Griffin Votes for "Flawed' Bill to Cut Spending

By:  Tim Griffin
Date: April 14, 2011
Location: Washington, DC

Congressman Tim Griffin (AR-02) issued the following statement after today's vote on H.R. 1473, a bill to cut spending and fund the government for the rest of this fiscal year -- five months -- commonly referred to as a Continuing Resolution (CR):

"I am disappointed with the size and substance of this flawed bill. It reduces our discretionary spending through the end of September by just under $40 billion. I wish it reduced our spending for 2011 by much, much more and included a number of specific cuts, such as the House's defunding of ObamaCare. But despite its many flaws, I voted for it because the only thing worse than modest cuts is no cuts at all.

"There are, however, positive aspects to this bill. This bill fully funds our troops, who are bravely defending our country around the world. In addition, last year the Congress was talking about how much to spend. Today, we are talking about how much to cut. That is a victory, and the first step in changing the spending culture of Washington. Today's vote represents the largest level of cuts since World War II. The President would have spent $78.5 billion more without the cuts in this bill. More importantly, today's vote allows us to move from cutting billions to cutting trillions."