News from Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici

April 11, 2018

Dear Friend,

There's been a lot of news lately, and I want to highlight a few actions Congress has taken that will help Oregon. First, Congress put an end to the harmful practice of fire borrowing, which forced the Forest Service to spend wildfire prevention funds to fight wildfires, leaving less money for forest management. Second, Congress funded the Secure Rural Schools program, which helps rural Oregon counties pay for education, public safety, and other vital services. I was proud to contribute to these victories for Oregon and will keep fighting back on congressional gridlock and working hard to support all of our communities.

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

Town Hall Meetings
Representative democracy thrives when people participate fully and make their voices heard. I appreciate everyone who joined my six town hall meetings this spring in Portland, Beaverton, McMinnville, St. Helens, Forest Grove, and Astoria. We discussed a wide range of issues, including gun violence prevention, the opioid crisis, holding the Trump administration accountable, safeguarding our environment, and strengthening public education. It was especially inspiring to hear from students in McMinnville and Astoria who are working to make their schools safe and raise their voices about gun violence prevention.

Gaining Work Experience in School
Work study helps students earn money while in college, and it should also be an opportunity to gain valuable experience that will lead to good jobs after graduation. I worked my way through community college with help from the Federal Work Study program, which opened doors and created opportunities for me. I want students in Oregon and around the country to have the same chance to succeed and to reach for a better future, so I've introduced legislation to modernize the Federal Work Study program. My bill, the Opportunities for Success Act, will help make college more affordable and will also promote programs that focus on career readiness so students graduate with relevant work experience in their field of study. There are many steps we can take to make college more affordable and accessible, and updating the Federal Work Study program is one key step.

Preventing Gun Violence
Many Oregonians have told me that they want Congress to pass legislation that will help prevent gun violence and keep their communities safe. I've been inspired by the courage and leadership of students from Florida, Oregon, and around the country who are speaking out and demanding change. Congress recently lifted the ban that prevented the CDC from studying gun violence as a public health issue. It's an important step, but as a member of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force I know we can do more. In the coming months, I'll continue to work with my colleagues to strengthen universal background checks, get military-style weapons off our streets, ban bump stocks, and keep guns out of the hands of dangerous individuals. Congress needs to take action. The American people and future generations are counting on us to debate and pass gun violence prevention legislation.

Protecting Dreamers
President Trump is again playing games with the lives of hard-working Dreamers. A few months ago he said he wanted to protect Dreamers, but now he's turning his back on them. Dreamers have pursued an education and are working to make our communities better places to live; I won't stand idly by as this heartless Administration tries to deport them. I think about Miriam, my constituent who was brought to this country when she was less than a year old, and I can't imagine her being taken away from her husband, son, and the only home she has ever known. Congressional leaders must stand up to the President and pass the bipartisan DREAM Act.

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