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.”
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.Read More
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.
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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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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