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  • Rep. Beyer Calls For Scott Pruitt’s Resignation
    Posted in Press Releases on March 30, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Climate Change and the Environment, Oversight of the Administration

    Rep. Don Beyer today issued the following statement calling for the resignation of Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt: “From the first Scott Pruitt has conducted himself terribly, without regard for environmental protection or public safety. He has given free rein to lobbyists and industry insiders to sabotage the EPA’s mission. He has endeavored to corrupt the Environmental Protection Agency to place polluters’ profits above Americans’ health and the fate of the planet. ... Read more

  • Beyer Calls For Face-To-Face Meeting With FBI Director Wray Over Bijan Ghaisar Civil Rights Investigation
    Posted in Press Releases on March 26, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Oversight of the Administration

    Today, Rep. Don Beyer sent a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray requesting a meeting, and asking that the FBI grant permission to local entities to publicly disclose the 9-1-1 call recordings that are affiliated with the Bijan Ghaisar case. In addition, Rep. Beyer pushed for an expedited response to his unanswered January 30, 2018 letter. Rep. Beyer wrote: “I want to meet because I am deeply concerned about lack of timeliness of the FBI’s civil rights investigation into the shooting death b... Read more

  • Beyer: Appointment of John Bolton Is a Monumental Step Backward
    Posted in Press Releases on March 23, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense

    Rep. Don Beyer released the following statement after President Donald Trump appointed John Bolton to be his third National Security Advisor, amassing one of the most aggressive and hard-line national security teams in modern political history: “Even for this Administration, the appointment of John Bolton is a monumental step backward. President Trump desperately needs tempered and measured voices around him; Bolton is neither of those things. His appointment carries grave national security impl... Read more

  • Beyer, Curbelo Lead 84 Members of Congress Calling for Continued Funding to Department of Energy’s ARPA-E Program
    Posted in Press Releases on March 19, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Climate Change and the Environment, Economy

    Today, Reps. Don Beyer (D-VA) and Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) led a bipartisan letter (11 Republicans, 73 Democrats) to the House Appropriations Committee calling for strong funding for the Department of Energy’s clean energy innovation programs: Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) program; Energy Innovation Hubs; and Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRCs). The bipartisan letter comes after the Trump Administration FY19 budget proposal again places these programs at risk. Specifically,... Read more

  • Beyer: DOD Report Fails To Provide Robust Study or Offer Sufficient Recommendations on Helicopter Noise
    Posted in Press Releases on March 16, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense, Transportation

    Rep. Don Beyer yesterday sent a letter to the Department of Defense (DOD) expressing his dissatisfaction with the DOD’s recently-issued report on the effects of military helicopter noise in the National Capital Region. The DOD report (Summary; Full: Part I, Part II) was developed in response to Beyer’s 2016 amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act, and submitted nearly a year after its required due date. Beyer wrote: “Unfortunately, this Report failed to give anything resembling a rob... Read more

  • Beyer Statement on Passing of Congresswoman Louise Slaughter
    Posted in Press Releases on March 16, 2018 | Preview rr

    “Congresswoman Louise Slaughter was a tireless champion for Democratic values and western New Yorkers for over 30 years. As the first woman to be elected to Congress from western New York and only microbiologist in the legislative branch, Congresswoman Slaughter was truly a trailblazer. I am proud to have called Congresswoman Slaughter my friend, and I am proud to have served in the United States Congress with such a committed and devoted advocate. Her leadership, expertise, and strength will be... Read more

  • Beyer, Dingell, and Grijalva and 104 Bipartisan Members Call for Robust Funding for Endangered Species Protections
    Posted in Press Releases on March 16, 2018 | Preview rr

    Today, Reps. Don Beyer, Debbie Dingell, and Raúl M. Grijalva led a group of 104 Members of Congress in a letter to the House Appropriations Committee calling for robust funding for Endangered Species Act listing, planning and consultation, species conservation and restoration, and recovery process. They cited the need for increased funding due to the nearly 400 listed species that currently lack recovery plans. The lawmakers wrote: “As you begin to consider fiscal year 2019 Interior and Commerce... Read more

  • 25 House Dems to White House: Fire Jared Kushner Immediately
    Posted in Press Releases on March 14, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Oversight of the Administration

    Rep. Don Beyer today led a group of 25 House Democrats warning White House Chief of Staff John Kelly about the growing threat to national security presented by Senior Adviser Jarod Kushner’s continued presence in the White House. The Members cited a series of reports raising red flags about Kushner’s security clearance issues and conflicts of interest, and called upon Kelly to fire Kushner immediately. The Members wrote: “In the wake of the scandal surrounding former White House Staff Secretary ... Read more

  • Beyer: Trump Chaos “Is Dangerous and Jeopardizes Major Diplomatic and Security Priorities”
    Posted in Press Releases on March 13, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees, Oversight of the Administration

    “As President Trump’s first Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson was handed a difficult job which he performed poorly. He presided over an unprecedented evisceration of the State Department, often seemed out of the loop, and was, at best, incidental to the formulation of U.S. foreign policy. The damage caused by Tillerson’s brief, tumultuous tenure will take years to repair, and he will be remembered as another example of President Trump’s poor judgment. “It is my hope that the next Secretary of St... Read more

  • 55 Dems Say the Trump Administration’s Decision to Issue Trophy Imports on a Case-by-Case Basis Caters to the Demands of Big Industry and the NRA
    Posted in Press Releases on March 13, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Climate Change and the Environment

    House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.), Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.) and 53 House Democrats sent a letter to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke today on the Trump administration’s recent announcement that the Department of the Interior’s (DOI) Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) will now consider all permits for importing elephant and lion carcasses into the country on a case-by-case basis. This move will allow more trophy imports into the United States and undermines publi... Read more