Equality

Beyer Statement On Selection Of Barbara Johns For Virginia Statue To Replace Robert E. Lee In U.S. Capitol

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Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) issued the following statement today on the announcement that a Virginia commission had selected Barbara Johns as the subject of a statue to replace Confederate General Robert E. Lee in the National Statuary Hall Collection of the U.S. Capitol: “Barbara Johns was a pioneer in the Civil Rights movement who helped desegregate schools in Virginia and across the country. Her cour... Read more »

Vox: A new bill would make all police misconduct allegations and settlements public

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A new bill would make all police misconduct allegations and settlements public By Sean Collins Dec 15, 2020, 5:10pm EST First published at Vox State, local, and federal governments have spent billions of dollars over the past decade settling police misconduct cases, which include everything from deadly shootings to neglect. For example, the Louisville Police Department paid out $12 million to the... Read more »

Beyer, Local Delegation Introduce Legislation To End Arlington House’s Designation As A “Robert E. Lee. Memorial”

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Rep. Don Beyer today introduced federal legislation to remove the designation of Arlington House as a memorial to Confederate General Robert E. Lee. The legislation, which was partially inspired by the request of descendants of people who were enslaved at Arlington House, was cosponsored by Virginia Representatives Gerry Connolly and Jennifer Wexton, and by D.C. Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton... Read more »

Beyer Introduces First-Of-Its-Kind Legislation To Address The Cost Of Police Misconduct To Municipal Governments

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Today, Congressman Don Beyer (D-VA), the incoming Chair of the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee (JEC), introduced the Cost of Police Misconduct Act—legislation that would require federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to report to the Department of Justice how much they spend on judgements and settlements related to police misconduct. The first-of-its-kind legislation would increa... Read more »

Top Democrats Unveil Bill to Protect Students from Dangerous Seclusion and Restraint Practices

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Today, top Democrats in both the House and the Senate introduced the Keeping All Students Safe Act to protect students from dangerous seclusion and restraint discipline practices in school. The bill is sponsored by Congressman Don Beyer (VA-08), Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT), Committee on Education and Labor Chairman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03), Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Comm... Read more »

NO Hate Act Sponsors Respond To FBI Hate Crime Report

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Reps. Don Beyer (D-VA) and Pete Olson (R-TX), the sponsor and co-lead of the Jabara-Heyer National Opposition to Hate, Assault, and Threats to Equality (NO HATE) Act responded with statements today after the annual release of FBI hate crime statistics showed that 2019 saw the highest level of hate crimes in over a decade and the highest number of hate-related killings on record. “While the latest ... Read more »

Norton, Beyer Applaud Department of Justice Decision They Fought for to Allow Local Police Who are Part of Federal Task Forces to Wear Body Cameras

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Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) and Congressman Don Beyer (D-VA) applauded last night’s Department of Justice (DOJ) decision to allow local police officers who are on federal task forces to wear body cameras. Norton and Beyer have introduced two body camera bills: The first bill, which passed the House this year, would require all uniformed federal police officers to wear body cameras a... Read more »

House Democrats Propose Supreme Court Term Limits, Appointments Schedule, Without Constitutional Amendment

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Amidst the latest Supreme Court fight, Rep. Ro Khanna (CA-17) will introduce the Supreme Court Term Limits Act to fundamentally reframe the power of our nation’s highest court. Khanna’s bill would establish 18-year term limits on any Supreme Court Justices approved after his bill’s passage. After their 18-year terms, justices would then be allowed to continue their service on lower courts, as form... Read more »

Congressman seeks to end park’s designation as Lee memorial

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FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — A northern Virginia congressman is pursuing legislation to remove Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee’s name from the official designation at the historic mansion where he lived before the Civil War. The home, overlooking the nation’s capital and surrounded by Arlington National Cemetery, is a National Park Service site officially known as “Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Me... Read more »

Beyer Statement On Charlottesville Anniversary

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August 12, 2020 (Washington, D.C.) – Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) today issued the following statement on the third anniversary of racist violence in Charlottesville, Virginia: “Three years ago our beloved Commonwealth became the scene of some of the ugliest public acts of hatred and racist violence in recent American history. “The horror of that weekend and the wounds which still remain are part of the ... Read more »