Strange votes to raise debt ceiling, votes against amendment to cut foreign aid

September 11, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, September 8, 2017, Sen. Luther Strange, R-Alabama, voted to raise the debt ceiling. Not only did Strange vote to raise the debt ceiling and add $15.25 billion to the national deficit, he also voted against an amendment offered up by U.S. Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky., that would have halted $15.25 billion of foreign aid to pay for Hurricane Harvey relief.

Rand Paul’s “America First” amendment, supported by nine other conservative Republicans – including Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas; Jim Inhofe, R-Ok.; Mike Lee, R-Utah; Tim Scott, R-S.C.; and  Pat Toomey, R-Pa. – was designed as a solution to the budget crisis. It would have provided a way for the federal government to fund Hurricane Harvey aid without raising the debt ceiling.

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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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Brooks campaigns in Moody

August 9, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, August 4, 2017, US Representative and Senate Candidate Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) met with the St. Clair County Republican Executive Committee at Carpenetti’s Pizza in Moody.

Rep. Brooks said that he has just gotten the endorsement, along with Roy Moore, of Gun Owners of America.  Brooks said that more and more conservative groups are starting to figure out that this guy (Luther Strange) is not a principled conservative.
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An interview with Senate candidate Robert Kennedy

August 7, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, August 4, 2017, The Alabama Political Reporter (APR) had an in depth conversation with US Senate Candidate Robert Kennedy Jr. (D).  Kennedy is running in the Democratic Party Special Election Primary for the Senate seat vacated when Sen. Jeff Sessions (R) was confirmed as Attorney General.

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

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Roby introduces Balanced Budget Amendment

July 28, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, July 27, 2017, US Representative Martha Roby (R-Montgomery) filed a bill to introduce a new amendment to the United States Constitution requiring that the United States balance the Federal Budget.

H.J.Res. 114, would amend the US Constitution that, if passed and ratified, would require Congress to annually pass a balanced budget. Roby has introduced similar Legislation each Congress since being elected.

Congresswoman Roby said, “For far too long our Federal government has operated far beyond its means. It is irresponsible and dangerous to continue down this fiscal path.”
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Trip Pittman Interview

June 29, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, June 17, 2017, State Senator Trip Pittman (R-Montrose) spoke at length with The Alabama Political Reporter (APR) about the major issues in this US Senate election. Pittman has served two terms in the State Senate and is seeking the US Senate vacancy created when Sen. Jeff Sessions (R) became US Attorney General.

APR: The Senate is divided on the Healthcare bill. Should the focus of the healthcare bill be primarily providing healthcare coverage for as many Americans as possible or cutting costs and reducing the deficit?
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Mo Brooks Interview

June 28, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, June 16, 2017, US Representative Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) spoke at length with The Alabama Political Reporter (APR) about the major issues facing our nation. The northern Alabama Congressman is also running for the US Senate.

APR: The Senate is going to vote on a Healthcare bill this week that did not contain all of the deficit cutting measures that you and your Freedom Caucus members were able to add in to the plan when it came out of the House. Are you confident that a conference committee will be able to make a healthcare bill that you can support?
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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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Sewell announces tax reform could be next

March 31, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, March 29, 2017, US Representative Terri Sewell (R-Selma) commented on announced plans to implement tax reform as the next priority of the Congress.

Congresswoman Sewell wrote to constituents, “Congressional leaders and the President have announced their next big focus after healthcare: tax reform. It’s an issue too important to get wrong, and one which will impact the bottom line for working families and small businesses across the country. That’s why I am asking for your input.”
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