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Oct 21, 2013 | Talk Business

Cong. Tim Griffin Won’t Seek Third Term

Second District Cong. Tim Griffin (R) says he will not seek a third term in the U.S. House of Representatives, citing his young family as his primary reason. “God has blessed me with a wonderful wife, Elizabeth, and two precious children, and for several months Elizabeth and I have been discussing whether to seek a third term in Congress, especially considering the formative ages of Mary Katherine and John. It has been an agonizing and difficult decision involving much prayer, thought and discussion. We have decided that now is the time for me to focus intently on my top priority, my family,...

Oct 21, 2013 | The Washington Post

Rep. Tim Griffin of Arkansas won’t run for reelection

Rep. Tim Griffin (R-Ark.) said Monday that he will not seek reelection next year, an unexpected announcement that could present Democrats with an opportunity to reclaim a seat in the Deep South. Widely considered a rising star likely to seek higher office, Griffin was part of the 2010 tea party wave that has become an influential, even dominant, bloc of the House GOP. But less than three years after arriving in Washington, he said Monday that the pressures of modern-day politics and parenthood can’t mix for him — at least for now.

Oct 17, 2013 | FOX16

Arkansas Politicians Talk Shutdown Deal

6 Arkansas politicians, 2 Senators, 4 Representatives, 1 Democrat, 5 of them Republicans, but all voted the same way to end the government shutdown. For the 1st time since 1995, the United States Government was closed for 2 weeks, but deep into the night on Wednesday a deal was struck. Republican Congressman Tim Griffin said, "I hope we never do that again...The bill that we voted on last night was certainly not perfect. We've got to deal with the long term problem, this is just for a few months."

Oct 16, 2013 | The Wall Street Journal

Georgia Slaps $5 Fee on Free Cellphone Service for Poor

Georgia has become the first state to charge a fee to low-income people who receive free cellphone service through a federal program, saying the move would combat fraud. The Georgia Public Service Commission voted 3-2 Tuesday to approve a $5-a-month charge on participants in the Lifeline program, which is designed to ensure low-income households have access to basic communications services...Rep. Tim Griffin (R., Ark.) said waste, fraud and abuse in the program has been "overwhelming, rampant, and well-documented." Mr. Griffin praised Georgia's new rule, arguing it would cut...

Oct 9, 2013 | NY Daily News

Rep. Tim Griffin’s son, 3, shows Congress how easy it is to vote ‘yes’

The work of Congress...even a 3-year-old can do it. John Griffin, the toddler son of Rep. Tim Griffin (R-Ark.), joined his dad on the House floor and tried his hand at voting, to show Congress how easy it is to keep the government going. After noshing on a PB&J sandwich in the cloakroom, the youngster entered the floor and excitedly pushed the green button to vote "yes" on a number of measures that would appropriate funds for certain federal workers furloughed during the shutdown.

Oct 8, 2013 | KTHV

McDaniel asks Griffin to help reopen gov't, benefit Mayflower

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel sent a letter to U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin on Tuesday, pleading with him to work with other legislators and reopen the government. The focus of the letter was on the shutdown's impact on the Mayflower oil spill investigation and lawsuit. In the letter, McDaniel says, "I appreciate all you have done to help the people in Mayflower. However, I am concerned about the impact of the federal government shutdown on those affected by the March 29 oil spill."

Oct 8, 2013 | Roll Call

Tim Griffin’s Son Tests Old Adage: Vote Early, Vote Often

John Griffin may be the youngest person to ever vote in the U.S. House of Representatives. Dressed in his Christmas-sweater-vest-best, John — the toddler son of GOP Rep. Tim Griffin of Arkansas — accompanied his dad to evening votes Tuesday. And John, who looks to be about 3 years old, voted for about a dozen members.John and Tim got there early, before the vote was called, and John asserted his importance from the start. When Rep. Randy Hultgren, R-Ill., the presiding officer at the time, banged his gavel, John astutely pointed out what was on everyone’s mind. “Dada, that man has a hammer,”...

Oct 5, 2013 | Arkansas News

Arkansas vets welcomed at WWII Memorial despite shutdown

Issues: Veterans

About 80 Arkansas veterans were cheered an applauded Saturday as they made their way into the World War II Memorial on Saturday under bright blue skies. “It’s all right, son,” said a wistful Marvin Hill of Dierks. The 98-year-old was the oldest of the Arkansas veterans participating in the Honor Flight that flew from Little Rock earlier Saturday morning for a daylong tour of the Washington, D.C., war memorials...Sens. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., and John Boozman, R-Ark., met the Arkansas veterans at Reagan National Airport — where a band struck up tunes from the WWII era.

Oct 3, 2013 | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Griffin files back-pay bill

Hundreds of thousands of federal workers and state employees across the nation should be paid for the time they were forced to stay home during the federal government shutdown, U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin said Wednesday. Griffin, a Republican from Little Rock, filed legislation late Wednesday to pay those workers, saying they shouldn't struggle financially because Congress didn't agree to temporarily fund the federal government before the 2013 federal fiscal year ended at midnight EDT Monday. Wednesday, the White House signaled that President Barack Obama also wants the workers to receive...

Sep 29, 2013 | The Log Cabin Democrat

Griffin: Frustrated with Exxon

U.S. Congressman Tim Griffin has been “frustrated” with the response by ExxonMobil in regard to oil spill in Mayflower in March. Six months later, Griffin said he is still looking for answers from the company about how they will compensate the community and fix the problem for the future. “I’ve been very frustrated,” Griffin said. “I’ve had dozens and dozens and dozens of phone calls related to this.”