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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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February 9, 2018 Press Release
Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici issued the following statement after voting against a proposal to fund the government through March 23
February 7, 2018 In The News

Lawmakers from Oregon and Washington were quick to respond after a controversial memo from the chairman of the House intelligence committee was made public.

The memo from Republican Rep. Devin Nunes of California levels a number of allegations against the FBI and the Department of Justice over their use of warrants obtained under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act or FISA, specifically against Carter Page.

January 31, 2018 Press Release
Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici issued the following response to President Trump’s State of the Union address.
January 26, 2018 Press Release
Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici announced that a Dreamer from NW Oregon will be joining her at the President’s State of the Union Address on January 30.
January 22, 2018 Press Release
Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) made the following statement about reopening of the federal government.
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.