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Posted by Randy | December 01, 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.

Do you agree? If not these, what other economic strategies do you support?


Posted by Randy | December 01, 2010

“I did not get on the bus to get arrested; I got on the bus to go home.”  - Rosa Parks

55 years ago today, Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat to a white passenger, which was required by a Montgomery, Alabama law. Her actions sparked a yearlong bus boycott in the segregated city and set the course for a civil rights movement that changed the course of our nation’s history. Her courage ultimately helped the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which bars discrimination in public accommodations and helped set a precedent for our nation.

When Rosa Parks died in 2005, her body lay in state in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol. Over 50,000 people viewed the casket. She is the only nongovernmental American to receive this honor.

You can read more about this pivotal moment in our nation's history here: http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/today/dec01.html

Posted by Randy | November 24, 2010

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has placed the DREAM Act, S.3827, on the legislative calendar and is seeking a vote on the legislation during the remaining days of the lame duck session.  Not only will this bill put over 2.1 million illegal aliens on the path to citizenship, but it will also allow these same aliens to have in-state tuition benefit at our publicly funded state universities and will grant them access to federal student loans and work study programs. 

I am opposed to the DREAM Act.  At a time when many American families are making tough choices over whether or not they can afford the cost of higher education for their sons or daughters, we should not be using tax payer dollars to subsidize illegal immigrants in our schools.

Here are “Five Things” you also need to know about the DREAM Act:

  1. The DREAM Act is NOT limited to children, and it will be funded on the backs of hard working, law-abiding Americans.
  2. The DREAM Act provides safe harbor for any alien, including criminals, from being removed or deported if they simply submit an application.
  3. Estimates suggest that at least 2.1 million illegal aliens will be eligible for the DREAM Act amnesty.  In reality, we have no idea how many illegal aliens will apply.
  4. Illegal aliens will get in-state tuition benefits.
  5. Current illegal aliens will get federal student loans, federal work study programs, and other forms of federal financial aid.

For these reasons, I will continue to oppose this legislation and will stand up and fight any form of amnesty for illegal aliens.

What are your thoughts on the DREAM Act?

Posted by Randy | November 22, 2010

This week CQ Weekly featured an article highlighting Beijing’s growing military brawn and apparent plans to apply it in the Pacific region.  China’s military budget has tripled in the past decade, growing much faster than the country’s red hot gross domestic product.


There are a lot of questions that this growth raises: What does this mean for China’s growing military ambitions?  How should this affect the size and structure of U.S. forces in the Western Pacific?  How should this affect defense spending more broadly?

As a nation, we need to be looking at these issues intently. As founder and chairman of the Congressional China Caucus, I am seeking to answer these very questions through hearings, briefings, and other events. The Caucus is a bipartisan group of Members of Congress who share a common interest in the emergence of China as a political, economic and military actor on both the regional and global stage. The Caucus regularly looks at a number of issues including military/shipbuilding, economy/trade, intellectual property, energy/resources and human rights/religious freedoms.

If you want to stay updated on China and the activities of the Congressional China Caucus, you can sign up for email updates – just check the “China” issue box.



Posted by Randy | November 18, 2010

This week, the first Guantanamo Bay detainee to be tried in federal civilian court was found guilty on a single conspiracy charge but cleared on 284 other counts, including multiple murder and attempted-murder charges. The failure of the civilian court to convict him on the most serious terrorism charges is proof that the Administration is wrong when they say foreign terrorists can be adequately tried in civilian courts.

That's why I offered a motion that was passed during debate of the defense bill earlier this year that would have prevented the transfer of terrorists from Guantanamo Bay to the United States, and why I introduced a bill to prevent the transfer of Guantanamo detainees to Virginia prisons or military bases.

Guantanamo Bay detainees are enemies of war, not common criminals, and these enemy combatants have no place in civilian courts.

This verdict should serve as a lesson to the Administration that future trials for enemy combatants should not be held in civilian courts. The protection of American citizens and justice for the families who have lost loved ones as a result of 9/11 and terrorism abroad should be our number one priority as a nation.


Posted by Randy | November 17, 2010
I want to make sure that you have the chance to listen to my interview from earlier this morning on the Jimmy Barrett Morning Show on WRVA in Richmond.  During the interview, I discussed a variety of issues, including Fort Lee and the lame duck Congress.

You can listen by clicking here.

Posted by Randy | November 16, 2010
Throughout the week this week, I am attending several organizational meetings and working group sessions with my colleagues as we think ahead and prepare for the 112th Congress. One of the primary topics of discussion? Top priorities for the new Congress, like addressing spending and helping to create jobs for Americans.

I want to hear from you as we plan for the 112th Congress – what are your top priorities for the new Congress and what specific ideas do you want to see implemented?
Posted by Randy | November 10, 2010

Happy Birthday to our United States Marine Corps. Today, we honor Marines past and present as we look back over 235 years of service of dedicated Marines across the world from the beaches of Normandy to the jungles of Vietnam to the deserts of Iraq. To all of our Marines, thank you for your service and sacrifice.

I want to share with you this video honoring the 235th Birthday of the Marine Corps:


Semper Fidelis.

Posted by Randy | November 08, 2010
Last week, the Federal Reserve announced that it would print $600 billion in new currency to rev up a "disappointingly slow" economic recovery.

Unfortunately, printing $600 billion will not lead us to economic recovery. Printing $600 billion does not make Americans $600 billon richer. Quite the opposite, it devalues American's savings and does nothing to create jobs for Americans. We cannot engineer economic recovery - we need to empower small businesses, not the government, to lead us to economic recovery.

You can read more about the Federal Reserve's actions here and then share your thoughts on this action in the comments section below.
Posted by Randy | October 27, 2010

The Federal Reserve recently reported in its "beige book" survey of economic conditions that the "economy is still too weak to add to permanent jobs."

As we've clearly seen over the past few years, bailout and stimulus spending will not lead to economic recovery. To create permanent jobs for Americans, we need a policy change in Washington that will empower small businesses, not the government, to lead us to economic recovery.

If you haven't already, take a look at my list of Job Killing Principles vs. Job Creating Principles for a list of my ideas on economic recovery.