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    Washington, D.C. – Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04), Chairman of the House Armed Services Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, introduced H.Res. 709, condemning Iran’s actions of illegally capturing, detaining, and humiliating U.S. Navy sailors in January and connecting consideration of future sanctions against Tehran to this incident “Iran violated international law in its illegal detention of American sailors. Rather than rallying the world against the humiliation of U.S. personnel, the U.S. Secretary of State thanked the Iranians ...

    Washington, D.C. --Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04), Chairman of the House Armed Services Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee and Co-Chairman of the Congressional China Caucus, called today for the Defense Department to consider new locations for Navy aircraft carrier port calls following China's refusal to allow the USSJohn C. Stennisto conduct a long-scheduled stop in Hong Kong. "China has repeatedly politicized the long-standing use of Hong Kong for carrier port visits, inconveniencing the families of thousands of U.S. sailors an...

    Friend – Far too often in recent years, politics has been allowed to interfere with getting our warriors the resources they need to accomplish their missions and return safely home. The F-22, the most advanced fighter aircraft in history, was cut despite growing threats to America's air dominance. Today, Russia and China are moving rapidly to challenge U.S. air superiority -- while our Air Force has shrunk to the smallest size in its history. In the recent defense policy bill passed by the House Armed Services Committee this week, I authored la...

    Washington, D.C. – Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04), Chairman of the House Armed Services Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, issued a statement following the House Armed Services Committee's passage of the annual defense policy bill: “In the face of this Administration’s repeated efforts to dismantle our military, the bipartisan passage of the annual defense policy bill marks a critical step toward rebuilding America’s Armed Forces and providing our warriors with the tools they need to accomplish their missions and come home safel...

    In case you missed it, I sat down with Comcast Newsmakers to discuss the legislation I recently authored as Chairman of the House Armed Services Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee. Today, we have a Commander-in-Chief who vetoed funding for our Armed Forces over funding for the EPA and IRS. I believe equipping our men and women in uniform with the ships and aircraft they need to win and return home safely comes before any IRS agent’s salary. My legislation makes rebuilding our Navy and defending our men and women in uniform our top prio...

    Washington, D.C. -- Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04) has been awarded the 2015 Award for Conservative Excellence by the American Conservative Union (ACU), in recognition of his stellar voting record and commitment to championing conservative values in Congress. The ACU bestows this award upon those Members of Congress who have shown unwavering dedication to America's core founding principles and a consistent record of protecting and upholding the Constitution. "As Americans, we are stewards of this grand experiment in liberty and democracy ...

    The Hampton Roads ship repair industrial base is truly a national asset. The men and women of our region have dedicated their lives to supporting our warfighters, and they are the best in the world. I recently authored legislation that would ensure our ship repair industry is given the stability it needs to thrive by making sure that major repair availabilities are done domestically rather than abroad. My legislation is moving through the Armed Services Committee this week. You can read about my work advocating for this important economic and n...

    Our warriors are on the front lines, all over the globe, defending this country. Even now, our soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines are risking their lives for our freedom. My greatest obligation as I serve in Congress is ensuring that our heroes are the best equipped and best trained so that they never find themselves in a fair fight against those determined to destroy our way of life. Last week, I introduced Seapower legislation that represents the largest increase in funding for shipbuilding since the Reagan era. The goal is to make sure ...

    Washington, D.C. –Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04), Chairman of the House Armed Services Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, introduced several key provisions included in the Chairman's Mark to the FY17 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). “The United States is engaged in a tremendous struggle against Islamist extremism, and that battle must be won decisively," Forbes said. "At the same time, this country and its military cannot afford to lose sight of other challenges on the horizon, particularly the return to great power co...

    Washington, D.C. –Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04), Chairman of the House Armed Services Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, introduced several key ship repair and readiness provisions included in the annual defense policy bill. “I am pleased that the House Armed Services Committee’s annual defense policy bill increases funding for the Navy’s readiness and maintenance needs while also strengthening the national strategic asset that is the Hampton Roads ship repair industrial base,” Congressman Forbes said. “By raising the threshold...

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