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This week, the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act passed in the U.S. Senate. The bill had previously passed in the House of Representatives. Enacted in 1998, the Internet Tax Freedom Act implemented a temporary ban preventing state and local governments from taxing Internet access. The ban specifically prohibits state and local governments from imposing taxes on monthly payments for internet service. Congress has voted numerous times to temporarily extend the ban since it was first introduced. To address such temporary fixes, the bipartisan Per...

Tomorrow: Forbes to Chair Hearing on Future of Naval Aviation and the Carrier Air Wing Washington, D.C. – Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04), Chairman of the House Armed Services Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, will chair a hearing on the “Carrier Air Wing and the Future of Naval Aviation” on Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 3:30 PM. “Following closely on the heels of the President’s FY2017 budget request, this hearing will provide critical food for thought as Congress considers the Navy’s plans for UCLASS, CBARS, F/A-18, F-35, and...

Washington, D.C. – Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04), Chairman of the House Armed Services Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, issued the following statement on the release of President Obama’s FY17 defense budget: “The Obama Administration has sent over another budget request that fails to fully fund our military and forces the armed services to make unacceptable tradeoffs. Although I am generally pleased to see increased investment in some of the high-end capabilities that I have been championing for years, I am concerned by the p...

I recently cosponsored the SAFE for America Act (H.R. 2278), which eliminates the visa lottery system that currently awards permanent resident visas based on pure luck instead of merit, potentially opening the door to those who want to enter the U.S. to harm citizens. Citizenship is not a right, but a privilege. I will keep you posted on the progress of this bill. I also supported the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act, which restricts travel to the United States by ending visa-free entry to those who qualify fo...

On Monday, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared a global health emergency over a recent spike in the spread of the Zika virus. Reports indicated the Zika virus was first detected in Brazil in May of 2015. While it poses the most immediate threat to the development of unborn children, the virus has spread to more than 20 countries, including the United States, and has infected over 1 million people. According to the WHO, as many as four million people could be infected in the Americas with the virus by the end of 2016. The Centers for Di...

I keep this sand from the beaches of Normandy on my desk where I can see it when I’m sitting down to read constituent letters, bills, or briefs. The men who stormed those beaches on D-Day did so with fierce determination and courage, because they believed America was worth fighting for. I think so, too. Too many Americans feel like their country is slipping through their fingers. We can’t afford to let that happen. The character of our country is what has made America great. And that character is worth fighting for in our communities and in Con...

I keep this photo in my wallet as I work in Congress every day, as a reminder of why I serve. This is what a hero looks like. Cody Childers of Chesapeake, VA, had a childhood dream of serving his country in the U.S. Marine Corps. He joined the Marines straight out of high school. In 2009, Cody graduated bootcamp and, soon after, he attended the School of Infantry at Camp Geiger. In an answer to the call of duty, he waved goodbye to his family and friends and left the United States as Lance Corporal Cody Childers bound for Afghanistan on a miss...

As a young boy, I remember looking up to see a pair of daddy’s boots that sat on the shelf in his closet. To the average person, they may not have looked like much, but I thought those old boots were something else. I knew he wore them during his time of service in World War II guarding German prisoners. I imagined him standing in them as he kissed my mother goodbye, only days after their wedding, to go to basic training. I imagined him wearing them as he headed to France in the wake of the Normandy invasion, just 19 years old at the time. Thos...

To many Americans, the words of the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States are pretty straightforward. “The right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed” means that the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed. I would have to agree. This isn’t optional, it’s Constitutional. Here’s what I’ve been working on: Stopping the U.N. from encroaching on Americans’ rights. I have opposed funding for the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty – a treaty that raises deep concerns about the U.N.’s encroachmen...

Medical research is important to me not only because of the value that it brings to individuals and families, but for the potential it holds in terms of our economic engine and ability to compete globally. Medical research matters because it will define our future. Below is a brief roundup of some of my actions in Congress to ensure we are investing our time and resources efficiently and smartly: Prioritizing medical research with proven clinical success. I introduced the Patients First Act (H.R.2921), which prioritizes medical research that sh...

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