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  • Beyer, Rooney Introduce Bipartisan Bill To Enhance Coastal Resilience Efforts
    Posted in Press Releases on July 30, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense, Climate Change and the Environment

    Today, Reps. Don Beyer (D-VA) and Francis Rooney (R-FL) introduced the National Ocean and Coastal Security Improvements Act (H.R. 4093). The bill would support coastal communities’ ability to prepare for and respond to a variety of coastal threats, including extreme weather events, climate hazards and changing ocean conditions by improving coastal infrastructure and supporting coastal research, resiliency, conservation and restoration work. “We are already beginning to experience the effects of ... Read more

  • House Adopts Beyer’s NDAA Amendments On Helicopter Noise
    Posted in Press Releases on July 11, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense

    Last night the House of Representatives adopted a set of amendments to H.R. 2500, the National Defense Authorization Act, including two offered by Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) which would address helicopter noise in the National Capital Region. “Despite widespread complaints from residents across the National Capital Region and our engagement with the Pentagon on this issue, every indication suggests that helicopter noise keeps getting worse,” said Beyer. ... Read more

  • Beyer Votes For Critical Border Legislation To Protect Children
    Posted in Press Releases on June 26, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense

    Last night Rep. Beyer voted for H.R. 3401, a $4.5 billion emergency border supplemental appropriations bill to address the urgent humanitarian situation at our Southern border. The bill, which passed on a bipartisan vote, provides significant funding for priorities to meet the needs of vulnerable children, including food, water, medical services, legal assistance, support services for unaccompanied children, alternatives to detention, and refugee services. The bill also contains important oversi... Read more

  • House passes amendment to prioritize efforts to combat airplane, helicopter noise
    Posted in Articles on June 25, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense, Federal Employees

    Washington Post | The House on Monday passed an amendment directing the Federal Aviation Administration to prioritize combating airplane and helicopter noise. The measure was sponsored by Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), who co-chairs the Quiet Skies Caucus, a group of lawmakers who represent districts dealing with issues related to aircraft noise. “Our amendment to direct the FAA to prioritize airplane and helicopter noise is critical to the work we have already done in the District and the... Read more

  • Beyer Statement For The Record On Electric Flight Amendment Adopted By The House
    Posted in Press Releases on June 20, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense, Transportation

    Rep. Beyer’s appropriations amendment directing $20 million in funding to NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate for ultra-efficient flight, including electric flight, was adopted last night by the House of Representatives. His comments on the amendment follow: Statement for the Record on HR3055, Division A – Commerce, Justice, Science Beyer Amendment #159, Printed in the House Rule as #57 My amendment would direct 20 million from the topline of the Aeronautics account to the Aeronautic... Read more

  • Beyer Offers Artificial Intelligence, Facial Recognition System Amendments
    Posted in Press Releases on June 19, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense

    Rep. Don Beyer this week offered two amendments to a House appropriations bill which would plot a new course for federal policies regarding artificial intelligence (AI) and facial recognition systems. One amendment would bar federal funds from being used to purchase facial recognition technology by state and local law enforcement, the other would require the National Science Foundation (NSF) to provide a report to Congress on the social impacts of AI research it funds. Beyer said: “It is importa... Read more

  • Beyer, Schweikert, Brown Introduce Bipartisan SEA FUEL Act To Boost Energy Security of U.S. Military
    Posted in Press Releases on June 12, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense, Climate Change and the Environment, Economy

    U.S. Representatives Don Beyer (D-VA), David Schweikert (R-AZ), and Anthony Brown (D-MD) today introduced the Securing Energy for our Armed Forces Using Engineering Leadership (SEA FUEL) Act, which would direct the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security to invest in carbon capture technology. “We have an opportunity to address both carbon emissions and military readiness with the SEA FUEL Act,” said Congressman Don Beyer. “We know that we need to address increased concentration of carbon i... Read more

  • Helicopter Noise In DC Region To Be Focus Of New Study
    Posted in Articles on June 7, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense, Federal Employees

    Alexandria Patch | The federal government will conduct a study on helicopter noise in the DC region, members of Congress announced. Six members of Congress from the DC region requested a study in a letter earlier this year. The letter acknowledged the importance of helicopters for military, law enforcement and medical purposes but called for strategies to reduce the negative impacts of the noise. "Many of our constituents live with the impacts of regular helicopter noise that interrupts sleep pa... Read more

  • Could this study help D.C. residents get relief from helicopter noise?
    Posted in Articles on June 7, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense, Federal Employees

    Washington Post | Washington-area residents have long complained about the impact of helicopter noise on their neighborhoods, but data about the flights, flight paths and which neighborhoods are most heavily impacted has been hard to come by. That may now change. The Government Accountability Office at the request of lawmakers from the District, Maryland and Virginia, said it will study the issue starting this fall. The GAO did not say how long it would take to complete the study. Lawmakers, inc... Read more

  • Low and loud: Government to study helicopter noise around nation’s capital
    Posted in Articles on June 7, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense, Federal Employees

    WTOP | After complaints from residents in Virginia, Maryland and D.C., the Government Accountability Office will conduct a study of helicopter noise in and around the nation’s capital. Local lawmakers, headed by D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, had sent a letter to the GAO in January, saying “many of our constituents live with the impacts of regular helicopter noise that interrupts sleep patterns, causes their homes to shake and negatively impacts their quality of life.” The complaints repor... Read more