Larsen, Beyer Introduce Bill to Prepare U.S. Aviation for Future Public Health Emergencies

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Today, Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02), Chair of the House Aviation Subcommittee, and Rep. Don Beyer (VA-08) introduced the National Aviation Preparedness Plan Act of 2020, legislation to require the development of a national aviation preparedness plan for future public health emergencies. The bill builds on similar language Larsen championed in the House-passed HEROES Act and the Healthy Flights Act of ... Read more »

Beyer Introduces Bipartisan Zero-Emission Transit Legislation

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Today, Reps. Don Beyer (D-VA), Mike Rogers (R-AL), and Alan Lowenthal (D-CA) introduced the Community Health and Clean Transit Act. The bipartisan bill would help accelerate the shift to battery electric and fuel cell electric buses in bus fleets across the country by providing zero-interest loans to help finance the purchase of zero-emission buses. “Our bipartisan legislation would help make Amer... Read more »

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 »

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 »

Northern Virginia Representatives Urge OPM To Maximize Telework During WMATA Station Closures

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U.S. Representatives Don Beyer (D-VA), Gerry Connolly, (D-VA), and Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) today wrote to the Acting Director of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) urging prompt guidance to federal agencies to maximize telework policies during upcoming Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) track work. The Platform Improvement Project and the ongoing Silver Line Phase 2 extens... Read more »

Beyer Urges Stricter COVID-19 Protocols at U.S. Airports

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Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) today wrote to Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf urging the adoption of stricter measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at American airports. Beyer wrote: “Consistent, continued reports from constituents reveal the failure of U.S. airports to adopt basic mitigation protocols, such as enforcing social distancing, implementing temperature checks for travelers,... Read more »

Virginia Delegation Sends Letter to Secretary Chao in Support of Long Bridge Project

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Today, Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, as well as Representatives Connolly, Scott, Wittman, Griffith, Beyer, McEachin, Cline, Riggleman, Wexton, Luria and Spanberger sent a letter to Secretary Chao in support of the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation’s (DRPT) application for an Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) grant for the Long Bridge Project. “Long Bridge, the... Read more »

Virginia Mercury: Climate takes center stage in sweeping federal infrastructure plan

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Climate takes center stage in sweeping federal infrastructure plan By Robin Bravender - 1/30/2020 U.S. House Democrats this week unveiled plans to spend $760 billion over five years on infrastructure upgrades throughout the country. A central theme throughout their plan: combating climate change. The framework unveiled by Democrats on Wednesday prioritizes slashing greenhouse gas emissions from th... Read more »