Thursday, December 12, 2013

Rep. Morgan Griffith votes for bipartisan 2-year budget compromise

Rep. Morgan Griffith

Rep. Morgan Griffith

Congressman Morgan Griffith (R-VA) issued the following statement after voting in favor of the bipartisan, bicameral budget compromise.  It passed by a vote of 332-94.

“This budget agreement is a compromise.  It is not perfect, nor does not contain everything I would like, but it is on the right track.  This budget keeps with spending levels in previously passed House budgets commonly known as the Ryan plan, and this will be the first time since I was elected to the House of Representatives that Congress – both the House and the Senate – has passed a budget.  This agreement could have been stronger.  But in light of the fact that the Senate is controlled by Democrats, this is the best deal possible.  Both the Democrats and the Republicans worked together to reach this compromise.  Neither political party loved the bill.  As I learned in the House of Delegates, when both sides don’t love a compromise bill, it is probably a fair compromise.

“This compromise bill included a three month extension of programs to help our rural hospitals and seniors, specifically the Sustainable Growth Rate fix and Medicare dependent and low-volume hospital programs.h

“I remain of the belief that out-of-control federal spending must be checked in order to avoid further burdening future generations of Americans with excessive debt, and will continue working to decrease our deficits and our debt.

“While this budget is not perfect, I commend Chairman Paul Ryan for his work on this agreement.”

Minority Leader Nancy Policy told her Democratic caucus to “embrace the suck” and they did. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said that unemployment extension (that ends this December) will be taken up immediately upon their return in January.

Posted By Valerie Garner

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