Articles by: Donald Beyer

Congressman Beyer’s News Commentary: President Trump’s Broken Promises on Jobs

April 26, 2017 6:56 PM0 comments

I built a small, successful family business over 40 years. I know what small businesses and working families need to succeed. I didn’t support Donald Trump for President, but when he won I said I wanted him to succeed. Along with my Democratic colleagues in Congress, I pledged to work […]

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Congressman Beyer’s News Commentary: Equal Pay for Equal Work

April 5, 2017 8:00 PM0 comments

We marked Equal Pay Day this week, the date symbolizing how far into the year women must work, on average, to catch up to what men earned in 2016. It comes a week earlier this year than it did in 2016, which means that we’ve made some progress, but the […]

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Congressman Beyer’s News Commentary: Celebrating Black History Month

February 22, 2017 8:27 PM0 comments

We recognize African American history during the month of February as an integral part of American history, and celebrate the many achievements of African Americans to our great nation. It is also a time to remember Virginia’s checkered history. From massive resistance to the integration of public schools, to the […]

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Congressman Beyer’s News Commentary: After Election, I Will Not Compromise on Values

November 30, 2016 8:33 PM0 comments

Since the election, I have heard from many constituents who are concerned about the Trump presidency or uncertain about his policies and plans. I share many of these concerns and questions.  As ever, I will listen to my colleagues from across the aisle, and will consider reasonable policy proposals, even […]

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Congressman Beyer’s News Commentary: Supporting Our Veteran Community

October 26, 2016 6:20 PM0 comments

Virginia’s 8th congressional district is home to over 50,000 veterans and active duty service men and women. I am proud to represent a district with such a strong ethic of service. As the son of a 92-year-old Korean War veteran, I am deeply committed to caring for those who sacrifice […]

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Congressman Beyer’s News Commentary: Women’s Economic Empowerment

September 28, 2016 8:07 PM0 comments

The 19th Amendment gave women the right to vote nearly a century ago. Today, despite enormous progress in other areas of our society, we continue to disenfranchise women in the workplace. This makes no economic sense. After 40 years in business, I know that when women succeed, America succeeds. That […]

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Congressman Beyer’s News Commentary: 100 Years of the National Park Service

September 7, 2016 5:57 PM0 comments

Last month we celebrated the 100th Anniversary of our National Park Service. Historian Wallace Stegner once called our national parks “the best idea we ever had,” and I could not agree more. My first job in the early 1970s was as a Park Ranger at the Lincoln Memorial on the […]

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Congressman Beyer’s News Commentary: Doing Our Job By Sitting Down

June 30, 2016 12:49 PM0 comments

I was moved and inspired last week by my colleagues – starting with the great civil rights icon Congressman John Lewis – who had the tenacity and creativity to launch a sit-in on the floor of the House of Representatives to demand a vote on solutions to gun violence. In […]

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Congressman Beyer’s News Commentary: The Threat of Climate Change

May 25, 2016 7:20 PM0 comments

You know the headlines on climate change: Last year was the hottest year ever recorded. Since 2001, we have experienced fifteen of the 16 warmest years on record. Each of the past 12 months was the hottest on record. The sea level is rising, wild storms are more frequent, and […]

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Congressman Beyer’s News Commentary: Springtime In Congress Means ‘Appropriations’

April 28, 2016 9:37 AM0 comments

“No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law;” — U.S. Constitution, Article I, Section 9, Clause 7 Every spring Congress begins to draft legislation to fund the federal government after receiving the President’s budget request. Traditionally, Congress will hold hearings on the […]

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