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How the Freedom Caucus Hopes to Defund the Police

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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…

Congressman Don Beyer: “Abortion Access Is Key to Economic Freedom”

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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…

Our economy is on the road to recovery, and workers are in the driver’s seat

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Tags: Economy

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…

Guest Commentary: My Enduring Friendship with Nick Benton & the News-Press

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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…

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

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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…

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.…

Opinion: Commentary: Beyer Submits Community Project Funding Requests

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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…

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…

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…

Opinion: Commentary: Beyer Highlights American Rescue Plan Benefits

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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…