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This week, the House Judiciary Committee passed my bill, the Visa Integrity and Security Act of 2016, which provides common sense solutions to help fix vulnerabilities in our visa security screening procedures. Entry into this country is a privilege not a right, and we need to ensure the safety of American citizens remains our nation’s top priority. You can read Breitbart’s coverage of my bill here or below. Yours in Service, Randy GOP Rep: Time For Visa Protocols to Err On The Side Of U.S. Security BreitBart May 26, 2016 Absent additional enha...

On the Thursday evening before Memorial Day, every available soldier in the U.S. Army’s Old Guard comes together to walk the rows of more than 228,000 headstones in Arlington National Cemetery. With careful precision, they place an American flag one foot in front of each grave marker. For the duration of the weekend, the Old Guard stays in the cemetery, ensuring a flag remains in front of each grave marker. This tradition called “Flags In” has been conducted every year since 1948. The flags add color and a sort of hope to the otherwise subdued ...

This week, Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald drew heavy criticism when he downplayed veterans' wait times, stating to reporters at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast in Washington: "When you go to Disney, do they measure the number of hours you wait in line? Or what's important? What's important is what's your satisfaction with the experience?" These comments drew sharp rebukes from a number of veterans organizations, lawmakers, presidential candidates, and citizens across the country. In response, calls have been made for Secretary...

Washington, D.C. – Today Congressman J. Randy Forbes announced that he has been named “Hero of Main Street” by the National Retail Federation (NRF), in recognition of his unwavering dedication to the small business community and American entrepreneurs across Virginia and the United States. “Congressman Randy Forbes has shown through his support that he cares about retailers big and small, and values the role these businesses play in communities across the country,” NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. “Congressman Forbes is an advocate for ...

Wanted to share a couple photos with you from Monday, when I led a group of Democrat and Republican lawmakers down to Naval Station Norfolk to hear firsthand from some of our Navy warfighters – the men who command our ships and our aircraft every day -- about the challenges they face equipping, resourcing, and training our fleet. Did you know that: An average deployment has gone up from 5.5 months to 7 months -- many deployed sailors are away from their families for more than half of a year. America’s Navy can meet less than half of the demand ...

Washington, D.C. – Congressman J. Randy Forbes is pleased to announce that this year’s Congressional Arts Competition winner, representing Virginia’s Fourth Congressional District, is Heather Danet. Heather, currently a junior, attends Colonial Heights High School in Colonial Heights, Virginia. Heather chose to create her incredibly detailed piece of art by only using a pencil. Her work depicts a globe, book, and a set of keys. “Talented high school students from across the district submitted artwork for this year’s Congressional Arts Competit...

Washington, D.C. – Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04), Chairman of the House Armed Services Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, will chair a bipartisan, joint hearing with the Subcommittee on Readiness entitled “Navy Force Structure and Readiness: Perspectives from the Fleet” on Thursday, May 26, 2016 at 10:00 AM. The hearing follows a Monday listening session onboard the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower and will be attended by House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry. WHAT: Joint Seapower-Readiness hearing on “Navy Force Struc...

Washington, D.C. – Today, the House Judiciary Committee approved H.R. 5203, the Visa Integrity & Security Act of 2016 (VISA Act). The VISA Act, authored by Congressman Randy Forbes, would strengthen the United States’ visa screening process to combat immigration fraud, utilize social media to detect threat indicators, and better identify terrorists who may be plotting attacks such as the one that occurred in San Bernardino, California last December. “Over 10 million immigrant and non-immigrant visas were issued in Fiscal Year 2015 alone. In the...

Washington, D.C. – On Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 10:00 a.m., the House Judiciary Committee, chaired by Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), will markup the Visa Integrity & Security Act of 2016, (H.R. 5203), which was introduced by Congressman J. Randy Forbes on May 12, 2016. The VISA Act seeks to strengthen the United States’ visa application screening process by combating immigration fraud, utilizing social media to detect threat indicators, and adding additional security vetting for countries of concern, such as Iran, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen...

Friend – Yesterday, I led a group of Democrat and Republican lawmakers down to Naval Station Norfolk to hear firsthand from some of our Navy warfighters – the men who command our ships and our aircraft every day – about the challenges they face equipping, resourcing, and training our fleet. This Thursday, the House Armed Services Seapower and Readiness Subcommittees will be holding a joint hearing to get this critical message to as many lawmakers in Washington as possible. Here is the internal memo that we’re sharing with Members of Congress a...

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