Bonamici, who represents Oregon’s 1st Congressional House District, which includes all of Columbia, Clatsop, Washington and Yamhill and parts of Multnomah Counties, met with local constituents for over an hour. Bonamici, who is running for re-election in November, discussed current issues she is working on as well as concerns raised by attendees.
In her opening remarks Bonamici noted that she represents a very diverse district which includes urban, suburban, rural and coastal communities as well as forestry, fishing, agriculture and high tech. “That’s what makes it wonderful and that’s what always inspires me to look at things from every different perspective,” said Bonamici
Bonamici, who is earning a reputation as a collaborator in congress who is willing to work across party lines, told the audience that since the government shutdown last October she has seen a willingness of congressional leaders to try to work together. “That shutdown was a big wake up call,” said Bonamici. Bonamici noted that since the shutdown, congress was able to pass a budget and the Omnibus Appropriations Act to fund agencies.
Bonamici, who serves on the Science Committee and Eduction Committee, noted that she supported the Farm Bill, which was passed but cut funding for food stamps benefits, because, “…it had so much good in it for Oregon.” Bonamici said the Farm Bill provided benefits for Oregon’s specialty crops, organic farmers, food banks, and pesticide research. Read More