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  • Rep. Beyer: What I learned In Central America
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on February 27, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    The Hill | Last week I traveled with colleagues to Central America’s Northern Triangle — Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador — where we spent five days meeting with heads of state, law enforcement, business leaders, U.S. ambassadors and diplomatic staff, USAID officials, and working people. The trip, organized by Sen. Tom Carper of Delaware, was highly informative, particularly given the ongoing debate over immigration policy, temporary protected status (TPS), trade, and other related issues. I... Read more

  • Nancy Pelosi Is the Best Woman for the Job
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on November 21, 2018 | Preview rr

    Roll Call | For speaker of the House, we support Nancy Pelosi, the most effective legislative mastermind and political tactician in modern history. The only woman ever to serve in the top leadership of Congress, Nancy is also one of the most able and multi-skilled leaders in House history. Yes, she has been demonized by untold millions of dollars of political attack ads — but nonetheless she led the party toward a phenomenal victory, which hardly constitutes a reason to abandon her. Pelosi’s det... Read more

  • We Need the CFPB’s Rule to Stop Payday Loan Debt Traps
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on June 6, 2018 | Preview rr

    Morning Consult A business model should not be based on profiting from customers’ misery. Yet payday and car-title loans are designed to trap borrowers in a cycle of re-borrowing and debt, often charging interest rates of more than 300 percent. Four out of five payday loans are renewed or “rolled over” within 14 days. There is an array of better credit options, including credit cards and small loans from credit unions. Taking out a payday loan makes a person more likely to delay needed medical c... Read more

  • Congressman Beyer’s News Commentary: Helicopter Noise in Northern Virginia
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on April 25, 2018 | Preview rr

    I wanted to update you on the recent efforts I have made to address the problem of helicopter noise in Northern Virginia. I appreciated the thoughtful feedback I received from constituents during my Fairlington community forum in January, and I have tried to address those complaints with amendments I introduced this past week to H.R. 4, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act. While we have had an open and ongoing conversation with the FAA and the Department of Defense, the... Read more

  • Congressman Beyer’s News Commentary: We Must Protect Our Blue Planet
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on March 28, 2018 | Preview rr

    Earlier this month, four other Members of Congress and I held a press conference on the importance of protecting our oceans and waterways. Just as it affects what happens on land, climate change can have serious impacts on the aquatic environments and the life that resides within them. The world’s oceans cover more than two-thirds of the Earth’s surface and absorb more than 90 percent of the heat trapped by greenhouse gas emissions. According to a study published earlier this month, oceans are w... Read more

  • Our bipartisan bill might have stopped the Parkland shooting
    Posted in Opinion Pieces 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

  • After Election, I Will Not Compromise on Values
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on December 6, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Healthcare, Equality, Climate Change and the Environment, Economy, Immigration, Federal Employees, Women's Economic Empowerment, Oversight of the Administration

    Since the election, I have heard from many constituents who are concerned about the Trump presidency or uncertain about his policies and plans. I share many of these concerns and questions. As ever, I will listen to my colleagues from across the aisle, and will consider reasonable policy proposals, even if I do not fully agree with them. But I will not compromise on our basic values. I will forcefully oppose plans to privatize and cut Medicare, or strip healthcare coverage from millions of Ameri... Read more

  • Why I’ll vote in favor of the Iran nuclear deal
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on July 14, 2015 | Preview rr

    The historic accord to close off Iran’s pathways to a nuclear bomb is an enormous win for U.S. national security and President Obama. In the coming weeks, I plan to vote in support of this landmark achievement and urge my colleagues to do the same. I witnessed firsthand the transformative power of diplomacy as ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein. I commend our diplomats for skillfully averting a global showdown with Iran as part of a deal that blocks its efforts to obtain a nuclear weapo... Read more

  • Why I Support President Obama on Trade
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on June 4, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy

    In the coming weeks, I expect to vote to support a package of four critical trade bills requested by President Obama and passed through the Senate with significant bipartisan majorities, including both of Virginia’s Democratic Senators. These bills, including Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), will establish historic multilateral negotiations with our international trade partners while securing important worker protections for American jobs and trade support to developing economies, critical to gl... Read more

  • Fifty Years of Climate Change
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on February 4, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Climate Change and the Environment

    Fifty years ago this week, President Lyndon Baines Johnson became the first President to speak about the dangers of climate change in an iconic environmental address to the nation. He spoke of the need for “a new conservation,” whose object was “not just man’s welfare but the dignity of man’s spirit.” And he warned of the dangers of climate change: “This generation has altered the composition of the atmosphere on a global scale through radioactive materials and a steady increase in carbon dioxid... Read more