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  • Beyer Statement On Supreme Court Ruling Weakening Public-Sector Unions
    Posted in Press Releases on June 27, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees

    Rep. Don Beyer today issued the following statement on the Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling in Janus v. AFSCME: “This terrible ruling continues decades of Republican attacks on workers’ right to organize. The thousands of civil servants, teachers, police officers, firefighters, and other public-sector employees I represent will see their collective bargaining power significantly weakened by this decision. Unfortunately, the Supreme Court’s majority has spent the month of June concentrating power in th... Read more

  • Democrats Demand IG Investigation Into Justice Hiring Practices
    Posted in Articles on May 8, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees, Oversight of the Administration

    Government Executive A group of congressional Democrats on Tuesday asked a Justice Department watchdog to investigate allegations that the department improperly considered job candidates’ political views during the hiring process. In a letter to Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz, eight Democratic lawmakers highlighted whistleblower accounts that prospective agency employees had job offers delayed or rescinded with “explanations that suggest a pretext for improper political mo... Read more

  • Beyer: Trump Chaos “Is Dangerous and Jeopardizes Major Diplomatic and Security Priorities”
    Posted in Press Releases on March 13, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees, Oversight of the Administration

    “As President Trump’s first Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson was handed a difficult job which he performed poorly. He presided over an unprecedented evisceration of the State Department, often seemed out of the loop, and was, at best, incidental to the formulation of U.S. foreign policy. The damage caused by Tillerson’s brief, tumultuous tenure will take years to repair, and he will be remembered as another example of President Trump’s poor judgment. “It is my hope that the next Secretary of St... Read more

  • Beyer Statement On Budget Caps Bill
    Posted in Press Releases on February 9, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees

    “My decision to vote against the budget caps bill early this morning was not an easy one. This bill contained many things that are very good for the country. These funding levels represent a major victory after five years of work to end budget sequestration. Our region’s economy stands to benefit substantially from ending this arbitrary and destructive policy, and I wish Republicans had allowed it to happen years ago. After months of fighting for a budget that provides long-term certainty for de... Read more

  • Beyer-Wittman Bipartisan Legislative Proposal To Protect Federal Workers’ Pay Passes In Wake Of Shutdown
    Posted in Press Releases on January 22, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees

    Legislative language mirroring a bill offered by Reps. Don Beyer (D-VA) and Rob Wittman (R-VA) to protect the pay of federal workers during the government shutdown was passed by Congress today as part of a larger temporary funding bill. The inclusion of text of the Federal Employee Retroactive Pay Fairness Act will guarantee that the entire federal workforce receives back pay for the time during which appropriations lapsed. “It is deeply disappointing that Congress was unable to prevent a govern... Read more

  • 171 House Democrats to Trump: Keep Government Open, Include Bipartisan Priorities
    Posted in Press Releases on January 18, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees

    Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.), Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.), and Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.), joined by 168 House colleagues, today sent a letter to President Trump expressing their support for keeping the federal government open while pressing for the inclusion of urgent bipartisan priorities in any funding resolution. “Mr. President, it is clear that your budget priorities and ours are in significant conflict. However, there are many bipartisan priorities that we can swiftly deliver for the good... Read more

  • Beyer and Wittman Introduce Bill To Protect Federal Workers’ Pay As Threat of Government Shutdown Grows
    Posted in Press Releases on January 18, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees

    Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) and Rep. Rob Wittman (R-VA) today introduced the Federal Employee Retroactive Pay Fairness Act, legislation to guarantee back pay to furloughed workers in the event of a government shutdown. Funding for the federal government expires at midnight tomorrow. “We are working hard to avoid a government shutdown, but if it comes our bill would protect federal workers from the worst of the consequences,” said Rep. Beyer. “This legislation is designed to shield civil servants, who ... Read more

  • Beyer Statement On Fourth Continuing Resolution Vote In 4 Months
    Posted in Press Releases on January 18, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees

    Rep. Don Beyer issued the following statement after casting his vote against the latest Republican continuing resolution: “House Republicans are now forcing us to take our fourth vote on a short-term funding resolution in as many months. This is appalling and absurd. Like my fellow House Democrats, I spent months imploring my Republican colleagues to take action on key priorities for the American people, including passing long term funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and p... Read more

  • Beyer and Wittman Introduce Bill To Protect Federal Workers, With Government Shutdown Looming Amid Budget Uncertainty
    Posted in Press Releases on December 20, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees

    Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) and Rob Wittman (R-VA) today introduced bipartisan legislation to protect federal employees’ pay in the event of a government shutdown. The Federal Employee Retroactive Pay Act would guarantee back pay for all furloughed workers if Congress and the White House are unable to come to a funding agreement. “We absolutely do not want to see a shutdown of the federal government, but if it comes we must act to protect federal workers from the consequences,” said Rep. Beyer. “If th... Read more

  • National Capital Region Members of Congress Blast Attack On Congressional Budget Office
    Posted in Press Releases on July 24, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Healthcare, Federal Employees

    Members of Congress from Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia today excoriated a newly-filed amendment to the “Minibus” appropriations bills. The amendment would use the Holman Rule to target federal employees in the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO), which delivers projections on proposed legislation. In a joint statement, Don Beyer (D-VA), Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Jamie Raskin (D-MD), John Delaney (D-MD), A... Read more