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  • Beyer on Passage Of Trumpcare: “A Dark Stain on the History of The House of Representatives”
    Posted in Press Releases on May 4, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Healthcare

    Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) issued the following statement on the passage of “Trumpcare” in the House of Representatives: “The passage of Trumpcare is a dark stain on the history of the House of Representatives. Republican leaders forced this bill on the country without knowing what effect it would have on millions of Americans and one sixth of our economy. They don’t know what this updated bill will do, or how much it will hurt people, and yet they have rushed it to passage following no hearings, no ... Read more

  • Beyer Statement On Omnibus Bill
    Posted in Press Releases on May 3, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense, Healthcare, Climate Change and the Environment, Economy, Immigration, Federal Employees, Transportation

    Rep. Don Beyer made the following statement today on the omnibus bill, which is expected to be signed into law this week: “This omnibus funding bill represents the product of a bipartisan agreement, and as such required compromise from both sides. It does not contain everything I’d like, but the most important thing is that we reached a deal that will keep the government open without the worst budget cuts and most irresponsible policy riders sought by House Republicans and the White House. I’m p... Read more

  • Beyer, Cicilline, Pascrell, Jayapal Lead 106 House Democrats Calling Upon President Trump To Help Innocent Syrians by Reversing Stance On US Refugee Program, Maintaining Humanitarian Assistance
    Posted in Press Releases on May 2, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    Reps. Don Beyer, David Cicilline, Bill Pascrell, and Pramila Jayapal yesterday led 106 House Democrats in calling upon President Trump to help innocent Syrians by rescinding his Executive Order suspending the Refugee Admissions Program and to maintain support for humanitarian aid programs that assist Syrians in crisis. “It is time for the United States to step up and show the world that we are not indifferent to the grave suffering of the Syrian people. Again, we urge you to safely resettle Syri... Read more

  • Beyer Statement On Trump Call For Government Shutdown
    Posted in Press Releases on May 2, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees

    Rep. Don Beyer today issued the following statement in response to President Trump’s call for a “good ‘shutdown’ in September:” “There is nothing ‘good’ about a government shutdown that would furlough 800,000 federal employees indefinitely, including nearly 70,000 in Northern Virginia. The federal government does not turn on and off like a light switch. Critical medical and scientific research is put on hold; shipping container inspections at our ports are halted; Social Security and Medicare be... Read more

  • Beyer Statement on Trump Executive Order on Drilling
    Posted in Press Releases on April 28, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Climate Change and the Environment

    Vice-Ranking Member of the House Science Committee Rep. Don Beyer today issued the following statement on President Trump’s Executive Order to expand drilling and petroleum exploration in the Atlantic and Arctic Oceans: “This decision by President Trump is another gift to the fossil fuel industry from an Administration that has shown unprecedented hostility to environmental protection. His Order is misguided, bad for coastal economies, and represents more destructive apathy on climate change. Th... Read more

  • Beyer and LoBiondo Introduce Bipartisan Legislation To Protect Marine Life
    Posted in Press Releases on April 27, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Climate Change and the Environment

    Congressman Don Beyer and Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ) today announced that they have introduced legislation to halt permits for seismic airgun blasting on the Atlantic seaboard. Petroleum companies use seismic blasting in their surveying process, but the practice has significant, adverse effects on marine species. The Atlantic Seismic Airgun Protection Act would halt the practice. “The seismic pulses from airgun blasts threaten the aquatic species many coastal communities depend on,” said Rep. Do... Read more

  • Beyer And Wittman Build Support for Federal Employee Retroactive Pay Bill As Government Shutdown Looms
    Posted in Press Releases on April 24, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees

    With time running out to keep the federal government open when funding expires, Virginia Congressmen Don Beyer (D-VA) and Rob Wittman (R-VA) have drafted legislation to protect federal employees’ pay in the event of a government shutdown. The Federal Employee Retroactive Pay Fairness Act would guarantee back pay for all furloughed workers if Congress and the White House are unable to come to a funding agreement. “Shutting down the federal government threatens the livelihood of federal workers wh... Read more

  • Beyer Statement On Acquittal of Aya Hijazi and Her Co-Defendants in Egypt
    Posted in Press Releases on April 16, 2017 | Preview rr

    Rep. Don Beyer hailed the news of the acquittal of his constituent Aya Hijazi, after three years of imprisonment without a fair trial in Egypt. Hijazi is a dual citizen of the United States and Egypt from Falls Church, Virginia. Hijazi’s co-defendants were exonerated as well, including her husband Mohamed. “This wonderful news was a long time coming,” said Rep. Don Beyer. “I feel a deep sense of joy and relief for Aya, her husband, their colleagues at Belady who were imprisoned, Aya’s mother Nag... Read more

  • Beyer Enlists Scientific Experts for ‘Fact-Check Project’ to Correct the Record On Misstatements Made During House Science Committee Hearings
    Posted in Press Releases on April 14, 2017 | Preview rr

    Citing a flurry of inaccuracies and misleading statements at a recent hearing on climate science, Vice Ranking Member on the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) this week submitted a collection of scientific rebuttals to false or misleading statements made in that hearing. The rebuttals were written by scientists and experts who observed the hearing, including Harvard professor and “Merchants of Doubt” author Naomi Oreskes. Their commentary will be added to th... Read more

  • Beyer, House Democrats Call For Suspension Of Jared Kushner’s Security Clearance For Failing To Disclose Meetings With Foreign Officials
    Posted in Press Releases on April 13, 2017 | Preview rr

    A group of House Democrats led by Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) today wrote to the FBI and Office of Personnel Management (OPM) requesting that they suspend White House Senior Advisor and President Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner’s security clearance, citing his admission that he “omitted” required details about meetings with foreign officials from an FBI questionnaire. The letter was signed by Reps. Don Beyer (D-VA), Ted Lieu (D-CA), Jamie Raskin (D-MD), Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), and Peter Welch (D-VT), ... Read more