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Randy Forbes' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (VA) - District 4, Republican
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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These issue positions, from the year 2014, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Pro-life Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Randy Forbes. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Randy Forbes voted Nay on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • National Organization for Women. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, the National Organization for Women attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2008, the National Organization for Women gave Randy Forbes a rating of 31 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Randy Forbes supported the interests of the Family Research Council 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Randy Forbes supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Randy Forbes. Issue Position: American Culture & Values. 7 October 2011. "Congressman Forbes has never wavered in his support of policies that protect America's unborn children as well as laws that continue to uphold the definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman." (votesmart.org)
  • Randy Forbes. Press Release “ Forbes Wins "True Blue" Award for Consistent Support of Family. 26 October 2006. "These organizations do an outstanding job of keeping an eye on Congress and its support of families, one of the most important institutions in our country. I am committed to protecting families and advancing values issues in Washington." (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Randy Forbes supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Randy Forbes. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Randy Forbes voted Yea on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Randy Forbes. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Randy Forbes voted Yea on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Randy Forbes. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Randy Forbes voted Yea on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Randy Forbes. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Randy Forbes voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Randy Forbes supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Randy Forbes. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Randy Forbes voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Randy Forbes. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Randy Forbes voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Randy Forbes. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Randy Forbes voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Randy Forbes supported the interests of Peace Action West 13 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Randy Forbes. National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012. 26 May 2011. "The Taliban and al Qaeda would love any glimpse of hope that we're going to get out of there before we get the job done [¦] Let there be no question that we know the price tag we pay, that our men and women fighting over there know the price tag they are paying, but they also know that our failure to win in Afghanistan and meet the goals we have is a far greater price tag for us to pay. That is why we should defeat this amendment." (votesmart.org)
  • Randy Forbes. Forbes' Statement on Passage of Annual National Defense Policy Bill by House of Representatives. 26 May 2011. "I am pleased, however, that the final bill approved by the House will recommit the nation to supporting our military's mission in Afghanistan." (votesmart.org)
  • Randy Forbes. Forbes' Statement on Timetable to Begin U.S. Troop Drawdown in Afghanistan. 23 June 2011. "Like many Americans, I anxiously await the day when we can safely welcome our men and women in uniform home from Afghanistan. But after visiting our troops in theatre last month and seeing firsthand the progress that has been made, I am especially interested to know how the troop withdrawal timeline announced tonight will affect recent hard-won gains as well as impact our remaining troops left fighting the Taliban. As Chairman of the House Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee, I will be closely exercising oversight of the Administration's drawdown plan to ensure that that our strategy in Afghanistan has been and will be determined by facts on the ground and the national security interests of the United States, not by political calculations." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Randy Forbes supported the interests of the Peace Action 13 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Randy Forbes. Twitter: Randy_Forbes. 5 October 2011. "Strong Defense: Strong America, an initiative to raise awareness on decimating impact of more defense cuts." (twitter.com)
  • Randy Forbes. HR 5010. 108th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2003. Randy Forbes voted Yea on 10/10/2002. (votesmart.org)
  • Randy Forbes. Facebook: Wall Photo. 26 July 2012. "As Chairman of the Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee, Randy has worked tirelessly to try to stop looming defense cuts that could devastate our national security and could result in pinkslipping 13% of our warfighters and terminating 1 in 4 defense civilians." (www.facebook.com)
  • Randy Forbes. Twitter: Randy_Forbes. 7 October 2011. "Impact of DoD cuts to mil families: Cuts will decimate family grocery savings @ commissaries." (twitter.com)
  • Randy Forbes. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. Randy Forbes voted Did Not Vote on 01/16/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Randy Forbes. HR 4939. 110th Congress. Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006. Randy Forbes voted Yea on 06/13/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Randy Forbes. HR 4200. 108th Congress. Defense Department FY2005 Authorization Bill. Randy Forbes voted Yea on 05/20/2004. (votesmart.org)
  • Randy Forbes. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Defense Department FY2007 Appropriations Bill. Randy Forbes voted Yea on 06/20/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Randy Forbes. HR 3222. 110th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008. Randy Forbes voted Yea on 08/05/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Randy Forbes. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Randy Forbes voted Yea on 06/19/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Randy Forbes. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Randy Forbes voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Randy Forbes. Statement on Vote Against Greater Risks and Significant Cuts to National Security Budget. 8 July 2011. "I refuse to accept the position that budgetary pressures should drive us to reduce our national security capabilities. In fulfilling its constitutional charge to 'provide for a common defense,' Congress must first understand the nation's security risks prior to making any cuts in defense spending." (votesmart.org)
  • Randy Forbes. Report: If Sequestration is Triggered, Virginia Could Lose Thousands of Defense Jobs. 13 March 2012. "The bottom line is this: If sequestration is triggered, it will cripple our defense industrial base and the losses will be felt across the U.S. economy. I have long said that drastic defense budget cuts risk a weakening of the pillars of America: trade, jobs, innovation, and the American way of life." (votesmart.org)
  • Randy Forbes. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Randy Forbes voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Randy Forbes. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Department Defense Appropriations Act, FY 2007. Randy Forbes voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Randy Forbes. Cut the Debt, but Don't Undercut Our Military. 29 July 2011. "Make no mistake: We must look for ways to reduce the federal debt. And the Department of Defense must be audited and held accountable for the tax dollars it spends. But defense spending is not what put us in our fiscal sinkhole, and gutting our national military strength to pay the bills will not get us out of it." (votesmart.org)
  • Randy Forbes. Blog: Defending Defense. 8 September 2011. "Over the past several months, I have discussed on this blog the severe impact defense cuts will have on our national security. With the deficit-reduction 'Super Committee' deliberations approaching, and the prospect of deeper and more damaging cuts to defense spending in sight, it is necessary that we have regular dialogue on these issues." (votesmart.org)
  • Randy Forbes. Letter to the Honorable Robert Gates, Secretary of Defense, U.S. Department of Defense. 30 September 2010. "Recently Secretary Gates announced broad plans to reduce costs in the Department of Defense and re-appropriate those savings throughout the Department. As part of this plan, the Secretary announced three longer term projects and eight initiatives that he plans to begin implementing immediately. These eight initiatives have the ability to affect the Department, its ability to effectively fulfill its mission, and the security of the nation. A decision of this magnitude should not be made without careful reflection, supported by rigorous analysis. We have been told by the Department that the Secretary had several meetings and reviewed these decisions carefully. However, it seems clear that this decision did not carefully consider the national defense implications of such a change, nor is the decision substantiated with any sort of calculation of the direct and indirect costs to our national defense structure. In addition, no information has been provided by the Department to demonstrate any level of analysis, either financial or strategic, to determine what risks are being introduced into our national security strategy and how we are to mitigate these new risks." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Randy Forbes signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayers Protection Pledge. "I, Randy Forbes, pledge to the taxpayers of the 4th district of the state of Virginia and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." (atr.org)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Randy Forbes supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Randy Forbes supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 85 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Randy Forbes supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 83 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Randy Forbes. Blog: Job Killing vs. Job Creating Principles. 17 August 2010. "Raising taxes in the midst of a struggling economy would be detrimental to small businesses and further cripple the economy." (votesmart.org)
  • Randy Forbes. Forbes Statement on FY 2009 Budget Resolution. 14 March 2008. "With the strain we are currently seeing on our economy - declining home values, slowing job growth, and rising energy and health care prices - the last thing we should do is raise taxes on our working families. Unfortunately, that is exactly what the majority's budget resolution does by imposing the largest tax increase in history on American taxpayers." (votesmart.org)
  • Randy Forbes. Congressman Forbes Discusses His New Energy Initiative on CNN. 20 June 2008. "I voted against the Budget Resolution because I don't believe we should raise taxes to tackle the deficit." (votesmart.org)
  • Randy Forbes. Blog: Recycled Tax Hikes. 22 September 2011. "At a time when high taxes and excessive regulations are driving capital, businesses and jobs out of the United States, the very last thing we need to do is to raise taxes on small business owners in a recession." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Randy Forbes. Blog: Economic Freedom. 10 June 2010. "The trillion-dollar-plus government stimulus programs and taxpayer-funded bailouts have failed. A growing private sector economy is the only 'stimulus program' that will create the jobs needed to restore America's economic strength." (votesmart.org)
  • Randy Forbes. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Randy Forbes voted Nay on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Randy Forbes. Rebuilding the American Dream. 6 March 2009. "We hear calls for balancing the budget, yet we still see more 'stimulus' spending that will postpone any serious effort to balance the budget for a decade [¦] Fixing the economy will require shared sacrifice, and it is time the government started fulfilling its share by eliminating wasteful spending and inefficient programs that are not working or have no place in the federal government." (votesmart.org)
  • Randy Forbes. An Economic Strategy. 1 December 2010. "A report by Gallup has said Americans are most likely to choose deficit and debt reduction as the best approach for dealing with the economy over other alternatives like raising taxes and increasing stimulus spending. I agree, which is why I have cosponsored a balanced budget amendment and introduced legislation to cut federal spending by 40% over five years." (votesmart.org)
  • Randy Forbes. America's Fiscal Crisis. 7 July 2011. "How long can we continue to spend almost twice as much money as we bring in? The unfortunate part is that we've waited so long to ask that question [¦] I'm unhappy where it has brought us, which is the fear that we had: that this runaway spending would bring us to a point where we had to begin cutting the national defense capabilities of our country." (votesmart.org)
  • The Club for Growth. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, The Club for Growth attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2010, The Club for Growth gave Randy Forbes a rating of 84 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Randy Forbes supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 95 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Randy Forbes. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Randy Forbes voted Nay on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Randy Forbes. One Year of Stimulus. 18 February 2010. "Bottom line: less government spending and less taxes will put America back on the path to economic recovery." (votesmart.org)
  • Randy Forbes. Issue Position: Government Spending. 7 October 2011. "Congressman Forbes believes Congress needs to prioritize, to spend less, and to spend smarter. He has introduced bold legislation to cut government discretionary spending by 40% over the next five years [¦] He is one of only 17 out of 435 Members of Congress to vote against all of the stimulus and bailout packages under both Presidents Bush and Obama." (votesmart.org)
  • Randy Forbes. Instant Economy Boost. 7 February 2008. "The federal government cannot just wish new purchasing power into existence. Since the money used for the economic stimulus was not offset by equal spending cuts, it must be borrowed, and that means that we will increase our deficit." (votesmart.org)
  • Randy Forbes. Forbes: Budget Is More Irresponsible Government Spending. 29 April 2009. "At some point, the federal government must become effective at something other than spending money. It is unfair to the American taxpayers who must foot the bill today, and it is unfair to our children and grandchildren who will be bearing the burden of this budget for decades to come." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Randy Forbes. HR 2. 108th Congress. Jobs and Economic Growth bill. Randy Forbes voted Yea on 05/23/2003. (votesmart.org)
  • Randy Forbes. Issue Position: Economy. 7 October 2011. "Congressman Forbes supports decreasing regulation and job-killing small business taxes so we can increase global competitiveness and allow for faster job growth. Additionally, Congressman Forbes believes in reducing the cost of health insurance to small business owners by providing more options like association health plans and health savings accounts." (votesmart.org)
  • Randy Forbes. Issue Position: Small Business. 7 October 2011. "Make tax cuts permanent. Implementing lasting tax cuts will help to restore economic freedom in the United States and put our country on the path to a brighter future. I have cosponsored the Economic Freedom Act (H.R. 5029), which would reduce taxes for American businesses and families." (votesmart.org)
  • Randy Forbes. Forbes Cosponsors Bill to Spur Long-Term Economic Growth. 9 April 2008. "Restoring predictability in our economy means that we need to seek permanent changes that will put more money in the wallets of hard-working Americans on a regular basis. A significant step towards this goal is creating permanent tax relief for our small businesses. By putting business back in the hands of entrepreneurs we will see business growth and the creation of more jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • Randy Forbes. Bring Jobs Back to America. 1 February 2011. "I am cosponsoring the Bring Jobs Back to America Act. The bill is a simple solution that seeks to bring outsourced overseas jobs back to the United States in order to encourage job creation. The bill would do a few things: -require the Secretary of Commerce to develop a national plan to energize manufacturing and bring back jobs from overseas. -create task forces to identify all American companies with manufacturing operations overseas and work with state and local governments to help return these jobs to the U.S. -set up a study of tax incentives to encourage the return of U.S. Jobs." (forbes.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Randy Forbes. Rep. Forbes' Editorial in Suffolk News Herald. 18 February 2010. "There is wide bipartisan support for encouraging charter schools and rewarding school innovation as a means of improving the education system in America. The Administration has created initiatives such as Race to the Top, which requires that states not prohibit charter schools. I have supported bipartisan programs that seek to reform the educational landscape through competitive grants programs and systems of rewards as a means to help transform education in America. We have the opportunity to make great strides in education by coming together on these initiatives." (randyforbes.house.gov)
  • Randy Forbes. Randy's Plan for Our Education. 16 July 2012. "Supporting State Flexibility In No Child Left Behind Congressman Forbes has supported legislation that would relieve Virginia schools from the sanctions of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) for schools that are deemed "failing" under NCLB. Schools would be eligible for this waiver if they meet particular criteria and receive approval from the Governor. Virginia's Standards of Learning (SOL), the state's yearly progress standards, have proven successful in academic standards and student testing. Meeting both federal and state standards often becomes repetitive and expensive for states that already employ state standards that are often higher than the federal requirements" (www.randyforbes.com)
  • Randy Forbes. Video: Randy on Education. 7 August 2008. "That's why I fought so hard to make sure that our local school districts have the flexibility that they need to design curriculum and to make sure that they have programs that are going to be able to fit the needs of all the children within those particular school districts." (www.youtube.com)
  • Randy Forbes. Increasing Flexibility in National Education Standards. 6 August 2012. "Congressman Forbes cosponsored the Academic Partnerships Lead Us to Success Act (A-PLUS), H.R. 2514. This legislation would allow states to enter into a five-year performance agreement with the U.S. Secretary of Education, allowing states complete autonomy to improve and enhance their education system without federal interference. Specifically, H.R. 2514 would exempt states from federal education programs and allow federal education funds to be block granted for any lawful education purpose the states deem beneficial. This allows states to opt out of the prescriptive programmatic requirements of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and use funding in a way that will best meet their students' needs. Congressman Forbes believes that education is not something that can be addressed on a one-size-fits-all approach. Right now, federal mandates and regulations are limiting each state's ability to provide innovative reforms necessary to meet diverse educational needs." (forbes.house.gov)
  • Randy Forbes. Reduced the budget for the Department of Education and preserved funding for key programs. 6 August 2012. "Congressman Forbes supported the Fiscal Year 2012 omnibus appropriations bill, which reduced funding for the Department of Education by $153 million from last year's level and $9.3 billion below the President's budget request. Notably, Title I Grants, or grants to local school districts to help all children become proficient in reading and math, are increased to ensure our nation's children have basic reading and math skills. The bill also supports special education programs to help school districts pay for the extra costs of educating all children with disabilities and cuts funding for the Administration's inflexible "Race to the Top" initiative by more than 20 percent. Finally, the legislation ensures that the maximum Pell grant award is continued at $5,550 while making common-sense reforms to the Pell grant program to ensure its financial stability in future years. These include: limiting grants per student to a maximum of six years/12 semesters; requiring a high school diploma, GED or completion of a homeschooling program to receive a Pell grant; slightly adjusting the minimum Pell grant; and reducing the income level below which a student will automatically receive the maximum Pell grant from $30,000 to $23,000. These reforms are estimated by the Congressional Budget Office to save more than $11 billion over the next 10 years." (forbes.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Randy Forbes. Letter To The Honorable Robert F. McDonnell, Governor of Virginia. 18 May 2010. "While we disagree on the risk versus reward of any potential economic benefits from offshore oil drilling for Virginia, I trust you would agree that the presence of the Department of Defense in the Commonwealth is of greater benefit than anything that could be derived from offshore drilling." (votesmart.org)
  • Randy Forbes. A National Challenge. 12 June 2008. "I support increasing our supply through drilling for domestic oil, offshore drilling, and increasing refinery capacity." (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Randy Forbes supported the interests of Environment America 13 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Randy Forbes. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Randy Forbes voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Randy Forbes. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Randy Forbes voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Randy Forbes. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Randy Forbes voted Yea on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Randy Forbes. CNN: "Seven in 10 Support Increased Offshore Drilling for Oil and Natural Gas. 5 May 2011. "I am committed to bringing much-needed relief to families and small businesses by creating jobs and stopping policies that are driving up the cost of gasoline. That's why I have cosponsored legislation to promote domestic oil production. I also voted for the Energy Tax Prevention Act, which blocks the EPA from imposing a back-door "cap and trade" national energy tax that will drive up gasoline prices and destroy American jobs. Read about my efforts in support of a comprehensive energy policy here." (forbes.house.gov)
  • Randy Forbes. Jobs in Virginia's Fourth District: Energy Industry. 3 May 2012. "Did you know that opening new offshore areas for American energy exploration could bring a potential 1,900 jobs to Virginia? Domestic energy production remains an industry where there is significant room for growth and job creation. Yet, the Department of the Interior recently cancelled Virginia's scheduled offshore lease sale for 2011, pushing any possible lease sales to 2018, and the Administration has rejected opening the Keystone XL pipeline, despite the fact that it could create thousands of jobs. Greater domestic energy production means more jobs for American citizens and we need to take advantage of the opportunity to develop our domestic energy resources, including those available in Virginia (In fact, Governor McDonnell recently signed energy legislation from the Virginia General Assembly that would advance Virginia as the energy capital of the East Coast.) I have made it a priority in Congress to encourage the development of new energy sources with my New Manhattan Project for Energy Independence, support efforts to increase off-shore drilling, and call for the opening of the Keystone XL Pipeline to reduce our dependency on foreign oil. I've also fought against costly regulations that have caused companies like Dominion Power to close plants in Virginia." (forbes.house.gov)
  • Randy Forbes. Letter To The Honorable Bob McDonnell, Governor, Commonwealth Of Virginia. 4 February 2010. "Virginia has the opportunity to develop offshore energy in an environmentally friendly manner, while improving our energy security and creating thousands of jobs." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Randy Forbes. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Randy Forbes voted Nay on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Randy Forbes supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Randy Forbes. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Randy Forbes voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Randy Forbes. Blog: The Impact of Excessive Federal Regulations on Jobs: A Case Study. 8 September 2011. "The EPA's upcoming greenhouse gas new source performance standards (NSPS) will affect new and existing oil, natural gas, and coal-fired power plants, as well as oil refineries, nationwide. While the impact on the economy and jobs are likely to be severe, the rules are quickly moving forward, once again revealing the Administration's disregard for the consequences of their policies on our jobs crisis. Again, I expect Chairman Upton and the Energy and Commerce Committee to move swiftly in the coming months to protect American jobs and consumers." (votesmart.org)
  • Randy Forbes. Issues: Energy. 12 April 2012. "Congressman Forbes voted against the cap-and-trade bill, which was estimated to result in $1,200 in higher energy costs per family in the United States. Instead, Congressman Forbes offered an amendment that would have replaced the entire cap-and-trade bill with his nationally-acclaimed New Manhattan Project for Energy Independence. Instead of relying on taxation, his solution relies on the ingenuity, innovation, and imagination of the American people to create the next revolution in energy technology." (www.randyforbes.com)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Randy Forbes supported the interests of Environment America 13 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Randy Forbes. CNN: "Seven in 10 Support Increased Offshore Drilling for Oil and Natural Gas. 5 May 2011. "I am committed to bringing much-needed relief to families and small businesses by creating jobs and stopping policies that are driving up the cost of gasoline. That's why I have cosponsored legislation to promote domestic oil production. I also voted for the Energy Tax Prevention Act, which blocks the EPA from imposing a back-door "cap and trade" national energy tax that will drive up gasoline prices and destroy American jobs. Read about my efforts in support of a comprehensive energy policy here." (forbes.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Randy Forbes supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 30 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • Randy Forbes. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Randy Forbes voted Yea on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Randy Forbes. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Randy Forbes voted Yea on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Randy Forbes in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Randy Forbes. Washington Update. 19 September 2008. "Voted to support the substitute amendment to H.R. 6842, the National Capital Security and Safety Act. The substitute amendment would prevent the District of Columbia from enacting new laws that discourage the private ownership of firearms. The District of Columbia's ban on semi-automatic handguns and handgun ammunition would be repealed. Additionally, an exemption to the federal ban on interstate handgun sales would be created to allow D.C. residents to purchase handguns in Virginia and Maryland." (votesmart.org)
  • Randy Forbes. Issue Position: American Culture & Values. 7 October 2011. "The second amendment to the Constitution reads, 'the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed.' Congressman Forbes has worked to see that the laws and regulations of the federal government are consistent with a citizen's right to keep and bear arms." (votesmart.org)
  • Randy Forbes. Sportsmen for Forbes. 6 August 2012. "The text of the Second Amendment to the Constitution clearly reads, 'the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.' As your Congressman I will fight to protect an individual's right to keep and bear arms and will continue to vote to conserve and protect our nation's environmental treasures so that our rich hunting and fishing heritage can continue for future generations." (www.randyforbes.com)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Randy Forbes a grade of 82." (votesmart.org)
  • Randy Forbes. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Randy Forbes voted Yea on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Randy Forbes. Issues: Healthcare. 12 April 2012. "Congressman Forbes voted against the health care bill. While health care reform is needed in America to increase access to care and address out of control costs, Congressman Forbes believes there is a better way to address health care than with a one trillion dollar bill that will result in higher taxes, bigger deficits, and greater debt." (www.randyforbes.com)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Randy Forbes supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Randy Forbes. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Randy Forbes voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Randy Forbes. Forbes Introduces Resolution to Expedite Judicial Proceedings on Healthcare Law. 9 February 2011. "Although I have opposed the healthcare law from the outset, I firmly believe that supporters and opponents alike should join together in calling for an expedited resolution to the question of this law's constitutionality. Under the current healthcare law, millions of Americans would be forced to purchase government-approved health insurance." (votesmart.org)
  • Randy Forbes. Blog: Repealing the President's Health Care Law. 12 July 2012. "Yesterday, I joined 243 of my colleagues in voting to repeal the President's 2010 health care law, and demonstrating our resolve to undo what the Supreme Court decided by a 5-4 vote was a massive health care tax on the American people. According to the Congressional Budget Office, the President's health care law will cost Americans 800,000 jobs, increasing costs for employers and leaving some small businesses with the choice between laying off employees or paying the penalty associated with failure to purchase health insurance. This administration has watched for 41 straight months with over 8% unemployment and their policies have already delivered us a net loss of more than 473,000 jobs. The House has now voted over 30 times to repeal all or parts of the health care law, reaffirming opposition to the health care law and underscoring the importance of electing officials who support individual freedoms and a more limited vision of government." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Randy Forbes supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Randy Forbes. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Randy Forbes voted Nay on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Randy Forbes supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
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  • Randy Forbes. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Randy Forbes voted Yea on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Randy Forbes. Forbes Supports Legislation to Secure America's Borders and Reduce Illegal Immigration. 14 August 2007. "H.R. 2954 would strengthen America's immigration laws in a number of ways, including [¦] Requiring expedited removal of certain illegal aliens." (votesmart.org)
  • Randy Forbes. Capitol Monitor: Wiping the Slate Clean. 18 May 2007. "[Mass amnesty] might seem to be the quickest fix to solve the immigration crisis, but such a drastic act will end up costing us billions in the long run without ever addressing the true issue at hand “ the need to enforce or tighten our existing immigration laws, deport those who refuse to respect our nation's rule of law, and provide resources to state and local governments to partner with us in this endeavor." (votesmart.org)
  • Randy Forbes. Blog: Saying No to Amnesty. 30 July 2010. "By erasing penalties for those who break the law, we show an utter disregard for the laws that govern this country. American citizenship is and must continue to be a privilege, and one reserved for those that enter our country legally." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Randy Forbes in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Randy Forbes in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Randy Forbes. Issues: immigration. 12 April 2012. "Congressman Forbes has supported legislation that rejects amnesty legislation, deters illegal immigrants, and restores the rule of law in our country." (www.randyforbes.com)
  • Randy Forbes. NumbersUSA: 2010 NumbersUSA Congressional Candidate Survey. Responded "Yes" to the question: "Do you OPPOSE offering the officially estimated 11 million people illegally in the U.S long-term work permits and/or a path to citizenship (whether through a blanket amnesty or an "earned legalization" or other form)?" (www.numbersusa.com)
  • Randy Forbes. Letter to President Obama. 9 September 2011. "Members of the bipartisan Immigration Reform Caucus along with member of the House vehemently oppose your August 18 2011 announcement to bypass Congress and use prosecutorial discretion to achieve amnesty to individuals who are illegally residing in the US. The manner with which your administration has introduced this policy not only robs the public of a thorough betting, but it also fails to appreciate the negative consequences of this policy shift...Also, this policy has the added affect of further encouraging illegal immigration. Frankly put, if we don't take our own laws seriously enough to enforce, why should we expect anyone to follow them? This policy will introduce a new wave a illegal immigrants emboldened with the knowledge that not only is it okay to break the law, but they will likely be rewarded for it with de facto amnesty statues, thereby exacerbating an already vicious cycle we as a nation try been trying to address for over two decades.This attempt to satisfy the narrow interests for the pro-amnesty lobby has ultimately earned the distrust of the greater American public. Our fear is that this policy will irreparably harm the prospects of true immigration reform for many years to come. Mr President, our request is simple: enforce our immigration laws evenly without passion, prejudice or preference." (votesmart.org)
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  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Randy Forbes supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Randy Forbes. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Randy Forbes voted Nay on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Randy Forbes supported the interests of the Family Research Council 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Randy Forbes supported the interests of the American Family Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Randy Forbes supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 85 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Randy Forbes supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 14 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Randy Forbes. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Randy Forbes voted Yea on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Randy Forbes. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Randy Forbes voted Nay on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Randy Forbes. Marriage Protection Amendment. 30 September 2004. "There are some of our friends who say that the protection of marriage is not worth amending the Constitution. I think it is worth that, Mr. Speaker; and I hope we will pass this amendment so we can stand with all the people across this country who believe very strongly that marriage should be between a man and a woman for the protection of the children in that marriage." (votesmart.org)
  • Randy Forbes. Marriage Protection Amendment. 18 July 2006. "I am proud to stand with those who support this legislation and those who understand that this historic relationship between a man and a woman is worth defending, even if we do not succeed." (votesmart.org)
  • Randy Forbes. Issue Position: American Culture & Values. 7 October 2011. "Congressman Forbes has never wavered in his support of policies that protect America's unborn children as well as laws that continue to uphold the definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman." (votesmart.org)
  • Randy Forbes. Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2007. 7 November 2007. "Marriage between a man and woman has been the cornerstone of strength in our country, and while it may be under attack from all sides, I believe it is an institution worth protecting. This motion allows us to take a stand for marriage, for our country, and, at least for today, puts a stop to those that are trying or may try to use this legislation as a predicate to change those laws." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

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  • Randy Forbes. Op-Ed: Security First. 8 January 2010. "The Administration must go further. It must make 'security first' decisions and those decisions must be proactive, not reactive." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

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  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Randy Forbes supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 50 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Randy Forbes. SOCIAL SECURITY IMPROVEMENTS FOR WOMEN, SENIORS, AND WORKING AMERICANS: Statement of the Hon. J. Randy Forbes, a Representative in Congress from the State of Virginia. 6 March 2002. "I also want to commend the President for addressing this issue in a straightforward manner. While the events of September 11th have required us to focus on winning the war on terrorism, I know that saving Social Security is high on the President's agenda. I believe that next to winning the war on terrorism, reforming and protecting Social Security will be one of the great legacies of this administration and this congress. Recently I was pleased to hear the President lay out his principles for reforming Social Security. The President made it clear that reforming Social Security must not change existing benefits for current retirees or near-retirees, and it must preserve the disability and survivors' components. The promises made to current retirees must be kept. Every senior receiving, or about to receive, Social Security benefits should rest assured that their hard earned benefits will be there for them." (waysandmeans.house.gov)
  • Michael Tanner. CATO Institute: Pro-Privatization Candidate Wins Virginia Special Election. 6 August 2012. "Forbes supports proposals to allow younger workers to invest a portion of their social security taxes in individual accounts, and Democrats poured money into a series of television ads attacking his position. Among them was the infamous "angina attack" ad that implied Social security privatization would lead to heart attacks among seniors who wouldn't be able to stand the stress of stock market fluctuations. Democratic strategists were blunt about using this race as a test for anti-privatization tactics they plan to use in the 2002 congressional elections. But despite this concerted attack, Forbes emerged victorious. Moreover, he did this in a District that was 40 percent African-American and where 50 percent of voters were over the age of 55. '[The outcome] shows that senior citizens are not going to buy into false claims about social security,' Forbes noted." (www.socialsecurity.org)
  • Randy Forbes. Issue Position: Social Security. 1 January 2012. "One of our top priorities should be to protect our nation's seniors by preserving Medicare and Social Security. This can be done in a responsible fiscal fashion that does not harm seniors or future generations of Americans. Congressman Forbes has cosponsored the Social Security Preservation Act, H.R. 219. This bill ensures that Social Security funds are used only to pay Social Security benefits, preventing funds from this critical program from being diverted to other programs." (votesmart.org)

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