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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

May 28, 2020 Press Release
During today’s Subcommittee on Workforce Protections hearing, Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01) asked Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Loren Sweatt to explain why the agency has issued only one COVID-19 workplace safety citation during the worst worker safety crisis in recent history.
May 15, 2020 Press Release
Our nation is experiencing unprecedented job loss as our communities deal with a global health pandemic that is responsible for the deaths of more than 85,000 individuals in our country in just the past few months.
May 11, 2020 Press Release
I’ve spoken with several Community Action Agencies in Northwest Oregon about the increased demand for their services in light of this pandemic.
May 11, 2020 In The News

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Millions of Americans received a stimulus check from the federal government. It's unclear if a second one could be coming. Lawmakers in Washington D.C. are kicking around different proposals, from monthly checks to a payroll tax rebate. There are no concrete plans for a second check yet, though.

May 7, 2020 Press Release
The public health crisis precipitated by COVID-19 has further exposed longstanding, deep inequities in our economy and society.
May 6, 2020 Press Release
The coronavirus crisis has hit the child care system especially hard, causing widespread layoffs and mandatory closures.
May 4, 2020 Press Release
It is not only important for all Americans to have equal access to federal opportunities; it is equally important for the federal government to benefit from the contributions of a diverse group of people in this critical effort to address the largest public health crisis of our time.
May 4, 2020 In The News

The federal government has spent trillions of dollars to help dull the economic pain from the coronavirus pandemic, but some Democratic lawmakers say it’s not enough — and want to see monthly payments of $2,000 given to most Americans until the crisis begins to fade.

“Thank you, @RepTimRyan! I'm proud to join you,” Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, one of the new co-sponsors, wrote on Twitter on Saturday. “Monthly payments of at least $2,000 during this crisis will provide more security for many families in Oregon and across the country.”

May 2, 2020 In The News

Growing Seeds Learning Community has cared for thousands of young children in Portland since it opened its doors in 2004. Earlier this year, Growing Seeds North, the child care center’s largest outpost, was welcoming 160 students a day. That changed on March 23 when Oregon Gov. Kate Brown issued a statewide stay home order in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19.

May 1, 2020 Press Release
We are facing an unprecedented health and economic crisis, and the historic unemployment levels over the last six weeks require an equally historic response.