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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.

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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.

July 21, 2019 In The News

Today Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), Chair of the Education & Labor Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Human Services, applauded the House passage of the Raise the Wage Act.

The Raise the Wage Act gradually raises the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $15 an hour by 2025, indexes future minimum wage increases to median wage growth, and phases out the subminimum wages for tipped workers, youth, and workers with disabilities. The federal minimum wage has not been raised in more than a decade.

July 19, 2019 In The News

House Democrats passed a bill this week to double the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025, but Americans who work for low wages shouldn’t count on extra cash in their paychecks anytime soon.

The largely symbolic vote was meant to highlight the yawning gap between the two parties and draw battle lines ahead of what’s shaping up to be one of the most bitterly contested presidential elections in history. Nearly all Republicans opposed the increase.

July 18, 2019 Press Release
The federal minimum wage has been stagnant for too long, exacerbating income inequality, perpetuating wage gaps, and leaving too many individuals working full-time in poverty.
July 12, 2019 Press Release
As a prosecutor, Alexander Acosta denied survivors justice and gave Jeffrey Epstein, who was and is accused of child sex trafficking, a deal that did not serve justice.
July 12, 2019 In The News

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta resigns amid questions about handling of Epstein case. Embattled Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta has announced he is resigning. Acosta made the announcement himself, accompanying the president out of the White House residence before the president’s departure for a trip to Milwaukee.

May 28, 2019 In The News

Earlier this month, bipartisan Congress members introduced the Building U.S. Infrastructure by Leveraging Demands for Skills (BUILDS) Act to spur industry partnerships to encourage workforce training programs.

May 20, 2019 Press Release
As we address our nation’s deteriorating infrastructure and transition to a clean energy economy, we must make meaningful investments in our workforce.