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Posted by Randy | April 16, 2015
Recently, legislation was introduced in the House of Representatives to allow law-abiding Americans who have concealed carry permits in their home states to legally bring their firearms into any other state with concealed carry laws. Under the bill, titled the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2015, gun owners would still be required to comply with any concealed carry laws in any state they are visiting.

This legislation was created as a common sense solution to the often confusing patchwork of state and local laws, which can pose a real problem for gun owners who may accidentally cross state lines with guns they are legally permitted to carry in their home states.

Congressman Forbes supports the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2015, and has consistently voted to uphold Second Amendment rights.


Question of the Week
: Do you support legislation to allow concealed carry permit holders to bring their firearms into other states with similar laws?


(  ) Yes.
(  ) No.
(  ) I am unsure.
(  ) Other.


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Find the results of last week’s InstaPoll here.
Posted by Randy Forbes | April 15, 2015

We can't spend our way out of debt. It's common sense.

Washington needs to be held personally accountable for its spending addiction. That’s why I recently introduced legislation to tie Members' of Congress salaries to government spending. It's simple: the more they spend, the less they make.

Posted by Randy Forbes | April 15, 2015

Did you know? According to the Ways and Means Commitee, there were approximately 4,400 changes to the tax code in the past decade, meaning that small businesses are forced to manage more than one change per day.

With that in mind, it’s no wonder that according to the IRS it takes the average American approximately 13 hours to comply with tax-filing requirements.

I believe that is unacceptable, and the American people have a right to expect better. That’s why I’m fighting for lower levels of taxation, higher levels of accountability, and a simpler, fairer tax code. Here is a quick roundup of some bills the House is voting on this week, that address these issues:

·         Hold the federal government accountable. The Federal Employee Tax Accountability Act of 2015 (H.R. 1563) renders those individuals who have “seriously delinquent tax debts” ineligible for Federal employment. The Contracting and Tax Accountability Act of 2015 (H.R. 1562), which is also being voted on this week, prohibits the award of contracts or grants to corporations or individuals that have seriously delinquent federal tax debt.

·         Stop taxing Americans twice. The Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015 (H.R. 1105) stops Americans, who have paid taxes on what they’ve earned their entire lives, from being forced to pay taxes again, on the inheritance they leave behind to their children.

·         Make sales tax deduction permanent. The Get State and Local Sales Tax Deduction Fairness Act of 2015 (H.R. 622) makes the deduction for state and local sales taxes permanent (current law only gives taxpayers the choice on their federal return to deduct either the state income tax they pay or their sales taxes).

I’m also supporting legislation to abolish the current, overly complex Internal Revenue Code and create a simpler, fairer, steadier tax system for American small businesses and families. Read the text of the bill, here.

Posted by Randy Forbes | April 14, 2015

A secure border should not just be a priority, it should be a reality.

That’s why the House Judiciary Committee passed the Michael Davis, Jr. In Honor of State and Local Law Enforcement Act (H.R. 1148), which is an updated version of the SAFE Act. This bill, which I co-sponsored, removes the President’s ability to unilaterally shut down immigration enforcement, and strengthens the interior enforcement of our immigration laws by allowing state and local governments to enforce federal immigration law.

                    
I am also supporting H.Res.11, to authorize the House of Representatives to legally determine in federal court whether President Obama’s unilateral immigration actions violate the Constitution, and allow the Speaker to seek a declaratory judgment to compel the President to obey our nation’s immigration laws.
Posted by Randy | April 10, 2015
When Israel was founded in 1948, the United States was the first nation to recognize Israel as a sovereign state. Since that time, the United States has stood staunchly by Israel as its closest ally in the Middle East. This strong bond was founded on the common interests the two nations share in the region and the shared values of the Israeli and American people.

Israel remains the leading recipient of U.S. foreign military financing (FMF), receiving security assistance funding, shared technology, and funding for missile defense programs and systems, including support for Iron Dome, Israel’s short-range anti-rocket system. The U.S. has also assisted with the development of Israel’s David’s Sling, their long-range missile defense system, and served as a longstanding proponent of Israel’s right to defend itself. These systems have helped protect Israelis from rockets fired by terrorist groups, like Hezbollah, at Israeli civilian targets.

More recently, however, with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to a joint session of Congress, a rare split has occurred in relations between the U.S. and Israel. The White House refused to meet with the Prime Minister during his visit, citing the approaching Israeli election. Following Prime Minister Netanyahu’s campaign statement (which he later clarified) on Palestinian statehood and his subsequent re-election, the White House announced it was reconsidering policy towards Israel, and could withdraw its unwavering support for Israel at the United Nations.


Question of the Week: Should the United States continue its traditional support for Israel?


(  ) Yes.
(  ) No.
(  ) I am unsure.
(  ) Other.


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Find the results of last week’s InstaPoll here.
Posted by Randy | April 10, 2015
On April 28th, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in challenges to four democratically-passed state marriage laws from Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan, and Tennessee.

This is an important case because it will decide whether states, as sovereign entities, will see their laws defining marriage respected. In United States vs. Windsor in 2013, the Court emphasized that the states—not the federal government—have the authority to define and oversee marriages. Now, however, the Court is being asked to ignore its own precedent and judicially interfere.

I joined my fellow Members of Congress in submitting an amicus curiae brief to the Supreme Court, urging the Court to defer to the authority of the States, so as to allow the people to debate and determine what marriage policies are best for their state. You can read the text of the brief, here.
Posted by Randy | April 09, 2015

Duplicative government programs add layers of bulky bureaucracy – and cost American taxpayers billions every year.

That’s why I’m cosponsoring a resolution to require Congress to justify to the American people why a new program is necessary and how it adds value, before the program or initiative is created.

Posted by Randy | April 08, 2015
Recently, I had the pleasure of joining the Congressional Career and Technical Education Caucus. This bipartisan caucus was created to support and promote Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs across the country, as well as well-paying, family-sustaining jobs in fields including STEM disciplines, nursing, construction, information technology, energy, cyber security, and other areas that keep our nation competitive in the global economy.  

The skilled trades are often the hardest jobs to fill in the United States. A recent release from the Bureau of Labor Statistics cited approximately 876,000 jobs open in the trade, transportation, and utilities sectors, and 330,000 jobs open in manufacturing. These CTE programs help businesses close the skills gap by training up a competitive workforce and equipping students to fulfill these 21st century demands.

On the topic of higher education, I recently supported H.R. 529 – a bipartisan bill to improve college savings and prepaid tuition plans, making them more flexible. The bill passed the House by a vote of 401-20, with my support, and is now headed over to the Senate for consideration.
Posted by Randy | April 08, 2015
Currently, there are laws forbidding individuals from receiving Social Security payments if they are here illegally. However, their entire work history – even work done as an illegal immigrant – can still count towards Social Security benefits if the individual later becomes a legal U.S. resident.

In my opinion, that makes no sense. That’s why I’m championing the No Social Security for Illegal Immigrants Act (H.R. 1716) to stop unauthorized work from counting towards Social Security credits. I will keep you updated on its progress as it moves through the House in the 114th Congress.
Posted by Randy | April 07, 2015

It has been our nation's motto for over five decades. We sing about it in our national anthem, and allude to it in our Pledge of Allegiance. It is inscribed on our coins and our currency, and engraved in both the House and Senate chambers, as well as in public buildings across our nation. It hangs in my office and in many other elected officials’ offices in Congress and across the country: In God We Trust.

I still believe these words and believe they still serve as hope for America.

Although it is increasingly under attack, religious liberty remains one of the foundational pillars this great nation was built upon. Read about the work I am doing to preserve Americans’ constitutionally protected faith freedoms: http://forbes.house.gov/prayercaucus