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  • Beyer Backs Full Metro Funding
    Posted in Press Releases on June 4, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Transportation

    Congressman Don Beyer made the following statement this morning regarding H.R. 2577, the funding bill for the Department of Transportation under consideration in the House, which would cut Metro funding by $50 million: “We saw earlier this week at Memorial Bridge what happens when Congress abdicates its responsibility to fund our nation’s infrastructure,” said Rep. Beyer. “Now is not the time to back out of our commitment to the national capital metro system. For the safety of all the thousands ... Read more

  • Beyer Hosts Press Conference at Memorial Bridge
    Posted in Press Releases on June 1, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Transportation

    Congressman Don Beyer was joined by U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, and U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell at a press conference at Arlington Memorial Bridge to highlight the neglected condition of the bridge and the critical need for Congress to act on infrastructure improvements. Rep. Beyer delivered the following remarks: “Please, look at this bridge. Two lanes closed on on... Read more

  • Memorial Bridge Lane Closures Demand Federal Action
    Posted in Press Releases on May 28, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Transportation

    Senator Mark Warner (VA), Senator Tim Kaine (VA), Delegate Eleanor Holmes-Norton (DC) and Congressman Don Beyer (VA-8) called for stronger federal infrastructure investment, citing the closure of yet a second lane on the iconic and congested Arlington Memorial Bridge as the latest evidence of federal neglect. "There is nothing more emblematic of Congress’ failure to invest in our nation’s infrastructure than the bridge that brings people into our nation’s capital, a national memorial, falling ap... Read more

  • Clean Water Rule Makes a Splash
    Posted in Press Releases on May 27, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Climate Change and the Environment

    Congressman Don Beyer applauded the final "Waters of the United States" rule announced today by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to update and clarify the protections offered by the 1972 Clean Water Act. “This is such an important step toward fully protecting the streams and wetlands most vulnerable to pollution and destruction,” said Rep. Beyer. “Right now, nearly one in three Americans get their drinking water from unprotected seasonal rivers, lakes, a... Read more

  • Beyer and Van Hollen Introduce Bill to Crack Down on Predatory Towing
    Posted in Press Releases on May 21, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Transportation

    Congressman Don Beyer joined Maryland Congressman Chris Van Hollen today to introduce the State and Local Predatory Towing Enforcement Act to crack down on predatory towing practices that leave consumers with costly bills and no recourse for overcharges and unfair treatment. “Unfair and predatory towing practices take money out of our constituents’ wallets and strain their budgets,” said Rep. Beyer. “I am proud to join Rep. Van Hollen to provide our state and local governments with the authority... Read more

  • Beyer Innovation Bill Passes with Bipartisan Support
    Posted in Press Releases on May 20, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy

    U.S. Representative Don Beyer's Science Prize Competition Act, H.R. 1162, passed the House with bipartisan support last night. The bill will encourage federal agencies to use prize competitions to incentivize innovative scientific research and development. “It is thrilling to pass my first bill, especially with support from both sides of the aisle. Prize competitions can be the catalyst for the new and unorthodox solutions that have always been at the heart of our greatest American achievements,... Read more

  • Congressman Don Beyer Introduces Gender Diversity Investment Act
    Posted in Press Releases on May 19, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Federal Employees, Women's Economic Empowerment

    U.S. Representative Don Beyer, a member of the Joint Economic Committee (JEC), held a press conference this morning to introduce the Gender Diversity Investment Act, pioneering legislation designed to allow federal workers to choose to invest in businesses that have women in leadership. The Gender Diversity Investment Act would provide federal employees the freedom and flexibility to invest their retirement savings through the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) in companies that demonstrate a strong comm... Read more

  • Beyer Opposes Defense Reauthorization
    Posted in Press Releases on May 15, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense

    U.S. Representative Don Beyer, released the following statement today voicing his disappointment with harmful riders attached to the Fiscal Year 2015 National Defense Authorization Act: “I appreciate the hard work of the House Armed Services Committee to reach President Obama’s budget request and lift the sequester for the Department of Defense. Our Defense Department should receive the robust funding the President has called for; it is vital to our national security, the economic health of our ... Read more

  • Beyer Questions Appropriations Bill that Would Cut Metro Funding
    Posted in Press Releases on May 13, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Transportation

    U.S. Representative Don Beyer objected to the House Appropriations Committee vote today to approve the Transportation-Housing and Urban Development (T-HUD) spending bill that would cut a full third of Washington Metro Area Transit Authority’s (WMATA) funding. “We have already seen the tragic consequences of continuing to bleed the Metro system dry. Just this week we saw another arcing incident which, while thankfully no one was injured, left thousands of riders, shaken, stranded, and late for wo... Read more

  • Beyer Hosts First Small Business Procurement Conference
    Posted in Press Releases on May 12, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Federal Employees, Women's Economic Empowerment

    U.S. Representative Don Beyer, who has over 40 years of experience running a small business, hosted a Small Business Procurement Conference this morning in collaboration with George Mason University’s Procurement Technical Assistance Program. The Conference focused on federal government procurement and providing guidance to small businesses hoping to work with the federal government. "Among my top priorities in Congress is building a new American economy - doing all I can to make the 21st centur... Read more