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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

October 20, 2020 Press Release
Every person on this planet benefits from a healthy ocean, but for too long the ocean has literally taken the heat for us. As Co-Chair of the House Oceans Caucus, I am leading efforts to capture the power of the ocean to be part of the solution in mitigating the climate crisis.
October 1, 2020 Press Release
As the coronavirus death toll tragically surpasses 200,000 and the pandemic continues to devastate our communities and economy, the American people need relief.
September 29, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC [09/29/20] – Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) requested that the Oregon Health Authority and Pacific Seafood hold a virtual community meeting to provide information and address community concerns about the significant COVID-19 outbreak at Pacific’s Warrenton facility that resulted in approximately 100 people testing positive for COVID-19.


September 28, 2020 Press Release
Our communities are facing a long road to recovery that is compounded by the ongoing health and economic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic.
September 24, 2020 Press Release
Registered Apprenticeships, pre-apprenticeships, and youth apprenticeships help workers access meaningful employment.
September 19, 2020 In The News

Oregon Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici stopped in Washington County Saturday afternoon to thank firefighters for their efforts in battling the Chehalem Mountain Fire.

She met with crews from Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue and heard from firefighters about what they needed to finish putting out hotspots from the wildfire.

September 17, 2020 Press Release
As a mom and a policy maker, I know how important it is to protect the economic security of pregnant workers and working families.
September 16, 2020 Press Release
COVID-19 has strained budgets at every level, leaving our cities, counties, and state with few resources to respond to the most devastating fires we've seen in decades.
September 16, 2020 Press Release
The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has been extremely challenging for working parents, forcing them to navigate new remote learning programs and search for child care while still working to support their families.
September 13, 2020 In The News

Oregon Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici, D-Portland, introduced the Child Care is Essential Act at the end of July to establish a $50 billion Child Care Stabilization Fund to give grants to families and providers. It passed in the house and is stalled in the senate.