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  • Beyer Statement on Federal Transit Administration’s WMATA Track Integrity Report
    Posted in Press Releases on August 8, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Transportation

    The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) today released its Track Integrity Investigation on the WMATA Metrorail system. The investigation, which addresses inspections from FTA’s Spring 2016 safety blitz and mostly predates WMATA’s SafeTrack plan, found major, longstanding deficiencies in the way that WMATA conducts rail inspections and protocol used to carry out routine repairs and track work. The FTA report was accompanied by a safety directive outlining a series of twelve required corrective ... Read more

  • Beyer-Connolly Press OPM for Details on Sudden Long Term Care Premium Increases
    Posted in Press Releases on July 25, 2016 | Preview rr

    Representatives Donald S. Beyer Jr. and Gerald E. Connolly today sent a letter the Office of Personnel Management demanding additional details about the sudden and significant jump in premiums under the Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program. Notices were mailed this week to the nearly 264,000 affected FLTCIP participants, including thousands of federal and postal employees whom Connolly and Beyer represent in Northern Virginia. Under a new contract for the FLTCIP, the incumbent provider John ... Read more

  • Beyer Mourns Passing of Rep. Mark Takai
    Posted in Press Releases on July 20, 2016 | Preview rr

    Congressman Don Beyer released the following statement today regarding the loss of Congressman Mark Takai of Hawaii: “I am so saddened to hear of the passing of my fellow member of the freshman class, Mark Takai. Mark was a friend to all of us, a hallmate on the fourth floor of Cannon, and a warm spirit whose presence we had already missed. His being robbed of life at the age of 49 reminds us all of our own mortality and of our need to live life to its fullest, as Mark did.” Read more

  • Beyer Introduces Legislation To Protect Marine Life From Seismic Airgun Blasting
    Posted in Press Releases on July 15, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Climate Change and the Environment

    Congressman Don Beyer today announced that he introduced bipartisan legislation, in partnership with Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ), to stop seismic airgun blasting along the Atlantic seaboard. While offshore petroleum extraction is off limits in the Atlantic until at least 2022 due to a recent Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) decision, permits for seismic airgun blasting remain under consideration. “I was so happy when BOEM opted to protect Atlantic coastal communities, including those in V... Read more

  • Beyer Calls on Congress to Address Public Health Crises Before Recess
    Posted in Press Releases on July 14, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Gun Violence, Healthcare

    Congressman Don Beyer released the following statement on continuing Congressional inaction in the famous of major public health crises: “Gun violence, Zika, and contaminated drinking water are urgent problems confronting Americans now,” said Rep. Don Beyer. “The fact that Congress has gone into summer recess without making progress on any of these issues is a stunning failure of leadership. We should not be leaving town without doing the people’s business. These problems cannot wait until Septe... Read more

  • Beyer, Science Committee Democrats Respond to Committee’s Anti-Science Subpoenas
    Posted in Press Releases on July 13, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Climate Change and the Environment

    Ranking Member of the Oversight Subcommittee, Congressman Don Beyer (D-VA), joined Science Committee Ranking Member Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), Congresswoman Katherine Clark (D-MA), and Congressman Paul Tonko (D-NY) in delivering the following statement on the Chairman’s issuance of eleven subpoenas to the Massachusetts and New York attorneys general (AGs) and a number of non-governmental organizations: “We strongly condemn the Science Committee Majority’s unlawful subpoenas issued today to th... Read more

  • Some Reflections On Violence In America This Week
    Posted in Press Releases on July 8, 2016 | Preview rr

    Last night in our telephone town hall, Robin from Arlington asked me what I thought about Philando Castile and Alton Sterling, black men shot by police officers in St. Paul, MN, and Baton Rouge, LA. Here is what I told Robin. Their deaths made me incredibly sad. I didn’t want to watch the videos, but I feel a responsibility to try to understand what happened. I’m pleased that the governors of both states immediately called for Department of Justice investigations. I’m also pleased that the shoot... Read more

  • Beyer Joins With Kaine, Scott, Members of VA Delegation & Congressional Black Caucus To Applaud House Passage Of Bill To Recognize 400 Years Of African American History
    Posted in Press Releases on July 6, 2016 | Preview rr

    Rep. Don Beyer joined U.S. Senator Tim Kaine and Representative Bobby Scott in applauding unanimous House passage of a bipartisan bill that would recognize the resilience and contributions of African Americans to the United States since 1619. Kaine and Warner introduced the Senate version and Scott the House version of the 400 Years of African American History Commission Act in February. The bill would establish a commission to plan programs and activities across the country in 2019 to highlight... Read more

  • Beyer, National Capital Delegation Announce Memorial Bridge Selected For $90 Million FASTLANE Grant
    Posted in Press Releases on July 5, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Transportation

    Congressional representatives from Virginia and the District of Columbia today announced that the National Park Service (NPS), jointly with the District Department of Transportation, has been awarded a $90 million FASTLANE Grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation for repairs to Arlington Memorial Bridge, which carries 68,000 vehicles daily. Rep. Don Beyer, Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, and Reps. Gerry Connolly and Barbara Comstock jointly issued the foll... Read more

  • Beyer Hails Supreme Court Decision Overturning Texas Abortion Law
    Posted in Press Releases on June 27, 2016 | Preview rr

    Congressman Don Beyer released the following statement on today’s Supreme Court ruling in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt: “Common sense and justice for women and families prevailed at the Supreme Court today,” said Rep. Don Beyer. “This decision once again affirms our nation’s longstanding policy that women have the right to an abortion until viability, and that efforts by anti-choice forces to deny that right through lack of access imposes an undue burden. Anti-choice forces in Virginia ap... Read more