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House Passes Sweeping Infrastructure Investment Legislation

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Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) today applauded the House’s bipartisan passage of H.R. 2, the Moving Forward Act, broad transportation and infrastructure legislation. Beyer voted for the bill, which contained a number of provisions he authored. Beyer serves on the House Committee on Ways and Means, which helped develop the bill. Beyer’s contributions to the House-passed infrastructure bill include: HR 2795,... Read more »

New Report Highlights Dangers in Administration’s Proposed “Return-to-work Bonus”

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Washington, D.C.—Today, Congressman Don Beyer (D-VA), Vice Chair of the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee (JEC), released a report, “The Administration’s 'Return-to-Work Bonus' Is No Substitute for Enhanced Unemployment Benefits,” showing that millions of unemployed workers would be left without the economic support they need if the Trump administration succeeds in replacing the $600 weekly F... Read more »

Beyer Presides Over Debate As House Passes Washington, D.C. Admission Act

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Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) today presided over House debate on H.R. 51, the Washington, D.C. Admission Act, before casting a vote to help pass the legislation to make D.C. the 51st state in the Union. Beyer, who represents the Northern Virginia suburbs of the nation’s capital, is a longtime supporter of D.C. statehood, and an original cosponsor of Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton’s statehood legisla... Read more »

House Passes George Floyd Justice In Policing Act

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Rep. Don Beyer today hailed the passage of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act by the House of Representatives. The bill, which passed this evening with bipartisan support, represents the most ambitious federal reform of law enforcement powers in decades. “The George Floyd Justice In Policing Act is a step towards justice and accountability. We cannot bring George Floyd or Breonna Taylor or E... Read more »

Beyer Introduces Legislation To Block Law Enforcement From Using Facial Recognition Technology With Body Cam Footage

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Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) today introduced the Stop Biometric Surveillance by Law Enforcement Act, legislation that would prohibit federal law enforcement agencies from using facial recognition technology and other biometric surveillance tools on footage from body cameras. The bill would also prevent state and local law enforcement agencies from purchasing body cameras with those capabilities using fe... Read more »

Beyer Statement On Trump Plans To Hold July 4 Military Display

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Rep. Don Beyer today issued the following statement on the Trump Administration’s announcement that it would host a large-scale public event with a military display at the White House on July 4: “Hot off threatening to violate the constitutionally-protected rights of peaceful protesters earlier today, the President is again displaying his fondness for dictators and the trappings of autocracy. “The... Read more »

National Capital Region Delegation Urges House Leaders To Issue Mask Directive To Members Of Congress

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Members of Congress representing the National Capital Region today wrote to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy urging them to “issue strong, explicit directives to Members of the House regarding proper face coverings” as Congress prepares to cast votes next week. The letter, led by Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) and signed by Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD), Congresswom... Read more »

Democrats roll out details of police reform bill in Congress

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With fresh momentum for change in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd which touched off days of violence and protests around the nation, House and Senate Democrats on Monday unveiled a sweeping new police reform proposal, designed to promote more accountability for officers using unnecessary violence. "We now have over 200 co-sponsors," said Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), the driving force be... Read more »

Norton, Beyer Federal Police Body Camera Bill Included in House’s Police Reform Bill, Expected to Pass Soon

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Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) and Congressman Don Beyer (D-VA) today announced that their Federal Police Camera and Accountability Act of 2019 (H.R. 3364), which would require uniformed federal police officers to wear body cameras and have dashboard cameras in marked vehicles, was included in the House’s new sweeping police reform bill, the Justice in Policing Act of 2020. The House i... Read more »

Trump’s Occupation Of D.C. Fuels Calls For Statehood

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The District of Columbia faced an overwhelming federal law enforcement presence this week as its residents protested police brutality against Black people. And the district could do little to stop it, thanks to politically motivated opposition to granting statehood to the majority Democratic city — with its plurality of Black residents — or giving it voting members in Congress. But since the passa... Read more »