News from Representative Suzanne Bonamici
 

June 5, 2015

Dear Friend,

Last month I welcomed WWII veterans from Oregon who were visiting the U.S. Capitol for an Honor Flight. The STEAM Caucus held a briefing and announced it's new co-chair. An impressive local foster youth student shadowed me for a day on Capitol Hill. Back home in Oregon I welcomed President Obama to Beaverton to discuss the benefits of trade to our local economy. I got an update on construction of the Newberg Dundee Bypass and I announced the winner of the Congressional Art Competition. Here's a rundown of May.

Honoring WWII Veterans
It was a pleasure to welcome Oregon WWII veterans to the U.S. Capitol. They were visiting as part of an Honor Flight trip, which takes them to war memorials, the White House, and Capitol Hill. I recognized their service, but also spoke about why it's important for us to study history and learn from their experiences. Hearing their stories reminds us of the great sacrifices they experienced in their service to our country.

New STEAM Caucus Chair
Young Audiences Arts for Learning, in cooperation with the STEAM Caucus, hosted a briefing to discuss the latest developments in the integration of the arts and design into Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) curriculum. Lockheed Martin's Vice President of Research and Technology spoke about the importance of fostering creative, innovative thinkers, and a teacher outlined a lesson plan that used acting and dance to help students understand the water cycle. The Caucus also announced Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY) as its new co-chair.

Foster Youth Shadow Day
Travis from Newberg, OR joined me for Congressional Foster Youth Shadow Day. In addition to joining me at a committee hearing and in meetings, Travis also talked with me about some ideas he has for improving country's foster care system. Travis attends a local community college and is training to become a firefighter. It was a pleasure to host him; I gained valuable insight from his experience in the program. All foster youth deserve a chance to succeed, and a stable, supportive home is an important part of that.

Trade Done Right is Good for Our Economy
President Obama visited Oregon to outline the benefits of international trade to our country. Over the past few years I've had many conversations about trade. I have heard from potato and berry farmers, wine makers, software manufacturers, bike part makers, and many others that expand their business through access to international markets. We need an economy that works long-term for all Oregonians, and increased access to customers around the world will help meet that goal and support good jobs here in Oregon and across the country. Read more about my position on trade.

Newberg-Dundee Bypass Construction
It was great to visit the Newberg-Dundee Bypass and see the progress that's been made. This transportation project is critical to the region, which has been plagued by traffic congestion. The bypass will help residents get to and from work and help businesses more efficiently ship their products to customers. Projects like this create jobs and strengthen our transportation network. Read more about my visit here and watch my remarks on the House floor about the importance of finding a long-term solution to funding federal transportation projects.

 

Congressional Art Competition Winner
Journie Gering, a junior at Yamhill Carlton High School, is the winner of my office's 2015 Congressional Art Competition. A panel of three judges selected her painting "Vineyard Rising" as the winner of the annual contest. Students submitted more than 65 pieces of art, and it was remarkable to see all the talent in the 1st Congressional District. Journie's artwork will hang on the wall in the Capitol for a year. Congratulations, Journie!

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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