Congressman Tim Griffin (AR-02) issued the following statement after he voted for and the House passed the Budget Control Act of 2011, Speaker John Boehner's proposal for raising the debt ceiling and reducing the federal government's out-of-control spending:
"Speaker Boehner's plan moves us forward by resolving the debt ceiling issue and addressing our ballooning debt. It's not perfect, but it is a good bill that offers the Senate and President Obama a common-sense proposal: It cuts spending now, imposes caps on future spending, sets up a path forward on entitlement reform, calls for a balanced budget amendment and doesn't raise taxes on America's job creators at a time when jobs are scarce. More importantly, Sen. Harry Reid negotiated the core of this plan with Speaker Boehner and only opposed it after President Obama told him to. The Senate should pass the Boehner plan as soon as possible, and President Obama should sign it."