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Chairman Beyer Statement on Biden Infrastructure Investments

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Today, Congressman Don Beyer (D-VA), Chairman of the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee (JEC), released the following statement ahead of the infrastructure investments President Biden plans to push for later this afternoon, the first of a two-part package of investments intended to help the nation build back better. “More than a year into a pandemic that has killed more than 550,000 Americans ... Read more »

U.S. Transportation Secretary Joins Governor Northam to Announce Major Milestone for Transforming Rail in Virginia, Highlight American Rescue Plan

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Governor Ralph Northam today announced the Commonwealth has finalized agreements with Amtrak, CSX, and Virginia Railway Express, launching a $3.7 billion investment to expand and improve passenger, commuter, and freight rail in Virginia and create a vital connection in America’s national rail network between the Northeast and Southeast corridors. “We have an unprecedented opportunity to build a 21... Read more »

Lawmakers Urge President Biden to Rectify Alleged Cannabis Firings; Help End the Failed Policy of Cannabis Prohibition

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Today, 30 Members of Congress, led by U.S. Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Don Beyer (D-VA), Mondaire Jones (D-NY), Jared Huffman (D-CA), and Barbara Lee (D-CA), urged President Joe Biden to rectify instances in which several White House staffers were reportedly suspended, put on probation, or asked to resign after honestly disclosing past cannabis use. In addressing these reports, the lawmakers ask... Read more »

Chairman Beyer Opening Statement for Hearing on R&D Pathways to Sustainable Aviation

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Today, the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology’s Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics is holding a hearing titled, “Examining R&D Pathways to Sustainable Aviation.” Chairman of the Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics, Rep. Don Beyer’s (D-VA), opening statement for the record is below. Good morning, and welcome to our distinguished witnesses. Thank you for being here. I also want t... Read more »

Beyer on Equal Pay Day: The Gender Wage Gap Hurts Our Nation

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Today, Congressman Don Beyer (D-VA), Chairman of the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee (JEC), released the following statement on Equal Pay Day, March 24—the day through which the typical woman would have had to work to earn what the typical man earned the previous year. In 2019 (the most recent data), the typical woman working full-time, year-round earned 82.3% of what her male counterpart e... Read more »

Chairwoman Johnson and Subcommittee Chairman Beyer Applaud Nomination of Senator Bill Nelson for NASA Administrator

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Today, President Joe Biden announced his intent to nominate former United States Senator and astronaut, Bill Nelson, to serve as Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). “I am pleased that the President has chosen Sen. Nelson to lead NASA, an agency that is one of the crown jewels of the nation’s science and technology enterprise and a source of inspiration throug... Read more »

Congress Must Pass The Jabara-Heyer NO HATE Act

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Tags: Equality

Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA), the author of the soon to be reintroduced bipartisan Jabara-Heyer National Opposition to Hate, Assault, and Threats to Equality (NO HATE) Act, today called upon Congress to enact the NO HATE Act in response to an alarming rise of hate crimes against Asian Americans. “The Asian American community has been raising the alarm about a horrifying wave of hate crimes across the cou... Read more »

Chairs Johnson and Beyer Congratulate NASA and Its Industry Partners on Successful Final SLS Core Stage Test

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Today, at Stennis Space Center in Hancock County, Mississippi, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) successfully completed a key test for what will become the world’s most powerful rocket, the Space Launch System (SLS). The SLS core stage test was a simulation of performance during launch. Today’s “hot fire” is the final in a series of tests, known as the Green Run. Today was t... Read more »

House Passes Landmark Immigration Reform Legislation

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Rep. Don Beyer issued the following statement today after the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 6, the American Dream and Promise Act, and H.R. 1603, the Farm Workforce Modernization Act, legislation that would reform our immigration system and secure permanent protections and a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. “Today the House is turning the page on years of partisan fi... Read more »

House Passes Bill To Pave Way For National Adoption Of Equal Rights Amendment

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The House of Representatives today passed legislation introduced by Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) to facilitate ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment. The measure previously passed one year ago in the House following Virginia’s ratification of the ERA, which brought the Amendment across the 38-state threshold for national adoption. Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA), a longtime proponent of the ERA, voted yes... Read more »