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Bonamici: The state of our union necessitates an end to congressional gridlock

January 28, 2014
Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) will attend the President’s State of the Union Address on Tuesday evening accompanied by her guest Dr. Joe Robertson, President of Oregon Health & Science University.  Bonamici invited Dr. Robertson to highlight the ongoing need for additional support for education and research.

The most recent government spending bill continued a downward trend for the National Institutes of Health, leaving its budget more than $700 million short of last year’s allocation, and lower than it was during the George W. Bush administration when adjusted for inflation.

“Looking to the future requires reversing cuts to federal spending on research and development.  These cuts have hindered innovation, advancement, and economic prosperity and sent the wrong message to the next generation of scientists and inventors,” Bonamici said.  “We also need to invest in our future by enhancing educational opportunities, increasing funding for education, and exploring ways to make college and technical education more affordable and accessible.”

"Federal investment in science is absolutely vital not only for the health of Oregonians but for the economic vitality of the region. I appreciate the invitation from Congresswoman Bonamici to attend the State of the Union, and I appreciate her leadership on these issues," Dr. Robertson said.

In the last four years, the American economy has endured a long and difficult climb out of the worst recession since the Great Depression. There are millions of new jobs, but still more work to do.  Today more Americans are able to find employment, buy homes, and save for their children’s education.  Yet unfortunately, millions of Americans remain unemployed or underemployed. 

“Too many long-term unemployed job seekers are still having trouble finding work, and federal emergency unemployment insurance was allowed to expire last month.  Congress must act immediately to extend this critical lifeline for millions of individuals and families.” Bonamici said.

“These are important and tangible goals that are well within our reach.  This year in Congress, I will focus on finding solutions, building consensus, and passing meaningful legislation that improves the lives of the American people - and I encourage my colleagues to do the same. I look forward to working with the President to move this country forward,” she added.