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Tim Griffin

Tim Griffin's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Tim Griffin
Office: U.S. House (AR) - District 2, Republican
First Elected: 11/02/2010
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for Lieutenant Governor
Primary May 20, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Elizabeth; 2 Children
Birth Date: 08/21/1968
Birth Place: Charlotte, NC
Home City: Little Rock, AR
Religion: Baptist
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Tim Griffin refused to tell citizens where he stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2012 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These issue positions, from the year 2012, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Pro-life Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Tim Griffin. Saving You Money, Repealing Part of President Obama's 2010 Health Care Law. 2 April 2011. "Ban Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Finally, I was proud to support H.R. 3, which establishes a government-wide permanent ban on funding for abortion--including subsidies for abortion coverage under the President's 2010 health care law. This bill will ensure that U.S. taxpayers won't have to pay for abortions." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Griffin. Griffin: Taxpayer Dollars Shouldn't Be Used to Pay for Abortions. 13 October 2011. "President Obama's 2010 health care law leaves open the possibility that U.S. taxpayers could be forced to pay for abortions. Unlike an Executive Order, which can be revoked at any time, the Protect Life Act would carry the force of law and defend the unborn." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Griffin. Issue Position: Abortion. 1 January 2012. "I am committed to policies that protect the lives of the unborn." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Griffin. Issue Position: Life and Family. 28 June 2011. "I am pro-life. I am against abortion with the exceptions of rape, incest and life of the mother. I support a ban on partial-birth abortion. I believe we should encourage adoption. Responsible Fathers: Fathers must take responsibility for their children. It is wrong to abandon women and children without support." (www.timgriffinforcongress.com)
  • Tim Griffin. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Tim Griffin voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Griffin. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Tim Griffin voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Griffin. Issue Position: Life and Family. 27 June 2011. "The values I learned growing up in Arkansas are the values I will take with me to Washington. The importance of family and the sanctity of life are fundamental principles that guide me as a husband and a father. I am pro-life. I believe we should encourage adoption. Fathers must take responsibility for their children. It is wrong to abandon women and children without support. I support the Defense of Marriage Act." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

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  • Tim Griffin. Issue Position: National Security. 28 June 2011. "We must win the war in Afghanistan. Moreover, we have an obligation to leave Afghanistan stable and in a position to govern themselves. The war in Afghanistan represents the front line of our war on terrorism." (www.timgriffinforcongress.com)
  • Tim Griffin. Rep. Tim Griffin talks armed forces, debt ceiling. 7 June 2011. "I came away concluding, basically, that certainly we can't stay there indefintely, we can't afford to for a whole host of reasons, but I also understand that we can't leave today." (www.todaysthv.com)
  • Tim Griffin. Notes. Tim Griffin's Response to the President's Statement on Afghanistan. 1 December 2009. "I believe the President should have given General McChrystal the additional 40,000 troops he requested, at a minimum. Though short of the request, I support the President's pledge of an additional 30,000 troops in Afghanistan. I don't, however, agree with the decision to announce an exit timetable. We need to provide the troops necessary to accomplish the mission. If the mission is to eliminate the Taliban and terrorists, then let's give the military the support and resources necessary to do it." (www.facebook.com)
  • Tim Griffin. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Tim Griffin voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Vets for Freedom PAC. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Vets for Freedom PAC endorsed Tim Griffin in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • National Defense PAC. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Defense PAC endorsed Tim Griffin in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Griffin. Afghanistan War Powers Resolution. 17 March 2011. "I rise today in opposition to H. Con. Res. 28 because it would undermine our national security and our ability to keep us safe right here at home. I understand that many Americans are frustrated with the length of this war. I also understand the American people have demanded the U.S. Government get its fiscal house in order. I know we cannot afford to fund this war indefinitely. But some think that cutting and running immediately from Afghanistan is the solution. That's simply not an option. This is a reckless resolution. We've made progress in Afghanistan, and we cannot afford to abandon that progress by immediately withdrawing our troops. What we must do, however, is demand that our military and civilian leaders set clear and definable goals for our military efforts in Afghanistan. We also must listen to our military commanders who are there on the ground day in and day out." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Griffin. Issue Position: National Security. 27 June 2011. "I served in Iraq and believe we have an obligation to leave both Iraq and Afghanistan stable and in a position to govern themselves. We must win the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. I will fight to ensure that our Armed Forces receive all necessary funding so they are properly equipped and can do their job safely and effectively. America must remain vigilant to the threat posed by terrorists and support measures to keep Americans safe, such as monitoring terrorist communications." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Griffin. Stephens Washington Bureau - Washington Digest: Congress Continues Budget Battle. 20 March 2011. "Opponents argued that removing combat troops now would leave Afghanistan vulnerable to a return of the Taliban and safe havens for terror groups like al-Qaida. 'It would undermine national security and our ability to keep us safe right here at home,' said Rep. Tim Griffin, R-Ark." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

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  • Tim Griffin. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Tim Griffin voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • National Defense PAC. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Defense PAC endorsed Tim Griffin in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Griffin. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Tim Griffin voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Garrick Feldman. The Arkansas Leader: Deficits worry Griffin. 28 January 2011. "'We're doing our research and homework and identifying problems,' said Griffin, who is a member of the House Armed Services Committee. 'We'll look at the military budget and other programs. We have a tough road ahead.'" (arkansasleader.blogspot.com)
  • Tim Griffin. Obama, GOP Freshmen Win in Jet Engine Budget Fight. 16 February, 2011. "'No federal agency is exempt,' said freshman Rep. Tim Griffin, R-Ark., who said the second engine 'is militarily unnecessary and a wasteful use of extremely limited and precious taxpayer dollars.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Griffin. Rooney, Larson, Westmoreland, Pingree, Griffin Urge Congress to Strike Funding for Wasteful Extra Engine Program. 15 February, 2011. "The federal government must be a better steward of taxpayer dollars, and that includes the Department of Defense (DoD). No federal agency is exempt. The American taxpayer should not be asked to continue to fund the JSF alternate engine program because it is militarily unnecessary and a wasteful use of extremely limited and precious taxpayer dollars." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Griffin signed a letter to The Honorable Barack Obama. 14 February, 2011. "We write in support of your and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates' call for the elimination of the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) alternate engine program. First, according to Secretary Gates, the alternate engine is not militarily necessary to our national security. Second, we recognize that the national debt is a grave threat to our economic and national security and, as a result, we simply can't afford it. The federal government must be a better steward of taxpayer dollars, and that includes the Department of Defense (DoD). No federal agency is exempt." (votesmart.org)
  • Garrick Feldman. The Arkansas Leader: Deficits worry Griffin. 28 January. "'We're doing our research and homework and identifying problems,' said Griffin, who is a member of the House Armed Services Committee. 'We'll look at the military budget and other programs. We have a tough road ahead.'" (arkansasleader.blogspot.com)
  • Tim Griffin. Arkansas Leader - Cut Defense Waste. 13 May, 2011. "I am not the only one against subsidizing this wasteful alternate-engine competition. Each year since 2006, DoD has proposed the elimination of the alternate-engine program. Both President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama have opposed it, and our military leaders have stated that a single engine manufacturer is suitable for the F-35 JSF. We must respect the taxpayers and their hard-earned dollars, and terminating the alternate-engine program is a step in the right direction. As of today, our national debt is over $14 trillion and rising. If we are going to tackle our debt, we must reduce spending further. I believe that we must look at all federal agencies to identify waste and what programs we can cut or eliminate outright. No agency is exempt from the budget process, and I am determined to get our fiscal house in order." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Griffin. Griffin Votes to Eliminate F-35 Alternate Engine. 16 February, 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." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Tim Griffin signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayers Protection Pledge. "I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." (atr.org)
  • Tim Griffin. ATR Releases 2012 List of Federal Pledge Signers in Arkansas. 21 May 2012. "Americans for Tax Reform released an updated list of incumbents and challengers in Arkansas who have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. These candidates have made a written commitment to their constituents to never raise their taxes. ATR strongly encourages taxpayers to consider those who have made this commitment when they vote on Tuesday, May 22nd. The list of incumbents and challengers who have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge is as follows: Incumbents John Boozman (SEN) Rick Crawford (AR-01) Tim Griffin (AR-02) Steve Womack (AR-03) Challengers Tom Cotton (AR-04)." (www.atr.org)
  • Tim Griffin. Letter to Representative Hensarling, Senator Murray, and Members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. 17 November 2011. "It is evident that America has a fiscal crisis because Washington spends too much, not because it taxes too little. According to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, tax revenues will reach or exceed the historical average of 18 percent of economic output by the end of this decade, even as spending continues to increase at an unsustainable rate. Increasing taxes on Americans would destroy jobs, erase all hope of an economic recovery, and simply serve to feed out-of-control spending in Washington. Thus, as you continue the important task to reach a deficit reduction agreement, we ask that any policies the Joint Select Committee prescribes not increase Americans' tax burden. With current levels of taxation already limiting economic growth, we believe that marginal rates must be maintained or lowered and that repeal of any tax credit or deduction be offset with an equal or greater tax cut. Although there are diverse beliefs toward specific policies that should be included in any deficit reduction plan, we must recognize that increasing the tax burden on American businesses and citizens, especially during a fragile recovery, is irresponsible and dangerous to the health of the United States." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Griffin. Reforming the Federal Income Tax. 17 September 2010. "I have been and continue to be committed to tax reform that lowers taxes for every American. The audio cited by my opponent's campaign makes clear that I was open to considering a number of tax-cutting options and remain so. The more I learned about the so-called fair tax plan, the less I liked it. I did my homework. I will do my homework in Congress too. And unlike my opponent, who is looking for ways to raise taxes, I am looking for ways to cut taxes. My preference is to avoid any reform that includes a consumption tax and focus on the flat income tax with a lower overall burden because I believe it is better for the economy and private sector job creation. Regardless of how we reform our tax system, one thing is clear: my opponent never misses the opportunity to tax Arkansans, including voting against tax breaks for elderly or disabled Arkansas veterans." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Griffin signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayers Protection Pledge. "I, _____, pledge to the taxpayers of the (____ district of the) state of ______ and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." (atr.org)
  • Tim Griffin. ATR Releases 2012 List of Federal Pledge Signers in Arkansas. 21 May 2012. "Americans for Tax Reform released an updated list of incumbents and challengers in Arkansas who have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. These candidates have made a written commitment to their constituents to never raise their taxes. ATR strongly encourages taxpayers to consider those who have made this commitment when they vote on Tuesday, May 22nd. The list of incumbents and challengers who have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge is as follows: Incumbents John Boozman (SEN) Rick Crawford (AR-01) Tim Griffin (AR-02) Steve Womack (AR-03) Challengers Tom Cotton (AR-04)" (www.atr.org)
  • Tim Griffin. Issue Position: Taxes, Economy, Jobs. 22 June 2012. "I believe the best way to get the economy going and create jobs is to put more money in the pockets of taxpayers. Don't leave it in Washington where it will be spent. There are two components to getting our economy back on track: Cutting Taxes. Tax relief is the key to sustainable economic growth, innovation and job creation: Ease the tax burden on individuals and families and allow them to make financial decisions based on their own priorities, not those of Washington. As a small business owner, I understand the challenges that Arkansas's small businesses are facing in the current recession. We need to reduce the tax burden and reduce federal mandates on small businesses to fuel innovation and the entrepreneurial spirit of the job creators in our economy. Oppose the death tax, which can be devastating for families who own farms and small businesses." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Tim Griffin. Notes. Stimulus II: Misplaced Reliance on Government. 27 January 2010. "I welcome the President's call to freeze spending and focus on jobs in the coming year. But, after a year of stimulus spending and a misplaced reliance on the federal government to create jobs, both unemployment and the national debt have increased. As Congress gets into the details of the President's new stimulus plan, it must cut spending while keeping in mind four simple words: 'We can't afford it.'" (www.facebook.com)
  • Tim Griffin. Issue Position: Taxes, Economy, Jobs. 27 June 2011. "Irresponsible and wasteful government spending will only worsen the current recession and less spending, not more, is critical to the long-term health of our economy: Stop rewarding corporate irresponsibility by ending taxpayer-funded bailouts. I pledge to use taxpayer money responsibly and respectfully, and I will work every day to curb Washington spending. Support efforts to reform entitlement spending which will inevitably lead to increased federal budgets and national debt. Social Security and Medicare are important programs, but commonsense reform is necessary so they are available to future generations." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Griffin. Letter to Barack Obama. 10 August 2011. "As you know, the credit rating agency Standard & Poor's (S&P) recently took the unprecedented step of downgrading the U.S. government's long-term sovereign credit rating from "AAA' to "AA+.' This decision to overturn our top credit rating, which we have maintained for 70 years, means our credit rating is now lower than that of Liechtenstein and on par with Belgium and New Zealand. Americans deserve better than that. That is why the undersigned are asking that you come forward with your plan for an additional $2 trillion in specific spending cuts in order to restore our "AAA' credit rating." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Griffin. Issue Position: Spending, Deficits, and Debt. 28 June 2011. "The 'stimulus' plan has not created the jobs that were promised the American people. In order to reduce the deficit, we should rescind all unobligated 'stimulus' money." (www.timgriffinforcongress.com)
  • Tim Griffin. Griffin Votes to Reduce Federal Spending. 25 January 2011. "Arkansans spoke loud and clear in November: they want our country to stop borrowing, spending and increasing our debt. Today's vote starts the process to reduce spending to pre-stimulus levels “ and beyond “ and is a critical step toward getting our fiscal house in order. We have an obligation to our children and to future generations of Americans to reduce the deficit and pay down our national debt now." (griffin.house.gov)
  • Tim Griffin. Griffin: New Approach Needed to Create Jobs. 4 June 2010. "I am pleased to learn 431,000 Americans have returned to work. But the fact that 95% of those jobs are temporary Census hires illustrates why a reliance on government to create jobs is misplaced, misguided and mistaken. The small number of private sector jobs added in May is evidence of the uncertainty employers feel for the future. When faced with the prospects of increased taxes by the end of the year, increased government regulation and increased costs thanks to the new health care law, how can we expect them to invest in creating jobs? We need a new approach that makes it easier to create jobs, not harder." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

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  • Tim Griffin. Griffin to Congress: Extend 2001 and 2003 Tax Relief Now. 9 July 2010. "In just 155 days, tax relief for American families and small businesses is set to expire, resulting in the largest tax increase in our nation's history--another blow to private sector job creation. We can't afford for Congress to take a six week vacation while employers and families try to make fiscal decisions without knowing if their taxes will be going up at the end of the year. Speaker Pelosi and the House leadership need to provide certainty to Americans by extending all of the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts before they leave on Friday for summer break. If they do not, I call on Speaker Pelosi to keep the House in session until the tax relief extension, which is critical for jobs, passes." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Griffin. Issue Position: Taxes, Economy, Jobs. 27 June 2011. "As a small business owner, I understand the challenges that Arkansas's small businesses are facing in the current recession. We need to reduce the tax burden and reduce federal mandates on small businesses to fuel innovation and the entrepreneurial spirit of the job creators in our economy." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Griffin. Issue Position: Spending, Deficits, and Debt. 28 June 2011. "Tax rebates are not associated with productivity and are indistinguishable from government spending “ they attempt to create purchasing power out of thin air. Cutting marginal tax rates on workers and employers will add to our capacity for growth and give employers the means to create new jobs by increasing the incentive to work, save and invest." (www.timgriffinforcongress.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

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  • Tim Griffin. Griffin: Reduce Regulatory Burden on Students and Educators. 28 February 2012. "Overly burdensome and excessive regulations are crushing American economic progress, and our repeal of two U.S. Department of Education (DoE) regulations is a win for Arkansas students and educators. These two regulations, released in October 2010, stifle innovative teaching methods and stand in the way of students doing their best to graduate early. They also serve as further evidence of this Administration's "we-know-best' approach. I heard constituent concerns regarding these regulations, and I was proud to support H.R. 2117, which would repeal these counterproductive federal mandates and alleviate the regulatory burden on Arkansas's colleges and universities." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

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  • Tim Griffin. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Tim Griffin voted Yea on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Griffin. Letter to the Honorable Barack Obama, President of the United States. 1 March 2011. "In light of continuing instability in the Middle East and in North Africa, we write today to urge your Administration's immediate action to ensure America's energy security by expediting the permitting process for safe offshore energy exploration and development without further delay." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Griffin. Letter to the Honorable Barack Obama, President of the United States. 18 February 2011. "In light of this week's announcement that Marine Well Containment Company (MWCC) has completed the initial well containment system, we again request an end to the de facto moratorium and a return to the timely and responsible issuance of offshore drilling permits." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Griffin. CBS "Face the Nation" - Transcript. 24 May 2011. "Well, they're really upset and certainly if there's something illegal going on, we need to look into that and deal with it. But I don't need a grand jury to tell you why this country has continuing problem with energy. And that's because we've been talking about energy independence for decades. The problem is a lot of the people who talk about energy independence then pursue policies that are counter to that. We can't talk about energy independence and then say, but you can't drill here and you can't drill there and we shouldn't do this. You start excluding all of the different options. That's like me telling you to go fix my car but leave your tool box behind. I mean it just-- that's the problem. Natural gas is clean burning. We have a lot of it here in Arkansas and we ought to be pursuing natural gas options as well. There are a lot of things that we should have been doing over the years and there are different obstacles whether it's drilling in the-- in the Gulf or whether it's drilling in----in ANWR, we have a lot of reserves." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Griffin. Issue Position: Energy, Cap & Trade. 27 June 2011. "Rep. Snyder voted against offshore drilling, drilling in ANWR, building new oil refineries and voted for the cap and trade energy tax. I oppose cap and trade legislation and believe we should encourage resource development and drilling wherever possible. In order to become energy independent, we must elect a representative who will vote for Arkansas -- not with Speaker Pelosi." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Griffin. Griffin Supports "Restarting American Offshore Leasing Now Act'. 5 May 2011. "'While Arkansans are paying higher gas prices, the President is obstructing U.S. companies from fully developing our nation's energy resources. The result is higher gas prices, lost jobs for U.S. workers, a weaker economy, and a continued dependence on foreign sources of oil. Today's vote will help reverse these policies by increasing domestic production and creating more American jobs.' The 'Restarting American Offshore Leasing Now Act' would expand American energy production and create jobs by requiring the Secretary of the Interior to conduct oil and natural gas lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico and off the coast of Virginia that have been delayed or cancelled by the Obama Administration." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Griffin. Griffin Hails Lifting Of Drilling Moratorium. 12 October 2010. "I am pleased the President has eliminated one bit of uncertainty in our economy: the moratorium on offshore deep-water drilling. It is my hope the administration does not delay the issuance of new permits so that drilling can resume, Americans can go back to work and a domestic energy source can be used. I urge President Obama to eliminate the other uncertainties hampering our economic recovery, namely a full extension of estate and income tax relief set to expire in 80 days and the duel threats of card check and the cap and trade energy tax which are preventing the private sector from creating the jobs American workers need." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Griffin. Creating Jobs in America. 13 June 2011. "Yet there are other parts to our plan, which include increasing energy development, maximizing energy production. We have passed numerous bills here in the House that will encourage drilling in the gulf and that will encourage drilling offshore so that we can create more jobs in energy production and become energy independent. It's not just a jobs issue. It's a national security issue." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Griffin. CBS "Face the Nation" - Transcript. 24 May 2011. "Well, they're really upset and certainly if there's something illegal going on, we need to look into that and deal with it. But I don't need a grand jury to tell you why this country has continuing problem with energy. And that's because we've been talking about energy independence for decades. The problem is a lot of the people who talk about energy independence then pursue policies that are counter to that. We can't talk about energy independence and then say, but you can't drill here and you can't drill there and we shouldn't do this. You start excluding all of the different options. That's like me telling you to go fix my car but leave your tool box behind. I mean it just-- that's the problem. Natural gas is clean burning. We have a lot of it here in Arkansas and we ought to be pursuing natural gas options as well. There are a lot of things that we should have been doing over the years and there are different obstacles whether it's drilling in the-- in the Gulf or whether it's drilling in--" (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

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  • Tim Griffin. Griffin: Regulations 'Stifling Job Creation'. 11 February 2011. "Some regulations are critical to protect our health and provide a safe place to live and work, but there are a number of regulations affecting job creators, including small businesses and community banks. These regulations are overly burdensome, repetitive, and just plain don't make sense. Not a day goes by without one of my constituents complaining over the EPA's overreaching policies. The Administration is trying to do through regulations what it couldn't get passed into law." (griffin.house.gov)
  • Tim Griffin. End The Uncertainty, Allow Private Sector To Create Jobs. 8 October 2010. "The loss of nearly 100,000 jobs and an unemployment rate near 10% is unacceptable and illustrates how Congress has failed to eliminate the uncertainty over tax relief, card check and the cap and trade energy tax that is preventing private sector employers from creating the jobs American workers need to lead us to economic prosperity. It is clear that Arkansas voters must elect common sense leadership to Congress in order to be a check and balance against the job-killing, debt-raising agenda of Speaker Pelosi and President Obama." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Griffin. Issue Position: Energy, Cap & Trade. 27 June 2011. "Rep. Snyder voted against offshore drilling, drilling in ANWR, building new oil refineries and voted for the cap and trade energy tax. I oppose cap and trade legislation and believe we should encourage resource development and drilling wherever possible. In order to become energy independent, we must elect a representative who will vote for Arkansas -- not with Speaker Pelosi." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Griffin. Issue Position: Energy Independence. 28 June 2011. "The cap and trade energy tax would cripple natural resource development in Arkansas, kill thousands of Arkansas jobs and impose an energy tax on consumers. It is bad legislation, and I oppose it." (www.timgriffinforcongress.com)
  • Tim Griffin. Griffin: Regulations ˜Stifling Job Creation'. 11 February 2011. "Some regulations are critical to protect our health and provide a safe place to live and work, but there are a number of regulations affecting job creators, including small businesses and community banks. These regulations are overly burdensome, repetitive, and just plain don't make sense. Not a day goes by without one of my constituents complaining over the EPA's overreaching policies. The Administration is trying to do through regulations what it couldn't get passed into law." (griffin.house.gov)
  • Tim Griffin. Letter to The Honorable Hillary Clinton. 10 December 2010. "We state categorically that we will do anything and everything within our power to prevent cap-and-trade legislation as it is currently proposed from ever becoming law in the United States." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Griffin. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Tim Griffin voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

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  • Tim Griffin. Griffin Applauds Second Amendment Ruling. 28 June 2010. "I applaud the Supreme Court's ruling today in McDonald. The Court made clear what many of us have long believed: the Second Amendment applies to state and local governments, not just the Federal government." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Griffin. Issue Position: 2nd Amendment. 27 June 2011. "I believe the Second Amendment is an individual right, not a collective one. I am a soldier, gun owner and 10+ year member of the National Rifle Association." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Griffin. Reps. Griffin and Critz Introduce the Protecting Gun Owners in Bankruptcy Act. 13 April 2011. "'At this time of economic uncertainty, we need to protect the rights of people to protect themselves,' said Griffin, a Republican from Little Rock, Ark. 'This bipartisan legislation would ensure that those who find themselves in dire economic circumstances don't have to give up their ability to defend their family from home invasion or lose a piece of their family heritage,' Griffin said." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Griffin. Issue Position: U.S. Constitution. 28 June 2011. "I am a soldier, gun owner and 10+ year member of the National Rifle Association. I salute the recent decision of the Supreme Court in McDonald v. Chicago. The Court made clear what many of us have long believed: the Second Amendment applies to state and local governments, not just the federal government." (www.timgriffinforcongress.com)
  • Tim Griffin. Griffin Earns NRA Backing. 14 September 2010. "I am proud to receive the endorsement of an organization committed to defending our Second Amendment rights," Griffin said. "The Bill of Rights is not a menu you can pick and choose from. As a soldier and gun owner, I am proud to be a member of the NRA, and I look forward to defending the rights of gun owners in Congress." (votesmart.org)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Tim Griffin in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

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  • Tim Griffin. Issue Position: Health Care. 27 June 2011. "The United States should not move toward a European or Canadian style health care system which rations health care. Health care reform should not be funded with Medicare cuts. Rep. Snyder voted for Speaker Pelosi's health care bill which will move the United States closer to government run health care, will increase the national debt, decrease quality and do nothing to control costs." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Griffin. Griffin Co-Sponsors Repeal Bill. 7 January 2011. "I am proud to co-sponsor legislation to repeal the health care law that was opposed by a majority of Arkansas's House delegation last year. We need health care reform, but the current law has created uncertainty for employers and spends a trillion dollars we can't afford. We must repeal the law and replace it with one that lowers costs, preserves the doctor-patient relationship, lets Americans keep the coverage they have, allows the private sector to create jobs and follows the Constitution." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Griffin. Griffin Statement on Health Care Law Anniversary. 23 March 2011. "Our health care system desperately needs meaningful reform, but President Obama's health care law is not what we need. As more businesses, unions--and even states--receive exemptions from implementing the law, and business leaders--both small and large--decry the law's burdensome mandates, it is clear the President Obama's law is flawed beyond repair. I am proud to have voted to repeal the law and call on my friends in the Senate to act. Let's replace the new health care law with common sense reforms that lower costs, preserve the doctor-patient relationship, permit Americans to keep the coverage they have, allow the private sector to create jobs and follow the Constitution." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Griffin. Griffin Votes to Repeal Job-Killing 1099 Mandate. 3 March 2011. "I am proud to vote to repeal the overly burdensome 1099 reporting mandate found in the 2010 health care law. Under the law, Arkansas small businesses must send 1099 forms to the IRS every time they buy over $600 in goods from stores like Wal-Mart--placing an enormous financial burden on job creators. I believe the health care law should be replaced but, until then, we need to repeal provisions like the 1099 mandate to protect small business jobs and help create more." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Griffin. Griffin Welcomes Health Care Ruling. 31 January 2011. "I welcome the ruling in favor of the 26 states that sued the federal government over the constitutionality of the health care law. I voted to repeal the law earlier this month, and I look forward to continuing the process in the House to replace it with a new one that increases access, lowers costs, limits government, promotes job creation and follows the Constitution." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Griffin. Log Cabin Democrat - Griffin: Health Reform Overhaul Necessary. 18 March 2011. "Our health care system desperately needs meaningful reform. Costs for the insured continue to rise, making up 17 percent of our GDP, and the cost of caring for the uninsured is unsustainable. This nation is $14 trillion in debt, and we are never going to get out of debt if we don't address the rising cost of health care. Last year, Congress and the president focused on increasing coverage for the uninsured without addressing the question of how to pay for it. The new health care law is flawed beyond repair. That is why I co-sponsored and voted to repeal the health care reform law and am working with my colleagues to draft a sound replacement." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Griffin. Open Letter to Constituents. 14 April 2011. "It reduces our discretionary spending through the end of September by just under $40 billion.I would have preferred a much greater reduction of spending for 2011. I also wish it included a number of specific cuts such as the House's defunding of ObamaCare." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Griffin. Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act. 8 January 2011. "Madam Speaker, I believe we need health care reform badly, but the law we got isn't what we need. That is why I rise today in support of H.R. 2 to repeal the current health care law. The health care law provides for an increased government role and will ultimately lead to decisions made by the government instead of doctors and patients. It ignores the issue of cost. It was loaded with gimmicks to make it seem deficit neutral. But once those are accounted for, we find that it adds over $700 billion to the deficit in the next 10 years. The health care law, and especially the unconstitutional mandate, handicaps our ability to grow jobs. Small businesses will be hit hardest because they operate on the tightest margins and will have the toughest time complying with the onerous regulations, many of which are still not written, creating uncertainty for employers." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Griffin. Saving You Money, Repealing Part of President Obama's 2010 Health Care Law. 2 May 2011. "I remain committed to the full repeal of President Obama's health care law. These votes will help ensure that U.S. taxpayer dollars will not be wasted or abused." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Griffin. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Tim Griffin voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Griffin. Griffin Votes for "Flawed" Bill to Cut Spending. 14 April 2011. "I am disappointed with the size and substance of this flawed bill. It reduces our discretionary spending through the end of September by just under $40 billion. I wish it reduced our spending for 2011 by much, much more and included a number of specific cuts, such as the House's defunding of ObamaCare. But despite its many flaws, I voted for it because the only thing worse than modest cuts is no cuts at all." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

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  • Tim Griffin. 2010. Arkansas Voters' Guide.com:The New Arkansas Voter Guide. Responded "The unsecured U.S. border is a national security issue. We must enforce the laws that exist. The Federal government has a responsibility to secure our borders and has failed. We must take away the attraction of a job for illegal immigrants. Reform must enable employers to better verify citizenship of prospective employees. Also, we need to enforce the law and prosecute employers who knowingly hire illegal workers. I support a commonsense approach to legal immigration that gives priority to those who have followed the rules and waited their turn. I oppose amnesty for illegal immigrants." to the question 'What should be done about the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants who are in the U.S.?'" (www.arkansasvotersguide.com)
  • Tim Griffin. 2010. Arkansas Voters' Guide.com:The New Arkansas Voter Guide. Responded "The unsecured U.S. border is a national security issue. We must enforce the laws that exist. The Federal government has a responsibility to secure our borders and has failed. We must take away the attraction of a job for illegal immigrants. Reform must enable employers to better verify citizenship of prospective employees. Also, we need to enforce the law and prosecute employers who knowingly hire illegal workers. I support a commonsense approach to legal immigration that gives priority to those who have followed the rules and waited their turn. I oppose amnesty for illegal immigrants to the question 'What should be done about the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants who are in the U.S.?'" (www.arkansasvotersguide.com)
  • Tim Griffin. Issue Position: Immigration. 28 June 2011. "I support a fair and commonsense approach to immigration reform that gives priority to those who have followed the rules and waited their turn to become American citizens. I oppose amnesty for illegal immigrants “ we should not reward lawbreakers. Also, I oppose college scholarships for illegal aliens." (www.timgriffinforcongress.com)
  • Tim Griffin. Letter to President Obama. 9 September 2011. "Members of the bipartisan Immigration Reform Caucus along with member of the House vehemently oppose your August 18 2011 announcement to bypass Congress and use prosecutorial discretion to achieve amnesty to individuals who are illegally residing in the US. The manner with which your administration has introduced this policy not only robs the public of a thorough betting, but it also fails to appreciate the negative consequences of this policy shift...Also, this policy has the added affect of further encouraging illegal immigration. Frankly put, if we don't take our own laws seriously enough to enforce, why should we expect anyone to follow them? This policy will introduce a new wave a illegal immigrants emboldened with the knowledge that not only is it okay to break the law, but they will likely be rewarded for it with de facto amnesty statues, thereby exacerbating an already vicious cycle we as a nation try been trying to address for over two decades.This attempt to satisfy the narrow interests for the pro-amnesty lobby has ultimately earned the distrust of the greater American public. Our fear is that this policy will irreparably harm the prospects of true immigration reform for many years to come. Mr President, our request is simple: enforce our immigration laws evenly without passion, prejudice or preference." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

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  • Tim Griffin. Issue Position: Life and Family. 28 June 2011. "I believe marriage should be between one man and one woman. I strongly support the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) which allows Arkansas to have its traditional marriage law on the books. I will oppose any effort to repeal DOMA." (www.timgriffinforcongress.com)
  • Tim Griffin. Issue Position: Life and Family. 27 June 2011. "The values I learned growing up in Arkansas are the values I will take with me to Washington. The importance of family and the sanctity of life are fundamental principles that guide me as a husband and a father. I am pro-life. I believe we should encourage adoption. Fathers must take responsibility for their children. It is wrong to abandon women and children without support. I support the Defense of Marriage Act." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Griffin. Letter to Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. 22 June 2012. "As you know, the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was passed by Congress with bipartisan support and signed into law by President Clinton in 1996. The law of the land is the federal government defines marriage as between one man and one woman. Unfortunately, the Department of Defense seems intent on circumventing this law. In April, a memo from the Navy Chief of Chaplains issued new guidance to ignore federal law, which was temporarily suspended. On September 30, 2011 the General Counsel of the Department of Defense (DoD) released a second memorandum stating that in connection with the repeal of "Don't Ask Don't Tell" (DADT), the "use of the DoD real property and facilities for private functions, including religious and other ceremonies, should be made on a sexual-orientation neutral basis." This statement is nothing more than a reissuing of the original April guidance. Rather than using the term "marriage," the Department of Defense has merely written the guidance broadly in an attempt to avoid questions about whether its policy is in violation of DOMA. The application, however, of this new policy will undoubtedly violate DOMA. This clear and deliberate violation of established U.S. law sets a dangerous precedent. DOMA makes clear that for purposes of the federal government, marriage is defined as between one man and one woman. The use of federal property or federal employees to perform anything but opposite-sex ceremonies is a clear contravention of the law...We recognize the National Defense Authorization Act is well underway and needed funds for our troops should be expedited without delay. However, we respectfully request that an amendment similar to that passed by the House be included to ensure that this administration follow the law as written and comply with DOMA. It is not the place of any citizen of this country to pick and choose which laws will be obeyed. We expect citizens sworn to defend those laws to set the example in their application." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

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No Inferred Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

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  • Tim Griffin. Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2012. 15 April 2011. "With regard to the language about vouchers, there is no voucher here. We're trying to give the folks that are 55 and under health care like Members of Congress have. Have you ever, Mr. Chairman, heard anyone in Congress describe their own health care plan as a voucher? No. Of course you haven't. Because it's not. That word has been rolled out with the other tested words, 'privatization,' all this other nonsense, for the purposes of politics. You don't want the American people, Mr. Chairman, to have the same health care that you have. I support this budget because it will keep our promise to seniors, it will save Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, and it will preserve this country for my kids." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Griffin. Issue Position: Seniors, Social Security, and Medicare. 28 June 2011. "I am committed to saving social security and keeping the promise America has made to our seniors. As a result, I oppose raising the retirement age for current seniors and raising taxes on our seniors. As your next Congressman, I will lead the effort for common sense, bi-partisan solutions and will work across the aisle to ensure current and future retirees have the security they were promised. I oppose the privatization of Social Security." (www.timgriffinforcongress.com)

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