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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.

More on Jobs and Economy

March 15, 2018 Press Release
Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici and Congressman Derek Kilmer introduced legislation to modernize the Federal Work Study Program.
March 6, 2018 Press Release
Sen. Ron Wyden and Rep. Suzanne Bonamici along with a bipartisan group of members of Congress and county commissioners from across the country, today urged Congress to provide long-term, lifeline funding for rural counties in upcoming must-pass legislation.
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

A controversial Department of Labor proposal could cost service workers billions of dollars in tips, experts say — and female service workers would be hit the hardest. The proposal has met harsh criticism, and earlier this month, the agency’s inspector general announced his office is reviewing allegations that Labor officials buried unfavorable economic analyses of the plan.

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 issued the following statement after reports that the Department of Education is planning to block states from regulating student loan collection companies:
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 13, 2018 Press Release
Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley, Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici, and Congressman Elijah E. Cummings introduced the Stopping Abuse and Fraud in Electronic (SAFE) Lending Act. The SAFE Lending Act would crack down on some of the worst abuses of the payday lending industry, particularly in online payday lending, and protect consumers from deceptive and predatory practices that strip wealth from working families.
February 12, 2018 Press Release
Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici, a leader on the Education and the Workforce Committee, issued the following statement after the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released cost estimates for legislation pushed by Committee Republicans that will roll back federal higher education policies.