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  • Rep. Beyer Statement on NDAA Vote
    Posted in Press Releases on May 18, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense

    Congressman Don Beyer released the following statement on his vote against the Fiscal Year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act: Read more

  • Beyer’s Freedom Of Religion Act Gets 100th House Cosponsor
    Posted in Press Releases on May 17, 2016 | Preview rr

    Congressman Don Beyer today hailed the 100th cosponsor in the House of Representatives for the Freedom Of Religion Act. The bill, introduced by Beyer last week with a group of Democratic co-leads,‎ would block the use of religious litmus tests as a means to prevent immigrants, refugees, and international visitors from attempting to enter the United States. “It is wonderful that the Freedom of Religion Act got to 100 cosponsors so quickly, but it should have 435 cosponsors,” said Rep. Don Beyer. ... Read more

  • Members of Congress Urge State Department to Continue Pressure on Egyptian Officials
    Posted in Press Releases on May 13, 2016 | Preview rr

    Rep. Don Beyer, joined by two dozen other Members of Congress, urged ongoing pressure from the State Department on Egyptian officials to cease their harassment of the media, human rights organizations and other non-governmental organizations (NGOs). The letter, spurred by a request from the Fund for Global Human Rights and supported by Amnesty International, Freedom House, Human Rights First, and the Project on Middle East Democracy, comes less than two weeks before the May 23 resumption by the ... Read more

  • House Delegation Introduces Religious Freedom Bill
    Posted in Press Releases on May 11, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    In response to political rhetoric vilifying select religious groups and increasingly hostile rhetoric toward religious freedom in the immigration system, a House delegation, including Reps. Don Beyer (VA), Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC), Keith Ellison (MN), Joe Crowley (NY), Jan Schakowsky (IL), Mike Honda (CA), Betty McCollum (MN), André Carson (ID), introduced the Freedom of Religion Act today to prohibit the use of religious litmus tests as a means to ban immigrants, refugees, and international visitors trying to enter the United States. Read more

  • Beyer Reacts to NTSB Findings On January 2015 L’Enfant Smoke Incident
    Posted in Press Releases on May 3, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Transportation

    Rep. Don Beyer issued the following statement today after investigators presented their findings on the 2015 smoke incident at L’Enfant Plaza Metro Station to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) board. The investigator’s findings were critical of the coordinated emergency response. They also highlighted persistent safety deficiencies at the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) during the last three decades. “NTSB investigators outlined a perfect storm of failure, co... Read more

  • Beyer Statement On Secretary Foxx’s WMATA Board Appointments
    Posted in Press Releases on April 28, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Transportation

    Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx today announced three new federal appointees to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) Board of Directors, exercising his newly-granted authority under the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. Under the FAST Act, Virginia, Maryland, D.C., and the federal government may appoint four members each to the 16 member board. “Secretary Foxx’s appointments represent the federal government’s focus on passenger safety at Metro,” s... Read more

  • Atlantic Coast Members of Congress Thank Obama for Decision To Remove Atlantic States From Offshore Drilling Program
    Posted in Press Releases on April 25, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Climate Change and the Environment

    Congressmen Don Beyer (D-VA) and Frank Pallone (D-NJ) led 49 other Members of Congress in writing to thank President Obama for the Department of the Interior’s decision to remove the Atlantic Ocean from the 2017-2022 Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Leasing Proposed Program. The decision removes the Atlantic from any offshore drilling plans until 2022. “Offshore drilling poses tremendous risks to our coastal environment and economy. President Obama and Secretary Jewell know that it is n... Read more

  • Beyer Welcomes Signing Of Paris Climate Agreement
    Posted in Press Releases on April 22, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Climate Change and the Environment

    Congressman Don Beyer expressed his strong approval of the Paris Agreement, signed today as part of a celebration of Earth Day in a ceremony in New York City. “The Paris Agreement contains the kind of bold action needed to address climate change,” said Rep. Don Beyer. “Climate change represents the most significant threat to future generations. Our commitment today is crucial to the safety and wellbeing of the planet.” Congressman Beyer signed a bicameral letter from Members of Congress expressi... Read more

  • National Capital Region Members Endorse Memorial Bridge Grant Application
    Posted in Press Releases on April 15, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Transportation

    Congressional representatives from Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia wrote Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx to immediately endorse the National Park Service’s (NPS) FASTLANE Grant application, following news that the District of Columbia agreed to join as a local sponsor. The FASTLANE grant program requires federal land management agencies to apply jointly with a state. The lawmakers released the following joint statement today: “Arlington Memorial Bridge is an important s... Read more

  • Beyer Bill Lets ATF Do Its Job
    Posted in Press Releases on April 12, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Gun Violence

    Citing constraints on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) that prevent it from carrying out its mission to enforce gun safety laws, Congressman Don Beyer introduced the ATF Enforcement Act today. In addition to removing procedural blocks that prevent the ATF from protecting American families, the bill would also allow the ATF Director position to bypass the Senate confirmation process. “Very few people deny that gun violence is a serious problem,” said Rep. Beyer. “But... Read more