Congressman Don Beyer

Congressman Don Beyer Representing Virginia's 8th District

Happy Kwanzaa to all who celebrate!
12/26/2021

Happy Kwanzaa to all who celebrate!

Happy Kwanzaa to all who celebrate!

Merry Christmas to all!
12/25/2021

Merry Christmas to all!

Merry Christmas to all!

“Fears that a disrupted supply chain could wreak havoc on the logistics industry over the holiday turned out to be wrong...
12/24/2021
Why Christmas Gifts Are Arriving on Time This Year

“Fears that a disrupted supply chain could wreak havoc on the logistics industry over the holiday turned out to be wrong as many Americans ordered early and shopped in stores.”

Fears that a disrupted supply chain could wreak havoc on the logistics industry over the holiday turned out to be wrong as many Americans ordered early and shopped in stores.

If you're still using a cloth mask, it's time to up your game. Experts say to block omicron, you should upgrade to an N9...
12/24/2021
With omicron, you need a mask that means business

If you're still using a cloth mask, it's time to up your game. Experts say to block omicron, you should upgrade to an N95 or similar high-filtration mask.

Here's how to find a good one — and when to wear it.

To block a variant this transmissible, scientists say you need an N95 or other high-filtration mask. Here's how to find a good one and when to wear it.

12/24/2021

This holiday season, join me in thanking the medical professionals and hospital staff who are working their hardest to keep us safe and healthy during this challenging time.

I am excited to announce that the winner of our Congressional App Challenge this year is LifeCycle, created by Ram Reddy...
12/23/2021
LifeCycle Video Demonstration

I am excited to announce that the winner of our Congressional App Challenge this year is LifeCycle, created by Ram Reddy, Eric Fang, Nurdin Hossain and Ramya Reddy from Thomas Jefferson High School. The app is a creative initiative tackling the complexities of recycling by locating nearby disposal centers for its users. You can watch the full demonstration here:

Ram Reddy, Eric Feng, Nurdin Hossain, Ramya ReddyMusic from Uppbeat (free for Creators!): https://uppbeat.io/t/richard-smithson/air License code: AZHAESBLRLX...

The resurgent Omicron wave of Covid is causing record numbers of new cases in our region. This is scary to many of us, e...
12/23/2021

The resurgent Omicron wave of Covid is causing record numbers of new cases in our region. This is scary to many of us, especially after so much time and effort fighting the virus.

But there ARE things all of us can do right now to make ourselves and our communities safer:

For exposure notifications download Virginia’s CovidWise: https://vdh.virginia.gov/covidwise/ or DC’s Covid DC COVID Alert Notice (DC CAN) https://coronavirus.dc.gov/dccan

FACT: The Build Back Better Act is fully paid for by requiring the wealthy to pay their fair share. This will actively r...
12/23/2021

FACT: The Build Back Better Act is fully paid for by requiring the wealthy to pay their fair share. This will actively reduce risks of overheating the economy, reduce inflationary pressure and bring down costs for working families.

FACT: The Build Back Better Act is fully paid for by requiring the wealthy to pay their fair share. This will actively reduce risks of overheating the economy, reduce inflationary pressure and bring down costs for working families.

12/22/2021
Child Care VA

Great news for Virginia parents! Expanded Child Care Subsidy eligibility for children 5 and younger has been extended through May 31, 2022.

Visit ChildCareVA.com to apply and learn more!

Effective July 1, 2021, the Board of Education is responsible for setting policy priorities for early childhood care and accountability, to be carried out by the VDOE. This creates a single point of accountability for school readiness in the Commonwealth.

Pfizer’s Covid-19 Pill Authorized in U.S.
12/22/2021
Pfizer’s Covid-19 Pill Authorized in U.S.

Pfizer’s Covid-19 Pill Authorized in U.S.

The FDA cleared use of Pfizer’s Paxlovid pill, the first Covid-19 drug that newly infected patients can now take at home to stay out of the hospital.

In case you missed it: President Biden announced 500 million free rapid Covid home testing kits to be distributed across...
12/22/2021
Biden pivots to home tests to confront omicron surge | AP News

In case you missed it: President Biden announced 500 million free rapid Covid home testing kits to be distributed across the country.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fighting the omicron variant surging through the country, President Joe Biden announced the government will provide 500 million free rapid home-testing kits, increase support for hospitals under strain and redouble vaccination and boosting efforts.

Due to longstanding constituent concerns over the handling of major pipelines in Virginia, and with encouraging new lead...
12/21/2021
Reps. Beyer, Raskin, Schakowsky Lead Letter Calling for Reform To FERC’s Public Participation Office

Due to longstanding constituent concerns over the handling of major pipelines in Virginia, and with encouraging new leadership in charge, I led a letter to the FERC chairman and commissioners asking for increased transparency and responsiveness to individuals impacted, along with other reforms.

December 17, 2021 (Washington, D.C.) –Reps. Don Beyer (D-VA), Raskin (D-MD), and Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) today led a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) urging them to incorporate certain reforms into the newly established Office of Public Participation (OPP).

Godspeed and good luck to my constituent, Officer Fanone, in his future endeavors. He's a good man who endured horrors f...
12/21/2021
Fanone resigns from D.C. police force 11 months after battling rioters at Capitol

Godspeed and good luck to my constituent, Officer Fanone, in his future endeavors. He's a good man who endured horrors for his community and his country that no one should ever face, and he deserves our thanks and respect.

Michael Fanone, among the most severely injured fighting the Capitol mob on Jan. 6 and later one of the most outspoken against those playing down the riot, said he resigned from the D.C. police force Monday.

12/21/2021
Senate.gov - Unauthorized

“Travel at our nation’s airports has essentially returned to pre-pandemic levels but the risk from COVID-19, including from its new variant Omicron, continues to present a major public health threat … Requiring proof of vaccination or a negative test for domestic flights would improve public health and address concerns that passengers have about flying.” My full statement:

Huge news!
12/21/2021
FDA Expected to Authorize Pfizer and Merck Covid Pills This Week

Huge news!

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is poised to authorize a pair of pills from Pfizer Inc. and Merck & Co. to treat Covid-19 as soon as this week, according to people familiar with the matter -- a milestone in the fight against the pandemic that will soon expand therapies for the ill.

NEW: President Biden to announce 500 million free instant tests will be sent to Americans.
12/21/2021
Biden to announce plan for free at-home tests as he assures vaccinated Americans they don't need to cancel holiday plans

NEW: President Biden to announce 500 million free instant tests will be sent to Americans.

President Joe Biden will announce Tuesday a purchase of a half-billion at-home rapid Covid-19 tests and a plan to distribute them free to Americans who request them through a website, one of a series of new steps he'll unveil as the country faces a potentially crippling wintertime surge of infection...

Covid cases are continuing to rise in Northern Virginia and across the country. Please get your booster and continue to ...
12/20/2021
County-by-county look at COVID-19 cases in Virginia; which areas saw biggest spikes last week

Covid cases are continuing to rise in Northern Virginia and across the country. Please get your booster and continue to stay safe, socially distanced, and masked as you celebrate the holidays.

The health department reported 19,321 more people tested positive for COVID-19 out of the 270,063 total tests processed over the past week. That brings Virginia's total number of coronavirus cases to 1,013,390.

The Build Back Better Act extends the enhanced Child Tax Credit that put thousands of dollars in middle class families’ ...
12/20/2021
Senate will vote on Biden's social spending plan next year despite Manchin's opposition

The Build Back Better Act extends the enhanced Child Tax Credit that put thousands of dollars in middle class families’ pockets to help cover the cost of their most important expenses.

If we don’t extend it, this tax cut will expire and child poverty will rise across the U.S.

Chuck Schumer said the Senate will vote on the Build Back Better Act, but it is unclear if Democrats can revive the social and climate plan in any form.

Happy to see my constituent Amb. Adam Scheinman finally confirmed last night to serve as Special Representative of the P...
12/19/2021
NPT States Prepare for a Critical Conference | Arms Control Association

Happy to see my constituent Amb. Adam Scheinman finally confirmed last night to serve as Special Representative of the President for Nuclear Nonproliferation. Important to have this position filled ahead of the Review Conference on the Non-Proliferation Treaty next month.

"I greatly appreciate your very swift response, and your organization's work in general. It's a terrific source of authoritative information."

The Build Back Better Act takes the action we need to prevent the worst damage to this country.It is paid for.It won’t a...
12/19/2021
Joe Manchin says he is unable to support President Biden's Build Back Better plan

The Build Back Better Act takes the action we need to prevent the worst damage to this country.

It is paid for.
It won’t add to inflation.
It will strengthen our energy independence and lower energy costs long term.

It helps those hurt most by rising costs cover key expenses.

The announcement by the West Virginia Democrat dooms the $2 trillion social spending and climate legislation, which needs support from every Senate Democrat in order to pass through the 50-50 chamber.

Breaking: A federal appeals court panel has ruled that President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate for larger private employer...
12/18/2021
Court allows Biden employer vaccine mandate to take effect | AP News

Breaking: A federal appeals court panel has ruled that President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate for larger private employers can take effect. Friday’s ruling reverses a lower-court ruling that had paused the requirement.

A federal appeals court panel on Friday allowed President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for larger private employers to move ahead, reversing a previous decision on a requirement that could affect some 84 million U.S workers.

Analysis: U.S. rollout of free preschool could put more moms into U.S. workforce
12/18/2021
Analysis: U.S. rollout of free preschool could put more moms into U.S. workforce

Analysis: U.S. rollout of free preschool could put more moms into U.S. workforce

U.S. President Joe Biden's $1.75 trillion "Build Back Better" spending plan includes a potentially life-changing plan to make universal preschool free nationwide, making it easier for some parents, primarily mothers, to work outside the home.

ICYMI:  House Democrats acted to protect the full faith and credit of the United States this week. By raising the debt c...
12/18/2021
House clears bill to raise debt limit

ICYMI: House Democrats acted to protect the full faith and credit of the United States this week. By raising the debt ceiling, Congress averted economic crisis.

The House cleared legislation early Wednesday morning to raise the debt limit through next year’s midterm elections, staving off an unprecedented federal default just in time for the deadline set by the Treasury Department.

I am glad to see the elimination of non-medical barriers to reproductive health care. I pushed for this change, and will...
12/17/2021
F.D.A. Will Permanently Allow Abortion Pills by Mail

I am glad to see the elimination of non-medical barriers to reproductive health care. I pushed for this change, and will continue to fight to keep reproductive rights available to all regardless of zip code.

The decision will broaden access to medication abortion, an increasingly common method, but many conservative states are already mobilizing against it.

"Here is the bottom line: the meat price increases we are seeing are not just the natural consequences of supply and dem...
12/17/2021
Recent Data Show Dominant Meat Processing Companies Are Taking Advantage of Market Power to Raise Prices and Grow Profit Margins | The White House

"Here is the bottom line: the meat price increases we are seeing are not just the natural consequences of supply and demand in a free market—they are also the result of corporate decisions to take advantage of their market power in an uncompetitive market, to the detriment of consumers, farmers and ranchers, and our economy."

By: Brian Deese, Sameera Fazili, and Bharat Ramamurti The Biden Administration has been working at every level to address supply chain issues that are

Yesterday Governor Northam announced his budget proposal including historic levels of support for working Virginians, fi...
12/17/2021
Northam unveils Virginia budget plan, with raises for public employees and tax cuts aimed at working families

Yesterday Governor Northam announced his budget proposal including historic levels of support for working Virginians, financial stability, schools, clean water, and much more.

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) has proposed the final state budget of his term in office, using massive surpluses to fund both pay raises and tax cuts. Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin (R) will have to shepherd the plan through the General Assembly and has praised parts of it but said the tax cuts don't g...

The expanded #ChildTaxCredit is one of the largest-ever single-year tax cuts for families with children, helping to offs...
12/16/2021
Child Tax Credit: Families get their last payment as its future remains uncertain

The expanded #ChildTaxCredit is one of the largest-ever single-year tax cuts for families with children, helping to offset household costs when families need it most. During this strong but uncertain recovery, the advance CTC payments have been a critical lifeline, bolstering household incomes for families across the country.

The IRS is delivering the last monthly Child Tax Credit payment Wednesday.

Yesterday I led a bipartisan group of 78 Representatives urging the Department of the Interior to “immediately issue an ...
12/16/2021
Bipartisan Delegation Seeks Emergency ESA Gray Wolf Listing Protections

Yesterday I led a bipartisan group of 78 Representatives urging the Department of the Interior to “immediately issue an emergency listing to temporarily restore federal protections through the Endangered Species Act to the gray wolf.” Full release:

December 15, 2021 (Washington, D.C.) – U.S. Representatives Don Beyer (D-VA), Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ), and Peter DeFazio (D-OR) today led a bipartisan group of 78 Representatives urging the Department of the Interior to “immediately issue an emergency listing to temporarily restore federal protect...

Good news, everyone: another low weekly initial unemployment claims number (206,000 seasonally adjusted) just brought th...
12/16/2021

Good news, everyone: another low weekly initial unemployment claims number (206,000 seasonally adjusted) just brought the four-week average of weekly jobless claims to its lowest level since Nov. 15, 1969! https://www.cnbc.com/2021/12/16/us-jobless-claims.html

Good news, everyone: another low weekly initial unemployment claims number (206,000 seasonally adjusted) just brought the four-week average of weekly jobless claims to its lowest level since Nov. 15, 1969! https://www.cnbc.com/2021/12/16/us-jobless-claims.html

In case you missed it: Last night the House voted to find Mark Meadows in contempt of Congress for refusing to comply wi...
12/15/2021
House votes to hold Meadows in contempt for refusing to comply with Jan. 6 committee subpoena

In case you missed it: Last night the House voted to find Mark Meadows in contempt of Congress for refusing to comply with a subpoena. Meadows was once a firm believer in subpoenas, but now he's hiding from January 6th Committee while talking on Fox News and selling his book.

The House vote came a day after the committee presented dramatic texts from Trump’s allies urging Meadows to do something to get the president to stop the attack.

There's just a few more hours, that's all the time you've got to sign up for health coverage under the Affordable Care A...
12/15/2021
Get 2022 health coverage. Health Insurance Marketplace®

There's just a few more hours, that's all the time you've got to sign up for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act that starts January 1st. Open Enrollment runs until January 15th, but today is the deadline for plans that start 1/1. Get covered at Healthcare.Gov!

Official site of Affordable Care Act. Enroll now for 2022 coverage. See health coverage choices, ways to save today, how law affects you.

800,000 Americans have died during the Covid pandemic, a tragic toll that has left so many holes in families and communi...
12/15/2021
800,000 Americans have died of COVID. Now the U.S. braces for an omicron-fueled spike

800,000 Americans have died during the Covid pandemic, a tragic toll that has left so many holes in families and communities across the country. And it's sad that so many of those deaths could have been prevented. Each of us has the power to help save lives by getting vaccinated.

The U.S. also surpassed 50 million COVID-19 cases, the most in the world. Two experts who raised early warnings discuss how the losses continue to deepen, despite the arrival of vaccines a year ago.

Last night the House passed legislation to raise the debt ceiling in time to avoid a catastrophic default that would hav...
12/15/2021

Last night the House passed legislation to raise the debt ceiling in time to avoid a catastrophic default that would have wrecked our economy, caused a recession, and cost millions of jobs. The bill goes to President Biden for signature.

I voted YES; this was the final vote count:

Last night the House passed legislation to raise the debt ceiling in time to avoid a catastrophic default that would have wrecked our economy, caused a recession, and cost millions of jobs. The bill goes to President Biden for signature.

I voted YES; this was the final vote count:

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