Southwest Virginia Congressman Morgan Griffith released the following statement about his vote on the Fiscal Cliff bill Tuesday night.

“Tonight I voted NO on the Senate amendments to the House bill, H.R. 8.  As many people know, I review every legislative proposal independently and work to make the best decision I can on behalf of the people of the United States and the residents of Virginia’s Ninth District.  After reviewing all major aspects of the bill, I felt I could not support the Senate amendments. 

“Reasonable people can disagree whether or not to support this Senate compromise.  In fairness to those that voted yes, there are some good things in the bill.  However, increasing spending for programs and paying for a two month delay of sequestration in part with new “revenues” were items that I could not support.  In reviewing bills, I look at the short-term as well as the long-term consequences because they will affect our children and grandchildren for years to come.  Passing a bill that raises revenues with only minor cuts is not a balanced approach, and is an approach that adds to the debt our children and grandchildren will be responsible for paying back,” Congressman Griffith said in a statement.