Supported the President’s veto of a supplemental spending bill. Congressman Forbes voted to sustain the President’s veto of a short term Department of Defense spending bill, H.J.Res.64. The stopgap spending bill was deemed unnecessary after a more long-term Department of Defense spending bill had since been enacted covering all programs in H.J.Res.64.
This resolution was defeated in support of the veto by a vote of 143-245.
Curbed waste, fraud, and abuse within the federal government. Congressman Forbes supported H.R. 2646, which clarifies and strengthens the authority of the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to audit and provide assessments as to whether the taxpayers are receiving full value from government programs.
Protected access to quality cardiac care for seniors. Congressman Forbes cosponsored H.R. 4371, to avert significant cuts in Medicare payments that would otherwise lead to the closure of private practices across the country.
Funded diabetes research and treatment. Congressman Forbes cosponsored H.R. 3668 to renew the Special Diabetes Program. Since its inception, the program has become a critical part of our nation’s investment in diabetes research, treatment, and prevention efforts.
Raised concerns about China’s burgeoning naval fleet. During a full House Armed Services Committee hearing, Congressman Forbes questioned the top U.S. military officer in the Pacific, Admiral Robert Willard, on the growth of the Chinese navy that now is larger than the United States. Congressman Forbes asked how our Navy can provide sufficient security for our sea lanes and oceans without a shipbuilding plan while the Chinese continue to accelerate their shipbuilding program. Watch the series of questions here.
Supported Navy SEALs who captured a most-wanted figure. Congressman Forbes cosponsored H. Res 977, which honors Navy SEALs Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew McCabe, Petty Officer 2nd Class Jonathan Keefe, and Petty Officer 1st Class Julio Huertas for their heroic actions in the capture of Ahmed Hashim Abed, the mastermind behind of one of the most notorious crimes against Americans in Iraq. The three SEALs have since been charged for actions related to the capture.
Honored Military Spouses. Congressman Forbes cosponsored H.R. 4043, to present an official lapel pin to honor the spouses of service members that have served in a combat zone for more than thirty days. Lapel pins would be distributed to the spouses of all servicemembers who have been deployed since September 11, 2001. Spouses of service members deployed prior to September 11th would also be eligible to apply for the pin.
Called for the Department of Justice (DOJ) to explain voter intimidation decision. During a House Judiciary Committee, Congressman Forbes voted for H. Res. 994, which would have required DOJ to turn over documents relating to their decision to reverse course and drop charges against two men accused of voter harassment in Philadelphia on Election Day in 2008. The two men were accused of intimidating voters by positioning themselves at the entrance to a polling station dressed in paramilitary garb, with one wielding a baton.
This resolution failed in Committee by a vote of 15-14.
Supported human rights and religious freedom in Egypt. Congressman Forbes cosponsored H.Res. 200, calling on the Egyptian government to respect human rights and freedom of religion. Recent reports have indicated that women in Egypt have been kidnapped and forced to marry and convert to Islam.
Supported the James Monroe Commemorative Coin Act. Congressman Forbes cosponsored H.R. 4329 commemorating the bicentennial of the election of President Monroe. The funds collected from the coin will go to the James Monroe Memorial Foundation to reconstruct the birthplace of President Monroe including farm buildings and a visitor and education center in Westmoreland County, VA.