News from Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici

September 29, 2017

Dear Friend,

Fall is off to a busy start. I visited Earl Boyles Elementary School, which is nationally recognized for its excellent work to bridge the gap between early childhood education and the early grades, and read aloud to children at the Beaverton Library. After unidentified immigration officers stopped a US citizen and his wife in Hillsboro, I called on ICE to explain the outrageous actions of their officers, investigate what happened, and apologize to the family. Finally, as wildfires raged across the state, I joined with my colleagues to call for additional firefighting resources and a long-term solution to the flawed fire funding mechanism.

Here are more details about what I’m working on in Oregon and Washington, DC:

Standing Up for Affordable Health Care
Access to health care is a right – not a privilege for the wealthy. Oregonians have said loud and clear that they want Congress to improve the Affordable Care Act, not take away coverage from millions of Americans. This week, Senate leadership attempted once again to pass another version of TrumpCare. The Graham-Cassidy proposal failed to protect people with pre-existing conditions and threatened essential health benefits like mental health care and maternity care. Thanks to the thousands of people who reached out to their Members of Congress, Graham-Cassidy did not get a vote. Congressional leadership must listen to Americans and turn their focus to expanding access to affordable health care.

Engaging in Democracy
Town hall meetings are a great way for me to connect with and hear from the people I’m honored to represent. In North Plains, Tualatin, Yamhill, and Columbia City, community members shared concerns about protecting the Affordable Care Act, keeping our country safe, protecting the environment, and getting to the bottom of the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia. I’ve held dozens of town hall meetings since I’ve been in Congress, and this year I’m glad to see so many people attending for the first time. Our democracy is stronger when all of us participate. Thank you to everyone who has attended so far, and please join me for town hall meetings in Portland and Cannon Beach in October.

Protecting Your Personal Information
Consumers deserve the peace of mind of knowing that their personal financial information is secure. The breach at Equifax has threatened the safety and financial security of many consumers. Equifax’s delay in disclosing the breach, and reports of senior executives selling stock are inexcusable. Further, it is unacceptable that the company attempted to use binding arbitration clauses to prevent victims from accessing justice in a court of law. As an advocate for stronger consumer protections, I know that we must do more to protect personal information and hold financial institutions accountable. If the Equifax breach affected you, I encourage you to review information from the Consumer Protection Financial Bureau and the Oregon Department of Justice to learn how you can protect yourself.

Giving Dreamers the Opportunity to Succeed
The Trump Administration’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program sends a message to the rest of the world that our country has lost its humanitarian spirit and inclusive values. I’ve met many ‘Dreamers,’ hard-working young adults whose parents, searching for a better life, brought them to the United States as young children. Dreamers deserve a chance to succeed. I’m encouraged by the bipartisan support in Congress to take action and protect these young people so they can continue living their lives in the only country they’ve ever known. I’ll keep pressing Congressional leadership to bring the Dream Act up for a vote.

You can find more updates about my work around NW Oregon and in Washington, DC on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. You can also contact my Oregon and Washington, DC 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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