News from Representative Suzanne Bonamici

September 1, 2015

Dear Friend,

The summer has been busy. I toured an emergency coordination center to discuss the importance of preparing for potential natural disasters like a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake and tsunami. It was an honor to present Command Sergeant Major Ellina Spyker with eight medals she earned as part of her 24 years of service in the Army Air Corps and the Women's Army Corps. The U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, Governor Kate Brown, workers, and business owners joined me for a discussion about how paid leave helps American workers get ahead. And, I'm holding six town hall meetings across the district to hear from my constituents. Here's a rundown of August.

Preparing for "The Really Big One"
Many Pacific Northwest residents have read "The Really Big One" about the devastation a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake and tsunami will cause in our region. You can find the story here. I toured the Portland Emergency Coordination Center to discuss how local and federal officials can work together to plan for a natural disaster. My legislation to strengthen tsunami research and education was one of the first bills to pass the HouseRead my op-ed about how some Oregon communities are preparing and what else we can do to protect lives and property.

Long Overdue Medals for a Local Hero
It was an honor to present Command Sergeant Major Ellina Spyker with the eight medals she earned during her service in the Army Air Corps and the Women's Army Corps. In a surprise ceremony, I was able to give CSM Spyker the medals she earned but had not received. During World War II, she served in England, Belgium, and Germany and at one time was a personal assistant to the Secretary of the Army. Thank you CSM Spyker for your service.

Leading on Paid Leave
Our workforce has changed over the past few decades, but out workplace policies have not kept pace. Paid leave acknowledges the need to provide families with support so they can succeed at home and at work. During a roundtable discussion with U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez, Governor Kate Brown, business owners, and workers we heard about how paid leave creates happier, healthier workers and reduces employee turnover. I'm committed to working on expanding flexible workplace policies so more families can thrive.


Helping Small Businesses Grow
It was a pleasure to tour EcoBinary in Beaverton. The veteran-owned small business collects, refurbishes, resells, or recycles electronic waste. This kind of business would benefit from my legislation, the Assuring Contracting Equity (ACE) Act. This bill proposes to increase the contracting goals for businesses owned by veterans, women, or economically disadvantaged minorities. I discussed how the ACE Act could create opportunities for this family-owned business to grow and hire more people. Read more here.

Attend a Town Hall Meeting!
I am holding a series of town hall meetings across Northwest Oregon to hear about issues affecting my constituents. The feedback provides me with valuable insight I can take back to Washington, D.C. So far I've held town hall meetings in McMinnville, Tualatin, St. Helens, and Cornelius. Tonight, September 1, you can join me in Portland at 6:00 p.m. at Good Samaritan Hospital Auditorium, Building 2. Some of the top issues discussed at the meetings include: the Iran nuclear agreement, trade, education, and the environment. I'll be holding another town hall meeting in Warrenton next Sunday, September 13 at 1:30 p.m. at the Warrenton Community Center. 

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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