WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) voted against a House resolution that called on the United States to provide foreign aid to Ukraine – despite the fact that the U.S. national debt has reached over $17 trillion. Among other things, H. Res. 499 “states that the United States should…provide the Ukrainian government with financial, economic, and technical assistance.”
“It is incredibly irresponsible for Congress to propose borrowing even more money from China and Russia in order to give that borrowed money to Ukraine in the form of foreign aid,” said Congressman Jones. “The American taxpayers do not support this, and they do not want to be stuck with the bill. This type of reckless borrowing and spending has already buried us $17 trillion deep in debt. We need to focus on our problems here at home instead of funneling tax dollars overseas to Ukraine, Afghanistan, or anywhere else.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) voted in favor of legislation that would require President Barack Obama to diligently enforce all laws passed by Congress rather than execute only the pieces of legislation that fit his political agenda. H.R. 4138, the ENFORCE the Law Act of 2014, would establish a procedure through which either the House or Senate could bring civil action against any member of the executive branch that does not faithfully enforce the law. Such cases would be heard by a three-judge panel of a U.S. district court and could be directly appealed to the Supreme Court.
“President Barack Obama – and all future presidents of the United States – should not be allowed to cherry-pick which laws they want to enforce,” said Congressman Jones. “It is time we uphold the Constitution, which clearly states that the executive has a responsibility to faithfully administer all laws passed by Congress.”
H.R. 4138 passed the House with a vote of 233 to 181 and will now go to the Senate for further consideration.