Opioid Crisis Requires Serious Response

May 23, 2016
Bradley Byrne

By Congressman Bradley Byrne (AL-1)

I recently saw a local news story about a young 18 year old boy from Southwest Alabama who struggled with prescription drug abuse. He talked about how it started out small with just a few pain pills but his addiction spiraled out of control until he was seriously ill.

Thankfully this young man was able to seek treatment from a local drug abuse program, and now he is preparing to apply to college. Sadly, not every person who struggles with prescription drug abuse is so fortunate.
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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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The Second Amendment Must Be Protected

January 11, 2016
Bradley Byrne

By Congressman Bradley Byrne (AL-1)

Since I was a young boy, some of the most enjoyable time with my family has been spent hunting. My dad and I didn’t bond on a golf course, instead we bonded in the backwoods of Southwest Alabama. This is the same tradition I have enjoyed with my sons.

My family, like most families in Southwest Alabama, have always owned firearms. While we mainly use our weapons for hunting, there is also a basic interest in having firearms to help protect our family.
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Rounding Out the Field

December 16, 2015

INSIDE THE STATEHOUSE
By Steve Flowers

This week we will conclude our analysis of the potential horses in the 2018 Alabama Gubernatorial Derby. First, let me briefly recap the horses we have already handicapped. The list includes, in descending order, Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard (18), Supreme Court Justice Jim Main (17), Sen. Greg Reed (16), Sen. Arthur Orr (15), Anniston Mayor Vaughn Stewart (14), Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox (13), Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson (12), Congressman Bradley Byrne (11), Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey (10), Sen. Del Marsh (9), State Agriculture Commissioner John McMillan (8), Attorney General Luther Strange (7), Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle (6), State Treasurer Young Boozer (5), and Secretary of State John Merrill (4). The final three horses will be revealed today.
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Teachers Make A Real Difference

November 2, 2015
Bradley Byrne

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

It has been said that one of the hardest jobs around is being a teacher. Even though it may be hard, teaching is one of the most important professions. Teachers have the great responsibility of training the next generation in our society.

Recently, I’ve spent time reflecting on some of the important teachers from my past. Without a doubt, the first one that comes to mind is Kay Ladd.
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Byrne Says that Congress Should Have Input on Syrian Refugees

October 7, 2015

 

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, October 6 U.S. Representative Bradley Byrne (R from Montrose) announced that he was co-sponsoring H.R. 3573, the Refugee Resettlement Oversight and Security Act, that would require Congressional approval before refugees can be brought into the United States.

Rep. Byrne said in a statement, “After listening to the concerns of my constituents and attending a State Department briefing, I strongly believe Congress should have the ability to block any attempt to bring a large number of Syrian refugees into the United States. There is simply no way to know for sure that terrorist groups, like the Islamic State, are not going to infiltrate the refugee process. The Refugee Resettlement Oversight and Security Act will ensure that Congress, and in turn the American people, have the final say when it comes to increasing the number of refugees.”
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Transportation Secretary Fox Will be in Alabama on Tuesday

May 26, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

US Transportation Secretary Anthony Fox will be in Mobile on Tuesday, as the special guest of US Representative Bradley Byrne (R-Montrose). Congressman Byrne said, “I’m excited to be hosting US Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx in Mobile tomorrow. We will be talking about some of our area’s transportation needs, including the I-10 bridge project. With Memorial Day traffic still lingering, the visit could not come at a better time. I’ll be sure to keep you posted on the visit throughout the day tomorrow.”
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Byrne And Brooks Support Repeal Of Obamacare 30 Hour Rule

January 9, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Thursday, January 8, 2015 Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-Montrose) urged the Congress to support a full repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, better known as Obamacare.  Rep. Byrne’s comments before the full House were made in support of legislation to restore the 40 hour workweek.  Congressman Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) also released a statement in support of the legislation, H.R. 30 – the Save the American Worker Act.
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LCS Continues To Impress Navy

December 22, 2014

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On December 11, Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-Montrose) and US Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama) responded to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel’s decision on the future of the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program. The decision reaffirms the Navy’s need for 52 ships in the fleet, after Secretary Hagel had previously halted procurement of the current LCS variants at 32.

Secretary Hagel announced details of the Navy’s long anticipated “Small Surface Combatant Task Force” report. The report itself is classified, but Secretary Hagel said that he agrees with the Navy’s decision to update the current versions of the LCS, making them more lethal and survivable, rather than starting over and designing a new ship, using a foreign design or repurposing another ship already in the fleet. The 52 ship requirement will remain.
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Byrne Supports Reforms to Endangered Species Act

August 1, 2014

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Wednesday, July 30, Congressman Bradley Byrne (R) voted in support of H.R. 4315, the Endangered Species Transparency and Reasonableness Act.  The legislation is the first attempt in 26 years to renew and reform the Endangered Species Act, which was created in 1973 to protect and recover key domestic species.

Representative Byrne’s office said that over the years, the Endangered Species Act has resulted in excessive litigation without any real successes.  Rep. Byrne warned that in 2011, the Obama administration held closed-door negotiations on the Endangered Species Act which could lead to more than 750 new endangered species throughout the United States. Alabama would be hit especially hard with 22 new proposed species, one of the largest increases in the country.
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