Roby supports removal of criminal alien gang members

September 20, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, U.S. Rep. Martha Roby, R-Montgomery, spoke in support of HR3697, the Criminal Alien Gang Member Removal Act, and said that Congress’ first priority must be to keep Americans safe.

HR3697 combats criminal alien gang violence by amending existing law to make a person’s history of involvement in a criminal gang grounds for inadmissibility into the United States and allow law enforcement agents to automatically detain and deport anyone found to be a criminal alien gang member.

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Former state Senate Majority Leader Tom Butler to run for state Senate

September 19, 2017

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Political Reporter

Former state Sen. Tom Butler announced that he will run for Alabama state Senate District 2 in the June Republican Primary.  The seat is currently held by state Sen. Bill Holtzclaw, R-Madison, who is leaving his seat to run for Alabama’s 2nd Congressional seat.

Butler served in the Senate from 1994 to 2010 as a Democrat.  In the 2010 general election he was defeated by Holtzclaw 33,050-23,060.

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US Rep. Byrne on budget passage: “The House has now done our job”

September 19, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne, R-Montrose, said that, “The House has now done our job,” after voting in the favor of HR3354, the Make America Secure and Prosperous Appropriations Act. The bill, along with the 11 other Senate funding bills, provides funding for the federal government for Fiscal Year 2018.

“The House has now done our job and passed all twelve of the government funding bills before the end of the fiscal year on September 30th,” Bryne, who represents Alabama’s 1st Congressional District, said. “This funding bill reflects the will of the House and makes tough choices regarding funding priorities. From increasing funding for our military to boosting border security to cutting wasteful programs to strengthening life-saving medical research, this bill prioritizes spending to reflect national priorities. While we have finished our work in the House, the Senate has yet to pass a single government funding bill.

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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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Holtzclaw joins Alabama Wheelmen to fight Human Trafficking

September 13, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, the Alabama Wheelmen will present a check to Lynn Caffery, the director of the Tennessee Valley Family Services, for the “Race to Stop Human Trafficking” which was organized by Alabama Wheelmen and held on Aug. 12 to 13.

State Sen. Bill Holtzclaw, R-Madison, is attending to help bring the spotlight to the problem of Human Trafficking.  Holtzclaw is running for Alabama’s 2nd Congressional District in 2018 against incumbent U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Huntsville.

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Alabama’s leaders remember Sept. 11

September 12, 2017

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Political Reporter

On Sept. 11, 2001, a team of Muslim terrorist operatives led by Muhammed Atta with the al Qaeda organizations launched a series of attacks on New York City’s World Trade Center, the Pentagon and the U.S. Capitol.  Three of the four attacks were successful.  The passengers of United Airlines Flight 93 however made a valiant attempt to retake their airplane.  The terrorists crashed the plane into farmland in Pennsylvania to prevent the passengers from succeeding in that effort.  The passengers of flight 93 likely saved the lives of hundreds of Americans on the ground.  When the WTC towers collapsed nearly 3,000 Americans lay dead, including over 200 New York City Firemen and 77 police officers.  The nation was shocked by that day’s events and many remember this day every year.

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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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Roby votes against raising the debt ceiling

September 11, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, September 8, 2017, U.S. Rep. Martha Roby, R-Montgomery, voted against a bill that she said would raise the nation’s debt limit without reforms to curb wasteful spending.

Congresswoman Roby said, “Congress has no business raising the nation’s debt limit without reining in the runaway spending that is causing our debt problem. Every day I hear from constituents who are concerned about our nearly $20 trillion debt and frustrated by Washington’s unwillingness to address it.”

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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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New poll shows Mo Brooks with early lead in Fifth Congressional District race

September 7, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, BamaCarry Inc. released the first public polling of the 2018 election cycle for Alabama’s 5th Congressional District. The poll purports to take a snapshot of where the race currently stands and examine how the negative attacks of the Senate campaign may affect both the 2017 Senate runoff and the 2018 congressional primary.

The poll was conducted by WT&S Consulting in partnership with (the Second Amendment rights group) BamaCarry Inc. The poll surveyed 863 self-identified Republican respondents from a random stratified selection of likely primary voters across the 5th Congressional District. The survey was conducted by phone between Aug. 28 and Aug. 31., and it has a margin of error of 3.34 percent.

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