Washington Update - Opposed executive action on immigration, protected religious freedom in the military, supported jobs and energy independence

Congressman J. Randy Forbes
2014-11-28 10:29:58
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November 10-21, 2014
Opposed executive action on immigration

Congressman Forbes strongly

Protected religious freedom for servicemembers and chaplains

Congressman Forbes questioned witnesses at a House Armed Services Committee

Supported jobs and energy independence

Congressman Forbes supported , a bill to immediately allow the TransCanada Corporation to construct, connect, operate and maintain the pipeline and cross-border facilities known as the Keystone XL pipeline.  The bill clarifies that the January 2014 environmental impact statement issued by the State Department would be considered sufficient to satisfy all requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act and the Endangered Species Act, enabling the project to move forward. This bill passed by a vote of 252-161.


Recognized the service of women in the armed forces.  Congressman Forbes supported a bill, , to amend the Federal charter of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States to reflect the service of women in the Armed Forces of the United States.  This bill passed the House by voice vote.


Questioned the Secretary of Defense on ISIL Strategy. Congressman Forbes attended a House Armed Services Committee hearing on the Administration’s strategy against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) with Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, General Martin Dempsey. The Congressman questioned Secretary Hagel on the financial tools that are being employed to defeat this terrorist organization.

Chaired an Armed Services Roundtable on China. Congressman Forbes chaired a U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission briefing on its most recent report on China’s military and economic growth. As Chairman of the China Caucus, Congressman Forbes is deeply interested in the rise of China and the implications it will have for America’s economic and security interests.

Foreign Affairs

Condemned human rights violations.  Congressman Forbes supported a resolution, This bill passed by voice vote.

Urged Chinese Ambassador to advocate for release of Chinese pastor.  Congressman Forbes joined 32 Members of Congress in sending a

Regulatory Reform

Promoted manufacturing by easing regulatory burdens.  Congressman Forbes supported the Promoting New Manufacturing Act, , to modify the EPA’s preconstruction permit program to increase transparency and reduce delays in the issuance of Clean Air Act compliant permits.  The bill requires the EPA, whenever it issues new or revised air quality standards, to concurrently publish regulations and guidance that are designed to help states, permitting authorities and permit applicants in the implementation of those new standards. This bill passed by a vote of 238-172.

Called for protections for consumers and businesses.  Congressman Forbes joined members of the Virginia Congressional Delegation in sending a

Sought regulatory relief for community financial institutions.  Congressman Forbes sent a

Government Reform

Reduced waste in government.  Congressman Forbes supported the Government Reports Elimination Act, , to eliminate unnecessary or duplicative reports to Congress from federal agencies.  This bill passed by a vote of 382-0.


Ensured service for satellite television subscribers. Congressman Forbes supported the STELA Reauthorization Act, , which extends for five years, until Jan. 1, 2020, the authority for satellite television carriers to retransmit to rural and remote households the signals of distant network broadcasts.  This bill passed by voice vote.

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Washington Update serves as a resource to the constituents of the Fourth Congressional District of Virginia on the work of Congressman Forbes. It is published weekly while Congress is in session. Hyperlinks to bill information are provided if the information disseminated by the House of Representatives is available at the time of distribution.

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