News from Representative Suzanne Bonamici

November 20, 2015

Dear Friend,

The recent terrorist attacks across the globe have raised fears among many, and the concern is understandable. We must maintain our focus on keeping our nation safe and secure, but we cannot allow hateful rhetoric to prevail over our nation’s history of welcoming refugees. American values do not include leaving the victims of terrorism to wander in hunger, seeking shelter from bullets and bombs. You can read my statement about the refugee crisis by clicking here.

Here’s what I’ve been working on lately:

Hearing Directly from You
For me to do the best job I can in Washington, it’s important to hear directly from Oregonians. On Monday, November 23 join me and Senator Jeff Merkley for a town hall meeting in Beaverton. We will provide an update on our work in Congress and want to hear from you. I look forward to your suggestions about how to tackle challenges facing Oregon and America that I can bring back to inform the work I do in Washington.
Strengthening Public Education
Public education has been a priority of mine since my days as a parent volunteer and in the Oregon Legislature, as well as now in Congress. The quality of life in our communities and our economic future depend on providing all students with access to quality public education. It was an honor to participate on the panel that crafted the final version of a law to replace the one-size-fits-all mandates of No Child Left Behind. I’m glad that my SMART Act for fewer, better assessments was included, as well as my STEAM amendment recognizing the benefits of integrating arts into STEM. I will keep working on this bill until it passes both chambers and is signed into law by the President. I am optimistic that my colleagues and I will find common ground on this important legislation that supports students and educators and emphasizes equity and opportunity.


Encouraging Long-Term Transportation Investments
When we make long-term investments in transportation and infrastructure, we stimulate the economy and create good jobs. Earlier this month, the House took a step toward updating and modernizing our transportation systems in Northwest Oregon and the country by passing a six-year transportation bill. I was able to add a provision to designate the Newberg-Dundee Bypass as a high priority corridor to help ease congestion for Yamhill County residents and visitors. As Congress works to finish this bill, I will push for the sustained, long-term funding needed to build and maintain Oregon roads and bridges and strengthen public transit.


Supporting Our Veterans
Our veterans and their families sacrifice so much for the safety and security of our country, and it was an honor to recognize them by participating in Veterans Day celebrations in Washington County. I also visited Transition Projects in Portland, where they provide critical services and housing for veterans and others in need. We must continue to support our veterans so they do not struggle to find a job, a place to live, or to access their benefits.

Everyone Needs Paid Family Leave
I am committed to advocating for policies like paid family leave that support workers and families and strengthen our economy. Working parents in Oregon and across the country can’t afford to take time off when they or a family member is sick or when a child is born. As a mom, I know firsthand how meaningful it was to have time to care for my children after they were born. I support paid leave because it’s not only the right thing to do for families—it’s also good for business because it creates a healthier workforce and helps with recruitment and retention.

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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