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Virginia Foxx votes against Homeland Security funding bill

By James Howell, Ashe Mountain Times

Virginia Foxx, who represents North Carolina’s 5th Congressional District, voted against a long-term funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday, March 3.

The legislation passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 257 to 167.

Foxx said the following about the funding bill:

“Unfortunately, this legislation does nothing to prevent President (Barack) Obama’s unlawful plans to grant amnesty to millions of illegal aliens through executive actions, which undermine our system of checks and balances. While House Republicans made good-faith efforts to resolve the situation, Senate Democrats and the president refused to contribute to finding a solution,” Foxx said. “Now, the fight against the president’s blatant overreach of his constitutionally granted executive authority will be litigated in the courts. I will continue to work tirelessly to hold the president accountable for his utter disregard of the law and the will of the American people.”

According to Foxx’s spokeswoman Sheridan Watson, the U.S, House passed legislation to fund the Department of Homeland Security on Jan. 14. This legislation contained amendments designed to combat Obama’s executive actions on immigration.

However, according to Watson, Senate Democrats voted to strip the amendments passed through the U.S. House from that legislation.

“In December, Foxx signed on to an amicus brief in support of a lawsuit by 26 states, including North Carolina, which sought an injunction against President Obama’s unilateral executive actions on immigration,” Watson said in a news release. “That injunction was granted on Feb. 16 by a U.S. District Court judge in Texas.”

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