Women's Economic Empowerment

Beyer Statement On Supreme Court Decision Overturning Roe V. Wade

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Rep. Don Beyer said the following after the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization overturned Roe v. Wade on Friday: “This ruling from a right-wing Supreme Court majority is a dark moment for America. These conservative justices abandoned 50 years of precedent in a decision which, as Justice Breyer’s dissent put it, ‘says that from the very moment of…

Beyer Announces Speakers at Annual Women’s Conference

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Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) today announced the speaker slate for his sixth Annual Women’s Conference and Forum, to be held on May 7 at George Mason University’s Arlington campus. Attendees will hear from Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and poet Amanda Gorman by pre-recorded videos, followed by a panel discussion featuring Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton, Executive Director of Planned…

Joint Economic Committee Releases Women’s Equal Pay Day Report

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In recognition of Women’s Equal Pay Day, the Joint Economic Committee released a new report highlighting how, despite progress, women continue to face barriers to equal pay for equal work. Women’s Equal Pay Day represents how far into the year an American woman must work, on average, in order to earn as much as an American man earned in the past year. In 2020, the latest year for which…

Beyer Introduces Gender Parity Legislation On International Women's Day

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U.S. Representative Don Beyer (D-VA), Chair of Congress’ Joint Economic Committee, introduced legislation today to encourage gender parity in positions of corporate leadership. Beyer’s House resolution, introduced with House Committee on Oversight and Reform Chairwoman Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) on International Women’s Day, would express “the sense of the House of Representatives that…

Chairman Beyer on January Jobs Day Data: “Today’s data blew expectations out of the water”

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Today, Congressman Don Beyer (D-VA), Chairman of the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee (JEC), released the following statement after the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that nonfarm payroll employment increased by 467,000 in January and the unemployment rate was steady at 4.0%. The unemployment rate was 6.9% for Black workers, 4.9% for Hispanic workers, 3.6% for Asian…

Congressman Don Beyer: “Abortion Access Is Key to Economic Freedom”

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Originally published in the Falls Church News Press Saturday marked the 49th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s landmark decision that granted women the right to safe and legal abortion. While the constitutional right to bodily autonomy has been repeatedly affirmed, a case currently before the Supreme Court has put reproductive rights in jeopardy. A decision in Dobbs vs. Jackson…

100+ House Democrats Urge President Biden To Protect Paid Leave In Build Back Better Act

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U.S. Representatives Don Beyer (D-VA), Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Judy Chu (D-CA), Jimmy Gomez (D-CA), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), and Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA) today led 105 House Democrats urging President Biden to defend paid family and medical leave provisions in the ongoing negotiations over the Build Back Better Act. The signatories represent a broad ideological swathe of the House Democratic…

House Passes Women’s Health Protection Act

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September 24, 2021 (Washington, D.C.) – Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) today voted to defend women’s constitutional right to reproductive health care with H.R. 3755, the Women’s Health Protection Act.  Amid a dangerous assault on women’s basic health freedoms – from state houses across the country to the U.S. Supreme Court – this landmark legislation enshrines into law the vital protections…

Chairman Beyer Statement on First Payment of Expanded Child Tax Credit

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Today, Congressman Don Beyer (D-VA), Chairman of the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee (JEC), released the following statement in response to today’s first monthly payment of the expanded Child Tax Credit (CTC): “The expansion of the Child Tax Credit, included in the American Rescue Plan Congress passed last spring, is the biggest investment in children and families in a generation…

JEC Hearing: Gender Wage Gap Is Systemic Problem, Needs Public Policy Response

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Today, the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee (JEC)—led by Chairman Don Beyer (D-VA)—will hold a remote hearing titled “The Gender Wage Gap:  Breaking Through Stalled Progress.” The hearing will explore how the gender wage gap is a systemic issue in the United States that deserves a comprehensive public policy solution.   In 2019, a woman working full-time and…