Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04) released the following statement after voting yesterday on the continuing resolution to fund the government, H.J.Res. 48:
“Yesterday, I supported a bill that funded the government for three additional weeks and contained $6 billion in new cuts to current spending. There is no doubt, however, that there are serious and detrimental impacts that result from using short-term spending measures to make up for the last Congress’ failure to pass a long-term spending plan. I am especially concerned by the adverse impact short-term solutions have on our national defense and ship building plans. However, at a time of great international and economic uncertainty, shutting down the government should be the last resort. Although we have not yet reached that point, I remain aware that such a time for more drastic measures may come if the White House and Senate refuse to negotiate a compromise with the House that includes significant spending reductions.”
Congressman Forbes has voted against funding the implementation of the controversial healthcare law. Most recently, Congressman Forbes introduced H.R. 1010 to provide for expedited consideration of cases challenging the constitutionality of the healthcare law and H.Res. 74 expressing the sense of the House that these cases should be expedited in an effort to provide certainty to job creators, citizens, and states. Congressman Forbes also supported an amendment to prevent federal funding from going to Planned Parenthood.