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    Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04), Chairman of the House Armed Services Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, released the following statement on President Obama’s intention to veto the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA): “In the threat-filled world of today, the veto of a bipartisan national defense bill that passed both the House and Senate with overwhelming support sends a demoralizing message to the soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines who daily risk their lives defending against those threats. It sends yet another signal ...

    In case you missed it, I recently introduced a resolution calling for sanctions against Chinese businesses and state-owned enterprises that can be linked to cyber attacks against the United States. Additionally, I, along with Rep Joe Wilson, Chairman of the Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee, sent a letter to the President outlining China’s belligerent behavior to the U.S. We urge the President to take action -- in the form of punitive economic sanctions -- to protect the intellectual property and personal data of U.S. based compani...

    The President has threatened to veto the annual national security bill, which provides critical resources for our troops, unless Congress increases funding for domestic agencies like the Internal Revenue Service and Environmental Protection Agency. Vetoing this bipartisan legislation would do something all Americans, regardless of party affiliation, should find unthinkable: it plays politics with our national security, and with our nation’s heroes. More specifically, it could have profound consequences for our military for years to come, potent...

    Thought you’d be interested in The Daily Press’ coverage of a bill I recently introduced -- H.R. 3616, the Defending our Defenders Act -- to make sure our servicemembers and Defense Department civilians receive their paychecks during any government funding lapse. Our warriors, and their families, should never have to worry about keeping food on the table or paying their mortgage. This legislation will give them the peace of mind they have earned and deserve. Forbes moves to protect pay for troops and defense civilians The Daily Press September ...

    Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04), Chairman of the House Armed Services Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, introduced the Defending our Defenders (DoD) Act (H.R. 3616) to ensure that U.S. military personnel, DoD civilians, and support contractors continue receiving paychecks in the event of a funding lapse or the expiration of the statutory borrowing limit. “Our military and Defense Department civilians and their families devote their lives to serving our country, often at great personal risk,” Congressman Forbes said. “With contin...

    President Obama is hosting Chinese President Xi Jinping for a State Dinner at the White House tonight. Just this week, a Chinese aircraft harassed an American surveillance plane in international airspace and Beijing announced it will begin submarine patrols with nuclear missiles capable of striking the US homeland. China's behavior has become an increasingly destabilizing force in the international system and tonight's dinner is an opportunity for candid conversation between the U.S. And Chinese Presidents. In that spirit, I wrote an Op-Ed in T...

    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, released a statement in advance of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s arrival in Washington: “As President Xi comes to Washington, China’s international behavior continues to be a profoundly destabilizing influence on the global system. From this week’s harassment of a U.S. military aircraft to extralegal land reclamation in the South China Sea to support for rogue regimes around t...

    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, issued the following statement in response to the passage of legislation in the Japanese Diet loosening restrictions on Tokyo’s self-defense capabilities: "Japan is a responsible stakeholder in the international system and our alliance is a pillar of stability in the Asia-Pacific. This legislation is an appropriate response to the growing threats we face. I welcome its passing ...

    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, led a bipartisan letter to President Obama urging the United States to reject China’s extralegal effort to assert a 12-nautical mile limit around their artificial formations in the South China Sea and to conduct freedom of navigation operations within that limit. The letter notes that the signatories are “concerned to read media reports that the U.S. Navy has been prohibited fr...

    Back story: Recently, Iran and a U.S.-led coalition of six nations reached a nuclear agreement after years of negotiations. The deal lifts stringent U.S. economic sanctions currently in place on Iran in exchange for certain concessions over Iran’s development of nuclear capabilities. Bottomline: The Iran deal 1) does not effectively prohibit nuclear weapons research, enrichment research, miniaturization or delivery work 2) does little to impose actual accountability, and 3) does not dismantle all of Iran’s current nuclear infrastructure. At its...

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