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  • Beyer Presents Congressional Badge of Bravery Award to U.S. Park Police Officer Carl Hiott, Constituent Who Saved Lives During the 2013 Navy Yard Shooting
    Posted in Press Releases on November 30, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees

    November 30, 2016 (Washington, DC) – Rep. Don Beyer yesterday presented U.S. Park Police Officer Carl Hiott the Congressional Badge of Bravery, an award recognizing law enforcement officers for exceptional acts of bravery in the face of great personal risk. Officer Hiott, who lives in Alexandria, was part of a team which saved the lives of workers at the Washington Navy Yard in 2013, during the shooting there which claimed the lives of twelve people. “Officer Hiott did a tremendous service to hi... Read more

  • Beyer Introduces NO HATE Act To Strengthen Reporting Of Hate Crimes
    Posted in Press Releases on November 21, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Equality

    Following a sharp rise in hate crimes across the country, Representative Don Beyer introduced the National Observations of Hate, Assaults, and Threats to Equality (NO HATE) Act to improve federal data on hate crimes. “In the current climate, reducing hate crimes must be an imperative for every police department in the United States,” said Rep. Don Beyer. “Only by accurately tracking hate crimes can we know whether we are making progress towards their prevention.” Hate crime reporting is deeply f... Read more

  • Beyer On Latest Trump Appointments: “The President-elect Has Made Pervasive Islamophobia A Central Qualification For His National Security Team.”
    Posted in Press Releases on November 18, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Equality, Oversight of the Administration

    “I do not expect to agree with President-elect Trump on most issues, but I do expect him to lead responsibly. By appointing Senator Sessions and Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn to key positions on his administration’s national security team, he has abdicated that duty. His chosen advisors have expressed views attacking women, African Americans, Jews, Muslims, Hispanics and Latinos, immigrants and new Americans, and numerous other groups. I urge him to reconsider this divisive course and withdraw these ap... Read more

  • Beyer’s Outdoor REC Act Passes the House
    Posted in Press Releases on November 15, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Climate Change and the Environment, Economy

    Rep. Don Beyer’s (D-VA) Outdoor Recreation’s Economic Contributions (REC) Act passed the House of Representatives last night. The REC Act would direct the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) to assess the outdoor industry’s contribution to job creation and consumer spending. “With this vote, we can finally recognize the outdoor recreation industry’s enormous contribution to the U.S. economy,” said Rep. Don Beyer. “This data is critical to crafting sound environmental and r... Read more

  • House Democrats Urge President Obama to Oppose Anti-Wildlife Provisions
    Posted in Press Releases on October 5, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Climate Change and the Environment

    Reps. Don Beyer (D-VA), Debbie Dingell (D-MI), and Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ), led 92 House Democrats today urging President Obama to veto any Republican attempts to strip Endangered Species Act (ESA) protections from any authorizing or spending bills. Read more

  • Beyer Leads House Delegation to Restore Elephant Protections
    Posted in Press Releases on September 21, 2016 | Preview rr

    Congressman Don Beyer today led 54 members of the House of Representatives in urging U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewel and the Obama Administration to advocate restoring all African elephants to Appendix I status under the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), banning the international ivory trade. “The simple truth is that a lawful international market for elephant ivory ultimately encourages widespread poaching and illegal trade. ... Read more

  • Members of Congress Join Aya Hijazi’s Family to Demand Her Immediate Release from Egyptian Prison
    Posted in Press Releases on September 15, 2016 | Preview rr

    U.S. Representative Don Beyer today met with the family of his constituent Aya Hijazi, who has been imprisoned without trial in Egypt for over two years. Beyer was joined in his office by Hijazi’s brother Basel, and sister Alaa, as well as counsel from RFK Human Rights. They discussed the conditions of Hijazi’s confinement, the lack of evidence presented by Egyptian authorities to support their charges, the breakdown in due process which has resulted in seven trial postponements, and the broader... Read more

  • Beyer Defends State AGs from Unlawful Subpoenas
    Posted in Press Releases on September 14, 2016 | Preview rr

    At today’s Science, Space, and Technology Committee hearing, Congressman Don Beyer questioned expert legal witnesses on the Science Committee’s limited subpoena power, in response to Chairman Lamar Smith’s overzealous harassment of state attorneys general (AGs) and environmental non-profit organizations. “The House Science Committee’s record of promoting sound science and finding bipartisan solutions has been tarnished thanks to Chairman Smith’s actions,” said Rep. Beyer. “This Committee has no ... Read more

  • Beyer Lauds Passage Of Bipartisan Survivors’ Bill Of Rights Act
    Posted in Press Releases on September 8, 2016 | Preview rr

    The House of Representatives passed a bipartisan bill Rep. Beyer introduced with California Republican Mimi Walters to protect the rights of sexual assault survivors to their sexual assault forensic evidence collection kits, known colloquially known as rape kits, and to standardize practices in the preservation of those kits. The measure passed the Senate unanimously in May. “Sexual assault survivors deserve better than our current patchwork of often inadequate state laws and procedures detailin... Read more

  • Beyer Commemorates Women’s Equality Day
    Posted in Press Releases on August 26, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Women's Economic Empowerment

    Congressman Don Beyer released the following statement in honor of Women’s Equality Day: “We celebrate Women’s Equality Day each year on this day to commemorate the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which finally gave American women the right to vote 96 years ago. This historic milestone came after a decades-long struggle for equal access to the ballot box by the women’s suffrage movement. “Today, as we honor their struggle, let us not forget nor ignore our commitment to gender equality. The 1... Read more