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  • Beyer and Raskin Introduce Legislation To End Government Shutdowns
    Posted in Press Releases on February 14, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees

    Today US Representatives Don Beyer (D-VA) and Jamie Raskin (D-MD) introduced the End Shutdowns Act, legislation to prevent a future government shutdown. Beyer and Raskin represent districts with two of the highest concentrations of federal workers and contractors in the country, which were hit hard by the recent shutdown. “Government shutdowns are destructive for the federal workforce and the country, and no good ever comes from them,” said Rep. Beyer. “The President and Congress need to be able... Read more

  • Dems, Republicans at odds over border wall, detaining migrants as 2nd shutdown deadline looms
    Posted in Articles on February 12, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration, Federal Employees

    FOX 5 | Politically freighted border security negotiations are teetering just days before a potential new government shutdown. The turmoil is testing the changed balance of power in Washington, with lawmakers engaged in a sparring match over immigration policy that is challenging their ability to reach any accord. Republicans say Democratic demands to limit immigrant detentions by federal authorities are a deal breaker — eclipsing the border wall issue for now — and represent overreach by top De... Read more

  • Beyer Welcomes AFGE National Secretary-Treasurer Everett Kelley As Guest To State Of The Union
    Posted in Press Releases on February 5, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees

    This evening Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) will welcome Everett Kelley, who serves as the National Secretary-Treasurer for the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), as his guest for the President’s State of the Union Address. AFGE is the largest federal employee union in the United States, with hundreds of thousands of members. “As President Trump comes to the Capitol to deliver his State of the Union Address, hundreds of thousands of federal workers are anxiously waiting to find out wheth... Read more

  • House set to pass 2.6 percent pay raise for civilian federal employees
    Posted in Articles on January 30, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees

    Washington Post | The House on Wednesday is set to pass a pay raise for civilian federal employees in what Democrats are casting as both a necessity and a gesture of appreciation for a workforce reeling after a 35-day partial government shutdown. The 2.6-percent raise is calibrated to match that given to military personnel in a 2019 spending bill passed last year. President Trump subjected the rest of the federal workforce to a pay freeze in a Dec. 28 executive order, though Congress could overr... Read more

  • Beyer Statement On House Passage Of Legislation To Give Civilian Federal Workforce A Pay Raise
    Posted in Press Releases on January 30, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees

    Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) released the following statement today after the U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass the Federal Civilian Workforce Pay Raise Fairness Act of 2019, which would give civilian federal workers an across-the-board 2.6 percent raise: “Today the House of Representatives is again leading the way and showing civilian federal workers that they are valued by their country. We also showed that there is a better alternative to the destructive policies of President Trump, who re... Read more

  • Virginia Representatives Urge OPM, OMB Directors To “Take Whatever Steps Necessary” To Prevent Government Shutdown From Harming Federal Employees’ Security Clearances And Applications
    Posted in Press Releases on January 25, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees, Oversight of the Administration

    Virginia’s House Democrats today wrote to the Acting Directors of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) urging them to shield federal employees from negative impacts of the shutdown on security clearances and clearance applications. The letter was signed by Virginia Reps. Don Beyer, Gerry Connolly, Jennifer Wexton, Bobby Scott, Donald McEachin, Elaine Luria, and Abigail Spanberger. They wrote: “We write you out of concern regarding the impact of t... Read more

  • Beyer: “Why Did President Trump Inflict This Shutdown On The Country?”
    Posted in Press Releases on January 25, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees

    Today Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA), who represents more federal employees than any other Member of the House of Representatives, issued the following statement after President Trump’s announcement that he would sign a temporary funding bill to end the partial government shutdown: “I’m grateful that the shutdown will end soon, but I do not understand why it happened at all. “If I understood him correctly, President Trump just agreed to the same deal which Speaker Pelosi offered him in December. Had he d... Read more

  • Shutdown threatens to spoil eligibility for security clearances
    Posted in Articles on January 25, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees

    POLITICO | The Trump administration is warning immigration agents working without pay that their security clearances could be in jeopardy if they fail to cut back on spending or make arrangements with creditors during the government shutdown. A top Immigration and Customs Enforcement official sent an email Thursday advising ICE employees to “consider taking some affirmative steps” to manage financial obligations as they miss a second paycheck. Most of those workers are considered essential to na... Read more

  • Arlington Lawmakers Hail Government Shutdown’s End, Slam Trump for Starting Border Wall Fight
    Posted in Articles on January 25, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees

    ARL Now | The longest federal government shutdown in the country’s history now seems to be over, at least temporarily, and Arlington’s congressional delegation is feeling cautiously optimistic. President Trump announced today (Friday) that he would sign a bill to fund the vast majority of government agencies for the next three weeks, through Feb. 15, as Congress continues to negotiate on Trump’s demand for $5.7 billion to construct a wall on the country’s southern border. So long as lawmakers, a... Read more

  • Resources For Federal Employees
    Posted in Articles on January 24, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees

    The current federal government shutdown is now the longest in American history, and remains deeply concerning to millions of people, including many in Northern Virginia. Almost 87,000 of my constituents in Virginia’s Eighth Congressional District work directly for the government, thousands more work as government contractors, and the whole community feels the personal and economic distress as the shutdown stretches on. I sponsored a measure to give affected federal employees back pay (the Senate... Read more