Oversight

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…

Cortez Masto Leads Bicameral Legislation to Protect Consumers and Prevent Energy Market Manipulation

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Today, U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) introduced bicameral legislation to provide the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) with additional authority to protect consumers from the harm caused by traders that repeatedly manipulate electricity and natural gas markets. The Energy Consumer Protection Act is being introduced in the House of…

Warner, Kaine, Wexton, Beyer, Connolly Press Biden to Raise the Detention of Virginian Asim Ghafoor with Emirati Government

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Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine, alongside Representatives Jennifer Wexton (VA-10), Don Beyer (VA-08), and Gerry Connolly (VA-11), pressed President Biden to raise Asim Ghafoor’s detention with the highest levels of the Emirati government and advocate for his fair and humane treatment. Asim Ghafoor—a U.S. citizen and Virginia resident—was reportedly tried in absentia,…

Van Hollen, Beyer Introduce Legislation to Improve ATF, Strengthen Gun Violence Prevention

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Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Representative Don Beyer (D-Va.) introduced legislation to improve and modernize the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) in order to strengthen gun safety in our communities. The legislation – which follows last week’s Senate confirmation of Steve Dettelbach to serve as ATF Director – would…

Beyer Statement On Supreme Court Ruling In West Virginia V. EPA

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Rep. Don Beyer, co-chair of the Safe Climate Caucus and author of several climate provisions in the House-passed Build Back Better Act, today issued the following statement on the Supreme Court’s ruling limiting the authority of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to restrict greenhouse gas emissions: “The Supreme Court is out of control, laying waste to public health and safety…

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…

ESA Caucus Co-Chairs Grijalva, Dingell, and Beyer Applaud Repeal of Harmful Trump-Era Rule to Weaken the Endangered Species Act

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Today, the Co-Chairs of the Endangered Species Act Caucus—Natural Resources Committee Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.), Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.), and Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.)—issued the following joint statement on the Biden administration’s announcement to rescind a rule issued by the Trump administration that weakened the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The Trump-era rule, finalized in…

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 Reintroduces Legislation To Promote Cleaner, Quieter Airplanes Ahead Of Meeting With FAA Regional Administrator

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Rep. Don Beyer, who serves as Chair of the House Science Committee’s Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics, today reintroduced the Cleaner, Quieter Airplanes Act. The legislation would bolster NASA’s efforts to reduce emissions from the aviation industry while also reducing the impact of airplane noise in airport-adjacent communities. Climate change and aircraft noise have consistently…

National Capital Region Delegation To Goodell: Release The Report

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U.S. Representatives Don Beyer (D-VA), Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Jennifer Wexton (D-VA), Jamie Raskin (D-MD), Anthony Brown (D-MD), and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today wrote to National Football League (NFL) Commissioner Roger Goodell urging publication of the investigation led by Beth Wilkinson into the Washington Commanders’ workplace environment. Their request came ahead…