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Over the years, the mechanism has been used in a number of ways — some of which have rankled conservatives. They’ve been used, for example, to revoke funding from one program, where it was never intended to be spent in the first place, and funnel it to another. Conservatives didn’t like that gimmick. In 2012, the Washington Post wrote about a group of frustrated freshmen congressmen, including Arkansas’s Tim Griffin, who were looking to get rid of a host of “arcane budget gimmicks involving ‘chimps’ (changes in mandatory spending), budgetary timing shifts and spending cancellations known as ‘...
The House bill passed 252-161, with 31 Democrats supporting it. Arkansas' representatives -- Tom Cotton, Rick Crawford, Tim Griffin and Steve Womack, who are all Republicans -- voted for the measure.
U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin had boxed up much of his office by the middle of last week. Left on a table in the entryway was a basket of rice-cereal treats from Riceland -- the "essentials" as his staff called them. Griffin said dozens of boxes will be shipped to his house by Friday's move-out date. "It's going to be a lot of weekends of going through stuff," he said. For the remainder of the year, his office will be relegated to a computer and cubicle in the basement of a House office building. His suggested that new legislators hire experienced staff members --...
On Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin met with representatives from the South Arkansas Developmental Center for Children and Families to discuss issues facing individuals with developmental disabilities. He met with Arkansas representatives from the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors on Thursday to discuss tax reform and regulatory issues.
Arkansas Reps. Rick Crawford, R-Jonesboro, Tom Cotton, R-Dardanelle, Tim Griffin, R-Little Rock, and Steve Womack, R-Rogers, and Oklahoma Reps. Jim Bridenstine, R-Tulsa, Tom Cole, R-Moore, James Lankford, R-Edmond, Frank Lucas, R-Cheyenne, and Markwayne Mullin, R-Westville, voted for the bill.
The House of Representatives passed a bill to approve building the Keystone XL pipeline in defiance of President Barack Obama, who Friday challenged arguments that the pipeline will help the U.S. economy. The Republican-led House passed the measure 252-161, with 31 Democrats in support. Arkansas' representatives -- Tom Cotton, Rick Crawford, Tim Griffin and Steve Womack, who are all Republicans -- voted yes on the measure.
U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin said in a statement that Obama has blocked the pipeline despite bipartisan and public support for it. Welspun is in his district. "It is past time for us to come together and approve this project, which will improve our economy, lessen our dependence on oil from countries that don't like us, strengthen our energy security and grow thousands of jobs. Out-of-work Americans have waited long enough; it's time to build Keystone XL," he said.
There have been several attempts in recent years to amend or end the program. Rep. Tim Griffin (R-Ark.), citing corruption and uncontrolled costs, proposed the Stop Taxpayer Funded Cell Phones Act that would effectively eliminate the program. But there was serious pushback, not only from Lifeline subscribers and low-income advocacy groups but from the telecommunications industry, which is making a bundle from the program.
There have been several attempts in recent years to amend or end the program. Rep. Tim Griffin, R-Ariz., for example, citing corruption and uncontrolled costs, proposed legislation — the Stop Taxpayer Funded Cell Phones Act — that would effectively eliminate the program. But there was serious pushback, not only from Lifeline subscribers and low-income advocacy groups, but from the telecommunications industry, which is making a bundle from the program.
On Monday, U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin met with representatives of Arkansas Lighthouse for the Blind at their facility to discuss ways to create new jobs in Arkansas. He also met with people at the University of Arkansas Agriculture Division to discuss funding for agriculture research.