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  • Beyer Statement on Trump Executive Order on Drilling
    Posted in Press Releases on April 28, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Climate Change and the Environment

    Vice-Ranking Member of the House Science Committee Rep. Don Beyer today issued the following statement on President Trump’s Executive Order to expand drilling and petroleum exploration in the Atlantic and Arctic Oceans: “This decision by President Trump is another gift to the fossil fuel industry from an Administration that has shown unprecedented hostility to environmental protection. His Order is misguided, bad for coastal economies, and represents more destructive apathy on climate change. Th... Read more

  • Beyer and LoBiondo Introduce Bipartisan Legislation To Protect Marine Life
    Posted in Press Releases on April 27, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Climate Change and the Environment

    Congressman Don Beyer and Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ) today announced that they have introduced legislation to halt permits for seismic airgun blasting on the Atlantic seaboard. Petroleum companies use seismic blasting in their surveying process, but the practice has significant, adverse effects on marine species. The Atlantic Seismic Airgun Protection Act would halt the practice. “The seismic pulses from airgun blasts threaten the aquatic species many coastal communities depend on,” said Rep. Do... Read more

  • Safe Climate Caucus Co-Chairs Lowenthal and Beyer React To Trump Executive Orders on Climate
    Posted in Press Releases on March 28, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Climate Change and the Environment

    Reps. Alan Lowenthal (D-CA) and Don Beyer (D-VA) issued scathing denunciations of President Trump’s Executive Orders on climate and the environment today. “We all want our world to be a safe, healthy place to raise our families and grow our economy. Unfortunately, the President’s action today slows down the progress we’ve been making and puts U.S. leadership on climate in question,” said Rep. Alan Lowenthal. “This executive order only kicks the climate change can further down the road, forcing f... Read more

  • Trump Budget a Republican Lowlight Reel
    Posted in Press Releases on March 16, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense, Healthcare, Equality, Climate Change and the Environment, Economy, Immigration, Federal Employees, Transportation

    Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) compiled the following lowlight reel from President Trump’s first attempt at a budget blueprint. "Budgets reflect values. President Trump wants to spend more on defense and border security while making huge cuts to what they defend: our people, our health, and our environment. These extreme cuts will hit my constituents particularly hard, including many federal workers at the State Department and Environmental Protection Agency. But their pain will be felt across the entire... Read more

  • Bipartisan Congressional Climate Leaders Urge White House Not To Withdraw From Paris Agreement
    Posted in Press Releases on March 15, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Climate Change and the Environment

    As the President reportedly sought industry advice on whether to remain in the Paris Agreement, a bipartisan group of Representatives wrote to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urging the Administration to continue its commitment to the pact. Reps. Alan Lowenthal (D-CA) and Don Beyer (D-VA), co-chairs of the Safe Climate Caucus, joined Reps. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) and Ted Deutch (D-FL), co-chairs of the Climate Solutions Caucus, in urging the White House and the State Department to uphold American... Read more

  • Beyer’s Science Prize Competitions Act Passes, Set To Become Law
    Posted in Press Releases on December 20, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Climate Change and the Environment, Federal Employees

    As the 114th Congress drew to a close last week, the House and Senate passed the America COMPETES reauthorization which included text from Rep. Don Beyer’s Science Prize Competitions Act. The measure encourages federal agencies to use prize competitions as incentives for innovation in scientific research. The President is expected to sign the larger bill, including Rep. Beyer’s provision, into law before the end of the year. “I’m so pleased that we ended this Congress on a bipartisan note, passi... Read more

  • Beyer Assails Triumvirate of Anti-Environment Cabinet Nominees
    Posted in Press Releases on December 13, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Climate Change and the Environment

    Rep. Don Beyer issued the following statement today on President-elect Trump’s recent nominations: “The trio of Scott Pruitt for Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Rex Tillerson for Secretary of State, and Gov. Rick Perry for Secretary of Energy confirms our worst fears about President-elect Trump's intentions on climate change and the environment. “As Oklahoma’s Attorney General, Scott Pruitt organized and led a national push to oppose the EPA. He made himself the mouth... Read more

  • Beyer Statement On His Vote Against the Continuing Resolution
    Posted in Press Releases on December 8, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Climate Change and the Environment, Economy, Federal Employees

    Congressman Don Beyer (D-VA) issued the following statement today on his vote against final passage of the continuing resolution (CR): I voted today against the continuing resolution (CR), which would fund the U.S. government for four months. Although there are components of the CR that I support, such as funding for Flint, Michigan’s water crisis, the CR also all-too-conveniently sets the stage for a more conservative and destructive long-term funding vehicle come April. Today’s effort was a le... Read more

  • Beyer Introduces Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act To Protect Biodiversity
    Posted in Press Releases on December 7, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Climate Change and the Environment

    This week, Representative Don Beyer introduced the Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act of 2016 to begin reversing the tide of habitat loss and fragmentation for U.S. fish, wildlife, and plant species. Wildlife corridors are stretches of habitat that allow species to move from one area of habitat to another for such purposes as accessing resources, establishing new territories, shifting ranges, promoting gene flow, and adapting to the impacts of a changing climate. Corridors have been successfull... Read more

  • After Election, I Will Not Compromise on Values
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on December 6, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Healthcare, Equality, Climate Change and the Environment, Economy, Immigration, Federal Employees, Women's Economic Empowerment

    Since the election, I have heard from many constituents who are concerned about the Trump presidency or uncertain about his policies and plans. I share many of these concerns and questions. As ever, I will listen to my colleagues from across the aisle, and will consider reasonable policy proposals, even if I do not fully agree with them. But I will not compromise on our basic values. I will forcefully oppose plans to privatize and cut Medicare, or strip healthcare coverage from millions of Ameri... Read more