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  • Beyer Defends AGs in Anti-Climate Science Probe
    Posted in Press Releases on June 2, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Climate Change and the Environment

    Rep. Don Beyer wrote House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology’s (SST) Chairman Lamar Smith today, in response to his missives to seventeen state attorneys general, including Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia, and eight environmental organizations requesting documents related to their work on climate change. The Smith letters, signed by thirteen Republican SST Members, requests documents and information related to ongoing collaboration regarding climate change, including i... Read more

  • Beyer Commends Finalized Department of Labor Overtime Rule
    Posted in Press Releases on May 18, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy

    The Department of Labor (DOL) today issued its final ruling to adjust eligibility for overtime labor among salaried workers under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Congressman Beyer welcomed the DOL’s expansion of overtime protections, which will give an estimated 4 million workers a raise in pay. “Today’s announcement by DOL will greatly expand earning power for working families,” said Rep. Don Beyer. “These updates to existing overtime regulations will help to grow and strengthen the middle class,... Read more

  • Rep. Beyer Statement on NDAA Vote
    Posted in Press Releases on May 18, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense

    Congressman Don Beyer released the following statement on his vote against the Fiscal Year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act: Read more

  • Beyer’s Freedom Of Religion Act Gets 100th House Cosponsor
    Posted in Press Releases on May 17, 2016 | Preview rr

    Congressman Don Beyer today hailed the 100th cosponsor in the House of Representatives for the Freedom Of Religion Act. The bill, introduced by Beyer last week with a group of Democratic co-leads,‎ would block the use of religious litmus tests as a means to prevent immigrants, refugees, and international visitors from attempting to enter the United States. “It is wonderful that the Freedom of Religion Act got to 100 cosponsors so quickly, but it should have 435 cosponsors,” said Rep. Don Beyer. ... Read more

  • Members of Congress Urge State Department to Continue Pressure on Egyptian Officials
    Posted in Press Releases on May 13, 2016 | Preview rr

    Rep. Don Beyer, joined by two dozen other Members of Congress, urged ongoing pressure from the State Department on Egyptian officials to cease their harassment of the media, human rights organizations and other non-governmental organizations (NGOs). The letter, spurred by a request from the Fund for Global Human Rights and supported by Amnesty International, Freedom House, Human Rights First, and the Project on Middle East Democracy, comes less than two weeks before the May 23 resumption by the ... Read more

  • House Delegation Introduces Religious Freedom Bill
    Posted in Press Releases on May 11, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    In response to political rhetoric vilifying select religious groups and increasingly hostile rhetoric toward religious freedom in the immigration system, a House delegation, including Reps. Don Beyer (VA), Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC), Keith Ellison (MN), Joe Crowley (NY), Jan Schakowsky (IL), Mike Honda (CA), Betty McCollum (MN), André Carson (ID), introduced the Freedom of Religion Act today to prohibit the use of religious litmus tests as a means to ban immigrants, refugees, and international visitors trying to enter the United States. Read more

  • Beyer Reacts to NTSB Findings On January 2015 L’Enfant Smoke Incident
    Posted in Press Releases on May 3, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Transportation

    Rep. Don Beyer issued the following statement today after investigators presented their findings on the 2015 smoke incident at L’Enfant Plaza Metro Station to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) board. The investigator’s findings were critical of the coordinated emergency response. They also highlighted persistent safety deficiencies at the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) during the last three decades. “NTSB investigators outlined a perfect storm of failure, co... Read more

  • Beyer Statement On Secretary Foxx’s WMATA Board Appointments
    Posted in Press Releases on April 28, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Transportation

    Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx today announced three new federal appointees to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) Board of Directors, exercising his newly-granted authority under the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. Under the FAST Act, Virginia, Maryland, D.C., and the federal government may appoint four members each to the 16 member board. “Secretary Foxx’s appointments represent the federal government’s focus on passenger safety at Metro,” s... Read more

  • Atlantic Coast Members of Congress Thank Obama for Decision To Remove Atlantic States From Offshore Drilling Program
    Posted in Press Releases on April 25, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Climate Change and the Environment

    Congressmen Don Beyer (D-VA) and Frank Pallone (D-NJ) led 49 other Members of Congress in writing to thank President Obama for the Department of the Interior’s decision to remove the Atlantic Ocean from the 2017-2022 Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Leasing Proposed Program. The decision removes the Atlantic from any offshore drilling plans until 2022. “Offshore drilling poses tremendous risks to our coastal environment and economy. President Obama and Secretary Jewell know that it is n... Read more

  • Beyer Welcomes Signing Of Paris Climate Agreement
    Posted in Press Releases on April 22, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Climate Change and the Environment

    Congressman Don Beyer expressed his strong approval of the Paris Agreement, signed today as part of a celebration of Earth Day in a ceremony in New York City. “The Paris Agreement contains the kind of bold action needed to address climate change,” said Rep. Don Beyer. “Climate change represents the most significant threat to future generations. Our commitment today is crucial to the safety and wellbeing of the planet.” Congressman Beyer signed a bicameral letter from Members of Congress expressi... Read more