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  • House Delegation Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Invest in Coal Country
    Posted in Press Releases on April 10, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Climate Change and the Environment, Economy

    Representatives Matt Cartwright (PA-08), Hal Rogers (KY-05), Glenn Thompson (PA-15), and Don Beyer (VA-08) introduced bipartisan legislation on Tuesday to revitalize coal country by giving communities the funds they need to clean up abandoned mine lands. The Revitalizing the Economy of Coal Communities by Leveraging Local Activities and Investing More Act (RECLAIM) Act will accelerate the investment of $1 billion in unappropriated funds over the next five years, bringing roughly $300 million to ... Read more

  • 114 Lawmakers Push to Fund Clean Energy Research
    Posted in Articles on April 5, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Climate Change and the Environment

    NextGov | More than 100 lawmakers are calling on Capitol Hill appropriators to increase funding for Energy Department research programs that would be gutted under the president’s 2020 budget proposal. The group requested more than $720 million to support a trio of research initiatives focused on advancing clean energy technology in fiscal 2020, specifically: $500 million for the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, which invests in high-risk, high-payoff research efforts. $111.7 million to ... Read more

  • Top Dems Push for Funding to Address the Climate Crisis
    Posted in Press Releases on April 4, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Climate Change and the Environment

    Today, Reps. Don Beyer (D-VA), Alan Lowenthal (D-CA), Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) and Doris Matsui (D-CA) led 112 Democrats in a letter to the Chairs of the Budget and Appropriations Committees requesting future budget resolutions and appropriations bills reflect the investment needed to address climate change. After years of Republican inaction on climate, the lawmakers emphasized that Democrats are ready to take bold action to address this generational crisis. The lawmakers cited the findings of t... Read more

  • House members seek $500M for ARPA-E
    Posted in Articles on April 4, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Climate Change and the Environment

    E&E News | Momentum to provide record funding for the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy in fiscal 2020 earned the endorsement of a bipartisan group of 115 House lawmakers this week. In a letter sent to lead appropriators Monday and made public yesterday, the collection of lawmakers requested the fiscal 2020 Energy-Water spending bill include $500 million for ARPA-E — a $134 million increase from fiscal 2019. The missive — led by Reps. Don Beyer of Virginia, and Anna Eshoo and Adam Schiff ... Read more

  • Beyer, Eshoo, Schiff Lead Bipartisan Group of 115 Members in Call for Funding to Energy Department’s ARPA-E Program, Clean Energy Innovation Programs
    Posted in Press Releases on April 3, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Climate Change and the Environment, Oversight of the Administration

    Today, Reps. Don Beyer (D-VA), Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA) and Adam Schiff (D-CA) led a bipartisan letter to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies calling for strong funding for the Energy Department’s clean energy innovation programs: Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) program, Energy Innovation Hubs, and Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRCs). The letter comes after the Trump administration FY 2020 budget proposal continues an ala... Read more

  • Beyer, Dingell, Nearly 100 Members Call for Enhanced Funding for Endangered Species Protections
    Posted in Press Releases on April 2, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Climate Change and the Environment

    Today, Reps. Don Beyer (D-VA) and Debbie Dingell (D-MI) led a coalition of 94 Democrats in a letter to the House Appropriations Committee calling for robust funding for the Endangered Species Act (ESA) listing, planning and consultation, species conservation and restoration and recovery process. The lawmakers cited the need for continued support for the ESA process due to the 480 U.S. listed species that still lack recovery plans, along with the hundreds of species that receive zero federal or s... Read more

  • Dems introduce climate change legislation after Senate votes down Green New Deal
    Posted in Articles on April 1, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Climate Change and the Environment

    The Hill | Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.) introduced legislation Thursday to tackle climate change and boost the economy two days after the Senate blocked the hotly contested Green New Deal. The Democrats proposed the Healthy Climate and Family Security Act, which would cap carbon pollution and curtail carbon dioxide emissions gradually in the next 20 years, impose penalties on companies that violate the pollution regulations and donate all the proceeds to American fami... Read more

  • Beyer: ‘Mueller Report Should Be Released Soon’
    Posted in Articles on March 28, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Equality, Climate Change and the Environment, Oversight of the Administration

    Falls Church News Press | Speaking before a surprisingly large turnout of over 200 at a town hall at Edison High School in Franconia Tuesday night, U.S. Rep. Donald S. Beyer Jr., a Democrat who represents the 8th District of Virginia that includes the City of Falls Church, said he’s “confident” the full report submitted by Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller last week will be made public soon. He cited the earlier 420-0 vote in the House favoring its release to the public, and praised Mueller, who... Read more

  • Van Hollen, Beyer Introduce Cap and Dividend Legislation
    Posted in Press Releases on March 28, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Climate Change and the Environment

    Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Congressman Don Beyer (D-Va.) introduced the Healthy Climate and Family Security Act. This ‘cap and dividend’ approach is a simple, fair, and effective plan to address the dangers of climate change. It would put more money in the pockets of hardworking Americans, increasing their spending power and growing our entire economy. “The dangers of climate change are front and center in our everyday lives and only getting worse — we must take real steps ... Read more

  • Senate bill would ban seismic blasts in Atlantic
    Posted in Articles on March 15, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Climate Change and the Environment

    E&E News | Seismic blasting in the Atlantic Ocean would be prohibited under a bill introduced in the Senate yesterday. "This bill prevents fossil fuel related seismic testing and makes clear that the Atlantic is off-limits to any type of offshore oil exploration," said Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), chief sponsor of S. 828, the "Atlantic Seismic Airgun Protection Act." ... The legislation is a companion bill to H.R. 1606, introduced in the House last week by Reps. Don Beyer (D-Va.) and Chris Smith (... Read more