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Bonamici to Lead Education and Labor Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Human Services

February 8, 2021
Press Release


WASHINGTON, DC [2/8/21] – Today the House Education and Labor Committee unanimously re-elected Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) to Chair the Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Human Services (CRHS).


This will be Bonamici’s second term serving as Chair of the subcommittee. As Chair, she leads legislation that addresses civil rights, nutrition, equal employment opportunities, human services, programs for seniors, and more. The Congresswoman will also continue serving as a member of the Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Investment.


“I am grateful for the opportunity to continue serving as Chair of the Civil Rights and Human Services Subcommittee,” said Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici. “The coronavirus pandemic has exposed and exacerbated many inequities in our country, and we have much work to do to address them. Education is powerful and changes lives, but many low-income students and students of color continue to face barriers to receiving a quality education. I’m committed to making our system of public education more equitable so all students have the opportunity to succeed.


“Our workforce is becoming increasingly diverse, and yet too many women, people of color, older workers, workers with disabilities, and LGBTQ workers still experience harassment and discrimination in the workplace. All students and workers must be able to learn and work in safe, inclusive, and welcoming environments, and the Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Human Services will lead on holding institutions that fail to meet this standard accountable.


“And as a member of the Higher Education and Workforce Investment Subcommittee, I will continue advancing my legislation to make college affordable and to create more job opportunities for workers through better training and apprenticeships. Supporting our students, workers, and families is critical as we strive to build back better and overcome historic injustices.”


As Chair of CRHS last Congress, Bonamici led bipartisan legislation to protect access to school meals during COVID-19 closures and a bipartisan update to the Older Americans Act, which were both signed into law in 2020. She defended the rights of transgender students, called attention to the needs of LGBTQ seniors, oversaw passage of the Equality Act, Paycheck Fairness Act, and Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, and more.


This Congress, the House has already passed bipartisan legislation led by Bonamici to create nearly 1 million apprenticeships over the next five years. Bonamici is also continuing her push for child care support to be included in the next coronavirus relief package.