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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

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.
January 25, 2018 In The News

As technology advances and permeates most aspects of society, several lawmakers are urging President Donald Trump to appoint a scientific adviser and the staff needed to support the Office of Science and Technology Policy.

January 11, 2018 Press Release
Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici voted against a bill reauthorizing the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). Under FISA, US government agencies have broad authority to monitor certain communications between Americans and individuals overseas.
December 21, 2017 In The News

“Protecting net neutrality creates a level playing field for consumers, innovators, and small businesses,” Representative (Suzanne) Bonamici (D-OR) observed. “Rolling back Title II protections will be detrimental to the free flow of information that underpins our democracy. The FCC has failed the American people and Congress must step up to keep the internet fair and open.”

December 14, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici joined a number of other Members of Congress in condemning the FCC’s action and announcing their intention to introduce legislation to overturn the “Restoring Internet Freedom” order the Commission adopted with that vote.
December 13, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici stood up against efforts to roll back federal higher education policies that support low-income students.