Healthcare

Beyer Introduces Peer-To-Peer Suicide Prevention Legislation

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Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) today introduced the Peer-to-Peer Suicide Prevention Act. The bill, modeled on a successful effort in Wisconsin, would empower young people to address mental health by establishing a competitive grant program for middle and high-schools to facilitate student-led suicide prevention programs. “As part of our push to prevent the terrible epidemic of suicide in the…

Bipartisan Legislation to Expand Mental Health Services for Health Care Workers Advances Through Committee

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Today, the House Ways and Means Committee advanced bipartisan legislation authored by U.S. Representatives Raul Ruiz, M.D. (CA-36), Larry Bucshon, M.D. (IN-08), Don Beyer (VA-08), and Greg Murphy, M.D. (NC-03) that would expand access to critical mental health programs for many providers carrying an increased burden and workload during the COVID-19 pandemic. H.R. 8890, the Physician…

President Biden Signs Legislation To Support Law Enforcement And Expand Benefits For Survivors, Including Families Of January 6th Officers

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Last night President Biden signed H.R. 6943, the Public Safety Officer Support Act, into law. The bipartisan legislation, sponsored by Rep. David Trone (D-MD) in the House and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) in the Senate, will provide benefit coverage for first responders who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder or acute stress disorder after responding to a traumatic event. It will also…

Beyer Floor Remarks On Inflation Reduction Act

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Rep. Don Beyer, Chair of Congress’ Joint Economic Committee and a member of the House Committee on Ways and Means, today spoke during debate on the House Floor on the Inflation Reduction Act. Beyer’s prepared remarks follow below (remarks as delivered here): Madame Speaker, today we protect our world for future generations. The Inflation Reduction Act will do so much good for the…

Chairman Beyer Statement on Passage of the Inflation Reduction Act

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Congressman Don Beyer (D-VA), Chairman of the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee (JEC), released the following statement after the House passed the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022. This legislation was previously passed by the Senate, and it will now head to President Biden’s desk for signing. “Today, Congressional Democrats are sending to President Biden fiscally responsible,…

Chairman Beyer’s Remarks At Rules Committee Hearing On Inflation Reduction Act

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Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA), Chair of Congress’ Joint Economic Committee and a member of the House Committee on Ways and Means, today testified before the House Rules Committee in support of the Inflation Reduction Act. The Rules Committee markup began the process of advancing the bill for consideration on the House floor, which is expected to happen Friday. Beyer’s remarks as prepared follow…

Beyer Statement on Senate Passage of the Public Safety Officer Support Act to Recognize Suicide as a Line-of-Duty Death

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U.S. Representative Don Beyer (D-VA), co-sponsor of the House companion bill introduced by Rep. David Trone (D-MD) and Rep. Guy Reschenthaler (R-PA), issued the following statement after the Public Safety Officer Support Act passed by unanimous vote in the Senate. The bill, which previously passed in the House with 402-17 votes, would amend the federal Public Safety Officers’…

Beyer Votes To Defend Americans’ Right To Contraception

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Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) today voted to defend Americans’ right to access birth control. The Right to Contraception Act passed with all Democrats and eight Republicans voting in favor, weeks after Justice Clarence Thomas’ concurrence in Dobbs urged the Supreme Court to “reconsider” its landmark Griswold v. Connecticut ruling. Griswold, a case about contraception, established a…

Bipartisan Mental Health Leaders Urge Senate Passage Of 9-8-8 Legislation

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Today bipartisan mental health leaders from the U.S. House wrote to Senate leaders urging passage of two House-passed bills intended to support the ongoing rollout of the new National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 9-8-8. The Lifeline’s new 9-8-8 number, intended to be easier to remember and to dial, began operation this past Saturday. House Suicide Prevention Task Force Co-Chair Rep.…

Beyer Votes to Defend Americans’ Reproductive Health Freedoms

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Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) voted for strong legislation to defend reproductive freedoms in response to the Supreme Court’s ruling overturning Roe v. Wade. The House passed the Women's Health Protection Act to ensure Americans’ right to make their own health decisions as Republicans launched a renewed push for a nationwide abortion ban. The House also passed the Ensuring Women's Right to…