Foxx Votes to Improve Veteran healthcare

Foxx Votes to Improve Veteran healthcare

Calls for change of culture at the VA

BOONE, NC – Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., today praised the passage of several bills to help veterans and to increase accountability at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

“We must provide high-quality, timely care for those who have sacrificed so much in service to our country,” said Foxx. “This week Congress continued its efforts to meet our responsibility to America’s veterans, but we cannot transform the VA alone. It is the president’s responsibility to ensure changes are made within the agency and employees are held accountable for their actions. America’s veterans deserve a meaningful, decisive plan from the Obama administration to right the many wrongs that have been committed.”

This week the House approved the following legislation to address veterans’ issues:

  • H.R. 1994, the VA Accountability Act of 2015, which would provide the VA Secretary with increased flexibility in removing employees who fail our veterans
  • H. J. Res 61, the Hire More Heroes Act of 2015, which would make it easier to hire veterans by exempting those who already have health insurance from being counted as full-time employees under Obamacare;
  • H.R. 675, the Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act, which would provide an annual cost-of-living adjustment for veterans receiving disability compensation; and
  • H.R. 1607, the Ruth Moore Act of 2015, which would update regulations for veterans seeking financial compensation for mental health conditions linked to sexual assault while they were serving in the military.

Additionally, the House passed legislation to fund the nation’s highway and transit programs for three months that also includes a provision that would temporarily relieve a $2.5 billion shortfall at the VA, preventing VA hospitals from closing in August.

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Foxx Co-Sponsors Bill to End Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Providers

Foxx Co-Sponsors Bill to End Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Providers

BOONE, NC– Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., joined 64 of her House colleagues this week in co-sponsoring legislation that would permanently cut off all taxpayer funding for abortion providers.

“With so many Americans fundamentally opposed to abortion, organizations that perform elective abortions should never receive taxpayer dollars,” said Foxx. “While there are currently restrictions that prohibit the use of taxpayer dollars to fund elective abortion directly, we know that that federal funds support these organizations’ entire operations, including elective abortion. This must stop.”

H.R. 3197, the Protecting Life and Taxpayers Act, would prohibit federal funding to any entity unless it certifies that it will not perform abortions during the period for which funding is provided and that it will not provide any funds to entities that do perform abortions.

“Few things demean the sanctity of human life more than elective abortion,” said Foxx. “Until the day when a culture of life takes hold in the United States and all children are protected under the law, it remains my solemn duty to stand up for life. Regardless of the length of this journey, I will continue to speak for those who cannot.”

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Foxx: Sanctuary Cities Risk Safety of American Citizens

Foxx: Sanctuary Cities Risk Safety of American Citizens

Obama administration’s reckless policies undermine the law

BOONE, NC– Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., voted this week for legislation that would ban so-called “sanctuary cities” from receiving certain taxpayer-funded grants from the U.S. Department of Justice.

The term “sanctuary cities” refers to nearly 300 communities that have adopted laws or policies that limit the extent to which local authorities can assist the federal government on immigration matters.

“By undermining federal immigration law, these communities are needlessly risking the safety of American citizens,” said Foxx. “The problem is compounded by the Obama administration’s tacit endorsement of these so-called sanctuary policies and its reckless lack of enforcement of the nation’s immigration laws.

“Under the administration’s policies, thousands of criminal aliens have been released into American communities. This bill is a good first step but more must be done to stop President Obama from shutting down immigration enforcement.”

H.R. 3009, the Enforce the Law for Sanctuary Cities Act, passed the House by a vote of 241-179.

Under this legislation, no sanctuary city would be eligible for federal grants under the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (SCAAP), Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) and the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program (Byrne-JAG).

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