Oversight of the Administration

Beyer Testifies On Payroll Tax Deferral’s Damaging Effects On Military, Federal Workforce

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Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) today testified before the House Committee on Ways and Means Subcommittee on Social Security in its hearing, “Save Our Social Security Now.” Beyer, whose district includes the largest number of civilian federal employees of any member the House as well as the Pentagon and a number of other military installations, spoke to the damaging effects that the policy will have on mili... Read more »

Beyer Urges Federal Agencies To Improve Communication With Military, Federal Workforce About Payroll Tax Deferrals

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In an appearance on Government Matters, Rep. Don Beyer strongly urged federal agencies to increase and improve communications with federal workers and military service members about changes in their paychecks which will begin in the current pay period as a result of President Trump’s payroll tax deferral. His interview came ahead of a Thursday hearing on the payroll tax deferral by the House Ways ... Read more »

Trump’s Payroll Tax Deferral Is Fundamentally Corrupt, Disrespects Military Service Members, Civil Servants

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Late last night President Trump made clear that his Executive Order allowing employers to defer payroll taxes until 2021 was intended as coercion, tweeting, “When we win I, as your President, will totally forgive ALL deferred payroll taxes with money from the General Fund.” The Constitution vests tax powers with Congress, meaning the President cannot deliver the political bribe he offered. Trump’s... Read more »

Trump Administration Confirms It Will Reduce Military Families’ Paychecks In 2021

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Following initial reporting from Federal News Radio on Friday night, the Trump Administration confirmed over the weekend that all members of the United States military in the income range specified by President Trump’s executive order will have their Social Security payroll taxes deferred. The Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS), which administers payroll for Department of Defense employ... Read more »

ESA Caucus Co-Chairs Lead Over 100 Members of Congress in Opposing Trump Administration’s Proposal to Weaken the Endangered Species Act

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Today, the Co-Chairs of the Endangered Species Act Caucus Chairman Raúl M. Grijalva, Congresswoman Debbie Dingell and Congressman Don Beyer led a letter with over 100 Members of Congress to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Aurelia Skipwith opposing the Trump administration’s recent proposal to weaken the Endangered Species Act. The administration’s proposed rule would narrow the definition ... Read more »

Beyer, Ways And Means Democrats Seek Clarity From Administration On Bewildering Payroll Tax Order

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17 House Democrats on the House Ways and Means Committee today sent an oversight letter to the Trump Administration seeking clarity on the chaotic rollout of the President’s executive order on deferral of payroll taxes. In their letter, which was led by Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA), the Representatives pointed to contradictory statements and publications by Trump Administration officials in the order’s i... Read more »

Trump Administration Fails To Deliver Aid To The Unemployed

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August 25, 2020 (Washington, D.C.) – Monday marked two weeks since Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin predicted states would have the Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) unemployment program created by Executive Order up and running within two weeks, but only two states—representing less than 10 percent of national continuing unemployment insurance claims—reported having actually distributed aid through th... Read more »

Pascrell, Beyer, Porter Seek Crackdown on COVID Swindlers and Fake Cures

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Reps. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09), Don Beyer (D-VA-08), and Katie Porter (D-CA-45) today have written to U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn again calling on the agency to protect the American people from unproven treatments for COVID-19. “As the United States continues to grapple with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we urge you to be vigil... Read more »

House Democrats Pass Broad Legislation To Protect U.S. Postal Service

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Today Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) voted for H.R. 8015, the Delivering for America Act, legislation funding the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) and making policy changes to restore delivery service. The House passed the bill on with bipartisan support a few hours after the House Oversight Committee released internal USPS documents showing sharp declines in delivery service across the country since early July.... Read more »

Beyer Statement On Mask-less Trump Event In Arlington

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Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA), who represents the Northern Virginia suburbs of the nation’s capital, including Arlington, issued the following statement today after photographs of a Council for National Policy event in Arlington headlined by President Trump showed him addressing a large of audience of hundreds who failed to observe social distancing guidelines or wear face coverings: “Once again Arlington... Read more »