Climate Change and the Environment

Chairman Beyer Introduces Bill to Address Methane Super-Emitters in Oil and Gas Operations

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Today, the Methane Super-Emitter Strategy Act of 2022 was introduced to the House of Representatives. The bill addresses a finding of the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology’s investigation into oil and gas sector methane leaks and June 8, 2022 hearing on the same topic, which determined that oil and gas companies are failing to address super-emitting leaks. These leaks are known…

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,…

Beyer’s Cleaner, Quieter Airplanes Act Signed Into Law

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President Joe Biden yesterday signed the CHIPS and Science Act into law, which included the first NASA authorization passed by Congress in over five years. That section of the Act, Title VII of the science division, included the full text of Rep. Don Beyer’s Cleaner, Quieter Airplanes Act. Beyer chairs the House Science Committee’s Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics; he introduced the…

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 Supreme Court Ruling In West Virginia V. EPA

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Rep. Don Beyer, co-chair of the Safe Climate Caucus and author of several climate provisions in the House-passed Build Back Better Act, today issued the following statement on the Supreme Court’s ruling limiting the authority of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to restrict greenhouse gas emissions: “The Supreme Court is out of control, laying waste to public health and safety…

ESA Caucus Co-Chairs Grijalva, Dingell, and Beyer Applaud Repeal of Harmful Trump-Era Rule to Weaken the Endangered Species Act

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Today, the Co-Chairs of the Endangered Species Act Caucus—Natural Resources Committee Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.), Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.), and Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.)—issued the following joint statement on the Biden administration’s announcement to rescind a rule issued by the Trump administration that weakened the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The Trump-era rule, finalized in…

Beyer Statement On Nomination Of Dr. Arati Prabhakar To Serve as OSTP Director

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Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA), who serves on the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology issued the following statement today on President Biden’s nomination of Dr. Arati Prabhakar, who previously served as the director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), to serve as Director of the White…

House Passes Landmark Wildlife Conservation Legislation

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This week Endangered Species Act Caucus co-Chair Rep. Don Beyer voted to pass the H.R. 2773, the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act, a bipartisan conservation bill that will amend the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Act and provide $1.3 billion to assist in conserving, restoring and protecting wildlife and habitats across the United States. The legislation includes substantial funding for…

Beyer Introduces Half Earth Resolution On Birthday Of E.O. Wilson

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Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA), author of the Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act, today introduced a resolution in support of the Half-Earth initiative, a proposal advanced by the late Dr. E.O. Wilson. Wilson, who passed away last year, was a famed biologist credited with coining the term “biodiversity.” He was born 93 years ago today. “My friend E.O. Wilson sadly passed away last year, but his…