Ensuring seniors' and military families' access to physicians. Congressman Forbes voted for a Medicare and TRICARE physician payment fix included in H.R. 3266. The payment fix would avert a 21% cut to physicians who serve seniors and military families.
The bill passed by a vote of 395-34.
Protected patient’s right to preventative breast cancer services. Congressman Forbes supported H.Res. 971 to prohibit insurers from denying coverage for mammography services.
The bill passed by a vote of 426-0.
Spoke out against using the legislative process for political opportunity. Congressman Forbes sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi urging her not to use the annual defense spending bill that funds our troops as a vehicle to increase the national debt limit. Congressman Forbes said "There is a pattern developing in Congress that says it is ok to use our men and women in uniform as tools to pass contentious proposals irrelevant to our troops, and it is wrong." Ultimately, Speaker Pelosi conceded and a separate vote was taken on increasing the national debt, which Congressman Forbes voted against.
Insisted on answers regarding the decision to try terrorists in the U.S. Congressman Forbes raised the issue during a House Armed Services Committee markup of H. Res. 924, which calls on the Secretary of Defense to transmit to Congress all documentation regarding the trial of 9/11 terrorists in New York City and the movement of prisoners from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Called for transparency among the Air Force and local communities. Congressman Forbes sent a letter to Air Force officials asking them to involve local communities when making decisions related to missions and military bases. Some communities have not been able to meet with survey teams that review bases for new potential missions, despite the fact that the communities are directly impacted by new and existing missions.
Supported continued investment in roads. Congressman Forbes voted to provide continued funding for federal-aid highways in Virginia and across the nation while Congress continues to debate a long-term extension of the federal highway bill. Congressman Forbes supports an immediate long-term extension of the highway bill to ensure long overdue transportation projects that are essential to our national economy can receive funding and move forward.
The measure was included in H.R. 3326, which passed by a vote of 395-34.
Sent a letter urging reimbursement for Richmond Airport security screening. Congressman Forbes signed a letter to the Acting Assistant Secretary of the Transportation Security Administration urging TSA to reimburse the Capital Region Airport Commission for installation of an explosive detection system at the Richmond International Airport. These reimbursements have been outstanding since 2004.
Protected the symbols and traditions of Christmas. Congressman Forbes cosponsored H.Res.951, to protect the symbols and traditions of Christmas. Towns and cities across the country are being threatened with lawsuits for displaying nativity scenes, holding Christmas parades, and using the word Christmas on signs and billboards.
Supported anti-terrorism training. Congressman Forbes supported H.R. 3978, the First Responder Anti-Terrorism Training Resources Act, allowing the Secretary of Homeland Security to accept resources and services related to preparedness and response to terrorism.
The bill passed by a vote of 413-1.
Supported Border Protection employee opportunities. Congressman Forbes supported H.R.1517, to allow U.S. Customs and Border Protection employees who have served overseas to receive a permanent appointment with their agency.
The bill passed by a vote of 414-1.
Supported human rights enforcement. Congressman Forbes supported S.1472, establishing a section within the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice to enforce human rights laws.
The bill passed by a vote of 416-3.
Voted to extend unemployment and COBRA benefits for two months. Congressman Forbes voted to support a two month extension of supplemental unemployment benefits and COBRA subsidies included in H.R. 3326. The added benefits will continue until February 28, 2010 under this bill.
The bill passed by a vote of 395-34.
Supported expanded trade with South America. The Andean Trade Preferences Act (ATPA), H.R. 4284, was enacted in 1991 to help combat drug production and trafficking in the Andean countries of Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru. The program provides trade benefits and preferential duty-free entry for goods and products from 131 countries to help these countries develop and strengthen legitimate industries as alternatives to drug production and trafficking. Congressman Forbes voted to extend the Andean Trade Preferences Act (ATPA) through Dec. 31, 2010 for Colombia, Ecuador and Peru.
The bill passed by voice vote.
Called for sanctions against Iran. Congressman Forbes supported H.R. 2194, the Iran Refined Petroleum Sanctions Act of 2009. The legislation would impose sanctions against companies that supply Iran with gasoline or support its domestic production. The purpose of the legislation is to pressure Iran to suspend and ultimately dismantle its nuclear weapons program, including ceasing all uranium enrichment activities. The sanctions would terminate once the President determines that Iran has ceased its efforts to build a nuclear bomb.
The bill passed by a vote of 412-12.
Called for a report on freedom of the press in foreign countries. Congressman Forbes supported H.R. 3714, the Daniel Pearl Freedom of the Press Act of 2009. This bill requires the State Department to include information about freedom of the press in the Annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices.
The bill passed by a vote of 395-3.
Honored the memory of Justice Louis Brandeis. Congressman Forbes supported H.Res. 905, recognizing the 70th anniversary of the retirement of Justice Louis D. Brandeis from the United States Supreme Court. Justice Brandeis was an influential member of the Supreme Court who wrote several landmark decisions regarding freedom of speech and the right to privacy.
The bill passed by a vote of 423-1.
Supported effective youth runaway prevention programs. Congressman Forbes voted for H.Res. 779, to support the goals and ideals of National Runaway Prevention Month.
The bill passed by a vote of 341-0.
Banned fraudulent use of caller ID numbers. Congressman Forbes supported the PHONE Act, H.R. 1110, to make it a federal crime to provide false caller identification information with the intent to defraud or deceive the recipient of a call about the identity of the caller.
This bill passed the House by a vote of 418-1.