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  • Beyer Statement On Secretary Azar’s Premium Gaffe
    Posted in Press Releases on May 11, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Healthcare, Oversight of the Administration

    Rep. Don Beyer today issued the following statement on Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Alex Azar’s testimony that he does not “see the premium effect” of the Trump Administration’s efforts to sabotage the Affordable Care Act: “This comment by Secretary Azar represents the abysmal apathy the Trump Administration shows when it comes to Americans’ healthcare costs,” said Rep. Beyer. “Virginia and our neighbor Maryland are already seeing requests by insurers for massive premium increase... Read more

  • Beyer: Scott Pruitt’s Attempt To Undermine The Clean Air Act “Illegal and Immoral”
    Posted in Press Releases on May 10, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Climate Change and the Environment, Oversight of the Administration

    Rep. Don Beyer today issued the following statement on EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s “Back to Basics” memo instructing the EPA to begin factoring “economic effects” into its decisions on setting clean air standards: “Scott Pruitt’s latest attempt to undermine air pollution standards set by the Clean Air Act is illegal and immoral. The only ‘basics’ that his actions would take us ‘back to’ are the era when cities were shrouded in lethal air pollution and American rivers burned. Weakening clean... Read more

  • Top Dems Request IG Investigation of Illegal Hiring Allegations at Justice Department
    Posted in Press Releases on May 8, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Oversight of the Administration

    Today, Senators Richard Durbin (D-IL), the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Immigration, Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), the Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, and Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD), the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Judiciary, and Reps. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Joaquin Castro (D-TX), and Donald S. Beyer Jr. (D-VA) sent a letter re... Read more

  • Local Reaction to Trump’s Decision to Pull Out of the Iran Nuclear Deal
    Posted in Articles on May 8, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense, Oversight of the Administration

    ARL Now President Donald Trump’s decision to pull the United States out of an international nuclear deal with Iran is prompting condemnation from Arlington’s congressional delegation. Trump announced Tuesday afternoon that he plans to reimpose economic sanctions on Iran, reversing an agreement hammered out by President Barack Obama’s administration and a variety of other countries to slow Iran’s progress toward building a nuclear weapon. Both of Virginia’s senators, in addition to Rep. Don Beyer... Read more

  • Democrats Demand IG Investigation Into Justice Hiring Practices
    Posted in Articles on May 8, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees, Oversight of the Administration

    Government Executive A group of congressional Democrats on Tuesday asked a Justice Department watchdog to investigate allegations that the department improperly considered job candidates’ political views during the hiring process. In a letter to Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz, eight Democratic lawmakers highlighted whistleblower accounts that prospective agency employees had job offers delayed or rescinded with “explanations that suggest a pretext for improper political mo... Read more

  • Dem rep hits Trump on Mueller probe: You can’t shut it down, you’re not a king
    Posted in Articles on May 7, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Oversight of the Administration

    The Hill Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.) on Monday tore into President Trump's tweet attacking special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe, saying that Trump wasn’t “a king” who could shut down the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. “Getting competent lawyers to represent you has been a challenge, but there must be someone who can explain to you what 'obstruction of justice' means,” Beyer tweeted at Trump. “You don’t get to suspend the rule of law or shut down investigation... Read more

  • Beyer Statement On Sudden Departure of Fourth Senior Aide To Scott Pruitt This Week
    Posted in Press Releases on May 4, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Climate Change and the Environment, Oversight of the Administration

    Rep. Don Beyer today issued the following statement on the reported resignation of John Konkus, the EPA’s Deputy Associate Administrator for Public Affairs: “Scott Pruitt’s toxicity has infected the upper echelons of EPA leadership, and the process of cleaning this mess must begin with Pruitt’s dismissal,” said Rep. Beyer. “Mr. Konkus’ tenure at EPA was emblematic of the way that special interests have been empowered to subvert the EPA’s core mission under Pruitt. In the wake of Konkus’ resignat... Read more

  • Fourth Pruitt Aide Leaving EPA
    Posted in Articles on May 4, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Climate Change and the Environment, Oversight of the Administration

    Bloomberg The fourth departure this week of an Environmental Protection Agency official was announced on Friday, in a move suggesting continued fallout from the controversies swirling around Administrator Scott Pruitt. John Konkus, the agency’s deputy associate administrator for public affairs, is leaving to lead communications at the Small Business Administration. On Thursday, it was announced that Associate Administrator Liz Bowman, Konkus’ boss and the EPA’s top public affairs official, was d... Read more

  • What the EPA exodus means for Scott Pruitt
    Posted in Articles on May 4, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Climate Change and the Environment, Oversight of the Administration

    Think Progress Staff departures from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have become so common that they rarely make news anymore — since Administrator Scott Pruitt took control of the EPA in 2017, more than 700 employees have left the agency. But this week, as federal investigations surrounding Pruitt’s ethical scandals continue to mount, four departures in particular made headlines, as officials with close ties to the administrator announced they would be moving on from the agency. The h... Read more

  • Beyer Requests Hearing On Puerto Rico Recovery Efforts
    Posted in Press Releases on May 2, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Oversight of the Administration

    Rep. Don Beyer today sent a letter to House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) requesting a hearing on the status of Puerto Rico’s recovery from Hurricanes Maria and Irma. Beyer wrote: “Dear Chairman Bishop: I write to request that you hold a hearing regarding the status of Puerto Rico’s recovery. It is our responsibility as the primary committee of jurisdiction for Puerto Rico to provide the oversight the American people on the island badly need. Since Hurricanes Maria and I... Read more