Dear Friend,

Your input through phone calls, emails, letters, and in-person conversations informs the work I do on behalf of Northwest Oregon. In October, I’ll hold six town hall meetings around the district so I can hear directly from you. Please join me!

You can visit my website for all of the details about my town hall meetings in Cornelius, Scappoose, Portland, Gearhart, Sheridan, and Beaverton. The Cornelius meeting will be bilingual with Spanish interpretation provided to participants.

It was a very busy summer! Here's more on what I’ve been working on:


Preventing Gun Violence

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The recent mass shootings in El Paso, Dayton, and Odessa, as well as the daily shootings that also cause irrevocable harm to families and communities, have moved even more people in Northwest Oregon and across the country to demand that Congress take action to prevent gun violence. Several months ago the House passed a bipartisan background check bill (H.R. 8) that will help prevent gun violence and stem this unacceptable loss of life. I’ve called on Mitch McConnell to immediately schedule a vote on H.R. 8 and cease his blockade of this lifesaving bill.

This week the House Judiciary Committee approved additional legislation that would prohibit high-capacity firearm magazines and create a nationwide system for extreme risk protection orders (also known as red flag laws) similar to Oregon’s policy. I look forward to supporting these bills on the House floor and will continue working to pass commonsense measures that can prevent gun violence and save lives. Enough is enough.

Listening to Students and Workers

ImageYoung people are our future leaders. I enjoyed hearing from Portland Community College Future Connect students about how a valuable internship program has helped them succeed and gain job experience.

This summer I also launched a survey on student loan repayment to hear from people in Northwest Oregon about how student loan debt is affecting their lives. Hundreds of people responded, including many who entered public service with the promise of having some of their student debt forgiven, only to be disappointed by systemic failures with the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. I’m meeting with people who have experienced problems with the program to learn more about what we can do to remedy this situation. And I’ll continue to champion efforts to make college more Imageaffordable and provide more support to borrowers struggling with student loan debt.

Over the summer I also had the chance to meet with workers who do critical jobs in our community: carpenters, postal workers, laborers and construction workers, and county and municipal employees. They shared their perspective on issues like infrastructure funding, workforce training, and retirement security. In Congress, I’ve supported legislation to raise the federal minimum wage, and I’ve put forward legislation that would help women and people of color get the skills they need for good-paying jobs in high-demand fields.


Making Child Care More Affordable

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As a mom and a policy maker, I know how important it is for working families to have access to quality, affordable child care. It’s about making sure kids have the best start in life, moms can succeed in the workplace, and families can achieve economic stability. The current system is woefully inadequate: there are too few slots for the kids who need care, and child care can cost more than college tuition. And child care workers are struggling to get by despite doing such important work.

I met with moms and child care providers who spoke out about how we need to invest more in child care. Moms like Sarah Leibman, who is pregnant with her second child and has a three-year-old daughter. She and her husband both do contract work, which makes it very difficult to predict when they’ll need child care. The day care where her daughter goes doesn’t take infants under six months and she has no paid or unpaid leave, so she doesn’t know what she’ll do when her second child is born. I’m hopeful that Congress will take action to help moms like Sarah who struggle to find and afford child care. In addition to calling for more funding, I’m also supporting the Child Care for Working Families Act, which addresses both access and affordability.

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