Congress must also lead on suicide prevention. We actively supported mental health reforms in the 21st Century Cures Act, a bipartisan bill which Congress passed into law last year, and have worked to educate members on suicide prevention. But more can be done. That is why we are pleased to launch the Suicide Prevention Task Force to better focus awareness and prevention nationally.
U.S. Rep. Don Beyer joined Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota and Senator Tammy Duckworth of Illinois yesterday to introduce legislation to reform federal elections to allow young Americans 16 and older to pre-register to vote, automatically adding them to voter rolls when they turn 18. Studies show that permitting young people to pre-register increases civic engagement and voter turnout, according to Beyer.
Beyer said he will introduce appropriations amendments related to repairs for Memorial Bridge and safety on the George Washington Memorial Parkway as Congress debates legislation to fund the federal government’s operations past the deadline of September 30. Beyer’s district includes Arlington and a portion of Fairfax County as well as Alexandria and Falls Church Cities.
There was no shortage of loud and powerful voices speaking out at Falls Church Labor Day events and afterward against President Trump’s decision to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that has permitted children of immigrants who came to the U.S. illegally to avoid deportation. The Falls Church area has seen a strong Latino population growth in recent years that includes almost all of the youths protected under the DACA program.