Transportation and Infrastructure
Making long-term investments in transportation and infrastructure stimulates the economy, creates jobs, and drives commerce. It is also an opportunity to rebuild systems in a sustainable and resilient manner, reduce carbon emissions, improve energy efficiency, and support vulnerable communities. New infrastructure programs should invest in projects that reduce pollution and use natural infrastructure solutions.
The needs of surface transportation infrastructure are widely and rightfully recognized. But in the Northwest, we know that a comprehensive infrastructure package needs to go beyond roads and bridges. Investing in infrastructure must also include accessible public transit, building affordable housing, upgrading water systems, repairing ports, modernizing public schools, and strengthening decarbonized transportation systems in a resilient and sustainable manner. I’m focused on the federal responsibility to improve infrastructure and upgrade our multi-modal transportation system. Smart transportation projects, like the Newberg-Dundee Bypass and the Southwest Corridor Light Rail, will help more people get to work, school, and other destinations in the community more quickly and reliably while also reducing emissions by decreasing the number of vehicles on our roads. These projects also recognize the need to enhance our resiliency in advance of a Cascadia Subduction Zone event in the Northwest.
Finally, federal investment in infrastructure will create needed construction jobs in our communities. I’ll pursue every opportunity to make sure that all workers—especially women and people of color who traditionally haven’t worked in construction—have access to the training and supports needed to qualify for these jobs, and will work to make sure that minority and women owned small businesses can compete for these federal contracts.
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Two lawmakers from Oregon are looking into how much people with diabetes pay for the insulin they need.
Sen. Jeff Merkley introduced the End Price Gouging for Insulin Act following a report prepared for fellow Democratic Rep. Suzanne Bonamici found that people in the region pay about $1,000 more a year on insulin than people in other countries — a "rip-off" according to Merkley.
Patricia Reser came more than ready to make her dream of a regional arts center in Beaverton a reality
Two years from now, the doors will open for the center, which her family foundation is the major donor at $13 million. The amount is about half the total raised from individuals, businesses and foundations. The other $21 million will come from city revenue bonds, repaid from city lodging taxes.
Warrenton ceremonially took the wheel at the Hammond Marina on Wednesday, accepting a new potential economic generator that is half empty after not being dredged in more than a decade.
Representatives from the offices of U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley and U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, who helped enshrine the transfer in law, were on hand to celebrate, along with state Sen. Betsy Johnson, D-Scappoose.
Democratic U.S Rep. Suzanne Bonamici made a three-point stop in St. Helens this past week. The congresswoman toured Legacy Health Clinic, the City of St. Helens’ waterfront redevelopment site, and St. Helens Middle School, where she was slated to be met by State Rep. Brad Witt (D-Clatskanie).
“I know access to health care is important to the people I’m honored to represent, but particularly in rural communities,” Bonamici said.
The Environmental Protection Agency has approved two new loans, totaling $640 million, for a major water-supply infrastructure program in western Oregon.
The loan approvals, announced on Aug. 19, are part of EPA’s Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act, or WIFIA, program and will help finance the $1.3-billion, multi-year Willamette Water Supply System program.
Earlier this month, bipartisan Congress members introduced the Building U.S. Infrastructure by Leveraging Demands for Skills (BUILDS) Act to spur industry partnerships to encourage workforce training programs.