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Randy Forbes: Asking Washington why

What do you do when your family is over budget? Most of us first sit down and review our family’s spending habits.


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Randy Forbes: Trailblazing a cure

The Childhood Cancer Survivorship, Treatment, Access, and Research (STAR) Act, which I’ve cosponsored, expands opportunities for childhood cancer research.


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Randy Forbes: Have we fought for this?

Have we fought for this? Did our Founding Fathers bravely struggle for the torch of freedom so that we might let it flicker?


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Randy Forbes: Casting hope this holiday season

This holiday season is an opportunity for us to look around and see the wins that are happening all around us.


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Randy Forbes: A prayer for our nation today

Senators used to come into the chamber early just to hear Peter Marshall pray.


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Randy Forbes: A story from Pearl Harbor

Remembering anniversaries like Pearl Harbor is important not just to our history, but to our national identity


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Forbes, Langevin praise House committee passage of CARDER Act

Congressmen Randy Forbes (R-VA) and Jim Langevin (D-RI) today applauded passage of the bipartisan Cybercrime Anti-Resale Deterrent and Extraterritoriality Revision (CARDER) Act by the House Judiciary Committee.


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Randy Forbes: Baseball, language, and American unity

“Whoever wants to know the heart and mind of America better learn baseball.” The late cultural historian Jacques Barzun penned these words in a tribute to the great American pastime.


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Randy Forbes: The first time I cooked the turkey

I have two very special jobs on Thanksgiving. First of all, I wash all of the dishes once the meal is over – a task that sometimes spans over a several day period, depending on how many family members joined us for the meal. My other designated task is to cook the turkey.


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Randy Forbes: A personal reflection on Paris

Friday night brought back vivid memories of 9/11. I closed my eyes and saw the T.V. screen flashing with images now seared into our national memory. I remembered the horror and shock of struggling to grasp the reality of what was happening before our eyes.


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Randy Forbes: Here we mark the price of freedom

It was one of those days where the heat takes your breath away. It was mid-summer in our nation’s capital and the sun beat down on the marble monuments and city sidewalks. I squinted my eyes and stood shoulder to shoulder with members of my staff handing out water bottles as our guests filed off of the buses, slowly but determined, one by one. They were eager. And so were we.


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Randy Forbes: A crackdown on bake sales?

And now the government is cracking down on bake sales. A couple years ago, First Lady Michelle Obama launched her Let’s Move campaign. Along with it, the President signed into law the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. Both are targeted at reducing childhood obesity, a laudable goal indeed.


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Randy Forbes: Keep Internet access tax free

Think about how you use the Internet every day. You probably use it to check your emails, and to shop for the upcoming holidays. You use it to pay bills, to look up restaurant reviews, or to book flights. Maybe you use it to connect with friends via social media.


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Randy Forbes: The minds that make things happen

When President Lincoln was assassinated, it took nearly 12 days for the news to travel from North America to Europe. That was the fastest means possible, as messages were passed from overland cables to steamship and back to overland cables. That is until a revolutionary invention: the transatlantic cable.


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Randy Forbes: Six things we can learn from the Pledge of Allegiance

The Pledge gives us a succinct definition of the fundamental principles of American democracy, and there is much we can be reminded of when we recite or hear it.


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Randy Forbes: Generational decisions

Generational decisions work both ways: a poor decision can impact the trajectory of the nation just as much, if not more, than a positive decision.


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Randy Forbes: Our word matters when it comes to immigration

many Americans are deeply frustrated and angry over the state of illegal immigration in our nation today. The real battle over immigration isn’t simply about the number of individuals coming across our borders illegally. Those are the effects of something deeper.


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Randy Forbes: Benjamin Franklin’s lesson on leadership

As I look around Washington today, I can’t help but be reminded of a story I once heard about Benjamin Franklin.


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Randy Forbes: Combat boots and the price of freedom

A pair of old combat boots from the Korean War sit on display at the National Museum of American History. The half-century old boots are made of brown leather with a double strap and buckles. The toes are faded, dirt and wear etched into the leather.


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Randy Forbes: The power of work and American values

Work is a silver thread throughout the American character. Throughout history, it has been individual Americans who have helped our nation burst through economic sluggishness.


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Randy Forbes: The Hedgehog Concept

Great companies, or so the fable goes, are led by people who are able to identify a hedgehog concept – a basic principle that guides and unifies all decisions.


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Randy Forbes: The Machinery of America

An elderly farmer owned a tractor that, as the tractor aged, looked about as old as the farmer. Each year, the farmer nurtured that old tractor through yet another season. One year he replaced a fuel pump. The next year, the tires and transmission.


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Randy Forbes: Five things to know about caring for an aging parent

Many of us will come to a time when we find ourselves, in some capacity, providing care to an aging parent. The United States Census estimates that the number of Americans 65 years and older will double by 2050.


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Randy Forbes: The empty chair

Today is not Veterans Day. It’s not Memorial Day, or the Fourth of July. On those days, America pauses. We take a moment to recognize our servicemembers, honor the fallen, and reflect on the sacrifices of those who have worn this country’s uniform both past and present.


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Randy Forbes: What America today can learn from the Preamble

The Preamble of the Constitution of the United States is a succinct introduction that establishes our framers’ goals for our government.


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Randy Forbes: Why the next decade of medical research matters

Adult stem cell research is also an issue where we see some refreshing agreement in the midst of a politically charged environment.


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Randy Forbes: How not to build a foreign policy

Many say to be truly smart on foreign policy, it takes a certain suave thinking – a heady blend of negotiation, policy, and intelligence.


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Randy Forbes: The pump house

The year before I was born, my dad built his first home. It was a labor of love. He was neither an architect nor a gifted carpenter, but he invested more time, energy, and heart into that home than a decade’s worth of experience could buy.


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Randy Forbes: Grave concerns over Iran nuclear deal

Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04), Chairman of the House Armed Services Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, released the following statement in response to the Obama Administration’s announcement that negotiations with the Islamic Republic of Iran over its nuclear program have resulted in a deal to end economic sanctions.


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Randy Forbes: The American Spirit

The American experiment is unique because we were founded on the principles of liberty, opportunity, prosperity, and responsibility. Before America, no government in the history of the world had successfully committed to a limited, accountable government of the people, by the people, for the people.


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Randy Forbes: Reflections on Charleston

Last week, a group met in Charleston to study the Bible, and everything changed. Nine lives were cut short at the hand of a senseless murderer. Families were left to grieve the loss of their loved ones. A community was left to pick up the brokenness. A nation is left wondering how we will heal. How we will overcome?


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Randy Forbes: The cost of human trafficking

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security estimates human trafficking generates $32 billion in illegal profits per year around the globe, second only to drug trafficking.


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In blood and bravery: The secret message from Gen. Eisenhower

Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower spoke those words in a charge to Allied soldiers on the eve of the invasion of Normandy. The plans for the invasion had been a year in the making, held close and secret, and Gen. Eisenhower wrote this speech to inspire troops as they finally faced the critical operation square on.


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Some discoveries start small

The Wright Brothers’ story is proof that scientific discoveries become engines for America’s competitiveness and inspiration of hope for millions across the globe.


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Randy Forbes: Stories from Virginia small business owners

American small businesses have been the backbone of our nation’s economy for centuries. Today, more than half of Americans either own or work for a small business.