There is no doubt that we must do more to reduce our debt and tackle the deficit, but we must do so with the right priorities and in a timely manner. Americans deserve the certainty of knowing their government will be funded and open tomorrow, next week, and next month. To accomplish this challenging but critical task, we must work together to identify long-term steps to counter growing spending while ensuring that we do not implement short-sighted reforms that hurt middle-class families or stifle our economic recovery.
The budget agreement achieved by Congressional leaders and the Obama administration in 2015 releases us from the unworkable sequester cuts and makes strong investments in areas that will create jobs and grow the economy. This bipartisan agreement to fund the federal government makes improved investments in housing, education, research, infrastructure, and arts programs. Furthermore, the bill did not include dangerous policy riders that would have harmed the environment, impeded Americans’ retirement security, and denied access to health services for women. The final bill also included important safety investments in the Scoggins Dam and support for renewable energy industries.
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On National Dam Safety Awareness Day, Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) toured Scoggins Dam and received an update about federally-funded safety and storage improvements to the dam currently being studied by Clean Water Services and the Bureau of Reclamation. Scoggins Dam is one of the most seismically vulnerable facilities in the Bureau’s inventory.
Oregon’s lawmakers are dividing along predictable partisan lines in the debate whether the tax bill racing through Congress would help or hurt the state.
All four of the Oregon’s Democrats voted Tuesday against a measure they complain is weighted too heavily in favor of large corporations and the wealthy.
Republican Rep. Greg Walden countered that a large majority of Oregonians would get a tax cut and that it would also spur business investment.
Bonamici speaks out on Republican tax plan
U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, D-Beaverton, along with nearly 50 other Democratic lawmakers, signed a joint letter urging that the Republican tax plan change to support public schools and investments in higher education.
Lawmakers are heading back to Capitol Hill after the Thanksgiving break with a lot to accomplish before the end of the year.
Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici sat down with KATU’s Deb Knapp before the holiday weekend for a conversation on what she hopes to accomplish after Congress resumes.