|Congressman Griffith's Weekly E-Newsletter 1.28.13
Monday, January 28, 2013 â€“
No Budget, No Pay
This past week, the House of Representatives passed legislation in hopes of breaking the budget logjam and to push the Senate into passing its first budget proposal in nearly four years.
The House has passed a budget resolution the last four years - two were under Democrat leadership, two were under Republican leadership. In the House, we intend to pass a budget again this year. Given that the Senate hasnâ€™t passed a budget and thus outlined their plan in nearly four years, I am eager to see how they will deal with creating a plan to solve our debt and deficit problem. Once we are able to review their long-overdue budget proposal, we can look for the middle ground.
After our â€śNo Budget, No Pay Actâ€ť plan was unveiled, members of the Democrat majority in the Senate confirmed their intentions to finally put forth a budget proposal; a plan to pay for the spending they support.
When asked recently about the Senateâ€™s plans to pass a budget, Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Vice Chair of the Senate Democratic Caucus, said â€śItâ€™s a great opportunity to get us some more revenues to help, in part, deal with sequestration and deal with the debt issue.â€ť
It is important to note that, unless they intend to heavily tax the middle class, the Senate cannot solve our debt and deficit problem with tax increases alone.
Furthermore, I suspect to get the votes needed for their plan to pass the Senate, the Democrat leadership will have to include spending cuts in its budget proposal. The cuts will likely include cuts to defense spending, but a long-range plan will have to be more than defense cuts and tax increases.
It is important that we work together to create a plan to solve our debt and deficit problem. In good conscience, we cannot place an anchor around the necks of our childrenâ€™s and grandchildrenâ€™s financial well-being. We must have a common-sense plan that protects our childrenâ€™s future.
I am hopeful the Senate plan will make clear their goals and priorities in solving our nationâ€™s problems. We have put plans to solve the nationâ€™s problems on the table. Itâ€™s high time they do so as well. I look forward to working across the aisle and across the chambers for these solutions.
Traveling staff office hours
Friday morning, my staff and I held traveling office hours in the Clifton Forge Libraryâ€™s Michael W. Armstrong Community Room. Mike was a classmate of mine at Emory and Henry College, where we pledged the Beta Lambda Zeta fraternity together. He served as the Clifton Forge Library Director from 1985 until his unfortunate passing in 2001. Being in the Clifton Forge Library, where Mike dedicated so many years, was a poignant reminder of his great character.
My staff and I travel regularly through the district to meet with constituents and help interact with federal agencies. For more information on Februaryâ€™s traveling staff office hours, please visit my website,