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  • 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

  • Rep. Don Beyer Urges Employers to be Generous and Flexible in the Face of Tomorrow’s Unprecedented Metro Shutdown
    Posted in Press Releases on March 15, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Transportation

    Congressman Don Beyer released the following statement after the announcement this afternoon that the Washington Metropolitan Area Metro Authority (WMATA) will suspend Metrorail service for 29 hours beginning at midnight tonight: Our office has been in contact with the Office of Personnel Management. We have urged them to allow unscheduled leave for federal employees, and I urge other employers in the region to be equally flexible, allowing employees to take unscheduled leave or to work from hom... Read more

  • Beyer Welcomes US-Canada Climate Announcement
    Posted in Press Releases on March 10, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Climate Change and the Environment

    Congressman Don Beyer (D-VA) voiced his support for the joint agreement announced today by President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to reduce methane emissions. The leaders announced today’s agreement in a ceremony at the White House to greet the Canadian Prime Minister, the first official visit by a Canadian head of state in two decades. “Today’s accord between two of the world’s largest economies takes important steps to combat climate change. I applaud President Obama... Read more

  • Virginia Members React to NPS Memorial Bridge Announcement
    Posted in Press Releases on March 3, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Transportation

    The National Park Service (NPS) today announced that Arlington Memorial Bridge will need to close by 2021 absent funding for a full rehabilitation. The bridge has been undergoing emergency repairs since last year. Northern Virginia Reps. Don Beyer, Gerry Connolly, and Barbara Comstock, along with Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, reacted to the news with urgent calls to fund repairs, estimated to cost as much as $280 million. “Memorial Bridge was built to symbolize the coming together and reun... Read more

  • Bipartisan Lawmakers Encourage the American Economy to Get Outside
    Posted in Press Releases on March 2, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Climate Change and the Environment

    U.S. Representatives Don Beyer (D-VA), Dave Reichert (R-WA), Peter Welch (D-VT), and Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) introduced legislation today that would require the federal government to measure the outdoor recreation industry’s impact on the U.S. economy. The Outdoor Recreation’s Economic Contributions (REC) Act would direct the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) to assess the outdoor industry’s contribution to job creation and consumer spending. “Outdoor recreation is... Read more

  • House Rejects Beyer Amendment to Keep Guns Away from Dangerous Criminals
    Posted in Press Releases on February 26, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Gun Violence

    The House of Representatives today rejected Rep. Beyer’s gun safety amendment to the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act of 2015 (SHARE Act). On a mostly party-line vote, the House declined to restrict dangerous individuals from using target ranges on public land. “The House made a dangerous decision today to allow convicted felons unfettered access to public target ranges, without any safety protections,” said Rep. Beyer. “My amendment would simply have prohibited people alrea... Read more

  • Beyer Introduces STAPLER Act To Support Adult Education Teachers
    Posted in Press Releases on February 11, 2016 | Preview rr

    Representative Don Beyer introduced the STAPLER Act today to Save Teachers of Adults from Paying out of their Livelihood for Education Resources. Beyer’s legislation would allow certain qualifying program instructors a $500 credit for education resource expenses such as paper, writing materials, printing, and books. Current law disallows continuing and adult education teachers from claiming tax deductions for classroom supplies, even though such deductions are allowed for K-12 teachers. “Our new... Read more

  • Beyer Attempts To Offer Amendments To Curb Regional Airplane & Helicopter Noise
    Posted in Press Releases on February 11, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Transportation

    Today Congressman Don Beyer offered two amendments in the Science, Space, and Technology Committee that would have compelled the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to study the impact of military helicopter noise on the National Capital Region and to evaluate FAA-operated flight paths over the region. Beyer introduced the amendments for inclusion on H.R. 4489, the “FAA Leadership in Groundbreaking High Tech Research and Development Act,” otherwise known as the Flight R&D Act. In a highly unus... Read more

  • Beyer Statement on Governor McAuliffe’s I-66 Proposal
    Posted in Press Releases on February 10, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Transportation

    Representative Don Beyer released the following statement today in reaction to Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe’s proposal to add one eastbound lane to I-66 between the Beltway and Glebe Road: Read more