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  • Statement on Diplomatic Feud With Cuba
    Posted in Press Releases on October 5, 2017 | Preview rr

    “The Trump Administration’s decision to withdraw all non-essential personnel from the US embassy in Havana is a reasonable precaution to protect our foreign service officers, but retaliatory expulsion of diplomats is another step towards estrangement and conflict. It does not help identify the method of the mysterious attacks on our staff, or explain who was responsible. We must retain open lines of communication to advance our investigation and find those responsible. Most importantly, we must ... Read more

  • Rep. Beyer, Co-Chair of Jobs with Dignity Task Force, Asks Companies to Share Best Practices Regarding Workers’ Compensation
    Posted in Press Releases on October 4, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy

    Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA), a co-chair of the House Democratic Caucus Jobs with Dignity Task Force, asked six U.S. companies noted for their excellence in workers’ compensation programs to share their best practices to help guide discussion on ways Congress can improve employee benefits for hard-working men and women. “The Jobs With Dignity Task Force is focused on delivering results for the middle class, and an obvious way to do that is encouraging businesses to replicate pro-worker practices which ... Read more

  • Beyer Joins Reps. Price and Deutch, 180+ Representatives Urging President Trump to Uphold Iran Nuclear Agreement
    Posted in Press Releases on October 4, 2017 | Preview rr

    Today Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) joined Reps. Price (D-NC) and Ted Deutch (D-FL) in a letter to President Trump signed by more than 180 Members of Congress urging the President to recertify Iran’s compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Announced in July of 2015, the JCPOA is an international agreement negotiated by the “P5+1” (United States, China, France, Russia, United Kingdom, and Germany), the European Union, and Iran that sought to cut off Iran’s path to nuclear weapons ... Read more

  • Beyer Statement on Mass Shooting In Las Vegas
    Posted in Press Releases on October 2, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Gun Violence

    Rep. Don Beyer issued the following statement this morning after the mass shooting in Las Vegas which killed 50 people and injured over 200: “This morning’s news is horrific. Again, and again, and again, people in the United States, going about their daily lives, are subject to gun fire and to potential injury or death. It is unfathomable and unacceptable. Our hearts are with the many, many families whose lives were shattered by this massacre. We have a moral duty to honor their lives with actio... Read more

  • Where I Stand On Gun Legislation
    Posted in Press Releases on October 2, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Gun Violence

    Preventing gun violence has been a major priority since I took office. I participated in the House sit-in to demand solutions to gun violence, and remain outspoken on this issue. Here are my positions on some legislation related to firearms and gun violence: Gun Violence Restraining Orders: Data shows that many acts of gun violence, particularly suicides mass shootings, are committed by people in moments of crisis. I introduced the Gun Violence Restraining Order Act (HR 2598) with Rep. Carbajal ... Read more

  • Beyer, Speier, 78 House Dems Challenge Sec. Price, Trump Administration Over Healthcare.Gov Shutdowns During Open Enrollment
    Posted in Press Releases on September 28, 2017 | Preview rr

    Representatives Beyer and Speier today sent a letter to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom Price urging him to minimize the damage from shutdowns of during open enrollment period. HHS recently announced that it would shut the site down for 12-hour periods on every Sunday but one throughout open enrollment. The letter was signed by 78 Democratic Representatives. The Representatives wrote: “The recent announcement by HHS regarding planned shut downs of duri... Read more

  • Beyer Statement on Latest Trump “Travel Ban”
    Posted in Press Releases on September 25, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration, Oversight of the Administration

    Rep. Don Beyer issued the following statement today on the latest iteration of the Trump Administration’s “travel ban:” “Donald Trump cannot camouflage his Muslim Ban by adding new countries to it. Its discriminatory roots are still plainly visible. This policy is an attempt to use racial and anti-religious animus to divide people for political ends. As with previous bans, the Administration provides no evidence that they enhance public safety. Meanwhile, the ban continues to stigmatize millions... Read more

  • Top Democrats Ask Equifax, TransUnion, and Experian: Will You Restore Consumers’ Rights in the Wake of the Equifax Data Breach?
    Posted in Press Releases on September 21, 2017 | Preview rr

    Following the Equifax data breach of 143 million Americans’ personal information, Representatives Don Beyer (D-VA), Henry C. “Hank” Johnson, Jr. (D-GA), David N. Cicilline (D-RI), and John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI) wrote to the three main credit rating agencies—Equifax, TransUnion, and Experian—to hear whether these companies will continue to include forced arbitration clauses in their terms of service or end their campaign against the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s rule to restore consumers’ ... Read more

  • 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