News from Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici

December 2, 2016

Dear Friend,

Over the past few weeks, I've been deeply disturbed that some of President-elect Trump's choices for his cabinet and closest advisors have continued the intolerant spirit and hateful rhetoric that defined his campaign. In his acceptance speech on election night, Trump pledged to 'bind the wounds of division,' and I genuinely hope he lives up to that promise. My commitment to stand up for my constituents has not changed. I will continue to fight for equality, tolerance, and security for everyone.

I hope you had a peaceful Thanksgiving, filled with good food and time with family and loved ones. Here's what I've been working on:

Supporting Small, Locally-Owned Businesses
On October 19, a massive explosion rocked NW 23rd Avenue in Portland after a natural gas leak. Thankfully, the quick actions of first responders saved lives and limited injuries. But many businesses and employees in the Nob Hill neighborhood were affected. I spent Small Business Saturday—an annual event encouraging people to shop at small, local stores—visiting shops on NW 23rd Avenue and checking a few items off my list. As you start your holiday shopping, I encourage you to shop local!

Encouraging Creativity and Innovation
Instead of sitting by and watching Alzheimer's take away her grandfather's most precious memories, Sneha Malineni—a senior at Beaverton's Westview High School—built a mobile phone application to help him remember names and faces. She also created a game to test his memory. I was honored to announce that Sneha won the Congressional App Challenge for Oregon's First District with her app 'Forget Me Not.' It's the creativity and innovation from students like Sneha that are essential to our future economic growth.

Making New Education Law Work for States
Last year, Congress put differences aside and came together to replace the flawed No Child Left Behind Act. The new bipartisan law—the Every Student Succeeds Act—strengthens public education by giving more decision making to states and school districts, supporting well-rounded educational opportunities, and focusing on closing achievement gaps. But my work didn't end when the President signed the bill into law. I continue to oversee the U.S. Department of Education's actions to implement the law, including the Department's recently released regulations on statewide accountability systems that will help to make sure that all students get a high-quality education.

Restoring North Coast Habitats
Habitat restoration projects reduce flooding, improve the environment, and provide recreation opportunities. It's win-win for our communities. Recently in Seaside, I joined North Coast Land Conservancy to see their new project at Circle Creek. Through a partnership with Clatsop County and the Oregon Department of Transportation, the restoration at Circle Creek allows the river to flood naturally in the winter and alleviates chronic flooding of US 101 that sometimes disconnected coastal residents from important services. As the top Democrat on the Science Committee's Environment Subcommittee, I remain committed to doing everything I can to protect the environment and advocate for common-sense solutions to climate change.

Finding 21st Century Cures
Investing in the research and development for new medical cures to debilitating diseases saves lives and also grows the economy. I was proud to support the House-passed bipartisan 21st Century Cures Act because it provides critical funding for research at the National Institutes of Health and accelerates the FDA approval process for some products. This will directly affect Oregon's research universities and organizations, including Oregon Health & Science University, Oregon State University, and the University of Oregon, and will help our state maintain national leadership in cancer and Alzheimer's research, bioscience research, and more.

You can find more updates about my work around the district and in Washington, D.C. on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. 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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