News from Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici

May 4, 2018

Dear Friend,

This spring, high school seniors across NW Oregon are making their final decisions about what to do after graduation. For too many students the decision is fraught with financial concerns. I worked my way through community college, and graduated from college and law school with a manageable amount of debt. Many students in Oregon and across the country don't have the same opportunities now. In Congress, I'm leading the effort to modernize and update the Federal Work Study program so students can earn money in school and gain valuable work experience that will help them secure good jobs after graduation. I'll continue to fight attempts in Congress to roll back higher education policies that support low-income students.

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

Overcoming the Opioid Crisis
I have met with people from all walks of life who have shared heart-wrenching stories about how the opioid crisis is taking lives and inflicting pain on Oregon families. Many people have leftover prescriptions at home that can be misused by children, family members, or friends. We must make it easier to dispose of unused medications. My Safe Disposal of Opioids Act creates a grant program to help pharmacies install and maintain drug disposal boxes - paid for by a fee on the pharmaceutical companies that make opioids. Unfortunately, the opioid crisis is too big and too complex to be solved by any single solution. In Congress, I'll keep working to hold opioid manufacturers accountable, increase drug disposal options, and secure more resources to help Oregonians cope with the deadly opioid epidemic.

Preserving our Planet, Holding Pruitt Accountable
Curbing the effects of climate change will protect public health and preserve our planet for future generations. I'm on the Science Committee, and as the top Democrat on the Environment Subcommittee, I'm concerned about Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt's actions to roll back clean air and water protection, loosen vehicle emission standards, and repeal the Clean Power Plan. All of these steps are moving us in the wrong direction. Pruitt's lavish spending on travel and upgrades to his office is unethical and a waste of taxpayer dollars. For the sake of future generations and our planet, we need an EPA Administrator who is committed to the mission of the agency and who will make decisions using evidence-based science. For these reasons, I've called for Administrator Pruitt's resignation.

Economic Stability for Every Family
We need an economy that works for everyone. Too many working families in Oregon are struggling to get ahead with stagnant wages and increasing costs for housing, child care, and student loan payments. Yet most of the benefits of the partisan hastily-passed tax plan go to wealthy corporations and the top one percent of households. That's not the right way to do tax reform. Our country needs smart investments in good paying jobs that will rebuild our roads, bridges, schools, and communities, put people back to work, and help families achieve financial stability.

Keeping Students Safe
It has been nearly three months since the tragic shooting at Parkland High School in Florida. Leaders in Washington, DC must listen to the millions of students, teachers, and parents who are demanding that Congress take action to strengthen gun laws and end gun violence's grip on our communities. The student leaders speaking up and giving voice to their generation have inspired me. I'm bringing their call to action back to Congress and demanding that we pass legislation – starting with universal background checks. We also need to get military-style weapons off our streets and keep guns out of the hands of dangerous individuals and domestic abusers.

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