Virginia U.S. Rep. Don Beyer issued a statement of his own today on the subject. He stated, “All legislation begins with goals. The goal of the Senate GOP bill unveiled today, like that of the House bill already passed, is not to improve health care, but rather to deliver a massive tax cut to the super-rich and eliminate health care for millions of Americans. Nearly 70 million Americans are enrolled in Medicaid today, a program which would be dramatically slashed if this bill is passed into law. Beyer added, “These cuts would be particularly harmful for seniors, children, veterans, individuals suffering with addiction like those affected by our current opioid epidemic, individuals with mental illness, individuals with disabilities, and low-income Americans. Cutting taxes for the wealthiest among us while hurting these millions is not just ‘mean.’ It would exacerbate the opioid epidemic and eliminate many Americans’ ability to participate in society and be taxpaying citizens. It would do irreparable harm to millions of Americans.”
In a letter sent Thursday, Beyer and Connolly again asked OPM when it will have a plan to protect long-term care enrollees from sudden and dramatic premium increases. Complaining that O’Brien’s answers “were not sufficient,” the congressmen said “in order to avoid premium price shock each time there is a new FLTCIP (Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program) contract, we must have an understanding of how OPM plans to address these urgent matters going forward.”
Democrats on a key House panel are pressing the White House on why former national security adviser Michael Flynn was allowed to maintain top-level security clearances despite allegations of security concerns while Flynn was at the White House. Rep. Elijah Cummings, the top Democrat on the House oversight committee, specifically cites Acting Attorney General Sally Yates' explicit warning to White House counsel Don McGahn that Flynn was likely vulnerable to blackmail by Russians, based on intelligence reports she reviewed. Cummings cites Yates' public comments that, rather than asking about Flynn's possible security breach, McGahn reportedly asked why the White House should be handling it.
Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.) will host a forum on the future of net neutrality in two weeks. The event is happening on Monday, June 26 from 7:30-9 p.m. Beyer will be joined by former Federal Communications Commission chair Tom Wheeler and former FCC general counsel Jonathan Sallet.