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  • Hollywood Movie About the Appalachian Trail: Art Imitates Life for US Representative Don Beyer
    Posted in Press Releases on September 1, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Climate Change and the Environment

    On the Eve of the Washington, DC premier of "A Walk In the Woods" this week, Congressman Don Beyer just returned from his 46th section hike of the Appalachian Trail. Read more

  • Beyer Statement on WDBJ Shooting
    Posted in Press Releases on August 27, 2015 | Preview rr

    Congressman Don Beyer released the following statement following this morning’s shooting of reporter Alison Parker, photographer Adam Ward and Vicki Gardner, head of the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce: Read more

  • Beyer, Commerce Secretaries Celebrate Startup Day at Crystal City’s 1776
    Posted in Press Releases on August 14, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy

    Congressman Don Beyer, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Bruce Andrews, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development Matt S. Erskine, visited 1776 yesterday for a roundtable and walkthrough at the incubator and venture fund’s recently opened Crystal City location as part of Start-Up Day Across America. “Startups, here in Northern Virginia and across the United States, fuel the kind of innovation we need to create a sustainable new American economy,” said Rep. Beyer. “They ... Read more

  • Beyer Commemorates 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act
    Posted in Press Releases on August 6, 2015 | Preview rr

    Congressman Don Beyer issued the following statement, expressing his concern about the continuing erosion of the Voting Rights Act (VRA): “Our fundamental belief in the right to vote is part of what defines us as Americans. Legislative accomplishments brought about some of the best moments in our history. One of those moments came a half century ago today, when President Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act to prevent state and local governments from denying black men and women suffrage. “For 48... Read more

  • Beyer Supports President Obama’s Clean Power Plan
    Posted in Press Releases on August 3, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Climate Change and the Environment

    Congressman Don Beyer welcomed the release of President Obama's final Clean Power Plan as an historic action on climate change: “Climate change is the existential crisis of our time. President Obama’s Clean Power Plan will combat this threat to our health, safety, and security of the generations who will inherit our environmental legacy," said Rep. Don Beyer. "Millions of American families depend on us to take the necessary steps to clean up our air and water. The Clean Power Plan is a smart and... Read more

  • Beyer Statement on 50th Anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid
    Posted in Press Releases on July 30, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Healthcare

    “Nearly 191,000 Virginians go without access to affordable healthcare every year because the General Assembly refuses to expand Medicaid under ACA. The great irony is that the communities most in need are represented by some of the ACA’s biggest opponents in Richmond. The Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services estimates that Medicaid expansion would save the state $600 million through 2022. This is devastating to our Commonwealth - economically and morally.” "Fifty years ago today th... Read more

  • Beyer Calls for Action to Address National Security Threats from Climate Change
    Posted in Press Releases on July 29, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Climate Change and the Environment

    Congressman Don Beyer released the following statement in response to the Department of Defense (DoD) Report on the National Implications of Climate Change: “Today’s report from the Defense Department is another emphatic statement that climate change is not only real, but is a national security threat," said Rep. Don Beyer. "Sea level rise, drought and severe weather, natural disasters, food insecurity, and competition for scarce resources jeopardize our security, here and abroad. Unless we comm... Read more

  • Beyer Celebrates 25 Years of Workplace Inclusion
    Posted in Press Releases on July 24, 2015 | Preview rr

    Congressman Don Beyer released the following statement commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), signed on July 26, 1990 by President George H.W. Bush. “The Americans With Disabilities Act was a monumental achievement to ensure workplace inclusion and an equal opportunity to succeed for our largest minority group. Nearly one in five Americans lives with a disability, including over 420,000 Virginians. “Our people are the greatest natural resource in our cou... Read more

  • Beyer Applauds Obama's Iran Deal
    Posted in Press Releases on July 14, 2015 | Preview rr

    Congressman Don Beyer, former Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein, applauded the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action negotiated by the Obama Administration's and the P5+1 Group with Iran over its nuclear program: “This is an historic accomplishment for President Obama, Secretary Kerry, the American negotiators, and the diplomatic process to prevent Iran’s nuclear ambitions," said Rep. Beyer. "I commend our diplomats for skillfully averting a global showdown and blocking Iran’s efforts to ... Read more

  • House Passes Education Reauthorization Bill that Leaves Children Behind
    Posted in Press Releases on July 10, 2015 | Preview rr

    Congressman Don Beyer expressed disappointment with H.R. 5, the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), that passed the House of Representatives today with on a partisan vote of 218-213. “This bill undermines federal support for students who need it, reduces the number of teachers across the country, and weakens funding for critical school programs,” said Rep. Beyer. “We must do better than this to bridge the inequality gap and produce the highly educated students t... Read more