Griffin Votes to Eliminate F-35 Alternate Engine

February 16, 2011

Kenneth Ryan James, (202) 225-2506

Griffin Votes to Eliminate F-35 Alternate Engine
Bipartisan majority supports cut in wasteful defense spending

WASHINGTON – Congressman Tim Griffin (AR-02) today issued the following statement after voting to support the elimination of the F-35 alternate engine program, saving taxpayers $450 million in the remaining seven months of fiscal year 2011:

“The alternate engine program is wasteful and unnecessary and a bipartisan majority of the House of Representatives agrees. We were sent here to get our fiscal house in order and that means everything, including defense spending, is on the table. I am proud to cast this vote to save $450 million for the American taxpayer, and I look forward to working toward eliminating the $2.9 billion in further unnecessary spending on the alternate engine as we put together the budget for next year.”

Griffin voted for an amendment to H.R. 1, the continuing resolution that will keep the government running through the remainder of FY2011, sponsored by Rep. Tom Rooney (R-FL) that would eliminate $450 million budgeted for the F-35 alternate engine program. The amendment passed 233-198.

About Congressman Tim Griffin

Congressman Tim Griffin was elected the 24th representative of Arkansas’s Second Congressional District on November 2, 2010.   For the 112th Congress, he is a member of the House Armed Services Committee, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and the House Committee on the Judiciary while also serving as an Assistant Whip for the majority.

Griffin is a graduate of Hendrix College in Conway and Tulane Law School in New Orleans, and attended graduate school at Oxford University.  He has served in the U.S. Army Reserve for 14 years, was deployed to Iraq and holds the rank of Major.  He also served as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas and Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of Political Affairs for President George W. Bush.  Griffin lives in Little Rock with his wife Elizabeth and their two children.

Griffin’s congressional offices are located in Little Rock and Washington, D.C., and are open 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CT, except for federal holidays.  Office locations and directions are available online at, by phone (501) 324-5941 or by writing the Office of Congressman Tim Griffin, 1232 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20515