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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Sessions Warns that Omnibus Bill Would Quadruple Controversial Foreign Worker Program, Admit More Refugees

December 17, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

While everyone was focused on the Republican Presidential debate and their office Christmas parties, congressional leaders of both parties were quietly working on finalizing details on the massive omnibus bill which will fund the government throughout the 2016 election year.

The more than 2,000 page bill includes full funding for President Barack H. Obama’s controversial executive immigration policies including importing thousands of Syrian refugees.  US Senator. Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama) released a statement warning that the omnibus funding bill would, among other things, fund Sanctuary Cities, the President’s refugee expansion, and quadruple a controversial foreign worker program replacing Americans all despite increasing concerns about threats to US security and finances.
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Byrne Accuses Mobile Planned Parenthood Clinic of Breaking Alabama Law on Floor of House

September 18, 2015

 

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

In the debate surrounding HR3134, the Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015, US Representative Bradley Byrne said that the Mobile Planned Parenthood Clinic broke Alabama Law by failing to report to authorities that a 14 year old girl has received two abortions in a four month time period.

In response to the videos of Planned Parenthood officials appearing to discuss the sale of baby body parts, Pro-Life legislators in the House are expected to vote today on whether or not to defund Planned Parenthood.  Congressman Byrne is a co-sponsor of the legislation, which would eliminate all of Planned Parenthood’s federal funding.
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Roby Calls for Defunding Planned Parenthood

September 18, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

US Representative Martha Roby (R-Montgomery) said that no taxpayer should be forced to fund Planned Parenthood.

Congresswoman Roby said in an email to constituents, “I have fought alongside other pro-life colleagues for years to prohibit federal funding from going to organizations that perform abortions, including Planned Parenthood.”

Rep. Robty quoted former President Thomas Jefferson: “To compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.”
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Roby Blasts Shutdown As a Bad Strategy that She Knew Would Never Work

October 18, 2013

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Congresswoman Martha Roby (R) from Montgomery said in a written statement, she could not support a Senate-concocted deal that increases the nation’s debt limit by half a trillion dollars with no reforms to spending. Rep. Roby said that the whole shutting the government strategy was ineffective and only weakened the Republicans’ bargaining position.

Rep. Roby said in a written statement, “Despite my fierce opposition to ObamaCare, I have always been honest with my constituents about the improbability of repealing or defunding the law until Republicans regain control of the Senate and eventually the White House. Throughout my August and September district visits, I repeatedly warned that shutting down the government over ObamaCare was a poor strategy. I said it wouldn’t work because the sheer numbers in the Senate aren’t in our favor and Republicans don’t hold the White House. I said it would backfire, costing Republicans our momentum and damaging our prospects for the future.”
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Conservatives Respond to Debt Deal

October 18, 2013

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

For weeks, conservatives have been hopeful that a Republican controlled Congress could wrest concessions from the Obama administration such as: the de-funding of Obamacare, entitlement reform, a path to a balanced budget, a cut in the deficit, or at the very least a one year delay in the individual mandate that every American must purchase credible coverage. On Wednesday night, Republicans conceded, the debt limit was raised, and the sixteen day government shut down came to an end and Obama gave up nothing of substance. Republicans across Alabama responded to the news with disappointment.
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Barbee to the Rescue Brings Cruz To Republican Women of Huntsville

October 17, 2013

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R) from Texas had been scheduled to address the Republican Women of Huntsville (RWH) on Tuesday, October 15th. Unfortunately the Senator could not leave Washington during the height of the government shutdown crisis. Due to the critical negotiations that were then still underway between both Houses of Congress and President Obama to end the government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling, Senator Cruz could not attend this meeting and it was too late for the Republican Women of Huntsville to schedule another speaker.
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Sewell Votes to Re-Open Government and Raise Debt Ceiling

October 17, 2013

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell (D) from Selma issued a written statement after voting in favor of a bi-partisan deal to end the controversial government shutdown, raise the debt ceiling, and fund the government until January.

H.R. 2775 is the House version of a deal that was crafted in the U.S. Senate by Senator Harry Reid (D) from Nevada and Sen. Mitch McConnell (R) from Kentucky. The bill to end the shutdown passed in the Senate by a margin of 81 to 18. Late on Wednesday night with the federal government about to reach the $17 trillion debt ceiling the House voted on the bill to postpone the crisis.
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Shelby and Sessions Both Oppose Spending Bill

October 17, 2013

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Moderate Senate Republicans joined with Senate Democrats on Wednesday to craft a compromise bill that will raise the ceiling on the debt from $17 trillion to $17.5 trillion, reopen the government, and appoint a conference committee to negotiate on ending the sequestration before the country hits the new debt ceiling in February.

U.S. Senators Richard Shelby (R) and Jeff Sessions (R) from Alabama both voted against the controversial government spending legislation.
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Roby Writes Letter to Obama About Defense Furloughs

October 7, 2013

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Congresswoman Martha Roby (R) from Montgomery wrote President Obama urging the President to enforce a law recently enacted to protect the jobs of key civilian military personnel during the government shutdown.

On Thursday there were reports that hundreds of civilian workers in Troy at Alabama’s Sikorsky helicopter facility could possibly be laid off. This was despite the passage of H.R. 3210, the Pay Our Military Act, which funds the military during this partial government shutdown.
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