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Scott votes down “In God We Trust”

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Never one to follow the crowd, Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Newport News) was one of only 9 Members of Congress to vote against a resolution to reaffirm “In God We Trust’ as the official motto of the United States of America.

Rep. Scott’s aide David Dailey explains the purpose of the measure:

H.Con.Res. 13 is only a non-binding resolution resolving that Congress “reaffirms” the motto and encourages the public display of the motto. The resolution does not have the force of law and would not be presented to the President for his signature if passed by the Senate. Even without this resolution, the 1956 statute (Pub. L. No. 84-851) establishing the motto would still remain the law of the land.

It was sponsored by Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Chester).

Scott said the resolution is inconsistent with the pledge he took when he entered congress to “uphold the Constitution.”

Scott’s full statement is blow:

Scott Statement on Congress’ Vote Reaffirming “In God We Trust” as the official motto of the United States

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement today on Congress’ vote on H. Con. Res. 13, a resolution reaffirming “In God We Trust” as the official motto of the United States and supporting and encouraging the public display of the national motto in all public buildings, public schools, and other government institutions:”Today we face the highest deficit in U.S. history; an unemployment rate of 9.1% and a growing number of people losing access to unemployment insurance each day; schools that lack the resources to give our students a proper education; 17.2 million households that are food insecure; and children who by the very circumstances of their birth are injected onto a Cradle to Prison Pipeline. Instead of facing these challenges and creating jobs to help American people make sure they have a roof over their head and food on their table, we are debating whether or not to affirm and proliferate a motto that was adopted in 1956 and is under no threat of attack. In addition to diverting attention away from substantive issues, the resolution is unconstitutional.”When we were sworn in as Members of Congress, we took an oath to uphold the Constitution. This resolution is inconsistent with that oath and therefore I voted ‘no’ on the resolution.”

In addition, Congressman Scott’s statement from the Judiciary Committee markup on the resolution earlier this year contains a legal analysis and is below.

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Written by Ryan Nobles

November 1, 2011 at 10:52 pm

Forbes willing to examine defense spending

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Republican Congressman Randy Forbes‘ district encompasses many parts of Virginia with a heavy military presence.  From the Fort Lee Army base to the far-reaching arms of the Navy on the coast, Forbes counts many members of the armed forces and their families among his constituents.

With that in mind, it is not a surprise that Forbes is usually a safe vote for the military in Washington.  The website  “On The Issues“,  a non-partisan tracker of Congressional votes ranks him as someone who “favors” the expansion of the military.

But in the era of bloated budgets and huge deficits,  sacred budget cows are being brought for slaughter.  That includes the Defense Department which makes up almost a quarter of the federal budget and is often defended by Republicans like Forbes.  Today on NBC12 First at 4, Forbes said he is committed to balancing the federal budget and that includes taking a close look at the military.

“Defense spending we need to put on the table,”  he said.  “But what we need to do is not do this in a closed-door session, like we’re seeing happening now.”

Forbes has been critical of the Secretary Robert Gates who is in the process of shutting down Joint Forces Command Norfolk. The installation employees thousands of people, civilian and military, in the Hampton Roads region.  The decision was reached outside of the normal Base Realignment and Closure Commission process.

The incumbent said that when all the spending is brought into the light, cuts can be made that won’t impact the safety of the American people.

“The most important thing we can do with our defense spending is make sure that we’re spending our defense spending based on defense needs, not domestic wants,” he said.

Forbes opponent, Dr. Wynne LeGrow appeared on First at 4 last week. You can see his interview here.

The Republican addressed his reluctance to debate Dr. LeGrow in our interview, which you can see in its entirety below. The full transcript can be found on NBC12.com.

Written by Ryan Nobles

October 19, 2010 at 6:37 pm

LeGrow wants more done on enviornment & health care

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Dr. Wynne LeGrow, a retired physician from Emporia said he decided to get into the race for Congress after a growing anger with the war in Iraq.  LeGrow is the Democratic nominee in Virginia’s 4th Congressional district, challenging incumbent Randy Forbes.

LeGrow, who has been frustrated because Forbes has not agreed to a debate,  said Thursday on NBC12 First at 4 that his opponent is wrong on a number of issues facing the federal government.

“I mean, my opponent was against healthcare for the 9/11 survivors, so we differ on a lot of things.”

A strong proponent of environmental reforms, LeGrow said that despite the fact that Virginia has an economy reliant to a certain extent on coal technology, that clean coal is an “oxymoron”.  The Democrat said that he is not “opposed” to investigating capturing carbon emissions, but said the real focus should be made on finding renewable energy options.

“We need really green energy, renewable energy, primarily. Because clean coal is far off,” he said.

To reach that goal, LeGrow believes that congressional legislation such as the so called “cap and trade” bill makes sense. He believes higher taxes on carbon emitters will lead to a cleaner Virginia.

“We can’t simply say we’re going to give everybody a cut in taxes and that’s going to solve all their problems,” He said. (A carbon tax) is  one approach that I think needs to be seriously considered.”

You can see my complete interview with Dr. Wynee LeGrow below. The full transcript of the interview can be found on NBC12.com.

His opponent, Rep. Randy Forbes will be my guest Tuesday October 19th. You can see the full list of our “Meet the Candidates” series by clicking here.

Written by Ryan Nobles

October 14, 2010 at 6:06 pm

Virginia leaders create united front against the Pentagon

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In this political climate it is rare to see politicians from both sides of the isle, teaming up to do anything. However the threat of losing 5,000 good paying government jobs is enough to bring even the biggest enemies together.

Governor Bob McDonnell led a chorus of Virginia leaders in protesting the Defense Department’s proposal to shut down Joint Forces Command Norfolk. (JFCOM) JFCOM employs 4,000 civilians and 1,000 service officers. The closure could have a major impact on the Hampton Roads Economy. It is a political football that ever Virginia leader has willingly caught and is hoping to advance.

It’s easy for Republicans like McDonnell, Rep. Randy Whittman and Rep. Randy Forbes. They have been unafraid to challenge the Obama administration and blame DOD for playing fast and loose with American security in a time of war. In a press conference on Monday Forbes said “What we’re witnessing is the piecemeal auctioning off of the greatest military the world has ever known.”

Democrats have been a little more delicate with their criticism, although Rep. Glenn Nye, who is in a tough re-election battle and Rep. Bobby Scott were not afraid to stand shoulder to shoulder with McDonnell as he voiced his disappointment in the proposal. It probably wasn’t easy for Nye and Scott to listen to Forbes claim that the Pentagon is slashing it’s budget in an effort to fund President Obama’s socialist agenda.

You can see my report on the proposed closing on NBC12.com.

*Note: The above photo is courtesy Chuck Thomas, Old Dominion University

Written by Ryan Nobles

August 9, 2010 at 11:12 pm