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    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 (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...

    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...

    Friend - Every day, we should be grateful for the law enforcement officials who put themselves in harm’s way to keep us safe. This week, as we honor National Police Week, we offer a special thank you to all the men and women who, with dedication and courage, work hard every day to protect our communities and our loved ones. Don’t forget to find an opportunity this week to commemorate the dedication of these special patriots – whether it’s by post on social media or a personal thank you to a local officer. We are grateful. Yours in Service, Rand...

    Washington, D.C. –Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04), Chairman of the House Armed Services Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, released the following statement on the House of Representatives’ passage of the annual defense policy bill, the FY17 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA): “There is no higher Constitutional obligation than to provide for our national security, and the defense policy bill just passed by the House does that. My legislation to increase shipbuilding to the highest level since the Reagan-era, included in thi...

    Washington, D.C. –Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04), Chairman of the House Armed Services Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, led a bipartisan, bicameral letter to the Secretary of the Navy and the Chief of Naval Operations urging the use of Wallops Island, Virginia as the permanent East Coast base for the MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft. The letter was signed by 18 members of the House and Senate from Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware. “Wallops is an ideal site for basing unmanned aircraft…,” the letter said. “Despite its central loc...

    Washington, D.C. – Congressman J. Randy Forbes was selected by the Navy League of the United States as the 2016 recipient of the Robert M. Thompson Award for Outstanding Civilian Leadership. Forbes received this award in recognition of his unwavering support of our men and women in uniform and his significant contributions towards strengthening the U.S. Navy through his work as Chairman of the House Armed Services Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee. The certificate of recognition, which was presented to Congressman Forbes today by the ...

    The Seapower legislation I recently authored begins the process of rebuilding the U.S. Navy, authorizing three more ships than the President funded, and providing the most money for shipbuilding since President Reagan was in office. From aircraft carriers to submarines and much more, my legislation not only provides our sailors with the resources they need to be successful--it also supports the national strategic asset that is the Hampton Roads industrial base. As the full House of Representatives prepares to vote on the annual defense policy b...

    Earlier this morning, I joined America’s Newsroom to talk about Iran’s treatment of our sailors and why – in the absence of leadership from the Administration – it is critical that Congress acts now to hold Iran accountable. That’s why I introduced a bill to do just that. Watch here or below to learn more >> P.S. You can read more coverage of my bill this week in the Washington Times, The Hill, the New York Post, or the Washington Free Beacon. Equipping and defending our defenders – so they can successfully accomplish their missions and return ...

    To terrorists, travel documents are weapons. Family-based immigration visas, fiancé visas, and other documents required for entry into our nation can be used as the Trojan horses – the means to destructive plots. Such was the case with a Pakistani visa applicant who entered the United States in 2014 when her soon- to-be husband submitted a petition to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). U.S. officials requested more evidence to verify that she and her future husband had actually met in person – a requirement for fiancé visas – but the ev...

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