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  • Beyer Leads House Delegation to Restore Elephant Protections
    Posted in Press Releases on September 21, 2016 | Preview rr

    Congressman Don Beyer today led 54 members of the House of Representatives in urging U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewel and the Obama Administration to advocate restoring all African elephants to Appendix I status under the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), banning the international ivory trade. “The simple truth is that a lawful international market for elephant ivory ultimately encourages widespread poaching and illegal trade. ... Read more

  • Members of Congress Join Aya Hijazi’s Family to Demand Her Immediate Release from Egyptian Prison
    Posted in Press Releases on September 15, 2016 | Preview rr

    U.S. Representative Don Beyer today met with the family of his constituent Aya Hijazi, who has been imprisoned without trial in Egypt for over two years. Beyer was joined in his office by Hijazi’s brother Basel, and sister Alaa, as well as counsel from RFK Human Rights. They discussed the conditions of Hijazi’s confinement, the lack of evidence presented by Egyptian authorities to support their charges, the breakdown in due process which has resulted in seven trial postponements, and the broader... Read more

  • Beyer Defends State AGs from Unlawful Subpoenas
    Posted in Press Releases on September 14, 2016 | Preview rr

    At today’s Science, Space, and Technology Committee hearing, Congressman Don Beyer questioned expert legal witnesses on the Science Committee’s limited subpoena power, in response to Chairman Lamar Smith’s overzealous harassment of state attorneys general (AGs) and environmental non-profit organizations. “The House Science Committee’s record of promoting sound science and finding bipartisan solutions has been tarnished thanks to Chairman Smith’s actions,” said Rep. Beyer. “This Committee has no ... Read more

  • Beyer Lauds Passage Of Bipartisan Survivors’ Bill Of Rights Act
    Posted in Press Releases on September 8, 2016 | Preview rr

    The House of Representatives passed a bipartisan bill Rep. Beyer introduced with California Republican Mimi Walters to protect the rights of sexual assault survivors to their sexual assault forensic evidence collection kits, known colloquially known as rape kits, and to standardize practices in the preservation of those kits. The measure passed the Senate unanimously in May. “Sexual assault survivors deserve better than our current patchwork of often inadequate state laws and procedures detailin... Read more

  • Beyer Commemorates Women’s Equality Day
    Posted in Press Releases on August 26, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Women's Economic Empowerment

    Congressman Don Beyer released the following statement in honor of Women’s Equality Day: “We celebrate Women’s Equality Day each year on this day to commemorate the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which finally gave American women the right to vote 96 years ago. This historic milestone came after a decades-long struggle for equal access to the ballot box by the women’s suffrage movement. “Today, as we honor their struggle, let us not forget nor ignore our commitment to gender equality. The 1... Read more

  • Beyer Denounces Science Committee Republicans’ Clinton Subpoenas
    Posted in Press Releases on August 22, 2016 | Preview rr

    Congressman Don Beyer, the Ranking Member on the House Science Subcommittee for Oversight, strongly condemned the Committee’s issuance of subpoenas to private server companies related to Sec. Clinton’s email server. “This is a wasteful use of taxpayer dollars by Chairman Smith and the Science Committee Republicans for blatantly partisan purposes,” said Rep. Beyer. “The House Science Committee must focus on its role promoting science and ensuring that America is the global leader in research and ... Read more

  • Beyer Pleased That ‘my Social Security’ Users Regain Access to their Accounts
    Posted in Press Releases on August 15, 2016 | Preview rr

    Congressman Don Beyer today welcomed news that the Social Security Administration (SSA) is delaying its requirement for a text authentication for customers trying to use their online Social Security accounts (my Social Security). On July 31, SSA began requiring my Social Security account holders to sign into their accounts using a one-time code sent via text message, thereby preventing SSA account holders without text-enabled cell phones from checking on their earnings and benefits online. “The... Read more

  • Beyer Calls On Federal Aviation Administration To Implement Reagan National Community Noise Working Group Recommendation
    Posted in Press Releases on August 12, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Transportation

    Following a proposal issued by the Reagan National Community Noise Working Group, Rep. Beyer today wrote to Administrator Michael Huerta of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) supporting the group’s new recommendation for a plan to reduce aircraft noise on departures south of the airport. The proposal was drafted by the Working Group in consultation with the FAA, the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA), and the airlines. The letter also urges the FAA to “pursue holistic appro... Read more

  • Beyer Statement on Federal Transit Administration’s WMATA Track Integrity Report
    Posted in Press Releases on August 8, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Transportation

    The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) today released its Track Integrity Investigation on the WMATA Metrorail system. The investigation, which addresses inspections from FTA’s Spring 2016 safety blitz and mostly predates WMATA’s SafeTrack plan, found major, longstanding deficiencies in the way that WMATA conducts rail inspections and protocol used to carry out routine repairs and track work. The FTA report was accompanied by a safety directive outlining a series of twelve required corrective ... Read more

  • Beyer-Connolly Press OPM for Details on Sudden Long Term Care Premium Increases
    Posted in Press Releases on July 25, 2016 | Preview rr

    Representatives Donald S. Beyer Jr. and Gerald E. Connolly today sent a letter the Office of Personnel Management demanding additional details about the sudden and significant jump in premiums under the Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program. Notices were mailed this week to the nearly 264,000 affected FLTCIP participants, including thousands of federal and postal employees whom Connolly and Beyer represent in Northern Virginia. Under a new contract for the FLTCIP, the incumbent provider John ... Read more