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  • Beyer Requests SST Oversight Hearing on OPM Attack
    Posted in Press Releases on June 22, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees

    Congressman Don Beyer, Ranking Member on the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology’s Subcommittee on Oversight, called for a Subcommittee hearing on the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) federal employee data breach in a letter to Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) today. “More than two and a half weeks after the public learned of the attack, we still don’t have answers to many simple questions which are critical to federal employees and our national security,” said Rep. Beyer.... Read more

  • Beyer Offers Amendments to Protect Parks, Appalachian Trail
    Posted in Press Releases on June 11, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Climate Change and the Environment

    Congressman Don Beyer, member of the House Committee on Natural Resources, offered two amendments at today’s committee debate on H.R. 2295, the National Energy Security Corridors Act. The amendments would keep Congress’ original intent of exempting National Parks and Trails from the development of pipelines. "Lowering heating and electric bills for middle class American families is always a good thing. But we must do so by using safe, environmentally responsible practices, and not by putting pip... Read more

  • Beyer Calls For Action After Federal Worker Hack
    Posted in Press Releases on June 5, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees

    Congressman Don Beyer today urged the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to take all steps necessary to protect current and former federal employee data and help any federal workers take necessary precautionary measures in wake of news that hackers had compromised OPM data in December 2014. “It is shocking to hear that four million public servants had their personal financial information exposed and OPM went months without alerting them. Our federal workforce keeps the country running; their p... Read more

  • Beyer Backs Full Metro Funding
    Posted in Press Releases on June 4, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Transportation

    Congressman Don Beyer made the following statement this morning regarding H.R. 2577, the funding bill for the Department of Transportation under consideration in the House, which would cut Metro funding by $50 million: “We saw earlier this week at Memorial Bridge what happens when Congress abdicates its responsibility to fund our nation’s infrastructure,” said Rep. Beyer. “Now is not the time to back out of our commitment to the national capital metro system. For the safety of all the thousands ... Read more

  • Beyer Hosts Press Conference at Memorial Bridge
    Posted in Press Releases on June 1, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Transportation

    Congressman Don Beyer was joined by U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, and U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell at a press conference at Arlington Memorial Bridge to highlight the neglected condition of the bridge and the critical need for Congress to act on infrastructure improvements. Rep. Beyer delivered the following remarks: “Please, look at this bridge. Two lanes closed on on... Read more

  • Memorial Bridge Lane Closures Demand Federal Action
    Posted in Press Releases on May 28, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Transportation

    Senator Mark Warner (VA), Senator Tim Kaine (VA), Delegate Eleanor Holmes-Norton (DC) and Congressman Don Beyer (VA-8) called for stronger federal infrastructure investment, citing the closure of yet a second lane on the iconic and congested Arlington Memorial Bridge as the latest evidence of federal neglect. "There is nothing more emblematic of Congress’ failure to invest in our nation’s infrastructure than the bridge that brings people into our nation’s capital, a national memorial, falling ap... Read more

  • Clean Water Rule Makes a Splash
    Posted in Press Releases on May 27, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Climate Change and the Environment

    Congressman Don Beyer applauded the final "Waters of the United States" rule announced today by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to update and clarify the protections offered by the 1972 Clean Water Act. “This is such an important step toward fully protecting the streams and wetlands most vulnerable to pollution and destruction,” said Rep. Beyer. “Right now, nearly one in three Americans get their drinking water from unprotected seasonal rivers, lakes, a... Read more

  • Beyer and Van Hollen Introduce Bill to Crack Down on Predatory Towing
    Posted in Press Releases on May 21, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Transportation

    Congressman Don Beyer joined Maryland Congressman Chris Van Hollen today to introduce the State and Local Predatory Towing Enforcement Act to crack down on predatory towing practices that leave consumers with costly bills and no recourse for overcharges and unfair treatment. “Unfair and predatory towing practices take money out of our constituents’ wallets and strain their budgets,” said Rep. Beyer. “I am proud to join Rep. Van Hollen to provide our state and local governments with the authority... Read more

  • Beyer Innovation Bill Passes with Bipartisan Support
    Posted in Press Releases on May 20, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy

    U.S. Representative Don Beyer's Science Prize Competition Act, H.R. 1162, passed the House with bipartisan support last night. The bill will encourage federal agencies to use prize competitions to incentivize innovative scientific research and development. “It is thrilling to pass my first bill, especially with support from both sides of the aisle. Prize competitions can be the catalyst for the new and unorthodox solutions that have always been at the heart of our greatest American achievements,... Read more

  • Congressman Don Beyer Introduces Gender Diversity Investment Act
    Posted in Press Releases on May 19, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Federal Employees, Women's Economic Empowerment

    U.S. Representative Don Beyer, a member of the Joint Economic Committee (JEC), held a press conference this morning to introduce the Gender Diversity Investment Act, pioneering legislation designed to allow federal workers to choose to invest in businesses that have women in leadership. The Gender Diversity Investment Act would provide federal employees the freedom and flexibility to invest their retirement savings through the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) in companies that demonstrate a strong comm... Read more