Byrne, Gallego introduce bipartisan bill regarding AUMF jurisdiction

November 21, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, Congressman Bradley Byrne, R-Montrose, and Congressman Ruben Gallego, D-Arizona, introduced bipartisan legislation that would place jurisdiction over war powers’ issues, including authorizations for the use of military force, under the Congressional Armed Services Committees.  These matters are currently under the jurisdiction of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Under House Rule X, the House Armed Services Committee has jurisdiction over all areas of personnel, material and strategy necessary for the conduct of war, making it the best-equipped panel to handle this critical responsibility.  Byrne and Gallego argue that in addition, because the Congressional Armed Services Committees pass legislation authorizing defense activities every year, this jurisdictional change would give Congress a better opportunity to review and revise war-related policies.

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Debt ceiling increase passes Congress

September 12, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, Congress passed a bill to raise the debt ceiling without making any budget cuts.  President Donald Trump brokered a deal with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.; Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.; Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis.; and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.  GOP conservatives, including most of the Alabama Delegation, who had been pushing for spending restraints opposed the bipartisan deal.

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Investigation into Pouncey Smear delivered to Special Prosecution Division

August 14, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

On Friday last, a package was hand-delivered to the State’s Attorney General’s Office containing the results of two investigations into what is labeled a smear campaign against Dr. Craig Pouncey, by those who plotted to deny him the position of State Education Superintendent.

Delivered directly to the Special Prosecution Division, lead by hard-boiled chief Matt Hart, the dossier encompasses the finds by the Alabama Department of Education conducted by Michael Meyer and the bipartisan Senate committee lead by Senators Gerald Dial (R-Lineville) and Quinton Ross (D-Montgomery).

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Combatting illegal immigration

July 11, 2017
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Congressman Bradley Byrne (AL-1)

Kate Steinle became a household name in 2015 after the 32-year old was shot and killed by an illegal immigrant in San Francisco. It was a horrific event that shined light on some serious flaws in our Nation’s immigration system.

The man who killed her, Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, was in our country illegally. Making matters worse, he had already been deported five times and had been convicted of seven felonies. He had no business being in the United States.
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Poole nationally recognized as rising political stars

December 22, 2016

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Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, December 21, 2016 the Aspen Institute, a Colorado-based, non-partisan think tank devoted to addressing some of the world’s most complex problems, announced that State Representative Bill Poole (R from Tuscaloosa) has been selected as one of the top 24 “rising political stars” in the nation and has been awarded a prestigious Rodel Fellowship.

Rep, Poole said in a statement, “I believe Alabama is best served when its leaders surround themselves with the best information, the most innovative ideas, and leading experts in their fields to solve the important issues that face our state.”
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Brewbaker Sponsor’s Historic Innocence Commission

February 18, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—State Sen. Dick Brewbaker (R-Montgomery) has introduced a bipartisan-sponsored bill that would create an Innocence Inquiry Commission.

In 2002, North Carolina was the first state to establish an Innocence Commission to rehear cases where the accused and their advocates claim wrongful conviction.

dick-brewbakerNorth Carolina created its commission after several people in high-profile cases had been wrongly convicted.

“The reason I filed this bill is that Alabama is one of several states that have active death penalty statutes. Other states like North Carolina and Texas that have active death penalty statutes, have found it useful to establish these innocence commissions,” said Brewbaker.
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Palmer, Rogers, Byrne Explain Votes Opposing Omnibus Bill

December 21, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Friday, December 18, the massive omnibus spending bill that funds the government until the end of September easily passed the US House of Representatives.  US Representatives Gary Palmer (R-Hoover), Bradley Byrne (R-Montrose), and Mike Rogers (R-Saks) each separately released statements explaining why they voted no on the legislation.

The only members of the Alabama congressional delegation to vote “yes” on the legislation were Congressman Robert Aderholt (R-Haleyville) and Congresswoman Terri Sewell (D-Selma).
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Byrne and Sewell Reintroduce the Workforce Development Tax Credits Bill

April 17, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, April 15, US Representatives Bradley Byrne (R-Mobile) and Terri Sewell (D-Selma) have reintroduced the bipartisan Workforce Development Tax Credit Act.

Congressman Byrne said in a written statement, “The workforce needs in the United States are rapidly changing, and skills training is becoming more important than ever before. That’s why I am proud to join my friend and colleague Terri Sewell in introducing the Workforce Development Tax Credit Act. By encouraging businesses to partner with community colleges and universities to advance workforce training initiatives, we can help connect Americans with the skills they need to get a job and meet growing industry demands.”
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Shelby and Sessions Oppose Costly Doc Fix

April 15, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

U.S. Senators from Alabama Jeff Sessions (R) and Richard Shelby (R) both oppose the bipartisan “doc fix” bill that the Congressional Budget Office says would add nearly $200 billion to the debt in the first decade.

Senator Sessions addressed the Senate, “Not only are we continuing to allow the debt to explode, but we aren’t really being honest with our constituents about it. Before they cast their votes, House members were told this bill ‘pays for all new future spending’ and that it ‘offsets all new spending.’ But this is inaccurate. It’s not true. It adds to the deficit every single year. So we’re going to offer an amendment so that this bill lives up to the promises of the sponsors. A good amendment, a PAYGO amendment… would put us on a path that says you have to pay for this new expenditure.”
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Senators Unveil Bill To Address Currency Manipulation

February 12, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Tuesday, February 10, US Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama) introduced the Currency Undervaluation Investigation Act. Sen. Sessions introduced the legislation along with Senators Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Charles E. Schumer (D-New York), Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina), Debbie Stabenow (D-Minnesota), and Richard Burr (R-North Carolina). According to information from Sessions’ office the legislation would protect U.S. manufacturing jobs by cracking down on illicit currency devaluation which the Senators claim artificially advantages foreign producers over American producers.
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