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Posted by Randy | February 04, 2016
I recently cosponsored the SAFE for America Act (H.R. 2278), which eliminates the visa lottery system that currently awards permanent resident visas based on pure luck instead of merit, potentially opening the door to those who want to enter the U.S. to harm citizens.

Citizenship is not a right, but a privilege. I will keep you posted on the progress of this bill.

I also supported the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act, which restricts travel to the United States by ending visa-free entry to those who qualify for the visa waiver program – specifically those who have visited countries of concern and state sponsors of terrorism, such as Syria, Iraq, and Iran, as of March 1, 2011. Take a look at the bill text, here.

Posted by Randy | February 03, 2016

I keep this sand from the beaches of Normandy on my desk where I can see it when I’m sitting down to read constituent letters, bills, or briefs. The men who stormed those beaches on D-Day did so with fierce determination and courage, because they believed America was worth fighting for.

I think so, too.

Too many Americans feel like their country is slipping through their fingers. We can’t afford to let that happen. The character of our country is what has made America great. And that character is worth fighting for in our communities and in Congress just as much as on the beaches of Normandy. That’s why we need to keep our promises to our seniors and our veterans. It’s why we need to protect those who serve. It’s why Washington needs to be reminded that citizenship is a privilege, not a right, and that the people own the government – not the other way around. These are my priorities as I work every day in Congress, and I will keep working to rebuild the military, recharge the economy, and reestablish the rule of law. You can keep up with my work on my website, here, or by clicking “like” on my Facebook page for daily updates.
Posted by Randy | February 02, 2016

I keep this photo in my wallet as I work in Congress every day, as a reminder of why I serve. This is what a hero looks like.

Cody Childers of Chesapeake, VA, had a childhood dream of serving his country in the U.S. Marine Corps. He joined the Marines straight out of high school. In 2009, Cody graduated bootcamp and, soon after, he attended the School of Infantry at Camp Geiger. In an answer to the call of duty, he waved goodbye to his family and friends and left the United States as Lance Corporal Cody Childers bound for Afghanistan on a mission to serve his country. He loved his country and he was eager to give his all.

Several months later, Cody’s body was returned home to Dover Air Force base and escorted to his final resting place in Arlington National Cemetery. Just nineteen years old. He gave his all. I was later privileged to be asked to speak at Cody’s funeral, to look his mother in the eye and to shake his father’s hand as I thanked them for their son’s sacrifice.

I think of Cody, and the many like who have given so much in service to this nation, as I am working in Congress every day. Defending our defenders is not just a duty, it defines who we are as a nation. That’s why it’s my top priority in Congress to fight to ensure our heroes receive the care they deserve, to hold the VA accountable, to keep our promises to those who have served, to support our military families, and to address issues like mental health and homelessness for those who have served. For a quick round up of my work, visit here.

Posted by Randy | February 01, 2016

To many Americans, the words of the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States are pretty straightforward. “The right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed” means that the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed. I would have to agree. This isn’t optional, it’s Constitutional. Here’s what I’ve been working on:

  • Stopping the U.N. from encroaching on Americans’ rights. I have opposed funding for the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty – a treaty that raises deep concerns about the U.N.’s encroachment on our nation’s sovereignty to act within the parameters of the Second Amendment (Read H.Con.Res23).  
  • Opposing executive action on gun control. The Administration recently circumvented the legislative process and laid out a series of new executive actions tightening gun control. I will continue to push back against the President’s overreach, and stand for the Constitution in defense of every Americans’ right to bear arms.
  • Protecting the rights of law-abiding gun owners. This includes strengthening federal protections for traveling with firearms and creating a national standard so nonresidents of a state may legally carry concealed firearms in the state and across state lines. I’m supporting legislation to do just that – take a look at the text, here.
  • Expanding access for hunting, fishing, and shooting on federal lands. Sportsmen and women should be able to enjoy hunting, fishing, and recreational shooting on federal land. That’s why I support the Recreational Fishing and Hunting Heritage and Opportunities Act (H.R. 528) to ensure that’s the case.
I will continue to work to defend the constitutionally protected rights of the American people, and stand in support of the Supreme Law of the Land.
Posted by Randy | January 29, 2016

Medical research is important to me not only because of the value that it brings to individuals and families, but for the potential it holds in terms of our economic engine and ability to compete globally. Medical research matters because it will define our future. Below is a brief roundup of some of my actions in Congress to ensure we are investing our time and resources efficiently and smartly:   

  • Prioritizing medical research with proven clinical success. I introduced the Patients First Act (H.R.2921), which prioritizes medical research that shows evidence of providing near-term clinical benefit for patients suffering from breast cancer, Type 1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis, heart disease, Parkinson’s disease and other diseases impacting so many Americans.
  • Supporting innovation and discovery. Our medical system will only be successful when it is driven by innovation and discovery, not bureaucracy. I believe the Food and Drug Administration’s drug approval process is bulky with bureaucracy and clogged with outdated regulations. Read more.
  • Addressing childhood cancer. Cancer in children is the leading cause of death by disease past infancy among children in the United States, according to data from the National Cancer Institute, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries. That’s why we need to be expanding opportunities for childhood cancer research. Read the bill I’m supporting to do just that, here.
  • Recognized as a Champion of Healthcare Innovation. It was an honor to be recognized as a “Champion of Healthcare Innovation” by The Healthcare Leadership Council for a strong voting record this past year in support of finding innovative healthcare solutions. Our healthcare system should focus not only on treating diseases, but also curing and preventing them.
I will keep you posted on the progress of these bills.

Posted by Randy | January 29, 2016
If we want U.S. businesses to create jobs and America to stay competitive, then we cannot be choking our job creators with more and more costly regulations. That’s why I’m working on a bill to force all federal agencies to provide detailed information about how much proposed regulations will cost and what impact they will have on American businesses – before the new regulation goes into effect.

Take a look at the bill text here.

Posted by Randy | January 22, 2016

Today, despite the storm and despite the snow, countless feet will march the streets of Washington, D.C -- taking a stand for life. Countless voices will echo across the National Mall – speaking out for life.

To me, it’s a powerful reminder of what democracy in action looks like. But, even more than that, its a reminder that life is a precious and sacred gift that is worthy of protection. It’s worth standing up for, it’s worth speaking out for – and I’m proud to be a part of this fight. You can read about the work I am doing, here.


Posted by Randy | January 21, 2016
With the East Coast’s first major winter storm of the year heading towards Virginia, parts of the Fourth District are expecting heavy snow this weekend, while others have a mixture of sleet and rain forecasted.

With that in mind, I wanted to pass on the following tips to you and your family as you prepare for Winter Storm Jonas:

70% of injuries due to ice and snow result from vehicle accidents.  Stay off roads and monitor road conditions: Dial 511 or www.511virginia.org. The Virginia Department of Emergency Management is advising residents to be mindful that even if your area isn’t getting large amounts of snow, you could still have dangerous wind gusts and ice and should be very careful travelling.

Frozen pipes occur most frequently in areas with temperate climates where pipes are more likely to be exposed or under insulated.  Running water, even at a trickle, helps prevent pipes from freezing. Preventing and thawing frozen pipes:http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/winter-storm/preventing-thawing-frozen-pipes 

If you experience a power outage or see downed power lines, report immediately
: Dominion Power: 1-866-DOM-HELP or 1-866-366-4357; Old Dominion Electric Cooperative: 1-804-747-0592; Southside Electric Cooperative: 1-866-878-5514.

Bring pets inside, if possible, and move other animals to sheltered areas with access to non-frozen drinking water.  Protecting pets during a snowstorm:  http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/winter-storm/protent-pets-during-snowstorms

Cold weather puts an extra strain on the heart.  If you have heart disease or high blood pressure, follow your doctor’s advice about shoveling snow or performing other hard work in the cold.  Extreme cold weather precautions:http://www.vaemergency.gov/news/news-releases/2014/cold-weather.

Posted by Randy | January 06, 2016
Today was a significant day in the House of Representatives. The House voted – with my support – to pass a bill repealing Obamacare and defunding Planned Parenthood. This is the first broad repeal of Obamacare to be sent to the President for his signature.  It is also the first time in history that Congress has sent a measure to the President’s desk to remove the vast majority of federal funding streams to Planned Parenthood if they choose to continue their practice of brutal abortions.

Since Republicans took charge of the House in 2010, Senate Democrats have repeatedly filibustered any efforts to repeal or modify Obamacare. Now, Republicans in the House and Senate are utilizing the special budget procedure called “reconciliation”—which can only be used once a year— to allow this repeal bill to get around Senate Democrats obstruction and pass with a simple majority.

What the bill does: The bill passed by the House and Senate, called the Restoring American's Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act (H.R. 3762), repeals Obamacare’s individual and employer mandates, repeals the “Obamacare slush fund”, repeals the law’s taxes on medical devices and high-value health plans (also known as “Cadillac plans”), and eliminates federal funding for Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers.

Why it matters: 1) The federal government should not be in charge of dictating the terms of an individual’s or business’s healthcare decisions. And 2) Taxpayer dollars should not continue to be funneled towards an organization that operates in a way so many Americans find horrific and morally reprehensible. Period. Now it is up to the President to show the American people whether he will affirm the will of the people and support life and health-care freedom.

Posted by Randy | January 05, 2016
As I’m sure you saw, today the Obama Administration laid out a series of new executive actions tightening gun control. The package includes a long list of provisions, including one expected to broaden the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ (ATF) definition of gun dealers in order to expand the types of gun sales that subject buyers to background checks and to force more gun sellers – particularly those doing business on the Internet and at gun shows – to get licenses.

At the President’s direction, the FBI will begin hiring over 230 additional examiners and other staff members to assist with processing mandatory background checks.

Not only does this executive overreach circumvent the legislative process by completely circumventing Congress, it also undermines the Second Amendment rights of law abiding citizens. I will continue to push back against the President’s overreach, and to stand for the Constitution and in defense of every Americans’ right to bear arms.
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