Representative Suzanne Bonamici's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (OR) - District 1, Democratic, Independent
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Suzanne Bonamici has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Suzanne Bonamici is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed Suzanne Bonamici in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Suzanne Bonamici. Cornilles defends abortion views after coming under Democratic attack. 4 December 2011. "A women's right to make her own health care decisions is a matter of principle. Congressional Republicans this year threatened to shut down our government over this issue. For Rob [Cornilles] to suggest that this is not an important issue in Congress is not true." (www.oregonlive.com)
  • Suzanne Bonamici. District One Voters' Guide: 2011 Suzanne Bonamici. Responded NO to the question: "Should Congress enact any further restrictions on abortion?" (gov.oregonlive.com)
  • Suzanne Bonamici. Priorities. 1 January 2012. "This priority is simple. Politicians should not be making health care decisions for women, period. Oregonians can trust me to vote to protect a woman's right to make her own reproductive health care decisions." (www.bonamiciforcongress.com)

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  • Suzanne Bonamici. Priorities. 3 February 2012. "My position -- and my priorities -- are clear: this is not the time for a tax increase on families and an end to unemployment benefits that will affect 32,000 Oregonians. This should not even be a question in Congress." (www.bonamiciforcongress.com)
  • Suzanne Bonamici. Priorities. 3 February 2012. "To refocus Congress and taxpayer dollars on the right priorities, the first steps must be to [...]. end the Bush tax cuts for millionaires, end tax breaks for individuals, corporation and established industries like big oil that can thrive without them [...]." (www.bonamiciforcongress.com)
  • Suzanne Bonamici. HB 3405. 75th Oregon Legislative Assembly-2009 Regular Session. Corporate Tax Increase. Suzanne Bonamici voted YES on 11 June 2009. Project Vote Smart Summary: (votesmart.org)
  • Suzanne Bonamici. District One Voters' Guide: 2011 Suzanne Bonamici. Responded, "I support a balanced approach to solving the fiscal crisis. First, we must end the Bush tax cuts for millionaires, end tax breaks for corporations like big oil and agri-business corporations that don't need them [...]. These steps alone put billions of dollars on the table to reduce our debt and deficit and invest in our priorities, like creating jobs, workforce training, education and protecting Social Security and Medicare." to the question: "What actions should be taken to reduce the budget deficit?" (gov.oregonlive.com)
  • Suzanne Bonamici. District One Voters' Guide: 2011 Suzanne Bonamici. Responded, "I support ending the Bush tax cuts for millionaires and also will support efforts that reform and simplify the tax code in ways that are fair and protect middle class and low-income families. I will not support efforts that increase the tax burden on the middle class and those who are working hard to join the middle class." to the question: "Should Congress raise taxes on higher-income Americans as President Obama has urged? Why or why not?" (gov.oregonlive.com)

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  • Suzanne Bonamici. Priorities: Invest in our communities. 30 May 2012. "It is time to rebuild our economy by rebuilding America. We must invest in infrastructure and put Oregonians back to work building roads, bridges, water systems, and electrical grids. And if we retrofit buildings, just as we are starting to do in Oregon schools, we can create jobs and save energy and money." (www.bonamiciforcongress.com)
  • Suzanne Bonamici. Independent Party of Oregon: 2011 Questionnaire. Responded, "Cut spending on: Military (and CIA) and Agriculture (Reallocate resources to better support small farmers.)" to the question: "The federal budget deficit has been $1.3 trillion in each of the past 2 years. What should the federal government do, if anything, to reduce the deficit?" www.indparty.com/files/Bonamici.pdf.
  • Suzanne Bonamici. Bonamici For Congress Campaign Releases Television Ad. 30 January 2012. "[...] the core value Suzanne Bonamici has presented during the campaign: controlling federal spending starts with getting our priorities straight “ and once we do that we can reduce the debt and invest in job creation to get our country and our economy back on track." (www.bonamiciforcongress.com)
  • Suzanne Bonamici. District One Voters' Guide: 2011 Suzanne Bonamici. Responded, "We need to get federal spending under control, but we need to do it in the right way." to the question: "What do you think of the Medicare plan presented by Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., to eventually give recipients a choice between the current Medicare program or private insurance?" (gov.oregonlive.com)
  • Suzanne Bonamici. Priorities: Help businesses keep people working. 30 May 2012. "With the lingering effects of the recession on businesses, the federal government should promote and support the use of work share programs. Oregon is one of many states with work share programs, but the programs are rarely used. Work share programs help businesses avoid lay-offs. Instead of lay-offs, hours are cut and through already allocated unemployment insurance, the government helps to fill the gap in pay. The result: Oregonians keep their jobs and businesses and government both save money." (www.bonamiciforcongress.com)

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  • Suzanne Bonamici. Priorities: Strengthen Education for our Children and Prepare Them for the Jobs of Tomorrow. 30 May 2012. "We need high standards and meaningful assessments so that educators can identify where students need to improve. We must support our teachers with mentoring and constructive evaluations centered on advancing professional development. These assessments and evaluations should be developed with input from educators." (www.bonamiciforcongress.com)
  • Suzanne Bonamici. Three Months. 10 May 2012. "I fought to keep student loan interest rates down and to prevent cuts in federal education funds to states for important programs like Title I and Head Start." (www.bonamiciforcongress.com)
  • Suzanne Bonamici. Priorities. 31 January 2012. "Funding education must be our top priority. Our children's educational future is quite simply their economic future and ours. Education is not a budget item that can be cut when times are tough: now is the time when improving our schools, community colleges and universities is critical to economic recovery." (www.bonamiciforcongress.com)
  • Suzanne Bonamici. Priorities. 31 January 2012. "To ensure a strong public education system, we must significantly reform federal education policy under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Assessments need to be meaningful for teachers and students, and the results should be used to help, rather than punish, teachers and schools." (www.bonamiciforcongress.com)

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  • Suzanne Bonamici. Priorities. 31 January 2012. "[I] Support EPA regulation of greenhouse gases This must be done in a meaningful way to fight climate change and its effects on the environment, health and the economy." (www.bonamiciforcongress.com)
  • Suzanne Bonamici. Priorities. 3 February 2012. "Climate change is a real threat to our environment and our economy. As a state legislator, I have a strong record of working to reduce Oregon's greenhouse gas emissions and dependence on fossil fuels." (www.bonamiciforcongress.com)
  • Jeff Mapes. The Oregonian: Bonamici, Cornilles tangle over Social Security, immigration and other hot-button issues. 14 January 2012. "Bonamici says global warming is a man-made problem that the country needs to vigorously attack by focusing on solar, wind, wave and other renewable energy resources. She joins environmentalists in fighting the Keystone pipeline project to bring oil from Canada's tar sands region into the U.S. They say extracting this oil causes huge greenhouse gas emissions and threatens groundwater supplies." (www.oregonlive.com)
  • League of Conservation Voters. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. League of Conservation Voters endorsed Suzanne Bonamici in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.

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  • Suzanne Bonamici. Video: Suzanne Bonamici | The Daily Astorian. 12 December 2011. "We absolutely have to reduce costs, and one of the ways to do that is by making sure that people have access to affordable health care [...]." (www.youtube.com)
  • Suzanne Bonamici. Video: The Oregonian and KGW Debate. 10 January 2012. "I believe that everyone in this country should have access to health care." (www.oregonlive.com)
  • Suzanne Bonamici. District One Voters' Guide: 2011 Suzanne Bonamici. Responded, "The Affordable Care Act takes the first steps to address the skyrocketing health care costs that have made access to health care so difficult for many of our citizens and businesses that provide health insurance for their employees. Going forward, we must continue work with the medical community to drive down costs by increasing our focus on preventive and effective care, and improving the management of chronic health care conditions." to the question: "What are the next steps Congress should take on health care now that the Affordable Care Act championed by President Obama has become law?" (gov.oregonlive.com)
  • Suzanne Bonamici. Priorities: Increase Access to Affordable Health Care for All. 30 May 2012. "Congress took the first steps to reform our health care system, but more needs to be done. Right now, paying for health care is a struggle for families and small businesses. We need a system focused on health that is truly accessible so that when people need care, they can access the services they need. When people are healthy, our families, communities and businesses thrive." (www.bonamiciforcongress.com)

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  • Suzanne Bonamici. Video: Suzanne Bonamici Interview | The Daily Astorian. 12 December 2011. "It's a problem that needs to be resolved. There's no doubt that we have to have federal immigration reform; we need to tighten our borders [...]. But we have to have a path to citizenship for those who are law abiding and not break up our families." (www.youtube.com)
  • Suzanne Bonamici. SB 742. 76th Oregon Legislative Assembly-2011 Regular Session. Suzanne Bonamici voted YES on 29 March 2011. Project Vote Smart Summary: (votesmart.org)
  • Suzanne Bonamici. KATU: CD1 race: Immigration Reform and border security. 8 January 2012. "I believe there needs to be a path to citizenship for law-abiding “ emphasize law-abiding “ citizens, but what that looks like is really something that is up for debate and discussion in a bipartisan way." (www.katu.com)
  • Suzanne Bonamici. Video: The Oregonian and KGW Debate. 10 January 2012. "I do believe we should have a pathway to citizenship [¦]. Immigration reform is something that needs to be done at a federal level." (www.oregonlive.com)

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  • Suzanne Bonamici. Pelosi, Nadler, 130 House Members File Amicus Brief on Federal Case Against DOMA. 10 July 2012. "Heightened scrutiny applies: the brief agrees with Justice Department's position that lesbians and gay men are an identifiable minority group that lack sufficient political power to obtain the consistent and favorable treatment of lawmakers; as a result, they need the protection that heightened judicial review provides. Congress's treatment of gay men and lesbians illustrates that this group has been unable to prevent harmful laws or achieve desired policy results that directly impact their lives. Gay men and lesbians are a historically disfavored minority that has often been targeted for legislative action based on stereotypes and bias, making it inappropriate for courts to grant laws like DOMA the same presumption of validity afforded to most acts of Congress. Instead, laws that single out gay men and lesbians for harm warrant judicial skepticism and heightened review. This requires the government to show that Section 3 serves a significant federal interest, and even BLAG seems to concede that it loses under this standard. Even under rational basis as applied by the Supreme Court in cases where the rights of a minority are at stake, Section 3 is unconstitutional. Section 3 does not achieve, but undermines, the actual interests served by the programs that take marital status into account, and denying recognition to couples who already are married under state law does not rationally serve any of the reasons relied upon by Congress in 1996 or created in response to this litigation." (votesmart.org)
  • April Baer. Oregon Public Broadcasting: Oregon Leaders Praise Obama's New Stance On Same-Sex Marriage. "While the President's announcement did not include any suggestion of Congressional action to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, Bonamici wasn't sure whether Congress should act on the issue in the near future. 'I'd have to think about that. I know that many people believe it should be done state-by-state. I certainly support the repeal of DOMA, though,' says Bonamici." (www.dailyastorian.com)
  • Suzanne Bonamici. Bonamici Applauds President's Announcement Supporting Gay Marriage. 9 May 2012. "I applaud President Obama for his announcement today supporting gay marriage. Marriage equality is a fundamental civil rights issue, and it is more important than ever that we stand united. This is an historic day for the LGBTQ community and our nation as a whole. Well done, Mr. President!" (votesmart.org)
  • Suzanne Bonamici. Facebook: Wall. 9 May 2012. "Thank you, President Obama, for voicing your support of marriage equality for same-sex couples. I am proud to stand with our President in support of LGBTQ equality." (www.facebook.com)
  • Suzanne Bonamici. HRC Announces Endorsement of Suzanne Bonamici for Congress. 31 January 2012. "I have been and will continue to be an open and strong supporter of LGBT equal rights, and I am proud to receive the endorsement of the Human Rights Campaign [...]. HRC is on the front lines of the fight for a just and fair society and I look forward to working together to end discrimination of any kind against our LGBT family members, friends, colleagues and neighbors" (www.bonamiciforcongress.com)

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.

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  • Suzanne Bonamici. Issue Postion: Seniors. 30 May 2012. "I stand firm in my belief that we must not allow Social Security and Medicare to be privatized or compromised. Our current economic challenges must not be used as an excuse to dismantle these critical programs, which allow our seniors to live their lives with dignity. The Social Security trust fund is solvent and we must keep our promise to seniors by ensuring that it remains that way. There are sensible reforms that can be made to strengthen and stabilize these programs while protecting and preserving Medicare and Social Security for current and future recipients." (bonamici.house.gov)
  • Suzanne Bonamici. Video: The Oregonian and KGW Debate. 10 January 2012. "I do not support the privatization of social security [...]. Social security is a promise made to seniors." (gov.oregonlive.com)
  • Jeff Mapes. The Oregonian: Bonamici, Cornilles tangle over Social Security, immigration and other hot-button issues. 14 January 2012. "Bonamici says she can't support the Wyden-Ryan Medicare plan, saying it 'looks like privatization.' She says she worries that younger, healthier recipients would opt for private plans, putting heavier financial pressure on seniors who remain in the traditional plan." (www.oregonlive.com)
  • Suzanne Bonamici. Oregon Seniors Endorse Bonamici For Congress. 31 January 2012. "Putting our financial house in order is a matter of priorities. Seniors didn't cause the financial crash and they should not be penalized for it [...]. Social Security and Medicare are more than a promise; they provide our seniors the economic security they rely on every day and, for decades, have represented the values and priorities we hold as a just society." (www.bonamiciforcongress.com)

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