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  • Beyer Introduces Legislation To Protect Marine Life From Seismic Airgun Blasting
    Posted in Press Releases on July 15, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Climate Change and the Environment

    Congressman Don Beyer today announced that he introduced bipartisan legislation, in partnership with Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ), to stop seismic airgun blasting along the Atlantic seaboard. While offshore petroleum extraction is off limits in the Atlantic until at least 2022 due to a recent Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) decision, permits for seismic airgun blasting remain under consideration. “I was so happy when BOEM opted to protect Atlantic coastal communities, including those in V... Read more

  • Beyer Calls on Congress to Address Public Health Crises Before Recess
    Posted in Press Releases on July 14, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Gun Violence, Healthcare

    Congressman Don Beyer released the following statement on continuing Congressional inaction in the famous of major public health crises: “Gun violence, Zika, and contaminated drinking water are urgent problems confronting Americans now,” said Rep. Don Beyer. “The fact that Congress has gone into summer recess without making progress on any of these issues is a stunning failure of leadership. We should not be leaving town without doing the people’s business. These problems cannot wait until Septe... Read more

  • Beyer, Science Committee Democrats Respond to Committee’s Anti-Science Subpoenas
    Posted in Press Releases on July 13, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Climate Change and the Environment

    Ranking Member of the Oversight Subcommittee, Congressman Don Beyer (D-VA), joined Science Committee Ranking Member Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), Congresswoman Katherine Clark (D-MA), and Congressman Paul Tonko (D-NY) in delivering the following statement on the Chairman’s issuance of eleven subpoenas to the Massachusetts and New York attorneys general (AGs) and a number of non-governmental organizations: “We strongly condemn the Science Committee Majority’s unlawful subpoenas issued today to th... Read more

  • Some Reflections On Violence In America This Week
    Posted in Press Releases on July 8, 2016 | Preview rr

    Last night in our telephone town hall, Robin from Arlington asked me what I thought about Philando Castile and Alton Sterling, black men shot by police officers in St. Paul, MN, and Baton Rouge, LA. Here is what I told Robin. Their deaths made me incredibly sad. I didn’t want to watch the videos, but I feel a responsibility to try to understand what happened. I’m pleased that the governors of both states immediately called for Department of Justice investigations. I’m also pleased that the shoot... Read more

  • Beyer Joins With Kaine, Scott, Members of VA Delegation & Congressional Black Caucus To Applaud House Passage Of Bill To Recognize 400 Years Of African American History
    Posted in Press Releases on July 6, 2016 | Preview rr

    Rep. Don Beyer joined U.S. Senator Tim Kaine and Representative Bobby Scott in applauding unanimous House passage of a bipartisan bill that would recognize the resilience and contributions of African Americans to the United States since 1619. Kaine and Warner introduced the Senate version and Scott the House version of the 400 Years of African American History Commission Act in February. The bill would establish a commission to plan programs and activities across the country in 2019 to highlight... Read more

  • Beyer, National Capital Delegation Announce Memorial Bridge Selected For $90 Million FASTLANE Grant
    Posted in Press Releases on July 5, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Transportation

    Congressional representatives from Virginia and the District of Columbia today announced that the National Park Service (NPS), jointly with the District Department of Transportation, has been awarded a $90 million FASTLANE Grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation for repairs to Arlington Memorial Bridge, which carries 68,000 vehicles daily. Rep. Don Beyer, Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, and Reps. Gerry Connolly and Barbara Comstock jointly issued the foll... Read more

  • Beyer Hails Supreme Court Decision Overturning Texas Abortion Law
    Posted in Press Releases on June 27, 2016 | Preview rr

    Congressman Don Beyer released the following statement on today’s Supreme Court ruling in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt: “Common sense and justice for women and families prevailed at the Supreme Court today,” said Rep. Don Beyer. “This decision once again affirms our nation’s longstanding policy that women have the right to an abortion until viability, and that efforts by anti-choice forces to deny that right through lack of access imposes an undue burden. Anti-choice forces in Virginia ap... Read more

  • Beyer Reacts To Supreme Court Decision Halting Obama Immigration Directives
    Posted in Press Releases on June 23, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    Congressman Don Beyer released the following statement on today’s Supreme Court ruling in United States v. Texas: “Today’s Supreme Court decision halting President Obama’s immigration directives is wrong-headed and short-sighted. I have every confidence that this is a temporary obstacle for these families, but it is nonetheless a heartbreaking one. President Obama’s Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals programs gave hope to peaceful, law-abiding imm... Read more

  • Beyer Calls On Speaker, House Leadership To Hold Vote On Gun Violence Legislation Before Recess
    Posted in Press Releases on June 22, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Gun Violence

    Representative Beyer today assailed Congressional inaction over the Orlando mass shooting and the public health crisis of gun violence ahead of a scheduled recess of the House of Representatives. Just last week, House Republicans voted to block consideration of H.R. 1076, the bipartisan “No Fly, No Buy” legislation, an idea supported by 86 percent of Virginia voters. “It is unacceptable for House leaders to refuse to act at this time,” said Rep. Don Beyer. “Many of my constituents have written t... Read more

  • Beyer Announces Airplane Noise Meeting
    Posted in Press Releases on June 16, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Transportation

    Congressman Don Beyer is convening a community meeting with the Federal Aviation Administration, the Metro Washington Aviation Administration, and community leaders. The announcement comes after recent changes to departure procedures for aircraft taking off to the south of the airport. WHO: FAA officials MWAA officials City of Alexandria officials Supervisor Dan Stork Senator Adam Ebbin Delegate Paul Krizek WHERE: National Airport, Historic Terminal A Lobby WHEN: June 27, 2016 at 6 PM The meetin... Read more