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  • 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 Healthcare.gov 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 HealthCare.gov 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

  • Beyer Named Co-Chair of House Democrats’ Jobs for America Task Force to Create Aggressive Jobs, Economic Agenda
    Posted in Press Releases on September 13, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy

    Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) today announced that he will serve in a leadership role in the House Democratic Caucus Jobs for America Task Forces, a unified effort from the House Democratic Caucus to craft a real legislative agenda that will benefit hardworking Americans and middle-class families. Beyer will serve as co-chair for the Jobs with Dignity Task Force. “This year the country has seen a Congressional majority and an Administration which repeatedly push economic policies designed to help the we... Read more

  • House Adopts Beyer/Amash Amendment To Rein In AG Sessions’ Civil Asset Forfeiture Program
    Posted in Press Releases on September 13, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Oversight of the Administration

    The House of Representatives adopted an amendment to must-pass appropriations legislation late Tuesday to prohibit the Justice Department from using funds to remove restrictions on civil asset forfeiture. The bipartisan amendment was led by nine Representatives including Justin Amash (R-MI), and Don Beyer (D-VA), who spoke in favor of the bill from the House Floor. “Civil asset forfeiture without limits presents one of the strongest threats to our civil, property, and constitutional rights,” sai... Read more

  • Beyer Demands Answers on Memorial Bridge Funding and GW Parkway Safety
    Posted in Press Releases on September 6, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Transportation

    As Congress returned for its fall session ahead of a September 30 deadline to pass legislation to fund the federal government, Rep. Don Beyer introduced appropriations amendments relating to transportation safety for two roadways vital to Northern Virginians. “Arlington Memorial Bridge and the George Washington Parkway are essential hubs for my constituents in Northern Virginia,” said Rep. Beyer. “Unfortunately, like much of the country’s infrastructure, these historic roadways have not been mai... Read more

  • Beyer, Duckworth, Ellison Introduce Pre-Registration of Voters Everywhere (PROVE) Act In House and Senate
    Posted in Press Releases on September 6, 2017 | Preview rr

    Reps. Don Beyer (D-VA) and Keith Ellison (D-MN) and Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today introduced bicameral legislation to reform federal elections to allow young Americans 16 and older to pre-register to vote, automatically adding them to voter rolls when they turn 18. Studies show that permitting young people to pre-register increases civic engagement and voter turnout. “This reform would encourage more voter participation among young people who will be most affected by public policy as thei... Read more

  • Beyer Statement on the Future of DACA
    Posted in Press Releases on September 5, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration, Oversight of the Administration

    Rep. Don Beyer released this statement today following the Trump Administration’s announcement that it would end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in six months. “President Trump’s decision to end DACA and begin deporting our Dreamers betrays nearly one million young people who grew up with this country as their own and made so many contributions to it,” said Rep. Beyer. “This act of malice will tear apart hundreds of thousands of American families and inflict serious eco... Read more