Byrne applauds FCC decision to scrap Net Neutrality

December 15, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Another Obama-era regulation was scrapped when the Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal its landmark net neutrality rules on Thursday.  Republicans have been campaigning along to deregulate the broadband industry and voted 3 to 2 along party lines to repeal the 2015 net neutrality rules.  Congressman Bradley Byrne, R-Montrose, announced this support for the decision to reduce broadband regulation.

“Another important point on why I believe it was important to roll back the FCC’s heavy-handed ‘net neutrality’ regulations: the regulations have hurt competition,” Byrne said on social media.  “Who benefits from confusing and burdensome regulations? Big companies who can hire lawyers and specialists to comply with them. That hurts start-ups and small companies who want to provide broadband services, especially in rural communities. Since these regulations passed in 2015, broadband investment has fallen for two years in a row. This is why we need less government regulation and intervention.”

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Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act passes US House

December 7, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives.  Several members of the Alabama Congressional delegation shared their opinions on the bill with the Alabama Political Reporter.

U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Huntsville, said in a statement that this bill aims to protect the Second Amendment right to bear arms by ensuring that individuals qualified to carry a concealed handgun in their home state can also carry a firearm across state lines. Brooks is an original cosponsor of the act, which passed the House by a vote of 231-198.

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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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US House Passes the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

November 17, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, November 16, 2017 the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act by a vote of 227 to 205.  The Tax Cut and Jobs Act is the first major overhaul of our nation’s tax code since 1986.

Congressman Gary Palmer (R-Hoover) released a statement after voting in favor of the bill.

“My colleagues and I took a significant step towards providing American families much needed and meaningful tax relief,” said Palmer. “The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act lowers rates for individuals and families and makes much needed changes designed to spur the type of sustained economic growth that will benefit every American. The American people have been waiting over three decades for this kind of reform and I hope that my colleagues in the Senate will move quickly so that we can reconcile differences and make improvements in order to deliver on the promise of tax reform to the American people.”

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House passes Defense Authorization bill

November 15, 2017

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, November 14, 2017, Congress passed the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).  The NDAA sets policy and authorizes spending for the entire U.S. military, and the bill must be passed each year.  The bill passed by a vote of 356 to 70.

Following negotiations between the House and the Senate, this year’s NDAA includes authorization for three Littoral Combat Ships (LCS), which are built in-part by Austal USA in Mobile.

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Byrne says final NDAA authorizes three Littoral Combat ships

November 9, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, Congressman Bradley Byrne, R-Montrose, announced that he helped secure authorization for the construction of three Littoral Combat Ships in the final version of the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act. The NDAA was released today.

“Securing the authorization for three more Littoral Combat Ships is a big win for Southwest Alabama and the thousands of people who work at the Austal shipyard in Mobile. Just as important, it is good news for the U.S. Navy because it means we will have more highly-capable ships added to the fleet,” Congressman Byrne said in a statement.

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Save Local Business Act passes US House of Representatives

November 8, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, the U.S. House of Representatives voted in favor of Congressman Bradley Byrne’s, R-Montrose, bill: the “Save Local Business Act.” The Save Local Business Act amends the National Labor Relations Act and the Fair Labor Standards Act to restore the commonsense definition of what it means to be an employer. The legislation clarifies that two or more employers must have “actual, direct, and immediate” control over employees to be considered joint employers. The Barack H. Obama (D) administration had attempted to define employees in such a way that employees of a franchisee or some contractors would have been under the same regulations as employees of the flag ship corporation that markets the franchises.

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Byrne, Roby and Aderholt comment on release of tax reform bill

November 3, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
AlabamaPolitical Reporter

Thursday, the U.S. House Republican caucus unveiled The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which they claim will fundamentally reform the tax code for the first time since 1986.

U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne, R-Montrose, issued a statement in response to the introduction.

“Tax reform has the potential to make America boom again, and it starts with putting more money in the pockets of hardworking Americans,” Byrne said. “The current tax code is too complicated and confusing, benefiting the elite while making things harder for American families. It is time for a fairer and simpler tax code that supports new jobs right here in the United States. This is going to be a process, and the bill released today is just a starting point. I encourage everyone to visit FairAndSimple.gop to read the plan and then welcome your feedback and ideas.”

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Alabama’s leaders respond to New York City terror attack

November 2, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, an immigrant from Uzbekistan, who had sworn loyalty to ISIS, rented a truck from Home Depot and used it to run over pedestrians in a park in New York City’s lower Manhattan.

Eight people are dead, including several Argentinians, and another eleven have serious injuries. The terrorist, Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, was shot twice and apprehended by New York City Police Officer Ryan Nash and is now in the hospital recovering from gunshot wounds. Americans across the country reacted to the latest terror attack with shock and sorrow.

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US House passes Budget

October 27, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter .

Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Senate amendment to the Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Resolution, which contains the framework for the joint House, Senate, and White House tax reform plan.

“By passing this budget today, Congress is one step closer to enacting pro-growth tax reform that will offer much-needed relief to American families,” U.S. Rep. Martha Roby, R-Montgomery, said. “Our tax reform plan will grow the economy, create jobs here in the United States, and allow hardworking taxpayers to keep more of their money in their pocket. This is a unique and exciting opportunity to deliver on our promise and give the American people the results they deserve.”

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