News from Representative Suzanne Bonamici


January 28, 2015

Dear Friend,

January is nearly over and it's been a busy month. It was an honor to be sworn in to the 114th Congress, where I will be serving my second full term. Just two days into the legislative session, the House passed my bipartisan legislation, the Tsunami Warning, Education, and Research Act. It was a great way to start the new session! To highlight the importance of public education, I invited a local high school teacher as my guest to the State of the Union address, and we discussed my bill to eliminate unnecessary, redundant tests. And during the Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, I met with Myrlie Evers, and learned more about her work for justice and equality. Here's a rundown of January.

114th Congress Swearing-In
It was an honor to be sworn in to the 114th Congress. I am eager to get to work for my constituents in Oregon's First Congressional District. Some of my top priorities include workforce development, strengthening public education, protecting the environment, and ensuring the security of our nation's seniors. Read more about my priorities here.

House Passes Bonamici Tsunami Bill
My bipartisan bill to strengthen tsunami warning and research systems was one of the first pieces of legislation passed in the new Congress. The Tsunami Warning, Education, and Research Act will protect the lives and property of residents on our country's coasts. This bill will assist coastal communities with tsunami planning and strengthen research to ensure faster, more accurate forecasts. Read more about my bill here & here.

Focusing on Education
I invited Westview High School teacher David Wilkinson as my guest to the State of the Union address to highlight the importance of public education. We discussed the need to overhaul the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, also known as No Child Left Behind, and my bill that will eliminate unnecessary and redundant tests in our nation's classrooms. Read more about David's visit and the SMART Act here

Honoring Martin Luther King Jr.'s Legacy
I met civil rights leader Myrlie Evers, the widow of Medgar Evers, who was in Portland to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. by discussing her work for justice and equality. Her perseverance to get a conviction in the murder of her husband and her ongoing work to continue Dr. King's legacy is an inspiration. There's still much work to be done to ensure all people have an equal opportunity to succeed. Read my statement here.
Small Business Tour
Small businesses drive our economy, and next month I will kick off a tour to better understand how I can represent local small businesses. If you are a small business owner or if there is a small business you would like to recommend for my tour, please contact my office. I hope to hear more about the successes and challenges small business owners are facing and how I can help. Contact my office here to participate in the tour.
As always, you can find more updates on my work around the district and in Washington on Facebook and Twitter. You can also contact my Oregon and Washington, D.C. offices with questions, comments, or for assistance with a federal agency. This mailbox is not monitored. To contact me via email, please use this secure web form

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