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Posted by Randy | August 21, 2014
Michael Brown, an eighteen-year-old African American male, was shot and killed on August 9th by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri.  Reports indicate that police had suspected Brown of being involved in a robbery; however, he was unarmed and, according to an autopsy report, shot six times by the officer.

A Missouri state prosecutor is preparing to present the case to a grand jury, and the FBI and the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice are heading a federal investigation of the shooting.

The fatal shooting has been followed by violent protests, prayer vigils, and calls for more transparency in the investigation.  Some are questioning the use of force by local police, while others want to know if charges will be brought against the officer involved.

Question of the week: Do you support the actions being taken by local and state officials in the investigation?

( ) Yes.
( ) No.
( ) I don’t know.
( ) Other.


Take the Poll here.

Find the results of last week’s InstaPoll here.
Posted by | August 12, 2014
In June, as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) began its takeover of major cities in Iraq, I asked if you believed the United States should get involved.   In response, 2,096 out of 3,469 or 60.4% of you said ‘no.’

On August 7th, the President authorized targeted airstrikes against ISIL if they move toward or threaten our personnel in the U.S. consulate in Erbil or the American embassy in Baghdad.  The President also called for humanitarian aid for the Iraqi civilians stranded on Mount Sinjar, and authorized military assistance to the Iraqi government and Kurdish forces as they battle these terrorists.

To date, the U.S. military has conducted airdrops of food and water, delivering more than 85,000 meals and more than 20,000 gallons of drinking water, and is continuing airstrikes against ISIL to protect our American diplomats and military personnel in Erbil.


Question of the week:  Do you support the actions taken by the Administration in response to the situation in Iraq?

( ) Yes.
( ) No.
( ) I don’t know.
( ) Other.


 Take the Poll here.

Find the results of last week’s InstaPollhere.
Posted by Randy | August 07, 2014

A recent report released by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development found that the U.S. ranks below average when it comes to innovation in primary and secondary schools. 

Innovation is essential to the progress of our education systems and in strengthening our students’ ability to compete in an increasingly global economy, especially in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. I believe that we must encourage students to get involved in STEM at an early age, not only to develop their interest in those subjects, but to allow them to see that what they like doing – like playing on computers – can be what they do for a living.   By coupling increased interest with strengthening STEM education itself, we can spur economic development through the diffusion of technology and information, and better equip our students to push our country towards to a brighter future. 


I supported the STEM Education Act of 2014, H.Res.5031, which expands the definition of STEM education to include computer science and ensures the awarding of National Science Foundation grants to improve STEM learning outcomes, as well as research that advances the field of informal STEM education. I will continue to support the expansion of STEM education throughout the Commonwealth and across the country.
Posted by Randy | August 06, 2014
According to the World Health Organization, as of August 1st, there have been over 1,600 reported cases of the Ebola virus, and nearly 900 deaths, stemming from the African countries of Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone.

Two Americans have contracted the disease while working in Liberia on a medical mission trip. Both are currently being treated at Emory University Hospital, in Atlanta, and have received doses of an experimental drug, ZMapp.

While there is not currently an approved vaccine or cure for the Ebola virus, the National Institutes of Health is “fast-tracking” the development of an approved vaccine.  Currently, use of an experimental drug can receive FDA approval if it will be used to treat a patient with a serious or life-threatening disease for which there is no alternative treatment.

Further, if border patrol officers recognize an individual with symptoms of the virus, they can be quarantined and evaluated by medical personnel at ports of entry, and airports are utilizing a screening process before and after passengers enter the U.S. from the affected African countries.

Question of the weekDo you believe that the United States is taking necessary steps to prevent the spread of the Ebola virus?

( ) Yes.
( ) No.
( ) I don’t know.
( ) Other. 


Take the Poll here.


Find the results of last week’s InstaPoll here.            
Posted by Randy | August 06, 2014

You and I both know that the First Amendment to the Constitution was penned to protect freedom of religion, not to ensure freedom from religion. Our country was founded upon separation of church and state, not silence of church and state.

As Founder and Co-Chairman of the Congressional Prayer Caucus, I lead a bipartisan group of 101 Members in the fight to defend Americans’ constitutionally guaranteed faith freedoms. To stay up to date on my work, sign up for my email updates.

Posted by Randy | August 05, 2014

You and I both know: Our veterans are the real American idols. That’s why delays in access to care and wait lists are not only a systemic problem nationwide – they are a national disgrace. We can’t afford to lose focus on this issue. Here’s what I’m working on:

  • If the VA cannot provide timely medical care to our veterans, then we need to get them care at a private doctor. I supported a bill to do just that, which passed unanimously in the House (Read: H.R. 4810).
  • Holding the Deptartment of Veterans Affairs accountable isn’t optional - it’s essential. I supported a bill to allow any senior bureaucrat at the VA to be fired or demoted for poor performance (Read: H.R. 4031).
  • Our heroes deserve better than backlogs and bureaucracy. I supported a bill to evaluate the underlying causes of the severe claims backlog that is plaguing the Veterans Benefits Administration and to create commonsense solutions to help reduce or eliminate the backlog (Read: H.R. 2189).

If you’d like to keep getting updates on this issue, sign up for my email updates and I will keep you in the loop.  



Posted by Randy | August 05, 2014

Every day that passes, more unaccompanied minors and illegal immigrants are flooding across our southern border. Let me cut to the chase – the crisis on our border is a direct result of prioritizing talks of amnesty over securing our border. The more politicians in Washington entertain the idea of amnesty, the more enticing crossing our border becomes.

It’s time for action. We must:  

1.     End the conversation on amnesty.
2.     Secure the border.
3.     Enforce our current laws. 

You and I both know: Securing our border involves not just the ability to enforce our laws, but the will to enforce our laws.  I believe that this Administration has failed to demonstrate that it will enforce our laws. I will continue to hold their feet to the fire and to be unrelenting in our demand that they enforce the laws of this nation, as the Constitution requires them to do.   

If you’d like to stay up to date on my fight to secure our border and hold the Administration accountable, sign up for my immigration email updates
here.

If you're not up-to-speed, here are some of the specifics of what I'm working on: opposing the release of criminal illegal immigrants, demanding deportation of illegal immigrant gang members, and opposing the Administration’s actions to selectively enforce our laws and defer deportation. I strongly support securing the border as our first priority, and I have opposed the closure of border patrol stations.  I believe we must empower states to protect citizens and combat illegal immigration, and I have supported legislation to verify employment. To stay updated on these bills, sign up here.

Posted by Randy | July 31, 2014
Last night, the House passed the Veterans' Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act (H.R. 3230) with my support. This bill is a step forward, but it represents a tourniquet on a wound, not a cure to a disease. Much work remains to be done to rectify the situation, and I will continue to let nothing stand in the way of our priority of taking care of our nation’s heroes.

Weigh in with your thoughts on my Facebook page, here. 

Posted by Randy | July 31, 2014
In June, I asked whether you supported the actions taken by the Administration in response to the thousands of youth crossing the border, and 92% of respondents said no.

Since then, children and adults have continued to flood across our southern border.  Now, the President has requested $3.7 billion to address the surge, and the Administration is planning to expand the number of people granted relief from deportation and grant refugee status to people from Honduras before they even come to the United States.

I continue to oppose all forms of amnesty, and I believe that entry into this country is a privilege, not a right.

Question of the weekDo you believe that the Administration’s policies have led to the crisis at the border?

( ) Yes.
( ) No.
( ) I don’t know.
( ) Other.


Take the Poll here.

Find the results of last week’s InstaPoll here.
Posted by Randy | July 25, 2014
My dad was a World War II veteran, who served in Normandy in the weeks after D-Day. My mother was a homemaker, who could find the silver lining on the darkest cloud. Both of them taught me the value of hard work, honesty, and caring for others. The lessons they shared have stuck with me to this day. Sometimes, I can still hear the echoes of their words as I’m making tough decisions.

Since this Sunday is National Parents' Day, I would like to take a moment to thank all of the parents in this nation who do the same thing for their children that my parents did for me.

Thank you for instilling in them important values. Thank you for teaching them that hard work is a good thing, and that integrity matters. I salute you. I am fighting for you. I cosponsored H.J.Res.50, the Parental Rights Amendment to the United States Constitution, which specifically states that the "liberty of parents to direct the upbringing, education, and care of their children is a fundamental right." I have fought for the safety of young girls and the right of parents to be involved in their children’s life-altering decisions (H.R.732). I believe that no federal or state government action, including the ratification of an international treaty, can infringe upon parents’ fundamental rights without demonstrating a governmental interest of the highest order. I will continue to fight to protect the rights of parents from unnecessary government interference.

Read more about my work, here.