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  • Beyer Welcomes TPP Announcement
    Posted in Press Releases on October 5, 2015 | Preview rr

    October 5, 2015 (Washington, DC) – Congressman Don Beyer released the following statement on the announcement of a final deal on the Trans-Pacific Partnership: “I welcome today’s announcement from Atlanta that representatives from the United States and eleven other countries reached an agreement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership. I thank the negotiators for years of tireless work to make this day possible. I look forward to reviewing the details of this proposal with great care and the benefit of... Read more

  • Beyer Statement on Oregon Mass Shooting
    Posted in Press Releases on October 1, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Gun Violence

    Congressman Don Beyer released the following statement in the wake of today’s shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon: “Speaker Boehner wants to ‘clear the barn’ in his last month in office, he said. Today’s tragedy in Oregon reminds us of an opportunity for him: It is within the Speaker’s power to bring a common-sense bill on gun violence prevention to the House floor. In doing so, he could bypass the intractable House Judiciary Committee, where the Chairman tables all such proposals tha... Read more

  • Beyer Statement on NTSB Recommendations
    Posted in Press Releases on September 30, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Transportation

    Congressman Don Beyer released the following statement on the National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB) recommendations announced today calling for direct federal safety oversight of Washington’s Metrorail system by the Federal Railroad Administration: “Metro can and should be the nation’s premier public transportation system. I am disheartened by Metro’s seeming inability to get out of this quagmire of problems. I will give today’s NTSB recommendation serious thought, and am eager to hear t... Read more

  • Beyer-Wittman Legislation Protects Federal Employees from Shutdown
    Posted in Press Releases on September 29, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees

    Congressman Don Beyer (D-VA) introduced H.R. 3635, the “Federal Employee Retroactive Pay Fairness Act,” which would secure retroactive pay for all federal employees during a federal government shutdown, regardless of furlough status. Congressman Rob Wittman (R-VA) is the lead Republican cosponsor. “Federal employees have financial obligations just like everyone else. Congress must not jeopardize their financial security yet again,” said Rep. Beyer (VA-08). “This bipartisan legislation ensures th... Read more

  • Representative Don Beyer and Bloomberg Chairman Peter Grauer Launch Initiatives Promoting U.S. Competitiveness with Women’s Economic Empowerment
    Posted in Press Releases on September 28, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Women's Economic Empowerment

    “Women are the backbone of our economy, and it is time Congress had their back,” Rep. Don Beyer said today as he announced a “Men for Women” House Caucus to promote economic growth through women’s empowerment. Forty percent of American households with a child under the age of eighteen depend on a woman’s salary as the sole or primary source of income. Women are estimated to make more than seventy percent of all retail purchasing decisions. Women investors are the fastest growing sector making in... Read more

  • Bloomberg Chairman Peter Grauer and Representative Don Beyer Join CEOs to Announce Initiatives on U.S. Competitiveness Through Women's Leadership
    Posted in Press Releases on September 23, 2015 | Preview rr

    Congressman Don Beyer will join Peter Grauer, Chairman of Bloomberg LP and Founding Chairman of the US 30% Club, on Monday, September 28th for a press conference to announce new initiatives to advance women in leadership in U.S. businesses to improve American economic competitiveness. Read more

  • Beyer, Wittman Build Support to Protect Federal Workers
    Posted in Press Releases on September 22, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees

    Congressman Don Beyer (D-VA) and Congressman Rob Wittman (R-VA) distributed a letter to House colleagues today to build support for the Federal Employee Retroactive Pay Fairness Act. The bipartisan proposal has already collected 24 cosponsors ahead of its introduction next week to protect federal worker pay in the event of a shutdown. “Our federal employees work every day to carry out vital missions keeping our country healthy, safe, and strong,” said Rep. Beyer. “Their pay, and their family’s w... Read more

  • Rock the Vote Signs Up for Beyer’s PROVE Act
    Posted in Press Releases on September 17, 2015 | Preview rr

    Congressman Don Beyer today welcomed Rock the Vote’s support for his PROVE Act, which would allow sixteen year olds to pre-register to vote. “America’s future depends on our young voters getting and staying engaged. This is their country and it is time we gave them the respect they deserve,” said Rep. Beyer. “Rock the Vote’s support is incredible. More than anyone, they know how powerful young Americans are when they let their voices be heard.” Rock the Vote is the largest non-profit and non-par... Read more

  • Beyer, Ellison Celebrate National Voter Registration Month with New Bill
    Posted in Press Releases on September 16, 2015 | Preview rr

    Congressman Don Beyer (D-VA) and Congressman Keith Ellison (D-MN), with Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-MD), celebrated National Voter Registration Month today by introducing the Pre-Registration of Voters Everywhere (PROVE) Act. Beyer’s legislation would allow young Americans over the age of sixteen to pre-register to vote, streamlining the voting process once they turn eighteen. “This is a common sense reform to increase civic engagement in our youngest generations,” said Rep. Beyer. “Pre-regis... Read more

  • Beyer Backs Fed Unions
    Posted in Press Releases on September 14, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees

    Congressman Don Beyer today dismissed Governor Scott Walker’s proposals to weaken federal worker protections as absurd and out of touch. "Doing away with our federal employee unions and eroding the tremendous progress made possible by FDR’s National Labor Relations Act is no way to get elected President,” said Rep. Beyer. “Our labor movement has helped make possible the minimum wage, the eight hour workday, a forty hour workweek, safer working environments, health coverage, and Social Security –... Read more