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Foxx Votes to Safeguard Border Security Programs

House Republicans Remain Committed to a Bipartisan Solution to Re-Open Government

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Washington, D.C., October 10, 2013 | Ericka Perryman (202-225-2071) | comments
Border security programs should be up and running as part of our country’s Homeland Security system. While we wait for Senate Democrats to come to the table and negotiate a way to reopen our government and require basic fairness under Obamacare, Democrats and Republicans in the House are working together to get other parts of government functioning.
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Congresswoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC) voted today with a bipartisan majority of the House of Representatives to ensure border security programs operated by the Department of Homeland Security resume operations with full funding immediately. The Border Safety & Security Act (H.J.Res.79) passed through the House with 21 Democrats joining 228 Republicans in support.

“Once again, the House of Representatives is taking action to get government working again for the American people,” Congresswoman Foxx stated. “Border security programs should be up and running as part of our country’s Homeland Security system. While we wait for Senate Democrats to come to the table and negotiate a way to reopen our government and require basic fairness under Obamacare, Democrats and Republicans in the House are working together to get other parts of government functioning.”

“As has been the case since we passed our first full funding resolution on September 20, the House is committed to a bipartisan solution to fully fund the federal government. But we can’t do that if we’re the only ones at the negotiating table or the only ones willing to contribute to a bipartisan agreement.”

Timeline of House Proposals to Keep Government Open, Restore Government Services:

  • October 10, 2013 – House votes to restore funding for Border Security programs operated through the Department of Homeland Security.
  • October 9, 2013 – House votes to direct the Department of Defense to issue survivor benefits to the families of fallen heroes and restore funding to the Federal Aviation Administration.
  • October 8, 2013 – House votes to ensure timely pay for employees working throughout federal shutdown, bring Senate Democrats to the negotiating table.
  • October 8, 2013 – While the Senate refuses to work through policy differences with House Republicans, House votes to restore funding to children’s Head Start program.
  • October 7, 2013 – In spite of the Senate’s unwillingness to work toward a bipartisan compromise to re-open the federal government, House votes to restore funding to the Food and Drug Administration.
  • October 5, 2013 –House votes to ensure back pay for employees furloughed while the Senate continues to refuse to work with the House to shape a bipartisan compromise to re-open the federal government fully.
  • October 4, 2013 – In the absence of conversations with the Senate to re-open government fully, House votes to restore FEMA funding and re-activate WIC nutrition program.
  • October 3, 2013 – In the absence of Senate negotiations to shape a bipartisan compromise to re-open government, House votes to ensure pay for all Guardsmen and military reservists and put an end to veteran application processing delays.
  • October 2, 2013 – In the absence of Senate negotiations on a comprehensive solution, House votes to re-open National Parks, restore funding to the National Institutes of Health, and authorize the District of Columbia to access and spend its own revenues.
  • October 1, 2013 – Speaker John Boehner names House members to serve on negotiating team and work with Senate Democrats to find a solution to reopen government.
  • September 30, 2013 – House votes to fully fund government, ensure equal treatment for every American under Obamacare, and conference with the Senate to shape a funding compromise.
  • September 30, 2013 – House votes to fully fund government and guarantee fairness for all Americans under Obamacare.
  • September 29, 2013 – House votes to fully fund government, delay Obamacare one year, and permanently repeal Obamacare’s Medical Device Tax.
  • September 20, 2013 – House votes to fully fund government services, while blocking funding for Obamacare.

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