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Posted by Randy | October 09, 2014

As I travel around the Fourth District, I am always reminded of one thing: while Washington may have lost track of the heart of America, I know the heartbeat of America is strong because I hear it every time I speak with a small business owner, listen to a citizen, or hear a servicemember talk about why they love and choose to serve this country.

That’s because at the heart of this region – and at the heart of America – is our people. And while the people of the Fourth District are as diverse as the landscape of our region, citizens still come together to overcome barriers, rise to challenges, partner across communities, and fight for a strong future for our country. Below is a photo round up of some of the places I have been privileged to visit this week. I hope as you scroll through these photos, you see not only small business owners, employees, citizens, community leaders, and Virginians; more than that, I hope you see a glimpse of what made America great, and what continues to make us great today: the people.

Photo Round Up: Around the District

Thankful for the opportunity to meet with the leadership and men and women of DuPont's Spruance plant in Chesterfield County. Their innovative products protect the Guardians of Freedom across the globe and first responders who keep our communities safe.

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It was an honor to speak at the grand opening of Sabra Dipping Company’s expanded hummus manufacturing plant in Chesterfield. Great to have this energetic and growing company as part of our economy in the 4th District and I enjoyed touring the newly expanded facility -- seeing how the products are made, and meeting with the workers there. 

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Enjoyed my time with members of the Chester Rotary, discussing some of the important issues facing our country. I am grateful for the Chester Rotary’s dedication and commitment to our communities and the Rotarian motto of "Service Above Self".

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I joined the Northrop Grumman Corporation in Chesterfield to hear an update on their VITA program. Proud of their mission to be at the forefront of technology and innovation.

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Visited Canon Information Technology Services in Chesapeake to meet the people that provide support to the 32 million customer contacts each year for Canon products sold in the United States including copiers, fax machines, and digital cameras. I appreciated hearing their ideas and perspectives on growing the economy and business in the Hampton Roads region.

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It was great seeing friends in Chesterfield for my Seniors Toolkit Seminar, where I spoke about how to keep important financial and personal documents organized, and information safe online. You can download a copy of the Organizational Toolkit, here: http://ow.ly/Cv7cW. The next seminar is this tomorrow in Chesapeake.

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Posted by Randy | October 08, 2014

The numbers speak for themselves. Out of 435 Members of Congress, only 17 have voted against all stimulus under both Presidents Bush and Obama. I am proud to be one of the 17.

We cannot spend our nation out of debt, or tax our way to prosperity. It’s principles not partisanship.

Washington needs to be held directly accountable for overspending. That’s why I introduced a bill to tie Members salaries to government spending – the more they spend, the less they make. Learn more about my efforts to cut wasteful spending and solve Washington’s dysfunction, here.

Posted by Randy | October 07, 2014

The separation of church and state was never intended to morph into the silencing of church and state. 

Our country was founded on freedom of religion, not freedom from religion. I remain committed to preserving every American’s constitutionally protected right to live out their faith; whether that is how they run their business, how they raise their children, or what healthcare plan they choose. Learn more about my work, here. 

Posted by Randy | October 07, 2014
The outbreak of Ebola continues to grow in West Africa - now infecting and killing more people than all previous Ebola outbreaks combined since the virus’ discovery in 1976.  According to the World Health Organization, the Ebola virus has now resulted in over 7,000 cases and over 3,000 deaths in countries in West Africa, and on September 30th, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed the first case of Ebola in the United States.

Due to the unprecedented scale of this outbreak, attention has turned toward preventing Ebola from spreading in the United States.

While experimental drugs have been used to treat the disease, CDC officials are investigating the case in the U.S. and while some individuals have been quarantined, mandatory travel restrictions have not been imposed.

Question of the weekDo you believe that travel restrictions to and from the United States are necessary to prevent the spread of the Ebola virus in our country?

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

Take the Poll here.

Find the results of last week’s InstaPoll here.
Posted by Randy | October 03, 2014
Last week, the Department of Defense announced that illegal immigrants who have been granted deferral from deportation and also possess certain skills, like language expertise, will now be eligible to join the military.  In 2012, the Obama Administration first announced plans to grant temporary deferral from deportation to young people brought into the U.S. illegally by their parents, if they met certain criteria.  Since April of this year, over 560,000 individuals have received deferred action from deportation under this program.

This announcement from the Defense Department to enlist illegal immigrants comes at a time when our military faces drastic cuts –  the Army and Marine Corps will lose 100,000 and 33,000 personnel, respectively, while the Air Force plans to cut roughly 17,000 airmen in just the next year, the Navy has already cut 1,800 reservists – reducing our forces to pre-World War II levels.

Congressman Forbes believes the Administration must stop prioritizing amnesty over the security of our borders and over our men and women in uniform.  Read more about Congressman Forbes’ work opposing amnesty here.

Question of the weekDo you support allowing select illegal immigrants to enlist in the military?

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

Take the Poll here.

Find the results of last week’s InstaPoll here.
Posted by Randy | October 02, 2014
Wanted to be sure you saw this invitation. Next week, I’m hosting two Seniors Toolkit Seminars in Chesterfield (Oct 8) and Chesapeake (Oct 10) to talk about organizing and safeguarding important documents and information.

You can register at the event or online here for Chesterfield: http://chesterfieldseniors.eventbrite.com, and here for Chesapeake: http://chesapeakeseniors.eventbrite.com

Hope to see you there!

Posted by Randy | September 30, 2014
Washington should play by the same rules as the rest of America: Balance your budget. Don't spend more than you make. Following the law is not optional. Problem solving takes focus and team work.

These are principles most of us were taught by our parents as children. They're second nature to us, and part of the fabric of our lives. The same should be true for our government. It is indisputable that, as a nation, we face a number of complex issues with myriads of nuances and consequences to consider; nevertheless, just as many issues - including the dysfunction in Washington - could be solved by applying a little common sense.

Some of the common sense solutions I'm working on are my 414 Plan, H.R. 4153, (to cut useless red tape, accelerate the building of roads and bridges, and put Americans back to work); The Patients First Act, H.R. 1740, (to prioritize medical research with proven success); and the CAP Act, H.R. 3136, (to hold Washington directly accountable for overspending by tying Members of Congress' salaries to government spending - the more they spend, the less they make.) Read more, here. 

Last week, Attorney General Eric Holder announced his resignation. Many Americans were not sad to see him go, as they have been rightly questioning the lack of accountability of this Administration, particularly at the Department of Justice.  The American people deserve a new Attorney General who is committed to accountability, transparency, and the rule of law. Watch my interview on Fox Business discussing this. 
Posted by Randy | September 29, 2014

Recently, the House of Representatives considered The Jobs for America Act, which is a package of bills supporting job creation through streamlining regulations, encouraging the hiring of American veterans, and providing relief for small businesses from Obamacare.

Some of the bills included are The REINS Act, (H.R. 367), which ensures that Congress votes on all new major regulations before they are enforced on citizens and businesses; The Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act, (H.R. 3086), which protects internet access for all Americans and fosters growth in the digital economy; and the America's Small Business Tax Relief Act, (H.R. 4457), which ensures small businesses have the certainty they need to grow their businesses and create jobs.

Government should be an enabler of economic growth, not a barrier.

Posted by Randy | September 26, 2014
Recently, concerns have been raised about maintaining an ‘open Internet’ or ‘net neutrality,’ which is the principle that Internet Service Providers (ISPs), like Verizon and Comcast, provide access to all Internet content equally among companies and consumers.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has proposed new rules to examine whether Internet Service Providers should be able to charge companies for faster delivery of content.

Those opposed say that allowing a large company, like Netflix, to pay a fee to Internet Service Providers, like Verizon, to guarantee that Netflix content would travel faster over Verizon’s network would amount to paid prioritization, and result in discriminating against smaller companies who may not be able to afford to pay a similar fee.

Supporters of net neutrality in general believe that strict regulation is necessary to protect the Internet, and believe the FCC should treat broadband companies like other utilities, instead of allowing potentially discriminatory practices from Internet Service Providers.

A majority of the five-member FCC panel would have to vote in support of the rules before they could take effect.

Question of the weekDo you believe that regulations are necessary in order to maintain equal access to the Internet?

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

Take the Poll here.

Find the results of last week’s InstaPoll here.
Posted by Randy | September 25, 2014
I'd like to invite you to two free Seniors Toolkit Seminars I'm holding next month in Chesterfield and Chesapeake - on October 8th and October 10th. We'll be discussing how to organize your personal information and financial documents, as well as how to safeguard important information in today's digital world.

Both of these seminars are free and open to all senior citizens and other interested residents of Virginia's Fourth District, so please feel free to forward this invitation along to any friends or neighbors who may be interested as well.

Chesterfield Seniors Toolkit Seminar
Wednesday, October 8th, 2014
9:30AM - Registration
10:00-11:00AM - Program

Tylers Retreat
12001 Ironbridge Rd, Chester, VA 23831
Register online: http://chesterfieldseniors.eventbrite.com 

Chesapeake Seniors Toolkit Seminar
Friday, October 10th, 2014
10:00AM - Registration
10:30-11:30AM - Program

Dr. Clarence V. Cuffee Community Center
2019 Windy Rd, Chesapeake, VA 23324
Register online: http://chesapeakeseniors.eventbrite.com

Please don't hesitate to call my Chesterfield office (804) 318-1363 or my Chesapeake office (757) 382-0080 if you have any questions or concerns. You can also go ahead and download a copy of the Organizational Toolkit we will be discussing, here.

Looking forward to having you join us.