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Suzanne Bonamici's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)


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  • Voted in favor of HR 3755 "Women's Health Protection Act of 2021." (
  • "I remember the days before Roe v. Wade, and we can't go back. Our fundamental right to comprehensive reproductive health -- including abortion -- remains under attack by restrictive laws that are about control, not health and safety. I will continue resisting these dangerous efforts and fighting for the Women's Health Protection Act, which reaffirms the right to abortion without burdensome restrictions." (
  • Rated 100% by Planned Parenthood Action Fund. (
  • Voted in favor of HR 5377 "Restoring Tax Fairness for States and Localities Act." (
  • "In NW Oregon the average income tax bill in 2017 was $11,525. That’s the year President Trump reportedly paid $750 in taxes. For too long the tax code has been stacked for those at the top. The next tax reform bill Congress passes must help working families." (
  • Rated 0% by FreedomWorks. (
  • "The SALT deduction historically strengthened state and local government functions, including public health programs, safety-nets for low-income residents and emergency response services. The TCJA dealt a serious blow to state and local budgets when it capped the deduction at $10,000 in order to pay for other provisions in the bill. On top of that, the fiscal and economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic and response has left states facing significant budgetary challenges which are worsened as high earners move to lower tax states. 2 When high earners leave states, the middle and lower income earners are left behind holding the bag to cover the tax burden." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1425 "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act." (
  • Rated 97% by Alliance for Retired Americans. (
  • "The current Medicare payment system does not adequately incentivize high-quality care, and reimbursement has failed to keep up with inflation. We believe broad systemic reforms to the payment system are critical to speed the transition to value-based care. However, as Congress begins the complex process of identifying and considering potential long-term reforms, we must also create stability by addressing the immediate payment cuts facing health care professionals. These cuts will strain our health care system and jeopardize patient access to medically necessary services."
  • "We write to express strong bipartisan support for the Medicare Advantage program, which 39.2 percent of eligible Medicare beneficiaries, more than 22 million people, choose to enroll in. We appreciate your ongoing commitment to preserving and strengthening the Medicare Advantage program for current and future Medicare beneficiaries. As the Administration considers updates to the program for plan year 2020, we urge you to ensure that the Medicare Advantage program will continue to offer affordable, high-quality, patient-centered coverage options." (
  • Rated 93% by Common Cause. (
  • ""Free and fair elections are the foundation of our democratic republic, yet we have seen many examples across the country of how elections can be vulnerable to attack or voter suppression," said Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici. "We must protect the voice of the people and put an end to the voter disenfranchisement efforts that are too prevalent, especially in communities of color. H.R. 1 will protect and expand voting rights while also making important reforms to address money in politics, increase transparency, and fight corruption."" (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 "For the People Act of 2021." (
  • "The House passed the George Floyd #JusticeinPolicing Act almost two months ago to hold police accountable and make policy changes that will help to prevent these tragedies. The Senate must act; this is a matter of life or death." (
  • "George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and many other people should still be alive and with their loved ones today. This comprehensive legislation will honor their memory and help prevent future tragedies by transforming policing and banning dangerous tactics like chokeholds and no-knock warrants. It also takes important steps, including overturning the qualified immunity doctrine and establishing a public National Police Misconduct Registry, that will hold law enforcement accountable for their wrongful actions. This change is overdue. I will continue to work in Congress to make sure all members of our community are safe from racial injustice and police brutality." (
  • "It bans chokeholds and no-knock warrants, overturns the existing qualified immunity doctrine, creates a public National Police Misconduct Registry, and increases accountability and oversight of federal, state, and local law enforcement." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1280 "George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021." (
  • Rated 0% by Center for Security Policy. (
  • "And although this bill makes needed investments in the care and services of our #veterans, it continues to bloat defense spending beyond the actual needs of our military." (
  • "At least 1 out of 5 kids is hungry. 1 out of 3 people couldn’t pay their rent or mortgage in July. Sending $740 billion to the Pentagon won’t solve those problems or help us fight the pandemic. Congress must put #PeopleOverPentagon and not just rubber-stamp the Defense budget." (
  • Voted against S 1605 "National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 3684 "Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act." (
  • ""Access to safe and reliable drinking water is critical for our communities to stay healthy and thrive," Bonamici said. "Lead and contaminants pose serious health threats to Oregonians. As a mom and a policymaker, I'm especially concerned about making sure our kids can drink clean water at home and at school. This federal investment of $92 million will provide clean safe drinking water to hundreds of thousands of Oregonians. That's what it means to build back better."" (
  • ""Our national infrastructure is crumbling, outdated, and in urgent need of significant upgrades," said Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici. "The bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act represents a significant commitment to reaching a more connected and resilient nation. It will help Oregonians and families across the country by repairing and improving our roads and bridges, creating new jobs, expanding access to broadband, and so much more. Importantly, this legislation takes meaningful steps in the face of the climate crisis to increase access to public transportation and reduce carbon emissions, and strengthen our nation's infrastructure to withstand and protect people and property from extreme weather events."" (
  • Voted in favor of HR 5376 "Build Back Better Act." (
  • Rated 0% by FreedomWorks. (
  • "It is reprehensible to increase the debt by at least one trillion dollars to give tax cuts to successful corporations and the wealthiest in our country while asking hard-working Americans to do more with less as costs rise and wages remain stagnant. This bill will exacerbate income inequality in our country at a time when it is rising and threatening our nation's prosperity." (
  • Voted against HR 1 "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 266 "Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act" (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1319 "American Rescue Plan Act of 2021." (
  • ""Families and individuals in our communities have been pushed to the brink by the pandemic, and they need our support to recover and build back better," said Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici. "The American Rescue Plan is scaled to meet this tremendous need. The bill includes aid that will provide immediate financial relief, accelerate vaccinations, help schools reopen, increase access to child care, and more."" (
  • ""As the coronavirus death toll tragically surpasses 200,000 and the pandemic continues to devastate our communities and economy, the American people need relief," said Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici. "The House passed critical legislation several months ago to stem the loss of life and blunt the worst effects of the pandemic, but the Senate failed to act. This update to the Heroes Act reflects what our country needs now -- aid for schools, workers, businesses, child care, testing and treatment, and more."" (
  • Voted in favor of HR 4447 "Expanding Access to Sustainable Energy Act of 2019." (
  • ""Developing and bringing to market clean energy technologies that meet local and regional needs is essential to our successful transition to a clean energy economy," said Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici. "The Regional Clean Energy Innovation Act will create partnerships that bring together relevant stakeholders to overcome innovation barriers and deploy clean energy solutions that support decarbonization. These partnerships will help move our nation closer to achieving net-zero emissions."" (
  • ""Our move towards clean energy is a critical step in saving our planet but we can't leave communities behind in the process. I met with workers, union leaders, and experts who made it clear that economic diversification is imperative for states, like New Mexico, that rely on oil and gas to fund their education programs," said Leger Fernández. "That is why I introduced the Just Transition for Energy Communities Act - to provide states and Tribes with necessary funds to ensure a fair and successful energy transition. These communities powered our country for decades and grew our economy. Now, we must now do the same for them."" (
  • Rated 98% by League of Conservation Voters. (
  • "After more than a year of hearings, round table discussions, and feedback from people and groups across the country, we have a bold, science-based, comprehensive plan to address the climate crisis. It sets our Nation on a path to reach net-zero emissions no later than mid-century and net-negative thereafter. Our plan focuses on the needs of frontline communities, accelerating our transition to a 100 percent clean-energy economy, and opportunities to create good-paying jobs. Climate solutions are economic solutions." (
  • "Curbing greenhouse gas emissions to address the climate crisis has never been more urgent, and President Biden has committed to take bold action. After four years of fighting to protect our planet during the challenging past several years, I am relieved that President Biden will restore our place in the Paris Agreement and mobilize the ambitious climate action we need. Rejoining the agreement is just the beginning, and I look forward to working with the Biden-Harris Administration and my colleagues to implement our Climate Crisis Action Plan to create good-paying jobs, transition to a 100 percent clean energy economy, and build back better for a sustainable, resilient future." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 9 "Climate Action Now Act." (
  • ""Today the House is taking decisive action that can save lives," said Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici. "It's past time that we do more than offer thoughts and prayers. An entire generation of students has been traumatized by active shooter events and drills in school, a place they should be safe. Families across NW Oregon mourn loved ones lost to gun violence tragedies. I've heard from many Oregonians about the urgent need for gun violence prevention measures that would prevent further loss of life. I call on the Senate to heed their call and send this bill to President Biden's desk."" (
  • Rated 100% by Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1446 "Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2021." (
  • "Health care can't just be for wealthy & healthy. I’m ready to work w/ #GOP colleagues to improve - not dismantle - Obamacare #ProtectOurCare" (
  • Voted against HR 1628 "American Health Care Act of 2017." (
  • ""The House has passed the bipartisan Families First Coronavirus Response bill," said Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici. "This legislation provides relief and security to the families in Oregon and across the country who are already being hurt by the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Specifically, it offers families paid sick leave, paid family and medical leave, enhanced unemployment insurance, food security, and free and widespread testing for the virus."" (
  • Voted in favor of HR 6201 "Families First Coronavirus Response Act." (
  • "And now the admin is asking for a $1.2B taxpayer bailout for a fee-based agency, USCIS, because Trump’s policies reduced applications. Instead of working on a fair & efficient immigration system, Trump has sabotaged USCIS & focused on his futile border wall." (
  • "This is another example of DHS needlessly increasing fee rates as a cruel means to prevent would-be applicants from applying for benefits and diverting discretionary funding towards the unnecessary expansion of border wall and increasing the inhumane and costly detention of people in ICE detention centers." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 6 "American Dream and Promise Act of 2021." (
  • ""Humane reform of our immigration system is long overdue," said Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici. "Thousands of Dreamers in Oregon have been making our communities better for years, and many of them have been working on the front lines and making essential contributions throughout this pandemic. These resilient young people are beloved members of our community, and must be provided with a pathway to full citizenship. I urge the Senate to quickly pass the Dream and Promise Act to finally make their dream a reality."" (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1333 "NO BAN Act." (
  • ""We must remedy the terrible harm the previous administration caused to immigrants and mixed-status families, who are invaluable members of our community," said Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici. "This package of legislation places needed checks on the tactics and conduct of ICE. Importantly, the legislation will expedite the reunion of children and families who were torn apart by Trump's shameful and unjust family separation policy. I look forward to working with my colleagues to get these measures signed into law by President Biden."" (
  • Voted in favor of HR 550 "No War Against Iran Act." (
  • Rated 0% by Center for Security Policy. (
  • Signed Letter to Joe Biden: "We know preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon through diplomacy will be a top priority of your administration, and we strongly believe that the JCPOA provides a critical framework to achieve this goal effectively. We strongly endorse your call for Iran to return to strict compliance with the nuclear deal, the United States to rejoin the agreement, and subsequent follow-on negotiations. We understand that returning to the agreement will require the selective lifting of some sanctions and rigorous implementation to verifiably ensure Iranian compliance." (
  • "War should be a last resort, waged only under the rarest of circumstances when our national security is in direct jeopardy and no other option is available. The sparse evidence presented by the Trump administration to justify its actions has not met that standard. I will continue to do all I can to prevent a war with Iran and to exert the oversight of Congress in this serious matter." (
  • Voted in favor of H J Res 37 "Directing the removal of United States Armed Forces from hostilities in the Republic of Yemen that have not been authorized by Congress" (
  • Rated 0% by Center for Security Policy. (
  • "The U.S. must do everything possible to avoid again becoming involved in a long, protracted war. I am grateful for the service members who have dedicated themselves to protecting our nation and working to improve the lives of Afghans, particularly their heroic effort in recent days to assist more than 120,000 people in escaping the country." (
  • Voted in favor of S J Res 68 "A joint resolution to direct the removal of United States Armed Forces from hostilities against the Islamic Republic of Iran that have not been authorized by Congress" (
  • "The renegotiated USMCA strengthens labor rules so that it will be easier to prove violations. It includes robust monitoring systems and strong enforcement tools, including people on the ground in Mexico to monitor compliance." (
  • "NAFTA went into effect in 1994. In the years that followed, we saw outsourcing of jobs to Mexico that undermined the American workforce and did not raise wages or working conditions for Mexican workers. The renegotiated USMCA strengthens the labor rules so it will be easier to prove violations. It also includes robust monitoring systems and strong enforcement tools, including United States attachés on the ground in Mexico to conduct inspections and ensure compliance with the agreement. Throughout this negotiation we worked closely with the labor movement, and because of our joint efforts, the deal is strong enough to have earned the support of the AFL-CIO." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 5430 "United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act." (

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