University of Central Arkansas and Hendrix College Young Democrat presidents Jared LaReau and Robert Taylor lead a demonstration conference outside Congressman Tim Griffin's Conway office Wednesday and ask that Griffin vote to end the government shutdown and default crisis.

The presidents said delaying the opening of the federal government puts students in a tough position, and would jeopardize student aid such as Pell Grants and work study programs.

Griffin responded Wednesday and said he would vote in just hours for the Senate's bill to end the shutdown, which would "protect our country's credit rating and move forward on finding a real, long-term solution to Washington's spending addiction...".