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Posted by Randy | August 31, 2015
Patients must come before politics. That’s why I am cosponsoring a bill, H.R. 2400, to create a non-partisan Special Inspector General  for Monitoring of the Affordable Care Act (SIGMA).  SIGMA will audit and investigate all aspects of the Affordable Care Act, including the work of state governments and outside contractors.  Additionally, SIGMA will be completely independent from the executive branch and federal agencies to ensure the audits and investigations are objective, thorough, and accountable to the American people.

I will keep you posted on this bill’s progress.

Recently, I’ve also been working to repeal Obamacare’s tax on medical devices, which has been criticized for eliminating jobs and reducing investment in research, and to repeal Obamacare’s Independent Payment Advisory Board, which is more commonly referred to as a Medicare rationing board. Earlier this year, the House voted 239-186 (with my support) to completely repeal Obamacare, as well as to instruct several committees to create a replacement for the disastrous healthcare law – a replacement structured around the idea that healthcare should not, and must not, come at the cost of crippling our economy and our job creators.
Posted by Randy | August 27, 2015
I strongly believe our education system is the most effective and serves our children best when the federal footprint in education is reduced, local control is restored, and parents and local educators are empowered to hold schools accountable for effectively teaching students.

That’s why I’m championing the Students Success Act (H.R. 5), which takes steps to support state and local accountability for public education, protect local authority, and inform parents of the performance of their children’s schools.  I also cosponsored the Local Control of Education Act, which prohibits the federal government from using grants or waivers to coerce states into adopting specific curriculum or academic standards like Common Core. You can read the text of that bill here.

Let’s teach with common sense, not Common Core.
Posted by Randy | August 27, 2015

Currently, over half of the 50 states – including Virginia – have adopted English as their official language. However, the United States as a whole does not recognize English as the official language, making the U.S. one of the few nations in the world that has no official language designated.

For years, there has been debate as to whether or not the English language, should be one of the things that unify the nation – like the flag or national anthem – by requiring official functions of the United States be conducted in English. Recently, legislation was introduced in the House of Representatives, titled the English Language Unity Act, H.R. 997, which would establish English as the official language of the United States.

Congressman Forbes is a cosponsor of the bill.

Question of the Week:
Do you believe English should be the official language of the U.S.?

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

Take the Poll here.

Find the results of last week’s InstaPoll here.

Posted by Randy | August 26, 2015
I wanted to let you know that I’m cosponsoring the Adoption Information Act, H.R. 3428, which requires family planning service providers to provide information about adoption options to women considering an abortion.  These resources will include the contact information of local adoption agencies, empowering women with alternatives that protect the lives of their unborn children.

Life is precious and deserves protection.

If you have been following the news on Planned Parenthood, I recently joined in sending a letter to Attorney General Lynch requesting an independent counsel to investigate the allegations that Planned Parenthood is profiting from the tissue of unborn children.  Attorney General Lynch has publicly supported Planned Parenthood in the past and I want to ensure that does not impact the integrity of this investigation – the American people have a right to a transparent, impartial, and thorough investigation into the activities supported by their tax dollars. You can read the letter here.
Posted by Randy | August 26, 2015
As it stands today, the Army Corps of Engineers and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have the authority to hold building permit applications for building projects that do not have a committed "end-user” company.  This has held up many projects, including some in the 4th District, which increases costs and mitigates the opportunities to attract small businesses and employers closer to the completion of the projects.

That is why I am supporting the Commonsense Permitting for Job Creation Act, H.R. 3434, which prohibits the EPA or Corps from delaying these permits as long as the projects fulfill other legal requirements and environmental protections.

If we want our small businesses to grow and our Commonwealth to stay competitive, we need to have space for new investments to expand and develop.  

Posted by Randy | August 21, 2015

Wanted to make sure you heard about the most recent round of tax scams happening via phone and email. Remember, if you receive a call from someone claiming to be an agent of the IRS demanding payment, do not give them your personal or billing information. The IRS will never demand or threaten you for payment over the phone, or call about taxes owed without first mailing a bill.

For more information on what to look for, or to report one of these calls, please visit the IRS website for the most up to date resources.

There are proactive and preventative steps you can take to protect your identity and important personal and financial information.  Check out the quick list of tips and resources I compiled to help keep your information secure, here.
Posted by Randy | August 21, 2015

Recently, I joined the Congressional General Aviation Caucus, which was created to educate members and staff on the important issues surrounding the growing aviation industry, as well as the industry’s manufacturing aspect and its contributions to the economy.

With an annual economic impact of over $110 million according to the Alliance for Aviation Across America, the aviation industry plays a substantial role in the 4th District’s economy – as well as for the Commonwealth as a whole. I’m pleased to be joining this bipartisan group, and will keep you updated on my continued work on transportation issues and efforts to light up the economy.

I’m interested in your thoughts on addressing the transportation issues and challenges currently facing our country. Have you taken my brief, 3 question survey yet? If not, you can click here to take the survey right now. Your opinion is valuable to me as I make decisions.
Posted by Randy | August 21, 2015

Recently, I sent a letter, along with 54 other Members of Congress, to Attorney General Loretta Lynch, calling for an independent counsel to be appointed to investigate Planned Parenthood.  It is crucial the investigation into allegations that Planned Parenthood violated federal law by profiting from this transfer of tissue from unborn children is conducted in a manner that is transparent, impartial, and thorough.

This is not about politics. This is not about Republicans or Democrats. This is about all of us, as Americans, and our commitment to basic humanity and human dignity. You can read the letter, here.

Posted by Randy | August 20, 2015

Recently, undercover videos were released by the Center of Medical Progress showing Planned Parenthood officials discussing obtaining and processing fetal tissue from abortions to be used for research. In response, the House Judiciary Committee and the House Energy and Commerce Committee have launched investigations into the allegations that Planned Parenthood violated federal law by profiting from this transfer of tissue from unborn children.  Among other things, federal law prohibits, “alteration of the timing, method, or procedures used to terminate the pregnancy” if that alteration is made “solely for the purposes of obtaining the tissue.”

Additionally, many lawmakers have called for the government to halt public funding for Planned Parenthood, and instead funnel those federal funds to clinics that can provide a range of health services to women while also respecting the sanctity of life.  Legislation has been introduced both to institute a one year moratorium on Planned Parenthood funding, as well as to permanently ban federal government funding for the organization. 

In the meantime, thirteen states have opened their own investigations into their local Planned Parenthood centers, while several are working to cut off state funding by ending their contracts with Planned Parenthood for services to state residents covered by Medicaid. The Administration, however, has warned states looking to defund the program that they may be in violation of federal law.

Congressman Forbes is a cosponsor of both a moratorium and a permanent ban on federal government funding for Planned Parenthood, and has joined his colleagues in sending a letter to Attorney General Lynch, calling for a full investigation into Planned Parenthood’s actions.

Question of the Week:
 In light of investigations over allegations that Planned Parenthood profits from fetal tissue sales, do you support halting public funding for the organization?

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

Take the Poll here

Find the results of last week’s InstaPoll here.
Posted by Randy | August 14, 2015

In God We Trust.  Every day, I am reminded of these words: I see them on the dollar bills I use to buy my daily BLT and coke for lunch. I see them in the House Chamber while I’m voting, and when I walk through the Capitol Visitor Center. I see them hanging on the wall every time I’m working in my office.

These words are more than symbolic. They are part of our national identity and heritage. They are hope for the future. Our nation has pulled through challenging times in the past and we will do it again – because in God we still trust.

As demonstrated by our national motto, religious freedom is one of the foundational pillars of this great nation.  Check out some initiatives I have been working on to ensure every American’s constitutional right to exercise this freedom is protected.