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  • 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

  • Beyer Statement On Equal Pay Day
    Posted in Press Releases on April 12, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Equality, Women's Economic Empowerment

    Congressman Don Beyer today marked Equal Pay Day, the point in the year when women’s wages finally catch up to what men were paid the previous year, by pointing to the effects of the wage gap, and the steps which Congress could take to address it. “Women deserve to earn exactly what men make for the same work, and not one cent less,” said Rep. Beyer. “On average women make only $0.79 for every dollar which men are paid, a disparity which remains even when you control for industry and education l... Read more

  • Rep. Beyer Backs Labor Rule to Protect Savings
    Posted in Press Releases on April 6, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy

    Congressman Don Beyer released the following statement after Secretary Tom Perez announced the Department of Labor’s new rule to protect low and middle income Americans planning for their retirement from conflicted financial advice: “I strongly support the Department of Labor’s final conflict of interest rule. Secretary Perez has done remarkable work to protect retirement savers and ensure that they get advice that is in their best interest. This is of particular import to the moderate and low i... Read more

  • Beyer Welcomes Nomination Of Chief Judge Merrick Garland To Supreme Court
    Posted in Press Releases on March 16, 2016 | Preview rr

    Congressman Don Beyer hailed President Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland to the United States Supreme Court. “Chief Judge Garland is a superb choice,” said Rep. Don Beyer. “He boasts unassailable credentials and I urge the Senate to move forward with consideration of this impressive nominee.” Garland is Chief Judge for the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, the court on which Chief Justice John Roberts and Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg previously served. He previously served as an Assist... Read more

  • Beyer Applauds Decision To Block Atlantic Drilling
    Posted in Press Releases on March 15, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Climate Change and the Environment

    Congressman Don Beyer welcomed today’s announcement from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell to protect Atlantic states, including Virginia, from offshore drilling. “One of the first things I did in Congress was join my fellow Virginia Congressmen Gerry Connolly and Bobby Scott in urging Secretary Jewel to block offshore drilling in Virginia,” said Rep. Don Beyer. “I am so glad that the Administration listened to our concerns and recognized the signif... Read more