Dear Friend,

People are busy these days, and they don’t want to be disrupted by unwanted robocalls or telephone scams.

I’m happy to report that the House recently passed the bipartisan Stopping Bad Robocalls Act to put safeguards in place and finally stop the robocalls that cause frustration — and sometimes lead to economic loss. I call on my colleagues in the Senate to quickly pass the bill so we can provide overdue relief to the families and individuals who receive far too many robocalls.

Here's more about what I’ve been working on:


Protecting Student Loan Borrowers

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Too many people struggle to make payments on burdensome student loans. I introduced the bipartisan SIMPLE Act to streamline the enrollment process for income-driven repayment plans, which will make it easier for people to access affordable payment plans and avoid the catastrophic effects of default. This legislation is an important step for those who have invested their time and resources in education and should not be burdened by unreasonable debt.


As I continue working on legislation to help student loan borrowers, I would like to hear about your experiences. Please fill out this short survey, and tell your friends who live in Oregon’s First District to fill out the survey too.

Saving Our Seas and Reducing Waste

ImageThe marine life and habitat in our immense ocean are threatened by pervasive and destructive plastics and debris. Marine pollution is entirely preventable, and I am keeping up the momentum on this issue by introducing the Save Our Seas 2.0 Act with my House Oceans Caucus Co-Chair Rep. Don Young. This bill builds on the success of our legislation that was signed into law last year, and will accelerate efforts to eliminate pollution in our ocean and increase investments in infrastructure to prevent plastic waste on a global scale.

Want to learn more about how to develop sustainable habits and reduce your impact on the environment? Please join me at a seminar I’m hosting in Beaverton on August 27th that will feature a talk by Betty Shelley of the Reduce Your Waste Project. I hope you’ll be there to learn helpful tips for reducing your environmental footprint. Sign up here.


Caring for Migrant Children

I recently had the opportunity to tour Morrison Child & Family Services, which is the only facility in Oregon for young people who made the dangerous journey to the United States without a parent or guardian in search of a better life. As a mother, it’s heartbreaking to visit migrant children and teenagers in detention. Congress must be allowed to exercise its oversight role by visiting people—including children—held in federally-funded facilities.

Here in Oregon, Morrison is working diligently to care for the young people in their custody, and to find them safe homes. My visit reinforces my commitment to working for a humane immigration and refugee policy that keeps families together. At our Southern border, the Trump administration separated thousands of children and teenagers from their parents or another family member. The physical, psychological, and emotional damage from forced separation may last a lifetime. We must immediately improve conditions for migrants, end family separation, and hold the administration accountable for their violations of law and human rights.


Raising the Minimum Wage

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The federal minimum wage has been stagnant for too long, exacerbating income inequality, perpetuating wage gaps, and leaving too many individuals who work full-time in poverty. The House addressed the challenges faced by working families across the country by passing the Raise the Wage Act to increase the federal minimum wage for the first time in more than a decade. 

This bill gradually raises the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $15 an hour by 2025, indexes future minimum wage increases to median wage growth, and phases out the subminimum wages for tipped workers, youth, and workers with disabilities. All full-time workers should be able to afford basics like food, housing, transportation, health care, and childcare. I encourage my colleagues in the Senate to quickly pass this legislation.

 

In Case You Missed It

  • I was honored to chair a hearing on how we can provide more stability and support to homeless youth.
  • I joined community leaders in St. Helens to celebrate the opening of a new affordable housing complex.
  • The interns in my D.C. office took over my Instagram account to show what a day in their life is like! I’m proud to offer paid internships; more information on how to apply can be found here.
 

   

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