News from Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici

March 7, 2018

Dear Friend,

With all the issues facing Congress and our country, it is important that people make their voices heard. Town hall meetings help me hear directly from you about what is happening in your community and how I can best represent you in Congress. Many Oregonians have contacted me about the economy, college affordability, climate change, gun violence, the opioid crisis, and the Trump Administration. Please join me at a town hall meeting in your community to discuss these issues and whatever else is on your mind.

Portland Town Hall Meeting
Saturday, March 10, 2018
NW Neighborhood Cultural Center
1819 NW Everett St, Portland
St. Helens Town Hall Meeting
Monday, March 26, 2018
St. Helens High School, Loo Wit Room
2375 Gable Road, St. Helens
Beaverton Town Hall Meeting
Saturday, March 10, 2018
Conestoga Middle School Cafeteria
12250 SW Conestoga Drive, Beaverton
Forest Grove Town Hall Meeting
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Pacific University, McCready Hall
2043 College Way, Forest Grove
McMinnville Town Hall Meeting
Monday, March 12, 2018
Chemeketa Community College YVC Room 101
288 NE Norton Ln, McMinnville

Astoria Town Hall Meeting
Thursday, March 29, 2018
Astoria High School, Auditorium
1001 W Marine Drive, Astoria

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

Preventing Gun Violence
I refuse to accept gun violence as normal. As a mom and a policy maker, I take very seriously my responsibility to keep children and our communities safe. Mass shootings like Parkland, Las Vegas, Pulse, and Umpqua Community College are tragic, but every single day people lose their lives to gun violence. Congress must step up and take action, starting with a policy supported by an overwhelming number of Americans: universal background checks. We should also strengthen our national network of background checks to keep weapons out of the hands of domestic abusers and dangerous individuals. I'm proud of students in Florida and Oregon and across the country for standing up and demanding that their elected leaders finally take action to prevent gun violence.

Protecting Our Coasts
The Trump Administration is trying to open our coasts to oil and gas drilling. That's unacceptable, and goes against the will of the majority of Americans who want to protect our ocean from this kind of dangerous exploitation. To make things worse, this decision comes soon after Trump weakened regulations that were designed to help prevent oil spills, keep workers safe, and protect the environment. History shows that where we drill, we spill. We can't afford that risk in the Pacific Ocean, which is already feeling the effects of ocean acidification, harmful algal blooms, and other harmful consequences of climate change. I joined a bipartisan group of representatives from the Pacific Northwest in saying: Hands off our coast!

Saving for a Secure Future
The economic recession may be over, but many families are still struggling to get by. Stagnant wages and cuts to benefits have made it harder for Oregonians to make ends meet, let alone save for retirement, higher education, or emergencies. I'm proud of Oregon for leading the nation in making it easier for working families to build up their savings. Oregon Saves is an innovative program that helps workers set money aside for retirement and carry their savings from job to job. In Congress, I'm working to clarify federal laws so more states and cities can give workers the opportunity to save for a secure retirement. Also, the Oregon College Savings Plan gives working families a tax incentive to save for their children's college education. College Savings Plans – or 529 Savings Plans – are an affordable and easy way to save a small amount now to cover future college expenses.

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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