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  • 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

  • Beyer Denounces Science Committee Republicans’ Clinton Subpoenas
    Posted in Press Releases on August 22, 2016 | Preview rr

    Congressman Don Beyer, the Ranking Member on the House Science Subcommittee for Oversight, strongly condemned the Committee’s issuance of subpoenas to private server companies related to Sec. Clinton’s email server. “This is a wasteful use of taxpayer dollars by Chairman Smith and the Science Committee Republicans for blatantly partisan purposes,” said Rep. Beyer. “The House Science Committee must focus on its role promoting science and ensuring that America is the global leader in research and ... Read more

  • Beyer Pleased That ‘my Social Security’ Users Regain Access to their Accounts
    Posted in Press Releases on August 15, 2016 | Preview rr

    Congressman Don Beyer today welcomed news that the Social Security Administration (SSA) is delaying its requirement for a text authentication for customers trying to use their online Social Security accounts (my Social Security). On July 31, SSA began requiring my Social Security account holders to sign into their accounts using a one-time code sent via text message, thereby preventing SSA account holders without text-enabled cell phones from checking on their earnings and benefits online. “The... Read more

  • Beyer Calls On Federal Aviation Administration To Implement Reagan National Community Noise Working Group Recommendation
    Posted in Press Releases on August 12, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Transportation

    Following a proposal issued by the Reagan National Community Noise Working Group, Rep. Beyer today wrote to Administrator Michael Huerta of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) supporting the group’s new recommendation for a plan to reduce aircraft noise on departures south of the airport. The proposal was drafted by the Working Group in consultation with the FAA, the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA), and the airlines. The letter also urges the FAA to “pursue holistic appro... Read more

  • Beyer Statement on Federal Transit Administration’s WMATA Track Integrity Report
    Posted in Press Releases on August 8, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Transportation

    The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) today released its Track Integrity Investigation on the WMATA Metrorail system. The investigation, which addresses inspections from FTA’s Spring 2016 safety blitz and mostly predates WMATA’s SafeTrack plan, found major, longstanding deficiencies in the way that WMATA conducts rail inspections and protocol used to carry out routine repairs and track work. The FTA report was accompanied by a safety directive outlining a series of twelve required corrective ... Read more

  • Beyer-Connolly Press OPM for Details on Sudden Long Term Care Premium Increases
    Posted in Press Releases on July 25, 2016 | Preview rr

    Representatives Donald S. Beyer Jr. and Gerald E. Connolly today sent a letter the Office of Personnel Management demanding additional details about the sudden and significant jump in premiums under the Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program. Notices were mailed this week to the nearly 264,000 affected FLTCIP participants, including thousands of federal and postal employees whom Connolly and Beyer represent in Northern Virginia. Under a new contract for the FLTCIP, the incumbent provider John ... Read more

  • Beyer Mourns Passing of Rep. Mark Takai
    Posted in Press Releases on July 20, 2016 | Preview rr

    Congressman Don Beyer released the following statement today regarding the loss of Congressman Mark Takai of Hawaii: “I am so saddened to hear of the passing of my fellow member of the freshman class, Mark Takai. Mark was a friend to all of us, a hallmate on the fourth floor of Cannon, and a warm spirit whose presence we had already missed. His being robbed of life at the age of 49 reminds us all of our own mortality and of our need to live life to its fullest, as Mark did.” Read more

  • Beyer Introduces Legislation To Protect Marine Life From Seismic Airgun Blasting
    Posted in Press Releases on July 15, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Climate Change and the Environment

    Congressman Don Beyer today announced that he introduced bipartisan legislation, in partnership with Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ), to stop seismic airgun blasting along the Atlantic seaboard. While offshore petroleum extraction is off limits in the Atlantic until at least 2022 due to a recent Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) decision, permits for seismic airgun blasting remain under consideration. “I was so happy when BOEM opted to protect Atlantic coastal communities, including those in V... Read more

  • Beyer Calls on Congress to Address Public Health Crises Before Recess
    Posted in Press Releases on July 14, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Gun Violence, Healthcare

    Congressman Don Beyer released the following statement on continuing Congressional inaction in the famous of major public health crises: “Gun violence, Zika, and contaminated drinking water are urgent problems confronting Americans now,” said Rep. Don Beyer. “The fact that Congress has gone into summer recess without making progress on any of these issues is a stunning failure of leadership. We should not be leaving town without doing the people’s business. These problems cannot wait until Septe... Read more

  • Beyer, Science Committee Democrats Respond to Committee’s Anti-Science Subpoenas
    Posted in Press Releases on July 13, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Climate Change and the Environment

    Ranking Member of the Oversight Subcommittee, Congressman Don Beyer (D-VA), joined Science Committee Ranking Member Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), Congresswoman Katherine Clark (D-MA), and Congressman Paul Tonko (D-NY) in delivering the following statement on the Chairman’s issuance of eleven subpoenas to the Massachusetts and New York attorneys general (AGs) and a number of non-governmental organizations: “We strongly condemn the Science Committee Majority’s unlawful subpoenas issued today to th... Read more