The Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce Chesapeake and Suffolk Division Boards heard from Congressman Randy Forbes on October 20 at the SpringHill Suites in Chesapeake. Nearly 40 attendees enjoyed breakfast and had a dialogue with Congressman Forbes about issues affecting small business and the region.
“Business people around the country have a plethora of issues,” Forbes said. Speaking about international competition, Forbes cited all of the regulations, litigation and taxes that the nation’s competitors don’t have to deal with.
Regarding U.S. Joint Forces Command (JFCOM), he said the command is vital to our national security and that closing it, “will be economically devastating.” Forbes, who serves on the Committee on Armed Services, and others elected officials continue to fight to keep JFCOM and its 6,000 jobs in Hampton Roads. Forbes told the group that earlier this month the House Armed Services Committee Chairman Ike Skelton (D-MO) sent a letter to Secretary Gates saying that the Armed Services Committee will not approve any money or pass legislation related to the dismantling of JFCOM until it receives all of the documents and information we have requested from the Department of Defense.
Forbes said he will focus on defense readiness and repealing the healthcare law. He wants a push for an alternative energy plan and believes heavily in modeling and simulation.
Susan Archer, Chair of the Chesapeake Division of the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce, thanked Congressman Forbes for speaking to the group and said, “I always feel more informed about issues after hearing from Congressman Forbes and he is inspiring.”