Things to look for in 2018

January 8, 2018
Bradley Byrne

By U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne

Last week, we recapped major highlights from the past year, so this week I want to look ahead at some of the important things to watch for in 2018.

2018 is an election year, and the midterm elections for all House members and the one-third of the United States Senate will be held in November. I expect a very busy legislative session in the run-up to the midterms.

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US Army Reserve Lt. Colonel sentenced to 4 years in prison for supplying Chinese-made gear to Army

November 29, 2017

By Staff
Alabama Political Reporter

U.S. Army Reserves Lieutenant Colonel Frederick Lamar Burnett was sentenced to four years in prison and ordered to forfeit $4.4 million to the government for fraudulently supplying hundreds of thousands of Chinese-produced baseball caps and backpacks to the Army Recruiting Command and passing them off as American-made products, in violation of his contracts and the Buy America Act.

U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town, Defense Criminal Investigative Service Special Agent in Charge John F. Khin, and U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command Special Agent in Charge James T. Wallis announced the sentence.

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“Buy America” policies are good for Alabama

July 24, 2017
Bradley Byrne

By U.S. Congressman Bradley Byrne (AL-1)

President Trump recently devoted a week to celebrating the importance of “Made in America” products with special events at the White House. I was pleased to see the President shining a spotlight on the many first-class items produced here in the United States.

I often meet with manufacturing leaders from across Alabama during their visits to Washington, DC or during visits to their facilities back in Alabama. We discuss issues affecting our state’s manufacturing industry, the importance of infrastructure investments, as well as policy ideas that will spur industry growth, create jobs, and boost our local economy.
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Jefferson County GOP Chairwoman calls for action on Chinese steel dumping

July 14, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, July 13, 2017, Jefferson County Republican Party Chairman Sallie Bryant sent a letter to US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross urging the Secretary to act on what she calls “unfair” Chinese trade practices that allow that country’s steel to be dumped on the American marketplace, impacting residents and business owners all across Jefferson County.

Chairman Bryant said in a statement, “It is no secret Birmingham has a rich history in steel manufacturing. Birmingham was once one of the nation’s leading iron and steel producers. The proximity of our natural resources provided the nation’s lowest raw-material assembly cost of its time resulting in the nickname, ‘Pittsburgh of the South.’”
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Interview with US Senate candidate Dom Gentile

June 14, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, June 13, 2017, Republican US Senate candidate Dom Gentile spoke with The Alabama Political Reporter (APR) about a variety of policy issues likely to come before the Senate.

APR : the VA scandal exposed the fact that most Federal employees can not be fired, even for incompetence. Should that change?

Gentile: Absolutely. 100 percent. They should have to follow the same rules and standards as an employee of a non-unionized company.
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Leaving Paris Accord benefits American workers

June 5, 2017
Bradley Byrne

By U.S. Representative Bradley Byrne (AL-1)

“I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris.” Those were the words of President Donald Trump during a recent ceremony in the White House Rose Garden to announce he was withdrawing the United States from the Paris Climate Accord.

The United States should have never entered into the agreement in the first place, and I applaud President Trump for getting us out of the rotten deal.
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A translation of US Rep. Bradley Byrne’s “five priorities” column

January 5, 2017

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

I read an interesting guest column on Alabama Political Reporter Tuesday, one written by US Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-Mobile). Titled “Five things to watch in 2017,” it listed the five top priorities of the Republicans once so-called Republican Donald Trump is inaugurated as President on Jan. 20.

Byrne was once fairly reasonable. I supported him for Governor when he ran in the Republican Primary against “boob-grabber” Robert Bentley in 2010. Byrne was a solid, moderate, Republican State Senator, and he did a fine job as Chancellor of the State’s two-year college system, riddled in corruption, before he resigned to run for Governor in 2009. Read More

Brooks opposes Chinese purchasing Lattice Semiconductor

December 13, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, December 9, 2016, US Representative Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) joined a group of bipartisan lawmakers in sending a letter to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), pushing back against the purchase of Lattice Semiconductor, the third-largest American producer of critical technology for US military applications, by an American shell company financed by China’s communist government.

Congressman Brooks said, “In an alarming report, an American programmable-chip maker, Lattice Semiconductor, is to be purchased by a venture capital firm with ties to the Chinese government. The acquisition is a serious national security threat to the US military supply chain and it is essential the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States bar this egregious attempt to harvest American technology by China.”
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Rogers Looking to Protect the Homeland

September 27, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Friday, US Representative Mike Rogers (R-Saks) emailed residents of the Third District with his thoughts about the growing threat from ISIS-inspired terror attacks in our country.

Congressman Rogers wrote, “Here in the United States, this past weekend, the Chelsea neighborhood in New York City was rattled by a bomb that sent 29 people to the hospital and undetonated bombs were found by a train stop in New Jersey.”
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Reflections on China

May 16, 2016
Bradley Byrne

By Congressman Bradley Byrne (AL-1)

China is the largest country in the world with a population of approximately 1.4 billion people, and I recently had the opportunity to travel there with some of my Congressional colleagues. I want to share a few of my takeaways with you.

We must realize that the key to a successful relationship with China is the proper mix of cooperation and a firm assertion of America’s priorities. This mix is particularly important in matters of the economy and trade, as well as with security issues.
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