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  • Beyer Blasts Trump for Undermining Global Security
    Posted in Press Releases on May 8, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense

    Rep. Don Beyer today issued the following statement forcefully condemning President Trump’s decision to exit the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), also known as the Iran Nuclear Agreement: “President Trump’s extremely shortsighted decision to exit the JCPOA is another major step backward for our national security. Simply put, the President’s actions have made a nuclear-armed Iran more likely, and therefore made the world a more dangerous place. It will have serious negative consequence... Read more

  • Local Reaction to Trump’s Decision to Pull Out of the Iran Nuclear Deal
    Posted in Articles on May 8, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense, Oversight of the Administration

    ARL Now President Donald Trump’s decision to pull the United States out of an international nuclear deal with Iran is prompting condemnation from Arlington’s congressional delegation. Trump announced Tuesday afternoon that he plans to reimpose economic sanctions on Iran, reversing an agreement hammered out by President Barack Obama’s administration and a variety of other countries to slow Iran’s progress toward building a nuclear weapon. Both of Virginia’s senators, in addition to Rep. Don Beyer... Read more

  • Beyer: Appointment of John Bolton Is a Monumental Step Backward
    Posted in Press Releases on March 23, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense

    Rep. Don Beyer released the following statement after President Donald Trump appointed John Bolton to be his third National Security Advisor, amassing one of the most aggressive and hard-line national security teams in modern political history: “Even for this Administration, the appointment of John Bolton is a monumental step backward. President Trump desperately needs tempered and measured voices around him; Bolton is neither of those things. His appointment carries grave national security impl... Read more

  • Beyer: DOD Report Fails To Provide Robust Study or Offer Sufficient Recommendations on Helicopter Noise
    Posted in Press Releases on March 16, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense, Transportation

    Rep. Don Beyer yesterday sent a letter to the Department of Defense (DOD) expressing his dissatisfaction with the DOD’s recently-issued report on the effects of military helicopter noise in the National Capital Region. The DOD report (Summary; Full: Part I, Part II) was developed in response to Beyer’s 2016 amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act, and submitted nearly a year after its required due date. Beyer wrote: “Unfortunately, this Report failed to give anything resembling a rob... Read more

  • Beyer Statement on the Trump Budget
    Posted in Press Releases on February 14, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense, Healthcare, Equality, Climate Change and the Environment, Economy, Immigration, Transportation, Education, Oversight of the Administration

    “President Trump’s budget presents a dystopian vision of the United States. We would see massive, promise-breaking cuts to Medicaid and Medicare, as well as to nutrition programs for the poor. And we would see this while giving the wealthiest Americans huge tax cuts. This budget proposes that we cripple the EPA, give up on the promise of clean air and clean water, and sell out public lands and treasured natural spaces like the Chesapeake Bay to benefit polluters and fossil fuel companies. It cal... Read more

  • Democratic Leaders of Science Committee Call on Chairmen to Address Election Cybersecurity Concerns and Foreign Influence Operations
    Posted in Press Releases on January 17, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense

    Today, Ranking Member Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Oversight, Rep. Donald S. Beyer Jr. (D-VA) sent a formal request to Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) and Chairman of the Subcommittee on Oversight, Rep. Darin LaHood (R-IL) to hold a hearing on election security issues. Similar requests were made by Ms. Johnson and Mr. Beyer last year at two cybersecurity focused hearings in October and November. This request follows last Wednesday’s release of a minority sta... Read more

  • Beyer Introduces Amendment to Block Trump-Putin Election Hacking Agreement
    Posted in Press Releases on July 10, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense, Oversight of the Administration

    Rep. Don Beyer introduced an amendment this morning to H.R. 2810, the National Defense Authorization Act, that would block the federal government and Trump administration from implementing any cyber agreement the President made with Russian leader Vladimir Putin. “Donald Trump’s proposal to form a ‘cyber security unit’ with Putin is a terrible idea that would immediately jeopardize American cybersecurity,” said Rep. Don Beyer. “Trump must acknowledge that Russia interfered in the 2016 election a... Read more

  • Rep. Beyer: Trump Budget “Rooted In Fantasy”
    Posted in Press Releases on May 23, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense, Healthcare, Equality, Climate Change and the Environment, Economy, Federal Employees, Veterans, Oversight of the Administration

    Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) issued the following statement today on the Trump budget: “While President Trump’s budget will not pass Congress, it is nonetheless a telling statement of Republican priorities: cutting taxes for the wealthy while gutting innumerable programs and agencies that protect the most vulnerable. The Trump budget is rooted in fantasy. It will not generate the constant three percent growth that is the premise for massive tax cuts, nor does it even account for the cost of those cuts ... Read more

  • Beyer Statement On Omnibus Bill
    Posted in Press Releases on May 3, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense, Healthcare, Climate Change and the Environment, Economy, Immigration, Federal Employees, Transportation

    Rep. Don Beyer made the following statement today on the omnibus bill, which is expected to be signed into law this week: “This omnibus funding bill represents the product of a bipartisan agreement, and as such required compromise from both sides. It does not contain everything I’d like, but the most important thing is that we reached a deal that will keep the government open without the worst budget cuts and most irresponsible policy riders sought by House Republicans and the White House. I’m p... Read more

  • Beyer Statement On US Military Strike In Syria
    Posted in Press Releases on April 7, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense, Oversight of the Administration

    Congressman Don Beyer issued the following statement today on the US military strike in Syria: “Assad is a monster and a war criminal. I look forward to the day when he is brought to justice by the Syrian people and the international community. This strike represents an escalation of U.S. involvement in the Syrian Civil War. It should have been subject to congressional debate and authorization, and certainly that must be a precondition for any further engagement. We need a credible and clear pla... Read more