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  • National Capital Region Members Endorse Memorial Bridge Grant Application
    Posted in Press Releases on April 15, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Transportation

    Congressional representatives from Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia wrote Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx to immediately endorse the National Park Service’s (NPS) FASTLANE Grant application, following news that the District of Columbia agreed to join as a local sponsor. The FASTLANE grant program requires federal land management agencies to apply jointly with a state. The lawmakers released the following joint statement today: “Arlington Memorial Bridge is an important s... Read more

  • Beyer Bill Lets ATF Do Its Job
    Posted in Press Releases on April 12, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Gun Violence

    Citing constraints on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) that prevent it from carrying out its mission to enforce gun safety laws, Congressman Don Beyer introduced the ATF Enforcement Act today. In addition to removing procedural blocks that prevent the ATF from protecting American families, the bill would also allow the ATF Director position to bypass the Senate confirmation process. “Very few people deny that gun violence is a serious problem,” said Rep. Beyer. “But... Read more

  • Beyer Statement On Equal Pay Day
    Posted in Press Releases on April 12, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Equality, Women's Economic Empowerment

    Congressman Don Beyer today marked Equal Pay Day, the point in the year when women’s wages finally catch up to what men were paid the previous year, by pointing to the effects of the wage gap, and the steps which Congress could take to address it. “Women deserve to earn exactly what men make for the same work, and not one cent less,” said Rep. Beyer. “On average women make only $0.79 for every dollar which men are paid, a disparity which remains even when you control for industry and education l... Read more

  • Rep. Beyer Backs Labor Rule to Protect Savings
    Posted in Press Releases on April 6, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy

    Congressman Don Beyer released the following statement after Secretary Tom Perez announced the Department of Labor’s new rule to protect low and middle income Americans planning for their retirement from conflicted financial advice: “I strongly support the Department of Labor’s final conflict of interest rule. Secretary Perez has done remarkable work to protect retirement savers and ensure that they get advice that is in their best interest. This is of particular import to the moderate and low i... Read more

  • Beyer Welcomes Nomination Of Chief Judge Merrick Garland To Supreme Court
    Posted in Press Releases on March 16, 2016 | Preview rr

    Congressman Don Beyer hailed President Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland to the United States Supreme Court. “Chief Judge Garland is a superb choice,” said Rep. Don Beyer. “He boasts unassailable credentials and I urge the Senate to move forward with consideration of this impressive nominee.” Garland is Chief Judge for the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, the court on which Chief Justice John Roberts and Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg previously served. He previously served as an Assist... Read more

  • Beyer Applauds Decision To Block Atlantic Drilling
    Posted in Press Releases on March 15, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Climate Change and the Environment

    Congressman Don Beyer welcomed today’s announcement from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell to protect Atlantic states, including Virginia, from offshore drilling. “One of the first things I did in Congress was join my fellow Virginia Congressmen Gerry Connolly and Bobby Scott in urging Secretary Jewel to block offshore drilling in Virginia,” said Rep. Don Beyer. “I am so glad that the Administration listened to our concerns and recognized the signif... Read more

  • Rep. Don Beyer Urges Employers to be Generous and Flexible in the Face of Tomorrow’s Unprecedented Metro Shutdown
    Posted in Press Releases on March 15, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Transportation

    Congressman Don Beyer released the following statement after the announcement this afternoon that the Washington Metropolitan Area Metro Authority (WMATA) will suspend Metrorail service for 29 hours beginning at midnight tonight: Our office has been in contact with the Office of Personnel Management. We have urged them to allow unscheduled leave for federal employees, and I urge other employers in the region to be equally flexible, allowing employees to take unscheduled leave or to work from hom... Read more

  • Beyer Welcomes US-Canada Climate Announcement
    Posted in Press Releases on March 10, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Climate Change and the Environment

    Congressman Don Beyer (D-VA) voiced his support for the joint agreement announced today by President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to reduce methane emissions. The leaders announced today’s agreement in a ceremony at the White House to greet the Canadian Prime Minister, the first official visit by a Canadian head of state in two decades. “Today’s accord between two of the world’s largest economies takes important steps to combat climate change. I applaud President Obama... Read more

  • Virginia Members React to NPS Memorial Bridge Announcement
    Posted in Press Releases on March 3, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Transportation

    The National Park Service (NPS) today announced that Arlington Memorial Bridge will need to close by 2021 absent funding for a full rehabilitation. The bridge has been undergoing emergency repairs since last year. Northern Virginia Reps. Don Beyer, Gerry Connolly, and Barbara Comstock, along with Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, reacted to the news with urgent calls to fund repairs, estimated to cost as much as $280 million. “Memorial Bridge was built to symbolize the coming together and reun... Read more

  • Bipartisan Lawmakers Encourage the American Economy to Get Outside
    Posted in Press Releases on March 2, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Climate Change and the Environment

    U.S. Representatives Don Beyer (D-VA), Dave Reichert (R-WA), Peter Welch (D-VT), and Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) introduced legislation today that would require the federal government to measure the outdoor recreation industry’s impact on the U.S. economy. The Outdoor Recreation’s Economic Contributions (REC) Act would direct the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) to assess the outdoor industry’s contribution to job creation and consumer spending. “Outdoor recreation is... Read more