COVID-19 Pandemic

Beyer: Trump Payroll Tax Move “Treats The Federal Workforce As A Guinea Pig For A Bad Policy”

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Rep. Don Beyer today blasted the Trump Administration’s announcement that it may soon begin deferring withholding payroll taxes in September for federal employees, a move that could hit thousands with unanticipated large tax bills next year. Beyer, who represents the largest number of federal employees of any U.S. Representative, serves on the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Select Revenue Me... 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 »

DOL Guidance: Trump’s Unemployment Order Requires States To Create New Administrative System From Scratch

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Five days after it was issued, President Trump’s executive order on unemployment has only succeeded in creating mass confusion for states, frustrating governors, and infuriating unemployed workers. Far from providing assistance to American families “immediately,” the order is unlikely to help anyone anytime soon. Last night the Department of Labor (DOL) issued guidance telling states how to apply ... Read more »

Beyer Introduces Pandemic Response Accountability Legislation

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Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) today introduced the Supply Chain Accountability Act, legislation that would require the Administration to explain its strategy for fixing key breakdowns in the pandemic response. Beyer serves on the House Committee on Ways and Means, which has partial jurisdiction over healthcare matters. “The United States still has one of the worst pandemic responses in the world, and it s... Read more »

Trump’s Fig Leaf Executive Orders Will Not Avert Economic Disaster

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Rep. Don Beyer, the top-ranking Member of the House on Congress’ Joint Economic Committee, today issued the following statement on President Trump’s Executive Orders on the economy announced over the weekend: “Beyond the constitutional and legal issues which the President’s Executive Orders raise, they are wholly inadequate to avert the economic disaster facing millions of American families. They ... Read more »

Sherrill, Pascrell, Beyer, Schakowsky, and Waters Demand FEMA Response to Reports of Faulty PPE Sent to Nursing Homes

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Washington, DC -- Representatives Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11), Bill Pascrell (NJ-09), Don Beyer (VA-08), Jan Schakowsky (IL-09), and Maxine Waters (CA-43) today led 32 of their colleagues in calling on FEMA to respond to recent reportsthat faulty masks, gowns, and gloves were sent to nursing homes. Currently, more than 40% of all COVID-19 deaths have been tied to nursing homes. The Members demanded an... Read more »

Beyer, Kilmer Introduce Unemployment Legislation Amid Lapse In Benefits

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U.S. Representatives Don Beyer (D-VA), Vice Chair and House leader of Congress’ Joint Economic Committee, and Derek Kilmer (D-WA), Chair of the New Democrat Coalition, today introduced the Worker Relief and Security Act. The legislation would automatically continue and provide for additional enhanced emergency unemployment benefits for the duration of the public health emergency and ensuing econom... Read more »