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February 13, 2018
Boone, NC—Congresswoman Virginia Foxx filed for reelection today with the North Carolina Board of Elections.
Foxx is running for re-election in North Carolina’s 5th Congressional District, which covers much of northwest North Carolina.
“North Carolina voters from all walks of life want government that is responsive, conservative and that shares their values,” Foxx said. “My track record is clear: I am fighting to make government work for the people by cutting taxes, fixing tough problems and enacting conservative solutions.”
“Folks all over the 5th District tell me they want more freedom, not more government. That’s why I am running for Congress—to help keep big government in check and ensure North Carolina values have a strong and unwavering voice in Congress.”
“There are currently two visions competing for the future direction of our country. One vision, which I reject, is that more government is the solution to our problems. The other vision is that the people—citizens who know and care about their families, their communities and their country—hold the solutions.”
“When government grows, freedom shrinks. I know that North Carolina families want someone who will stand up for principles like this and who will fight for conservative solutions that don’t take away freedom or make government bigger.”
“I’m excited to keep fighting for those ideas and to make the case for conservative solutions to voters, because I’ve seen them work time after time. I promise to continue fighting tirelessly if given the honor of representing the Fifth District in Congress.”
Foxx is the current chair of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, where she has already made her mark as a no-nonsense legislator focused on putting common sense solutions into practice. She is widely recognized for her successes reining in wasteful government spending, enacting commonsense solutions that curtail the growth of government and for standing up for the unborn and for North Carolina families.
As a former small business owner, Foxx also knows the struggles that job creators face and is dedicated to keeping taxes low and eliminating outdated and burdensome government regulations.
Foxx is considered one of North Carolina’s most conservative members of Congress. In fact, both the National Journal magazine and the American Conservative Union have ranked Foxx as one of the most conservative members of Congress for her strong track record of supporting commonsense solutions to America’s problems.
Foxx signing copies of her recent book God is in the House at King location
King, NC—U.S. Representative Virginia Foxx will sign copies of “God is in the House” at Gullion’s Christian Supply Center in King, NC on Saturday, August 12 at 1 p.m.
“We are excited to welcome Congresswoman Foxx to our King location,” said Dwight Gullion, owner of Gullions Christian Supply Center. “Her book is an important collection of testimonies that remind us how Christians are still having a positive influence in government at every level. This is a must read for anyone who wants a glimpse of how God is at work in the halls of Congress.”
God is in the House is a collection of essays by members of Congress who reflect on their deep faith and how it guides them as legislators. The book was compiled by Foxx who personally asked congressional colleagues who are devout in their faith, who are in Bible study with her, or who she knows on a personal level to contribute. The book includes testimonies from seventeen members of Congress, representing ten Christian denominations from both political parties.
“For years I have wanted to tell the stories of how God worked through the lives of my colleagues in Congress,” Foxx said. “I am grateful to Gullion’s for offering a venue to share these testimonies with other believers who I know will be encouraged and inspired.”
Who: U.S. Rep. Viriginia Foxx
Where: Gullion’s Christian Supply Center, 607 South Main St, King, NC 27021 / P: 336.983.2220
When: Saturday, August 12 from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
What: Foxx to sign copies of her recent book God is in the House
About God is in the House: Published September 2016 by Shadow Mountain Publishing. Book features testimonies of personal faith by nearly 20 members of Congress and the House chaplain.
About Gullion’s: Local, family-owned Christian and homeschool bookstore and supply center that has served the Piedmont and surrounding areas since 1992. Celebrating 25 years of service to Christians and homeschooling families in 2017.
Virginia Foxx is a strong voice for North Carolina values and is a champion of conservative ideas. She is well-known for fighting to rein in wasteful government spending, reduce the national debt and jump start economic growth. Virginia believes that we need to get government out of the way by slashing burdensome taxes and red-tape. She knows that low taxes and American innovation will put more North Carolinians back to work.
Virginia represents North Carolina’s Fifth Congressional District. She is a vocal leader on the issues of fiscal responsibility and government accountability as well as on the need to repeal and replace Obamacare.
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Virginia Foxx statement on winning re-election
“I am grateful to the voters of northwest North Carolina for sending me to Congress and endorsing my positive campaign of fighting for economic growth, conservative values and strong national security.
“Now that they have spoken, I promise to continue to work tirelessly on their behalf, to fight for commonsense solutions to the tough problems we face and to ensure future generations enjoy the same opportunities that we do.
“Many voters have told me that this campaign season felt endless, which is why I am especially thankful for the dedication and hard work of my campaign’s volunteers and staff and our friends and family. These folks worked around the clock to keep voters informed about my message of conservative solutions to the problems facing America. Thank you to all who gave so much of their time, energy and talents to make tonight’s victory possible.
“There is no place like North Carolina’s 5th Congressional District. There is no other place I would rather live and work, and no other place I would rather be fighting on behalf of in Congress. I am excited to once again represent this great district, filled with such wonderful people. They can count on me to continue to fight to protect and uphold our Constitution as I represent them in Congress.”
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Voters are heading to the polls for the start of North Carolina’s early voting period.
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The early voting period runs until Saturday, November 5 and I need your help to ensure we finish strong and let Washington know that we don’t want out-of-touch liberals representing North Carolina in Congress.
As you know, North Carolina is a battleground state that will help decide which party controls Congress this year. We can’t afford to allow Washington liberals to take power again. Will you stand with me as I fight to strengthen our national security and get our economy growing?
Your vote matters. Out of state liberal groups are pouring money into North Carolina to sway the election, but your vote is what really counts.
By voting early, you will “lock in” your vote and send a message to Washington that you want a tough and principled conservative to fight for the North Carolina values you hold dear. I hope I can count on your support.
Please vote early in the upcoming election. Again, early voting starts tomorrow and runs through Saturday, November 5. Election Day is Tuesday, November 8. Find your early voting location here.
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House Gavel Switch: Foxx to Target Overtime, Fiduciary Rule
By Erik Wasson, Bloomberg News
The North Carolina congresswoman in line to become the chairwoman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee doesn’t believe the federal government should have a role in education.
Republican Virginia Foxx said she’s eager to work with a President Donald Trump to roll back numerous Obama administration labor regulations, while tying the hands of future regulators from ever again changing overtime pay rules without congressional consent. If Hillary Clinton wins, Foxx said she would work to block the Democrat’s plan to provide free college education.
As for Foxx’s dream of abolishing the Department of Education, the North Carolina lawmaker said she’s willing to work with Democrats in Congress to improve it since lawmakers probably won’t kill it. “I am a realist,” she said in an interview. “I do not believe the federal government has a role in education but I cannot change that unilaterally. It is a fait accompli.”
“My major concern in everything I do is to bring accountability to the federal government for spending hardworking taxpayer dollars,” she said.
Foxx — one of the few senior Republican women in line for a full-committee gavel — is the odds-on favorite to succeed retiring Minnesotan John Kline.
The House Republican Steering Committee will make a recommendation on the gavel in late November or early December.
Foxx, who currently chairs the Higher Education and Workforce Training Subcommittee, argues that her background as a former community college president with a doctorate in education, along with her long service toiling on behalf of leadership on the Rules Committee make her the most qualified to succeed Kline.
On the full committee, she’s second in seniority only to Joe Wilson of South Carolina, who has publicly pledged to support her. Wilson is in the top ranks of the House Armed Services Committee and could make a play for that chairmanship one day.
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“If we have President Trump, then I believe our focus will be on the labor side, on the onerous rules and regulations,” Foxx said. She said that legislation will be needed to clarify that the Labor Department overstepped its authority in moving forward with regulations, such as the fiduciary rule placing new requirements on investment advisers. In April, the Labor Department issued its final “fiduciary rule.” It requires retirement plan advisers to put their client’s best interest before their own profits.
Foxx also wants to overturn the Obama administration’s expansion of overtime eligibility to higher paid workers, as well as the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruling that companies are responsible for labor violations by contractors.
“We’ve to write legislation to keep any administration from messing around with these things,” she said.
Foxx said she also wants to focus on reauthorizing the Higher Education Act, the law that governs federal student aid. The act has been extended repeatedly without a full reauthorization for a dozen years.
“We need more accountability in every aspect,” she said. “There is very little monitoring of who get Pell Grants.”
Foxx said that the way federal student loans are administered is contributing to rising tuition and fees.
Foxx says she stands with other Republicans to block Clinton’s plan to provide free college education. Clinton has proposed making all community college degrees free and that by 2021 students from families with income up to $125,000 would pay no tuition at in-state four-year public colleges and universities.
“It’s hugely expensive for one thing and the American people cannot afford it,” Foxx said. “And there is not reason for it. There is nobody in this country who cannot get a good education that is affordable.”
She said Clinton’s plans like Obama’s amount to “redistribution of wealth” and “that doesn’t work for very long.”
Foxx pointed to herself as an illustration of how individual initiative — not government intervention — is the key ingredient to success.
“My family was extremely poor,” she said. “We had no electricity and no running water. We didn’t even have an outhouse.”
Foxx put herself through college, taking seven years to complete her undergraduate degree.
Congress can provide opportunities for others by reducing taxes and scaling back regulations to encourage the creation of jobs, she said.
“I knew education was important to change my lifestyle. I worked hard in school,” she said. “I know what an individual can do, if given opportunities. That is what I want to preserve in this country.”
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Yours for liberty,
With the passage of 240 years, it’s rather easy to forget just how revolutionary our Founders were.
Today we celebrate the words, the deeds and the love of freedom that helped to create a nation without parallel in all of human history.
Here’s a selection from the Declaration of Independence to help you kick your celebrations this Independence Day. As you enjoy the freedoms our founders purchased with their lives and fortunes and their sacred honor, may this historic text remind you of just how amazing our nation’s founding and freedoms are.
From the Declaration of Independence:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
“–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
“Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.
“But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”
With the congressional primary elections just three weeks away, North Carolina’s biggest pro-life groups and even national pro-life groups are throwing their support behind Virginia Foxx’s campaign.
It’s no secret that Virginia Foxx is a pro-life fighter who is not afraid to go toe-to-toe against the abortion industry.
That’s why grassroots pro-life groups are standing with her. They know what so many pro-life voters have come to respect about Virginia Foxx: that she believes the right to life is a God-given right and must always be protected.
As Penny Nance, the president of the conservative group Concerned Women for America said last year, “In difficult times you really find out who the real leaders are, and there’s no one stronger than Virginia Foxx on the issue of life.”
In the past weeks many grassroots pro-life organizations have rallied in support of Virginia. North Carolina Right to Life’s political action committee endorsed Virginia because she “is one of the most pro-life women in the U. S. House; pro-lifers must vote to send her back in November to represent North Carolina’s 5th District.” National Right to Life PAC also publically endorsed Virginia for her perfect 100% pro-life voting record.
The pro-life Susan B. Anthony List’s political action committee also threw their support behind Virginia, calling her a “pro-life champion.” The group’s president Marjorie Dannenfelser, who praised Virginia’s pro-life principles, said:
“The pro-life movement can always count on Virginia Foxx to lead the fight for life-saving legislation. To put it bluntly, Virginia Foxx is the abortion lobby’s worst nightmare in Congress.”
The Family Research Council’s legislative arm, FRC Action, which only supports pro-life candidates, joined the other groups in endorsing Foxx. FRC Action said that Virginia “understands that protecting the most vulnerable in our country is crucial to safeguarding all of our rights as Americans, and that we must first have the right to life before any other rights are granted.”
In short, the pro-life movement recognizes that Virginia Foxx is a stalwart defender of life. Whether voting to defund Planned Parenthood, to stop partial-birth abortion or to protect the rights of the unborn, Virginia Foxx is always ready to fight for unborn children and their mothers.