President Obama approves Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument

January 16, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

BIRMINGHAM—Today, Monday, January 16, 2017, is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which is set aside to remember his legacy and the Civil Rights Movement, much of which was played out in Alabama during the 1950s and 1960s.

US Attorney General Loretta Lynch was in Birmingham this weekend to remember Dr. King at the historic 16th Street Baptist Church. It was her last official speech as Attorney General.
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Young Democrats Debate Watch

October 21, 2016

By Beth Clayton
Alabama Political Reporter

BIRMINGHAM—Young Democrats across Alabama hosted public watch parties for the last presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on Wednesday night.

The Alabama Young Democrats, a statewide organization, along with members of their Birmingham, East Alabama and North-Central Alabama chapters, hosted a joint watch party with the Hillary Clinton campaign at the Historic Carver Theatre in downtown Birmingham. More than 250 attendees packed the theatre, booing and cheering together throughout the debate.
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Weather Strikes Christmas in Alabama

December 28, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

For many Alabamians, Christmas 2015 was overshadowed by the severe weather that struck flooding creeks and spawning tornados.

Early on Christmas Day, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) declared a state of emergency for all 67 Counties due to the severe weather.

South West Birmingham and Midfield were struck by a tornado on Christmas night that destroyed homes.  Flooding was severe in many places across the state; but nowhere worse than in Coffee County where the rising floodwaters threatened the levees which protect the town of Elba.  Volunteers spent their Christmas day filling sandbags to defend the levees.
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Sewell and Pelosi Visit Troops in Afghanistan on Mother’s Day

May 16, 2012

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell (D) from Selma released a statement to announce that she was part of a bi-partisan delegation including Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to Afghanistan.  The two-day trip included visits to the provinces of Helmand and Kandahar.  The delegation visited with troops on Mother’s Day weekend and discussed “national security and woman issues in the Middle East, Asia and Africa with diplomatic and military officials.”
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Sewell Announces Federal Funds for 7th District Projects

May 1, 2012

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

MONGOMERY-Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell (D) from Selma made a string of announcements in the past week of federal funds that have recently been awarded to projects in the Seventh District. The University of West Alabama (UWA) was awarded $235,543 from the U.S. Department of Education under the Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program (MSEIP).”  The funds will be used to attract and retain students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines and address the shortage of minorities in professional STEM fields.  North Choctaw County was awarded a $1.6 million grant and a $2 million loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development.  The funding will help the North Choctaw Water and Sewer Authority make vital repairs and improvements to existing water infrastructure, while both adding interconnectivity to neighboring water systems and purchasing new radio read meters and equipment.  The Demopolis Municipal Airport was awarded $1.8 million to update and rehabilitate their existing runways by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
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Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell Joins President Obama at JOBS Act Bill Signing Ceremony

April 9, 2012

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell (D) from Selma announced in a written statement that President Barack Obama signed the JOBS Act into law at the White House. Rep. Sewell was present for the bill signing ceremony for the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act.

Rep. Sewell said, “I applaud the President for signing this important legislation into law that will make it easier for small businesses and start-ups to access capital, secure new investors and hire workers to grow their businesses and expand capacity.”  “I voted in favor of this bi-partisan bill and I believe that it will help boost our nation’s economy and spur job creation for all Americans. It is past time that we in Congress put our partisanship aside and join together in passing legislation that will encourage job growth and American entrepreneurship.“
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Sewell Votes In Opposition of House Republican Fiscal Year 2013 Budget

March 31, 2012

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell (D) from Alabama released a written statement following her vote against the House Republican Fiscal Year 2013 Budget Resolution.

Representative Sewell said, “Today, I voted against the Republican Fiscal Year 2013 Budget resolution, a budget proposal that would result in harsh cuts to vital programs, investments and services. This Republican budget proposes drastic cuts to discretionary programs by approximately $120 billion and mandatory programs by $284 billion. This budget would leave America’s middle-class families, seniors, children, and our most vulnerable without a life-line to continue to recover from this economic recession.”
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Sewell Comments on Trayvon Martin Case

March 29, 2012

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell (D) from Selma said in a written statement that she was pleased that the Justice Department has launched an investigation into the Trayvon Martin slaying.  Rep. Sewell was participating in a House Judiciary Committee briefing on racial profiling and hate crimes.

Rep. Sewell said, “Today I joined my Democratic colleagues in a House Judiciary Committee briefing to examine the issues surrounding the Trayvon Martin case and to discuss racial profiling and hate crime issues. I applaud my colleagues, this Administration and the millions of Americans for insisting that justice is served in the Martin case.”  “I am pleased that the Justice Department has launched an investigation into this matter to determine if any federal civil rights have been violated.”
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Congresswoman Sewell Remains a Steadfast Supporter of the Affordable Care Act

March 27, 2012

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell (D) from Selma released a statement today announcing that she remains a supporter of the President’s controversial healthcare reform law and that “as a member of Congress, I will continue to vote against efforts to repeal this important law.”

Rep. Sewell said, “Today marks the second anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, a monumental piece of legislation that offers Americans the opportunity to receive quality healthcare and ensures stronger patient protection. It prevents insurance companies from discriminating against individuals with pre-existing conditions as well as ensuring that young adults up to the age of 26 are now able to obtain healthcare coverage through their parents’ insurance plan.”
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Sewell Praises Obama’s Proposed Business Tax Proposals

February 28, 2012

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter 

Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell (D) from Selma issued a press release with her supportive comments of President Obama’s framework for business tax reform.

Representative Sewell said in her press release, “I applaud the President for outlining a bold framework for reforming the U.S. business tax system. This proposal is an important first step towards developing a comprehensive tax code that echoes the long held belief that we all must pay our fair share and enhance American competitiveness.”

Rep. Sewell continued, “This framework proposes fair tax policies for businesses that would encourage job creation and strengthen American manufacturing. It puts an end to tax loopholes and subsidies that have hurt business productivity and growth.  In addition, it provides incentives to strengthen our small businesses and encourage entrepreneurship.  The framework will help us pave the way to rebuilding the middle-class and make our businesses – both large and small competitive again.”

“I look forward to continuing to work with the President and my colleagues in Congress on a comprehensive tax reform plan that will grow our economy, reduce our deficit and build a stronger economic foundation for America’s families,” finished Rep. Sewell.

President Obama’s plan calls for lowering the top corporate tax rate from 35% to 28% and would lower the tax rate on corporate manufacturing profits to just 25%.  The President’s plan would make up for that lost revenue by eliminating many common tax deductions.  Included in this is the elimination of the popular accelerated depreciation schedule that encourages new equipment purchases including corporate jets. Pres. Obama’s plan also eliminates the corporate deduction for interest and sets a minimum tax rate for foreign income.  President Obama’s plan would also eliminate what he calls tax “subsidies” for the oil and gas industries.  Not included in the President’s plan is the elimination of tax code subsidies for the “clean energy” programs which the Obama Administration has championed.

The President’s plan is unlikely to be seriously addressed by the Congress during an election year.  Although tax rates change frequently the last major tax reform proposal that passed was in 1986.

Congresswoman Sewell represents Alabama’s seventh Congressional district.  She is unopposed in the March 13th Democratic Party Primary, however two Republicans will be competing in the March 13th Republican Primary to run against Rep. Sewell in the November 6th General Election.

To read Congresswoman Sewell’s statement in its entirety:

http://sewell.house.gov/press-release/statement-congresswoman-terri-sewell-president-obama%E2%80%99s-framework-business-tax-reform

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