Immigration reform bills fail in the US Senate

February 16, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

A number of immigration reform bills were considered by the U.S. Senate, but all four proposed immigration bills failed on Thursday.

Senator Doug Jones (R-Alabama) was a cosponsor of bipartisan legislation led by Senators Mike Rounds (R-South Dakota) and Angus King (I-Maine) that would have protected 1.8 million DREAMers and provided $25 billion to strengthen border security, which are two key areas that the White House has supported.

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Shelby votes in support of budget agreement

February 13, 2018

By Brandon Moseley  
Alabama Political Reporter

U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., voted in favor of the long-term budget agreement and Continuing Resolution to fund the government through March 23, 2018.

The bill, which Senator Shelby supported, was passed with bipartisan support by a vote of 71-28 in the U.S. Senate.

“The Senate has approved a two-year budget agreement, which ensures that the men and women of our armed forces will have the resources needed to keep our country safe,” Shelby said. “Additionally the package provides critical funding to help our nation’s veterans receive the care they deserve while increasing resources for infrastructure improvements and disaster relief.”

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Whatley introduces bill to give tax credits to border wall builders

February 6, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, State Sen. Tom Whatley, R-Auburn, announced that he introduced Senate Bill 277, to give tax credits to Alabama companies that contract to build President Donald Trump’s border wall.

Whatley said that his bill supports President Trump’s effort to secure our borders while growing Alabama’s economy. Whatley’s proposal will provide an income tax credit for Alabama businesses involved in construction for national border security.

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Terri Sewell holds Town Hall in Birmingham

February 2, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018, Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell, D-Selma, spoke to constituents at a town hall meeting at the historic Woodlawn High School in the City of Birmingham.

Sewell said that as a member of Congress she has been willing to work across party lines to benefit the constituents of her district.

Sewell said “I would be rather at the table begging and scraping for what I can get for my people than banging on the door trying to be let in.”

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Byrne asks that his pay be withheld during government shutdown

January 22, 2018

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Political Reporter

Congressman Bradley Byrne, R-Montrose, sent a letter to the Chief Administrative Officer of the House of Representatives requesting that his Congressional pay be withheld until the government shutdown concludes.

Under current law, pay for Members of Congress is not tied to a government shutdown.  The congressional staff, members of the military, and hundreds of thousands of other federal employees will not receive pay for the duration of the government shutdown.

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Opinion | Why doesn’t it hurt to be wrong anymore?

January 12, 2018

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Do conservatives never feel dumb?

Maybe “dumb” is too harsh. Embarrassed? Ashamed?

Any of those? Any feeling resembling some level of remorse for loudly holding a belief that is 100 percent wrong?

Because, I hate to be the bearer of tough news here, but you guys are wrong a lot.

A whole lot.

On some pretty basic things.

I suppose that happens when your every belief eschews facts in favor of feels. But still, I wonder if you feel badly when your long-held beliefs — particularly those that are hurtful to your fellow Americans — prove to be untrue?

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Ending illegal immigration must be a top priority

September 26, 2017
Bradley Byrne

By U.S. Congressman Bradly Byrne (AL-1)

One of President Donald Trump’s most popular positions on the campaign trail last year was a commitment to securing our nation’s borders. Since taking office, this has been a shared top priority between President Trump and the House of Representatives.

President Trump first demonstrated his commitment to restoring the rule of law and tackling illegal immigration when he appointed Jeff Sessions as his attorney general. Jeff Sessions was the leader on immigration issues in the Senate, and he understands how allowing illegal immigration to go unchecked makes our country less safe and hurts the overall economy.

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More Scandals swirl around Strange’s campaign

September 21, 2017

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Political Reporter

Many Alabama voters were already suspicious of the circumstances around former Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley’s decision to appoint Sen. Luther Strange, R-Ala., to the U.S. Senate; now new allegations are swirling around Strange, his personal finances, and his campaign finance chair.

State Auditor Jim Zeigler revealed on Tuesday that Strange owns 16 percent of a company that sells VISAs to wealthy foreigners, mostly Chinese.

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Roby supports removal of criminal alien gang members

September 20, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, U.S. Rep. Martha Roby, R-Montgomery, spoke in support of HR3697, the Criminal Alien Gang Member Removal Act, and said that Congress’ first priority must be to keep Americans safe.

HR3697 combats criminal alien gang violence by amending existing law to make a person’s history of involvement in a criminal gang grounds for inadmissibility into the United States and allow law enforcement agents to automatically detain and deport anyone found to be a criminal alien gang member.

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Americans for Legal Immigration endorses Mo Brooks

August 9, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, August 8, 2017, the conservative group Americans for Legal Immigration announced its endorsement of Congressman Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) for United States Senate.

Congressman Brooks is an outspoken proponent of building President Trump’s border wall and strictly enforcing America’s immigration laws.

The President of ALIPAC, William Gheen said in a statement, “It is vital to the effort to save America from this socialist backed illegal immigration overthrow of our elections and republic that we elect a very strong voice that supports our existing immigration laws instead of amnesty. Mo Brooks clearly has the strongest record against illegal immigration.”
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