In response to Trump’s address, Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.) said he hasn’t seen any “meaningful action” from the president on enacting the paid leave policy. “Unfortunately the question of paid family leave has been all talk for this president. He talked about it during the campaign and in previous #SOTU addresses, but we haven’t seen any meaningful action from him,” Beyer said in a tweet. “This House would make it a priority ... if he was serious.”
Earlier this week, Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) announced he has re-introduced the Freedom of Religion Act. Originally proposed in 2016 as a response to President Trump’s travel ban proposal, HR 5207 prohibits the use of an immigrant’s religious belief or non-belief as grounds for denying entry into the U.S. More than 120 lawmakers have signed on as co-sponsors of the bill.
“So often, our perspective of politicians is lawyers and people with the gift of gab,” Mr. Beyer said. “Now we’re getting people that have a deep knowledge of mathematics and physics and chemistry and biology, and that’s a really important perspective in an increasingly scientific world.”
“The only way to fully stop the damage being done by this shutdown is to reopen the government, but until that happens Congress should do everything in its power to help federal workers who are affected,” said Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.).