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  • Congressman Beyer Joins U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
    Posted in Press Releases on February 25, 2015 | Preview rr

    U.S. Representative Don Beyer joined U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan at Patrick Henry Middle School this morning for a roundtable discussion on the importance of early childhood education with local teachers, administrators, parents, community leaders and organizations. “I was honored to join Secretary Duncan at this morning’s roundtable. We are so lucky to live in one of the wealthiest and best educated districts in the country. Yet we still have students who come to school hungry, col... Read more

  • Beyer – Wittman Bill Protects DHS Employees’ Pay from Shutdown
    Posted in Press Releases on February 24, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense

    Congressman Don Beyer introduced the bipartisan DHS Employee Retroactive Pay Fairness Act today to ensure that all federal Department of Homeland Security employees receive retroactive pay if there is a shutdown, regardless of furlough status. Congressman Rob Wittman (R-VA) is the lead Republican cosponsor. They are joined by Reps. Steny Hoyer (D-MD), Eleanor Holmes-Norton (D-DC), Stephen Lynch (D-MA), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Donna Edwards (D-MD), Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Scott Rigell (R-VA), Joh... Read more

  • Beyer Introduces First Legislation
    Posted in Press Releases on February 13, 2015 | Preview rr

    U.S. Representative Don Beyer introduced his first piece of legislation yesterday, H.R. 927, the Keeping All Students Safe Act. The Keeping All Students Safe Act establishes minimum safety standards in schools similar to protections already in place in hospitals and non-medical community-based facilities. Rep. Beyer’s legislation would help states establish monitoring and enforcement systems that would identify and implement evidence-based models to prevent and reduce physical restraint and secl... Read more

  • Beyer Joins Clean Bill to Keep Department of Homeland Security Open
    Posted in Press Releases on February 12, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense

    U.S. Representative Don Beyer cosponsored H.R. 861 to continue funding the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through the end of the fiscal year. DHS coordinates efforts to prevent and respond to acts of terrorism on American soil. “Now is not the time to play political brinkmanship with funding the Department of Homeland Security. From protecting our borders, ports, and air hubs, to coordinating efforts with local law enforcement, or helping communities through FEMA with emergency events, DH... Read more

  • Beyer Congratulates Incoming Defense Secretary Ash Carter
    Posted in Press Releases on February 12, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense

    U.S. Representative Don Beyer released the following statement today on the successful confirmation of President Obama’s nominee for Secretary of Defense, Ashton B. Carter: “I congratulate Secretary Carter on today’s Senate confirmation. From ISIS’ rise in the Iraq and Syria, to ongoing terrorist threats, cyber-security intrusions, and global climate change, our national security challenges are not getting any simpler. With his private sector experience, procurement expertise, and emphasis on in... Read more

  • Congressman Beyer’s Remarks on Anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s Release from Prison
    Posted in Press Releases on February 11, 2015 | Preview rr

    U.S. Representative Don Beyer commemorated the 25th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s release from prison with the following statement: “In 1962 a young lawyer named Nelson Mandela was thrown into prison simply because he worked to create a free, democratic South Africa where everyone, regardless of race, had equal access to the ballot box.” said Rep. Beyer. “25 years ago today, that young man was freed and in four short years he was South Africa’s first democratically elected President. It was th... Read more

  • Congressman Beyer Elected Ranking Member on Science, Space, and Technology Subcommittee on Oversight
    Posted in Press Releases on February 11, 2015 | Preview rr

    U.S. Representative Don Beyer, Northern Virginia Democrat and member of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, was elected Ranking Member on the Subcommittee on Oversight by the Democratic Caucus last night. “It will be an honor to serve as Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Oversight,” said Rep. Beyer. “The federal government must be a collaborative partner as we create the new American economy, which will emerge from the science and technology sectors. This will require prop... Read more

  • Congressman Beyer’s Statement on the Anniversary of the Family Medical Leave Act
    Posted in Press Releases on February 5, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Healthcare

    U.S. Representative Don Beyer released the following statement on the anniversary of the passage of the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA): “Twenty-two years ago President Bill Clinton passed an historic bill providing working American families the security and opportunity they needed to take care of themselves," said Rep. Beyer. "He believed that Americans should not face economic ruin because of the birth of a child or an unforeseen illness. As a small business owner, I know we need to invest in ... Read more

  • Beyer Welcomes FCC Net Neutrality Proposal
    Posted in Press Releases on February 4, 2015 | Preview rr

    U.S. Representative Don Beyer, Northern Virginia Democrat and member of the House Committees on Natural Resources and Science, Space, and Technology, released the following statement today in response to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler’s net neutrality proposal. “Fair, equal access to the internet should be available to everyone. No Internet Service Provider (ISP) should be allowed to block or degrade access to certain sites, nor serve as ‘gatekeepers or toll-booths’ of th... Read more

  • CONGRESSMAN BEYER’S STATEMENT ON AMERICAN ACADEMY OF ACTUARIES CLIMATE REPORT
    Posted in Press Releases on February 3, 2015 | Preview rr

    U.S. Representative Don Beyer, Northern Virginia Democrat and member of the House Committees on Natural Resources and Science, Space, and Technology, released the following statement today in response to the American Academy of Actuaries' (AAA) report that cited the increasingly devastating effects of climate change in the United States due to hurricanes, floods, droughts and other weather-related events. “This sobering report is just the latest barometer of the long-term effects of global clima... Read more