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Sep 18, 2014 | The Associated Press

Arkansas' 2 US senators backs Obama plan to aid Syrian rebels fighting Islamic State

U.S. Reps. Tom Cotton, Tim Griffin, Rick Crawford and Steve Womack had supported the legislation on Wednesday as it passed the U.S. House.

Sep 18, 2014 | KTHV

Arkansas' 4 House members back plan on rebel aid

Arkansas congressmen Tom Cotton, Rick Crawford, Tim Griffin and Steve Womack were among 159 Republicans who voted in favor of the president's plan. The measure also had the backing of 114 Democrats in the House.

Sep 18, 2014 | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Pryor files safe-room proposal

U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin, R-Ark., who represents much of the areas hit last spring, said he hasn't seen Pryor's bill but that he has supported reimbursements for storm shelters in the past.

Sep 18, 2014 | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

State's delegation in D.C. backs plan

Arkansas' U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin, a lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserve, said the Islamic State has said it wants to attack the United States, and the nation can't wait until the group is able to do that. "The goal is to eliminate these terrorists from the face of the earth and as many as possible," Griffin said. "We're trying to eliminate them in Baghdad so we don't deal with them in Boston. As long as that is our goal, that is something that we can be successful at." Griffin said it was important that the president asked Congress to weigh in. "...

Sep 17, 2014 | Huffington Post

Divided Congress Backs Obama's ISIS Plan

A divided House of Representatives voted on Wednesday to back President Barack Obama's request to arm and train Syrian rebels to combat the Islamic State. ... Even Iraq War veterans in the House were divided: Reps. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) and Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) voted no on arming Syrian rebels, while Reps. Kinzinger (R-Ill.), Mike Coffman (R-Colo.) and Tim Griffin (R-Ark.) voted yes.

Sep 17, 2014 | Times Record

House OKs Aiding Syrian Rebels To Combat ISIS; Arkansas Delegation Supports

After six hours of debate, the House on Wednesday agreed to grant President Barack Obama the authority to train and equip Syrian rebels as part of his plan to wipe out the so-called Islamic State. The measure, which was approved 273-156, found many supporters expressing misgivings about Obama’s overall strategy to eliminate the ISIS threat that has seized territory in Syria and Iraq. ... Rep. Tim Griffin, R-Little Rock, issued a statement saying that the resolution included “essential provisions” to ensure the president is held accountable for his approach to the terrorist threat. Griffin...

Sep 14, 2014 | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

What's appropriate

For more than five years now, the families of two soldiers struck down on duty in Little Rock have been waiting for their sons' Purple Hearts--but for more than five years now, the Department of Defense has dragged its boots. Its response to this clear duty has been not just slow but recalcitrant, maybe even unlawful. ... We'll take our cue from an Arkansas congressman who's also a colonel in the Reserves. His name is Tim Griffin, and this is what he said about this inexcusable delay and maybe even defiance of the law: "How hard is this? You have tens of thousands of...

Sep 14, 2014 | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

For picnic, a yea-nay split

Partisan politics could take a brief break Wednesday night when members of Congress join President Barack Obama for a picnic on the South Lawn of the White House. ... U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin and his family also plan to go, his chief of staff said. ... On Tuesday, Griffin met with Arkansas Association of Secondary School Principals' Principal of the Year Joel Linn of Conway High School. He also talked with Sarah Eddy, a graduate student at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, about research funding for the National Institutes of Health.

Sep 14, 2014 | Times Record

Washington Digest: Senate GOP Blocks Effort To Limit ‘Independent Expenditures’

Reps. Rick Crawford, R-Jonesboro, Tom Cotton, R-Dardanelle, Tim Griffin, R-Little Rock, Steve Womack, R-Rogers, Jim Bridenstine, R-Tulsa, Tom Cole, R-Moore, James Lankford, R-Edmond, Frank Lucas, R-Cheyenne, and Markwayne Mullin, R-Westville, voted in favor of the resolution. The House voted 262-152 to block implementation of the EPA rule. Crawford, Cotton, Griffin, Womack, Bridenstine, Cole, Lankford, Lucas and Mullin voted in favor.

Sep 12, 2014 | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

A skeptical senator

In 2013, HR1797, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, sponsored by Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., was passed on June 18 by a vote of 228-196 with the support of all Arkansas members of the U.S. House: Congressmen Rick Crawford, Tim Griffin, Steve Womack and Tom Cotton. In the same year, U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., introduced S. 1670, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, with Arkansas' Sen. John Boozman as a co-sponsor.