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When I travel around Northwest Oregon, I often hear from parents who struggle to pay for child care—which in Oregon can cost as much as a year of college tuition. I’ve heard from parents who don’t have access to paid family leave at work, and have to choose between caring for a new baby and earning a paycheck.  Congress must do more to address the challenges facing our families.

Our economy will be stronger and people will be healthier when we acknowledge that families need policies that work for them, not against them. Equal pay for women, good wages, paid leave, and affordable child care will better support families in Oregon and across the country. When we open the doors of opportunity to everyone, we all succeed.

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.  As a leader on the Education and Labor Committee, I’ve introduced legislation to strengthen apprenticeships and paid, on-the-job training programs to provide workers with meaningful pathways to better paying jobs, and to connect businesses with workers who have the skills they need. I support the Raise the Wage Act, which would gradually increase the federal minimum wage to $15 by 2024. I also helped pass the Paycheck Fairness Act to help to address the pay gap and provide workers with the tools they need to achieve equal pay for equal work.

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October 15, 2019 Press Release
In an op-ed published in today’s New York Times, two former heads of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)—one from a Democratic administration; one from a Republican administration—make a forceful case for Congress to pass the Alan Reinstein Ban Asbestos Now Act, legislation co-led by Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley and Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici.
October 15, 2019 Press Release
“I hear from many people who tell me that higher education is out of reach, or who are struggling with burdensome student loan debt. These conversations have guided my efforts to improve access to higher education, and I’m proud of the work we have done crafting the College Affordability Act.”
September 25, 2019 Press Release
I’ve heard from individuals and businesses in Oregon who have serious concerns about their safety and the safety of their businesses and communities because they need to conduct their business in cash.
September 24, 2019 Press Release
Workforce development programs provide pathways for workers to better-paying jobs and economic security.
September 13, 2019 Press Release
“People across Oregon and our country took jobs in public service and planned their lives around the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program, only to discover it was an empty promise. They and many other borrowers have upheld their end of the bargain, and I will do all I can to make sure the Department of Education does the same."
August 28, 2019 Press Release

PORTLAND, OR [08/28/2019] – Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) convened a diverse group of advocates, families, and child care providers to hear more about the many challenges facing Oregon families who are seeking affordable, quality child care. Family Forward Oregon hosted the discussion.

 

August 21, 2019 In The News

A federal loan of $640 million will enable residents of the Tualatin Valley Water District and several Washington County cities to get their water from the Willamette River.

The announcement this week by the Environmental Protect Agency will allow the Willamette Water Supply Project to proceed with a $1.2 billion project that will deliver water by 2026.

The loans of $388 million to the water district and $251 million to the City of Hillsboro will be repaid by their water customers. Beaverton has also purchased a share, but it's not liable for the loan.

August 21, 2019 In The News

The Environmental Protection Agency has approved two new loans, totaling $640 million, for a major water-supply infrastructure program in western Oregon.

The loan approvals, announced on Aug. 19, are part of EPA’s Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act, or WIFIA, program and will help finance the $1.3-billion, multi-year Willamette Water Supply System program.

August 16, 2019 In The News

In the not-so-distant future, a Tualatin-area natural area will link a continuous 50-mile regional trail system connecting the Willamette River in Wilsonville to the same river in North Portland.

With that in mind, Metro, area city administrators and others met with U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici at the Heritage Pine Natural Area on Wednesday, Aug 14, to call attention to a need for federal funding to help support continuing plans for an expansive regional trails systems.

August 13, 2019 Press Release

BEAVERTON, OR [08/13/19] – Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) hosted Mary Anne Carter, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), for a series of visits to organizations that are part of Northwest Oregon’s thriving arts community.