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  • Beyer Joins Maloney, Kuster Call for Answers in Rob Porter Scandal
    Posted in Press Releases on February 12, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Oversight of the Administration

    Congressman Don Beyer joined Representatives Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) and Annie Kuster (NH-02) in calling on White House Chief of Staff General John Kelly to answer questions as to what was known by senior Trump Administration staff regarding allegations of domestic violence by White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter. The letter follows reports that Chief of Staff Kelly knew about the allegations against Porter for months and that Porter was unable to obtain a necessary security clearance due... Read more

  • Beyer Statement On Budget Caps Bill
    Posted in Press Releases on February 9, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees

    “My decision to vote against the budget caps bill early this morning was not an easy one. This bill contained many things that are very good for the country. These funding levels represent a major victory after five years of work to end budget sequestration. Our region’s economy stands to benefit substantially from ending this arbitrary and destructive policy, and I wish Republicans had allowed it to happen years ago. After months of fighting for a budget that provides long-term certainty for de... Read more

  • Beyer: Trump’s Proposed Military Parade a “Vanity Project” “Reminiscent of Authoritarians”
    Posted in Press Releases on February 7, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Oversight of the Administration

    Rep. Don Beyer today issued the following statement on the report, confirmed by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, that President Trump has asked the Department of Defense to plan a large military parade in Washington, D.C.: “Most of the reasons why Trump’s idea of huge military parade is a terrible one are immediately obvious. Our military is already strong without having to waste millions of dollars on a parade that could be better spent improving veterans’ services. In 2018 such displ... Read more

  • Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers Introduce the Transition to Independence Act
    Posted in Press Releases on February 5, 2018 | Preview rr

    Congressmen Jim Langevin (D-RI), Gregg Harper (R-MS), Bill Foster (D-IL), Pete Sessions (R-TX) and Donald S. Beyer Jr. (D-VA) today introduced the Transition to Independence Act, a bill that encourages states to expand opportunities for individuals with disabilities to find competitive, integrated employment in the community. “Too many people with disabilities still face significant barriers to meaningful employment at a competitive wage,” said Congressman Langevin, co-chair of the Bipartisan Di... Read more

  • Beyer Statement on the Release of the Nunes Memo
    Posted in Press Releases on February 2, 2018 | Preview rr

    “Against the advice of his own Republican appointees who lead the Department of Justice and the FBI, President Trump decided to release Devin Nunes’ highly politicized memorandum before he had even read it. It will be immediately apparent to anyone who reads it how overblown the predictions about the importance of this document were. The words of TV pundits and partisan Congressmen who claimed the memo was “worse than Watergate” and “the biggest political scandal in American history” have been s... Read more

  • Beyer Welcomes Jessica Chilin-Hernández, Salvadoran TPS-Holder, To State of the Union Address
    Posted in Press Releases on January 30, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration, Oversight of the Administration

    Rep. Don Beyer will attend Donald Trump’s Address to the Joint Session of Congress on the State of the Union this evening accompanied by guest Jessica Chilin-Hernández, a Northern Virginian originally born in El Salvador who holds Temporary Protected Status (TPS). The Trump Administration announced that it would end TPS protections for over 200,000 Salvadorans earlier this month. “Jessica Chilin-Hernández is a smart young woman who has worked hard to become a thriving member of our community,” s... Read more

  • 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