Opinion Pieces

Rep. Beyer In Scientific American: It’s Time For Congress to Support Fusion Energy

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It’s Time For Congress to Support Fusion Energy Fusion devices for clean, safe, and affordable electricity and industrial heat are making advances and need a push By U.S. Representative Don Beyer on June 4, 2021 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...

CNBC -- Police misconduct can be deadly. It also costs taxpayers millions every year.

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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. Throughout the course of the Chauv...

Falls Church News Press -- Congressman Don Beyer: Please Get Vaccinated

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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 development effort, a s...

Washington, D.C., should be a state

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Tags: Equality

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 side of the road e...

The Hill -- Reversing the Trump administration's numerous harmful efforts to censor science

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Reversing the Trump administration's numerous harmful efforts to censor science Originally published in The Hill By Reps. Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR.), Paul Tonko (D-NY), and Don Beyer (D-VA.) As lawmakers and leaders on the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, we rely on the scientific community to inform everything we do, from confronting public health threats caused by the pandemic to ta...

To get through the pandemic, we’re gonna need a bigger boat

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To get through the pandemic, we’re gonna need a bigger boat Automatic stabilizers can help provide some certainty during uncertain times Published at Roll Call By Rep. Derek Kilmer and Rep. Donald S. Beyer Jr. Posted May 12, 2020 at 7:32pm Most of us remember that terrifying scene from “Jaws.” Brody, played by Roy Scheider, leans over the boat and sees the shark that’s terrorizing the local summer...

State And Local Governments Fighting Coronavirus Need Our Help Now

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State and local governments fighting coronavirus need our help now By: Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA), Opinion Contributor The Hill April 9, 2020 The COVID-19 pandemic is the most serious public health crisis in the United States in a century, and it may cause an economic crisis worse than the Great Recession. The two crises are intertwined because the steps necessary to contain the virus—social distancing...

We need a massive economic response to counter the threat of the coronavirus

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We need a massive economic response to counter the threat of the coronavirus BY REP. DON BEYER (D-VA.), OPINION CONTRIBUTOR — 03/18/20 Originally published in The Hill The United States is facing what could become the most serious economic crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930s. We must therefore take immediate, large-scale, once-in-a-century action to protect our public health and our eco...

Facts On The Trump Economy (Since You Won’t Get Them At SOTU)

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Last week newly-elected Joint Economic Committee Vice Chair Don Beyer (D-VA) addressed President Trump’s false claims on the economy during a special order hour on the House Floor. Today, writing in The Hill, Beyer went into further detail to rebut some of the claims the President is expected to make on the economy during his State of the Union Address this evening before a joint session of Congre...

OP-ED: Virginia Democrats now have the power and responsibility to fix gerrymandering

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Tags: Equality

Virginia Democrats now have the power and responsibility to fix gerrymandering By Rep. Don Beyer - 01/02/2020 Across the country, people are talking about election reform. It’s not hard to figure out why. In all my years in public service, I’ve never seen our political institutions tested as they are now. Hardened partisanship and vitriol rule our collective public discourse, and both are driven b...