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  • Beyer Supports President Obama’s Clean Power Plan
    Posted in Press Releases on August 3, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Climate Change and the Environment

    Congressman Don Beyer welcomed the release of President Obama's final Clean Power Plan as an historic action on climate change: “Climate change is the existential crisis of our time. President Obama’s Clean Power Plan will combat this threat to our health, safety, and security of the generations who will inherit our environmental legacy," said Rep. Don Beyer. "Millions of American families depend on us to take the necessary steps to clean up our air and water. The Clean Power Plan is a smart and... Read more

  • Beyer Statement on 50th Anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid
    Posted in Press Releases on July 30, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Healthcare

    “Nearly 191,000 Virginians go without access to affordable healthcare every year because the General Assembly refuses to expand Medicaid under ACA. The great irony is that the communities most in need are represented by some of the ACA’s biggest opponents in Richmond. The Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services estimates that Medicaid expansion would save the state $600 million through 2022. This is devastating to our Commonwealth - economically and morally.” "Fifty years ago today th... Read more

  • Beyer Calls for Action to Address National Security Threats from Climate Change
    Posted in Press Releases on July 29, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Climate Change and the Environment

    Congressman Don Beyer released the following statement in response to the Department of Defense (DoD) Report on the National Implications of Climate Change: “Today’s report from the Defense Department is another emphatic statement that climate change is not only real, but is a national security threat," said Rep. Don Beyer. "Sea level rise, drought and severe weather, natural disasters, food insecurity, and competition for scarce resources jeopardize our security, here and abroad. Unless we comm... Read more

  • Beyer Celebrates 25 Years of Workplace Inclusion
    Posted in Press Releases on July 24, 2015 | Preview rr

    Congressman Don Beyer released the following statement commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), signed on July 26, 1990 by President George H.W. Bush. “The Americans With Disabilities Act was a monumental achievement to ensure workplace inclusion and an equal opportunity to succeed for our largest minority group. Nearly one in five Americans lives with a disability, including over 420,000 Virginians. “Our people are the greatest natural resource in our cou... Read more

  • Beyer Applauds Obama's Iran Deal
    Posted in Press Releases on July 14, 2015 | Preview rr

    Congressman Don Beyer, former Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein, applauded the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action negotiated by the Obama Administration's and the P5+1 Group with Iran over its nuclear program: “This is an historic accomplishment for President Obama, Secretary Kerry, the American negotiators, and the diplomatic process to prevent Iran’s nuclear ambitions," said Rep. Beyer. "I commend our diplomats for skillfully averting a global showdown and blocking Iran’s efforts to ... Read more

  • House Passes Education Reauthorization Bill that Leaves Children Behind
    Posted in Press Releases on July 10, 2015 | Preview rr

    Congressman Don Beyer expressed disappointment with H.R. 5, the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), that passed the House of Representatives today with on a partisan vote of 218-213. “This bill undermines federal support for students who need it, reduces the number of teachers across the country, and weakens funding for critical school programs,” said Rep. Beyer. “We must do better than this to bridge the inequality gap and produce the highly educated students t... Read more

  • Beyer Statement on OPM Hack
    Posted in Press Releases on July 9, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees

    Congressman Don Beyer released the following statement expressing his shock at news that the personal data of nearly 21.5 million past and present federal employees and contractors was exposed in a breach of Office of Personnel Management (OPM) records. “This is disturbing news, both in terms of our government’s IT failure and that tens of millions of Americans lost the privacy of their personal data,” said Rep. Beyer. “We must and we will do better, and I will work closely with the Office of Pe... Read more

  • Beyer Questions OPM, NIST Witnesses at SST Oversight Subcommittee Hearing
    Posted in Press Releases on July 8, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees

    Congressman Don Beyer, Ranking Member on the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology’s (SST) Subcommittee on Oversight, questioned witnesses today at a joint Subcommittee hearing on the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) federal employee data breach. “The personal and professional impact of the OPM breach on our already underpaid, underappreciated, and overworked federal employees cannot be overstated. We must do whatever is necessary to protect our civil servants and the work they a... Read more

  • Beyer Statement on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac CEO Salary
    Posted in Press Releases on July 2, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy

    Congressman Don Beyer reacted harshly to news that the CEOs of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac would receive $4 million salaries, far above the $600,000 cap imposed on the lending giants after they were bailed out by the federal government: "It is inexplicable that the government backed Fannie and Freddie want to raise their CEOs pay less than a decade after American taxpayers were forced to bail them out. These enterprises exist to streamline home ownership for Americans by broadening the mortgage m... Read more

  • Beyer Applauds Reestablishment of Diplomatic Relations with Cuba
    Posted in Press Releases on July 1, 2015 | Preview rr

    Congressman Don Beyer, former United States Ambassador to Switzerland and Lichtenstein, released the following statement after President Obama announced that Cuba and the United States will open embassies in Washington and Havana after more than 50 years of diplomatic isolation: "I have long looked forward to the day we reestablish diplomatic relations with Cuba. As we see in American relationships around the world, we can learn to work together, while still maintaining our criticisms of human r... Read more