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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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October 25, 2018 In The News

Still, Bonamici said Thursday (Oct. 25) at a Westside Economic Alliance forum, "Our side of the aisle is taking steps that if we are in the majority, we will respect minority rights."

During the past eight years, she said, Republican majorities have rammed through key bills — such as the 2017 tax-code overhaul, which cost $1.5 trillion over 10 years — without consideration for the Democratic minority.

September 24, 2018 In The News

Bonamici gave a general overview of issues that surfaced at other town hall meetings, ranging from healthcare and immigrant family separations, to the environment, Social Security, Medicare and the Trump administration.

Bonamici began by explaining her view on healthcare, a topic she said many are worried about. "I'm interested in strengthening access to health care, not taking it away," she said. "We need to work together to find a way to make sure that people have access to health care."

September 22, 2018 In The News

Bonamici, a Democrat, held the meeting as part of a swing through the district she represents, Oregon's First Congressional District in the northwestern part of the state. After being introduced by Banks Fire Chief Rodney Linz — the meeting was held at the Banks Fire District's station in downtown Banks — she talked for a few minutes about her legislative priorities before taking questions from constituents.

September 17, 2018 In The News

Bonamici discussed the Family Case Management Program, a pilot program created in 2016 that aimed to keep families seeking asylum together. Former President Barack Obama created the program in response to a refugee crisis in Central America, and it was shut down last year.

“A lot of them are seeking asylum for religious persecution,” Bonamici said. “Isn’t that what United States is about?”

July 18, 2018 In The News

Several House Republicans said Wednesday they accepted President Donald Trump’s explanation that he misspoke at a press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin when he said he saw no reason why Russia would have interfered in the 2016 election.

July 18, 2018 In The News

Several House Republicans said Wednesday they accepted President Donald Trump’s explanation that he misspoke at a press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin when he said he saw no reason why Russia would have interfered in the 2016 election.

June 13, 2018 In The News

U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) issued the following statement on President Trump’s summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un:

“I will always support efforts to seek peace rather than wage war, and the dialogue begun at the Singapore Summit may eventually yield positive results. But North Korea has repeatedly failed to uphold prior agreements, and it remains to be seen whether Kim Jong-un is truly willing to denuclearize.

June 13, 2018 In The News

House Republicans applauded President Donald Trump’s meeting with Kim Jong Un, but they displayed significantly less confidence than the president that North Korea’s denuclearization is now a foregone conclusion.

June 13, 2018 In The News

Oregon Democrat congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici explains why President Trump's praise of Kim Jong Un does not make sense to her, the concerns she has about the new agreement between the United States and North Korea, the bills in the House to help fight the opioid crisis, and her thoughts on immigration reform. 

June 12, 2018 In The News

PORTLAND, Ore. – After President Donald Trump met with North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un Tuesday in Singapore, Oregon political leaders shared their thoughts on the summit.