Congressman Morgan Griffith (R-VA) issued the following statement today on the final passage of the Continuing Resolution (CR) which would fund the government through the end of FY 2011 (September 30):
"The House voted for something new in Washington -- unprecedented spending cuts. Keeping in step with the Pledge to America, House Republicans put forth a plan to cut more than $100 billion in spending from the President Obama's proposed FY2011 budget.
"As families in the 9th District continue to tighten their belts, the federal government must do the same. Borrowing excessive amounts of money to cover day-to-day expenses is not the way to do it. The magnitude of these cuts represents the tough choices we must make in order to change the spending culture in Washington. Nine percent unemployment and $14 trillion national debt are proof that throwing money at the problem is not a viable solution. Cutting spending will improve the economy, give businesses a level of comfort that the government won't be taking more money from them, and, thus, give them confidence to hire more employees. This CR is just the starting point in reining in our skyrocketing debt.
"I am also pleased that my amendment passed 235 to 185. This addition to the CR would rescind funding for the Environmental Protection Agency's conductivity guidance that is bringing the permitting process for coal mines to a standstill in Appalachia. We have to stop these job-destroying regulations. Permits issued under the Clean Water Act affect nearly 80,000 direct coal mining jobs, as well as the coal to power nearly 80 million homes. Not only are these reckless regulations a threat to businesses in the 9th District, but they are a threat to jobs across the nation as well as America's energy security. The House passage of the CR is a positive step in getting the EPA off the backs of coal producers and the American economy back on track."