Sewell critical of GOP tax reform effort

December 1, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

U.S. Rep. Terri A. Sewell, D-Selma, was sharply critical of the Republican tax reform package in a recent email to constituents.

“This month, Congress is considering passage of a tax bill that cuts taxes for special interests and the wealthy while eliminating provisions that middle-class families rely on to afford medical expenses, education, their mortgage, and more,” Sewell said. “I fought to fix the tax bill when it came before the Ways and Means Committee, and now I’m fighting to fix it before it passes Congress.”

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Moore campaign says Jones supports “Bernie Sanders style economics”

November 27, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore blasted his opponent, Doug Jones for supporting “Bernie Sanders style economics” that the Moore campaign claimed, “would crush small businesses, stifle the free market, and make it harder for everyday Alabamians to put food on the table.”

“Small businesses account for around two-thirds of American jobs,” Moore said. “Alabama business owners and entrepreneurs work hard every day to provide quality products, services, and jobs to our communities and they deserve to reap all of the benefits of a free market that is unencumbered by the burdens of the federal government. As your next United States Senator, I will work hard to roll back unnecessary government regulations, remove tax rules that punish small business owners, and join the President in promoting economic policies that put the needs of the American people first.”

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Alabama Grocers Association announces Annual Awards

November 7, 2017

By Staff
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, the Alabama Grocers Association held their annual Food Industry Finest Luncheon on honoring their retailer, wholesaler and vendor of the year award winners. Speakers included Speaker of the Alabama House of Representatives Mac McCutcheon, R-Monrovia, President Pro Tempore of the Senate Del Marsh, R-Anniston, and Motivational Speaker Jeremiah Castille.

The event was held at The Club on Birmingham’s Red Mountain.  More than 150 people attended to discuss the important work of the Alabama Grocers Association in 2017 and those in the food, beverage and grocery profession here in Alabama.

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US House passes Budget

October 27, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter .

Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Senate amendment to the Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Resolution, which contains the framework for the joint House, Senate, and White House tax reform plan.

“By passing this budget today, Congress is one step closer to enacting pro-growth tax reform that will offer much-needed relief to American families,” U.S. Rep. Martha Roby, R-Montgomery, said. “Our tax reform plan will grow the economy, create jobs here in the United States, and allow hardworking taxpayers to keep more of their money in their pocket. This is a unique and exciting opportunity to deliver on our promise and give the American people the results they deserve.”

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Shelby says budget passage in Senate first step toward tax reform

October 24, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Report

Friday, U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., praised the Senate’s passage of a budget resolution.

“Last night’s Senate passage of the budget resolution is a critical step toward pro-growth tax reform,” Shelby said in a statement. “Congress now has the opportunity to advance a comprehensive tax overhaul that will shift the nation’s economic landscape and provide relief to middle-class families. Hard-working Alabamians deserve to keep more of their hard-earned money. Passing this budget puts us one step closer to achieving that goal.”

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State unemployment down to 3.8 percent

October 23, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, October 20, 2017 Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey (R) announced that Alabama’s preliminary, seasonally-adjusted September unemployment rate is down to 3.8 percent, a big drop from August’s rate of 4.2 percent and well below the September 2016 rate of 6.0 percent. The last time Alabama’s unemployment rate was this low was in April 2007, when it also measured 3.8 percent; this is the lowest rate in recorded history.

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Roby declares, “The war on coal is over”

October 12, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, October 10, 2017, U.S. Representative Martha Roby, R-Montgomery, announced in an email to constituents that, “The war on coal is over.”  Roby was referencing orders given by EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt rolling back controversial Obama era rules.

Congresswoman Roby said, “Great news! This morning Environmental Protection Agency Director Scott Pruitt announced that the Trump Administration is formally withdrawing the so-called “clean power plant” rule that sought to force states into unrealistic carbon emission standards.”

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Palmer and Velázquez introduce Puerto Rico Humanitarian Relief Act

October 10, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, U.S. Reps. Gary Palmer, R-Hoover, and Nydia Velázquez, D-N.Y., introduced HR3966, the Puerto Rico Humanitarian Relief Act, providing a five-year moratorium of the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, more commonly known as the Jones Act.

The Jones Act requires any goods shipped to Puerto Rico from a U.S. port be carried in a U.S. owned, U.S. crewed, U.S. built and U.S. flagged vessel. According to a 2010 study at the University of Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico loses $537 million every year due to the Jones Act.

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Tax reform will grow the American economy

October 10, 2017
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By U.S. Congressman Bradley Byrne (AL-1)

Last week, the House took a big step toward long overdue tax reform when we passed our budget for Fiscal Year 2018. The budget is important because it opens up the process by which we can bypass a Democrat filibuster and pass tax reform with 51 votes in the Senate.

If you read last week’s column, you know that the unified Republican tax plan will benefit working families by lowering tax rates, increasing the standard deduction, expanding the child tax credit, and simplifying the entire tax code. Under our plan, most Americans would be able to do their taxes on a single, small postcard.

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Roby: Tax reform represents a “tremendous opportunity to move this country ahead”

October 2, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, September 28, 2017, Congressional Republicans unveiled their highly-anticipated tax reform plan. U.S. Representative Martha Roby, R-Montgomery, attended the House GOP summit to discuss the joint House, Senate, and White House plan to overhaul the nation’s complicated tax code. Roby explained the basics of the tax reform legislation set to be considered in the House over the next few weeks.  Roby said that tax reform represents a tremendous opportunity to move this country ahead and will allow you to keep more of your money.

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