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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

April 1, 2021 Press Release
The Paycheck Protection Program was designed to provide a lifeline to the many small business owners who are trying hard to keep their businesses afloat during the pandemic.
March 31, 2021 Statements
President Biden has committed to build back better, and the American Jobs Plan meets the moment.
March 31, 2021 Press Release
Many of our coastal communities are struggling through the coronavirus pandemic.
March 25, 2021 Press Release
Through the American Rescue Plan, your Administration has demonstrated the importance of returning the U.S. to full employment as soon as possible.
March 18, 2021 Press Release
Humane reform of our immigration system is long overdue.
March 18, 2021 Press Release
Oregon has a rapidly aging population, and unfortunately age discrimination in the workplace remains disturbingly pervasive.
March 17, 2021 Press Release
Today we are marking Women’s History Month with two historic bills that will advance equality, safety, and justice for women.
March 15, 2021 In The News

“It will help the senior citizen in Seaside who needs a vaccine but doesn't have access to the internet," Bonamici said in a statement. "It will help the new mom and her husband, both paramedics, who don’t have access to paid family leave and can’t afford child care. It will help restaurants like a beloved Portland eatery that has been shut down for months but could finally reopen thanks to the Restaurant Revitalization Fund. It will help school leaders in districts big and small who want to bring students back to classrooms but don't have the funding to do so safely.

March 10, 2021 Press Release
The American Rescue Plan will help the people of NW Oregon, including many who have reached out to me during this past year.
March 9, 2021 Press Release
By passing the historic PRO Act, we are helping to restore fairness to our economy by making it easier for workers to form unions and collectively bargain.