US Senator Jeff Merkley and US Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici held a joint Town Hall at the Vernonia School on Friday, April 3, 2015.
Over sixty people were in attendance when Senator Merkley opened the meeting by making a presentation of a United States flag to high school principal Nate Underwood. The flag had previously been flown over the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. “This school contributes so much to the strength of this community,” said Merkley. “This is really in appreciation for how every facet of the community came together to make this happen.”
Merkley and Bonamici both made opening remarks and then took questions from the audience.
In his opening remarks Merkley stated that not much has been passed through the Senate since January. He noted that the Senate had spent almost a month working on the Keystone Pipeline issue which President Obama had said he would veto and did, spent a month on a Homeland Security bill which everyone agreed on but then had unrelated immigration policy riders added, and spent a few weeks on a new trafficking bill which everyone agreed on but then an unrelated social issue was added to it, and then time was spent on the budget. Merkley also mentioned conversations about authorizing military force in Syria, the Iran nuclear weapons treaty, and the attempt to fast track the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement. Read More
Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley and Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici will hold a joint town hall in Vernonia on Friday, April 3 at 2:00 PM at the Vernonia School Commons.
They will update constituents on their work in Washington, D.C. and answer questions and invite suggestions about how to tackle the challenges facing Oregon and America.
“There are huge issues facing Oregonians and the best way for me to effectively advocate for Oregon’s families and businesses is by getting out on the road and holding a town hall in every county, every year to hear directly from Oregonians,” said Merkley. “I invite all residents of Columbia County to come and discuss what we need to do to strengthen our state and nation.”
“Listening to constituents is an important part of my work,” Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici said. “Town hall meetings provide the opportunity for me to hear about the issues facing this diverse district and learn how I can help. Constituents always provide valuable feedback that informs the work I do when I’m back in Washington, D.C.”
Since joining the Senate in 2009, Merkley has held a town hall in each of Oregon’s 36 counties every year. The town hall in Vernonia will be his 224th town hall as a U.S. Senator.
US Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici held a Town Hall meeting at the Vernonia Schools Commons on Saturday, June 7, 2014.
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
Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici will hold a Town Hall meeting on Saturday June 7, from 2:30 to 3:30 PM at the Vernonia School.
Bonamici will provide an update on her work in Congress and take questions from residents.
“Town halls are an excellent opportunity to hear directly from my constituents about the issues that they value most,” Bonamici said. “I encourage all my constituents to attend and participate.”
Bonamici staff members will be available at the town halls to assist anyone experiencing problems with federal agencies.
The Vernonia School District will be holding a Town Hall Meeting on Tuesday February 25th. We will be meeting in the Commons of the new schools at 7:00 PM. The topics for the meeting are the district’s shop program, our future sports fields, Qualities and Qualifications of a new Superintendent and the benefits of a four day school week. A general question and answer session for public input will also be included.
Hopefully you are aware that the district recently received nearly $250,000 in a Career and Technical Education (CTE) Revitalization grant. This grant will enable us to expand our career course options, add a shop building, and complete the greenhouse.
We will discuss the status of our planning for future sports fields since the Vernonia Sports Initiative, a group working under the Vernonia Education Foundation, has raised a significant amount of money toward this goal.
We will discuss establishing a task force to examine the benefits of a four day school week and the feasibility of implementing it next year. Read More
Senator Ron Wyden (D) speaks during a Town Hall held at Vernonia Schools on January 14, 2013.
U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D) spoke at a Town Hall Meeting at the Vernonia School on Monday January 14, 2013.
Wyden opened the meeting by recognizing several Korean War Veterans in the audience. Wyden announced that he was a sponsor of U.S. Senate Resolution 602 which commemorates 2013 as the “Year of the Korean War Veteran.” Wyden presented the veterans with a plaque of the resolution and honored their service. The veterans received a standing ovation from the crowd.
Wyden spent the remainder of the meeting answering questions from the audience. Vernonia High School students were invited to attend the Town Hall and were in attendance. Wyden focused much of his attention during the meeting on the students, specifically trying to engage them during the ninety minute meeting. Read More