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

    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
    Tags: Oversight of the Administration

    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

  • Beyer Statement On US Military Strike In Syria
    Posted in Press Releases on April 7, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense, Oversight of the Administration

    Congressman Don Beyer issued the following statement today on the US military strike in Syria: “Assad is a monster and a war criminal. I look forward to the day when he is brought to justice by the Syrian people and the international community. This strike represents an escalation of U.S. involvement in the Syrian Civil War. It should have been subject to congressional debate and authorization, and certainly that must be a precondition for any further engagement. We need a credible and clear pla... Read more

  • Beyer and Norton Push For Action on Airplane Noise in FY’18 Spending Bill
    Posted in Press Releases on April 6, 2017 | Preview rr

    Congressman Don Beyer and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton wrote House Appropriations Committee Members in support of airplane noise mitigation provisions in the fiscal year Transportation-Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Bill (T-HUD). “Airplane noise is a pervasive problem around the United States, but especially in Northern Virginia neighborhoods below ever-shifting flight paths in and out of DCA. To date, the FAA has not satisfactorily addressed the situation, while the problem... Read more

  • Reps. Espaillat, Bonamici, Serrano, Beyer Introduce The Protecting Sensitive Locations Act
    Posted in Press Releases on March 30, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration, Oversight of the Administration

    Today Reps. Adriano Espaillat (NY-13), Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01), José E. Serrano (NY-15), and Don Beyer (VA-08) introduced new legislation aimed at protecting sensitive locations during immigration enforcement efforts. The Protecting Sensitive Locations Act will prohibit immigration enforcement, including arrests, interviews, searches, and surveillance at "sensitive locations" that include areas such as medical or health care facilities, public and private schools, places of worship, courthouses... Read more

  • Safe Climate Caucus Co-Chairs Lowenthal and Beyer React To Trump Executive Orders on Climate
    Posted in Press Releases on March 28, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Climate Change and the Environment, Oversight of the Administration

    Reps. Alan Lowenthal (D-CA) and Don Beyer (D-VA) issued scathing denunciations of President Trump’s Executive Orders on climate and the environment today. “We all want our world to be a safe, healthy place to raise our families and grow our economy. Unfortunately, the President’s action today slows down the progress we’ve been making and puts U.S. leadership on climate in question,” said Rep. Alan Lowenthal. “This executive order only kicks the climate change can further down the road, forcing f... Read more