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  • Beyer Introduces STAPLER Act To Support Adult Education Teachers
    Posted in Press Releases on February 11, 2016 | Preview rr

    Representative Don Beyer introduced the STAPLER Act today to Save Teachers of Adults from Paying out of their Livelihood for Education Resources. Beyer’s legislation would allow certain qualifying program instructors a $500 credit for education resource expenses such as paper, writing materials, printing, and books. Current law disallows continuing and adult education teachers from claiming tax deductions for classroom supplies, even though such deductions are allowed for K-12 teachers. “Our new... Read more

  • Beyer Attempts To Offer Amendments To Curb Regional Airplane & Helicopter Noise
    Posted in Press Releases on February 11, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Transportation

    Today Congressman Don Beyer offered two amendments in the Science, Space, and Technology Committee that would have compelled the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to study the impact of military helicopter noise on the National Capital Region and to evaluate FAA-operated flight paths over the region. Beyer introduced the amendments for inclusion on H.R. 4489, the “FAA Leadership in Groundbreaking High Tech Research and Development Act,” otherwise known as the Flight R&D Act. In a highly unus... Read more

  • Beyer Statement on Governor McAuliffe’s I-66 Proposal
    Posted in Press Releases on February 10, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Transportation

    Representative Don Beyer released the following statement today in reaction to Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe’s proposal to add one eastbound lane to I-66 between the Beltway and Glebe Road: Read more

  • Beyer Statement On The So-Called “Federal Employee Rights Act”
    Posted in Press Releases on February 5, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees

    Yesterday the Chairman of the House Budget Committee introduced the “Federal Employee Rights Act,” which, contrary to its title, would prohibit federal agencies from deducting voluntary union dues from their employees’ paychecks. Representative Don Beyer expressed vehement opposition to the bill, which he characterized as an unfair assault on federal employee labor unions. Read more

  • Civil Rights Champion John Lewis Becomes 125th Cosponsor of Beyer-Honda Legislation To Condemn Anti-Muslim Bigotry
    Posted in Press Releases on February 4, 2016 | Preview rr

    This week Civil Rights champion Congressman John Lewis (D-GA) became the 125th cosponsor to anti-Islamophobia legislation authored by Congressmen Don Beyer (D-VA) and Mike Honda (D-CA). The bill, House Resolution 569, which condemns violence and hateful rhetoric against Muslims in the United States, now has 127 cosponsors in the House of Representatives. Congressmen Beyer and Honda enthusiastically welcomed Congressman Lewis’ support. Read more

  • Beyer Calls for Congressional Action in Wake of NOAA, NASA Reports
    Posted in Press Releases on January 20, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Climate Change and the Environment

    2015 was the hottest year in recorded history, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Both agencies confirmed today that the global average temperature recorded in 2015 was 1.62 degrees Fahrenheit over the 20th century average and surpassed last year’s record by .29 degrees Fahrenheit, breaking the annual global temperature record by the largest margin in the 136-year scientific record. Read more

  • Beyer-Honda, House Democrats Welcome 100th Co-Sponsor to Condemn Anti-Muslim Bigotry
    Posted in Press Releases on January 8, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Climate Change and the Environment

    Representatives Don Beyer (D-VA) and Mike Honda (D-CA) welcomed the 100th co-sponsor to support their legislation, H. Res. 569, condemning violence and bigotry towards Muslim-Americans. Read more

  • Beyer Applauds Executive Action on Gun Violence Prevention
    Posted in Press Releases on January 5, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Gun Violence

    Congressman Don Beyer (D-VA) released the following statement in support of President Obama’s executive action to help prevent gun violence in America. “The President’s actions today will help to strengthen the current background check system, and ensure more people undergo those checks before buying a firearm,” said Rep. Beyer. “These actions are long overdue and will help to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people. I applaud the President and Attorney General.” “Given the inherent limit... Read more

  • Beyer Celebrates Federal Employee Measures in Omnibus
    Posted in Press Releases on December 18, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees

    There is finally some good news for federal employees in the omnibus spending bill passed by Congress this morning. The $1.1 trillion spending package included a pay raise for federal employees and our service members, as well as significant additional funding for the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), some of which is earmarked for cybersecurity. Read more

  • Beyer Statement on Unfunded Tax Cuts Package
    Posted in Press Releases on December 17, 2015 | Preview rr

    Congressman Don Beyer (D-VA) released the following statement on his vote in opposition to the Tax Increase Prevention and Real Estate Investment Act: I voted against the tax extenders package because it was yet another unfunded tax cut. There are a number of provisions in the bill which I support, including the expanded Earned Income and Child Tax Credits (EITC, CTC), the Research and Development Tax Credit, and commuter benefits so important to federal workers in Northern Virginia. However, co... Read more