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House Judiciary Committee approves USA Freedom Act

The House Judiciary Committee today approved by a vote of 32-0 the USA Freedom Act (H.R. 3361), a bipartisan bill authored by Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wisc.).

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Robert Hurt: Energy independence, create Jobs with the Keystone XL Pipeline

The Keystone XL Pipeline is a key piece of an all-of-the-above energy strategy aimed at reducing our dependence on foreign sources of energy and giving Americans more affordable domestic energy choices.

Bob Goodlatte: Celebrating American agriculture

In Virginia, there are more than 46,000 farms owned and operated by individuals and families. The economic impact of the agriculture industry is $52 billion dollars annually and provides nearly 311,000 jobs in the Commonwealth alone.

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Warner pushes expedited response to natural gas export applications

In response to the crisis in Ukraine, U.S. Sens. Mark Warner (D-Va.) and John Hoeven (R-N.D.) today announced bipartisan proposals to expedite the U.S. Department of Energy’s review of applications to export U.S. natural gas.

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Sen. Tim Kaine presses Defense nominees on budget

U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine questioned Department of Defense (DoD) nominees on the impact of the President’s Fiscal Year 2015 budget on national security priorities, including the critical importance of maintaining an 11-carrier fleet, based on Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel’s preview.

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Randy Forbes: A credibility problem, not a political problem

Immigration is not a political problem, it is a credibility problem. If we repeat the mistakes of the past, history will surely repeat itself. We can and must do better.

Bob Goodlatte: Intelligence programs should protect civil liberties, national security

For the last several months, the House Judiciary Committee has conducted an ongoing review of our nation’s intelligence-gathering programs. Last summer’s unauthorized public release of these classified programs by National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden has sparked a national debate about the extent of the programs and whether they pose a threat to Americans’ civil liberties and privacy.


Warner, Kaine urge Secretary Hagel to maintain 11-carrier fleet

U.S. Sens. Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel Tuesday urging him to maintain the full 11-aircraft carrier strike group as he crafts the FY15 defense budget.

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Randy Forbes: Sand castles

Years ago, I was with my family at the beach sitting several yards back from the water. Ahead of us near the shoreline, two small boys knelt down playing in the sand just inches from where the foamy cusp of the waves rescinded back into the ocean.

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Randy Forbes: Grill Sergeants

In 2007, a weekly reality cooking show debuted featuring two “Grill Sergeants” who, in front of a backdrop of checkered tablecloths and the fanfare of a Tonight Show-style house band, took to the grills to demonstrate proper food safety techniques.

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Randy Forbes: Seven warnings on the national debt for 2014

National debt has been a subject of discussion since our nation’s founding. Even in the midst of debate over the details of a national debt, our Founding Fathers found unity in this truth: that our government is obligated to repay debts.

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Randy Forbes: A constitutional command

In commitment to our Constitution, our nation has placed great priority on a dedication to this well-guarded peace. Similarly, over the past fifty years, Department of Defense innovation and technology has made our military the most technologically advanced in the world.

Earth Talk: Navy sonar testing in oceans impacting marine mammals

Active sonar is a technology used on ships to aid in navigation, and the U.S. Navy tests and trains with it extensively in American territorial waters. The Navy also conducts missile and bomb testing in the same areas. But environmentalists and animal advocates contend that this is harming whales and other marine wildlife.

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Tim Kaine: Time to end sequestration

U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, a member of the Budget Conference Committee, called for an end to sequestration and urged his committee colleagues to find a sensible solution that would reverse the across-the board-cuts in remarks to the committee on Wednesday.

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Tim Kaine statement on Egypt

U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, Chairman of the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs, released the following statement on the State Department’s announcement regarding U.S. assistance to Egypt.

John Adams: Adjusting Pentagon spending priorities will strengthen U.S. national security

With revenue largely off the table for future negotiating, we need to resolve our budget woes by putting the breaks on runaway government spending in a balanced, strategic way. Given that the Pentagon budget makes up more than half of all discretionary spending, smart savings there should be a key part of the solution to the current budget battle.

Security first

   Column by Randy Forbes www.forbes.house.gov Christmas Day for many Americans was peaceful. The national holiday brought families together as it regularly does, sharing laughter and gifts inside the comfort of their warm homes. But while Americans were enjoying holiday meals and opening gifts under the Christmas tree, a 23-year-old Nigerian man was boarding a […]

President Obama’s remarks on national security, Gitmo

National Archives, Washington, D.C., 10:28 a.m., Thursday, May 21, 2009: Good morning, everybody. Please be seated. Thank you all for being here. Let me just acknowledge the presence of some of my outstanding Cabinet members and advisors. We’ve got our Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton. We have our CIA Director Leon Panetta. We have our […]