Women's Economic Empowerment

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 and puts p...

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 year-round was paid just 82 cents fo...

Child Tax Credits Will Reach American Families Soon

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Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) today announced that over 100,000 children living in his Northern Virginia district would benefit from the expanded and improved Child Tax Credit, including an estimated 7,500 who will be lifted out of poverty, according to estimates compiled by the House Appropriations Committee. The Child Tax Credit is a fully refundable benefit enhanced by Congress as part of the American ...

Chairman Beyer on Biden “American Families Plan”: Investing in America Means Investing in American Families

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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 President Biden’s “American Families Plan,” the second of a two-part package of investments intended to help the nation build back better. The first package released at the end of March was focused on infrastructure. “President Biden understands that in...

Beyer Votes For Legislation To Strengthen Equal Pay Act And Reduce The Wage Gap

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Rep. Don Beyer today voted for H.R. 7, the Paycheck Fairness Act, landmark legislation to help close the gender wage gap by strengthening equal pay protections for women. The bill, which passed in the House, would create more effective remedies for women who are not being paid equal pay for equal work, including requiring employers to prove that pay disparities exist for legitimate, job-related re...

Beyer on Equal Pay Day: The Gender Wage Gap Hurts Our Nation

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Today, Congressman Don Beyer (D-VA), Chairman of the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee (JEC), released the following statement on Equal Pay Day, March 24—the day through which the typical woman would have had to work to earn what the typical man earned the previous year. In 2019 (the most recent data), the typical woman working full-time, year-round earned 82.3% of what her male counterpart e...

House Passes Bill To Pave Way For National Adoption Of Equal Rights Amendment

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The House of Representatives today passed legislation introduced by Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) to facilitate ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment. The measure previously passed one year ago in the House following Virginia’s ratification of the ERA, which brought the Amendment across the 38-state threshold for national adoption. Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA), a longtime proponent of the ERA, voted yes...

Speaker Pelosi Taps Beyer To Chair Joint Economic Committee

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Today, Speaker Pelosi announced that she is recommending Congressman Don Beyer (D-VA) to chair the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee (JEC). If confirmed, Congressman Beyer will become the first Democrat to chair the JEC since Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) chaired the committee during the 112th Congress (2011-2013). In response to Speaker Pelosi’s announcement, Congressman Beyer issued the followin...

We May Already Be Out Of Time To Avoid Expiration Of Enhanced Federal Unemployment Benefits

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Rep. Don Beyer, the Vice Chair and top Democrat on Congress’ Joint Economic Committee, today issued the following statement on Senate Majority Leader’s announcement that the Senate would take “weeks” to pass legislation that includes an extension of expanded federal unemployment benefits: “Mitch McConnell may already have doomed the tens of millions of American workers who depend on enhanced feder...

Coronavirus stimulus: Surprise jobs report adds doubt to second round

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Once Washington absorbed Friday’s surprise jobs report showing a gain of 2.5 million jobs in May (after forecasts for 8 million jobs lost) many turned the question of how the news impacts the long awaited negotiations for an additional phase 4 stimulus deal. "We'll be asking for additional stimulus money,” President Trump said Friday morning as some speculated that a deal might now be off the tabl...