News from Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici

December 1, 2017

Dear Friend,

There’s a lot of work for Congress to do between now and the end of the year. We need to pass the DREAM Act so Dreamers can continue to live, work, and contribute in the only country they’ve ever known. We must make our voices heard to protect net neutrality and keep the internet fair and open for everyone. And we must pass a budget that keeps the government open and funding important programs like CHIP, the Children’s Health Insurance Program. Back in Oregon, I’m continuing to hold community discussions with health care providers, treatment specialists, and people in recovery from addiction about how we can fight the opioid crisis. Thank you for making your voices heard on these and so many important issues.

Make sure you look at health insurance options on www.HealthCare.Oregon.Gov before December 15 – you may find a plan that works better for you and your family.

Here's what else I've been working on:

Standing for Working Families, Against Tax Breaks for Billionaires
We need a tax code that leads to a better future for Americans, with better jobs and better wages. The tax code should grow the economy and address income inequality – not make it worse. The bill passed by the House fails that test, and the Senate proposal does too. The Republicans' partisan tax plan cuts rates for wealthy corporations and billionaires and increases taxes for millions of working families. And it adds about $1.5 trillion to the nation's debt. As a leader in Congress on public education, I'm particularly concerned about how this tax plan shortchanges America's schools, students, and teachers. The House bill eliminates incentives for local communities to invest in public education, and it makes it harder for working families to pay back their student loans and attend graduate school. Additionally, the bill hurts seniors, especially those with high medical expenses, and makes it harder for families to save for retirement. This is the wrong direction for our country, and it is alarming that it is being rushed through Congress.

Smart Timber, Smart Growth
Cross-laminated timber allows us to get more value and jobs from our natural resources, and can help revitalize the timber industry and rural communities. It was exciting to visit the future headquarters of First Tech Credit Union in Hillsboro and see cross-laminated timber construction. Advanced wood products are an excellent example of Oregon's innovative, trailblazing spirit, and show that our environmental values are compatible with economic growth. I'm proud to support the Timber Innovation Act to further the advanced wood products industry in Oregon.

Improving Workplace Policies
In recent months, I've been humbled by the bravery of women in Oregon and across the country who have come forward and told their stories of harassment. Victims who share their stories often do so at great personal risk, and they frequently take on very powerful people. Women need and deserve to be believed. Everyone should be able to work in an environment where they feel safe and are safe. Congress should be a leading example of a safe and welcoming workplace. Requiring training for members and staff is a first step, but much more must be done to earn back the trust of our constituents.

Empowering Patients to Make Informed Decisions
Families and communities thrive when women are able to have healthy, planned pregnancies. Studies show that empowering women and their health care providers to have a conversation about pregnancy intention improves maternal and infant health outcomes and reduces rates of unintended pregnancy. Oregon led the nation with the One Key Question™ initiative, and I'm proud to build on that success by introducing legislation to implement pregnancy intention screening programs on the national level. With the education and participation of health care providers, pregnancy intention screening is a brilliantly simple and effective way to support women and families.

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