From Morgan Griffith's e-newsletter:
"Early in the 112th Congress two short years ago, members of the House of
Representatives read the Constitution aloud for what is thought to have been the
first time in the history of the House. I participated in its reading, and
remained on the floor as my colleagues filed in for their turn to read. As I
listened to different voices from across the country speaking the words of this
founding document, I reflected on the enormity of my job.
members of the House will again read the text of the Constitution in what I hope
will be a reminder of the “social contract” between the people of these United
States and the centralized federal government. I also hope that this will be a
tradition that continues.
Throughout the years, there has been much
debate regarding the size and scope of the federal government, and I have heard
from many constituents who believe that the government is exceeding the power
granted by the Constitution. With that in mind, I hope that all in Congress
will join me in looking forward to the reading of the 10th Amendment, which
protects the powers of the various states. It reads: “The powers not delegated
to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States,
are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."
Constitution is the supreme law of the United States, and lays out the powers
and limitations of the government, including the power to spend and the power to
Also required by law passed by Congress itself is the obligation
to adopt a budget. Passing a budget is not optional. The House of
Representatives has completed our required budget work in each of the past two
years, but the Senate, on the other hand, has not passed a budget in more than
1,350 days, that’s right, in three years and nine months. Furthermore, we got
word that the President will again miss his deadline to submit his budget plan
to Congress, a deadline he has met just once in the last five years. Rather
than advancing mandates and orders that dictate policies to the states, the
House, the Senate, and the White House ought to focus on completing the work we
are required to do.
I suspect the reason the Senate has not done a
budget in that three-year-and-nine-month period is that they don’t want to make
the tough decisions. To pass a budget would require them to either cut spending
or take an actual vote approving the current spending levels, which have
resulted in four straight years of trillion dollar deficits. If we are going to
keep America financially strong for our children and grandchildren, cutting
spending is not an option, it is a necessity.
The Senate has failed to
pass a budget, and the President repeatedly says he will not negotiate with the
House of Representatives regarding cutting spending and the debt ceiling
increase he wants. I understand, as do most members of the House, that there
must be compromise on the issues facing our nation today, including spending.
But with a Senate that will not act and a President that will not negotiate, the
Democratic leadership in Washington has effectively removed the middle ground so
necessary in order to reach any compromise. I am hopeful that they are merely
taking a tough bargaining position, but if they are serious, we have no choice
but to cut up the government credit card and decline to raise the debt ceiling.
As always, if you have questions, concerns, or comments, feel free to
call my Abingdon office at 276-525-1405 or my Christiansburg office at
540-381-5671. To reach my office via email, please visit my website at www.morgangriffith.house.gov."
To which I say: Well put, Sir! Thank you!