Monday, August 1, 2011

Griffith votes “no” on final budget bill

9th District Congressman Morgan Griffith

WASHINGTON – Congressman Morgan Griffith (R-VA) issued the following statement today regarding his vote in opposition to the new version of the Budget Control Act of 2011: 

“Last week I made the difficult decision to compromise and voted for Speaker Boehner’s plan. While the Boehner plan was not perfect, it was a realistic approach and a step in the right direction. Among other things, it required passage of a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution before a second increase in the debt ceiling.

“However, the legislation before us today was not quite as good. By contrast, today’s deal only requires a Balanced Budget Amendment to be voted on – not passed. I hope the Democrat controlled Senate will pass a Balanced Budget Amendment as a common sense solution to solve America’s debt problem, but it is far from certain. Additionally, there is a provision which, if there is congressional inaction, would allow President Obama to effectively raise the debt ceiling an additional $1.2 trillion, triggering an equal amount of blind cuts.

“After thoroughly reviewing the legislation and hearing from constituents, I came to the conclusion that I should not vote for this bill.”

Posted By Valerie Garner

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Comments (3)

Thom Ryder

August 1st, 2011 at 9:14 PM    

I’m very glad he opposed this bill. It was a bad “compromise”. What I wanted was a balanced approach with defined, logical cuts balanced with reasoned revenue increases, like an increase on taxes for those make over $250,000 and the closing of corporate loopholes. So I’m glad that Mr. Griffith sided with me on this one and voted “No”.


August 1st, 2011 at 9:22 PM    

I think he is revealing his liberal ways, Thomas.

Jack Mcguire

August 2nd, 2011 at 9:04 AM    

The S&P has stated that we would need at least 4 trillion in cuts to keep our credit strong. This is way to little. Look for our rating to be cut.

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