News from Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici

May 26, 2017

Dear Friend,

I've been meeting with and listening to Oregonians and Americans, and I share their concerns about the Trump administration's budget proposals and policies that will harm the American people, stifle the economy, and undermine our most important institutions. We've seen a harmful health care proposal, a destructive budget, and a growing cloud of scandal and mistrust. I am profoundly alarmed about this administration's actions and the steady stream of revelations about Russian influence on the election and the White House, and I'm continuing to speak up and call for an independent investigation so the country can get all of the facts.

At the same time, I'm continuing to work on retirement security, protecting women's access to health care, and strengthening career and technical education. Thank you for your input on these issues and many more, and I'm wishing you a peaceful Memorial Day with your families and friends.

Here are some more details about what I've been working on this month:

TrumpCare Keeps Getting Worse

The health care bill that passed the House last month will force Oregonians to pay more and get less, and if they can't afford to pay more – they will be out of luck. In an effort to gain more support before the vote, Republican leadership made TrumpCare even worse by allowing states to remove important consumer protection benefits guaranteed by the Affordable Care Act. And the bill makes it likely that people with pre-existing conditions will be priced out of insurance coverage – if they can get it at all. In fact, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office found that 23 million Americans would lose their coverage in the next decade.

TrumpCare isn't just bad policy; it was also a terrible process because it was passed with no hearings and little, if any, input from stakeholders like patient groups, nurses and doctors, clinics, and hospitals. This misguided attempt to change health care policy has created uncertainty and instability in the health care system that only hurts America's working families. I voted against the bill for the Oregon women who could lose coverage for maternity care and prenatal care, for the seniors who could be forced to pay more for coverage, and for the hundreds of thousands of Oregonians and Americans who could lose health care coverage.

Holding the Administration Accountable
I held several town hall meetings throughout NW Oregon, and I frequently heard from constituents who are outraged about Russia's interference in our election and this administration's connections with Russia. I was deeply disturbed by the President's abrupt firing of the FBI Director leading the investigation into this issue. Although I'm encouraged by the appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel, we still need an independent, transparent, and thorough investigation to know exactly what happened and how we can prevent foreign interference in the future.

Increasing Access to Affordable Child Care
Oregon parents pay some of the highest child care costs in the country, and sometimes child care is more expensive than college tuition. The high cost is a strain for working families, and the lack of high-quality care can set children behind before they even reach school. I recently visited a Head Start facility in Hillsboro to see the high-quality affordable care they provide, but there is still a lot of unmet demand for quality, affordable care. In Congress, I'm advocating for vital investments in early childhood education and child nutrition programs.

Strengthening Career and Technical Education
Recently the House Education and Workforce Committee passed the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act with strong bipartisan support. These hands-on classes help engage students and prepare them for whatever path they take in life. I hope this bill gets a vote in the full House soon, and that the Senate takes it up promptly.

Not Our Values, Not Our Priorities
President Trump's proposed budget says more clearly than ever that his values and priorities do not align with those of America's working families. This proposal is hard on seniors, children, and everyone in between. Recently Congress came together to pass a bill to fund the federal government that – although not perfect – demonstrated bipartisan agreement to move our country forward. I hope Congress will work together to craft a budget that will keep our communities safe, strengthen public education, protect our natural resources, and create good jobs for the 21st Century economy.

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