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A Congressman Wanted To Understand AI. So He Went Back To A College Classroom To Learn

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Originally published on Associated Press. Don Beyer’s car dealerships were among the first in the U.S. to set up a website. As a representative, the Virginia Democrat leads a bipartisan group focused on promoting fusion energy. He reads books about geometry for fun. So when questions about regulating artificial intelligence emerged, the 73-year-old Beyer took what for him seemed like an obvious st...

What They Are Saying About The Republican Budget: Nothing Good

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Last month, the Republican Study Committee, which counts 80 percent of House Republicans as members, rolled out a new FY25 budget which contained wide-reaching proposals to transform American society. The document was timed to contrast with President Biden’s budget, endorsing legislation offered by many individual members of the House Republican conference which, taken together, presented a starkl...

Beyer Highlights A Few Nice Things For Northern Virginia

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As the House continues to struggle with chaos and dysfunction, Rep. Don Beyer has continued seeking progress and delivering results for his Northern Virginia constituents. A few nice things worth highlighting recently: ARLnow: “U.S. House Passes Budget With $5.9M For Arlington, Focused On Housing And Recreation” Falls Church News Press: “Beyer Secures Funding For Northern Virginia Affordable Housi...

SEEC Praises EPA’s Rule to Protect Our Communities from Heavy-Duty Vehicle Pollution

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The leaders of the House Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC), including Co-Chairs Reps. Doris Matsui, Mike Quigley, and Paul Tonko, Vice Chairs Reps. Don Beyer, Matt Cartwright, Sean Casten, Chellie Pingree, and Katie Porter, and Chair Emeritus Rep. Gerry Connolly, released the following statement in response to the finalization of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) new po...

Beyer Statement On New Administration AI Policies

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Rep. Don Beyer, member of the bipartisan Task Force On Artificial Intelligence and vice-chair of the bipartisan Artificial Intelligence Caucus, issued the following statement today on Vice President Kamala Harris’ announcement of government-wide policies from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to promote beneficial uses of AI innovation and mitigate AI risks in federal agencies: “Today’s OM...

Dystopian Republican Budget Seeks Radical Transformation Of American Society

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Last week the Republican Study Committee (RSC) – the House GOP’s conference’s largest ideological conference, with 80 percent of House Republicans currently listed as members – issued a new budget for FY25 and beyond that called, among other things, for major changes and/or cuts to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and the Affordable Care Act. The full document, as outlined below, contains wide...

SEEC Celebrates EPA’s Historic Step Forward for America’s Clean Transportation Sector

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The leaders of the House Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC), including Co-Chairs Reps. Doris Matsui, Mike Quigley, and Paul Tonko, Vice Chairs Reps. Don Beyer, Matt Cartwright, Sean Casten, Chellie Pingree, and Katie Porter, and Chair Emeritus Rep. Gerry Connolly, released the following statement after the finalization of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) new emission st...

House Delegation Unveils Updated Fair Representation Act to Reform Congressional Elections

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U.S. Representative Don Beyer today led a House delegation in the re-introduction of the Fair Representation Act, an election reform bill to address structural gerrymandering issues and extreme partisanship in federal elections. The updated bill would implement measures to elect U.S. House Representatives through ranked choice voting in multi-member districts drawn by independent redistricting com...

Beyer, Bacon Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Respond to Rise in Antisemitic Incidents And Other Hate Crimes

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U.S. Representatives Don Beyer (D-VA) and Don Bacon (R-NE) today announced the introduction of the Improving Reporting to Prevent Hate Act, bipartisan legislation that would strengthen credible and accurate reporting of bias-driven incidents to better respond to the national rise in antisemitic incidents and other hate crimes. The FBI has acknowledged that data on antisemitic incidents and other h...

Rep. Beyer's Most Recent Commentary On Conflict In Gaza

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I am deeply worried about the conflict in Gaza, as are so many of you. I have been vocal in urging a ceasefire to stop the bloodshed, which should see the end of hostilities, the release of all hostages, and the delivery of more humanitarian assistance for civilians who face dire conditions. I believe Prime Minister Netanyahu is wrong to oppose a two state solution, and to undermine efforts to est...

Beyer Secures Funding For Northern Virginia Affordable Housing, Infrastructure, Child Care, And Public Safety

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Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) today announced that he secured federal funding for 15 projects in Virginia’s 8th congressional district. These funds were included in FY24 appropriations legislation which the House passed on a bipartisan vote yesterday. It is expected to pass in the Senate and be signed into law by the end of the week. “Affordable housing is a major need in Northern Virginia, and I am thril...

Fusion Caucus Celebrates House Passage of Bipartisan Fusion Energy Act

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Today, Congressional Fusion Energy Caucus Co-Chairs Lori Trahan (D-MA-03), Don Beyer (D-VA-08), Chuck Fleischmann (R-TN-03), and Jay Obernolte (R-CA-23) celebrated passage of their Fusion Energy Act in the U.S. House of Representatives. The bipartisan legislation will promote the development of fusion energy by codifying the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) decision to establish a regulatory ...

Napolitano Welcomes Reps. Don Beyer and Andrea Salinas as New Mental Health Caucus Co-Chairs

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Today, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (D-CA-31) welcomed Reps. Don Beyer (D-VA-08) and Andrea Salinas (D-OR-06) as new Co-Chairs of the Congressional Mental Health Caucus. "I am thrilled to announce Congressman Beyer and Congresswoman Salinas have agreed to serve as Co-Chairs of our Mental Health Caucus,” Napolitano said. “We have made great strides as a Caucus for nearly two decades, and I look forward...

Beyer Appointed To Bipartisan Task Force On Artificial Intelligence

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Today Rep. Don Beyer was appointed by Democratic Leader Hakeem Jeffries and Speaker Mike Johnson to serve on the newly formed bipartisan Task Force on Artificial Intelligence. The taskforce, appointed in cooperation by the two House leaders, is composed of 12 members of each party drawn from committees of jurisdiction as well as members with particular expertise in AI. It has a mission to lead the...

SEEC Urges Swift Finalization of PFAS Drinking Water Standard

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The leaders of the House Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC), including Co-Chairs Reps. Doris Matsui, Mike Quigley, and Paul Tonko, Vice Chairs Reps. Don Beyer, Matt Cartwright, Sean Casten, Chellie Pingree, and Katie Porter, and Chair Emeritus Rep. Gerry Connolly, sent a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) urging the agency to swiftly finalize its proposed drinking...