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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Hansen calls for marijuana legalization

July 25, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, July 24, 2017, US Senate Candidate Michael Hansen released a statement calling for the legalization of marijuana.  This statement was in response to news reports that the Trump Administration plans to “crack down” on marijuana.

Hansen said in a statement, “The news that Attorney General Jeff Sessions plans to ‘crack down’ on marijuana users is troubling. The fact of the matter is that the ‘War on Drugs’ is a failed Federal policy that for decades has unfairly targeted people of color. I am calling on Congress to decriminalize, legalize, and regulate marijuana to put an end to this racist social experiment. In addition, I am proposing an economic development zone in Alabama’s Black Belt where unemployment is near 10 percent and where poverty rates approach 40 percent. The Black Belt once lead agricultural production, and I believe it will again.”
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Roby tells Senators to get to work

July 20, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, July 19, 2017, US Representative Martha Roby (R-Alabama) reacted to the Senate’s failure to repeal and replace Obamacare and chastised the Senate, saying that despite differing opinions and solutions, the Senate needs to come together to deliver results for the American people.

Congresswoman Roby said in her videotaped message, “I am very disappointed to hear about the breakdown in the Senate over the health care bill, but I was pleased to hear the President is encouraging the Senate to stay and get their work done.  The House has done its job, and now it is time for the Senate to roll up their sleeves and get to work.”
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Is the failure of GOP Healthcare Bill a victory for Democrats?

July 19, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

July 18, 2017, Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) admitted that he did not have the votes to pass the Senate’s replacement for the controversial Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act 0f 2010 (better known as Obamacare).

Now that the Better Care Reconciliation Act has apparently failed, the Senate is expected to vote to simply repeal the unpopular Affordable Care Act; however that measure is expected to fail as Republican moderates: Sen. Susan Collins (D-Maine), Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-West Virginia), and Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) have already announced that they will not vote for a repeal plan of Obamacare unless there is a replacement for the law.  No vote is expected on the bill that actually passed the House of Representatives, but was rejected by the Republican Senate leaders on arrival.
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