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Jobs and Economy

One of my top priorities in Congress is to grow our economy and implement policies that create more jobs in Oregon and across the country. This includes investing in infrastructure projects to improve our roads, bridges, rails, schools, and electrical grid; providing additional resources to help Oregon’s small businesses succeed; and doing everything we can to get the unemployed and underemployed back to work.

Small businesses are a critical part of our nation’s economy, and it’s important to give them the support they need. I’ve visited businesses of every size in every part of the district, and heard from business owners about their successes and their struggles. By focusing on what small businesses need to grow and thrive, we can find solutions to growing and sustaining our economy as a whole.

I also voted to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank because of the crucial role it plays in helping Oregon companies export their goods to overseas markets. In just the last five years, the Ex-Im Bank has supported more than $94 million in export sales from small businesses in Oregon’s First Congressional District, underscoring its critical importance in our local economy.

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August 9, 2017 In The News

Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici visited McKay Elementary School in Beaverton today to learn about Camp Achieve, a summer school program that uses STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and design and mathematics) tools to keep K-5 students engaged and learning during their school vacation.

August 9, 2017 In The News

On a visit to the North Coast Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici ate lunch in the upstairs dining room of the Bridgewater Bistro, a restaurant aided financially by Craft3 inside a building the nonprofit lender helped restore.

Surrounding her were other business owners gathered to share their stories of how Craft3 helped them. They asked for the congresswoman’s help to protect the funding Craft3 and similar community financiers depend on from cuts in Congress.

July 28, 2017 In The News

By Representative Suzanne Bonamici

July 23, 2017 In The News


An Oregon Congresswoman visited a local fire station on Friday.

Representative Suzanne Bonamici went to the Banks Fire Department District #13.

During the visit, Representative Bonamici toured the station and training ground. She also met with fire personnel and volunteers.

Bonamici also praised the district’s fire science high school program and discussed federal grants with Fire Chief Rodney Linz.

July 17, 2017 In The News

Clatsop Community College has secured $8.1 million in state bonds to renovate and expand its maritime-science program.

State Senate Bill 5505 provided $1.3 billion in general obligation and revenue bonds for capital construction projects around the state. The college’s bonds will help add a second story and new infrastructure to the main building at the Marine and Environmental Research and Training Station, which houses the maritime-science program.

July 14, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici, Senator Kamala Harris, and 42 members of Congress urged the Department of Education to strengthen services for people who have defaulted on their student loans.
July 12, 2017 In The News

Oregon Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici joined Connecticut Congresswomen Rosa DeLauro and Florida Congresswoman Lois Frankel in leading more than 100 Members of the House of Representatives in calling on President Trump to replace his flawed paid leave proposal with a policy that will help families who are struggling to make ends meet.

President Trump’s limited paid leave proposal offers six weeks of paid leave to working families in a narrow set of circumstances. In May Bonamici slammed the Trump plan, calling it “woefully inadequate.”

July 12, 2017 In The News

Community support agents recently met with a congresswoman to discuss issues related to housing and veteran services. Representatives from Community Action Team (CAT) presented a range of concerns to Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D) during a meeting on July 5 in St. Helens.

Bonamici, who represents the northwest region of the state, began by sharing her background in legal aid, working her way through college while serving low-income families, learning firsthand how legislative policies affect people’s lives.