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Virginia Ann Foxx

Virginia Foxx's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Virginia Ann Foxx
Office: U.S. House (NC) - District 5, Republican
First Elected: 11/02/2004
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House - District 5
Primary May 6, 2014
General Nov. 4, 2014
Gender: Female
Family: Husband: Tom; 1 Child: Theresa
Birth Date: 06/29/1943
Birth Place: New York, NY
Home City: Banner Elk, NC
Religion: Roman Catholic
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Pro-life Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Virginia Foxx. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Virginia Foxx voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Virginia Foxx. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Virginia Foxx voted Yea on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Virginia Foxx supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Organization for Women. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, the National Organization for Women attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2008, the National Organization for Women gave Virginia Foxx a rating of 6 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Virginia Foxx. Issue Position: Health Care. 28 October 2011. "It is clear that Americans reject this legislation that gives Washington bureaucrats and politicians executive power over personal health care decisions while providing for taxpayer-funded elective abortion. If there's one thing this new law is designed to do, it's to grow the power of government. The simple truth is that the Democrats' plan is one that answers to the needs of the government and not to the needs of individuals." (votesmart.org)
  • Virginia Foxx. Health Care Overhaul: What's Next?. 23 March 2010. "Madam Speaker, people are asking: Now that the health care overhaul has been passed, what's next? Well, my colleagues and I are saying we need to repeal the most egregious parts of this legislation and replace them with real, effective reforms. We must do more than simply repeal this bill. We have to replace it with reforms that will actually bring down the cost of health care. We have solutions that focus first on lowering cost and preserving jobs. We have to repeal the over $500 billion in job-killing taxes on the bill, repeal taxpayer funding of abortion and start over with laws that respect life." (votesmart.org)
  • Virginia Foxx. Celebrating Women's History. 15 March 2011. "Well, I thank the gentlewoman from Ohio, my colleague, for organizing this time to speak about the importance of protecting unborn children in this country. March is national Women's History Month, and each year other Members and I of the Pro-Life Women's Caucus make a point of coming to the House floor to celebrate the achievements of women and talk about the detrimental impact of abortions on women. Last year, it was brought to my attention that the University of North Carolina's system, which I attended, three of the universities in the system required its students to purchase health care through the university if they did not have acceptable coverage through their parents or on their own. These plans automatically enrolled students in abortion coverage, regardless of gender or their feelings regarding abortion." (votesmart.org)
  • Virginia Foxx. American People Know Best. 6 November 2009. "Madam Speaker, yesterday was an exciting day for those of us who believe the American people know best. Thousands of people came to Capitol Hill to tell Speaker Pelosi that they do not want her tax increase government takeover of health care. They said that this bill is a bill the American people cannot afford. Republicans in the House agree with them. Hardworking Americans do not want to pay for abortions and illegal aliens and should not have to pay for them." (votesmart.org)
  • Virginia Foxx. Project Vote Smart: 2004 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Virginia Foxx. Project Vote Smart: 2004 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Prohibit the dilation and extraction procedure, also known as "partial-birth" abortion."
  • Virginia Foxx. Project Vote Smart: 2004 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Virginia Foxx. Project Vote Smart: 2004 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Prohibit public funding of abortions and of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Virginia Foxx. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Virginia Foxx voted Yea on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Virginia Foxx. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Virginia Foxx voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Virginia Foxx. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Virginia Foxx voted Yea on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Susan B. Anthony List. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Susan B. Anthony List endorsed Virginia Foxx in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Virginia Foxx supported the interests of the Family Research Council 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Virginia Foxx. Providing for Consideration of H.R. 358, Protect Life Act. 13 October 2011. "Madam Speaker, I find it unbelievable that our colleagues across the aisle could make the comments that they are making today. H.R. 358 takes away no protections from women in this country. It takes away no rights of women. It is not extreme. Seventy-seven percent of the people in this country are opposed to taxpayer funding for abortions. What H.R. 358 does is to say we are going to make it absolutely certain that we are not going to use taxpayer funding to pay for abortions, even under what has become known as ObamaCare. This bill does not go beyond the pale, as our colleagues have said. It is not outside the mainstream. It is our colleagues across the aisle who are outside the mainstream. They represent 23 percent of the people in this country who do want to see taxpayer funding for abortions. They are outside the mainstream." (votesmart.org)
  • Virginia Foxx. No Taxpayer Funding on Abortion Act. 4 May 2011. "As you can see, Madam Speaker, opposition to taxpayer funding for abortion is bipartisan, bicameral, and supported by the American people. There's nothing more important than protecting voiceless unborn children and their families from the travesty of abortion. Therefore, I urge my colleagues to vote for life by voting in favor of this rule and the underlying bill and say that my colleague from Vermont said we can differ on opinions, but this is the right position to take." (votesmart.org)
  • Virginia Foxx. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Virginia Foxx voted Nay on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Virginia Foxx. Life And The Health Care Reform Bill. 16 July 2009. "Thank you, Dr. FLEMING. I appreciate you organizing this Special Order tonight and the comments of my colleagues from Pennsylvania. My colleague from Iowa and you have both been very eloquent tonight. I won't try to add a lot to the really terrific comments that you all have made, but I did want to come and lend my support to this Special Order tonight and say that I certainly share with you the horror of the fact that this bill is going to be the largest expansion of taxpayer-funded abortion in history. [¦] And I agree with you. It doesn't take much to go from not recognizing the humanity of an unborn child to not recognizing the humanity of someone with a handicap or a challenge, a physical challenge, to not recognizing the worth of an older human being. I think that is a great fear that many of us have in our country." (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Virginia Foxx supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Virginia Foxx. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Virginia Foxx voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Virginia Foxx supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Virginia Foxx. Foxx calls on President Obama to support victory in Afghanistan. 1 December 2009. ""As President Obama launches the next stage of his Afghanistan policy I urge him to commit to finishing the job and to bringing our troops home in victory and not defeat," Foxx said." (foxx.house.gov)
  • Virginia Foxx. War Is Ugly But Tyranny Is Uglier. 6 June 2007. "So we have to defeat the terrorists. We have to defeat them not only in Iraq but in Afghanistan, in New York City, in New Jersey, anywhere that we find them. Because that is our mission, and that is what we're here for. If we don't want to see freedom and our way of life destroyed, then it's our responsibility to do that." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Virginia Foxx supported the interests of Peace Action West 13 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Virginia Foxx supported the interests of the Peace Action 13 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Virginia Foxx. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Virginia Foxx voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Virginia Foxx. Issue Position: Homeland Security and the War on Terror. 28 October 2011. "Former-President Bush once said, "We do not create terrorism by fighting the terrorists. We invite terrorism by ignoring them." Today we know that should the current Administration weaken America's resolve to defeat al Qaida in Iraq and Afghanistan the terrorists will most certainly meet us on our own soil. The two recent failed terrorist attempts on U.S. soil in Detroit and New York City illustrate an important principle. We must support our military's struggle against terrorism by acknowledging their accomplishments and supporting their efforts to infiltrate terrorist organizations and work towards freedom and democracy in Iraq and Afghanistan." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Virginia Foxx. Project Vote Smart: 2004 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category. c) Defense"
  • Virginia Foxx. Foxx Votes For Troop Funding, Military Pay Raise. 16 December 2009. "'Each day hundreds of thousands of members of the armed services fulfill their oath to our country through their faithful service,' Foxx said. 'This legislation helps us keep our promise to these men and women who put their lives on the line for our nation.' The legislation (H.R. 3326) provides a 3.4 percent pay raise to armed services personnel and an additional $4.1 billion for military health care. Additionally, it includes $11 billion in funding for military readiness training. The bill also provides more than $100 for equipment purchases and upgrades. 'While I am pleased that we were able to give our brave men and women the pay raise they deserve, I am disappointed that this bill is funded at a lower level than the domestic spending bills that were passed by the Democrats in Congress this year,' Foxx said. 'We can do better.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Virginia Foxx. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Department Defense Appropriations Act, FY 2007. Virginia Foxx voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Virginia Foxx. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Defense Department FY2007 Appropriations Bill. Virginia Foxx voted Yea on 06/20/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Virginia Foxx. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Virginia Foxx voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Virginia Foxx. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Virginia Foxx voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Virginia Foxx. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Virginia Foxx voted Yea on 06/19/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Virginia Foxx. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. Virginia Foxx voted Yea on 01/16/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Virginia Foxx. HR 3222. 110th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008. Virginia Foxx voted Yea on 08/05/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Virginia Foxx. HR 4939. 110th Congress. Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006. Virginia Foxx voted Yea on 06/13/2006. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Virginia Foxx. Job Creation Starts with Low Taxes, not Class Warfare. 11 October 2011. "Madam Speaker, President Obama and his liberal allies in the Senate are at it again. After proposing a new $447 billion stimulus bill last month, the President has seen the bill languish in the Democrat-controlled Senate. Why? Because there are some, even in his own party, who know that more government spending and job-killing tax hikes are not going to get our economy moving again. But the Senate majority leader has come to the rescue with another new class warfare proposal. That's right; he wants a permanent tax increase on small businesses and job creators to pay for a temporary stimulus program. Oh, goody. Long-term, job-destroying tax increases to finance another short-term government spending program. How about we focus on creating an environment that encourages job creation by eliminating harmful government regulations that stifle hiring and by fixing our broken Tax Code without raising taxes?" (votesmart.org)
  • Virginia Foxx. Tax Increases Don't Create Jobs. 26 July 2010. "Mr. Speaker, I want to congratulate you also today on this historic day, and also all those who have made this day possible by making the House much more accessible to everyone who serves in the House. But, Mr. Speaker, I must change the subject and say that in 5 months, the hardworking taxpayers of America will get hit with the largest tax increase in American history if this Congress doesn't act to forestall it. That's right. Unless Congress acts, taxpayers will see tax rates go up across the board. This is completely unacceptable. During this period of economic difficulty and high unemployment, these tax hikes will fall especially hard on the small businesses that have already borne the brunt of this bad economy. These are the same job-creating small businesses that represent our best hope for emerging with strength from this recession. Increasing their taxes now would be an economic poison pill that would kill economic growth and job creation. After all, Mr. Speaker, what tax increase ever created a job?" (votesmart.org)
  • Virginia Foxx. Foxx Voices Opposition to Democrats $1 Trillion Tax Hike. 26 October 2007. "America has long been a leader of the free world. But the high tax leader of the free world? In a competitive, global economy we can't afford that kind of designation. Massive, punitive tax increases like this are an economic slap in the face to the small businesses and the people of America." (votesmart.org)
  • Virginia Foxx signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayers Protection Pledge. "I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." (atr.org)
  • Virginia Foxx signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayers Protection Pledge. "I, _____, pledge to the taxpayers of the (____ district of the) state of ______ and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." (atr.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Virginia Foxx supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 95 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Virginia Foxx supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Virginia Foxx supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 88 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Virginia Foxx. Breaking Waashington's Addiction to Taxpayers' Money. 26 July 2011. "Mr. Speaker, is President Obama really pushing to raise taxes while unemployment hovers around 9 percent just to get an increase in the debt limit? Republicans beg to disagree. Increasing taxes on American job creators and families will mean fewer new jobs are created, which will result in more Americans remaining unemployed. Washington does not need tax hikes to raise the debt ceiling. Washington needs spending cuts. The Federal Government is addicted to taxpayer money. The solution is not giving it more of Americans' hard-earned money. No. The solution is to halt the runaway spending and permanently reform Washington's reckless spending habits. We can fix this problem and pay our bills on time, Mr. Speaker. However, refusing to cut spending and going with status quo tax hikes would be a recipe for disaster that will rob future generations of a chance to fulfill the American Dream." (votesmart.org)
  • Virginia Foxx. Foxx Votes Against Tax Increases. 2 December 2010. "We are in the midst of real economic difficulties, small businesses are struggling to stay afloat and our economy desperately needs all the capital investment it can get. That's why it is incredibly irresponsible to push a tax hike that will harm many small businesses and job creators in North Carolina and across the country. This idea that it's "the government's money' is nonsense. Increasing taxes on the very people who help create jobs while millions remain jobless is reckless and tone-deaf to the wishes of the American people. This Democrat tax increase will likely hit 50% of small business income--dealing a heavy blow to hopes for a strong economic recovery. There is bipartisan support for stopping all the tax hikes. This effort to hike taxes on job creators is political theater and nothing else. The American people deserve better." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Virginia Foxx. Providing for Consideration of H.R. 358, Protect Life Act. 13 October 2011. "We are doing a lot on our side of the aisle to create jobs. We are doing our best to reduce spending and to reduce rules and regulations, and that will create jobs in this country. Additional spending by the Federal Government doesn't create jobs. We know that from the stimulus bill that was passed in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Virginia Foxx. Who Creates Jobs?. 1 September 2011. "The view that government is an effective job creator leads to policies like the infamous stimulus package of 2009. With a price tag nearing a trillion dollars, the stimulus bill was sold to America as a way to keep unemployment below 8 percent. We all know how that turned out. In fact, a study by an Ohio State University economist found that the stimulus "destroyed or forestalled roughly one million private sector jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Virginia Foxx supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Virginia Foxx. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Virginia Foxx voted Nay on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • The Club for Growth. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, The Club for Growth attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2010, The Club for Growth gave Virginia Foxx a rating of 86 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Virginia Foxx. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Virginia Foxx voted Nay on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Virginia Foxx. Foxx Votes for Government Funding Bill that Cuts Spending. 19 February 2011. "This legislation is an example of how Republicans are changing the culture of spending in Washington," Foxx said. "We've gone from a trillion dollar, debt-financed stimulus bill just two years ago to a bill today that takes the stewardship of taxpayer dollars seriously." (votesmart.org)
  • Virginia Foxx. It's Time to Cut Federal Spending. 21 December 2010. "Madam Speaker, the American people sent a crystal clear message to Washington in November that they are tired of this town's job-killing spending spree. But it appears that our colleagues in the current majority didn't get the message. As a result, the government funding bill we're going to debate this week continues the record-setting rate of spending passed by the Democrat majority last year. This includes the higher spending for programs that have been bolstered by unnecessary and ineffective stimulus dollars. Republicans have pledged real spending cuts to get our Nation back to a responsible budget and help create jobs. In fact, we've proposed to cut spending to pre-bailout and pre-stimulus 2008 levels, which would save taxpayers $100 billion a year." (votesmart.org)
  • Virginia Foxx. Job Creation Starts with Low Taxes, not Class Warfare. 11 October 2011. "Madam Speaker, President Obama and his liberal allies in the Senate are at it again. After proposing a new $447 billion stimulus bill last month, the President has seen the bill languish in the Democrat-controlled Senate. Why? Because there are some, even in his own party, who know that more government spending and job-killing tax hikes are not going to get our economy moving again. But the Senate majority leader has come to the rescue with another new class warfare proposal. That's right; he wants a permanent tax increase on small businesses and job creators to pay for a temporary stimulus program. Oh, goody. Long-term, job-destroying tax increases to finance another short-term government spending program. How about we focus on creating an environment that encourages job creation by eliminating harmful government regulations that stifle hiring and by fixing our broken Tax Code without raising taxes?" (votesmart.org)
  • Virginia Foxx. Protect Life Act. 24 October 2011. "New spending by the Federal Government won't create jobs. We know that from the stimulus bill that was passed in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Virginia Foxx. We Need a Budget. 17 June 2010. "Mr. Speaker, over the past weekend, President Obama sent a letter to Congress. He said we need to spend $50 billion "as quickly as possible'' in order to "jump-start private sector job creation.'' I'm not sure if the President has read the unemployment reports lately, but 16 months since his trillion dollar stimulus bill became law, the private sector is still struggling under the tax and regulatory burden of an ever expanding Federal Government. Unemployment is at 9.7 percent, and frankly, the last thing the private sector needs is the fear of higher taxes to pay for more wasteful government spending." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Virginia Foxx. Foxx Votes for National Economic Stimulus Package. 29 January 2008. "Today we witnessed a victory for hard-working Americans as the Republican principles of tax relief and job creation became the centerpiece of this important economic package," Rep. Foxx said. "This legislation does just what we need it to do: it puts North Carolina taxpayers' money back into their hands without raising taxes or creating harmful new spending increases." The legislation, the Recovery Rebates and Economic Stimulus for the American People Act of 2008 (H.R. 5140), focuses on three areas to boost economic growth: tax relief for American families, tax relief for employers and home mortgage lending rule changes. [¦] Business tax provisions include tax incentives for new business investment, with a particular focus on small business growth. On the home mortgage front, the bill increases the lending power of institutions like Fannie Mae to help home-owners in distress. "While this is not a perfect bill, it is a promising and bipartisan down-payment on our future economic prosperity," Foxx said. "We got it right by keeping all tax hikes off the table. Congress would be wise to now move to enact long-term tax relief, which is the best medicine for sustained economic growth and job creation." (votesmart.org)
  • Virginia Foxx. Foxx Votes to Send Energy Plan to President. 28 July 2005. "I am pleased that the House and Senate have come together to pass a bold plan to ensure we have the infrastructure to meet our country's growing energy needs," said Rep. Foxx. "This bill will reduce the costs of energy, reduce our reliance on foreign oil sources, encourage the use of alternative power sources and improve our electricity transmission capability. It will provide relief to our hardworking farmers by providing tax incentives and money for research and development for ethanol and biodiesel energy sources. And most important, it will boost our economy by creating thousands of new jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • Virginia Foxx. Energy Plan for America. 20 April 2005. "H.R. 6 will lower energy prices, strengthen the economy, generate hundreds of thousands of new jobs, and encourage greater energy conservation and efficiency. This bill will also reduce our dependence on foreign oil and encourage investment into alternative energy sources. Furthermore, this bill will provide relief to our hard-working farmers by providing tax incentives and money for research and development for ethanol and biodiesel energy sources." (votesmart.org)
  • Virginia Foxx. Tax Cuts + Less Spending = A Vibrant Economy. 1 May 2006. "The Republican-led Congress also enacted into law the Energy Policy Act. This bill promotes renewable, reusable fuel research and development, increased use of ethanol to stretch current crude oil supplies further and tax incentives for business and individual energy conservation efforts. As a result of these pro-growth economic policies, our country is creating hundreds of thousands of new jobs each month and has undergone its strongest growth spurt in years. The U.S. economy has created more than five million good-paying jobs since August 2003, with 211,000 jobs created in March alone. In addition, the unemployment rate has fallen to 4.7 percent, which is lower than the average of the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Virginia Foxx. Project Vote Smart: 2004 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Decrease" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category. d) Education"
  • Virginia Foxx. A-Plus Act. 13 March32007. "The A-PLUS Act provides States and their local communities with maximum freedom and flexibility to determine how to improve academic achievement and implement education reforms. State and local governments should be in control of education policies, and the Federal Government's limits the responsibility should lie in providing incentives and accountability. Thus, A-PLUS allows States and local school systems the freedom to set up local accountability plans. In conclusion, local accountability places the emphasis where it should be, on students, parents and teachers, instead of on an often unresponsive Federal bureaucracy." (votesmart.org)
  • Virginia Foxx. Project Vote Smart: 2004 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards for and testing of public school students."
  • Virginia Foxx. Hearing of the Higher Education and Workforce Training Subcommittee of the House Education and The Workforce Committee - Education Regulations: Federal Overreach into Academic Affairs. 11 March 2011. "We can all agree today that the United States has the finest higher education system in the world, which draws students from around the globe. But we are also all aware of the strain federal regulations can place on schools. In this era of limited resources, these regulations can serve to distract schools from efficiently delivering services to their students. That means onerous mandates force institutions to dedicate scarce resources toward compliance instead of focusing on meeting student needs. At a time when we should be encouraging common sense education reforms, more regulatory hurdles serve only to undermine the strength of the nation's education system." (votesmart.org)
  • Virginia Foxx. Indianapolis Star - Target Education Dollars to Where They Work Best. 10 March 2011. "Too often, federal education dollars come bundled with myriad requirements, rules and restrictions that can tie the hands of educators and undermine schools' ability to meet the unique needs of students. That's why we are developing a proposal that will give states and local school districts the freedom to target taxpayer resources where they're needed most. If a school determines greater resources are better spent on reading or new technologies, it should be free to adjust its budget to reflect the reality of its classrooms. These initiatives will be the first in a series of targeted education reform bills designed to reduce barriers, encourage innovation, and promote excellence in the nation's classrooms. We've been listening to people talk about education reform for far too long. Plenty of folks have spoken up, but it is time to stand up. Together, we need to make it clear that we will no longer accept the status quo. We are unwilling to accept schools that do not succeed. And we are demanding more for our children now so they will be better prepared to succeed tomorrow." (votesmart.org)
  • Virginia Foxx. Project Vote Smart: 2004 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "j) Providing education is not a responsibility of the federal government."
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Virginia Foxx. Project Vote Smart: 2004 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)."
  • Virginia Foxx. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Virginia Foxx voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Virginia Foxx. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Virginia Foxx voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Virginia Foxx. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Virginia Foxx voted Yea on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund. 04/18/2012. "Virginia Foxx supported the interests of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Virginia Foxx supported the interests of Environment America 7 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Virginia Foxx. Foxx Statement on the Lifting of the Offshore Drilling Ban. 14 July 2008. "Increasing our domestic supply of oil will help reduce the cost of gas, signaling America's willingness to develop American-made energy. New deepwater drilling is a critical part of a comprehensive approach to bringing down the cost of gas and ending America's dependence on oil from the Middle East. Congress must act now to lift the congressional ban on offshore drilling and show hard-working Americans that we are serious about easing the pain at the pump. We must pursue an "all of the above" energy strategy that taps into both American innovation and American sources of energy, from domestic oil in northern Alaska to solar power in the southwest and everything in between." (votesmart.org)
  • Virginia Foxx. It's Time for a Declaration of Energy Independence. 1 July 2008. "Today about 85 percent of our offshore energy resources are under lock and key. I support lifting Washington's out-dated ban on offshore drilling and giving individual states the option to produce offshore oil or gas. If states opt to keep their energy resources locked up, that's their call. But the least we can do is give them the choice." (votesmart.org)
  • Virginia Foxx. Crony Capitalism. 24 September 2008. "Mr. Speaker, the American people won an important victory today, and we all should celebrate it. The Democrats finally allowed the moratorium on offshore drilling to expire. They did that because of the pressure brought on them by their constituents and by the 135 Republicans who stayed on this floor every day in August while the Democrats were on vacation, and we spoke on the floor every day before that and since then." (votesmart.org)
  • Virginia Foxx. Paperwork Assistance Act. 29 July 2008. "A Rasmussen survey from June showed 67 percent of Americans support deepwater energy exploration, with 64 percent expecting it will lower gas prices. And a recent IBD/TIPP poll shows 64 percent of Americans surveyed support offshore drilling, 65 percent support oil shale development. We could bring down the price of gas by voting to create more oil supply, but the Speaker, Senator Reid, and Senator Obama are blocking such votes. It's a shame that very wealthy people who are out of touch with average Americans are blocking the ability to bring down the price of gas." (votesmart.org)
  • Virginia Foxx. Project Vote Smart: 2004 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "h) Support opening a select portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration."
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

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  • Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund. 04/18/2012. "Virginia Foxx supported the interests of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Virginia Foxx supported the interests of Environment America 7 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Virginia Foxx supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Virginia Foxx. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Virginia Foxx voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Virginia Foxx. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Virginia Foxx voted Nay on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Virginia Foxx. Project Vote Smart: 2004 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls and fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Virginia Foxx. Project Vote Smart: 2004 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "l) Support the U.S. re-entering the Kyoto treaty process to limit global warming."
  • Virginia Foxx. Project Vote Smart: 2004 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "k) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits."
  • Virginia Foxx. Republicans Want Energy Independence For Americans. 9 June 2009. "Who's going to bear the brunt of this new national energy tax? Anyone who turns the lights on, but it's also going to be especially harmful for many of my constituents and all others who work in manufacturing. As companies adjust to this new energy tax, many will be forced to ship jobs and the accompanying greenhouse emissions overseas where energy costs will be much lower. Many employers will face the tough choice of outsourcing or going out of business altogether. This destructive energy policy will kill millions of American jobs and permanently send them overseas, and I and many others cannot support this." (votesmart.org)
  • Virginia Foxx. Foxx Opposes Massive, Debt-Financed Budget. 2 April 2009. ""Today's choice was clear," Foxx said. "It was a choice between a budget that borrows and spends unprecedented amounts of money and a Republican alternative that recognizes that we cannot borrow and spend our way to prosperity—that's what got us into this mess in the first place." The Democrat budget plan remakes the federal government, creating the largest federal government since World War II. In the process of growing the size of the federal government the Democrat budget creates a record-setting deficit—$1.75 trillion. In contrast, the Republican alternative budget would save the nation $3.6 trillion over the next ten years. But the differences don't stop with debt and spending. The Republican alternative also refrains from raising taxes—unlike the Democrats' budget, which raises taxes by $1.4 trillion over ten years. Another key difference is the approach to energy policy. The Democrats' budget contains so-called "cap and trade" provisions that will put a cap on carbon emissions and by extension, economic growth. This plan will raise the cost of energy for every sector of the economy and, according to the National Association of Manufacturers, will ship 3-4 million jobs oversees where energy costs will be much lower." (votesmart.org)
  • Virginia Foxx. Issue Positon: Energy and Gas Prices. 28 October 2011. "As the summer months quickly approach and families start to plan vacations, our country continues to struggle with high energy costs. That is why the Democrats' cap-and-trade, or better known as cap-and-tax, energy plan is an irresponsible proposal that will do more harm than good. The simple truth behind the Democrats' energy plan is that it raises taxes, kills jobs, and will lead to more government intrusion in our lives. Based on the allowance allocation formula in the Democrat cap-and-tax bill for electricity consumers, the 40 red states seen on this map will not have enough allowances to cover their emissions from electricity generation. The shortfall in allowances to the red states will lead to higher electricity costs for consumers, the total of which will roughly correlate with the dollar losses." (votesmart.org)
  • Virginia Foxx. More Government Won't Work. 15 March 2010. "A common justification for government intervention is based on the notion that individuals and firms don't bear the full costs and benefits of their actions and that taxes and regulations are needed to correct the imbalance. The debate over global warming is an example of this idea. Climate-change activists argue that markets don't take into account damage purportedly caused by carbon dioxide. Yet even if they were right that carbon emissions cause global warming (which is unlikely), there are many stumbling blocks that prevent effective government intervention. First, there is the pure numbers-crunching aspect: Government must figure out how much to tax carbon emissions to alter behavior, which is a difficult and error-plagued challenge. Other than taking wealth out of private hands, all the negative impact of higher taxation is rarely clear, and it's a fair question whether the outcome is likely to cause more damage than the original problem." (votesmart.org)
  • Virginia Foxx. President Obama's Energy Tax. 12 May 2009. "Despite the President's campaign promise not to raise taxes on 95 percent of Americans, his energy plan is nothing more than a $646 billion national energy tax on every American family and small business. As families and businesses struggle in these difficult times, it's unconscionable to make the pain worse by forcing taxpayers to pay ever-higher energy bills. The President's energy plan will force family energy costs to rise by more than $3,100 per year and will pull $860 billion out of family budgets and put it into the Federal budget. And this is being optimistic. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimates the real cost to be as high as $3 trillion over the next 10 years. That means $1,000 in energy tax hikes for every man, woman and child. The President's own budget director, Peter Orszag, has testified that a tax on carbon emissions would ``impose costs on the economy,'' and that consumers will pay these costs through higher energy prices. The President himself has admitted that his plan will cause energy prices to skyrocket." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

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  • Virginia Foxx. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Virginia Foxx voted Yea on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Virginia Foxx. Foxx Praises Supreme Court's Second Amendment Ruling. 26 June 2008. "Law-abiding Americans have the constitutional right to own guns and it is high time that D.C. residents are given the right to purchase legal guns for legitimate purposes like sport shooting or self-defense. Today's Supreme Court ruling is a victory for individual rights and for the fundamental personal liberties every American enjoys each day." (votesmart.org)
  • Virginia Foxx. High Court Strikes Down D.C.'s Longstanding Ban on Gun Ownership. 26 June 2008. "The Supreme Court's decision today restores the constitutional rights of the thousands of law-abiding citizens in Washington, D.C. who for decades have seen their second amendment rights stripped away by an unconstitutional gun ban. Law-abiding Americans have the constitutional right to own guns and it is high time that D.C. residents are given the right to purchase legal guns for legitimate purposes like sport shooting or self-defense. Today's Supreme Court ruling is a victory for individual rights and for the fundamental personal liberties every American enjoys each day." (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Virginia Foxx a grade of 91." (votesmart.org)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Virginia Foxx in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Virginia Foxx. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Virginia Foxx voted Yea on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Virginia Foxx. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Virginia Foxx voted Yea on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Virginia Foxx. Project Vote Smart: 2004 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Virginia Foxx. Project Vote Smart: 2004 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Renew the ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Virginia Foxx. Project Vote Smart: 2004 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Virginia Foxx. Project Vote Smart: 2004 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Virginia Foxx. Project Vote Smart: 2004 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • Virginia Foxx. Project Vote Smart: 2004 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the current level of enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Virginia Foxx. Project Vote Smart: 2004 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Virginia Foxx. Issue Position: Second Amendment Rights and the Judiciary. 28 October 2011. "The Second Amendment to our Constitution prohibits the federal government from denying law-abiding citizens the right to own and bear arms. Our Founding Fathers considered this right paramount to the preservation of democracy. We should concentrate on locking up criminals and deterring criminal behavior - not imposing criminal penalties on law-abiding citizens who are merely trying to enjoy their freedom and to protect their families and their property." (votesmart.org)
  • Virginia Foxx. Providing for Consideration of H.R. 358, Protect Life Act. 13 October 2011. "Madam Speaker, I would like to point out to my colleague across the aisle that if we have a constitutional right for taxpayer funding of abortions, then we should have a right to taxpayer funding of guns. The Second Amendment allows us to keep and bear arms." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

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  • Virginia Foxx. Letter to the Honorable Roy Cooper, Attorney General of the State of North Carolina. 24 March 2010. "In the wake of President Obama's new health care law, we strongly urge you to join other Attorneys General from around the country in challenging its constitutionality. The Constitution gives the Federal Government the authority to regulate interstate commerce, but this legislation goes far beyond that power. An individual is not engaged in interstate commerce if he decides not to purchase insurance, and compelling him to make such a purchase is beyond the bounds of the interstate commerce clause. Florida, Texas, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, North Dakota, South Dakota, Alabama, Nebraska, Utah, Oklahoma, Virginia, Missouri, Idaho, and Washington are all challenging the constitutionality of this unprecedented new mandate on the American people. The state of North Carolina should be a part of that effort. This new law will kill jobs. It hurts small businesses, hurts families and will drive up the cost of health care in this country. It is an imposition on North Carolinians' freedom and will do real harm to the people of our state. We urge you to stand up for the people of North Carolina and challenge this new law in court. Thank you in advance for your consideration." (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Virginia Foxx supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Virginia Foxx. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Virginia Foxx voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Virginia Foxx. Project Vote Smart: 2004 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Virginia Foxx. Project Vote Smart: 2004 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Virginia Foxx. Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011. 18 February 2011. "Mr. Chair, there are few policies passed in the past several decades that could do more harm to our country than last year's passage of the health care overhaul. That is why I fully support the Rehberg amendment to defund Obamacare and the McMorris Rodgers amendment to bar the IRS from spending any taxpayer money on implementing the law. Not only will these amendments save billions and billions in taxpayer dollars, they will also halt the government takeover of health care dead in its tracks." (votesmart.org)
  • Virginia Foxx. Health Care Reform Comes Clean on Taxes. 19 July 2010. "Madam Speaker, there is an interesting new development on the ObamaCare front. Remember the penalties on families that do not purchase health insurance, the ones that will top $2,000 for many families? Remember what President Obama said about this individual mandate penalty? He said it was "absolutely not a tax increase.'' Well, I guess times have changed. Now the Obama administration's Justice Department is defending this penalty in court as part of the government's "power to lay and collect taxes.'' At least the truth about this $4 billion a year tax is now out. Too bad Washington Democrats didn't come clean until months after ObamaCare became law." (votesmart.org)
  • Virginia Foxx. Health Care Reform and Regenerative Medicine. 20 November 2011. "Regenerative medicine has the potential to revolutionize the treatment of all these diseases. But that may not happen. Why not? It's simple. The same kinds of bureaucracy, regulations, and red tape that are stuffed into every corner of the ObamaCare law are holding back the widespread adoption of major medical breakthroughs in this field." (votesmart.org)
  • Virginia Foxx. Unconstitutionality Of Health Care Legislation. 19 January 2010. "A third constitutional defect in this ObamaCare legislation is its command that states establish such things as benefit exchanges, which will require state legislation and regulations. This is not a condition for receiving federal funds, which would still leave some kind of choice to the states. No, this legislation requires states to establish these exchanges or says that the Secretary of Health and Human Services will step in and do it for them. It renders states little more than subdivisions of the federal government." (votesmart.org)
  • Virginia Foxx. Providing for Consideration of H.R. 1217, Repealing Prevention and Public Health Fund. 13 April 2011. "Republicans are on the floor today to fulfill part of our Pledge to America that we would cut spending and we would repeal the Democrats' health care bill passed a year ago. On January 19, this House passed H.R. 2 to repeal ObamaCare completely. The ruling liberal Democrats in the Senate, however, have so far refused to consider H.R. 2, but House Republicans remain undeterred. We will repeal ObamaCare piece by piece if that is what it takes." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

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  • Virginia Foxx. Immigration Law Enforcement Act Of 2006. 21 September 2006. "It is the constitutional responsibility of the Federal Government to protect the borders and enforce our laws. Given the scope of the problem of illegal immigration, the Federal Government should move quickly to provide authority to State and local law enforcement to combat illegal immigration. We will never get a handle on this growing problem if we don't." (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Virginia Foxx supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Virginia Foxx supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Virginia Foxx. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Virginia Foxx voted Nay on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Virginia Foxx. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Virginia Foxx voted Yea on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Virginia Foxx. Project Vote Smart: 2004 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for certain illegal immigrants who already reside in the United States."
  • Virginia Foxx. Immigration Reform. 17 July 2006. "Mr. Speaker, I rise today to support Republican efforts aimed at curbing our Nation's immigration problem. House Republicans are determined to send a bill to the President that will secure our borders, punish employers who knowingly use illegal labor, make English our official language, and remove incentives for immigrants to enter our country illegally. However, some Democrats seem determined to undermine our Nation's immigration laws. They support the Reid-Kennedy bill, which will allow 60 million new immigrants to enter our country over the next 20 years and will guarantee Social Security benefits to immigrants for the time they were in America illegally. Mr. Speaker, rewarding those who break our laws is not the way to deal with America's immigration problem. This is an issue we cannot afford to compromise on, and I encourage my colleagues to support strict immigration reform in the interest of national security." (votesmart.org)
  • Virginia Foxx. Issue Position: Immigration. 28 October 2011. "We cannot have a secure nation without secure borders. With more than 500,000 people entering the U.S. illegally each year and an estimated 300,000 illegal immigrants living in North Carolina, the time for meaningful immigration reform is now. We need to stop illegal immigration through tougher federal enforcement of existing immigration laws as well as better control of our borders. Illegal immigration should not be tolerated or rewarded and we should do all we can to protect against unlawful entry into our country and fraudulent use of our taxpayer-funded government programs. We are a nation of immigrants, but we are also a nation of laws." (votesmart.org)
  • Virginia Foxx. Letter to President Obama. 9 September 2011. "Members of the bipartisan Immigration Reform Caucus along with member of the House vehemently oppose your August 18 2011 announcement to bypass Congress and use prosecutorial discretion to achieve amnesty to individuals who are illegally residing in the US. The manner with which your administration has introduced this policy not only robs the public of a thorough betting, but it also fails to appreciate the negative consequences of this policy shift." (votesmart.org)
  • Virginia Foxx. Providing for Consideration of Senate Amendments to H.R. 5281, Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act of 2010. 8 Deember 2010. "You know, we are all, again, sympathetic to the young people who find themselves here illegally, having been brought here by their parents. We are sympathetic to that. But their parents left a place that was not as good a place to live as the United States, and the foundation of what makes us a great country is the rule of law. And if we let the rule of law be undermined, then we will be no better than the places that they have escaped from." (votesmart.org)
  • Virginia Foxx. Republican Principles on Immigration. 28 June 2006. "Mr. Speaker, last week, House Republicans outlined five principles that we want included in any immigration reform legislation before it is sent to the President. They are: Republicans want to put a premium on border security and provide the resources necessary to strengthen our Border Patrol. Republicans want to strengthen the enforcement of immigration laws and stiffen the penalties for those who break those laws. Republicans want to hold employers who knowingly hire illegal aliens accountable and strengthen the penalties on them. Republicans oppose any and all efforts to reward those who break our immigration laws. And last, Republicans believe that immigrants must come here legally, obey our laws, and assimilate into American society by learning English." (votesmart.org)
  • Bertrand M. Gutierrez. Winston-Salem Journal: Young immigrant buoyed by change in deportation policy. 23 August 2011. "Rep. Virginia Foxx, a Republican whose district spans from Northwest North Carolina to parts of Winston-Salem, said in an email that she disagrees with the enforcement policy, saying it looks "an awful lot like a backdoor amnesty policy." "Deciding which deportations to allow to continue on a 'case-by-case' basis is not only terribly ambiguous but amounts to a selective enforcement of existing immigration laws," Foxx said. "Congress would not approve such a move, so it appears that the administration is simply going to skirt the lawmaking process and pick and choose which laws to enforce. This clearly undermines the American tradition of the rule of law."" (votesmart.org)
  • Virginia Foxx. Untangling The Mess Of Immigration Reform. 1 June 2007. "I support reform efforts that respect our current laws while seeking to untangle the mess of complicated visas and temporary worker programs. But reckless promises of amnesty and "solutions" that ignore the need for better border security are not progress—they will only make our immigration problem worse." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

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  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Virginia Foxx supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Virginia Foxx supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Virginia Foxx supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 85 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Virginia Foxx supported the interests of the American Family Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Virginia Foxx supported the interests of the Family Research Council 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Virginia Foxx. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Virginia Foxx voted Nay on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Virginia Foxx. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Virginia Foxx voted Nay on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Virginia Foxx. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Virginia Foxx voted Yea on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Virginia Foxx. Project Vote Smart: 2004 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "j) Should same-sex couples be allowed to form civil unions?"
  • Virginia Foxx. Project Vote Smart: 2004 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "k) Should marriage be restricted to a union only between a man and a woman?"
  • Virginia Foxx. Marriage Protection Amendment. 18 July 2006. "It is the right time to discuss a marriage protection amendment. As Members of this Congress, we have a responsibility to look at this critical situation for marriage and the real possibility that the courts are going to redefine marriage. This constitutional amendment would concretely define marriage as we always have: as the union between one man and one woman. The disintegration of the family is the force behind so many of our most serious social problems. We cannot turn a blind eye to the social trends that are doing the most damage to America's children. The health of American families is built upon marriage, and it affects us all. The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and other local courts have ruled in favor of same-sex marriages. These unsound decisions set a dangerous precedent, and that is why a constitutional amendment is necessary. If enacted, it will effectively ban these illegitimate marriages nationwide." (votesmart.org)
  • Virginia Foxx. President Obama's Decision to Stop Defending DOMA. 28 February 2011. "Mr. Speaker, President Obama's decision to halt the federal government's defense of a congressionally enacted law, the Defense of Marriage Act, is a great disappointment. When the Attorney General and President of the United States take it upon themselves to determine which laws are worth defending and which are not, they are undermining the law-making role of Congress and the law-reviewing role of the courts. There is a reason it's called judicial review, not executive review. The President should not be picking and choosing which laws to enforce. If Congress passes a law and the courts have not deemed it unconstitutional, it is the executive branch's responsibility to defend and uphold that law, whether or not the chief executive agrees with the premise of that law. To do otherwise sets a very bad precedent." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

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  • Virginia Foxx. Project Vote Smart: 2004 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "f) Do you support a policy of pre-emptive strikes against countries deemed to be a threat to national security?"
Yes Inferred Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Virginia Foxx supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 20 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Virginia Foxx. Project Vote Smart: 2004 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves."
  • Virginia Foxx. Project Vote Smart: 2004 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government."
  • Virginia Foxx. Hearing of House Subcommittee on Government Management, Finance, and Accountability - the Financial Report of the U.S. Government for Fiscal Year 2004. 9 February 2005. "From a macro standpoint, this is a small downpayment on the work that has to be done. It is $3.7 trillion out of $43 trillion. We need to start solving some of these long-range imbalances. With Social Security you have the potential to exceed the expectation of all generations of Americans, that sounds like to me it could be a win. I think part of the problem is there has been too much focus on individual elements of a possible proposal like, for example, individual accounts. I mean, individual accounts may or may not be part of a comprehensive solution to Social Security, but even if they are, they are only going to be a piece of a package and other things have to happen in order to assure the solvency and sustainability of the system." (votesmart.org)
  • Virginia Foxx. Need to Fix Social Security Now. 30 June 2005. "Mr. Speaker, Social Security is an issue that needs our attention now. We are dedicated to a solution. We are dedicated to securing the funds we have promised to today's seniors and securing funds for future generations. Allowing workers to place part of their Social Security money in a personal account with their name on it ensures that Congress will have to find the money elsewhere. It is time to stop the raid on Social Security. We are reaching out across the aisle in an attempt to address this issue in a bipartisan manner, Mr. Speaker. However, members of the minority have chosen to mislead and obstruct, rather than work together to help the American people." (votesmart.org)
  • Virginia Foxx. New Plan on Social Security. 24 June 2005. "This week, my colleagues on the House Ways and Means Committee, the gentleman from Florida (Mr. Shaw), the gentleman from Texas (Mr. Sam Johnson), and the gentleman from Wisconsin (Mr. Ryan), laid out a good first step to help ensure that Social Security will be there for our children and grandchildren. The GROW accounts which they described would be owned by individuals. Each worker would have an account with his or her name on it, and the accounts would be assets they can leave to their loved ones as part of their estate. And for those of us who believe that Americans can spend their money better than the government can, this plan is welcome news, because when money is placed in one's own account, that money cannot be spent on other government programs." (votesmart.org)
  • Virginia Foxx. Reforming Social Security. 13 July 2005. "President Bush has called on Congress to help fix the Social Security system, and I agree with him that we have to take action. I think that the GROW accounts are a great step in the right direction. We have to protect Social Security benefits for our current retirees and near retirees while giving younger workers more ownership and control over their Social Security taxes." (votesmart.org)
  • Virginia Foxx. Why We Must Fix Social Security. 1 March 2005. "Nevertheless, I support the concept of protecting Social Security benefits for our retirees and near-retirees while giving younger workers more ownership and control over their Social Security taxes. I like the idea of giving workers the option of placing a portion of their taxes into personal accounts. This would give them more control over their money and the government less opportunity to misuse it. I am confident that once people focus on the facts and study this issue, they will realize that Social Security reform is essential. Many people have been misled about the need for reform. However, once they have the facts they agree that something must be done to protect the retirements of our future generations. We have a responsibility to save Social Security so that our children and grandchildren can receive the benefits we have enjoyed." (votesmart.org)

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Congressional Election 2004 National Political Awareness Test

This candidate has responded to a Political Courage Test in a previous election. As a continued effort to provide the American public with factual information on candidates running for public office, these archived responses are made available here.

The Political Courage Test asks candidates which items they will support if elected. It does not ask them to indicate which items they will oppose. Through extensive research of public polling data, we discovered that voters are more concerned with what candidates would support when elected to office, not what they oppose. If a candidate does not select a response to any part or all of any question, it does not necessarily indicate that the candidate is opposed to that particular item.
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding abortion.
Xa) Abortions should always be illegal.
b) Abortions should always be legal.
c) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
d) Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.
e) Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered.
Xf) Prohibit the dilation and extraction procedure, also known as "partial-birth" abortion.
Xg) Prohibit public funding of abortions and of organizations that advocate or perform abortions.
h) Other or expanded principles
Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category.
Budget Priorities
Maintain Statusa) Agriculture
Slightly Decreaseb) Arts
Greatly Increasec) Defense
Greatly Decreased) Education
Slightly Decreasee) Environment
Greatly Increasef) Homeland security
Greatly Decreaseg) International aid
Maintain Statush) Law enforcement
Maintain Statusi) Medical research
Slightly Increasej) National parks
Maintain Statusk) Public health services
Maintain Statusl) Scientific research
Maintain Statusm) Space exploration programs
Maintain Statusn) Transportation and highway infrastructure
Greatly Decreaseo) Welfare
p) Other or expanded categories
Defense Spending
Slightly Increasea) Armed Forces personnel training
Greatly Increaseb) Intelligence operations
Slightly Increasec) Military hardware
Greatly Increased) Modernization of weaponry and equipment
Maintain Statuse) National missile defense
Greatly Increasef) Pay for active duty personnel
Greatly Increaseg) Programs to improve troop retention rates
Maintain Statush) Research and development of new weapons
Slightly Increasei) Troop and equipment readiness
j) Other or expanded categories
Using the key above, indicate what federal tax levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category.
Taxes
Income Taxes:
Family Income
a) Less than $25,000
b) $25,000-$75,000
c) $75,000-$150,000
d) Over $150,000
e) Other or expanded categories
Retiree Income
f) Over $40,000
g) Other or expanded categories
Other Taxes:
Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Eliminateb) Capital gains taxes
c) Cigarette taxes
Greatly Decreased) Corporate taxes
e) Gasoline taxes
Eliminatef) Inheritance taxes
g) Other or expanded categories
Deductions/Credits:
a) Charitable contributions
b) Child tax credit
Eliminatec) Earned income tax credit
d) Medical expense deduction
Maintain Statuse) Mortgage deduction
f) Student loan credit
g) Other or expanded categories
Yes4) Do you support permanent repeal of the federal estate tax?
Yes5) Do you support eliminating taxes on dividends paid to individual investors?
Yes6) Should a married couple filing jointly pay the same taxes as if they were an unmarried couple filing separately?
7) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform.
a) Support public taxpayer funding for federal candidates who comply with campaign spending limits.
Xb) Increase the amount individuals are permitted to contribute to federal campaigns.
c) Prohibit Political Action Committee (PAC) contributions to candidates for federal office.
d) Allow unregulated soft money campaign contributions to political parties or committees.
e) Allow ads paid for by soft money that support or attack a candidate for federal office.
f) Allow issue advocacy commercials by corporations, labor unions, and non-profit groups which appear within 60 days of a general election and within 30 days of a primary election.
Xg) Remove all contribution limits on federal campaigns and parties.
h) Do you support instant run-off voting (IRV)?
Noi) Should Election Day be a national holiday?
Noj) Should same-sex couples be allowed to form civil unions?
Yesk) Should marriage be restricted to a union only between a man and a woman?
l) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding crime.
Xa) Support the use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
b) Eliminate the use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
Xc) Impose "truth in sentencing" for violent criminals so they serve full sentences with no chance of parole.
d) Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
Xe) Support programs to provide prison inmates with drug and alcohol addiction treatment.
f) Reduce prison sentences for those who commit non-violent crimes.
Xg) Support additional criminal penalties if a fetus is killed in the commission of a federal crime against a pregnant woman.
h) Require that crimes based on gender, sexual orientation, and disability be prosecuted as federal hate crimes.
i) Support programs that provide job training and placement services for at-risk youth.
Xj) Impose stricter penalties for those convicted of white-collar crimes.
k) Enforcement of civil rights should primarily be the responsibility of the federal government.
Xl) Minors accused of a violent crime should be prosecuted as adults.
m) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding drugs.
Xa) Support mandatory jail sentences for selling illegal drugs.
b) Expand federally sponsored drug education and drug treatment programs.
c) Decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana.
d) Allow doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes.
Xe) Increase border security to stop the flow of illegal drugs into the United States.
f) Eliminate federal funding for programs associated with the "war on drugs."
g) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.
a) Support national standards for and testing of public school students.
Xb) Allow parents to use vouchers (equal opportunity scholarships) to send their children to any public school.
Xc) Allow parents to use vouchers (equal opportunity scholarships) to send their children to any private or religious school.
Xd) Allow teachers and professionals to receive authorization and funding to establish charter schools.
e) Increase funding for block grants to states to aid in the hiring of additional teachers.
f) Support teacher testing and reward teachers with merit pay.
g) Increase funding for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings, infrastructure, technology).
h) Support granting states limited control over Head Start programs.
i) Support changing the mission of Head Start to emphasize improving the math and reading skills of disadvantaged children.
Xj) Providing education is not a responsibility of the federal government.
k) Support affirmative action in public college admissions.
l) Increase funding of programs such as Pell grants and Stafford loans to help students pay for college.
m) Support federal tax incentives to help families save for college.
n) Other or expanded principles
1) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding employment.
a) Increase funding for national job-training programs that re-train displaced workers or teach skills needed in today's job market.
Xb) Reduce government regulation of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion.
c) Provide tax credits or grants to businesses that offer child care services to employees.
d) Encourage employers to offer flex-time scheduling, comp-time, and unpaid leave for family emergencies.
e) Eliminate all federal programs designed to reduce unemployment.
f) Increase the federal minimum wage.
g) Support the right of workers to strike without fear of being permanently replaced.
Xh) Allow workers to sell company stock and to diversify their company retirement funds into other investment options.
i) Other or expanded principles
2) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding affirmative action.
a) The federal government should consider race and gender in government contracting decisions.
b) The federal government should discontinue affirmative action programs.
c) The federal government should continue affirmative action programs.
d) Include sexual orientation in federal anti-discrimination laws.
e) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.
a) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Water Act.
b) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Air Act.
c) Require states to compensate citizens when environmental regulations limit uses of privately-owned land.
Xd) Relax logging restrictions on federal lands.
e) Relax standards on federal lands to allow increased recreational usage.
Xf) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil).
g) Strengthen emission controls and fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles.
Xh) Support opening a select portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration.
Xi) Encourage further development and use of alternative fuels to reduce pollution.
Xj) Support the use of ethanol as an alternative fuel.
k) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits.
l) Support the U.S. re-entering the Kyoto treaty process to limit global warming.
m) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns.
a) Renew the ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting.
b) Maintain and strengthen the current level of enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
Xc) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
Xd) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
Xe) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns.
f) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns.
g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows.
h) Require a license for gun possession.
i) Establish a national database of ballistic "fingerprints" to track guns used in criminal activities.
Xj) Support legislation that would protect manufacturers, distributors, dealers, and importers of firearms from civil lawsuits by crime victims.
k) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health care.
a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government.
b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income.
c) Support a Patient's Bill of Rights which includes appeal mechanisms when claims are denied.
d) Support a Patient's Bill of Rights which includes the right to sue when claims are denied.
Xe) Expand eligibility for tax-free medical savings accounts.
Xf) Establish limits on the amount of punitive damages awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
g) Support expanding prescription drug coverage under Medicare.
h) Support expanding prescription drug coverage under private managed care plans.
Xi) Offer tax credits to individuals and small businesses to offset the cost of insurance coverage.
j) Support automatic enrollment of children in federal health care programs such as CHIP and Medicaid.
k) Allow 55-65 year-olds to buy into Medicare.
Xl) Support stem cell research on existing lines of stem cells.
m) Allow laboratories to create new lines of stem cells for additional research.
n) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding immigration.
a) Decrease the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country.
Xb) Establish English as the official national language.
c) Increase the number of visas issued for agricultural workers.
d) Relax restrictions barring legal immigrants from using social programs (e.g. public housing, food stamps).
e) Support amnesty for certain illegal immigrants who already reside in the United States.
f) Support the detention of asylum seekers from countries known to sponsor terrorism.
g) Other or expanded principles
International Aid
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding United States economic assistance.
a) Aid should be granted to countries when extraordinary circumstances cause disaster and threaten civilian lives.
b) Aid should be granted to countries when it is in the security interests of the United States.
c) Aid should be eliminated for any nation with documented human rights abuses.
Xd) Aid programs should be scaled back and eventually eliminated.
e) Other or expanded principles
International Policy
1) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the Middle East.
Yesa) Should the United States continue to provide leadership in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process?
b) Should the United States support the creation of a Palestinian state?
Noc) Should the United States withdraw its troops from Iraq?
d) Discuss your proposals for the reconstruction of Iraq. What funding sources would you use to implement these proposals? (75 words or less. Please use an attached page if the space below is not adequate.)
e) Other or expanded principles
2) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Central and East Asia.
a) Should the United States use diplomatic and economic pressure to encourage North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons program?
b) Should the United States use military force to destroy the North Korean nuclear weapons program?
c) Should the United States remove the North Korean government from power?
d) Should the United States increase financial support to Afghanistan?
e) Should the United States increase military support to Afghanistan?
f) Other or expanded principles
3) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the United Nations.
a) Should the United States maintain its financial support of the United Nations?
Yesb) Should the United States decrease its financial support of the United Nations?
Yesc) Should the United States commit troops to United Nations peacekeeping missions?
d) Other or expanded principles

On c): our troops should always be under U.S. command.

4) Should the United States lift the travel ban to Cuba?
5) Should the United States increase its financial support to Colombia to combat "the war on drugs"?
6) Should aid to African nations for AIDS prevention programs fund distribution of contraceptives?
7) Should aid to African nations for AIDS prevention fund abstinence education?
8) Other or expanded principles
International Trade
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding international trade.
No1) Do you support the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)?
2) Do you support the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT)?
3) Do you support continued U.S. membership in the World Trade Organization (WTO)?
Yes4) Should a nation's human rights record affect its normal trade relations (most favored nation) status with the United States?
Yes5) Do you support the trade embargo against Cuba?
6) Should trade agreements include provisions to address environmental concerns and to protect workers' rights?
7) Other or expanded principles

NAFTA has not been fairly enforced

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding national security.
Yesa) Do you support using military tribunals to try suspected terrorists when ordinary civilian courts are deemed inappropriate or impractical?
Yesb) Should the United States adopt stricter rules for student visa applications from nations known to sponsor terrorism?
c) Should the United States grant law enforcement agencies greater discretion to read mail and email, tap phones, and conduct random searches to prevent future terrorist attacks?
Yesd) Should the United States hold foreign states accountable for terrorists who operate in their country?
Yese) Should the federal government increase funding to states and cities for homeland security?
Yesf) Do you support a policy of pre-emptive strikes against countries deemed to be a threat to national security?
g) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Social Security.
Xa) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves.
b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government.
c) Invest a portion of Social Security assets collectively in stocks and bonds instead of United States Treasury securities.
d) Increase the payroll tax to better finance Social Security in its current form.
e) Lower the annual cost-of-living increases.
f) Raise the retirement age for when individuals are eligible to receive full Social Security benefits.
g) Other of expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding technology and communication.
a) Collect taxes on commercial Internet transactions.
Xb) Continue the moratorium on Internet taxation.
c) Implement regulation of Internet content.
d) Support government mandates to curtail violent and sexual content on television.
Xe) Support strict penalties for Internet crimes (e.g. hacking, identity theft, worms/viruses).
f) Support legislation to detail how personal information can be collected and used on the Internet.
g) Regulating the Internet is not a responsibility of the federal government.
h) Impose regulations on "spam" emails.
Xi) Other or expanded principles

Allow for "no spam" registry

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare and poverty.
a) Require welfare recipients to spend at least 40 hours a week in a combination of work and training programs.
b) Increase funding for child care programs.
c) Continue to give states and local governments flexibility in and responsibility for welfare programs through federal block grants.
d) Direct federal poverty aid through religious, community-based, or other non-profit organizations.
Xe) Abolish all federal welfare programs.
f) Support housing assistance for low-income families.
g) Other or expanded principles
On an attached page, disk, or via email, please explain in a total of 75 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.

1. Homeland Security: I pledge 100 percent effort to winning the war on terror, protecting our borders, stopping illegal aliens, and bringing home our troops as victorious champions of democracy.
2. Affordable Healthcare: I want to make health care affordable to every American though much needed reform rather than a government sponsored program.
3. Family Values: I will be an unquestionable advocate for the traditional family values (pro-life, traditional marriage, and keeping God in our teachings and traditions.)

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