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Sep 9, 2014 | Times Record

Taliban Prisoner Exchange Draws House Disapproval

Reps. Steve Womack, R-Rogers, and Tim Griffin, R-Little Rock, issued statements after the vote stressing their disapproval of the prisoner swap itself. … “The release of the five Taliban leaders from Guantanamo Bay endangers our soldiers abroad and our citizens at home, and the President’s decision was not only wrong, but also unlawful,” Griffin said. “Today’s bipartisan resolution makes clear that the president’s go-it-alone approach is unacceptable.”

Sep 8, 2014 | Arkansas Business

USDA Agrees To Extension for Farmers Affected by Turner Grain

The U.S. Agriculture Department announced last week it will grant an extension for Arkansas farmers, affected by Turner Grain Merchandising Inc. of Brinkley, paying back USDA loans. The USDA extension will give farmers an additional 60 days, on top of 30 days already provided. Arkansas' congressional delegation — U.S. Reps. Rick Crawford, Tim Griffin, Steve Womack and Tom Cotton — sent a letter to Vilsack last month requesting an extension of the repayment date by at least 180 days.

Sep 8, 2014 | National Review

An Obamacare Test for Republicans

Republicans could force supporters of Obamacare to defend these taxpayer subsidies by advancing legislation to stop them, as Senator Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) and Representative Tim Griffin (R., Ark.) have proposed. But their colleagues are balking.

Sep 7, 2014 | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Washington News in Brief: Tailgates, tours cap delegation's recess from D.C.

Pryor, Boozman and U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin attended the opening of the new Conway airport Friday. On Thursday, Griffin discussed Medicare reimbursement for ambulance services with the executive director of Metropolitan Emergency Medical Services (MEMS). On Friday, Griffin visited the Arkansas Rice Depot facility in Little Rock.

Sep 7, 2014 | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Spending bill tops Congress' agenda

Also possible is a resolution authorizing the use of military force against the Islamic State, a group that has taken over parts of Iraq and Syria, and has conducted mass killings and killed two American journalists, U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin said. Griffin, R-Ark., said committee chairmen are already working on ways to address the potential threat and that lawmakers will be briefed while they are in Washington. Griffin said he has asked that the classified briefings done for House leaders be available for all House members. "There will be a lot of talk about 'What does the president...

Sep 5, 2014 | Log Cabin Democrat

Airport opened with grand ceremony

Described as an economic engine, an impressive “port of call” for people first setting foot in Conway, a tool for small and big business and a safer place to experience the joy of flight, the new Dennis F. Cantrell Field was dedicated in a ceremony on Friday. ... U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin (R-2nd District) said the new airport was what, in military terms, would be called a “force multiplier.”

Sep 5, 2014 | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

4 from House: Purple Heart lag 'unlawful'

In an interview, U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin, a lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserve, said the Purple Heart criteria review should have been completed on time. "How hard is this? You have tens of thousands of people working in the Pentagon and you can't get this report done?" Griffin said. "It's just ridiculous." While there is no penalty for not doing the review, Griffin said members of the House and Senate could address it in the 2015 Defense Authorization Act, which is still being discussed.

Sep 5, 2014 | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Dedication set for new Conway airport

CONWAY — Senators, Federal Aviation Administration officials and other dignitaries are scheduled to help dedicate the new Conway airport. Friday's event will include multiple landings from area aircraft and a tour of the new terminal, among other events at the dedication. Conway officials say U.S. Sens. Mark Pryor and John Boozman, Rep. Tim Griffin, Mayor Tab Townsell and others are expected at the afternoon event.

Sep 5, 2014 | Arkansas News

Arkansas lawmakers protest delay of Purple Heart report

Arkansas lawmakers on Thursday urged Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to issue a report now on whether two Arkansas soldiers shot outside a Little Rock recruiting office five years ago are eligible for the Purple Heart.In a letter sent to Hagel, the state’s four House members said that delaying the report another year — as the Pentagon announced in June — is unacceptable. “Given that it has been more than 5 years since these attacks, we find it unacceptable that DoD has delayed this review for yet another year,” they wrote. ... Signing the letter were: Reps. Tim Griffin, R-Little Rock, Steve...

Sep 5, 2014 | KARK

Congressmen Demand DoD Complete Report to Review Purple Heart Eligibility for AR, TX Victims

Arkansas congressional delegation is calling for the U.S. Department of Defense to complete the report required by law to review eligibility for the Purple Heart in two fatal military attacks. One of them occured in 2009 outside a Little Rock military recruiting station. Private William Andrew Long died in the shooting that wounded Private Quinton Ezeagwula. The delegation also makes the request for victims of the 2009 attack at Fort Hood, Texas that killed 13 and wounded 32 others. U.S. Reps. Rick Crawford (AR-1), Tim Griffin (AR-2), Steve Womack (AR-3), and Tom Cotton (AR-4) today sent a...