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The Story of Virginia’s Ports
October 24, 2014
In a national economic slump, we often look for those indicators of economic muscle that show us America is moving, innovating, and poised to take on the next era of global commerce. In Virginia, you can see it along our waterways. And residents of Virginia's Fourth District, in particular, can see them just off of the James River Bridge or the Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel - massive ship-to-shore gantry cranes that stretch tall above the waterways, and hundreds of shipping containers ... More
Forbes: ICE Cover Up of Aggravated Felons’ Release Is Dangerous & Concerning
October 24, 2014
Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04) issued the following statement in response to records confirming that a number of the over 2,000 undocumented immigrants the Administration released were aggravated felons. “The fact that ICE would release thousands of undocumented immigrants – including violent offenders and individuals who have faced serious criminal charges – and then blatantly deny the severity of these offenses to the American people and to Members of Congress is not only deeply concerni... More
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China Says Wants Closer Military Ties With Iran
October 23, 2014
China Says Wants Closer Military Ties With Iran. China wants to have closer military ties with Iran, the Chinese defense minister told the visiting head of the Iranian navy on Thursday, state media reported, reaffirming diplomatic links despite controversy over Iran's nuclear plans. Chinese Defense Minister Chang Wanquan told Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari that the two armed forces have seen "good cooperation on mutual visits, personnel training and other fields in recent... More
China Caucus Blog
China Ties to North Korean Ally Decline
October 22, 2014
China Ties to North Korean Ally Decline. Report says Beijing views U.S. as main regional threat. Once described as “closer than lips and teeth,” Chinese relations with fraternal communist ally North Korea declined to the lowest level in decades this year, according to a draft congressional report. “Sino-North Korean relations are at their lowest point in decades,” says the late draft of the annual U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission report. “This is driven largely by China’s frust... More
Forbes: DHS Policy on Travel from Ebola-Affected Countries Insufficient
October 21, 2014
Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04) issued the following statement in response to the Department of Homeland Security’s announcement today that all individuals traveling from Guinea, Liberia, or Sierra Leone to the U.S. will be required to travel through one of five major U.S. airports where additional Ebola screening measures have been implemented. “The additional restrictions that the Administration announced today are a minimal improvement over what we had in place yesterday, and far from su... More
Forbes Releases Statement on the Retirement of Dr. Andrew Marshall
October 20, 2014
Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04), Chairman of the House Armed Services Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, released the following statement in response to the pending retirement of Dr. Andrew Marshall, Director of the Office of Net Assessment (ONA) at the Department of Defense: “For over four decades, Andy Marshall has been one of the United States’ leading national security thinkers, anticipating future threats and realizing opportunities that others often missed. Through the strat... More
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