Beyer welcomes AFGE National Secretary-Treasurer Everett Kelley as SOTU guest

I enjoyed bringing as my guest Everett Kelley, who leads the American Federation of Government Employees, to the State of the Union address.

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Trump renews call for federal paid family leave in State of the Union

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.”

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Re-introduced Freedom of Religion Act Would Bar Religious Test for Entry to U.S.

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.

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An Ocean Engineer and a Nuclear Physicist Walk Into Congress …

“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.”

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