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  • Beyer, 64 House Dems Call Upon Trump To Stop Raising Healthcare Costs For The Middle Class
    Posted in Press Releases on May 31, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Healthcare

    Rep. Don Beyer today led 64 House Democrats to highlight how non-partisan experts and insurers blame President Donald Trump’s actions for the costly spike in health insurance premiums for Americans next year, and urged him to end his campaign of intentional sabotage of the Affordable Care Act. The Representatives wrote: “We are deeply concerned by your Administration’s actions, which both trigger higher health insurance premiums as well as undermine access to high-quality, affordable health care... Read more

  • Beyer Statement On Virginia Senate Votes To Expand Medicaid
    Posted in Press Releases on May 30, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Healthcare

    Rep. Don Beyer today issued the following statement on the Virginia Senate’s passage of budget measures which would expand Medicaid in the Commonwealth of Virginia: “Today the Virginia Senate took a historic and long-overdue step towards giving hundreds of thousands of Virginians access to affordable health care. While I strongly oppose the work requirement portions of this legislation, which will prevent Virginians from getting coverage, the full effect of these bills will bring health insuranc... Read more

  • Beyer on News That Pruitt Spent $3.5 Million On Security, Travel: “Pruitt Seems Pathologically Incapable Of Honesty Or Ethical Behavior”
    Posted in Press Releases on May 25, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Climate Change and the Environment

    Rep. Don Beyer today issued the following statement on the news that EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s spending on personal security and travel during his first year in office was $3.5 million, a number significantly higher than previously disclosed: “Everything Scott Pruitt said about his wasteful spending turned out to be false,” said Rep. Beyer. “Internal EPA documents show that he requested unprecedented security before taking office, then exaggerated threats against him to justify the expens... Read more

  • Top House Dems Seek Information On Pruitt’s Legal Defense Fund
    Posted in Press Releases on May 24, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Climate Change and the Environment, Oversight of the Administration

    Rep. Don Beyer today led a group of five House Democratic leaders requesting information from EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and the EPA’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) about Pruitt’s legal defense fund. Pruitt confirmed the existence of the fund to Senators in a hearing last week, but key details have not yet been made public or provided to Congress, which potentially raises a series of ethics concerns. Pruitt’s fund is intended to help cover legal costs related to the many federal inve... Read more

  • Beyer Statement On Misleading Claims About Jared Kushner’s Security Clearance
    Posted in Press Releases on May 23, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Oversight of the Administration

    Rep. Don Beyer today issued the following statement on reports that Jared Kushner had been granted a permanent security clearance: “Today the White House and Jared Kushner’s representatives are saying that the decision to grant Mr. Kushner’s clearance was made by career personnel, and that this decision was the deserved outcome of an above-board process. Both claims are false or misleading. The suggestion that Kushner was granted a clearance by ‘career’ personnel and not at the discretion of the... Read more

  • Beyer, House Democrats Call On House Leaders To Move Gun Violence Prevention Bills
    Posted in Press Releases on May 23, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Gun Violence

    Today is the fourth anniversary of the mass shooting in Isla Vista, California, which left six people dead and fourteen injured. That incident inspired legislation to enable families and law enforcement to act on warning signs before mass shootings, now called the Gun Violence Restraining Order Act, which received new attention and significant bipartisan support after the Parkland shooting. Yet three months after Parkland, and in the face of another mass shooting at a school in Santa Fe, Texas, ... Read more

  • Inspector General To Review Closure Of Social Security Administration Field Office In Arlington
    Posted in Press Releases on May 21, 2018 | Preview rr

    Rep. Don Beyer today received confirmation that the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) for the Social Security Administration (SSA) had agreed to his request for a review of the decision to close its Arlington field office. The review will “identify and evaluate SSA’s reasons for the field office closure … ascertain SSA’s plans to mitigate any effects on individuals currently served by the field office … (and) determine whether SSA followed its internal policies related to notifying your offi... Read more

  • Rep. Beyer’s Remarks At Rally Demanding Justice For Bijan Ghaisar
    Posted in Press Releases on May 21, 2018 | Preview rr

    Remarks as prepared: Justice delayed is justice denied. It has been six months since an unarmed Bijan Ghaisar was shot to death by Park Policemen. It has been nearly six months since the FBI initiated its investigation into an incident that happened over the course of a few minutes. Yet we stand here today, knowing no more about that investigation. We don’t know all that happened. We do not know what the Uber driver said when he called 911 – because the FBI has told Arlington not to release the ... Read more

  • Pruitt Admits To Breaking The Law
    Posted in Press Releases on May 16, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Climate Change and the Environment, Oversight of the Administration

    Scott Pruitt today admitted in a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee hearing to violating federal regulations when he accepted the services of his direct subordinate, Millan Hupp, without paying her [exchange here]. Hupp assisted Pruitt in his housing search last year, Pruitt confirmed, without pay, a violation of the Code of Federal Regulations (administrative law governing federal employees, laid out by the Office of Government Ethics). The EPA Inspector General confirmed to Congressman Beyer l... Read more

  • Beyer Statement On Secretary Azar’s Premium Gaffe
    Posted in Press Releases on May 11, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Healthcare, Oversight of the Administration

    Rep. Don Beyer today issued the following statement on Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Alex Azar’s testimony that he does not “see the premium effect” of the Trump Administration’s efforts to sabotage the Affordable Care Act: “This comment by Secretary Azar represents the abysmal apathy the Trump Administration shows when it comes to Americans’ healthcare costs,” said Rep. Beyer. “Virginia and our neighbor Maryland are already seeing requests by insurers for massive premium increase... Read more