Our congressman, U.S. Rep. Donald S. Beyer, Jr., who represents the 8th District of Virginia that includes the City of Falls Church, spent the last day of a spring congressional recess Friday touring four important entities in and around Falls Church. There was a little extra bounce in his step as the news came shortly before his arrival that Falls Church resident Ali Hijazi had been released by the Egyptian government after being held without formal charges for three years. Beyer played a big role in bringing pressure to bear from the U.S. concerning her case.
This morning Virginia Congressman Don Beyer (D-8) addressed a group of constituents, scientists and defenders of science outside the U.S. Capitol. He spoke of the need to protect scientific integrity and funding for scientific agencies against attacks from hostile officials. Following his brief remarks to the rally near the Capitol, Rep. Beyer took part in the March for Science.
Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.), the vice-ranking member on the House Science Committee, will speak to a group of his constituents to help kick off the March for Science on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on April 22.
The Texas Republican and avowed climate science denier had already spent years using the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, which he has chaired since 2013, as a vehicle for his own agenda: attacking climate science, decrying regulatory overreach, and issuing subpoenas against environmental groups and climate scientists. And so, bolstered by the ascendance of a fellow climate science denier to the White House — and tantalized by the possibility of an administration that views the Environmental Protection Agency as suspiciously as he does — Smith decided to kick of the committee’s 2017 session by convening a hearing titled “Making the EPA Great Again.”