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Griffith reluctantly votes for stopgap measure to fund federal government

Stephen Igo • Dec 23, 2017 at 6:00 PM

WASHINGTON, D.C. — After voting in favor of a continuing resolution (CR) earlier this week, Virginia Ninth District Rep. Morgan Griffith, R-Salem, said he is not pleased the measure was even necessary given the long time period that appropriations bills have remained stalled in the Senate.

“I voted for today’s CR in order to keep the federal government open,” Griffith said in a statement issued after Tuesday’s vote on the temporary funding measure by both houses of Congress.

His vote was hardly enthusiastic, however.

“I am not happy with this process or this legislation, but as the Senate has failed for 98 days to take up the appropriations bills passed by the House under regular order, passing the CR was necessary. It will keep the government running until Jan. 19.”

A FISA provision in the CR also rankled Griffith.

“To cobble together enough votes to pass the CR, congressional leadership included a three week extension of Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA),” he said. “I strongly believe that provisions of the FISA law are unconstitutional when applied to American citizens.”

The leadership did throw FISA critics like Griffith some hope to address the act’s issues in order to ensure enough votes for the CR, however.

“In exchange for agreeing to the CR, leadership promised a debate on FISA and an opportunity to vote on a constitutionally sound alternative before Jan. 19,” Griffith said. “It is past time that we bring this program into alignment with the rights guaranteed to Americans in our Constitution.”

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