From U.S. Representative Morgan Griffith (R-VA-9):
Must Do More to Rein In Spending and Overreach
week, Congress passed comprehensive “omnibus” spending legislation that will
fund the government for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2016. Meaning “for
everything,” omnibus legislation is a vehicle for combining appropriations
funding bills with other items commonly known as “riders,” which make the
underlying legislation more palatable.
Because omnibus bills are large in
size and scope, last week’s legislation included both good and bad. If we were
going to pass the bad, there ought to have been more good riders for balance. I
could not vote for it, believing it left out certain items of importance to me
and residents of the Ninth District.
In an effort to try and improve the
bill, I worked with Congressmen Jim Jordan (R-OH), Mick Mulvaney (R-SC), Justin
Amash (R-MI), Alex Mooney (R-WV), and others on a proposal that, if it had been
adopted, would have added in a number of conservative riders.
One of our
provisions, for example, would have helped industries including the coal
industry by putting a one-year moratorium on the Obama Administration’s Stream
Buffer Zone Rule. I and others were of the belief that the underlying bill
would include pro-coal language to stop the implementation of this rule. I was
frustrated to learn that despite these assurances, that language was not
Others would have protected health care providers who do not
wish to provide abortions. A nurse should have a choice, and should not be
forced to participate in performing an abortion he or she find is in violation
of their moral beliefs. Another item we proposed dealt with cyber
Unfortunately, our proposals were not ultimately included in
the omnibus bill. Accordingly, I voted no.