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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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January 11, 2018 Press Release
Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici voted against a bill reauthorizing the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). Under FISA, US government agencies have broad authority to monitor certain communications between Americans and individuals overseas.
November 21, 2017 In The News

Technology industry insiders, students and government officials gathered at Oregon Institute of Technology (Oregon Tech) Wilsonville campus Nov. 20 to hear Gov. Kate Brown to proclaim the date "Oregon Day of Cyber" as well as officially unveil the Cyber Oregon initiative.

The initiative is designed to create a network of cyber security resources, educational tools and training programs to help public and private enterprises stay safe online while helping develop the cyber security community.

November 20, 2017 In The News

Kris Rosenberg's oven has Wi-Fi, and it makes the Oregon Institute of Technology cybersecurity professor a bit nervous.

Rosenberg said the design feature in and of itself isn't an issue. But the oven presents a risk, in theory, because it could be hacked and remotely activated.

In a world of smartphones, ever-changing passwords and cameras everywhere, the oven is just another device that needs to be managed and protected.

October 26, 2017 Press Release
Representatives Suzanne Bonamici and Earl Blumenauer released the response they received from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) after the lawmakers repeatedly asked about the agency’s policies and procedures.
October 5, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC [10/05/17] – Today Congresswoman Bonamici released the following statement after voting against the Congressional Republican’s budget bill, which lays the groundwork for massive tax reform through a process known as reconciliation.

September 25, 2017 In The News

YAMHILL — First District Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici would really like to meet Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

Bonamici told participants in a Sept. 18 town hall audience in Yamhill that most secretaries of education pay frequent visits to the House education committee, on which she serves. But she said DeVos, confirmed by the Senate Feb. 7 on a 51-50 vote, requiring the vice president to cast a rare tiebreaker, has yet to make an appearance.

September 22, 2017 Press Release
House Judiciary Ranking Member John Conyers (D-MI), Immigration and Border Security Subcommittee Ranking Member Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), and Oregon Representatives Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) pressed the Acting Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to fully investigate the actions of ICE officers toward a U.S. citizen outside of the Washington County, Oregon Courthouse.
September 20, 2017 Press Release
Congressman Earl Blumenauer and Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici sent a letter to the highest-ranking U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) official in Oregon urging an investigation into the actions of multiple agents toward a U.S. citizen outside of the Washington County Courthouse on September 18, 2017.
September 17, 2017 In The News

U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici says she still wants to see comprehensive legislation to deal with the fate of the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants who entered the country illegally.

But Bonamici also says she's willing to vote for specific protection against deportation of 800,000 young immigrants — known as "dreamers" — who were brought here illegally while they were children.

August 7, 2017 In The News

Congress is on break right now and U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, District 1, stopped by the KATU studios Monday and was interviewed by KATU’s Lincoln Graves.

Topics of discussion included: North Korea’s announcement it’ll take revenge against the United States for new sanctions issued over its nuclear program, her concern the Trump administration won’t make an upcoming payment on the federal subsidies for Obamacare, college students struggling to pay their loans, and other top priorities.