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  • House Delegation Introduces Freedom Of Religion Act In Response To President Trump’s Muslim Ban
    Posted in Press Releases on February 2, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration, Oversight of the Administration

    In response to President Trump’s unlawful, immoral Executive Order banning all refugees as well as individuals and families from certain Muslim-majority countries in the Middle East from entering the United States, House Members, including Reps. Don Beyer (VA), Chair of the Democratic Caucus Joe Crowley (D-NY), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Betty McCollum (D-MN), Keith Ellison (D-MN), Andre Carson (D-IN), and Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) introduced the Freedom of Religion Act to... Read more

  • Beyer Statement on President Trump’s Federal Hiring Freeze
    Posted in Press Releases on January 23, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees, Oversight of the Administration

    Rep. Beyer issued the following statement today on the Trump administration’s announcement of a freeze on hiring for the federal workforce. “The Trump administration’s decision to further scapegoat the federal workforce by freezing hiring is ineffective and damaging,” said Rep. Don Beyer. “Like previous actions of Congressional Republicans, complaints of ineffective government are being met with a strategy which makes government even less effective. This cycle is intentional, and state and local... Read more

  • As House Votes, Beyer Delivers Speech On House Floor Condemning Reckless Republican Plan To Repeal Affordable Care Act
    Posted in Press Releases on January 13, 2017 | Preview rr

    Rep. Don Beyer took to the floor of the House today to assail the irresponsible Republican proposal to repeal the Affordable Care Act without any replacement. “Together we've made significant progress on our budget deficits, but blowing up Obamacare will blow up our national debt [and be] the most fiscally irresponsible act since we waged two wars without paying for them," said Rep. Don Beyer. "Repeal will cause the state of Virginia to lose up to 100,000 jobs and $50 billion in business output.... Read more

  • Repealing ACA Would Cost Virginia's Economy Billions Of Dollars And 50,000-100,000 Jobs
    Posted in Press Releases on January 6, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Healthcare

    Rep. Don Beyer pledged today to fight any Republican proposal to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), as a new study from George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health and the Commonwealth Fund suggested that such a repeal would have dire effects on Virginia’s economy. “The Republican plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act will have disastrous consequences for Virginia,” said Rep. Beyer. “Hundreds of thousands of our neighbors will lose life-saving, affordable health ... Read more

  • Beyer Hails President Obama’s Decision To Deny All Permits For Seismic Airgun Blasting In Atlantic Ocean
    Posted in Press Releases on January 6, 2017 | Preview rr

    Congressman Don Beyer today applauded the Obama Administration’s decision to deny all applications for permits to pursue petroleum exploration in the Atlantic Ocean through seismic airgun blasting. Beyer introduced bipartisan legislation in July to halt the practice along the Atlantic seaboard. “Airgun blasting threatens important species, including critically endangered North Atlantic right whales, as well as our coastal communities.” said Rep. Don Beyer. “Marine life and ocean biodiversity are... Read more

  • Why I'm voting against House GOP's effort to gut the Office of Congressional Ethics:
    Posted in Press Releases on January 3, 2017 | Preview rr

    Last night, House Republicans began the 115th Congress by making it harder to investigate corruption among their own. Their effort to gut the independent Office of Congressional Ethics is deeply hypocritical following a campaign in which they called the Washington region a “swamp” and their political opponents “crooked.” It speaks volumes that the first act of the incoming majority will be to make itself less accountable to the people. This provision, included as part of the GOP rules package, i... Read more

  • National Capital Region Members Oppose Reinstatement Of “Holman Rule”
    Posted in Press Releases on January 3, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees

    Members of Congress Don Beyer, Steny Hoyer, Gerry Connolly, Eleanor Holmes Norton, and John Delaney released the following joint statement in opposition to the ‘Holman Rule’ included in the proposed Rules package: “Today, the House of Representatives will consider a rules package that aims to further undermine civil service employee protections by stripping away necessary safeguards. Reinstating the so-called “Holman Rule” would allow any Member of Congress to simply offer an amendment that coul... Read more

  • Beyer’s Science Prize Competitions Act Passes, Set To Become Law
    Posted in Press Releases on December 20, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Climate Change and the Environment, Federal Employees

    As the 114th Congress drew to a close last week, the House and Senate passed the America COMPETES reauthorization which included text from Rep. Don Beyer’s Science Prize Competitions Act. The measure encourages federal agencies to use prize competitions as incentives for innovation in scientific research. The President is expected to sign the larger bill, including Rep. Beyer’s provision, into law before the end of the year. “I’m so pleased that we ended this Congress on a bipartisan note, passi... Read more

  • Beyer Assails Triumvirate of Anti-Environment Cabinet Nominees
    Posted in Press Releases on December 13, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Climate Change and the Environment, Oversight of the Administration

    Rep. Don Beyer issued the following statement today on President-elect Trump’s recent nominations: “The trio of Scott Pruitt for Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Rex Tillerson for Secretary of State, and Gov. Rick Perry for Secretary of Energy confirms our worst fears about President-elect Trump's intentions on climate change and the environment. “As Oklahoma’s Attorney General, Scott Pruitt organized and led a national push to oppose the EPA. He made himself the mouth... Read more

  • National Capital Region Members Support Second Memorial Bridge Grant Application
    Posted in Press Releases on December 12, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Transportation

    Congressional representatives from Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia urged Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx to support the National Park Service’s (NPS) FASTLANE grant application for $60 million to complete Arlington Memorial Bridge repairs, a project estimated to require upwards of $250 million. The letter was sent by Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, Representatives Don Beyer, Gerry Connolly, Barbara Comstock, and Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine. Earlier this year... Read more