COVID-19 Pandemic

Beyer Highlights American Rescue Plan’s Benefits For Northern Virginia Localities And Families Across The Commonwealth

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Last week, Representative Don Beyer (D-VA) voted to pass the landmark American Rescue Plan and send it to President Biden’s desk for signature. Today Beyer highlighted the legislation’s infusion of resources for Virginia families and communities. “This pandemic and the historic economic crisis it caused inflicted untold hardship, but help is on the way,” said Rep. Beyer. “On the day we passed it, ... Read more »

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... Read more »

Beyer: “My Vote Today For The American Rescue Plan Will Be The Most Consequential Vote I Have Ever Cast”

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Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA), who is expected to chair Congress’ Joint Economic Committee in the 117th Congress, voted for the American Rescue Plan today. Shortly before casting his vote for the sweeping Covid relief legislation, which will soon head to President Biden for signature, Beyer told his colleagues during Floor debate: “my vote today for the American Rescue Plan will be the most consequential ... Read more »

Beyer Joins Floor Debate As House Passes American Rescue Plan

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Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA), the expected incoming Chair of Congress’ Joint Economic Committee, delivered the following remarks on the House Floor this evening during debate on the American Rescue Plan Act: “Madam Speaker, we have a choice tonight. American children are hungry, the recovery is stalling, and a million new people file for unemployment every week. We can do our jobs: pass a national vaccin... Read more »

National Capital Region Members Seek Federalized COVID-19 Vaccine Response for Government Employees

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Today U.S. Reps. Don Beyer (D-VA), Gerald E. Connolly (D-VA), Anthony Brown (D-MD), Jamie Raskin (D-MD), Jennifer Wexton (D-VA), David Trone (D-MD), and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) wrote to Office of Personnel Management Acting Director Kathleen McGettigan and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky, requesting that the federal government vaccinate... Read more »

House Ways And Means Committee Advances Ambitious COVID-19 Relief Legislation To Boost The Economy And Help American Families

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Rep. Don Beyer, a Member of the House Committee on Ways and Means who is also expected to serve as Chair of Congress’ Joint Economic Committee in the 117th Congress, issued the following statement today after the Ways and Means Committee advanced the portions of President Biden’s American Rescue Plan legislation under its jurisdiction: “Today we answered the call of the American people by advancin... Read more »

Larsen, Beyer Reintroduce Bill to Prepare U.S. Aviation for Public Health Emergencies

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Today, Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02), Chair of the House Aviation Subcommittee, and Rep. Don Beyer (VA-08) reintroduced the National Aviation Preparedness Plan Act, legislation to require the development of a national aviation preparedness plan for future public health emergencies. The bill builds on similar solutions Larsen championed in the House-passed HEROES Act and the Healthy Flights Act of 2020.... Read more »

Beyer on Q4 and 2020 GDP: “The Previous President Left Americans in A Lot of Pain”

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Today, Congressman Don Beyer (D-VA) released the following statement after the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) reported its initial estimate of fourth quarter gross domestic product (GDP), showing that real GDP grew at an annual rate of 4.0%. Overall, real GDP decreased by 3.5% in 2020—the first year since 2009 that the U.S. experienced negative economic growth. “That our economy is smaller than... Read more »

Congressional Delegation Seeks Mass Vaccination Site in Northern Virginia

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Today U.S. Representatives Don Beyer (D-VA), Gerald Connolly (D-VA) and Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) wrote to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) requesting a community vaccination site for Northern Virginia. The Biden Administration’s plan to defeat COVID-19 includes a proposal for 100 community mass vaccination sites across the United States. They wrote: “Northern Virginia already has the c... Read more »

Beyer And Spanberger Press CDC On COVID-19 Variants

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Reps. Don Beyer (D-VA) and Abigail Spanberger (D-VA) wrote to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Robert Redfield today seeking answers on CDC’s viral genetic surveillance infrastructure. The Members wrote: “A more contagious variant of SARS-CoV-2, B.1.1.7, first appeared in the UK and only took three months to take over and become the dominant strain in that country’s outbre... Read more »