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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Preventing Naval Tragedies

September 11, 2017
Bradley Byrne

By Bradley Byrne
U.S. House of Representatives

On June 17th, the USS Fitzgerald, a guided missile destroyer with the United States Navy, collided with a merchant vessel southwest of Tokyo, Japan. The collision resulted in the death of seven Navy sailors and an additional three crewmembers were injured.

Then, on August 21st, the USS John S. McCain, also a Navy destroyer, collided with a merchant vessel in the Straits of Malacca, near Singapore. This time, ten crewmembers were killed and five others injured.

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A look back at a busy August

September 4, 2017
Bradley Byrne

By Congressman Bradley Byrne
US House of Representatives

With the House of Representatives out of session during the month of August for a District Work Period, I used the time to travel all across Southwest Alabama listening to the people I represent and seeing the challenges and opportunities facing our area firsthand.

Despite what some may believe, the August District Work Period is an incredibly busy and important time. In fact, I held over 75 separate events and meetings over the course of the month. From Monroeville to Atmore to Citronelle to Bayou La Batre, my focus was to spend time in every corner of the First Congressional District.

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Back to School Leadership Tips

August 28, 2017
Bradley Byrne

By Bradley Byrne
US House of Representatives

Earlier this year, I was asked to compile my thoughts on leadership and what it means to be an effective leader. With students back in school, high school football season underway, and college football right around the corner, I wanted to share some highlights from my leadership journey with students, athletes, and others.

Throughout my professional and personal life experiences, I’ve found these three simple tips, and I think they can apply to each and every one of us.

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Improvements for Alabama’s Veterans

August 22, 2017
Bradley Byrne

By Congressman Bradley Byrne
US Representative, 1st Congressional District

In my office, there is no greater priority than ensuring veterans are appropriately taken care. These men and women sacrificed so much for our country, and it is imperative they receive the attention, help, and care they deserve and were promised.

Recently, we had a number of important breakthroughs for veterans in Southwest Alabama. From legislative victories in Washington to progress right here on the Gulf Coast, I want to briefly update you on some of the recent improvements for Alabama’s veterans.

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Who will build our 355 ship Navy?

August 14, 2017
Bradley Byrne

By Congressman Bradley Byrne (AL-1)

America has the most powerful Navy the world has ever seen. For centuries, our sailors have provided peace and stability around the globe. With over eighty percent of the world’s population living within sixty miles of the sea and ninety percent of world trade moving by sea, a strong and capable US Navy is critical to a bountiful economy and the wellbeing of humanity.

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Getting around the District

August 8, 2017
Bradley Byrne

By Congressman Bradley Byrne (AL-1)

Each August, Members of Congress head back to their home states for a District Work Period. I use this time to travel throughout my district and interact with the people I represent in Congress.

These District Work Periods are jammed packed with multiple stops a day, plenty of time in the car, and important conversations with constituents. To help explain just how busy these weeks can be, I want to walk you through my last week on the road in Southwest Alabama.
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