Energy in Alabama

December 4, 2017
Bradley Byrne

By U.S Rep. Bradley Byrne

In Alabama, we have a lot to be proud of. From our best-in-the-nation Pre-K programs to our championship caliber football teams to our booming economy, there is no shortage of things for our residents to take pride in.

One thing we often forget is our outstanding natural resources. From our forests to our waters, Alabama is blessed with an abundance of natural resources that provide a diverse base from which we can produce energy. It is very easy to take for granted our easy access to and the reliability of energy in Alabama.

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Two big things you may have missed

November 27, 2017
Bradley Byrne

By Congressman Bradley Byrne (AL-1)

I understand why people are so frustrated with politics these days. The American people want action, and it may not seem like much is actually getting accomplished. I share those concerns, but my frustration is not connected to my work in the House of Representatives. Despite the media’s infatuation with relitigating the 2016 election, there are very substantive bills that pass out of the House almost every week.

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Pause to count your blessings

November 20, 2017
Bradley Byrne

By U.S Rep. Bradley Byrne

As we celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, I want to put the political debates of today aside and take time to reflect on the many blessings that we all-too-often take for granted. As I sat down to write this column, four very distinct blessings came to my mind.

The first blessing we all have is life.  I was reminded of that earlier this year when my granddaughter Ann-Roberts Byrne was born.  She was, like all of us at that point in our lives, small, weak and helpless.  But life radiated from her, shooting out like little rays. It reminded me of a line from a poem by the British poet, William Wordsworth:  “Heaven lies about us in our infancy!”

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Honoring Our Veterans

November 6, 2017
Bradley Byrne

By Congressman Bradley Byrne

On November 11, we will celebrate Veterans Day and honor those who have served our nation. This is a day set aside to share our deep appreciation with all those, from the Battle of Yorktown to the War on Terror, who have fought to keep us safe and to protect the values we hold dear.

There is really something remarkable about serving our country. It means that an individual is willing to give up their own life so that others may have the opportunity to live in the land of the free and the home of the brave.

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Working to combat opioid addiction

October 30, 2017
Bradley Byrne

By Congressman Bradley Byrne (AL-1)

Hundreds of thousands of Americans have lost their lives in recent years due to drug abuse, and the problem only seems to be getting worse. In 2016, more than two million Americans had an addiction to prescription or illicit opioids.

An opioid is a type of narcotic derived from the opium poppy, which includes drugs such as morphine, codeine, hydrocodone, and oxycodone. While the drugs are often prescribed in response to injuries and body pains, they are easily abused and addictive.

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Agriculture Is Still Number One

October 23, 2017
Bradley Byrne

By U.S. Representative Bradley Byrne

Last week, we received some really positive news about the growth of the manufacturing industry in our area. Airbus announced plans to add an additional assembly line at their facility in Mobile, and steelmaker SSAB revealed that they will be moving their national headquarters from Illinois to Mobile.

Both of these announcements are a testament to our area’s booming manufacturing industry, and I am very proud of the first-class workforce that helps make these advancements possible. Manufacturing is certainly on the rise.
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A Pro-Life Victory

October 16, 2017
Bradley Byrne

By U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne
U.S. House of Representatives

A few weeks ago, I met a remarkable young boy named Micah. Micah is a five-year-old boy who seems like most any child. He is healthy, smart, and full of life. Most people are shocked when they learn that Micah was born at just 22 weeks.

When Micah was born prematurely, he was no bigger than a pack of M&Ms, but his mom said he was “alive and he was fighting and he wanted to live.” Thankfully, due to the miraculous work of doctors and answered prayers, Micah survived.

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Tax reform will grow the American economy

October 10, 2017
Bradley Byrne

By U.S. Congressman Bradley Byrne (AL-1)

Last week, the House took a big step toward long overdue tax reform when we passed our budget for Fiscal Year 2018. The budget is important because it opens up the process by which we can bypass a Democrat filibuster and pass tax reform with 51 votes in the Senate.

If you read last week’s column, you know that the unified Republican tax plan will benefit working families by lowering tax rates, increasing the standard deduction, expanding the child tax credit, and simplifying the entire tax code. Under our plan, most Americans would be able to do their taxes on a single, small postcard.

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A tax cut for working families

October 3, 2017
Bradley Byrne

By U.S. Congressman Bradley Byrne (AL-1)

A lot has changed in our country since 1986. Ronald Reagan was President, Top Gun was a hit at the box offices, and Matlock had just premiered on television.

One thing that hasn’t changed since then? The tax code.

1986 was the last time we had meaningful tax reform in this country, and that is a shame. The current tax code does not match the realities of today’s economy or the needs of modern Americans. Thankfully, a new tax code is on the horizon.

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Ending illegal immigration must be a top priority

September 26, 2017
Bradley Byrne

By U.S. Congressman Bradly Byrne (AL-1)

One of President Donald Trump’s most popular positions on the campaign trail last year was a commitment to securing our nation’s borders. Since taking office, this has been a shared top priority between President Trump and the House of Representatives.

President Trump first demonstrated his commitment to restoring the rule of law and tackling illegal immigration when he appointed Jeff Sessions as his attorney general. Jeff Sessions was the leader on immigration issues in the Senate, and he understands how allowing illegal immigration to go unchecked makes our country less safe and hurts the overall economy.

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