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Jobs and Economy

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.

More on Jobs and Economy

November 19, 2021 Statements
I rise today in support of a meaningful and consequential piece of legislation, the Build Back Better Act.
November 19, 2021 Press Release
The Build Back Better Act is a victory for children, families, caregivers, early childhood educators, and our planet.
November 5, 2021 Press Release
Our national infrastructure is crumbling, outdated, and in urgent need of significant upgrades.
November 5, 2021 In The News

The Protect Older Job Applicants Act (H.R. 3992) would allow job seekers age 40 or older—the threshold under the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act—to allege an employer used a seemingly neutral hiring practice to discriminate against them. “It’s an especially important step toward helping older workers re-enter the workforce as the nation recovers from the Covid-19 pandemic,” Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-Ore.) said on the House floor Wednesday. She also called the bill a “common sense fix” of the ADEA.

November 3, 2021 Press Release
It takes years of hard work for families and individuals to build up their retirement savings, and we must make sure they are able to access every dollar they earned.
November 3, 2021 In The News

Plans for a business resource center run under the Columbia Economic Team are moving forward, as the project has secured commitments for $150,000 in local dollars to match federal and state funding sources. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici earmarked $175,000 for the resource center in an appropriations bill that passed the House and is now awaiting Senate action.

November 3, 2021 Press Release
The Community Services Block Grant program supports more than 1,000 CAA organizations in nearly every county across the country as they help individuals and families find their path out of poverty.
October 29, 2021 Statements
The Build Back Better Framework embodies the best of our American values by focusing on children, families, and workers.
October 20, 2021 In The News

U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley and Representatives Peter DeFazio and Suzanne Bonamici have called on the U.S. Department of Agriculture to take all statutory eligibilities into account when distributing $10 billion in aid to agricultural producers hit hard by extreme heat, drought and wildfires this summer.

October 19, 2021 Press Release
As the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) works to swiftly implement the program, we write to urge you to utilize the full eligibilities provided in the statute to assist producers in our states hit hard by extreme heat, drought, wildfires, smoke exposure, and related crop quality losses.