Defense

Beyer: Chad Wolf Must Resign

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Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) issued the following statement today following a weekend of civil rights abuses by unidentified federal officers in Portland operating at the direction of Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf, amid reports that similar DHS deployments are expected to begin in Chicago: “Acting Secretary Wolf is overseeing authoritarian abuses that betray our bedrock principles and w... Read more »

House Passes George Floyd Justice In Policing Act

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Rep. Don Beyer today hailed the passage of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act by the House of Representatives. The bill, which passed this evening with bipartisan support, represents the most ambitious federal reform of law enforcement powers in decades. “The George Floyd Justice In Policing Act is a step towards justice and accountability. We cannot bring George Floyd or Breonna Taylor or E... Read more »

Democrats roll out details of police reform bill in Congress

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With fresh momentum for change in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd which touched off days of violence and protests around the nation, House and Senate Democrats on Monday unveiled a sweeping new police reform proposal, designed to promote more accountability for officers using unnecessary violence. "We now have over 200 co-sponsors," said Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), the driving force be... Read more »

Trump’s Occupation Of D.C. Fuels Calls For Statehood

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The District of Columbia faced an overwhelming federal law enforcement presence this week as its residents protested police brutality against Black people. And the district could do little to stop it, thanks to politically motivated opposition to granting statehood to the majority Democratic city — with its plurality of Black residents — or giving it voting members in Congress. But since the passa... Read more »

Lawmakers call for legislation to force federal officers to identify themselves

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Democratic lawmakers are calling for legislation forcing federal law enforcement officers in uniform to clearly identify which department they represent. The potential legislation comes amid rising concerns from Democrats after officers were seen without any identifying labels on their uniforms as they policed protests in Washington, D.C. Protests have erupted nationwide over the death of George F... Read more »

Unmarked, armed riot officers seen around D.C. won't say what agency they are from

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Armed riot officers without identifying marks or badges began manning the perimeter around the White House Wednesday morning, and now a Virginia congressman says he is working on legislation to stop it from happening again. The unmarked security forces appeared early Wednesday following a calmer night in D.C. than the city had seen in recent days. However, unlike MPD or Capitol Police officers, th... Read more »

Virginia county pulls officers from DC after Trump photo-op

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ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — A county in northern Virginia pulled its officers out of the District of Columbia Monday night after they played a supporting role in clearing protesters from a park outside the White House so the president could walk to a church for a photo opportunity. Arlington officers joined a team of federal law enforcers using chemical agents and flash bangs to forcibly remove a large ... Read more »

Va. Delegation Pushes Army National Guard To Include New Richmond Aviation Facility In DoD Budget

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Today U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) and the entire Virginia congressional delegation urged the U.S. Army National Guard to prioritize funding for a new aviation facility in Richmond, Va. as part of the Future Years Defense Program (FYDP). With the current facility already impacting mission execution, the funding will help complete a much-needed facility to house the Virginia ... Read more »

House Passes War Powers Resolution

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Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) issued the following statement today after the House passed H. Con. Res. 83, a resolution “directing the President… to terminate the use of United States Armed Forces to engage in hostilities in or against Iran,” introduced by Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-MI): “The resolution we passed today is an important first step to preventing a reckless President from taking us to war with Ir... Read more »

Daily Beast: Lawmakers Fume About Trump Admin’s Lack of Iran Explanation After ‘Insulting’ Briefing

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Lawmakers Fume About Trump Admin’s Lack of Iran Explanation After ‘Insulting’ Briefing By Sam Brodey, Betsy Swan & Spencer Ackerman - 01/08/2020 A day after Iranian ballistic missiles hit Iraqi bases used by U.S. forces, the Trump administration’s first briefings on Iran for legislators went so poorly that even its allies walked out saying that the White House was losing congressional support. At ... Read more »