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Foxx reflects on recent Washington events PDF Print
Wednesday, 08 August 2007 20:00

Local Congressman Virginia Foxx has publicly expressed her concern over an incident a week ago in Washington.

Foxx says Democrats succeeded in “stealing” one of the Republican votes on the Agriculture Appropriations Bill. Many House Republicans have argued that their party secured a 215-213 win on a motion to bar undocumented immigrants from receiving any federal funds from the bill. Democrats, however, disagree- they argue the measure was deadlocked at 214-214 and failed. A Democrat-inspired re-vote was met with shouts of “shame” from Republicans. Foxx believes it’s partisan politics.


It's the first time such a vote turnover has happened in the history of Congress, she says.


A select committee has been appointed to look into the matter- and it’s a rare occurrence, in fact, a select committee has only been employed three times- including Watergate.


The past week has, however, accomplished something very important, Foxx said. The FISA act, or Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, was updated- for the first time since 1978.


Previously, Foxx says the U.S. had a lot of problems when terrorists were communicating abroad.

Foxx says the updates were vital to protecting U.S. troops and citizens in the war on terror.



Congressman Virginia Foxx speaking earlier this year at the 1451st Homecoming Celebration (photo by Lauren Ohnesorge)



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