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Foreign Affairs and National Security

It is critical that we maintain America’s role as a leader in the international community. The use of force should always be a last resort and diplomacy must be emphasized in all of our relationships around the world. As a member of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, I understand the importance of working with other countries to find peaceful solutions wherever possible, maintaining a focus on diplomacy, democracy, human rights, and development.

We have the best military in the world and I am dedicated to supporting our troops. It is important, however, to be realistic about our defense spending and what is truly necessary for our national security. Our spending should focus on what our military needs to keep our country safe—like investments in intelligence and cybersecurity—not what makes good politics.

Terrorist attacks and the growth of ISIL across the globe demand action and collaboration with allies. Unfortunately, however, we have also seen an increase in hateful rhetoric toward refugees and immigrants. We must maintain our focus on keeping our nation safe and secure, but we cannot allow discrimination to dictate our nation’s policies. Any refugee seeking to come to the United States must go through an intensive and lengthy screening process. In our nation, diversity makes us stronger. With that strength we must summon our collective humanity to provide a place for refugees, many of whom are women and children, fleeing war and terrorism.

 

 

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March 1, 2021 In The News

"Some schools in Northwest Oregon have been able to reopen, but many have not," said Bonamici, who represents much of the metro area's west side, including Newberg and Dundee. "We all want students and educators back in schools, but they need resources to make sure everyone is safe."

March 1, 2021 In The News

Bonamici represents the First Congressional District of Oregon. She answered voters’ questions for more than 45 minutes. One caller asked how small business owners could afford the proposed minimum wage of $15 an hour, especially in the wake of the pandemic. The caller said the minimum wage was never meant to support families.

March 1, 2021 In The News

The House passed it early Saturday, Feb. 27, on a 219-212 vote. Oregon's Kurt Schrader and Maine's Jared Golden were the only Democrats to oppose HR 1913, along with all 210 Republicans voting. Schrader, a Democrat from Canby, also voted against a much smaller plan that cleared Congress and was signed by then-President Donald Trump at the end of December. The earlier plan contained money for $600-per-person stimulus checks to individuals; the latest plan proposes to add $1,400.

February 18, 2021 In The News

Rep. Suzanne Bonamici of Oregon: The squawk box in my office started making a very, very loud siren-like sound, and I got scared. It had never gone off before. I was glad my staff was here with me. Once we heard that, we received text and email alerts from Capitol police. There was an external threat. That means curtains closed, doors locked, lights down and be quiet.

February 16, 2021 In The News

Representative Suzanne Bonamici also posted a Twitter thread in which she said she was, "deeply disappointed in the outcome, but will continue working to undo the harm that was inflicted on our country and on democracy."

February 12, 2021 In The News

Rep. Suzanne Bonamici of Oregon: The squawk box in my office started making a very, very loud siren-like sound, and I got scared. It had never gone off before. I was glad my staff was here with me. Once we heard that, we received text and email alerts from Capitol police. There was an external threat. That means curtains closed, doors locked, lights down and be quiet.

February 1, 2021 Press Release
We must remedy the terrible harm the previous administration caused to immigrants and mixed-status families, who are invaluable members of our community.
January 14, 2021 In The News

Rep. Suzanne Bonamici called the people who attacked the Capitol last week “armed domestic terrorists.”

January 13, 2021 In The News

Reps. Suzanne Bonamici, Peter DeFazio and Kurt Schrader, all Democrats, joined Blumenauer in voting for impeachment. “Our country and our Capitol have suffered a devastating attack in the past week, and the President’s role in inciting the violence we experienced has left us no choice but to impeach him," Bonamici said, in a statement.

January 13, 2021 In The News

“Donald J. Trump encouraged and incited the violent attack that occurred on Jan. 6, when Congress was gathered to certify the results of the 2020 presidential election,” Bonamici said in a statement. “It was an attack on our Capitol and our democracy. Today I voted to impeach him for incitement of insurrection.”