Opinion | Steve Flowers: Shelby, Ivey can brush off Senate special election critiques

February 7, 2018

By Steve Flowers
Inside the Statehouse

A few weeks back my column illuminated the career and influence attained by our senior U.S. Senator Richard Shelby. In the column and in my book, “Six Decades of Alabama Political Stories,” I reference the fact that our current senior senator will be regarded as one of Alabama’s greatest U.S. Senators. I consider Lister Hill, John Sparkman, and Richard Shelby in that triumvirate. However, history more than likely will reveal that Shelby is eclipsing Hill and Sparkman in the annals of senatorial lore.
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No federal funding for CHIP could cost more than 83,000 Alabama kids their health insurance

October 3, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

If the U.S. Congress can’t get to a deal on funding for the Child Health Insurance Program, more than 80,000 children in Alabama could be without health insurance as soon as next spring.

Congress last week failed to reauthorize funding for the program, which expired on Sept. 30 at the end of the 2017 Fiscal Year. And without that federal funding, Alabama’s “All Kids” Chip program could be exhausted by early next year.

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Roby says appropriations fully funds National Defense and down payment on Border Wall

September 15, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed an appropriations package that fully funds government operations for the next fiscal year.

U.S. Rep. Martha Roby, R-Montgomery, said the bill demonstrates House Republicans’ commitment to setting responsible spending priorities.

Roby said that HR3354, the Make America Prosperous and Secure Appropriations Act, contains many conservative victories, including needed increases in military spending and a “down payment” on construction of a border wall.

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Governor skirts the details on education budgets at Higher Ed Day rally

February 24, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY — Speaking to a crowd of college students gathered on the steps of the Alabama State House on Thursday, Gov. Robert Bentley promised to continue his support for higher education.

“We have great universities in this State,” Bentley said. “Funding for universities has to be adequate. It’s never enough, but we really need to continue the increase that we’ve tried to do. In fact, every year, in the budgets that I’ve submitted, we have always increased it every year for the past seven years.”

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Military Construction Bill Will be Considered by House

April 29, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, April 27, US Representative Martha Roby (R-Montgomery) announced that an appropriations bill that will fund upgrades to military bases in Alabama and improve veterans benefits has passed out of committee and comes before the full US House of Representatives this week.

Congresswoman Roby wrote to constituents, “This week the House will consider H.R. 2029, the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act. This bill, which we passed out of Committee last week, includes much-needed funding for projects on our own military installations in Alabama and also for veterans benefits and programs.”
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Sewell Votes For CRomnibus

December 18, 2014

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Friday, December 16 U.S. Representative Terri A Sewell (D from Selma) released a written statement to explain the reasons why she supported the Continuing Resolution (C.R.). H.R. 83 avoids a government shutdown and keeps the government funded until the end of the fiscal year on September 30.

Both many conservatives and liberals opposed the omnibus C.R., nicknamed the “CROmnibus.” Conservatives objected to the fact that it funded President Obama’s controversial healthcare reform plan popularly known as Obamacare through next year as well as the President’s executive orders on immigration. Conservatives, including Alabama Senators Jeff Sessions (R) and Richard Shelby (R) favored a short term C.R. that funded the government only until February when Senate Republicans would be reinforced with new GOP Senators who just won elections in November.
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Roby Supports House Omnibus Appropriations C.R.

December 16, 2014

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Congresswoman Martha Roby (R from Montgomery) said that passing the Omnibus Continuing Resolution (C.R.) puts the new GOP Congress in the strongest position to defund executive amnesty. On Thursday, U.S. Representative Martha Roby (R-AL) voted to support a comprehensive Appropriations plan that she said: funds critical government operations, includes strong, important, conservative policy provisions, and allows Congress the best opportunity to reverse President Obama’s unilateral immigration actions when Republicans have dual House and Senate majorities in January.
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Shelby Praises Senate Colleagues for Bipartisan Efforts on Funding Bill

July 17, 2013

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama Senator Richard Shelby (R) from Alabama while concerned about the overall costs of a Senate Appropriations Committee bill is pleased with the bipartisan effort shown by both sides to produce the subcommittee markup of a Commerce Justice Science and Related Agencies funding bill.

This Congress has been one of the most partisan and divided Congresses in memory; but veteran Alabama Senator Richard Shelby did reach across the aisle on Tuesday to praise his Democratic colleagues on the bipartisan way that the Commerce Justice Science and Related Agencies bill was handled by the Senate Appropriations Committee.
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Shelby Says It Is Not Too Late To Change Course On Spending

July 3, 2013

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Thursday, U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R) from Alabama warned his fellow Senators during a meeting of the Senate Appropriations Committee that the Congress can not continue approving spending bills at the rates that they have been in recent years.

Senator Shelby said, “I want to applaud the Chair for moving these bills and keeping this Committee on track. Whether one supports or opposes a particular bill, it is important that this Committee move forward and our Chairwoman is making sure that it does. I remain concerned, however, with the road we are on. The bills before the Committee today are funded at levels that are leading to a top line which is not supported by current law.”
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Aderholt Questions USDA About Budget for Research

April 19, 2013

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Wednesday, Congressman Robert Aderholt (R) from Haleyville released  written statement after question U.S. Department of Agriculture officials about the department’s research budget.  Officials at the hearing include: the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Under Secretary for Research, Education and Economics and Chief Scientist Dr. Catherine Wotecki, Administrator of the National Agriculture Statistics Service Dr. Cynthia Clark, Administrator of the Economic Research Service Dr. Mary Bohman, Administrator of the Agricultural Research Service Dr. Ed Knipling, Director of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture Dr. Sonny Ramaswamy, and USDA Budget Director Mr. Mike Young. Rep. Aderholt is the Chairman of the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee.
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