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Leading Economists And Policy Experts Back Worker Relief And Support Act

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This week Joint Economic Committee Vice Chair Don Beyer (D-VA) and Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) unveiled the legislative framework for the Worker Relief and Support Act. Leading economists, policy experts, and top House Democrats swiftly backed the legislation, which would use automatic triggers to ensure that expanded unemployment benefits continue to flow to workers impact... Read more »

Northern Virginia Representatives Urge OPM To Maximize Telework During WMATA Station Closures

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U.S. Representatives Don Beyer (D-VA), Gerry Connolly, (D-VA), and Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) today wrote to the Acting Director of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) urging prompt guidance to federal agencies to maximize telework policies during upcoming Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) track work. The Platform Improvement Project and the ongoing Silver Line Phase 2 extens... Read more »

60+ Representatives Press Trump Administration to Improve Testing and Contact Tracing Infrastructure

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63 Representatives today, led by Rep. Don Beyer (VA-08), demanded improved testing and contact tracing infrastructure in order to manage the novel coronavirus, citing an inadequate and opaque response by the Trump Administration that is insufficient to prevent epidemic spread and reopen the economy. They demanded answers to increase transparency, accountability, and improve management of the novel... Read more »

Beyer Floor Remarks On Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act

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Moments ago, Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA), spoke during House Floor debate on the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act. Beyer’s remarks as delivered: “Madam Speaker, I rise in support of this legislation to protect jobs, support small businesses, and save lives. It’s good that we agree on this funding, but Americans need more – much more. As of this morning over 26 million have los... Read more »

Beyer Introduces Legislation To Encourage COVID-19 Test Innovation

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Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA), today introduced the Point-of-Care Testing Prize Competitions Act, legislation designed to harness the power of scientific innovation in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. The bill would direct the National Institutes of Health (NIH), in consultation with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), to rapidly launch prize competitions encouraging the development ... Read more »

Beyer To Host Fourth Teletownhall On COVID-19 Pandemic With Guests From Governor’s Cabinet, Small Business Administration, US Census Bureau

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Congressman Don Beyer (D-VA) will host his fourth telephone town hall today on the COVID-19 pandemic. The call will feature remarks and responses from Chief Workforce Advisor to the Governor Dr. Megan Healy, as well as representatives of the Small Business Administration and the U.S. Census Bureau. The call will begin at 4:50 p.m. and last for one hour. Interested participants can dial 877-229-849... Read more »

Top Democrats Demand Answers On COVID-19 Supply Chain Problems From Trump Administration Officials

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A group of House Democrats today raised serious issues with the Trump Administration’s handling of the supply chain for COVID-19 response, and sought improved transparency and federal coordination to mitigate the inadequate, harmful, and dysfunctional engagement. The letter was signed by Reps. Don Beyer (D-VA), Gerry Connolly (D-VA), David Price (D-NC), Bill Pascrell (D-NJ), Terri Sewell (D-AL), a... Read more »

Beyer: “Trump Is Using This Pandemic As Cover To Allow More Air Pollution”

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Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA), co-Chair of the New Democrat Coalition’s Task Force on Climate Change, issued the following statement today on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) decision to weaken rules governing emissions of mercury and other toxic chemicals from power plants: “It’s hard to imagine a more disgraceful abuse of the EPA’s mission than increasing the amount of toxic chemicals at this... Read more »

Republicans And Democrats Agree: Crucial Help Needed Immediately For Small Businesses Beyond PPP Funding

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A bipartisan letter today signed by over 100 U.S. Representatives evenly split among Republicans and Democrats emphasized that problems being experienced by American small businesses navigating government assistance amid the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic go well beyond funding for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The letter, led by Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-AL) and signed by ... Read more »

Beyer Releases Summary Of Assistance For Northern Virginia Small Businesses Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

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Rep. Don Beyer today released a summary of assistance available to Northern Virginia small businesses in the National Capital Region amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The document explains the Paycheck Protection Program, Economic Injury Disaster Loans, and other related programs, and also outlines Beyer’s attempts to secure improvements as large numbers of frustrated small business owners continue to s... Read more »