Congressman Morgan Griffith (VA-09) issued the following statement today regarding passage of a 3 week Continuing Resolution (CR) that cuts $6 billion in federal spending. This measure passed the House by a vote of 271 to 158 and now awaits Senate action.
"As long as Congress is cutting spending, the American people are winning. While this short term CR is not the ideal solution, it is a step to address the situation. So far the Senate and the President have been sticking their heads in the sand, avoiding the modest cut of $100 billion to the President's proposed FY2011 budget, which passed in the House version of H.R. 1. This year alone it is predicted that we will face a $1.5 trillion budget deficit. In fact, the cuts proposed in H.R. 1 address less than 7 percent of our deficit spending for 2011. By necessity, spending cuts must be deeper in the upcoming 2012 budget. Washington's spending culture must change. But in order to do so, it will require that the House, the Senate, and the President work together. Americans deserve nothing less."