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Van Hollen, Sarbanes, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Establish Chesapeake National Recreation Area

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Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen and Congressman John Sarbanes (both D-Md.) introduced their bipartisan, bicameral legislation to create a unified Chesapeake National Recreation Area (CNRA). The bill proposes to unite a series of voluntarily contributed park areas and iconic Bay properties under the operation of the National Park Service (NPS) in order to provide more federal…

McClellan, Beyer, Connolly, Scott, & Wexton Submit Amicus Brief to Support Legal Challenge to Mountain Valley Pipeline

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Today, Reps. Jennifer McClellan (VA-04), Don Beyer (VA-08), Gerry Connolly (VA-11), Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03), and Jennifer Wexton (VA-10) submitted an amicus brief in support of the Southern Environmental Law Center and The Wilderness Society’s lawsuit to prevent the automatic approval of the Mountain Valley Pipeline.  The Wilderness Society v. United…

Beyer Applauds Grant From Bipartisan Infrastructure Law To Put Clean Buses On The Road In Alexandria

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Rep. Don Beyer today applauded news that the City of Alexandria has received a grant of nearly $24 million from the Biden-Harris Administration’s infrastructure law to put cleaner buses on the road and improve transit service. The grants, administered by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration, were made possible by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs…

Beyer Floor Remarks In Support Of Legislation To Avert Default

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Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA), Senior House Democrat on Congress’ Joint Economic Committee and member of the House Committee on Ways and Means, delivered remarks tonight during floor debate on H.R. 3746, bipartisan legislation to avert a debt default. Beyer remarks as prepared follow below (remarks delivered here). Mr. Speaker, I rise in support of this imperfect bill. Given the chance, I…

Virginia House Democrats Submit Amendment to Strip Mountain Valley Pipeline from Bipartisan Budget Agreement

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Today, Congresswoman Jennifer McClellan (VA-04) led her Virginia Democratic colleagues, Reps. Don Beyer (VA-08), Gerry Connolly (VA-11), Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03), Abigail Spanberger (VA-07) and Jennifer Wexton (VA-10), in submitting an amendment to the House Rules Committee to strip the Mountain Valley Pipeline permitting provision from the Fiscal Responsibility…

SEEC Decries Supreme Court’s Decision to Eliminate Clean Water Protections

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The leaders of the House Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC), including Co-Chairs Reps. Doris Matsui, Mike Quigley, and Paul Tonko, Vice Chairs Reps. Don Beyer, Matt Cartwright, Sean Casten, Chellie Pingree, and Katie Porter, and Chair Emeritus Rep. Gerry Connolly, released the following statement in response to…

SEEC Rejects Republican Assault on EPA Air Pollution Standards for New Heavy-Duty Vehicles

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The leaders of the House Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC), including Co-Chairs Reps. Doris Matsui, Mike Quigley, and Paul Tonko, Vice Chairs Reps. Don Beyer, Matt Cartwright, Sean Casten, Chellie Pingree, and Katie Porter, and Chair Emeritus Rep. Gerry Connolly, released the following statement in response to the passage…

Beyer Re-Introduces Half Earth Resolution On International Day for Biological Diversity

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Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA), author of the Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act, today marked the International Day for Biological Diversity by introducing a resolution in support of the Half-Earth initiative, a proposal advanced by the late Dr. E.O. Wilson. Wilson, who passed away in 2021, was a famed biologist credited with coining the term “biodiversity.” “Protecting…

Beyer Statement On Historic Commercial Fusion Contract

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Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA), founder and co-chair of the bipartisan Fusion Energy Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives, today hailed the announcement of an historic purchase agreement between Microsoft and Helion Energy to provide electricity generated by a fusion energy plant in 2028. “Helion’s agreement to power Microsoft on fusion energy in 2028 demonstrates the promise of historic…

Beyer Statement On House Solar CRA Vote

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Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA), who serves on the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Trade, issued the following statement today on the House vote on H.J.Res. 39 – Disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of Commerce relating to "Procedures Covering Suspension of Liquidation, Duties and Estimated Duties in Accord With Presidential Proclamation 10414," which was adopted on a surprisingly…