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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The US Supreme Court announced its opinion on the Janus vs. ASCME case this morning, ruling that government workers who choose not to join unions will not be required to pay union fees to fund collective bargaining work. Oregon's unions and politicians remain confident that this blow to the national labor movement will not destroy the local organized labor movement.
Washington County elected officials and group representatives praised a report this week that delves into the problems and prospects of the county's burgeoning racial and ethnic minorities.
The report was released Monday, June 18, at a gathering organized by the Coalition of Communities of Color, which produced a similar report about Multnomah County in 2012.
Three state lawmakers and the mayor of Scappoose convened Friday, June 1, at the Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center for an update on operations and progress.
The luncheon and site tour, organized by Craig Campbell, executive director of the OMIC, saw visits from Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici, Sen. Betsy Johnson, state Rep. Brad Witt, and Scappoose Mayor Scott Burge.
Visitors saw toolmakers and displays of machines, including a recently acquired M80 Millturn made by Austrian company WFL.
The $3 million piece of manufacturing equipment was delivered in April.
BEAVERTON, Ore. [06/01/18] – Congresswoman Bonamici met with Oregon Food Bank leaders and partner agency stakeholders to discuss the harmful cuts to nutrition programs currently under consideration as Congress considers the Farm Bill.
U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici pledged to continue opposition to legislation renewing federal support for crop prices and food aid unless the bill is changed to make it less onerous to people in need.
"There is no reason in America for anybody to be hungry," said Bonamici, a Democrat from Beaverton who represents the 1st District of northwest Oregon. "It's not that we don't have the resources. It's a matter of priorities and making it happen."
She made the comments Friday, June 1, to Oregon Food Bank advocates and allies at the food bank's west branch in Beaverton.
Workforce issues continue to plague the commercial fishing world, industry leaders told attendees during the second annual Clatsop Commercial Fisheries Tour Wednesday.
The tour highlighted successful businesses in Warrenton and Astoria, improved marina infrastructure in Warrenton, as well as conservation efforts within the industry.
But Andrew Bornstein of Bornstein Seafoods said the company has struggled to fill out its employee roster — an issue that is inextricably tied to the lack of affordable and workforce-priced housing in Clatsop County, he said.
Federal investigators are looking into age discrimination complaints against Intel, responding to allegations that the company's layoffs in 2015 and 2016 disproportionately targeted older workers, according to information reviewed by The Oregonian/OregonLive.
The Wall Street Journal first reported the investigation Friday.
Mr. Speaker, I rise in opposition to S. 2372, the VA MISSION Act because the bill falls short in fulfilling our commitment to veterans. Though this legislation contains many positive provisions to support our veterans and their caregivers, on balance it is a short-sighted approach that does not adequately provide for the long-term needs of those who have honorably served our country. The bill subjects funding for VA programming to the nondefense discretionary caps, which leaves it vulnerable to being underfunded or being funded at the expense of other critical programs in the future.