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Rep. Tim Griffin, Arkansas Republican, filed a bill that would stop the Universal Service Fund from giving away free cell service.
We reached Ann Jarrell, the Mayflower resident from the cover above, who has been persistently sick since the spill and whose daughter and grandson, who were living with her at the time, have also been sick. She said U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin called her just moments earlier, to let her know he'd followed through on the promise he made to her and other residents earlier in the week, to press the governor's office to offer better medical care to people affected by the spill.
Stacey Hall, a spokeswoman for Gov. Beebe, noted the check-ups are an appropriate measure after residents mentioned several concerns in the aftermath of the spill. "We've heard from constituents and we've heard from Congressman Tim Griffin," Hall said. "It was one of those things that needed to be done."
"Thank you all for your vision and for having the gumption for saying this needs to be done, so thank you all. This is a celebration. I appreciate it," said U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin, R-Araksnas.
Also Wednesday, U.S. Senators Mark Pryor and John Boozman, along with Congressmen Rick Crawford (AR-1), Tim Griffin (AR-2), Steve Womack (AR-3), and Tom Cotton (AR-4) sent a letter to the president and FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate in support of Governor Mike Beebe’s request for a major disaster declaration for six counties in Arkansas.
“Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport is a critical engine for economic growth in our state. Upgrading its taxiways and runway lighting systems – as well as its overall expansion – will not only ensure public safety, it will help increase commerce and private sector job creation,” said Griffin.
U.S. Sens. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., and John Boozman, R-Ark., and U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin, R-Little Rock, made the announcement in a joint news release. The money will be used to rehabilitate the taxiway and runway lighting systems and reimburse the airport for land previously purchased for development.
According to Rigell’s office, the list of signatories continues to grow, but as of Tuesday evening, the letter included Democrats Zoe Lofgren of California, Rush D. Holt of New Jersey, Texans Beto O’Rourke and Gene Green and Oregonians Peter A. DeFazio and Kurt Schrader, along with Republicans Tom Cole of Oklahoma, Justin Amash of Michigan, Raúl R. Labrador of Idaho, Matt Salmon of Arizona, Mo Brooks of Alabama, Scott Garrett of New Jersey, Tom McClintock of California, Tom Marino of Pennsylvania, Dan Benishek of Michigan, Tom Rooney of Florida, Steve Pearce of New Mexico, Tim Griffin of...
“We’ve already established that PHMSA’s requirements are not enough to keep everything safe. We’ve already established that because you’re doing apparently what PHMSA requires, and we had a spill in Mayflower. What we’re talking about is going far beyond what PHMSA [requires]. … There’s a lot of other things we want to convince you [that] you need to do,” Griffin said. Karen Tyrone, the vice president of operations for the pipeline company, and Johnita Jones, the company’s pipeline risk and integrity manager, met with Griffin, other elected officials and several Central Arkansas Water...
U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin Monday called Gov. Mike Beebe's office to suggest the state pursue further health assessments for residents of Mayflower affected by the March 29 oil spill. Griffin promised to call the governor after meeting with constituents in the parking lot of Stroud's Country Diner in Mayflower earlier in the day. There, several residents who have complained of persistent health problems since spill urged the Republican congressman to help them get better assessment and treatment. "We have all been sick," said Linda Lynch, whose home is some 300 yards from the...