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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Shelby says budget passage in Senate first step toward tax reform

October 24, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Report

Friday, U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., praised the Senate’s passage of a budget resolution.

“Last night’s Senate passage of the budget resolution is a critical step toward pro-growth tax reform,” Shelby said in a statement. “Congress now has the opportunity to advance a comprehensive tax overhaul that will shift the nation’s economic landscape and provide relief to middle-class families. Hard-working Alabamians deserve to keep more of their hard-earned money. Passing this budget puts us one step closer to achieving that goal.”

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Roby: Tax reform represents a “tremendous opportunity to move this country ahead”

October 2, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, September 28, 2017, Congressional Republicans unveiled their highly-anticipated tax reform plan. U.S. Representative Martha Roby, R-Montgomery, attended the House GOP summit to discuss the joint House, Senate, and White House plan to overhaul the nation’s complicated tax code. Roby explained the basics of the tax reform legislation set to be considered in the House over the next few weeks.  Roby said that tax reform represents a tremendous opportunity to move this country ahead and will allow you to keep more of your money.

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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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Brooks amendment would end federal subsidies for Amtrak

September 8, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, September 7, 2017, U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Huntsville, urged the U.S. House to adopt his amendment to eliminate federal government operating subsidies of Amtrak.

The economy has recovered from the Great Recession; but the federal government, which shouldered most of the burden of back stopping the banks and the mortgage business in the downturn is still spending far more money than it takes in.  The Brooks amendment would cut Amtrak subsidies propping up the passenger rail monopoly.

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Palmer votes to pass 2018 Fiscal Year Budget in committee

July 21, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, July 19, 2017, the House Budget Committee passed the Fiscal Year 2018 Budget. US Representative Gary Palmer (R-Hoover) voted in favor of the budget in Committee while admitting it was far from perfect.

Congressman Palmer said, “The budget passed by the House Budget Committee is far from perfect, but it begins to address the nation’s financial crisis.  I voted in favor of advancing the budget for a few reasons. According to GAO, the government made more than $140 billion in improper payments in 2016 alone. With this budget, we will save over $700 billion through common sense, stopping improper payments. The budget provides the Department of Defense robust funding to be used for troop training, equipment, and improved readiness in the wake of unprecedented national security threats. The Department of Homeland Security will also be fully funded allowing us to protect our borders and keep America safe from outside threats. While there are more steps and additions necessary to improve this budget and our country’s fiscal health, we have taken the first step to building a better America and a better economy for future generations.”
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Rich Wingo will seek re-election in House District 62

July 7, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, July 6, 2017 state Representative Rich Wingo (R from Tuscaloosa) announced that he will seek a new term for the House District 62 seat that he has held since 2014.

Rep. Wingo said in a statement, “During my first term in the Alabama House, I have let my bedrock conservative values and deep faith guide my actions in Montgomery. And while my Republican colleagues and I have made important progress over the past four years in reforming the way our state government operates, the job is not yet finished, and I am determined to see it completed on my watch.”
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Carrington Interview

July 6, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, June 29, 2017, The Alabama Political Reporter (APR) had a lengthy interview with Jefferson County Commissioner David Carrington (R) who is running for the Republican nomination for Governor of Alabama in next June’s major party primaries.

APR: A recent CNBC ranking of the states rated Alabama as the  number 46 economy.  What could you do as Governor to improve that?

Carrington:  “One of the issues that needs even more focus going forward is workforce development; it could become our state’s competitive advantage.  For example, Alabama has more than a half million working age adults who don’t have a high school degree.  Manufacturing employers have told me that they want workers who: one, have a high school degree; two, show up for work on time; and three, can pass a drug test.  Not a very high bar, but half a million working age Alabamians without a high school degree don’t qualify for these higher paying jobs.  As a result, the state has too many working age adults in minimum wage jobs, preventing many of our young people from getting needed work experiences.  This and other structural deficiencies, like economic development in rural areas, are solvable problems that don’t require any new taxes.  My goal is to embark on a path to move Alabama’s median family income from the bottom 10% to the top 50% in the next ten years.”
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Shelby: Trump’s NASA Budget would prevent Agency from reaching its goals

June 30, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, June 29, 2017, Acting NASA Administrator Robert Lightfoot testified before the Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Subcommittee. The Trump Administration is proposing cutting NASA 2.9 percent in fiscal 2018.  US Senator Richard Shelby (R-Alabama) said that the administration is “Projecting a lofty vision for space while providing a budget that keeps that vision from leaving Earth.”

Sen. Shelby is the Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee.
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