Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act passes US House

December 7, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives.  Several members of the Alabama Congressional delegation shared their opinions on the bill with the Alabama Political Reporter.

U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Huntsville, said in a statement that this bill aims to protect the Second Amendment right to bear arms by ensuring that individuals qualified to carry a concealed handgun in their home state can also carry a firearm across state lines. Brooks is an original cosponsor of the act, which passed the House by a vote of 231-198.

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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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Senate passes defense spending bill

November 17, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, the U.S. Senate passed the NDAA after it came out of a conference committee report.

The FY18 NDAA conference report authorizes a $88.7 billion increase over FY 2017 national defense funding. It authorizes $634.2 billion for base budget requirements and $65.7 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations funding, for a record-high total of $699.9 billion.

U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., said in a statement following Senate passage of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 Conference Report:

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House passes Defense Authorization bill

November 15, 2017

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, November 14, 2017, Congress passed the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).  The NDAA sets policy and authorizes spending for the entire U.S. military, and the bill must be passed each year.  The bill passed by a vote of 356 to 70.

Following negotiations between the House and the Senate, this year’s NDAA includes authorization for three Littoral Combat Ships (LCS), which are built in-part by Austal USA in Mobile.

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Byrne says final NDAA authorizes three Littoral Combat ships

November 9, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, Congressman Bradley Byrne, R-Montrose, announced that he helped secure authorization for the construction of three Littoral Combat Ships in the final version of the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act. The NDAA was released today.

“Securing the authorization for three more Littoral Combat Ships is a big win for Southwest Alabama and the thousands of people who work at the Austal shipyard in Mobile. Just as important, it is good news for the U.S. Navy because it means we will have more highly-capable ships added to the fleet,” Congressman Byrne said in a statement.

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Rogers says Trump, Congress working together to make tax code fairer, simpler

November 3, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Saks, said that hard working American families deserve to take home more of their paychecks, and President Donald Trump’s tax plan will make that happen.

“As most folks across East Alabama have seen in the news lately, President Trump and Congress are working together to help make our broken tax code fairer and simpler,” Rogers said. “The House and Senate have both passed the Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Resolution which clears the path to start tax reform and it has been quite some time since this has happened.”

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Congressman Jim Martin has died

October 31, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, former U.S. Rep. James Douglas “Jim” Martin has died.

Alabama Republican Party Chairman Terry Lathan said in a statement, “Congressman Jim Martin was a great asset to our state. He lived a long life dedicated to serving Alabama in various roles. He was elected to Congress as a Republican in 1965 for one term until 1967. At the time, he was the first Republican elected to that role in over 70 years. Prior to his time in Washington, Congressman Martin was an Army veteran and served under General Patton in World War II.”

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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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House passes Legislation strengthening whistleblower protections

October 18, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, October 16, 2017, U.S. Representative Martha Roby, R-Montgomery, wrote in an email to constituents that the U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill protecting federal whistleblowers from retaliation.

Congresswoman Roby wrote, “I’m proud to report that last week the House unanimously passed legislation that will strengthen penalties for those who retaliate against federal employee whistleblowers, add protections and opportunities for whistleblowers placed on probation, and ensure that all federal employees have a greater knowledge of whistleblower rights and protections.”
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Marsh joins growing list of Republican leaders endorsing Moore

October 16, 2017

 By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, the Moore campaign announced the endorsement of Alabama Senate Pro Tem Del Marsh, (R-Anniston). Marsh’s endorsement comes following Moore’s successful runoff campaign victory where Moore won 63 of Alabama’s 67 counties despite being outspent 12 to one. The Moore campaign says that they are receiving mounting support coming from all corners of the Republican Party as the GOP unites to defeat the Democratic candidate, Doug Jones in December.

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