COVID-19 Pandemic

National Capital Region Delegation Strongly Opposes Trump Plans For July Fourth Military Parade In D.C. During Pandemic

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Members of Congress representing the National Capital Region today wrote to the Secretaries of Defense and the Interior to state their strong opposition to President Trump’s plans to hold a second military parade in Washington D.C. on July 4th. Despite public health and social distancing precautions in the nation’s capital, which has seen one of the worst COVID-19 outbreaks in the country, the Tru... Read more »

Senate Republicans Could Cause Humanitarian Catastrophe

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Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA), Vice Chair of the Joint Economic Committee, today issued the following statement on Republican opposition to extending further assistance to the American people amid the economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic: “There is a dangerous disconnect between Republican politicians in Washington and the very real anguish being experienced by the American people. That sufferi... Read more »

Beyer, Gonzalez Introduce Bipartisan Testing Innovation Legislation

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U.S. Representatives Don Beyer (D-VA) and Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH) today introduced the At-Home Testing Prize Competitions Act, legislation designed to encourage the development of new COVID-19 testing. The bill would direct the National Institutes of Health (NIH), in consultation with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), to quickly launch prize competitions promoting the deve... Read more »

Beyer To Vote Yes On Heroes Act

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Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) today announced that he will vote for the Heroes Act when it comes to the House Floor for final passage this evening. The broad relief legislation is expected to pass on with bipartisan support. Beyer said: “The Heroes Act takes strong steps to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic devastation. It contains key provisions I sought, and I fully support it. This... Read more »

Blumenthal, Beyer Lead Bicameral Push For Boost Of Health Care System Research Funding In Next Congressional COVID-19 Relief Package

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U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and U.S. Representative Don Beyer (D-VA) led a group of 32 Members of Congress in urging Congressional leadership to include $71 million in funding for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) in the next COVID-19 relief package. This funding would give AHRQ the capacity to evaluate the U.S. health care system’s response to the pandemic, pinpoint... Read more »

Representatives Dean and Beyer Continue Efforts to get more Direct Cash Support to Americans

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Rep. Madeleine Dean (PA-04) and Rep. Don Beyer (VA-08) sent a letter to House Speaker Pelosi and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy with recommendations on how to provide Americans with direct cash support. This letter is a follow up to theirprevious letterwhich outlined a robust proposal to provide Americans with cash support throughout the duration of the COVID19 economic crisis.The proposal mirrors... Read more »

Congressmen Panetta, Beyer Release Proposal to Improve the Paycheck Protection Program

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Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) and Congressman Don Beyer (VA-08) unveiled a proposal to improve the newly created Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The PPP, created by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, provides forgivable loans to cover up to eight weeks of payroll, rent, utilities, and mortgage interest. However, structural and regulatory issues have hobbl... Read more »

Top Democrats Support Tying Expanded Unemployment Benefits To Automatic Triggers

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Today Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) welcomed the support of Budget Committee Chairman John Yarmuth (D-KY) and Education and Labor Committee Chairman Bobby Scott (D-VA) for the Worker Relief and Security Act. Beyer, who serves as Vice Chair of the Joint Economic Committee, introduced the legislative framework for the bill, which would tie expanded unemployment benefits to the ongoing public health emergenc... Read more »

Bicameral Delegation Releases Framework For Legislation Tying Expanded Unemployment Benefits To Public Health Emergency And Economic Conditions

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Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) and Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) today released a draft framework for the Worker Relief and Security Act, legislation that would tie ongoing expanded unemployment benefits to the public health emergency and economic conditions. The bill would use automatic triggers to ensure that assistance continues to flow to workers for the duration of the pandemic a... Read more »

Leading Economists And Policy Experts Back Worker Relief And Support Act

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This week Joint Economic Committee Vice Chair Don Beyer (D-VA) and Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) unveiled the legislative framework for the Worker Relief and Support Act. Leading economists, policy experts, and top House Democrats swiftly backed the legislation, which would use automatic triggers to ensure that expanded unemployment benefits continue to flow to workers impact... Read more »