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Beyer Highlights A Few Nice Things In Northern Virginia [Video/Pictures]

As chaos and gridlock in Washington continued inflicting worry and uncertainty on Americans this week, Rep. Don Beyer spent a quietly productive week in between House votes, delivering results and highlighting progress for constituents across the Potomac River in Northern Virginia. We can also have nice things:

Opening Metro’s Potomac Yard Station [Pictures]

WMATA: “There's a new stop on Metro's Blue and Yellow lines. The Potomac Yard-VT Metrorail Station is now open. Metro greeted customers early this morning welcoming them with commemorative pennants and memorabilia. Potomac Yard-VT, Metro's 98th station, connects the burgeoning Alexandria community to the region. The area is also home to the future Virginia Tech Innovation Campus, part of the fast-growing development surrounding the station.”

Rep. Beyer: "The completion of the Potomac Yard Metro Station is great news for the fastest growing area of Alexandria and will provide substantial benefits to Northern Virginia. It took a determined effort to get here, and I’m very pleased this day has come. I commend the construction team, the involvement of residents, and the local, state and federal leaders who made this a reality."

Surprising An Award-Winning Principal

The Washington Post recently named Dr. Liza Burrell-Aldana, Principal of Alexandria’s Mount Vernon Community School, 2023 Principal of the Year. Congressman Beyer joined MVCS’ student body to honor Dr. Burrell-Aldana with a surprise celebration, and as the video shows, she was definitely surprised!

Roundtable With U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai, Local Leaders In Falls Church For Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

On Thursday, U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai joined Rep. Beyer in Falls Church for a roundtable discussion with community leaders marking Asian American Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

CBS Weekend News: “72-Year-Old Congressman Pursuing Master's Degree To Better Understand AI”

“At age 72, U.S. Rep. Don Beyer of Virginia is back in school [at Northern Virginia’s George Mason University] and pursuing a master's degree. He hopes to gain a better understanding of AI to help craft better laws surrounding the emerging technology.”

August Moon’s “Elona” Wins VA-8 Congressional Art Competition

Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) announced that August Moon, a junior at the St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes School, won the Congressional Art Competition in Virginia’s 8th District with “Elona,” an oil on canvas painting (high res version here). A panel from Glenstone Museum chose the painting from dozens of works by Northern Virginia student artists.

Naloxone and Drug Safety Summit

“Drug safety is taking center stage in Maryland and Virginia as Montgomery County Public School leaders and Virginia Congressman Don Beyer hold separate events to discuss the use of the opioid reversal drug Narcan.” – Via Fox5DC

Applauding VA-8’s Sammies Finalists

The list of 2023 Sammies finalists, honoring civil servants whose service to the country goes above and beyond, once again included several of Rep. Beyer’s Northern Virginia constituents: Carolyn Hightower, deputy director of the Administration for Children and Families’ Office on Trafficking in Persons; Fletcher Schoen and Jennifer Harkins, Foreign Affairs Officers at the State Department; and Shelly Pierce and Andrea Gold-O’Connor of the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service. Read more about their achievements here.