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  • Beyer: Trump Chaos “Is Dangerous and Jeopardizes Major Diplomatic and Security Priorities”
    Posted in Press Releases on March 13, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees, Oversight of the Administration

    “As President Trump’s first Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson was handed a difficult job which he performed poorly. He presided over an unprecedented evisceration of the State Department, often seemed out of the loop, and was, at best, incidental to the formulation of U.S. foreign policy. The damage caused by Tillerson’s brief, tumultuous tenure will take years to repair, and he will be remembered as another example of President Trump’s poor judgment. “It is my hope that the next Secretary of St... Read more

  • 55 Dems Say the Trump Administration’s Decision to Issue Trophy Imports on a Case-by-Case Basis Caters to the Demands of Big Industry and the NRA
    Posted in Press Releases on March 13, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Climate Change and the Environment

    House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.), Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.) and 53 House Democrats sent a letter to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke today on the Trump administration’s recent announcement that the Department of the Interior’s (DOI) Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) will now consider all permits for importing elephant and lion carcasses into the country on a case-by-case basis. This move will allow more trophy imports into the United States and undermines publi... Read more

  • Beyer Statement On International Women’s Day
    Posted in Press Releases on March 8, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Equality, Women's Economic Empowerment

    “All women deserve to live in an equal and just world. We have seen rapidly growing awareness about the need for gender equality and women’s empowerment over the past year, but America’s leaders sadly have not delivered the kind of results the country deserves. “Women are the primary breadwinners in nearly half of American households, but their pay has not kept pace with their growing importance in our businesses and economy. Women should not have to wait for equality, nor should they have to wa... Read more

  • The Hill -- Our bipartisan bill might have stopped the Parkland shooting
    Posted in Press Releases on March 7, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Gun Violence

    We are full of grief for the 17 lives lost in Parkland, Fla., last month. As representatives of communities – Isla Vista, Calif.; Newtown, Conn.; and Alexandria, Va. – which have been the site of major mass shootings, we are keenly aware that their loss is shared by too many families across the country every year. Nationally, the epidemic of gun violence claims tens of thousands of American lives every year. But those of us who have fought in Congress for years for gun reforms – for too little p... Read more

  • White House Support Caps Big Week For Gun Violence Restraining Order Laws
    Posted in Press Releases on March 2, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Gun Violence

    As students returned to classes at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School following the tragic Parkland shooting, they continued their calls for gun reform. Their advocacy helped drive growing momentum in Washington and in state capitals across the country for gun violence restraining order (GVRO) laws, which saw legislative actions on state measures and endorsements of such measures by key political leaders from both parties. The only bill in Congress to help states adopt GVRO laws, the Gun Viole... Read more

  • Safe Climate Caucus Members Urge Trump To Halt “Systematic Effort” To Reduce Public Access To Climate Change Resources
    Posted in Press Releases on February 28, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Climate Change and the Environment

    Today, the Congressional Safe Climate Caucus sent a letter condemning the White House’s systematic effort to reduce and suppress public access to climate change resources through federal channels. The members highlighted many examples and expressed their concerns that these efforts violate the intent of the Federal Records Act. The letter comes after a report issued by the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative confirmed concerns that the Administration has been altering federal websites t... Read more

  • Beyer, Natural Resources Dems Request Briefing From Department of Interior on Police Camera Policies
    Posted in Press Releases on February 28, 2018 | Preview rr

    Today Rep. Don Beyer, House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva, and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Ranking Member Donald McEachin requested a briefing from the Department of the Interior (DOI) on the Department’s body camera and policing policies, the status of implementation of the policies, and the current status of deployment of police cameras throughout DOI. The Members wrote: “As you know, the Department of the Interior’s (DOI) Office... Read more

  • Beyer Renews Push For Assault Weapons Ban
    Posted in Press Releases on February 28, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Gun Violence

    Rep. Don Beyer this week joined Congressman David Cicilline to introduce H.R. 5087, the Assault Weapons Ban of 2018. “We need the Assault Weapons Ban because we have to get weapons of war out of America’s communities,” said Rep. Beyer. “It is too late to stop the shootings in Parkland, Newtown, Aurora, and so many others which were carried out with an AR-15 style rifle, but we must act to prevent future such massacres. Congress should listen to the young people in Florida and across the country ... Read more

  • Beyer Requests Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Re-Hearing On Virginia Pipelines
    Posted in Press Releases on February 26, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Climate Change and the Environment, Economy

    Rep. Don Beyer today sent a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) asking for a rehearing on the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) and the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP). Congressman Beyer is deeply concerned that an incomplete, divided Commission rubberstamped the pipelines despite three significant issues: there was a lack of verified need for the infrastructure, there is potential for the pipelines to ruin the ANST and its environs, and finally, the proposals considered were no... Read more

  • Bipartisan Support Grows For Enacting Gun Violence Restraining Order Laws
    Posted in Press Releases on February 21, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Gun Violence

    As students in Florida and across the country express their outrage over inaction to strengthen lax gun laws, political leaders from both parties are coming out in support of gun violence restraining orders (GVRO’s). In the past few days, GVRO’s have been written about favorably in the National Review, and supported by Florida Senator Marco Rubio, former Governor Jeb Bush, and other prominent conservatives. More on GVRO’s: National Review: “A Gun-Control Measure Conservatives Should Consider” AB... Read more