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Egypt Human Rights Caucus Co-Chairs’ Statement On The Persecution of Egyptian Civil Rights Activist Hossam Bahgat

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Reps. Don Beyer (D-VA) and Tom Malinowski (D-NJ), co-chairs of Congress’ Egypt Human Rights Caucus, issued the following statement today on the Egyptian government’s persecution of human rights activist and journalist Hossam Bahgat: “The criminal investigation of Hossam over a 2020 tweet is preposterous, but unfortunately not a surprise. Hossam’s peaceful criticism of the former president of the E...

Beyer, Mast Introduce Bipartisan National Ocean and Coastal Security Improvements Act

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Today, Reps. Don Beyer (D-VA) and Brian Mast (R-FL) introduced the National Ocean and Coastal Security Improvements Act. The bill would support coastal communities’ ability to prepare for and respond to a variety of coastal threats, including extreme weather events, climate hazards and changing ocean conditions by improving coastal infrastructure and supporting coastal research, resiliency, conser...

Beyer Hails Biden-Harris Administration’s National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism

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Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) today welcomed the Biden-Harris Administration’s announcement of a new National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism. Beyer, who authored the recently-enacted Jabara-Heyer NO HATE Act hate crime legislation, led oversight efforts in the House seeking coordinated action to combat domestic terrorism and criticizing the Trump administration’s intentionally weakened respons...

Beyer Statement On A.G. Garland’s Reported Decision To Authorize DOJ Cooperation In Ghaisar Case

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Rep. Don Beyer issued the following statement today after Attorney General Merrick Garland reportedly reversed the Department of Justice’s stance on cooperation with Virginia and Fairfax County prosecutors pursuing manslaughter charges against U.S. Park Police officers Alejandro Amaya and Lucas Vinyard for the 2017 killing of Bijan Ghaisar: “Attorney General Merrick Garland made the right call by ...

Beyer Requests For Northern Virginia Infrastructure Priorities Included In House Surface Transportation Bill

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Late last week, the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure completed a marathon markup of the Investing in a New Vision for the Environment and Surface Transportation [INVEST] in America Act. The legislation, which House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer subsequently indicated will receive a floor vote in the House during the final week of June, included all four of Rep. Don Beyer’s (D-VA)...

House Democrats Reintroduce Fair Representation Act

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Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) and a group of House Democrats today introduced the Fair Representation Act, an election reform bill to change the way U.S. Representatives are elected. The bill would establish multi-member districts drawn by independent redistricting commissions, with Members elected through ranked choice voting. Taken together, these three measures would incentivize congressional candidate...

House Dems Introduce Legislation to Ban Deceptive Campaign Fundraising Tactic

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Today, U.S. Representative Mike Levin (D-CA) introduced the Uncheck the Box Act with Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA), Rep. Deborah Ross (D-NC) and Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-NJ) to ban political campaigns from using prechecked boxes to solicit recurring contributions. The bill also prohibits campaigns from accepting donations through third-party fundraising platforms if the donation was made on a recurring basi...

Van Hollen, Beyer Reintroduce Millionaires Surtax to Invest in Working Families

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Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Congressman Don Beyer (D-Va.) reintroduced their Millionaires Surtax legislation to help close the gap between the wealthy and everyday Americans and raise significant revenue to make new investments that will grow the economy and protect working families. The Millionaires Surtax would apply an additional 10-percentage point tax to incomes above $2 ...

JEC Hearing: Gender Wage Gap Is Systemic Problem, Needs Public Policy Response

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Today, the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee (JEC)—led by Chairman Don Beyer (D-VA)—will hold a remote hearing titled “The Gender Wage Gap: Breaking Through Stalled Progress.” The hearing will explore how the gender wage gap is a systemic issue in the United States that deserves a comprehensive public policy solution. In 2019, a woman working full-time and year-round was paid just 82 cents fo...

Beyer Welcomes Withdrawal Of Dirty Water Rule

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Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA), who serves on the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, issued the following statement today after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it would withdraw the Dirty Water (“Navigable Waters Protection”) Rule, previously issued by the Trump Administration: “The Dirty Water Rule sold out the American people’s clean water protections to benefit corpor...

Rep. Beyer In Scientific American: It’s Time For Congress to Support Fusion Energy

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It’s Time For Congress to Support Fusion Energy Fusion devices for clean, safe, and affordable electricity and industrial heat are making advances and need a push By U.S. Representative Don Beyer on June 4, 2021 Published in Scientific American The existential threat of the climate emergency poses perhaps the greatest danger to human health and prosperity we have ever faced. And it carries with it...

Chairman Beyer Statement on May Jobs Report

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Today, Congressman Don Beyer (D-VA), Chairman of the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee (JEC), released the following statement after the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that nonfarm payroll employment increased by 559,000 in May and the unemployment rate was 5.8%—dipping below 6% for the first time since the peak of the pandemic. The unemployment rate was 9.1% for Black workers and ...

JEC: Local Economies Stand to Lose More than $12 Billion Due to Early Cancellation of Enhanced Unemployment Benefits

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Today, the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee (JEC)—led by Chairman Don Beyer (D-VA)—released an issue brief finding that the cancellation of the enhanced Unemployment Insurance (UI) provisions included in the CARES Act could cost local economies across the country more than $12 billion. “The enhanced Unemployment Insurance provided through the CARES Act ensured that tens of millions of Americ...

2021 Congressional App Challenge

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2021 Congressional App Challenge English Flyer 2021 Congressional App Challenge Spanish Flyer In 2013, leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives and at the Internet Education Foundation sought to foster an appreciation for computer science and STEM. That year House leadership overwhelmingly passed H.Res. 77, Academic Competition Resolution of 2013, which outlined the plans for Representatives t...

Chairman Beyer Statement on President Biden’s FY22 Budget Proposal

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Today, Congressman Don Beyer (D-VA), Chairman of the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee (JEC), released the following statement in response to President Biden’s FY22 budget proposal: “President Biden’s budget provides a clear blueprint for building a more equitable economy in the wake of the global pandemic. The Administration’s plan, as outlined in the budget, would boost investments critical...