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  • Americans Are Working Too Long for Too Little
    Posted in Press Releases on June 30, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy

    Congressman Don Beyer offered his support today for President Obama’s proposal to extend overtime pay for nearly 5 million workers. "This is a crucial step for millions of middle class American families," said Rep. Don Beyer. "Working Americans suffering from wage stagnation and income inequality are struggling to put food on the table and gas in their car. President Obama's policy is welcome relief to hard working families who earned a raise." The proposal would nearly double the salary level u... Read more

  • Beyer Statement on SCOTUS EPA Ruling
    Posted in Press Releases on June 29, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Climate Change and the Environment

    Congressman Don Beyer expressed disappointment in the Supreme Court’s decision today in Michigan v. Environmental Protection Agency that rolled back Obama Administration environmental regulations for power plants: “Today’s Supreme Court’s decision in Michigan v. Environmental Protection Agency is disappointing. This ruling undermines President Obama’s work to strengthen public health and the environment by limiting the discharge of hazardous pollutants from power plants,” said Rep. Beyer. “Our e... Read more

  • Beyer Celebrates Marriage Equality Ruling
    Posted in Press Releases on June 26, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Equality

    Congressman Don Beyer applauded today’s Supreme Court ruling to require all states to recognize same-sex marriage as a Constitutionally protected right. “Future generations will look back on today’s Supreme Court decision to guarantee marriage equality nationwide as a watershed moment in American history,” said Rep. Don Beyer. “Gay rights are human rights and today we have ensured that all Americans, regardless of their sexuality, have the right to share the rest of their lives with the person t... Read more

  • Beyer Applauds Supreme Court Obamacare Ruling
    Posted in Press Releases on June 25, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Healthcare

    Congressman Don Beyer applauded today’s Supreme Court decision to uphold federal insurance subsidies for residents of any state under President Obama’s Affordable Care Act. “The Supreme Court was right to uphold the Affordable Care Act's exchanges that provide quality, affordable healthcare to millions to Americans,” said Rep. Don Beyer. “Obamacare was landmark legislation, and in the five years since its enactment, has helped millions of middle-class Americans find and keep necessary health ins... Read more

  • Beyer Introduces Keeping Guns from Criminals Act
    Posted in Press Releases on June 24, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Gun Violence

    Congressman Don Beyer introduced the Keeping Guns from Criminals Act to close a loophole in federal law that allows straw purchasers and gun traffickers to funnel firearms to felons, juveniles, and other restricted purchasers with little to no risk of being prosecuted. “This is not a complicated issue: No one wants guns in the hands of dangerous criminals," said Rep. Beyer. "Time and again Congress fails to make meaningful progress to prevent gun violence in the face of overwhelming national dem... Read more

  • Congress, EPA Need to Secure a Cleaner Future
    Posted in Press Releases on June 24, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Climate Change and the Environment

    Congressman Don Beyer reaffirmed his support today for the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan and the Clean Air Act by voting against the Ratepayer Protection Act which would roll back the EPA’s commitment to cutting carbon emissions. “The EPA’s landmark proposal is designed to help cities and states cut the dangerous carbon emissions that threaten our health and our planet," said Rep. Beyer. "Instead of supporting this plan and working together to fight climate change in a... Read more

  • Beyer Introduces Bill to End Cosmetic Testing on Animals
    Posted in Press Releases on June 23, 2015 | Preview rr

    June 23, 2015 (Washington, DC) - Congressman Don Beyer (D-VA) and Congresswoman Martha McSally (R-AZ) were joined today by Representatives Heck (R-NV) and Cárdenas (D-CA) to introduce the Humane Cosmetics Act to end the use of animals in cosmetics testing. "It is time for us to end the painful and completely unnecessary process of testing American cosmetics on animals. Safer, more cost effective, and completely humane alternatives already exist, and the United States is in no danger of losing it... Read more

  • Beyer Requests SST Oversight Hearing on OPM Attack
    Posted in Press Releases on June 22, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees

    Congressman Don Beyer, Ranking Member on the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology’s Subcommittee on Oversight, called for a Subcommittee hearing on the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) federal employee data breach in a letter to Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) today. “More than two and a half weeks after the public learned of the attack, we still don’t have answers to many simple questions which are critical to federal employees and our national security,” said Rep. Beyer.... Read more

  • Beyer Offers Amendments to Protect Parks, Appalachian Trail
    Posted in Press Releases on June 11, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Climate Change and the Environment

    Congressman Don Beyer, member of the House Committee on Natural Resources, offered two amendments at today’s committee debate on H.R. 2295, the National Energy Security Corridors Act. The amendments would keep Congress’ original intent of exempting National Parks and Trails from the development of pipelines. "Lowering heating and electric bills for middle class American families is always a good thing. But we must do so by using safe, environmentally responsible practices, and not by putting pip... Read more

  • Beyer Calls For Action After Federal Worker Hack
    Posted in Press Releases on June 5, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees

    Congressman Don Beyer today urged the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to take all steps necessary to protect current and former federal employee data and help any federal workers take necessary precautionary measures in wake of news that hackers had compromised OPM data in December 2014. “It is shocking to hear that four million public servants had their personal financial information exposed and OPM went months without alerting them. Our federal workforce keeps the country running; their p... Read more