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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

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.
December 8, 2017 Press Release
Today Education and the Workforce Vice Ranking Member Suzanne Bonamici, Education and the Workforce Ranking Member Bobby Scott, and 45 Democrats stood up for public education and urged tax bill conferees to mitigate the harmful aspects of the current tax proposal and instead advance a tax plan that supports public schools and investments in higher education.
November 16, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici stood up for working families in Oregon and across the country by voting against the partisan House Republican tax plan.
October 23, 2017 In The News

Columbia County’s Emergency Operations Center has added enhanced capabilities to its operations with the purchase of three portable communications units. Columbia County is the first jurisdiction in the state of Oregon to employ such devices.

Dubbed “PodRunners” by the manufacturer, the small but powerful equipment is designed to be fully deployable to even the most remote locations in the county.

October 11, 2017 In The News

The City of Wilsonville's South Metro Area Regional Transit (SMART) agency has been awarded a $1.45 million grant by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for the purchase of new electric-powered buses. Funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation's "Low or No-Emission (Low-No) Bus Program Projects," SMART plans to purchase two 35-foot battery-electric buses and their accompanying charging systems. The City of Wilsonville is providing a $400,000 match, giving the project a total amount of $1.85 million.

September 29, 2017 In The News

U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici is taking entries in the third-annual Congressional App Challenge.

The challenge has students use coding and computer science to create and exhibit a software application for mobile, tablet or other computers on a platform of their choice.

“Participating in the Congressional App Challenge will require creative thinking and technology skills so students will be engaging both halves of the brain,” Bonamici said in a release.

September 11, 2017 In The News

U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici will take questions from constituents at a town hall meeting on Sept. 16 at the Jessie Mays Community Center, 30975 N.W. Hillcrest Street, in North Plains.

The Beaverton democrat announced six town halls, visits to North Plains, Tualatin,Yamhill, Columbia City, Portland and Cannon Beach, over the next month.