Federal funding for CHIP program still up in the air ahead of Christmas break

December 21, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Both political parties say that funding the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is a priority; however, the two parties have not reached any sort of agreement on how to actually pay for the costly program.

“Congressman Robert Aderholt called me early this morning and they are working to get the CHIPS funding passed,” state Rep. Mack Butler, R-Rainbow City, said on social media. “They have added it to the government funding bill which should be up for a vote today. Basically the issue is the democrats keep trying to add items to the bill as they know this bill will pass. He said he would update me ASAP on this very serious issue. Mack.”

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Shelby, Strange vote for GOP tax plan

December 4, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, the U.S. Senate voted along part lines, 51-49, to support their tax reform package known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The legislation is now expected to be conferenced with the U.S. House’s tax reform bill, who passed their own version earlier.

“The Senate today passed legislation to deliver pro-growth tax relief for the American people,”  U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., said. “This is a bill that, if signed into law, will positively impact current and future generations by expanding economic opportunities and lowering taxes for the middle-class. Reducing rates and reforming our tax code will not only put more money in the pockets of hardworking Americans, but it will also allow businesses to create jobs and increase wages.”

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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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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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Senate candidates have concerns over Graham-Cassidy healthcare bill

September 26, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The U.S. Senate is considering yet another plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, and opinions are mixed on the compromise Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson bill that is being promoted currently as the most viable plan to repeal and replace President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act.

All three candidates for U.S. Senate have expressed at least some reservations about the bill as it is currently composed.

“Time and again, I have heard from Alabamians all over the state who are concerned with the ever-increasing cost of health insurance, health care, and increases in out of pocket expenses,” Democratic candidate Doug Jones said. “Folks also want to know that any proposed reforms will also prevent the loss of coverage for pre-existing conditions. Any bill that does not protect Alabamians and adequately address those concerns is a nonstarter for me.”

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Byrne warns that time is running out for health care rescue

September 21, 2017

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Political Reporter

U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne, R-Montrose, said the Senate must act on health care before the end of the month to pass a plan to repeal and replace Obamacare.

“We have now seen the Democrat’s alternative to Obamacare: Senator Sander’s single-payer healthcare bill,” Bryne said. “The American people overwhelmingly rejected increased government involvement in the last election, yet the Democrats have doubled down, putting forward a multi-trillion dollar government takeover of our entire health care system.”

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Brinson says he was not paid by Christian Coalition of Alabama

August 8, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, August 7, 2017, US Senate Candidate Dr. Randy Brinson (R) announced that he was releasing tax filings from the Christian Coalition of Alabama showing that he took no salary from that organization during his tenure as its Head.

Brinson said that he is releasing these records due to questions which have been raised over fellow candidate Roy Moore’s remuneration from The Foundation for Moral Law between 2005 and 2013.
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US Representative Terri Sewell addresses group in Birmingham Town Hall

August 2, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, August 1, 2017, US Representative Terri Sewell (R-Selma) addressed a town hall in Birmingham hosted by State Representative Rolanda Hollis (D-Birmingham) about Republican efforts to repeal Obamacare (the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010) and other issues facing  the Federal government.  The town hall was held in Birmingham’s Guiding Light Church on John Rogers Drive.  About 70 citizens were on hand to hear Sewell and the other participants on the panel on government. 
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Mo Brooks says McConnell should resign

July 31, 2017

 By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, July 28, 2017, Congressman and US Senate Candidate Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) suggested that if Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) be replaced as Majority Leader if he fails to pass a repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (commonly called Obamacare) and urged the Senate to work through the August recess if necessary to get something done.

US Representative Brooks said, “Last night the Senate failed the American people.  The failure was complete, from top to bottom.  Majority Leader Mitch McConnell failed at the top.  Luther Strange, the Senate’s newest member, failed at the bottom.”
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Shelby and Strange statements on Obamacare repeal vote

July 31, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, July 28, 2017, US Senator Richard Shelby (R-Alabama) today released a statement following the failure of the Senate to pass a repeal of the controversial Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (Obamacare).  Sen. Shelby said that the healthcare repeal measure would have given Americans relief from Obamacare and that he is disappointed that it failed.  Senator Luther Strange also expressed disappointment that the key GOP promise was not kept.
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