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  • Safe Climate Caucus Co-Chairs’ Statement on Newly Released NASA Data
    Posted in Press Releases on January 18, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Climate Change and the Environment

    Today, NASA released data declaring 2017 to be the second hottest year on record. Since the United States started measuring global temperatures 138 years ago, the five hottest years have all occurred since 2010. In response, Reps. Alan Lowenthal (D-CA) and Don Beyer (D-VA), co-chairs of the Congressional Safe Climate Caucus, issued the following statement: “Climate change is the greatest existential threat of our time, and NASA’s report is the latest in a long list of data points confirming huma... Read more

  • Beyer and Wittman Introduce Bill To Protect Federal Workers’ Pay As Threat of Government Shutdown Grows
    Posted in Press Releases on January 18, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees

    Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) and Rep. Rob Wittman (R-VA) today introduced the Federal Employee Retroactive Pay Fairness Act, legislation to guarantee back pay to furloughed workers in the event of a government shutdown. Funding for the federal government expires at midnight tomorrow. “We are working hard to avoid a government shutdown, but if it comes our bill would protect federal workers from the worst of the consequences,” said Rep. Beyer. “This legislation is designed to shield civil servants, who ... Read more

  • Beyer Statement On Fourth Continuing Resolution Vote In 4 Months
    Posted in Press Releases on January 18, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees

    Rep. Don Beyer issued the following statement after casting his vote against the latest Republican continuing resolution: “House Republicans are now forcing us to take our fourth vote on a short-term funding resolution in as many months. This is appalling and absurd. Like my fellow House Democrats, I spent months imploring my Republican colleagues to take action on key priorities for the American people, including passing long term funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and p... Read more

  • Beyer Remarks From Natural Resources Committee Markup of Bill To Rename Gravelly Point
    Posted in Press Releases on January 17, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Transportation

    Below are Congressman Don Beyer’s remarks, as delivered in the House Natural Resources Committee this morning, on a bill (HR 553) offered by Rep. Jody Hice to rename Gravelly Point after former First Lady Nancy Reagan. The bill was marked up today on short notice over the repeated objections of Rep. Beyer. The bill failed on its first attempt, but was brought up again and passed 18-16 on a party-line vote. All of the bill’s cosponsors are Republicans, and it has been repeatedly pushed by Americ... Read more

  • AWI Applauds Members of Congress for Opposing Trophy Hunting Council
    Posted in Press Releases on January 17, 2018 | Preview rr

    The following press release was sent by the Animal Welfare Institute about a letter led by Rep. Beyer and Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Grijalva to Secretary of Interior Zinke opposing the creation of a council to encourage trophy hunting. The letter was signed by 37 House Democrats, and urges the Administration to abandon its current plans to create an “International Wildlife Conservation Council” in favor of non-lethal conservation methods. *** The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) c... Read more

  • Democratic Leaders of Science Committee Call on Chairmen to Address Election Cybersecurity Concerns and Foreign Influence Operations
    Posted in Press Releases on January 17, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense

    Today, Ranking Member Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Oversight, Rep. Donald S. Beyer Jr. (D-VA) sent a formal request to Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) and Chairman of the Subcommittee on Oversight, Rep. Darin LaHood (R-IL) to hold a hearing on election security issues. Similar requests were made by Ms. Johnson and Mr. Beyer last year at two cybersecurity focused hearings in October and November. This request follows last Wednesday’s release of a minority sta... Read more

  • Beyer Statement On Trump’s Decision To End Temporary Protected Status For 200,000 Salvadorans
    Posted in Press Releases on January 8, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration, Oversight of the Administration

    Rep. Don Beyer today issued the following statement on the Trump Administration’s announcement that it would end protections for an estimated 200,000 Salvadorans in the United States, in place since 2001: “Donald Trump’s open hostility to immigrants runs against the values and history of this country,” said Rep. Beyer. “His xenophobic policies are already hurting our standing in the world, and implementation of these policies will do significant damage to our economy, and worst of all to the tho... Read more

  • Beyer on White House Drilling Announcement: "Trump Is Exposing Our Nation's Coastal Communities and Environment to Unacceptably High Risks"
    Posted in Press Releases on January 4, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Climate Change and the Environment

    Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) issued the following statement today in response to the Trump Administration's announcement that it would significantly expand leases for offshore drilling off all US coasts. "The Trump Administration's decision to radically expand offshore drilling to nearly all US waters is yet another giveaway to the oil and gas industry, made over the objections of coastal communities, military leaders, and environmental organizations," said Rep. Beyer. "Local, state, and federal leader... Read more

  • Beyer and Wittman Introduce Bill To Protect Federal Workers, With Government Shutdown Looming Amid Budget Uncertainty
    Posted in Press Releases on December 20, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees

    Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) and Rob Wittman (R-VA) today introduced bipartisan legislation to protect federal employees’ pay in the event of a government shutdown. The Federal Employee Retroactive Pay Act would guarantee back pay for all furloughed workers if Congress and the White House are unable to come to a funding agreement. “We absolutely do not want to see a shutdown of the federal government, but if it comes we must act to protect federal workers from the consequences,” said Rep. Beyer. “If th... Read more

  • Beyer on Passage of GOP Tax Bill: “Those Who Voted for This Monstrosity Will Be Held Accountable”
    Posted in Press Releases on December 19, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy

    Rep. Don Beyer today issued the following statement upon passage of H.R. 1, the GOP bill to cut taxes for the wealthy: “One month ago, when the House passed an early version of this bill, I asked how any of my colleagues could vote for legislation “that will raise taxes on millions of middle class Americans in order to fund tax cuts for the wealthy, and yet still manages to explode the deficit?” Today the Republican majority somehow passed an even worse bill. The tax bill just passed by the Hous... Read more