Originally Published in The Bulwark
Much of the country watched the opening of the 118th Congress descend into chaos earlier this month as Rep. Kevin McCarthy struggled to consolidate support for his bid to become speaker of the House. The once-in-a-century contestation of the speaker vote was even more dramatic from the vantage of those of us inside the room. We watched our colleagues… Read more »
Originally Published in the Falls Church News Press
Saturday marked the 49th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s landmark decision that granted women the right to safe and legal abortion. While the constitutional right to bodily autonomy has been repeatedly affirmed, a case currently before the Supreme Court has put reproductive rights in jeopardy. A decision in Dobbs vs. Jackson… Read more »
Originally Published in The Hill
If there is anything last week’s jobs report illustrates, it’s that our economy is on the right track. With 943,000 jobs added last month — the second consecutive month above 900,000 — the United States has regained 75 percent of the jobs lost from the pandemic, a testament to the Biden administration’s successful national vaccination campaign… Read more »
I read a fascinating, if discouraging, survey this week comparing the number of friendships we have today versus that of 30 years ago.
The number of those who confess to having zero friends has increased from three percent to 13 percent, while those boasting 10 good friends or more has fallen from 33 percent to 12 percent.
I dare not wade into sociology, psychology, and cultural… Read more »
Originally Published in Scientific American
The existential threat of the climate emergency poses perhaps the greatest danger to human health and prosperity we have ever faced. And it carries with it a particular challenge: even with current growth in renewable energy development, a significant portion of future energy is projected to be supplied by… Read more »
Originally Published At CNBC
There’s the human cost of police misconduct.
Unarmed Black Americans are killed by police officers with appalling frequency. For young Black men, police violence is one of the leading causes of death.
A year ago, former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on the neck of George Floyd for more than 9 minutes, murdering him.… Read more »
Originally Published in the Connection Newspapers
U.S. Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) submitted requests for federal funds for Virginia’s 8th Congressional District. The Fiscal Year 2022 Community Project Funding Program will provide targeted funding for local projects across the country.
“The Community Project Funding requests I submitted on behalf of Arlington, Alexandria, Falls Church, and… Read more »
Congressman Don Beyer: Please Get Vaccinated
Originally published in the Falls Church News Press
As of this week, every Virginian adult aged 16 and older is eligible to get a free Covid-19 vaccine.
This vaccine will save your life.
It will save lives of your family, your friends, your neighbors and coworkers.
For over a year our country has undertaken a historic vaccination… Read more »
Don Beyer column: Washington, D.C., should be a state
Published in the Richmond Times Dispatch
March 30, 2021
There is a curious geopolitical divide for residents with addresses on stretches of Eastern Avenue, which runs along the northeastern boundary of the nation’s capital.
The houses, driveways and yards are in places indistinguishable. But the people who live on the eastern… Read more »
Originally Published in The Connection Newspapers
Last week, Representative Don Beyer (D-VA) voted to pass the landmark American Rescue Plan and send it to President Biden’s desk for signature. Today Beyer highlighted the legislation’s infusion of resources for Virginia families and communities.
"This pandemic and the historic economic crisis it caused inflicted untold hardship, but… Read more »