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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.

More on Jobs and Economy

October 12, 2017 Press Release
Oregon’s Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley and Reps. Suzanne Bonamici, Peter DeFazio, Earl Blumenauer and Kurt Schrader joined several of their House and Senate colleagues in sending a forceful letter to the White House urging caution and a careful consideration of the facts before the Trump administration removes the science-based environmental rules that protect Alaska’s Bristol Bay and the jobs of the fishermen who depend on it.
October 11, 2017 In The News

Students across the Portland area got a taste Friday of what it's like to work in the manufacturing sector.

On the Westside, National Manufacturing Day has special importance. Washington County's economy is driven in large part by the high-tech industry, which ranges from multinational giants like Intel to smaller local companies like Vernier Software and Technology.

National Manufacturing Day is designed to expand knowledge about high-skilled, high-paying jobs in manufacturing and the industry's economic impact on Oregon.

October 10, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) released the following statement about the upcoming visit by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to McMinnville High School in McMinnville, Oregon.
October 5, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC [10/05/17] – Today Congresswoman Bonamici released the following statement after voting against the Congressional Republican’s budget bill, which lays the groundwork for massive tax reform through a process known as reconciliation.

October 3, 2017 Press Release
Sen. Ron Wyden and Rep. Suzanne Bonamici today called for a strong response to the surge of cheap solar panel imports that have devastated U.S. solar panel manufacturers.
October 3, 2017 Statements

Thank you Chairman Schmidtlein, Vice Chairman Johanson, Commissioner Williamson, and Commissioner Broadbent. I represent the First Congressional District of Oregon in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, and I appreciate the opportunity to testify before you today.

I am here today to express my support for a thoughtful and strong remedy that will recognize that our domestic manufacturers need to be able to compete on a level playing field, and also recognize the potential for growth in the renewable energy industry in Oregon and the United States.

September 25, 2017 In The News

Nine years ago, when the country plunged into an economic recession, nurseries in Washington County had little trouble finding the workers needed to power one of Oregon's most important exporters.

Around one-third of nurseries folded in that time, but for those who survived the recession, the business looks far different now. The economy is on the rise, nearing record-low unemployment levels in Washington County in the last year, and like the summer landscape, the nursery workforce is drying up.

September 14, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici, and Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley joined comprehensive legislation to improve child care and early learning programs.
September 12, 2017 Press Release


WASHINGTON, DC [09/12/17] – Today Congresswomen Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), Elise Stefanik (R-NY), and Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) announced that the House has passed their bipartisan amendment to increase the number of women in apprenticeships and improve skills training.

The lawmakers, all members of the House Education and the Workforce Committee, are longtime supporters of increasing opportunities for women as a step to help close the skills gap. The amendment increases funding for Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations (WANTO) grants.

September 5, 2017 In The News

I join those across Oregon and the country who are deeply concerned about the devastating and deadly flooding unleashed by Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Louisiana. In Congress, I'll work with my colleagues to make sure the thousands of families harmed by the storm get the help they need.