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  • 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

  • National Capital Region Members Send Letter to the Government Accountability Office Requesting Report on WMATA
    Posted in Press Releases on February 23, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Transportation

    Today, U.S. Representative Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05), U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD), Mark Warner (D-VA), Tim Kaine (D-VA), and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) along with U.S. Representatives Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC-AL), John Sarbanes (MD-03), Gerry Connolly (VA-11), John Delaney (MD-06), Don Beyer (VA-08), Anthony Brown (MD-04), and Jamie Raskin (MD-08) sent a letter to the Government Accountability Office requesting a report on the effectiveness of governance and dedicated funding structures of the Wa... Read more

  • National Capital Region Members Support Second Memorial Bridge Grant Application
    Posted in Press Releases on December 12, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Transportation

    Congressional representatives from Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia urged Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx to support the National Park Service’s (NPS) FASTLANE grant application for $60 million to complete Arlington Memorial Bridge repairs, a project estimated to require upwards of $250 million. The letter was sent by Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, Representatives Don Beyer, Gerry Connolly, Barbara Comstock, and Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine. Earlier this year... Read more

  • Beyer Calls On Federal Aviation Administration To Implement Reagan National Community Noise Working Group Recommendation
    Posted in Press Releases on August 12, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Transportation

    Following a proposal issued by the Reagan National Community Noise Working Group, Rep. Beyer today wrote to Administrator Michael Huerta of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) supporting the group’s new recommendation for a plan to reduce aircraft noise on departures south of the airport. The proposal was drafted by the Working Group in consultation with the FAA, the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA), and the airlines. The letter also urges the FAA to “pursue holistic appro... Read more

  • Beyer Statement on Federal Transit Administration’s WMATA Track Integrity Report
    Posted in Press Releases on August 8, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Transportation

    The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) today released its Track Integrity Investigation on the WMATA Metrorail system. The investigation, which addresses inspections from FTA’s Spring 2016 safety blitz and mostly predates WMATA’s SafeTrack plan, found major, longstanding deficiencies in the way that WMATA conducts rail inspections and protocol used to carry out routine repairs and track work. The FTA report was accompanied by a safety directive outlining a series of twelve required corrective ... Read more

  • Beyer, National Capital Delegation Announce Memorial Bridge Selected For $90 Million FASTLANE Grant
    Posted in Press Releases on July 5, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Transportation

    Congressional representatives from Virginia and the District of Columbia today announced that the National Park Service (NPS), jointly with the District Department of Transportation, has been awarded a $90 million FASTLANE Grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation for repairs to Arlington Memorial Bridge, which carries 68,000 vehicles daily. Rep. Don Beyer, Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, and Reps. Gerry Connolly and Barbara Comstock jointly issued the foll... Read more

  • Beyer Announces Airplane Noise Meeting
    Posted in Press Releases on June 16, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Transportation

    Congressman Don Beyer is convening a community meeting with the Federal Aviation Administration, the Metro Washington Aviation Administration, and community leaders. The announcement comes after recent changes to departure procedures for aircraft taking off to the south of the airport. WHO: FAA officials MWAA officials City of Alexandria officials Supervisor Dan Stork Senator Adam Ebbin Delegate Paul Krizek WHERE: National Airport, Historic Terminal A Lobby WHEN: June 27, 2016 at 6 PM The meetin... Read more

  • Capital Region Delegation Continues to Press for Quiet Skies
    Posted in Press Releases on June 9, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Transportation

    June 9, 2016 (Washington, DC) – Members of the National Capital Region House delegation today wrote Secretary of Defense Ash Carter and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta expressing concern over the din from military helicopters in their communities. The group offered their assistance in helping Department of Defense (DOD) and FAA complete a report mandated by Rep. Beyer’s amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to study changes to the region’s ... Read more

  • Beyer Reacts to NTSB Findings On January 2015 L’Enfant Smoke Incident
    Posted in Press Releases on May 3, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Transportation

    Rep. Don Beyer issued the following statement today after investigators presented their findings on the 2015 smoke incident at L’Enfant Plaza Metro Station to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) board. The investigator’s findings were critical of the coordinated emergency response. They also highlighted persistent safety deficiencies at the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) during the last three decades. “NTSB investigators outlined a perfect storm of failure, co... Read more

  • Beyer Statement On Secretary Foxx’s WMATA Board Appointments
    Posted in Press Releases on April 28, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Transportation

    Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx today announced three new federal appointees to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) Board of Directors, exercising his newly-granted authority under the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. Under the FAST Act, Virginia, Maryland, D.C., and the federal government may appoint four members each to the 16 member board. “Secretary Foxx’s appointments represent the federal government’s focus on passenger safety at Metro,” s... Read more