Tim Griffin

Tim Griffin

ARKANSAS' 2nd DISTRICT

Griffin Contacts VA Regarding Bureaucratic Oversight to Fix Problem for Arkansas Veterans

2014/08/29

LITTLE ROCK – Congressman Tim Griffin (AR-02) issued the following statement regarding a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) bureaucratic oversight that resulted in more than 12,000 veterans being shorted their disability payments:

“This morning, my office was contacted by Arkansas veterans whose disability checks were shorted. We reached out to the VA, and after investigation, the VA informed us of a “programming error” and is now working to reissue payments to veterans by next week. I am closely monitoring this situation and will continue working to ensure Arkansas veterans receive the disability payments they earned. If anyone in the Second District has any further questions, please contact my office at 501-324-5941.” 

 

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Arkansas Congressmen Request Extension for USDA Loans Related to Turner Grain Collapse

2014/08/28

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Reps. Rick Crawford (AR-1), Tim Griffin (AR-2), Steve Womack (AR-3), and Tom Cotton (AR-4) today sent a joint letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack requesting that USDA extend the Commodity Credit Corporation loan repayment date for farmers affected by the collapse of Turner Grain Merchandising in Brinkley, Arkansas.

In the letter, Arkansas’s congressional delegation urged that the USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) extend the repayment date by at least 180 days for affected farmers, whose losses on outstanding grain purchases could exceed $50 million.  Additionally, the letter highlighted the potential impact on the U.S. food base – specifically U.S. rice and soybean crops – as Arkansas produces nearly half of the U.S. rice crop and a significant amount of soybeans.  The letter says in part:

“We are writing to request USDA, through the Farm Service Agency (FSA), work to ensure that we do not disrupt a considerable portion of America’s most productive agricultural base because badly-needed funds were tied up in litigation.  Specifically, we request the FSA extend the Commodity Credit Corporation loan repayment date for all farmers who are depending on payment from Turner Grain to pay off these loans.  We recommend a period of 180 days to give farmers and the agricultural community some sense of assurance.  Further, we recommend that the Agency revisit the extension after 90 days to determine if additional time will be needed beyond the current 180 days.”

The letter goes on to request a timely response from Secretary Vilsack and to express the delegation’s willingness to work with USDA to identify other areas of relief for producers.

The full text of the letter can be found here.

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Pryor, Boozman, Griffin Announce Funding for Local Airports

2014/08/14

WASHINGTON D.C. – U.S. Senators Mark Pryor and John Boozman today joined Congressman Tim Griffin (AR-2) to announce that five Arkansas airports will receive over $1.2 million from the Federal Aviation Administration to support facility upgrades and expansions.

“Investing in our local airports stimulates Arkansas’s economy and enhances business and travel opportunities for communities across the state,” Pryor said. “These funds will allow our airports to maintain their high standards of operation as they expand to meet the needs of our state.”

“These grants are an important investment for Arkansas’s infrastructure.  This funding will help these airports expand, improve services and encourage economic development,” Boozman said.

“We must ensure our state’s infrastructure is modernized and safe to protect travelers, increase commerce and grow jobs,” said Griffin. “This funding to improve our local airport facilities will help them operate safely and efficiently while encouraging economic growth in our communities.”

This funding is supported by the FY14 omnibus appropriations bill, which was signed into law in January. The airports receiving funding are as follows:

• Arkadelphia: Dexter B. Florence Memorial Field Airport will receive $246,750 to install a fence around the airport perimeter, deterring unauthorized access to the airfield.

• Lake Village: Lake Village Municipal Airport will receive $176,173 to extend its runway to meet the operational needs of the airport.

• Malvern:  Malvern Municipal Airport will receive $321,975 to construct additional airport parking in order to meet the demand of airport users.

• Searcy: Searcy Municipal Airport will receive $314,638 to construct an access road, rehabilitate the runway, and install subdrains to eliminate ponding on airfield surfaces.

• Stuttgart: Stuttgart Municipal Airport will receive $161,416 to widen one of its taxiways.

 

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Gains from GOP immigration push unclear

2014/08/10

While Pryor and Cotton wrangle over immigration, other GOP figures are also focusing on the issue. U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin and Sen. John Boozman have made separate trips to the U.S.-Mexico border, while state Sen. Bart Hester sent a letter to the governor asking for details about unaccompanied minors being placed in Arkansas. In the letter, Hester also hinted at the possibility of legislative hearings on the issue. Read More

Griffin pushes for help at border after tour

2014/08/10

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials need help to address the number of children coming into the country illegally, U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin said Thursday during a trip to the U.S.-Mexico border Thursday. Nearly 63,000 unaccompanied children, most from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, have entered the United States since last October, the Department of Homeland Security announced Thursday. The agency also announced that the number of children entering the country has dropped significantly in the past month. Griffin, a Republican from Little Rock, visited the Hidalgo International Bridge in Hidalgo, Texas, and the Border Patrol McAllen Station in McAllen. He also went to the Rio Grande Valley Centralized Processing Center in McAllen and toured parts of the border along the Rio Grande with Border Patrol agents. Griffin said by phone that border control officials said that deploying the National Guard would help with the influx. He also said Congress should modify a 2008 law that makes it harder to deport children who enter the country illegally from countries other than Canada or Mexico. Meant to protect human-trafficking victims, the law requires a formal asylum hearing to determine whether there is a "credible threat" the children will be harmed if they are sent back. Children from Mexico and Canada do not automatically receive the same hearing. Griffin said the country needs to revisit the definition of "credible threat" because smugglers are taking advantage of how broad the definition currently is. Border Patrol agents told him "the kids and others being smuggled are coached on what to say in terms of credible fear," he said. "Almost anybody in the country of Mexico could say they have a credible fear of violence." Read More

Not Exactly the ‘Do-Nothing Congress’

2014/08/08

Obama ungratefully forgets the Do Lots House’s favors from early this year. Republican leaders annoyed grassroots conservatives by adopting the sequester-ending Murray–Ryan budget, eliminating the debt ceiling, and passing a $956 billion farm bill. The over-generous Do-Lots House handed Obama these elegantly wrapped gifts in return for . . . nothing. Orphaned in the process was Arkansas representative Tim Griffin and Florida senator Marco Rubio’s game-changing Republican amendment. It would have derailed the imminent, multibillion-dollar Obamacare bailout of health insurers’ program-induced financial losses. Read More

Griffin Sees Border Crisis Firsthand, Emphasizes Need for Border Security

2014/08/07

WASHINGTON – Congressman Tim Griffin (AR-02) issued the following statement today after visiting McAllen and Hidalgo, Texas, to meet with officials and view firsthand the current situation on our Southwest border:

“Seeing this humanitarian crisis firsthand and speaking with officials further emphasizes the urgent need to secure our nation’s borders.  It should be noted that this crisis is not a new one, but President Obama continues to make it worse by giving the impression through his executive orders, speeches and policies that our laws are optional and our border is open.  The President has most of the tools necessary to address this crisis at his disposal, but he refuses to use them.  I appreciate the hard work and dedication of the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents, who are doing the best job they can under the circumstances.  The bill we passed in the House last Friday provides additional tools and resources and is a good start to fix this problem in a compassionate and humane way.”

On Thursday, August 7, Congressman Griffin toured the Hidalgo International Bridge in Hidalgo, Texas, to view the role of U.S. Customs and Border Patrol’s (CBP) Office of Field Operations (OFO) in processing and documenting arrivals of unaccompanied minors and to tour the facilities.  He visited the McAllen Border Patrol Station in McAllen, Texas, to attend an operational briefing and combined processing center briefing and speak with regional CBP officers.  He also went to the Rio Grande Valley (RGV) Centralized Processing Center (CPC) in McAllen, Texas, to tour the center and speak with border patrol agents and officers affiliated with the Rio Grande Valley sector of CBP.  He then toured the border along the Rio Grande with border patrol agents.

On August 1, 2014, the House passed two bills, H.R. 5230 and H.R. 5272, to address the current border crisis.  The House passed H.R. 5230 by a vote of 223-189.  According to a summary of H.R. 5230 from the House Rules Committee, H.R. 5230 provides funding for border security, enforcement of immigration and customs laws, humanitarian assistance and illegal immigration prevention.  This funding is targeted to meet the immediate needs surrounding the current border crisis and will be sufficient to cover the estimated costs of these activities for the rest of the 2014 fiscal year.  The legislation is fully offset through cuts and rescissions of existing funds within federal agencies and will result in no new or additional federal spending.

H.R. 5272 freezes President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) as of July 30, 2014, a program that has effectively granted temporary legal status to certain unlawful immigrants who came to the U.S. before age 16.  H.R. 5272 prohibits federal funds or resources from being used to adjudicate new applications under DACA, prohibits the Administration from using federal funds or resources to newly authorize deferred action for any class of aliens and prevents federal funding or resources from being used to authorize work permits for aliens not lawfully present in the United States.  The bill passed the House by a vote of 216-192.

 

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GOP House Has Passed 511 Bills

2014/08/07

Obama ungratefully forgets the do lots House’s favors from early this year. Republican leaders annoyed grassroots conservatives by adopting the sequester-ending Murray-Ryan budget, eliminating the debt ceiling, and passing a $956 billion farm bill. The over-generous do lots House handed Obama these elegantly wrapped gifts in return for ... nothing. Orphaned in the process was Ark. Rep. Tim Griffin and Fla. Sen. Marco Rubio’s game-changing Republican amendment. It would have derailed the imminent, multi-billion-dollar ObamaCare bailout of health insurers’ program-induced financial losses. Read More

AMA News and Notes August 2014

2014/08/06

Introduced by U.S. Reps. Steve Stivers (R-Ohio), Pat Tiberi (R-Ohio), and Timothy Walz (D-Minn.) -- and cosponsored by Reps. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.), Tim Walberg (R-Mich.), Tim Griffin (R-Ark.), Andy Harris (R-Md.) and Reid Ribble (R-Wis.) -- H.R. 650 calls the AMA's membership "the world's largest and most dedicated group of motorcycle enthusiasts." Read More

Air Force will decide future of old C-130s

2014/08/06

Now, even some former proponents of the AMP program, such as Second Dist. Rep. Tim Griffin, are having second thoughts, especially after hearing from the members of the Adjutants General Association — and from Arkansas Adjutant Gen. William Wofford in particular. “I worked to not drop the AMP and advocated on its behalf,” as a means of keeping the Arkansas Air Guard and Reserves flying, Griffin said. But, in May, he wrote at the request of Wofford to Rep. Howard McKeon (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, asking for consideration of the Automatic Dependant Surveillance Broadcast-Out Capability, or ADSB-Out, now championed by the adjutant general and others. “Delays (in implementing the AMP) have been so long,” Griffin said, “there are now more inexpensive options that do a lot of what the AMP does. Not being a pilot, I rely on General Wofford and folks at Little Rock Air Force Base. There is pretty widespread agreement that AMP was the way several years ago, but not now.” Objections of the Air Guard and Reserve leadership focused on the viability of the alternative, Griffin said. … While Griffin now favors the ADSB, “We don’t want (AMP authorization) dropped until we have the alternative in place. Don’t stop one until you know where you are going,” the congressman said. In his April 30 letter to Griffin, Wofford wrote, “I respectfully request you support language that will remove the Avionics Modernization Program as the program of record for C-130 aircraft modernization as well as support language to revisit the Active Duty C-130J distribution plan to ensure continued seamless total force integration.” Read More

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Ways and Means

Tim Griffin was elected the 24th representative of Arkansas’s Second Congressional District on November 2, 2010.  The youngest son of a minister and teacher, Tim is a fifth generation Arkansan, veteran, attorney and former small business owner who lives in Little Rock with his wife Elizabeth and their two children.

For the 113th Congress, he serves on the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, the oldest committee in Congress.  It is responsible for considering legislation related to trade agreements, the national debt, the tax code and programs such as Medicare and Social Security.  Since its founding in 1789, only eight Arkansans have served on the committee.  Tim’s predecessor in the Second Congressional District and fellow Hendrix College alumnus, Wilbur D. Mills, was chairman from 1958 to 1975, making him the longest-serving chairman in the Committee’s history.  Tim is the first Arkansas Republican ever to serve on the Ways and Means Committee.  He also serves as an Assistant Whip for the majority.

Tim serves on the Human Resources and the Social Security subcommittees of the Ways and Means Committee.

Tim grew up in Magnolia where he attended public school before attending Hendrix College in Conway.  He is a cum laude graduate of both Hendrix College, where he received his B.A., and Tulane Law School in New Orleans, where he received his J.D.  He also attended graduate school at Pembroke College, Oxford University, in England.

Tim is currently serving in his 17th year as an officer in the U.S. Army Reserve, Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps, holds the rank of lieutenant colonel, and is assigned to the Southeast Medical Area Readiness Support Group as the Command Judge Advocate.

In September 2005, Tim was mobilized to active duty to serve as an Army prosecutor at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, the home of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).  In May 2006, Tim was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and sent to serve in Iraq. From May through August 2006, he served as an Army JAG in Mosul alongside the 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team (SBCT), for which he was awarded the Combat Action Badge.

He founded the Griffin Law Firm, PLLC, a Little Rock law firm and Griffin Public Affairs, LLC.  He is licensed to practice in both Arkansas (active) and Louisiana (inactive) and is a fellow of the Arkansas Bar Foundation.

From 2006-2007, he served as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas.  During his tenure, in addition to federal criminal prosecutions, the U.S. Attorney’s Office provided outreach and training in rural counties and provided federal civil rights law training to law enforcement and community leaders.

In 2005, Tim served as Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Director, Office of Political Affairs at the White House.

He served as Research Director and Deputy Communications Director for the Republican National Committee (RNC) during the 2004 presidential campaign and Deputy Research Director for the RNC during the 2000 presidential campaign.  From 2001-2002, he served as Special Assistant to Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Division, Michael Chertoff and was detailed as Special Assistant U.S. Attorney to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Arkansas in Little Rock where he prosecuted gun and drug cases. From 1997-1999, he served as Senior Investigative Counsel for the Government Reform Committee, U.S. House of Representatives, and from 1995-1997, as Associate Independent Counsel, Office of Independent Counsel David M. Barrett.

Tim served on the board of the Florence Crittenton home for unwed mothers and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arkansas.  He and Elizabeth are members of Immanuel Baptist Church of Little Rock.


Serving With

Rick Crawford

ARKANSAS' 1st DISTRICT

Steve Womack

ARKANSAS' 3rd DISTRICT

Tom Cotton

ARKANSAS' 4th DISTRICT

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