Rep. Griffith Was Already A Republican

December 22, 2009 11:55 am ET

On December 22, 2009, it was reported that freshman Alabama Rep. Parker Griffith was switching parties to become Republican.  However, an examination of his votes in his first year in Congress reveals that the "switch" is in name only; Griffith was already a consistent supporter of the GOP's conservative agenda.

Griffith Opposed Equal Pay For Women

Rep. Griffith Voted Against Equal Pay For Women.  In 2009, Rep. Griffith voted against the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.  According to MSNBC, "The measure is designed to make it easier for workers to sue for decades-old discrimination... The law effectively nullifies a 2007 Supreme Court decision that said workers had only 180 days to file a pay-discrimination lawsuit." [S 181, Vote #37, 1/27/09; MSNBC, 1/29/09]

Griffith Sided With Republicans Against The President's Recovery Plan

Rep. Griffith Voted Against The American Recovery And Reinvestment Act.  In 2009, Rep. Griffith voted against the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which would create or save more than 3.5 million jobs over two years.  The bill would also invest in infrastructure investment, energy efficiency and science, assistance to the unemployed, and State and local fiscal stabilization.  The bill passed 246-183.  [Recovery.org, accessed 4/15/09; HR 1, Vote #70, 2/13/09]

Griffith Voted Against The 2010 Budget Resolution

Rep. Griffith Voted Against 2010 Budget Resolution Containing Increased Funding For Veterans and Renewable Energy.  In 2009, Rep. Griffith voted against the House of Representatives' 2010 Budget Resolution.  The house version of the budget contained an 11.5% increase in veterans' funding, $39 billion in funding for renewable energy and energy efficiency and cuts the deficit in half over 5 years.  [HCR 85, Vote #192, 4/2/09; House Budget Committee, accessed 4/2/09]

Griffith Rejected Clean Energy Jobs Legislation

Rep. Griffith Voted Against The American Clean Energy And Security Act.  In 2009, Rep. Griffith voted against the American Clean Energy and Security Act, which would create over 1.7 million American green jobs.  [HR 2454, Vote #477, 6/26/09; Center for American Progress, 6/17/09]

Griffith Opposed Comprehensive Health Insurance Reform

Rep. Griffith Voted Against The Affordable Health Care For America Act.  In 2009, Rep. Griffith voted against the Affordable Health Care for America Act, which would reduce the number of uninsured Americans by 36 million.  [HR 3962, Vote #887, 11/7/09; Congressional Budget Office, 10/29/09]

Griffith Voted Against Financial Regulatory Reform

Rep. Griffith Voted Against The Wall Street Reform And Consumer Protection Act.  In 2009, Rep. Griffith joined every member of the Republican caucus in voting against the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.  [HR 4173, Vote #968, 12/11/09]

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