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  • Beyer: Scott Pruitt’s Attempt To Undermine The Clean Air Act “Illegal and Immoral”
    Posted in Press Releases on May 10, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Climate Change and the Environment, Oversight of the Administration

    Rep. Don Beyer today issued the following statement on EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s “Back to Basics” memo instructing the EPA to begin factoring “economic effects” into its decisions on setting clean air standards: “Scott Pruitt’s latest attempt to undermine air pollution standards set by the Clean Air Act is illegal and immoral. The only ‘basics’ that his actions would take us ‘back to’ are the era when cities were shrouded in lethal air pollution and American rivers burned. Weakening clean... Read more

  • Beyer Blasts Trump for Undermining Global Security
    Posted in Press Releases on May 8, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense

    Rep. Don Beyer today issued the following statement forcefully condemning President Trump’s decision to exit the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), also known as the Iran Nuclear Agreement: “President Trump’s extremely shortsighted decision to exit the JCPOA is another major step backward for our national security. Simply put, the President’s actions have made a nuclear-armed Iran more likely, and therefore made the world a more dangerous place. It will have serious negative consequence... Read more

  • Top Dems Request IG Investigation of Illegal Hiring Allegations at Justice Department
    Posted in Press Releases on May 8, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Oversight of the Administration

    Today, Senators Richard Durbin (D-IL), the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Immigration, Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), the Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, and Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD), the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Judiciary, and Reps. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Joaquin Castro (D-TX), and Donald S. Beyer Jr. (D-VA) sent a letter re... Read more

  • 40 Days, 40 Stories: The Scott Pruitt Scandals
    Posted in Press Releases on May 8, 2018 | Preview rr

    Today is the 40th day since news emerged on March 29th that EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt rented a condo from the wife of an energy lobbyist. Over those 40 days, hundreds of news reports have exposed so many different facets of Pruitt’s unethical behavior, wasteful spending, and corruption that he has become the subject of 11 federal investigations. Here is a selection of 40 stories about Scott Pruitt from the past 40 days: March 29: ABC News – More Cabinet trouble for Trump? EPA chief lived in... Read more

  • Republican Sabotage Will Cause Hundreds of Thousands of Virginians To Face Double-Digit Health Insurance Premium Increases
    Posted in Press Releases on May 7, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Healthcare

    Rep. Don Beyer today again condemned efforts by Donald Trump and congressional Republicans to sabotage the US health care system after they were cited by Virginia’s health insurers as the cause of proposed double-digit rate increases for health insurance premiums: “Donald Trump and his Republican allies in Congress are inflicting huge pain on Virginia families,” said Rep. Beyer. “I was one of many legislators who warned that the outcome of their sabotage campaign would be cost increases for the ... Read more

  • Beyer Statement On Sudden Departure of Fourth Senior Aide To Scott Pruitt This Week
    Posted in Press Releases on May 4, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Climate Change and the Environment, Oversight of the Administration

    Rep. Don Beyer today issued the following statement on the reported resignation of John Konkus, the EPA’s Deputy Associate Administrator for Public Affairs: “Scott Pruitt’s toxicity has infected the upper echelons of EPA leadership, and the process of cleaning this mess must begin with Pruitt’s dismissal,” said Rep. Beyer. “Mr. Konkus’ tenure at EPA was emblematic of the way that special interests have been empowered to subvert the EPA’s core mission under Pruitt. In the wake of Konkus’ resignat... Read more

  • Beyer Statement On Trump Decision To End Protected Status For 57,000 Hondurans
    Posted in Press Releases on May 4, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    Rep. Don Beyer today issued the following statement on the announcement by the Trump Administration that it would eliminate protections for thousands of Hondurans living in the United States: “Casting out Hondurans from our communities will inflict needless suffering on thousands of TPS-holders and their families without helping anyone,” said Rep. Beyer. “These are our friends, neighbors, and coworkers, and this decision will hurt Northern Virginia. Donald Trump’s sustained attacks on immigrants... Read more

  • Beyer Requests Hearing On Puerto Rico Recovery Efforts
    Posted in Press Releases on May 2, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Oversight of the Administration

    Rep. Don Beyer today sent a letter to House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) requesting a hearing on the status of Puerto Rico’s recovery from Hurricanes Maria and Irma. Beyer wrote: “Dear Chairman Bishop: I write to request that you hold a hearing regarding the status of Puerto Rico’s recovery. It is our responsibility as the primary committee of jurisdiction for Puerto Rico to provide the oversight the American people on the island badly need. Since Hurricanes Maria and I... Read more

  • Beyer On Departures Of Senior EPA Officials: "Pruitt Should Be The Next To Go"
    Posted in Press Releases on May 1, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Climate Change and the Environment, Oversight of the Administration

    Rep. Don Beyer issued the following statement today after the resignations of EPA Senior Adviser Albert Kelly, who oversaw the Superfund program, and EPA security chief Pasquale “Nino” Perrotta: “Scott Pruitt should be the next to go. The exodus of Pruitt’s closest aides shows just how toxic his reign at EPA has become,” said Rep. Beyer. “Albert Kelly was never qualified to run Superfund, his banking ban was a huge red flag, and his resignation is a positive development. The EPA needs new leader... Read more

  • Beyer Requests Inspector General Review Of Decision To Close Arlington Social Security Administration Field Office
    Posted in Press Releases on May 1, 2018 | Preview rr

    Rep. Don Beyer today wrote to Gail Stallworth Stone, the Acting Inspector General of the Social Security Administration (SSA), seeking an investigation to determine whether the SSA’s decision to close its Arlington field office complied with legal requirements imposed by Congress. Beyer wrote: “H.R. 1625, the Fiscal Year 2018 Consolidated Appropriations Act, contained language noting that your office is reviewing decisions to close field offices, including whether SSA has followed internal proce... Read more