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JEC Chairman Beyer on November Jobs Report

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Washington, DC—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 210,000 in November and the unemployment rate declined to 4.2%, a new pandemic-era low. The unemployment rate was 6.7% for Black workers, 5.2% for Hispanic ...

GOP attacks Biden over pandemic response while fighting key tools to curb the virus

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BY MELANIE ZANONA AND MANU RAJU Originally published on CNN Republicans are cranking up their crusade against federal vaccine mandates, making their resistance to the Biden administration's pandemic response efforts a prominent rallying cry in the GOP — even as they simultaneously criticize the President for failing to get the virus under control. From the outset, the GOP has been fighting vaccine...

Chairman Beyer Opening Statement for Hearing on Astro2020 Decadal Survey

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(Washington, DC) – Today, the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology’s Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics and Subcommittee on Research and Technology are holding a joint hearing titled, “A Review of the Decadal Survey for Astronomy and Astrophysics in the 2020s.” Chairman of the Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics, Rep. Don Beyer’s (D-VA), opening statement as prepared for the rec...

JEC Chair Beyer Statement on Federal Reserve Nominations

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WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, Congressman Don Beyer (D-VA), Chairman of the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee (JEC), released the following statement on President Joe Biden’s nominations to the Federal Reserve: “Over the last 20 months, the United States has weathered a global pandemic that triggered the worst recession since the Great Depression, causing widespread economic hardship and threatenin...

JEC Chairman Beyer on House Passage of the Build Back Better Act

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Washington, D.C.—Today, Congressman Don Beyer (D-VA), Chairman of the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee (JEC), released the following statement after the House passed the Build Back Better Act (H.R. 5376). “Today’s passage of the Build Back Better Act in the House is a landmark moment for this country. These fully paid-for investments will deliver economy-wide gains for decades to come, advan...

Chairs Johnson and Beyer Statement on Space Debris Event from Russian ASAT Test

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(Washington, DC) – On Monday, the U.S. Department of State confirmed that the Russian Ministry of Defense had performed an anti-satellite (ASAT) weapons test, which created a dangerous field of space debris, threatening the International Space Station (ISS), the safety of the ISS crew, and other satellites and spacecraft operating in low earth orbit. The crew of the ISS were forced to carry out e...

Beyer Floor Remarks On Build Back Better Act

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November 18, 2021 (Washington, D.C.) – Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA), who serves as Chair of Congress’ Joint Economic Committee and as a member of the House Committee on Ways and Means, spoke this afternoon during House Floor debate on the Build Back Better Act. His remarks as delivered follow below [video with subtitles here]: “Mr. Speaker, I rise to urge my colleagues to support the Build Back Better Ac...

Congressional Democrats Urge Biden Administration To Require Vaccination Or Negative Test For Airline Travelers As Holidays Approach

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U.S. Reps. Don Beyer (D-VA) and Ritchie Torres (D-NY) and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) today led 36 congressional Democrats urging the Biden Administration to require proof of vaccination or a recent negative test for airline passengers. Their letter, addressed to President Biden, was sent ahead of the uptick in airline travel expected for the holiday season. They wrote: “As the nation approaches ...

Beyer Attends COP26 Climate Change Conference In Glasgow With Speaker Pelosi, Congressional Delegation

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November 9, 2021 (Washington, D.C.) – Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) traveled yesterday to Glasgow, Scotland, as part of a Congressional delegation to the COP26 United Nations Conference on Climate Change led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. While at the conference the Representatives will participate in bilateral meetings and panel discussions on the climate crisis, and engage with global leaders on solutio...

House Passes Historic Infrastructure Legislation

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On the evening of November 5 the House of Representatives passed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, also known as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill. Passage of this historic legislation containing the largest physical infrastructure investment in decades is a major win for the country, and will create large numbers of jobs and deliver significant improvements for communities across the c...

JEC Chairman Beyer on October 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 531,000 in October and the unemployment rate declined to 4.6%, a new pandemic-era low. The unemployment rate was 7.9% for Black workers, 5.9% for Hispanic workers and 4.2%...

Chairs Johnson, Beyer, and Stevens Statement on Release of Decadal Survey on Astronomy and Astrophysics 2020

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(Washington, DC) – Today, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) Committee for a Decadal Survey on Astronomy and Astrophysics 2020 released a new consensus study, “Pathways to Discovery in Astronomy and Astrophysics for the 2020s.” This report, also referred to as “Astro2020,” is the seventh decadal survey in astronomy and astrophysics, and it presents the science g...

Beyer Statement On Virginia Elections

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November 3, 2021 (Washington, D.C.) – Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA), who represents the Northern Virginia suburbs of the nation’s capital, issued the following statement today on Virginia’s election results: “I congratulate Governor-elect Youngkin on his victory. He will be Virginia’s next Governor, and while he and I have many disagreements, we both want what is best for the Commonwealth. I look forward ...

Beyer Hails Build Back Better Framework

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October 29, 2021 (Washington, D.C.) – Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA), who serves as Chair of Congress’ Joint Economic Committee, issued the following statement on President Biden’s framework for the Build Back Better Act: “The climate provisions of the Build Back Better Act alone make it one of the most important pieces of legislation Congress will consider in our time. “That the President has been able to...

Van Hollen, Beyer Applaud Inclusion of Millionaires Surtax in Build Back Better Framework

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Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Representative Don Beyer (D-Va.) applauded the inclusion of their millionaires surtax within the Build Back Better Framework. Senator Van Hollen and Representative Beyer initially introduced this concept in their Millionaires Surtax Act in November 2019 and reintroduced this legislation in June of this year. This provision had already received broad...