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Technology and Innovation

The First Congressional District is home to some of our country’s most innovative companies. From technology leaders like Intel, which developed the world’s first microprocessor more than 40 years ago, to Nike, a trailblazer in footwear innovation, 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 protect their intellectual property.  
To protect our technology companies that manufacture microchips for use in a wide array of electronic products, I signed on as an original cosponsor of legislation to help prevent the importation of counterfeit microchips. The existence of counterfeit chips in our military supply chain could potentially harm our service members by causing important equipment to malfunction, and these chips threaten the intellectual property rights of our technological innovators. I was glad to add my name to this bill, and I hope that it will soon be debated on the House floor.
Another important issue for the innovative companies in our district is the research and development of new technologies. Through my role on the Science, Space and Technology Committee, I have the chance to speak with business leaders on this topic, including the key role that research plays in our economic recovery. In recent Committee hearings I have sought to highlight the importance of public-private partnerships in developing new technologies by pointing to Oregon success stories like the Oregon Nanotechnology and Microtechnologies Institute (ONAMI) and the statewide electric vehicle initiative.
Protecting net neutrality is about keeping the internet open and fair for everyone. I’ll fight in Congress to keep it that way, 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.

More on Technology and Innovation

March 20, 2019 In The News

The major energy project slated for Morrow County is going to have a ripple effect — with the capacity for more battery storage than any other facility in the country. With that surge in power storage will come funds for local schools’ science, technology and art programs.

November 30, 2018 In The News

Climate parlance like ‘2C threshold’ and ‘anthropogenic emissions’ hardly stir emotions.

June 8, 2018 In The News

Three state lawmakers and the mayor of Scappoose convened Friday, June 1, at the Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center for an update on operations and progress.

The luncheon and site tour, organized by Craig Campbell, executive director of the OMIC, saw visits from Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici, Sen. Betsy Johnson, state Rep. Brad Witt, and Scappoose Mayor Scott Burge.

Visitors saw toolmakers and displays of machines, including a recently acquired M80 Millturn made by Austrian company WFL.

The $3 million piece of manufacturing equipment was delivered in April.

May 31, 2018 In The News

Multnomah County Library is joining Oregon elected officials, community organizations, business leaders and students in voicing resounding support for the call to restore net neutrality.

In late 2017, the Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal the law that restricts internet providers’ ability to speed up or slow down access to certain content or products. The rollback is set to go into effect June 11.

May 9, 2018 Press Release
Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici questioned Energy Secretary Rick Perry at a Congressional hearing on the Department of Energy budget.
February 28, 2018 In The News

A congressional panel yesterday heard testimonies about the impact of and fight against sexual harassment in the sciences. Four women prominent and successful in their fields spoke about the need to reform not just the laws but also a harmful culture that considers such behaviors permissible and fosters systemic inequity.


February 7, 2018 In The News

The World Health Organization's (WHO) cancer agency is firmly defending its finding that a widely used herbicide is "probably carcinogenic" despite reports cited by key House lawmakers.

The International Agency for Research on Cancer's (IARC's) unwavering stance was publicly revealed yesterday by Oregon Representative Suzanne Bonamici, the top Democrat on the U.S. House Science, Space, and Technology Committee's Subcommittee on Environment, at a full committee hearing on the controversial 2015 glyphosate evaluation.

February 6, 2018 In The News

The chairman of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee on Tuesday slammed an international body’s cancer research on a common pesticide and questioned whether the United States should contribute funding to the body.

Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) called the International Agency for Research on Cancer’s (IARC) conclusions on the pesticide glyphosate “unsubstantiated” and “not backed by reliable data.”

February 1, 2018 In The News

This week, an Energy Department official called exascale a priority. Next week, researchers meet to talk about making it a reality.

At a Jan. 30 hearing on the Department of Energy's modernization, Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-Ore.) asked officials how they planned to prioritize exascale computing. Research into next-generation supercomputing has pumped at least $1.8 million in DOE exascale funding into Bonamici’s home state, according to the University of Oregon.

January 31, 2018 Press Release
Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici issued the following response to President Trump’s State of the Union address.