Defense

Beyer Votes To Expedite Military Aid To Ukraine Via WWII-Era Lend-Lease Program, Establish Process for Confiscating Russian Oligarchs’ Assets To Fund Ukraine Reconstruction

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Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) this week voted to revive a WWII program via the Democracy Defense Lend-Lease Act to accelerate delivery of urgently-needed security aid to the people of Ukraine as they continue to repel Russia’s unprovoked invasion. The bill, which will streamline the shipment of weapons systems, ammunition and other equipment to Ukraine, previously passed in the Senate and now heads to Pre...

Beyer Votes To Suspend Permanent Normal Trade Relations With Russia And Belarus

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Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) voted last night to impose new economic sanctions on Russia and Belarus in response to the illegal invasion of Ukraine. The Suspending Normal Trade Relations with Russia and Belarus Act would suspend normal trade relations with both countries, allowing President Biden to raise tariffs on Russian and Belarusian goods. The House’s vote follows President Biden’s announcement tha...

Co-Chairs of the Nuclear Weapons and Arms Control Working Group Sound Alarm of Russia’s Seizure of Ukraine Nuclear Facilities

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Oregon’s U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley, Massachusetts’s U.S. Senator Edward J. Markey, along with Representatives Don Beyer (VA-08) and John Garamendi (CA-03), today sent a letter to President Biden urging his support for the deployment of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to Ukraine in light of Russia’s reckless attacks on nuclear facilities there. All four members serve as co-chairs of t...

Amid Invasion Of Ukraine, Beyer Introduces Legislation To Build American Resilience To Russian Influence Operations

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Today U.S. Representative Don Beyer (D-VA) introduced legislation to educate and protect Americans against mis- and disinformation. Inspired by Finland’s K-12 program to protect Finns from Russian propaganda, the Educating Against Misinformation and Disinformation Act would improve Americans’ recognition of and resilience to mis- and disinformation. “Russian misinformation before and during their ...

Joint Statement from the Nuclear Weapons and Arms Control Working Group Condemning Russian Nuclear Threats

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Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Representatives Don Beyer (VA-08) and John Garamendi (CA-03), co-chairs of the Nuclear Weapons and Arms Control Working Group, today issued the following statement condemning Russian nuclear threats: “On Sunday, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered his country’s nuclear deterrent forces to be put into an alert status, further inten...

Bicameral Group Seeks Update on the Administration’s Nuclear Posture Review

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October 8, 2021 (Washington, D.C.) – Bicameral Nuclear Weapons and Arms Control (NWAC) Working Group Co-Chairs Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA), Rep. John Garamendi (D-CA), and Sen. Merkley (D-OR) today led a group of lawmakers requesting an update on the Administration’s Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) from National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan. They wrote: “We share the belief that the NPR is a pivotal mome...

Rep. Beyer On Afghanistan

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President Biden did the right thing by finally ending America’s longest war. The gut-wrenching scenes of chaos and fear we are seeing are deeply upsetting, but they also make it clear that two or ten or twenty more years of American presence in Afghanistan would not help. Staying in Afghanistan forever is not the solution. The most important thing now is getting Americans, our allies, and Afghans ...

DoD Commits to Looking at New Helicopter Noise Mitigation Strategies

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DoD Commits to Looking at New Helicopter Noise Mitigation Strategies BY JO DEVOE Originally published on Arlington Now Reducing local helicopter noise while conducting missions safely may be difficult, the Pentagon says, but the military is willing to try, according to a new report. The commitment and the recommendations conclude a Dept. of Defense report on the causes and effects of helicopter no...

Beyer Hails DOD Report On Reducing Helicopter Noise In National Capital Region, Urges Swift Implementation Of Recommendations

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July 23, 2021 (Washington, D.C.) – Rep. Don Beyer today released a new report from the Department of Defense (DOD), Review and Assessment of Mitigation of Military Helicopter Noise. The report, which was completed as a result of Beyer’s amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) FY 2021, included recommendations long sought by Beyer and other regional lawmakers to mitigate helicopt...

Bicameral Delegation Urges President Biden to Reduce Military Role of U.S Nuclear Weapons in Upcoming Nuclear Posture Review

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July 22, 2021 (Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Representatives Don Beyer (VA-08) and John Garamendi (CA-03), and Senators Edward J. Markey (D-MA), Jeffrey A. Merkley (D-OR), co-chairs of the Nuclear Weapons and Arms Control Working Group, led 17 of their colleagues in calling on President Joseph R. Biden to actively guide the formation of the Department of Defense-led Nuclear Posture Review. The N...