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  • Beyer Leads House Opposition To Anti-Immigrant Bill
    Posted in Press Releases on September 14, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    Rep. Don Beyer today offered the Democratic motion to recommit for H.R. 3697, a Republican bill which would make it easier to deport people suspected of connections to gangs without conviction or legal due process. Beyer expressed his agreement that MS-13 is a menace which needs to be combatted, but said this bill is deeply flawed. Beyer noted both potential constitutional issues, as well as concerns expressed by religious organizations that its overly-broad language could pave the way for ICE t... Read more

  • Reps. Beyer, Katko, and Napolitano Launch Bipartisan House Suicide Prevention Task Force
    Posted in Press Releases on September 14, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Healthcare

    Reps. Don Beyer (D-VA) and John Katko (R-NY) today announced the formation of a new bipartisan House Suicide Prevention Task Force. The launch of the Suicide Prevention Task Force came as mental health advocates marked the 42nd annual National Suicide Prevention Week. “Suicide is a tragedy which affects all of us, and it is incumbent upon all of us to do what we can to prevent it,” said Rep. Don Beyer. “I have lost so many friends who took their lives during a time of crisis, losses I feel parti... Read more

  • Beyer Named Co-Chair of House Democrats’ Jobs for America Task Force to Create Aggressive Jobs, Economic Agenda
    Posted in Press Releases on September 13, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy

    Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) today announced that he will serve in a leadership role in the House Democratic Caucus Jobs for America Task Forces, a unified effort from the House Democratic Caucus to craft a real legislative agenda that will benefit hardworking Americans and middle-class families. Beyer will serve as co-chair for the Jobs with Dignity Task Force. “This year the country has seen a Congressional majority and an Administration which repeatedly push economic policies designed to help the we... Read more

  • House Adopts Beyer/Amash Amendment To Rein In AG Sessions’ Civil Asset Forfeiture Program
    Posted in Press Releases on September 13, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Oversight of the Administration

    The House of Representatives adopted an amendment to must-pass appropriations legislation late Tuesday to prohibit the Justice Department from using funds to remove restrictions on civil asset forfeiture. The bipartisan amendment was led by nine Representatives including Justin Amash (R-MI), and Don Beyer (D-VA), who spoke in favor of the bill from the House Floor. “Civil asset forfeiture without limits presents one of the strongest threats to our civil, property, and constitutional rights,” sai... Read more

  • Beyer Demands Answers on Memorial Bridge Funding and GW Parkway Safety
    Posted in Press Releases on September 6, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Transportation

    As Congress returned for its fall session ahead of a September 30 deadline to pass legislation to fund the federal government, Rep. Don Beyer introduced appropriations amendments relating to transportation safety for two roadways vital to Northern Virginians. “Arlington Memorial Bridge and the George Washington Parkway are essential hubs for my constituents in Northern Virginia,” said Rep. Beyer. “Unfortunately, like much of the country’s infrastructure, these historic roadways have not been mai... Read more

  • Beyer, Duckworth, Ellison Introduce Pre-Registration of Voters Everywhere (PROVE) Act In House and Senate
    Posted in Press Releases on September 6, 2017 | Preview rr

    Reps. Don Beyer (D-VA) and Keith Ellison (D-MN) and Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today introduced bicameral legislation to reform federal elections to allow young Americans 16 and older to pre-register to vote, automatically adding them to voter rolls when they turn 18. Studies show that permitting young people to pre-register increases civic engagement and voter turnout. “This reform would encourage more voter participation among young people who will be most affected by public policy as thei... Read more

  • Beyer Statement on the Future of DACA
    Posted in Press Releases on September 5, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration, Oversight of the Administration

    Rep. Don Beyer released this statement today following the Trump Administration’s announcement that it would end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in six months. “President Trump’s decision to end DACA and begin deporting our Dreamers betrays nearly one million young people who grew up with this country as their own and made so many contributions to it,” said Rep. Beyer. “This act of malice will tear apart hundreds of thousands of American families and inflict serious eco... Read more

  • Beyer, Conyers, House Democrats Introduce Security Clearance Review Act
    Posted in Press Releases on July 28, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Oversight of the Administration

    Reps. Don Beyer (D-VA) and John Conyers (D-MI), Ranking Member of the House Committee on the Judiciary, today introduced the Security Clearance Review Act. The bill would authorize the Director of the FBI to revoke the security clearance of an employee of the Executive Office of the President if the Director deems such actions necessary to national security. Their legislation was cosponsored by 19 additional Representatives. “Donald Trump’s refusal to hold his senior staff accountable for their ... Read more

  • Beyer Introduces Trump Hotel Ban for Federal Travel
    Posted in Press Releases on July 24, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Oversight of the Administration

    Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) introduced four amendments to prevent Donald Trump from enriching himself at taxpayer expense by blocking the federal government from renting rooms at Trump brand hotels for official travel. “These amendments are necessary due to the President’s unprecedented failure to divest from his business, and the ongoing entanglement between the Trump Organization and the White House. Donald Trump should not be allowed to line his or his family’s pockets with taxpayer dollars,” said ... Read more

  • National Capital Region Members of Congress Blast Attack On Congressional Budget Office
    Posted in Press Releases on July 24, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Healthcare, Federal Employees

    Members of Congress from Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia today excoriated a newly-filed amendment to the “Minibus” appropriations bills. The amendment would use the Holman Rule to target federal employees in the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO), which delivers projections on proposed legislation. In a joint statement, Don Beyer (D-VA), Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Jamie Raskin (D-MD), John Delaney (D-MD), A... Read more