COVID-19 Pandemic

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 »

Beyer on Biden's Economic Relief Plan: "Soon We Will Have a President Who Understands…that Rent and Food are Not Going to Trickle Down to Millions of Unemployed Americans"

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Today, Congressman Don Beyer (D-VA) released the following statement in response to President-elect Joe Biden's American Rescue Plan, a plan that will help the country recover and rebuild from the pandemic. "Watching Joe Biden speak last night about his robust relief plan was a breath of fresh air. "Soon we will have a president in the White House, and Democratic leaders controlling Congress, who ... Read more »

Beyer, Blumenauer Release New Report on Why More Relief for Restaurants and Restaurant Workers Is Needed

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Today, Congressman Don Beyer (D-VA), Vice Chair of the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee during the 116th Congress, and Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), sponsor of key restaurant relief legislation, released a new report on the impact of the coronavirus on the restaurant industry—one of the industries hardest hit by the pandemic—and why more relief for restaurants and restaurant workers is... Read more »

Letter to CDC and FAA seeking International Flight Response

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Dear Director Redfield and Administrator Dickson: Thank you for mandating that all flyers from the United Kingdom test negative before flying into the United States. However, this needs to be the case, at minimum, for all flights within and into the United States. While I understand that this decision was made to counter a new and more transmissible SARS-COV-2 variant that originated in the United... Read more »

Trump Will Cost Millions Of Americans One Week Of Permanently-Lost Unemployment Benefits If He Fails To Act By The End Of The Day

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Unemployment benefits are set to expire for an estimated twelve million Americans tomorrow unless recently-passed appropriations and relief legislation is signed into law. A substantial amount of those benefits, totaling billions of dollars, will be irretrievably lost for those dependent on them unless President Trump signs that bill today. Unlike the larger expiration of unemployment benefits whi... Read more »

Beyer Seeks Federal Agency Guidance On Coronavirus Vaccinations

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Today Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) wrote National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar, and U.S. Office of Personnel Management Acting Director Michael Rigas, urging them to release plans and guidance regarding COVID-19 vaccine distribution for federal employees. Beyer serves on the House Committee on Ways and Means, which has partial jurisdiction over he... Read more »

Beyer Presses CDC For Data Transparency On Coronavirus Vaccinations

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Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) today wrote to the Robert Redfield, Director of the Centers For Disease Control (CDC), urging increased transparency and data sharing amid the national effort to distribute and administer coronavirus vaccines. His letter came amid ongoing confusion over reduced and delayed vaccine shipments to states. Beyer serves on the House Committee on Ways and Means, which has partial ju... Read more »

Beyer Statement On Relief Legislation

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Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA), who is expected to chair Congress’ Joint Economic Committee in the coming session of Congress, issued the following statement today on the funding and relief legislative package expected to pass the House this evening: “The legislation we pass today is a down payment on what Congress owes the American people. It is absolutely not ‘mission accomplished.’ “This bill should be ... Read more »

Beyer Statement Marking Three Years Since Passage Of Republican Tax Bill

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Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA), who is expected to chair Congress’ Joint Economic Committee in the next session of Congress, issued the following statement today on the three-year anniversary of the passage of the 2017 Republican tax bill: “In negotiating pandemic relief legislation, Senate Republicans argued it would be too expensive to send Americans even one more round of $1,200 checks. Three years ago ... Read more »

Beyer Introduces Legislation To Support Research Into Long Term Effects Of Coronavirus Infection

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Rep. Don Beyer this week introduced the COVID-19 Long Haulers Act, which would authorize and fund research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PICORI) to benefit so-called “long haulers,” people who experience long term effects of COVID-19 infections. From the beginning of the pandemic medical researchers have documented a wide array of ... Read more »