Nearly 7 in 10 voters support government shutdown over CHIP funding

December 7, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

A new Morning Consult and Politico tracking poll shows that a large majority of Americans would support shutting down the government if Congress can’t reach a deal on funding for the Child Health Insurance Program.

About 69 percent of voters said they thought the renewal of funding for CHIP is an important enough issue to warrant a government shutdown.

Congress failed in September to reauthorize funding for the program ahead of the start of the new fiscal year on Oct. 1. If Congress doesn’t reach a funding deal by March, more than 80,000 children in Alabama could be without health insurance.

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Appointed Chief Justice Lyn Stuart to run for a full term

October 24, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama Chief Justice Lyn Stuart (R) announced that she is seeking election as Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court.

Stuart has been a judge for 29 years and has served on the Alabama Supreme Court since 2001. She was appointed chief justice by Governor Kay Ivey (R) in April 2017, after former Chief Justice Roy Moore (R) retired to run for U.S. Senate.  Stuart was already an associate justice and had been the acting chief justice since Moore had been suspended for failing to order Alabama’s probate judges to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.  When Ivey formally elevated Stuart, she appointed Montgomery attorney Will Sellers (R) to the Court to fill Stuart’s seat.

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No federal funding for CHIP could cost more than 83,000 Alabama kids their health insurance

October 3, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

If the U.S. Congress can’t get to a deal on funding for the Child Health Insurance Program, more than 80,000 children in Alabama could be without health insurance as soon as next spring.

Congress last week failed to reauthorize funding for the program, which expired on Sept. 30 at the end of the 2017 Fiscal Year. And without that federal funding, Alabama’s “All Kids” Chip program could be exhausted by early next year.

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Cutting through the noise

July 31, 2017
Bradley Byrne

US Congressman Bradley Byrne (AL-1)

There has been a lot of noise coming out of Washington and in the national news media. If you listen to all the noise, you would think the only thing happening in our nation’s capital is staffing drama at the White House and an ongoing Russia investigation.

Those topics consume the national headlines day in and day out. Sadly, that narrative does not match the reality of what is happening in the House of Representatives. In fact, we are getting our work done and following through on our promises.
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Rebuilding, reforming, and repairing our military

July 18, 2017

By Congressman Bradley Byrne (AL-1)

There is no greater responsibility of the Federal government than to provide for the safety and security of the American people. I have found myself making this point over and over again throughout my short time in Congress.

With the wide range of issues under debate here in Washington, some of my colleagues seem to forget that our most basic responsibility as outlined in the Constitution is to “provide for the common defense” of the American people.
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Attorney General opens “dark money” group

July 17, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Republican State’s Attorney General Steve Marshall launched a non-profit organization in May as part of his campaign plan to win the seat he now occupies, thanks to disgraced former Governor Robert Bentley, who appointed him. Bentley has the State’s most famous non-profit group, ACEGOV.

Under current law, candidates like Marshall can raise and spend unlimited amounts of money with limited restrictions using groups that operate in gray areas of the law, as noted by The Center for Public Integrity.
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House Judiciary Denies Bentley’s Request To Suspend Impeachment

September 1, 2016

By Susan Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—On Wednesday, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Mike Jones (R-Andalusia), denied Governor Robert Bentley’s request to suspend the impeachment proceedings. Jones also denied the Governor’s request that certain committee members be recused from the hearings.

Jones issued a lengthy request for documents related to the funding of the Governor’s former senior adviser, Rebecca Caldwell Mason.

“After careful consideration and a close examination of the constitutional law and other reference sources, the motions are denied,” Jones said in a press release.
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Series Part 3: How Can Alabama Address Its Medicaid Crisis?

May 5, 2016

By Henry C. Mabry

This is the final in a three-part series focusing on Alabama’s Medicaid issues.

More funds are available without raising taxes

Besides utilization, the other major issue concerns funding and this does not mean nickeling and diming taxpayers year end and year out to bandaid the system.  Funding can be addressed in two manners: one dealing with the short term and the other in dealing with the long term.  In the short term, various programs could be altered to optimize Medicaid funding.  This could save the state $250 million per year and prop up Medicaid needs for a number of years to come with limited additional General Fund contributions.
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Sessions Asks That Congress Deny Funding for President’s Refugee Resettlement Program

November 17, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Monday, November 16, US Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama) sent a letter to the Appropriations Committee with proposed language for cancelling the blank check for President Obama’s refugee resettlement in the upcoming government funding bill.

Sen. Sessions wrote, “I write to respectfully request that any upcoming appropriations legislation – including any Omnibus legislation – require Congressional approval for the President’s refugee resettlement plans and the funds to carry them out.”  “In a formal notice to Congress, the Administration announced its plan to increase refugee admissions for Fiscal Year 2016 to at least a floor of 85,000, with at least 10,000 of those refugees coming from Syria (all on top of the current historic immigration flow). Absent a change in the way in which Congress provides funds for refugee admissions, processing, and related matters, this ramp-up will occur despite both public and Congressional opposition.”
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Governor Bentley Addresses Congress

January 30, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Wednesday, January 28, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) testified before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on behalf of the National Governors Association regarding the need for Congress to pass a long-term plan for transportation infrastructure investments.

In 2012, Congress passed the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), which authorized funding for highways and transit for 27 months. The legislation expires in May 2015 and Governor Bentley urged Congress to pass a long-term funding bill that provides states the certainty needed to plan for and prioritize transportation projects.
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