Federal Employees

House Passes Legislation To Protect American Civil Service

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The U.S. House today passed H.R. 302, the Preventing a Patronage System Act, Rep. Gerry Connolly’s (D-VA) legislation to protect the integrity of the American civil service from political attacks and purges like those sought by former president Donald Trump. The bill passed with all Democrats and six Republicans voting in favor. Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA), who represents the largest number of…

President Biden Signs Legislation To Support Law Enforcement And Expand Benefits For Survivors, Including Families Of January 6th Officers

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Last night President Biden signed H.R. 6943, the Public Safety Officer Support Act, into law. The bipartisan legislation, sponsored by Rep. David Trone (D-MD) in the House and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) in the Senate, will provide benefit coverage for first responders who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder or acute stress disorder after responding to a traumatic event. It will also…

Beyer Statement on Senate Passage of the Public Safety Officer Support Act to Recognize Suicide as a Line-of-Duty Death

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U.S. Representative Don Beyer (D-VA), co-sponsor of the House companion bill introduced by Rep. David Trone (D-MD) and Rep. Guy Reschenthaler (R-PA), issued the following statement after the Public Safety Officer Support Act passed by unanimous vote in the Senate. The bill, which previously passed in the House with 402-17 votes, would amend the federal Public Safety Officers’…

Beyer, Lieu Reintroduce Legislation To Block Law Enforcement From Using Facial Recognition Technology With Body Cam Footage

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U.S. Representatives Don Beyer (D-VA) and Ted Lieu (D-CA) today reintroduced the Facial Recognition Ban on Body Cameras Act, legislation to prohibit federal law enforcement agencies from using facial recognition technology (FRT) and other biometric surveillance tools on footage from body cameras. The bill would also prevent state and local law enforcement agencies from purchasing body…

Beyer, Roy Introduce Bipartisan Legislation To Increase Transparency For Senior Executive Branch Officials

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U.S. Representatives Don Beyer (D-VA) and Chip Roy (R-TX) today introduced legislation to reform and strengthen public transparency requirements for senior officials in the Executive Branch. The Transparent Leadership Act would require the publication of schedules and speeches for the heads of Executive Branch agencies. “The American people deserve to know what public officials who lead…

House Passes Legislation To Expand Mental Health Benefits For First Responders And Survivor Benefits For Families

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The U.S. House of Representatives today passed the Public Safety Officer Support Act, introduced by Rep. David Trone (D-MD), with strong bipartisan support. The bill would amend the federal Public Safety Officers’ Benefits Program (PSOB) to add coverage for first responders who are disabled or who die by suicide as a result of service-related traumatic events. Under current law the PSOB…

Northern Virginia Congressional Delegation Writes GSA In Support of Springfield FBI Location

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Today, members of the Northern Virginia congressional delegation sent GSA Administrator Carnahan a letter in support of relocating the FBI Headquarters to the Springfield location. The letter was signed by Reps. Connolly, Beyer, Wexton, and Senators Warner and Kaine.  “The Springfield, Virginia site, which the federal government already owns and underutilizes, is the best…

Beyer Introduces Legislation To Rename Arlington Post Office After Longtime Letter Carrier Jesus Collazos

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Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) today introduced legislation to rename the post office in Arlington on George Mason Drive (currently designated “Arlington Post Office”) after local letter carrier Jesus Collazos. Collazos immigrated to Northern Virginia from Colombia in 1978 and worked for 25 years as a USPS postal carrier in Arlington. He died of COVID-19 early in the pandemic. “Jesus Collazos was…

Beyer Welcomes Designation Of Line-Of-Duty Death Designation For Fallen Capitol Defender Officer Jeffrey Smith

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Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA), who represented fallen MPD Officer Jeffrey Smith, today welcomed the D.C. Police and Firefighters’ Retirement and Relief Board’s determination “that Officer Smith sustained a personal injury on January 6, 2021, while performing his duties and that his injury was the sole and direct cause of his death.” Officer Smith died by suicide days after he responded to the…

Beyer Hails Biden Administration’s Proposed Raise For Federal Workers

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Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA), who represents the largest number of federal employees of any member of the U.S. House of Representatives, today applauded reports that the Biden-Harris Administration’s budget proposal for the coming year will include a 4.6 percent pay increase for federal employees. “The proposed 4.6 percent pay increase is phenomenal news for my district, where a huge portion of…