, but also in our day-to-day lives and our children’s success at school. When kids are suffering in the classroom with dental problems, they are not concentrating and they are not learning. The Breaking Barriers to Oral Health Act, which I have cosponsored, will help remedy this problem by encouraging public-private partnerships to improve oral education for underserved populations and improve access to dental health care for low-income children.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH), other government health agencies, and the exceptional research institutions in Oregon make valuable contributions to the health of our country. Continued investment in their research is essential.  I support robust funding for the NIH, which does its own research and also awards grants across the country to increase our understanding of diseases, develop treatments, and find cures. Additionally I have cosponsored bills to support research in pancreatic cancer, psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, breast cancer, bleeding disorders, Down syndrome, and rare diseases.
Another issue impacting the country’s health care system is the nationwide shortage of nurses. Nurses and nurse practitioners perform a crucial role in doctors’ offices, hospitals, and schools, and we must give them the support they need.  I have consistently advocated for nursing workforce development programs and will continue to fight to ensure they are funded.




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March 6, 2018 Press Release


WASHINGTON – TODAY, the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education (ECESE) held a hearing entitled, “Strengthening Welfare to Work with Child Care.” Across the country, far too many working families lack access to affordable, high-quality child care. In many states, the cost of child care is higher than the cost of attending college. This makes it difficult for parents to balance the costs of child care with holding down a good-paying job and providing for their family.

February 28, 2018 In The News

Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01) announced six town hall meetings across the First Congressional District, which includes Washington, Yamhill, Clatsop, and Columbia counties and part of Multnomah County.

Bonamici will take questions from residents and provide an update on her work in Congress. The town hall meetings will be held in Portland, Beaverton, McMinnville, St. Helens, Forest Grove, and Astoria. 

February 27, 2018 Press Release
Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici introduced legislation to protect public health and ban asbestos.
February 26, 2018 In The News

A comprehensive approach to addressing the opioid crisis should encompass safe injection sites, former White House drug czar Michael Botticelli said during a discussion in Portland Friday at Central City Concern.

February 25, 2018 In The News

U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici got an earful about how young people are affected by opioid use during a panel discussion that followed up five sessions she has conducted in the 1st Congressional District of northwest Oregon.

The Oregon Democrat sits on the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, a subcommittee of which held a hearing on the issue in mid-February.

February 23, 2018 In The News

WASHINGTON - Sen, Jeff Merkley and Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, D-Ore., announced Friday they have introduced bipartisan legislation to make hospitals safer for nurses and patients.


The Safe Staffing for Nurse and Patient Safety Act of 2018, modeled in part from Oregon’s safe staffing legislation, requires hospitals participating in Medicare to implement adequate staffing plans for nursing services and establishes whistleblower protections for patients and employees. Rep. David Joyce (R-OH) is the lead Republican sponsor of the legislation.

February 23, 2018 Press Release
Oregon's Senator Jeff Merkley and Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici announced that they have introduced bipartisan legislation to make hospitals safer for nurses and patients.
February 16, 2018 Press Release
Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici joined a Congressional hearing on the affect of the opioid crisis on America’s workplaces, workers, and employers.
February 6, 2018 In The News

The chairman of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee on Tuesday slammed an international body’s cancer research on a common pesticide and questioned whether the United States should contribute funding to the body.

Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) called the International Agency for Research on Cancer’s (IARC) conclusions on the pesticide glyphosate “unsubstantiated” and “not backed by reliable data.”

January 31, 2018 Press Release
Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici issued the following response to President Trump’s State of the Union address.