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  • Van Hollen, Beyer Introduce Cap and Dividend Legislation
    Posted in Press Releases on January 29, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Climate Change and the Environment

    Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen and Congressman Don Beyer introduced the Healthy Climate and Family Security Act. This ‘cap and dividend’ approach is a simple, fair, and effective plan to address the dangers of climate change. It would put more money in the pockets of hardworking Americans, increasing their spending power and growing our entire economy. The introduction of the legislation came days after President Donald Trump gave an interview which again revealed his anti-science agenda a... Read more

  • Beyer reaction to Fairfax County Police Department’s release of video showing US Park Police shooting of Bijan Ghaisar
    Posted in Press Releases on January 24, 2018 | Preview rr

    Rep. Beyer reaction to Fairfax County Police Department’s release of video showing US Park Police shooting of Bijan Ghaisar: “I’m glad the Fairfax County Police Department released their video of the shooting of Bijan Ghaisar by US Park Police. This is an important step towards the kind of transparency which is essential in getting the truth of what happened. I have been in close contact with Bijan Ghaisar’s family and also with the FBI, and will continue to press authorities conducting an ongoi... Read more

  • Science Committee Dems Tell Trump He Must Appoint “Qualified Scientific Advisors”
    Posted in Press Releases on January 24, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Climate Change and the Environment

    Rep. Don Beyer today led a group of seven Democrats from the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology urging President Trump to staff the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) with qualified scientific advisors. The same group previously called upon the President in May of 2017 to appoint a qualified OSTP Director, weeks before Trump made a decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement. The faulty logic which he gave for that decision in a roundly-criticized December tw... Read more

  • Beyer Statement on Latest Continuing Resolution
    Posted in Press Releases on January 22, 2018 | Preview rr

    “Last week when I voted against the fourth continuing resolution in four months, I said ‘Congress’ refusal to live up to its basic responsibilities to the American people must end.’ Nothing has changed since I said those words. Congress’ responsibilities include passing a bipartisan spending bill that preserves the principle of parity between defense and non-defense spending. This essential equivalence of the two sides of discretionary spending was agreed to in the original Ryan-Murray budget, a... Read more

  • Beyer-Wittman Bipartisan Legislative Proposal To Protect Federal Workers’ Pay Passes In Wake Of Shutdown
    Posted in Press Releases on January 22, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees

    Legislative language mirroring a bill offered by Reps. Don Beyer (D-VA) and Rob Wittman (R-VA) to protect the pay of federal workers during the government shutdown was passed by Congress today as part of a larger temporary funding bill. The inclusion of text of the Federal Employee Retroactive Pay Fairness Act will guarantee that the entire federal workforce receives back pay for the time during which appropriations lapsed. “It is deeply disappointing that Congress was unable to prevent a govern... Read more

  • Beyer, 150+ Members of Congress Call on Trump Administration to Abandon Dangerous Offshore Drilling Plan
    Posted in Press Releases on January 19, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Climate Change and the Environment

    This week Representatives Don Beyer (VA-08), Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06), Earl Blumeanauer (OR-03), Jared Huffman (CA-02), Alan Lowenthal (CA-47) David Price (NC-04) and Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) led more than 150 Members of Congress in requesting that the Trump administration return to the drawing board and remove the lease sales for drilling sales in the Atlantic, Arctic, and Pacific Oceans, as well as the Eastern Gulf of Mexico. The economic and environmental devastation caused by the D... Read more

  • 171 House Democrats to Trump: Keep Government Open, Include Bipartisan Priorities
    Posted in Press Releases on January 18, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees

    Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.), Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.), and Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.), joined by 168 House colleagues, today sent a letter to President Trump expressing their support for keeping the federal government open while pressing for the inclusion of urgent bipartisan priorities in any funding resolution. “Mr. President, it is clear that your budget priorities and ours are in significant conflict. However, there are many bipartisan priorities that we can swiftly deliver for the good... Read more

  • Serrano, Espaillat, Bonamici, Beyer, Lee Demand IG Investigation Into ICE/CBP Policies and Actions at Sensitive Locations
    Posted in Press Releases on January 18, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    Serrano, Espaillat, Bonamici, Beyer, Lee Demand IG Investigation Into ICE/CBP Policies and Actions at Sensitive Locations Response to October Letter Revealed Serious Gaps in Accountability and Oversight Washington, DC –Today, Representatives José E. Serrano (D-NY), Adriano Espaillat (D-NY), Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), Don Beyer (D-VA), and Barbara Lee (D-CA) called for an Department of Homeland Security Inspector General investigation into Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and B... Read more

  • Safe Climate Caucus Co-Chairs’ Statement on Newly Released NASA Data
    Posted in Press Releases on January 18, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Climate Change and the Environment

    Today, NASA released data declaring 2017 to be the second hottest year on record. Since the United States started measuring global temperatures 138 years ago, the five hottest years have all occurred since 2010. In response, Reps. Alan Lowenthal (D-CA) and Don Beyer (D-VA), co-chairs of the Congressional Safe Climate Caucus, issued the following statement: “Climate change is the greatest existential threat of our time, and NASA’s report is the latest in a long list of data points confirming huma... Read more

  • Beyer and Wittman Introduce Bill To Protect Federal Workers’ Pay As Threat of Government Shutdown Grows
    Posted in Press Releases on January 18, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees

    Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) and Rep. Rob Wittman (R-VA) today introduced the Federal Employee Retroactive Pay Fairness Act, legislation to guarantee back pay to furloughed workers in the event of a government shutdown. Funding for the federal government expires at midnight tomorrow. “We are working hard to avoid a government shutdown, but if it comes our bill would protect federal workers from the worst of the consequences,” said Rep. Beyer. “This legislation is designed to shield civil servants, who ... Read more