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Beyer Introduces Peer-To-Peer Suicide Prevention Legislation

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Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) today introduced the Peer-to-Peer Suicide Prevention Act. The bill, modeled on a successful effort in Wisconsin, would empower young people to address mental health by establishing a competitive grant program for middle and high-schools to facilitate student-led suicide prevention programs. “As part of our push to prevent the terrible epidemic of suicide in the United States ...

Warren, King, Bennet, Beyer Call For Strong Implementation of Corporate Minimum Tax

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United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), along with Senators Angus King (I-Maine.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), and Representative Donald S. Beyer (D-Va.), sent a letter to U.S Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen urging her and her staff to pursue strong implementation of the 15 percent corporate minimum tax (CMT) on billion-dollar corporations in the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022. “After nea...

JEC Analysis Finds Opioid Epidemic Cost U.S. Nearly $1.5 Trillion in 2020

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Today, in Recognition of National recovery Month, the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee (JEC)—led by Chairman Don Beyer (D-VA)—released a new analysis that finds the opioid epidemic cost the United States a record of nearly $1.5 trillion in 2020. This is up 37% from 2017, when the CDC last measured the cost. After the pandemic disrupted the U.S. health care system, reducing access to substanc...

Chairman Beyer Introduces Bill to Address Methane Super-Emitters in Oil and Gas Operations

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Today, the Methane Super-Emitter Strategy Act of 2022 was introduced to the House of Representatives. The bill addresses a finding of the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology’s investigation into oil and gas sector methane leaks and June 8, 2022 hearing on the same topic, which determined that oil and gas companies are failing to address super-emitting leaks. These leaks are known as a prim...

Egypt Human Rights Caucus Co-Chairs’ Statement On Military Assistance To Egypt

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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: “We are pleased that the Biden administration withheld $130 million in Foreign Military Financing (FMF) to Egypt for the second consecutive year, sending a signal both to the Egyptian government and to other security assistance partners that the U.S. takes human...

Chairman Beyer Statement on NASA DART Mission

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Today, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in collaboration with the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, successfully carried out the first-ever planetary defense test mission. The Double Asteroid Redirect Test (DART) mission demonstrated kinetic impactor technology to affect the asteroid Dimorphos’s speed and trajectory. Dimorphos is part of the double-astero...

Bipartisan Legislation to Expand Mental Health Services for Health Care Workers Advances Through Committee

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Today, the House Ways and Means Committee advanced bipartisan legislation authored by U.S. Representatives Raul Ruiz, M.D. (CA-36), Larry Bucshon, M.D. (IN-08), Don Beyer (VA-08), and Greg Murphy, M.D. (NC-03) that would expand access to critical mental health programs for many providers carrying an increased burden and workload during the COVID-19 pandemic. H.R. 8890, the Physician Wellness Progr...

Joint Economic Committee, Congressional Hispanic Caucus Release New Report on Hispanic Americans’ Contributions to U.S. Prosperity, Barriers to Inclusive Growth

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To commemorate National Hispanic Heritage Month, which begins today and runs through October 15, the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee (JEC), led by Congressman Don Beyer (D-VA), and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), led by Congressman Dr. Raul Ruiz, M.D. (D-CA), released a new report highlighting the essential contributions Hispanic Americans make to U.S. economic growth and how Hispa...

House Passes Legislation To Protect American Civil Service

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The U.S. House today passed H.R. 302, the Preventing a Patronage System Act, Rep. Gerry Connolly’s (D-VA) legislation to protect the integrity of the American civil service from political attacks and purges like those sought by former president Donald Trump. The bill passed with all Democrats and six Republicans voting in favor. Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA), who represents the largest number of federal e...

Science Committee Leaders Urge Transparency in FAA Investigation of Blue Origin Booster Failure

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Today, Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics Chairman Don Beyer (D-VA) and Ranking Member Brian Babin (R-TX) led a letter to Acting Administrator Billy Nolen of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regarding the FAA’s investigation into the booster failure experienced this Monday by Blue Origin’s New Shepard-23. In the letter, the Subcommittee leaders assert the seriousness of the situation a...

House Passes Larsen, Beyer Bill to Prepare U.S. Aviation for Future Public Health Emergencies

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Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the National Aviation Preparedness Plan Act, legislation introduced by Reps. Rick Larsen (WA-02) and Don Beyer (VA-08) to require the development of a national aviation preparedness plan for future public health emergencies. The bipartisan bill, which passed the House by a final vote of 293 to 133, now heads to the Senate for consideration. “Seven ye...

JEC Chairman Don Beyer on August CPI data

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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 reported the August Consumer Price Index release showed inflation was up 0.1% over the last month on a seasonally adjusted basis, after being unchanged in July. Annual inflation slowed to 8.3% from 8.5% in July. “Gas prices are falling ar...

Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee Chair Beyer Statement on Blue Origin New Shepard-23 Booster Failure

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Today, Blue Origin’s commercial suborbital launch vehicle, New Shepard-23 (NS-23), which launched from its launch site in West Texas, suffered a booster failure that caused the vehicle’s crew escape system to activate. The vehicle, which was reportedly carrying science payloads, was uncrewed and no humans were on board. However, the same booster design is used for the company’s commercial launches...

President Biden Signs Legislation To Support Law Enforcement And Expand Benefits For Survivors, Including Families Of January 6th Officers

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Last night President Biden signed H.R. 6943, the Public Safety Officer Support Act, into law. The bipartisan legislation, sponsored by Rep. David Trone (D-MD) in the House and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) in the Senate, will provide benefit coverage for first responders who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder or acute stress disorder after responding to a traumatic event. It will also expand surv...

Beyer Floor Remarks On Inflation Reduction Act

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Rep. Don Beyer, Chair of Congress’ Joint Economic Committee and a member of the House Committee on Ways and Means, today spoke during debate on the House Floor on the Inflation Reduction Act. Beyer’s prepared remarks follow below (remarks as delivered here): Madame Speaker, today we protect our world for future generations. The Inflation Reduction Act will do so much good for the nation and the Am...