Congressman Tim Griffin (AR-02): ‘Shutting Down the Federal Government Is Terrible Policy’

WASHINGTON – Congressman Tim Griffin (AR-02) issued the following statement regarding the federal government shutdown:

“As I have said for weeks, shutting down the federal government is terrible policy, but Democrats in the Senate wanted a government shutdown for political purposes and refused to work with the House to find a solution.  I will continue to work with my colleagues – both Republicans and Democrats – to find a plan that will get the government running again.  Negotiation is critical to our form of government, and tonight I will vote to go to a Conference Committee where historically the House and Senate work out their differences.  On behalf of the thousands of Arkansans who will be directly impacted by the shutdown, I urge the Senate to join us.”

As a result of the federal government shutdown, Griffin is furloughing most of his staff in Washington and Arkansas.  The Washington and Little Rock office will maintain normal hours, but the Conway office will be closed during the shutdown.  Constituents needing to contact the Congressman are encouraged to do so at or by email at [email protected].