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Posted by Randy | November 20, 2014
For me, no amnesty means no amnesty. Broad amnesty. Narrow amnesty. It doesn't matter. Entry into this country is a privilege, not a right.

For the Administration to act unilaterally to change our immigration laws is a blatant disregard of the separation of powers as laid out in the Constitution. I have strongly urged the President not to proceed with granting executive amnesty to millions of people who are in this country illegally, and not to diminish our institutions, our Constitution, and our nation’s foundation built on the rule of law. The integrity of the law, and more importantly, the integrity of our government, demand nothing less.

Amnesty won’t fix what is broken. An executive order granting amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants not only undermines our current immigration policy, but also perpetuates the problem by encouraging more illegal immigration. That’s why I have, and will continue to, strongly oppose amnesty of any form. I have also:
  • Opposed the release of criminal illegal immigrants;
  • Demanded deportation of illegal immigrant gang members;
  • Opposed the Administration’s actions to selectively enforce our laws and defer deportation;
  • Strongly support securing the border as our first priority;
  • Opposed the closure of border patrol stations;
  • Supported legislation to verify employment;
  • Demanded answers from the President about the taxpayer dollars being spent to house, feed, and transport the unaccompanied minors crossing our border;
  • Voted to prohibit federal funds or resources to authorize deferred action for any class of illegal immigrants moving forward, and prevent federal funding or resources from being used to authorize work permits for immigrants not lawfully present in the United States.          

I will continue to be unrelenting in my demand that the Administration enforce the laws of this nation as the Constitution requires them to do. As a senior member of the House Judiciary Committee, I will continue to fight to support the rule of law and uphold Congress’ duty to hold the executive branch accountable for its actions.

Weigh below -- I want you to be a part of this conversation.

Posted by Randy | November 14, 2014
Last week, a Russian member of the Taliban pleaded not guilty to terrorism charges, including an attack against the United States in Afghanistan.  According to the indictment, Irek Hamidullan was charged with providing material support to terrorists, attempting to destroy a U.S. aircraft, and conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction.

Hamidullan is the first military detainee from Afghanistan brought to the United States to be tried in a criminal court.

The National Security Council said the decision to transfer the detainee was the result of an agreement between the United States and Afghanistan that the U.S. will not operate or maintain prisons in Afghanistan by 2015.

Question of the week:  Do you support trying Irek Hamidullan in U.S. criminal court?

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

Take the Poll here.

Find the results of last week’s InstaPoll here.
Posted by Randy | November 03, 2014
The size and scope of the federal government has been an issue of debate since the founding of our nation.  Today, as was true in the past, Americans hold differing views on the appropriate size of government and the impact of that size on economic outcomes, efficiency of citizen services, and personal liberty and opportunity, among other factors.

Proponents of smaller government argue that government is oversized and too involved in the everyday lives of American citizens.  They believe that while the government has continued to grow, waste, fraud, and abuse have reduced the effectiveness of government, threatened critical services, and caused economic harm in the form of overregulation and high taxation.

On the other hand, some believe that a large federal government is best placed to issue regulations and provide access to programs and services in order to enhance citizen safety and wellbeing.  They believe that government programs are working and are improving the lives of the American people.

Question of the week: Which comes closer to your view of the appropriate size and scope of the federal government?

( ) A smaller government with fewer services.
( ) A bigger government with more services.
( ) It depends on the services. 
( ) I don’t know.
( ) Other.

Take the Poll here.

Find the results of last week’s InstaPoll here.
Posted by Randy | November 03, 2014
If the economy isn’t doing well, it makes it very difficult for businesses to grow and create jobs.

Two signs indicating that our economy is struggling are that: (1) In 2010, China replaced the United States as the largest manufacturing country; and (2) for the first time in 30 years, more businesses are closing than opening.

Regardless of why this is happening, this should tell us that something is wrong.  It’s time to light up this economy and get our nation back on course

We need a national manufacturing strategy.  We need to lower taxes and reduce burdensome regulations.  We need to lower healthcare costs.

There’s no lever that can be pulled in Washington to get the economy back on track, but we can work to create an environment that encourages entrepreneurship, and allows existing businesses to grow and continue to thrive.

Read about what I’m doing to get the economy back on track here.
Posted by Randy | November 03, 2014
The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution reads: “The right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” While others may disagree, the plain language of this Amendment guarantees the right of law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms.

While no one condones the purchase and use of guns by felons or other high-risk individuals to perpetrate any crime, we must not improperly hamper the right of law-abiding citizens to bear or purchase arms, or infringe upon rights guaranteed under the Second Amendment to the Constitution.

I will continue to be a strong supporter of the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. 
Posted by Randy | October 31, 2014
I wanted to share this story of a miracle baby with you.

When Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler was pregnant, her doctors told her that her baby didn’t have kidneys, and she would likely miscarry or the baby would die during birth. When presented with the option of terminating the pregnancy, she and her husband determined that with “faith and some courage,” they were going to fight for their daughter’s life.

After undergoing extensive and rare procedures, Abigail was born and is now 14 months old.

Life is precious and deserves our respect and protection. I am proud to join my colleagues like Congresswoman Herrera Beutler in being a strong advocate for the unborn.

Posted by Randy | October 31, 2014
I want to know your thoughts on energy policy. You can provide your feedback by taking this brief survey.

How important are energy issues for the federal government to address?
o The most important issue
o One of the top five most important issues
o A somewhat important issue
o Not a very important issue
o Unsure
What are the most important steps you believe the federal government should take? 
o Decrease dependency on foreign oil
o Encourage the development of alternative energy
o Lower gas prices
o Address climate change
o Reduce pollution
o Pursue offshore energy sources
o Lower energy costs for individuals and businesses  
o Other.

Take the survey here.

Posted by Randy | October 30, 2014
Agriculture is Virginia’s number one industry, and the Fourth District is part of the reason why.  Our region is steeped in a rich agricultural heritage and is home to multi-generation farmers who care for acres of cotton, soybeans, peanuts, wheat, corn, and other crops.  Our farmers provide important agricultural resources to the nation and the world.  

I will continue to stand up for our nation’s farmers and remain committed to supporting our nation’s agricultural producers and this rich history.
Posted by Randy | October 30, 2014
I share in the frustration of many Americans who are concerned about the direction the country is headed.  They are tired of scandals, tired of excuses, and tired of seeing their country slipping through their fingers.

For me, I will continue to get up every day and fight for the principles upon which this nation was founded.  I will continue working to cut spending and reduce the debt, create an environment with reduced regulations and lower taxes where businesses can grow and create jobs, protect our national security, protect religious freedom for all Americans, ensure oversight of the executive branch, uphold the rule of law, and protect and preserve the rights guaranteed under the Constitution.

I believe we have a nation worth fighting for, and I will continue to work to ensure that we are putting forward policies that are in the best interest of the American people and our nation.

What do you think needs to be done to get America back on track? Weigh in below.
Posted by Randy | October 30, 2014
Earlier this month, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Goodlatte sent a letter to both Secretary of State Kerry and Homeland Security Secretary Johnson, asking if the Administration was planning to allow individuals from foreign countries who have contracted Ebola to come to the United States for treatment.

Reports indicate that an internal State Department document has been released, outlining a proposal to transport non-U.S. citizens who have contracted the Ebola virus to the United States; however, State Department officials have said that the document was never approved and there is no plan for such action.

Question of the weekDo you support bringing foreign Ebola patients to the United States to receive treatment?

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

Take the Poll here.

Find the results of last week’s InstaPoll here.