WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Mark Pryor and John Boozman today joined Congressman Tim Griffin (AR-2) to announce that two Arkansas fire departments will receive nearly $270,000 from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. The Williams Junction Volunteer Fire Department will receive $29,560 to purchase life-saving equipment, and the Jacksonport Fire Department will receive $237,500 to purchase a water tanker/tender, which is used to draft water from hydrants and lakes.
“Local firefighters are instrumental to the safety of our families, communities, and property,” Pryor said. “This grant will give Williams Junction and Jacksonport Fire Departments the equipment they need to safely and effectively respond to emergencies and save lives.”
“Our firefighters deserve the tools and training they need to respond to emergencies,” Boozman said. “These are investments that play an important role in protecting Arkansans.”
“Our fire departments play a critical role in protecting Arkansans during emergencies, and this grant will provide needed equipment to help ensure our firefighters are better prepared to respond when our communities are threatened,” said Griffin.
The Assistance to Firefighters Program of the Federal Emergency Management Agency is supported by the omnibus appropriations bill and provides fire departments and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) organizations with the tools and resources necessary to protect the health and safety of the public and emergency response personnel. During Fiscal Year 2013, DHS AFG Program awarded approximately $288.8 million directly to local fire departments and EMS organizations.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Tim Griffin (AR-02), a member of the Ways and Means Committee, released the following statement after the House passed the America Gives More Act (H.R. 4719) to permanently extend and reform provisions in our tax code:
“By simplifying our tax code and providing certainty to taxpayers, today’s bill encourages charitable giving with expanded opportunities to make contributions and enables charities and foundations to better serve those in need. It also preserves conservation easements, which benefits hunters and farmers in Arkansas. This bipartisan bill makes smart policy changes to help make a positive difference in our communities, and I am proud to support it.”
Rep. Griffin is a cosponsor of H.R. 4719, which combines five bills reported out of the Ways and Means Committee on May 29, 2014 that are designed to encourage and increase charitable giving. The package bill includes H.R. 4719, H.R. 4619, H.R. 2807, H.R. 4691 and H.R. 3134.
The legislation makes permanent:
- An extension and expansion of charitable deduction for contributions of food inventory (H.R. 4719)
- Certain tax-free distributions from Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) for charitable purposes (H.R. 4619)
- Deductions for contributions of conservation easements (H.R. 2807)
- A flat excise tax on private foundations (H.R. 4691)
The legislation also extends the ability to make tax deductible charitable contributions through April 15th for every tax year (H.R. 3134). The usual end of the tax year is December 31st.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Tim Griffin (AR-02) today issued the following statement after the House passed the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act, 2015 (H.R. 5016), which provides funding for the Treasury Department, the Judiciary, the Small Business Administration (SBA), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the Executive Office of the President (EOP) and other agencies:
“With the IRS’s track record of egregious government overreach, this bill keeps the IRS in check, while it also streamlines federal programs, eliminates wasteful spending and helps small businesses grow jobs. The bill cuts IRS funding below 2003 levels, prevents the agency from using funds to target individuals or groups based on political or religious beliefs, inhibits the IRS from implementing Obamacare’s individual mandate and requires policies to safeguard taxpayers’ personal information. It also prohibits funding for the President’s executive orders that conflict with our current laws and brings transparency to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. This bill reflects Americans’ priorities by reining in the federal government and prioritizing jobs and the economy.”
H.R. 5016 provides a total of $21.3 billion in discretionary budget authority for fiscal year 2015, which is $566 million (2.6 percent) below the fiscal year 2014 discretionary allocation and $2.26 billion (9.6 percent) below the Administration’s request. The bill eliminates funding for nine programs totaling $37.9 million and reduces funding for more than a dozen agencies. Moreover, the bill addresses the IRS’s improper targeting of conservative groups, as well as prior misconduct. H.R. 5016 passed the House by a vote of 228-195.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Tim Griffin (AR-02), a member of the Ways and Means Committee, released the following statement today after the House passed the Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2014 (H.R. 5021):
“Our highways play a critical role in Arkansas’s economy and are key to encouraging job growth and promoting commerce; yet, infrastructure projects are in jeopardy as highway funds run out. Today’s bill is a positive short-term fix to address and prevent the looming shortfall; however, we need a long-term solution to ensure our highways, roads and bridges are modernized and safe. President Obama could have prioritized necessary infrastructure improvements in his trillion-dollar stimulus, but failed to do so. It is essential that another opportunity to fix our crumbling infrastructure is not wasted. I’m pleased the House passed this bill, and look forward to continuing our work on the Ways and Means Committee toward a long-term solution that improves our infrastructure without putting an additional burden on taxpayers.”
H.R. 5021, introduced by Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (MI-04) and Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (PA-09), is a package of provisions to fund transportation projects through May 31, 2015. The legislation reauthorizes appropriations for federal highway and other surface transportation programs under the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s jurisdiction through May 31, 2015, extends the general expenditure authority of the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) and related programs under the Ways and Means Committee’s jurisdiction through May 31, 2015 and addresses, in a budget-neutral manner, the looming shortfall in the HTF through additional funding provisions under the Ways and Means Committee’s jurisdiction. H.R. 5021 passed the House by a vote of 367-55. For more information on H.R. 5021, click here.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Tim Griffin (AR-02) issued the following statement today after the House passed the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act (H.R. 3086):
“For the many Arkansans and Americans around the country that depend on the Internet for their education, employment, businesses and communications with family and friends, this bill ensures their ability to utilize the Internet free of additional burdensome costs. Today’s bipartisan bill simply makes permanent the tax measures that protect Americans from higher Internet access fees by keeping it tax free.”
Rep. Griffin is a cosponsor of H.R. 3086, which bans state taxes on internet access and multiple or discriminatory state taxes on e-commerce. In 1998, Congress temporarily banned state and local governments from taxing internet access or placing multiple or discriminatory taxes on e-commerce. This ban was extended three times with enormous bipartisan support. In the entire history of these extensions, only five “no” votes were ever cast in the House and Senate. The most recent extension passed in 2007 and expires on November 1, 2014. H.R. 3086 would extend this ban and make it permanent by striking the 2014 end date.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Tim Griffin (AR-02) issued the following statement after the House passed his bill (H.R. 4355) designating the U.S. post office located at 201 B Street in Perryville, Arkansas, as the “Harold George Bennett Post Office”:
“Sergeant Bennett was a selfless young man who answered his nation’s call to service and placed duty and honor above all else. Although he may no longer be with us, the example, commitment to country and bravery of this Arkansan will forever live on in our hearts. I’m pleased the House has honored Sergeant Bennett’s legacy and it is my hope that in naming this building after him, even more Americans will learn of his life and ultimate sacrifice.”
Rep. Rick Crawford (AR-01), Rep. Steve Womack (AR-03) and Rep. Tom Cotton (AR-04) are original cosponsors of H.R. 4355.
The idea to honor Sergeant Bennett was suggested to Rep. Griffin by Arkansas State Senator David Sanders (R-Little Rock).
Harold George Bennett was born in Thornburg, Arkansas, a small town in the outskirts of Ouachita National Forest, on October 16, 1940. A graduate of Perryville High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1957, as soon as he could. He served as an airborne infantryman with the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions and earned his Master Parachute Wings and Expert Infantry Badge. He completed Special Forces and Ranger training in 1963 and volunteered to serve in 1964 in South Vietnam as a Special Forces Advisor with the Military Assistance Command.
After a fierce, hours-long firefight on December 29, 1964, Sergeant Bennett’s unit was overcome. Two times he directed American helicopter pilots attempting to rescue him to stand down. Captured by the Viet Cong, he spent 179 days as a POW and attempted to escape three times. During his last attempt he injured an enemy soldier, and his captors executed him on June 25, 1965. Only 24 years old, he was the first American POW murdered in Vietnam, and, like many other U.S. servicemen who lost their lives there, his remains have never been returned to the United States.
Nearly four decades later, in 2004, Bennett was inducted into the Ranger Hall of Fame at Fort Benning, Georgia. In 2006, then-Senator Blanche Lincoln (AR) presented his family with a Combat Infantryman's Badge, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Prisoner of War Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal and Purple Heart. In 2010, Bennett’s family was presented with his Silver Star.
Previously, two bills introduced by Rep. Griffin to name Arkansas post offices in honor of veterans have been signed into law. The U.S. Post Office in Rose Bud, Arkansas, was designated the Nicky ‘Nick’ Daniel Bacon Post Office, and a U.S. Post Office in Little Rock was designated the "Sidney 'Sid' Sanders McMath Post Office. There is no cost to taxpayers in the renaming of the post offices.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Tim Griffin (AR-02) released the following statement after the House passed a bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modify and make permanent bonus depreciation (H.R. 4718):
“A huge step toward comprehensive tax reform is making permanent the helpful provisions that have been temporarily extended year after year. By reducing uncertainty for job creators in Arkansas and across the nation to help them better plan for the future, permanent bonus depreciation will enable both large and small businesses to grow good-paying jobs, spur innovation and encourage investment in America to help reduce our national debt.”
Rep. Griffin is an original cosponsor of H.R. 4718, which passed the House by a vote of 258–160.
Tax Foundation analysis found that permanent bonus depreciation would grow the economy by 1 percent, adding $182 billion to the economy; increase the capital stock by over 3 percent; increase wages by about 1 percent (or $500 for an individual making $50,000 per year); and create 212,000 jobs.
When doing a dynamic analysis, the Joint Committee on Taxation, Congress’ independent, non-partisan referee for tax legislation, estimates that making bonus depreciation permanent will increase economic growth and could reduce the debt by as much as $10 billion.
H.R. 4718 is supported by a number of organizations, including the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce, Associated Industries of Arkansas, American Farm Bureau Federation, American Trucking Associations, Associated Builders & Contractors, Business Roundtable, National Association of Manufacturers, National Cable & Telecommunications Association, National Retail Federation and U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Tim Griffin (AR-02) today issued the following statement after the House passed the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2015 (H.R. 4923):
“Today’s bill strengthens our national security by prioritizing the safety and readiness of our nuclear arsenal, invests in America’s infrastructure, including Army Corps of Engineers projects that aid public safety and economic growth, and supports energy independence and research to improve our nation’s standing in the global economy. Helping grow jobs and improving America’s ability to compete while respecting taxpayer dollars is imperative to strengthening our economy, and that’s why I support this bill.”
H.R. 4923 provides funding for national defense nuclear weapons activities, the Army Corps of Engineers, various programs under the Department of Energy, and other related agencies. The legislation provides a total of $34 billion in discretionary funding, which is $50.5 million below the fiscal year 2014 enacted level and $326.9 million above the President’s request. “The bill prioritizes funding for our national security, providing increases for nuclear weapons programs above fiscal year 2014. The bill also protects funding for critical national and regional waterways – which handle commerce valued at more than $1.7 trillion annually – through the Army Corps of Engineers, and programs that encourage energy independence and economic competitiveness,” according to the House Appropriations Committee.Read More
WASHINGTON – Congressman Tim Griffin (AR-02), a member of the Ways and Means Committee, released the following statement today after the committee unanimously reported to the full House the Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2014 (H.R. 5021):
“Our highways play a critical role in Arkansas’s economy and are key to encouraging job growth and promoting commerce; yet, infrastructure projects are in jeopardy as highway funds run out. Today’s bill is a positive short-term fix to address and prevent the looming shortfall; however, we need a long-term solution to ensure our highways, roads and bridges are modernized and safe. President Obama could have prioritized necessary infrastructure improvements in his trillion-dollar stimulus, but failed to do so. It is essential that another opportunity to fix our crumbling infrastructure is not wasted. The committee will hold an upcoming hearing on this issue and will continue our work toward a long-term solution that improves our infrastructure without putting an additional burden on taxpayers.”
H.R. 5021, introduced by Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (MI-04) and Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (PA-09), is a package of provisions to fund transportation projects through May 31, 2015. The legislation would reauthorize appropriations for federal highway and other surface transportation programs under the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s jurisdiction through May 31, 2015, extend the general expenditure authority of the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) and related programs under the Ways and Means Committee’s jurisdiction through May 31, 2015 and address, in a budget-neutral manner, the looming shortfall in the HTF through additional funding provisions under the Ways and Means Committee’s jurisdiction. For more information on the Committee markup today on H.R. 5021, click here.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Tim Griffin (AR-02) issued the following statement today after the House passed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (H.R. 803):
“Our nation cannot afford Washington’s top-down approach to job creation that dictates policies that have tried and failed for decades, and today’s bipartisan bill is a smart, new way to modernize our workforce training system. This bill helps America’s job seekers acquire the skills and education they need to succeed in today’s economy by providing better access to job-training services, while it saves taxpayer dollars by eliminating 15 ineffective and duplicative programs. I’m proud to support reforms that will aid and encourage further development of our workforce in Arkansas and across the country.”
In March 2013, the House passed the Supporting Knowledge and Investing in Lifelong Skills (SKILLS) Act (H.R. 803), a bill to ensure a modern, efficient and effective workforce development system to help job seekers. The legislation incorporated key principles to streamline a confusing maze of programs and burdensome federal mandates, promote skills training for in-demand jobs, reduce administrative costs and unnecessary bureaucracy and deliver strong accountability over the use of taxpayer dollars.
On May 21, leaders in the House and Senate announced a bipartisan, bicameral agreement to reform federal workforce development services. By sticking to the same reform principles, the final agreement will lead to a leaner, more effective and more accountable workforce development system. Today, H.R. 803 passed the House by a vote of 415–6. For more information on H.R. 803, click here.
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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.
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