Shelby votes in support of budget agreement

February 13, 2018

By Brandon Moseley  
Alabama Political Reporter

U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., voted in favor of the long-term budget agreement and Continuing Resolution to fund the government through March 23, 2018.

The bill, which Senator Shelby supported, was passed with bipartisan support by a vote of 71-28 in the U.S. Senate.

“The Senate has approved a two-year budget agreement, which ensures that the men and women of our armed forces will have the resources needed to keep our country safe,” Shelby said. “Additionally the package provides critical funding to help our nation’s veterans receive the care they deserve while increasing resources for infrastructure improvements and disaster relief.”

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Brooks calls compromise Senate spending bill “A debt junkie’s dream”

February 9, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Congressman Mo Brooks, R-Huntsville, made a speech on the floor of the U.S. House of Representative critical of the compromise spending bill expected to reach the House this week.

Afterwards Brooks released a statement explaining why he opposes the bill.

“Yesterday, the House passed with my supporting vote a spending bill that increases national security spending by more than $50 billion while limiting all other federal discretionary spending at 2017 levels. As such, yesterday’s spending bill walked a narrow path between financial responsibility and adequate national security funding,” Brooks said.  “Today, Senate Democrats demand excessive non-defense spending that America simply cannot afford. Despite America’s dire financial straits, Senate Democrats demand that we spend money we don’t have, have to borrow to get, and cannot afford to pay back. In sum, the Senate Democrat spending bill is a debt junkie’s dream. If the Senate Democrat debt junkie spending bill passes, America’s annual deficit in 2018 is likely to blow through the trillion dollar mark indefinitely until the country suffers a debilitating insolvency and bankruptcy that destroys a proud nation it took our ancestors centuries to build.”

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Doug Jones says working with bipartisan colleagues to protect CHIP was in best interest of Alabama families 

January 24, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, January 23, 2018, U.S. Senator Doug Jones, D-Ala., spoke with Sirius XM host Joe Madison for an interview to discuss his role in ending the government shutdown and voting to protect children’s health insurance for 150,000 low-income Alabama families.

While most Senate Democrats voted to shutdown the government to demand that the Dreamers bill be taken up; Jones voted with the Republicans to fund the government short term because he favored protecting the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP / ALL Kids).

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Senate Democrats end shutdown, agree to President Trump’s terms

January 23, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The government shutdown ended Monday — at least until Feb. 8.

Democratic Minority Leader Chuck Schumer met with Republicans Monday and agreed to the deal that President Donald Trump had offered on Friday. Democrats agreed to fund the government through Feb. 8 and to fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program. The deal that has passed both Houses of Congress fully funds CHIP for the next six years.

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Alabama leaders react to government shutdown

January 21, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Friday, the U.S. Senate failed to pass a continuing resolution funding the federal government moving forward.

While both parties agree that the government should continue to be funded, the two parties are divided on the issue of immigration. Democrats want the children brought by their parents who crossed the border illegally given legal status and a pathway to American citizenship.

When Congress did not pass the DREAM Act in 2012, President Barack Obama gave the children of immigrants who crossed the border illegally deferred action on immigration enforcement, or DACA, via an executive order. President Donald Trump is letting that program expire in March.

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Congress funds Children’s Health Insurance Program through March

December 22, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, both Houses of Congress have passed a temporary government funding continuing resolution to keep the government funded and avoid a government shutdown. Included in that is funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program through March. Without the infusion of federal dollars, the state of Alabama was prepared to mail out letters on Tuesday to 84,000 families who get health insurance through the All Kids government subsidized insurance program announcing that their children’s health insurance coverage would be cancelled on the first of February.

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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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Short Term Funding Bill that Fails to Defund Planned Parenthood Passes

October 5, 2015

 

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

President George W. Bush (R) was in office the last time the United States passed an actual budget.

Throughout President Barack H. Obama’s (D) presidency, neither he nor the Congress have made budgeting a priority.  The Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid controlled Congress kept the government running with a series of continuing resolutions (CRs) and the Republicans have followed suit even after taking control of the House in 2010 and the Senate in 2014.  Even attaching Republican priorities like defunding Planned Parenthood or defunding illegal alien executive amnesty or defunding the Iran nuclear deal have gone undone because the President threatens to veto the CR if anything like that is attached to it forcing a government shutdown and since the GOP does not have the supermajority needed to overrule the President’s veto, both Houses cave to the President’s demands whenever he orders them to pass a CR or raise the debt ceiling.  This time was no different.  The House again passed the C.R. without any GOP planks as demanded by the President on the last day of the 2015 fiscal year.
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Brooks And Rogers Vote Against CRomnibus

December 18, 2014

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Thursday, December 11, Congressmen Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) and Mike Rogers (R-Saks) both voted “No” on passage of H.R. 83, a $1.013 trillion, 1,600-page Continuing Resolution/Omnibus spending bill (nicknamed “CROmnibus”) that funds the government to the next fiscal year which begin on October 1.

Representative Brooks said that the Continuing Resolution funds what he calls the, “President’s lawless executive amnesty and further damages America’s perilous long-term financial stability. “
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Conservatives Displeased With Passage Of CRomnibus

December 17, 2014

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Conservative groups across the State of Alabama have voiced disappointment with the recent passage of the Continuing Resolution, which funded the federal government until the end of the fiscal year, September 30. Alabama US Representatives, Bradley Byrne (R-Montrose), Martha Roby (R-Montgomery), Terri Sewell (D-Selma), Robert Aderholt (R-Haleyville) and Spencer Bachus (R-Vestavia) all voted for the measure. Alabama’s two Republican US Senators Jeff Sessions and Richard Shelby as well as Congressmen Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) and Mike Rogers (R-Saks) voted against the bill, H.R. 83.
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