Oversight of the Administration

July 4: Beyer Urges Northern Virginians To Stay Home

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Rep. Don Beyer, who represents the Northern Virginia suburbs of the nation’s capital in Congress, issued the following statement today on Independence Day festivities ahead of the Fourth of July holiday weekend: “This weekend Americans across our region and the country will celebrate the birth of our nation in Philadelphia 244 years ago. Washington and other cities will see fireworks, martial disp... 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 on UI Claims: The President Claims Victory While Americans Suffer

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Congressman Don Beyer (D-VA), Vice Chair of the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee (JEC), today released the following statement after the Department of Labor (DOL) reported that 1.5 million workers filed regular first-time unemployment claims (not seasonally adjusted) for the week ending June 20 and another 728,000 filed claims through Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program for gig wo... Read more »

House Passes George Floyd Justice In Policing Act

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Rep. Don Beyer today hailed the passage of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act by the House of Representatives. The bill, which passed this evening with bipartisan support, represents the most ambitious federal reform of law enforcement powers in decades. “The George Floyd Justice In Policing Act is a step towards justice and accountability. We cannot bring George Floyd or Breonna Taylor or E... Read more »

Beyer Introduces Legislation To Block Law Enforcement From Using Facial Recognition Technology With Body Cam Footage

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Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) today introduced the Stop Biometric Surveillance by Law Enforcement Act, legislation that would prohibit federal law enforcement agencies from using facial recognition technology and other biometric surveillance tools on footage from body cameras. The bill would also prevent state and local law enforcement agencies from purchasing body cameras with those capabilities using fe... 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 »

Beyer Statement On Supreme Court DACA Ruling

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Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) today hailed the Supreme Court’s ruling in Department of Homeland Security v. Regents of the University of California, which invalidated the Trump Administration’s decision to end the Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program on the grounds that it was “arbitrary and capricious” and therefore in violation of the Administrative Procedure Act. “Dreamers are American... Read more »

Top Democrats Introduce Law Enforcement Identification Act

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U.S. Representative Don Beyer (D-VA) today led a delegation of U.S. Representatives including members from the national capital region introducing the Law Enforcement Identification Act. The legislation would require uniformed federal officers policing First Amendment assemblies to wear plainly visible identification noting the officer’s name and agency. The bill was introduced in the House by Bey... Read more »

Beyer Statement On Pence, Trump Campaign Violation Of Virginia Public Health Order In Arlington

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Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA), who represents Northern Virginia suburbs of the nation’s capital including Arlington, today issued the following statement on a deleted tweet from Vice President Pence which showed Pence and dozens of Trump campaign staff packed into a tight space in their Arlington offices without social distancing or masks: “At the same time that President Trump was tweeting about “law and... Read more »

Democrats roll out details of police reform bill in Congress

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With fresh momentum for change in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd which touched off days of violence and protests around the nation, House and Senate Democrats on Monday unveiled a sweeping new police reform proposal, designed to promote more accountability for officers using unnecessary violence. "We now have over 200 co-sponsors," said Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), the driving force be... Read more »