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  • Beyer Statement on Senator Reid’s Retirement
    Posted in Press Releases on March 27, 2015 | Preview rr

    U.S. Representative Don Beyer commended the incredible career of Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) over eight terms in the United States Senate and his tenure as Majority Leader the past eight years: “Senator Reid has been a champion for progressive values for decades and a model elected official for generations of leaders to come. His role securing affordable quality healthcare for all Americans will be remembered by history as one of the greatest moral achievements of the early 21st cen... Read more

  • Beyer Urges Virginia Families to Take Advantage of Free File Tax Prep Services
    Posted in Press Releases on March 27, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Women's Economic Empowerment

    U.S. Representative Don Beyer joined community leaders this morning to urge eligible Virginians to use Virginia Free File and the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) programs to save money at tax time. "I began by keeping the books at my family business 41 years ago. I know exactly how stressful tax season can be," said Rep. Beyer. "A majority of us do not have the resources to hire an accountant to make sure our families and businesses take advantage of every credit and deduction for whi... Read more

  • Beyer Calls for a Budget that Invests in Middle Class and Federal Workers
    Posted in Press Releases on March 26, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Federal Employees

    U.S. Representative Don Beyer released the following statement today on the House Democratic Budget: Last night the House passed the Republican budget. As anyone who has ever had to make payroll every week can tell you, budgets are critical tools that outline priorities and values. We need to draw a blueprint for progress and invest in working families. However, the House Republican budget jeopardizes our economic recovery and exposes middle class Americans to harmful cuts that only widen the in... Read more

  • Beyer and DeLauro Reintroduce Paycheck Fairness Act
    Posted in Press Releases on March 25, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Women's Economic Empowerment

    U.S. Representative Don Beyer joined Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) today in reintroducing the Paycheck Fairness Act, legislation that would help close the wage gap between women and men working the same jobs. “After more than forty years in business, I can tell you that equal pay for equal work is the best way to strengthen our families, our middle class, and our economy,” said Rep. Beyer. “This is a simple bottom line issue. If you treat your employees well your business will thrive. It is ... Read more

  • Beyer Applauds SCOTUS Decision in Young v. UPS
    Posted in Press Releases on March 25, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Women's Economic Empowerment

    U.S. Representative Don Beyer applauded the U.S. Supreme Court decision to stand with former United Parcel Service (UPS) driver Peggy Young this morning, ruling that the company violated the Pregnancy Discrimination Act by forcing Mrs. Young to take unpaid leave rather than accommodating her pregnancy, as required by law. “Today’s Supreme Court decision is an important victory for Peggy Young, working women, and American families,” said Rep. Beyer. “No woman should ever be considered ‘too much o... Read more

  • Beyer Joins Governor McAuliffe and HHS Secretary Burwell in Arlington
    Posted in Press Releases on March 23, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Healthcare, Economy, Women's Economic Empowerment

    U.S. Representative Don Beyer joined Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell, along with local officials, leaders, and consumers in Arlington this morning to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Affordable Care Act. “Historians will one day write that the Affordable Care Act was the single most important act of moral leadership in the early 21st century,” said Rep. Beyer. “Emancipation, women’s suffrage, Social Security, th... Read more

  • Beyer Welcomes McAuliffe Legislation Prohibiting Harmful Tactics in Schools
    Posted in Press Releases on March 18, 2015 | Preview rr

    U.S. Representative Don Beyer applauded Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe and the Virginia General Assembly for outlawing the use of seclusion and restraint to discipline public school students. “Governor McAuliffe and the Virginia legislature are right: These dangerous techniques have no place in our schools,” said Rep. Beyer. “I worked to include a federal version of this bill in this month’s Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) so that these practices would cease beyond Virginia’s bo... Read more

  • Beyer Appointed to Joint Economic Committee
    Posted in Press Releases on March 4, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Women's Economic Empowerment

    U.S. Representative Don Beyer was appointed to the Joint Economic Committee by Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi last night. “I am honored to have the chance to serve on the Joint Economic Committee. I hope to use my 40 years of experience running our family business as we fight for the rights of working families to create a new, sustainable American economy. It is time we give our families and women – who make up half of the workforce and are breadwinners in over 40% of American households – the s... Read more

  • Beyer Statement on DHS Funding Vote
    Posted in Press Releases on February 27, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense, Immigration, Federal Employees

    U.S. Representative Don Beyer voted tonight for a Continuing Resolution to fund the Department of Homeland Security for seven days ahead of an expected vote next week to advance long term funding of the Department without anti-immigration provisions favored by House Republicans. “Tonight’s vote to provide a short term funding measure for the Department of Homeland Security presents our best opportunity to secure long term funding of DHS while keeping President Obama’s immigration reforms in plac... Read more

  • Beyer Welcomes NTEU Support for DHS Employee Retroactive Pay Fairness Act
    Posted in Press Releases on February 25, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees

    Yesterday Congressman Don Beyer introduced the bipartisan DHS Employee Retroactive Pay Fairness Act to ensure that all federal Department of Homeland Security employees receive retroactive pay in the event of a shutdown, regardless of furlough status. The National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU) came out in strong support of this proposal. President Colleen M. Kelley, National President of the NTEU, offered support for the bill stating, “NTEU appreciates Rep. Beyer taking the lead on this import... Read more