Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) today announced that she has been selected to serve on two subcommittees of the U.S. House Education and the Workforce Committee. Bonamici is now a member of the Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training and the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections.

"As a member of the Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training, I will be well-positioned to advocate for Oregon's outstanding community colleges and four year universities," Bonamici said. "I'll also have an opportunity to promote initiatives that will benefit Oregon's economy, including legislation to address the skills gap and efforts to integrate arts education with the STEM curriculum to encourage the innovation we need to compete in a global economy."

In the 112th Congress, Bonamici introduced the WISE Investment Act to help identify local skills gaps and put Americans back to work.Bonamici is also spearheading an effort to transform the discussion of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education by integrating aspects of art and design. The Congresswoman is making the case to her colleagues that a STEAM (STEM +Art) curriculum is essential to generating creative thinking and problem solving that is particularly applicable in the digital age.

Bonamici also earned a position on the Workforce Protection subcommittee, giving her the ability to advocate for workers' rights. "The Workforce Protection subcommittee will give me the opportunity to advocate for protecting rights in the workplace," Bonamici said. "From strengthening the Family and Medical Leave Act to protecting Davis-Bacon, there is a great deal that needs to be done. This assignment will give Oregon a seat at the table."

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