Technology and Innovation
The First Congressional District is home to some of our country’s most innovative companies including technology leaders like Intel, which developed the world’s first microprocessor more than 40 years ago, Nike, a trailblazer in footwear innovation, and multiple, innovative small businesses. Companies in the First District are continually developing new and exciting products. As a Member of the Science, Space, and Technology Committee, I will do everything I can to partner with our local innovators—in the tech sector and beyond—to support their efforts and advance projects that benefit our communities.
In 2013 I founded and now Co-Chair the bipartisan STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) Caucus to promote creativity and innovation by integrating art and design into STEM education programs. I frequently meet with business leaders and innovators and hear about the need for collaborative problem solvers who can communicate and come up with new ways to solve problems. Additionally, STEAM education builds a more inclusive environment that supports a greater diversity of students while fostering an entrepreneurial approach that strengthens our workforce.
Efforts to dismiss and disrespect science will have chilling consequences for every person who benefits from clean air and clean water, particularly and disproportionately young children, seniors, and the health-impaired. As a member of the Science, Space, and Technology Committee, I am doing everything that I can to fight efforts to undercut scientific integrity and stand up for science and research.
Net neutrality is about keeping the internet open and fair for everyone. I’m fighting in Congress to protect net neutrality, and I’ll continue to urge the Federal Communications Commission to maintain Title II protections and a level playing field for consumers, innovators, and small businesses.
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Rep. Suzanne Bonamici toured Portland Community College's Columbia County Center on Wednesday, Aug. 18. The new facility is home to PCC's OMIC Training Center, across the street from the Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center facility operated by Oregon Institute of Technology. Bonamici, who attended community college, mostly asked questions of PCC OMIC director Andrew Lattanner, but also briefly spoke with students participating in a week-long introduction to manufacturing class.
State Sen. Betsy Johson, D-Scappoose, widely agreed to have been a driving force behind the OMIC initiative, praised the political support for OMIC, including backing from U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, Rep. Suzanne Bonamici and Columbia County commissioners. "It has been terrific when prospects or businesses that want to become members say 'what's the level of political support you have?' And we can say without fear of contradiction, it's 100% and we're damn proud of it," Johnson said.
Rep. Suzanne Bonamici of Oregon's 1st District is inviting students to participate in the Congressional App Challenge. The challenge will take place for the seventh consecutive year and innovative middle and high school students from all over northwest Oregon are urged to take part. "Learning to code can be a valuable and empowering experience for students," Bonamici said in a news release. "I enjoy holding the Congressional App Challenge every year because it gives students an opportunity to learn and showcase new skills.
Researchers are raising questions about the growing array of new digital tools employers are using to streamline the hiring process.
"Proponents of new technologies assert that digital tools eliminate bias and discrimination by attempting to remove humans from the process, but technology is not developed or used in a vacuum," said Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, D-Ore. "A growing body of evidence suggests that left unchecked, digital tools can absorb and replicate systemic biases that are ingrained in the environment in which they are designed."
The lunch brought together elected leaders at every level of government to talk about expanding broadband internet.
Bonamici addressed the dispute at the lunch, saying, "We need to resolve that. I know there's legislation to overturn the FCC ruling. I've heard from many municipalities about their concerns it's a loss of revenue, it's a loss of local control. We have to work together. Access to broadband, particularly rural broadband is a refreshingly bipartisan issue."
BEAVERTON, OR [12/16/19] — Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), a member of the House Education and Science Committees, announced that Sanjana Ilango of Westview High School won the Congressional App Challenge for Oregon’s First Congressional District.
Patricia Reser came more than ready to make her dream of a regional arts center in Beaverton a reality
Two years from now, the doors will open for the center, which her family foundation is the major donor at $13 million. The amount is about half the total raised from individuals, businesses and foundations. The other $21 million will come from city revenue bonds, repaid from city lodging taxes.