House Passes Defense Appropriations Bill

March 15, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, March 8, 2017, The US House of Representatives passed of HR1301, the Department of Defense Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017. The Legislation passed the House by a bipartisan vote of 371 to 48.

US Representative Martha Roby (R-Montgomery) wrote, “The House passed the Fiscal Year 2017 Defense Appropriations bill. As a member of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, I’m really pleased with this bill. It’s a big win for the military on both a national and local level.”
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A bipartisan vote to stand with Israel

January 9, 2017
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By Congressman Bradley Byrne (AL-1)

The United States has no stronger ally than Israel. Our relationship has always been strong, both economically and militarily. Israel plays an especially important role in helping us combat radical Islamic terrorism in the Middle East.

In other words, Israel serves as a beacon of hope, freedom, and opportunity in a very dangerous part of the world. That is why support for Israel has always been a bipartisan priority shared by Democrats and Republicans. Read More

House condemns UN Resolution

January 6, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Thursday, January 5, 2017, the US House of Representatives passed a bipartisan resolution, House Resolution 11, condemning and calling for the United Nations to repeal Security Council Resolution 2334, which declared Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem invalid and that all the land outside of the 1967 borders as belonging to a future Palestinian State.

Since 1972, the United States has vetoed 42 anti-Israel resolutions. Straying from previous US foreign policy, President Barack Obama and US Ambassador to the United States Samantha Power chose to abstain, rather than veto, Security Council Resolution 2334. Read More

Rogers re-introduces legislation to leave the United Nations

January 5, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

WASHINGTON, DC—Tuesday, January 2, 2017, US Representative Mike Rogers (R-Alabama) re-introduced his legislation for the United States to leave the United Nations.

On the opening day of the 115th Congress, Rogers stated, “My first act of the new Congress was to reintroduce my bill to end the United States’ involvement in the United Nations.

“I am excited to work with my colleagues in the House of Representatives in the new 115th Congress,” Rogers went on to say. “With President-elect Donald J. Trump coming into office later this month, we have the exciting opportunity to shape an agenda that repeals Obamacare, cuts regulations, provides real tax relief for hard working families, and protects the rights of the unborn.” Read More

Alabama elected officials react to Sec. Kerry Speech on Israel

December 29, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Wednesday, December 28, 2016, outgoing Secretary of State John Kerry (D) sharply attacked the settlement policies of the nation of Israel and demanded that they surrender territories the United Nations claims they have improperly occupied to the Palestinian State.

US Representative Bradley Byrne (R-Montrose) said in a statement, “Supporting Israel has always been a bipartisan issue, but the Obama Administration seems intent on changing that. Peace in the region isn’t going to come from the United States or the United Nations telling Israel or Palestine what to do. Any solution must come from those actually involved. This kind of ‘I know best’ speech from the Obama Administration is a fitting summary for how they have governed the last eight years.” Read More

Obama’s Israel policy draws criticism from some

December 28, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, December 26, 2016, State Representative Tim Wadsworth (R-Arley) criticized the decision by outgoing President Barack H. Obama (D) to refuse to veto a UN Security Council resolution denouncing Israel on Christmas Eve. Rep. Wadsworth wrote that the, “United States abstained in the passage of Resolution 2334 against Israel. The Resolution condemns Israel from building settlements in lands it has occupied since 1967. As a permanent member of UN, the United States could have vetoed the resolution but chose to abstain which is the same as an approval given the veto power of the US.

A similar resolution was vetoed in 2011.” Rep. Wadsworth wrote that the United States has used their veto power 42 times to protect Israel. The Resolution states that “territory occupied since 1967, including “East Jerusalem, has no legal validity.” Also “it will not recognize any changes to the 4 June 1967 lines, including with regards to Jerusalem”. In other words, it wont even recognize that the Wailing Wall is to be in Jewish hands. The Resolution states that the occupation is “ in violation of international humanitarian law”, and also states “ has no legal validity and constitutes a flagrant violation of international law.” Wadsworth (who is an attorney as well as a state legislator) warned that, “The effect of resolution could be that citizens or businesses in those areas could be subjected to litigation in some courts. The undoing of this resolution is very difficult.

The other permanent members of UN who voted for it could veto any remedial measure.” The President of Christians in Defense of Israel, Mat Staver said in a statement, “In the last 27 days of his term Obama dishonored America’s strong support of Israel, insulted Jews and Christians by his shameful act on Hanukkah and the eve of Christmas, and shook his fist at the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. This pitiful and toothless resolution of the UN Security Council will accomplish nothing but focus our resolve to clip the wings of this albatross that has long outlived its usefulness. America should defund this bureaucratic theater of the absurd.” US Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said in his own statement: “For eight long years, the Obama administration has worked systematically to undermine the nation of Israel. They actively worked to defeat Prime Minister Netanyahu, and illegally used US taxpayer funds to do so. Never has there been a more anti-Israel Administration, and today’s United Nations vote is the culmination of their systemic agenda to weaken Israel and strengthen its enemies. “I agree with the senior Israeli government official who said today: ‘President Obama and Secretary Kerry are behind this shameful move against Israel at the UN….The U.S. administration secretly cooked up with the Palestinians an extreme anti-Israeli resolution behind Israel’s back which would be a tailwind for terror and boycotts.’”

Sen. Cruz said, “Every Obama foreign policy official should be ashamed of today’s UN resolution, and any official who disagrees with or hopes to avoid the anti-Israel legacy of this Administration should resign on principle today. I also emphatically second the call of my colleague Sen. Lindsey Graham that the consequences of this disgraceful UN resolution should be severe. I look forward to working with Sen. Graham, and with the incoming Administration of President-elect Trump, to significantly reduce or even eliminate U.S. funding of the United Nations, and also to seriously reconsider financial support for the nations that supported this resolution.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s spokesman David Keyes on Sunday told CNN that Israel had “solid information” of Obama’s alleged involvement in pushing the resolution. “We have ironclad information, frankly, that the Obama administration really helped push this resolution and helped craft it, from sources internationally and sources in the Arab world,” Keyes said.” The White House has denied having any involvement in the resolution. Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes said, “We did not draft this resolution; we did not introduce this resolution. We made this decision when it came up for a vote,” but because of the U.S.’s opposition to settlement activity, it “could not in good conscience veto” the resolution.” On Tuesday Israel announced plans to build 5,600 new homes in East Jerusalem in open defiance of the new resolution.

 

(Original reporting by the Daily Wire and CNN contributed to this report)

 

Anger in response to Obama refusal to veto an anti-Israeli UN resolution

December 26, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, December 23, 2016, the UN Security Council on Friday passed a resolution demanding an end to Israeli settlement building in the disputed territories, including East Jerusalem. As a permanent member of the Security Council the US could have vetoed the resolution but abstained from doing so. A bipartisan group of leaders quickly condemned the controversial change in decades of US policy of shielding Israel from UN actions.
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Looking Back on 2015

December 28, 2015
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By Congressman Bradley Byrne (AL-1)

2015 was packed full of major developments for Southwest Alabama. As the year draws to a close, I thought it would be a good time to review some of the highlights.

One of the first votes the House of Representatives took in 2015 was on my bill to repeal Obamacare in its entirety and instead move forward with patient-centered healthcare reform that isn’t run by the federal government. My bill passed the House by a vote of 296 to 186.
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Byrne in Israel

August 13, 2015

 

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter 

bradley-byrneDuring the August recess, US Representative Bradley Byrne (R-Montrose) is spending time in Israel. On Tuesday, Congressman Byrne visited Jerusalem, the ancient Hebrew capital, where Jesus Christ taught, worshiped, and was ultimately crucified; as it states in the Bible.

Congressman Byrne said in a statement on Facebook: 

“I am currently traveling in Israel to strengthen the partnership between our two countries. I enjoyed having lunch today with a young member of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). The young man was 21 and a native Israeli. He just finished his second of three years of required service. The IDF does great work to keep our friends in Israel safe despite a wide array of threats. 
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Roby Suggests it’s Time to Walk Away From Iran Negotiations

July 8, 2015

 

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, July 6, Congresswoman Martha Roby (R-Montgomery) said that the President Barack H. Obama (D) and Secretary of State John Kerry (D), “…are so concerned with settling on a deal, any deal, that they are not willing to walk away from a bad one.”

US Representative Roby said, “With all that’s been going on lately, I’m not sure enough attention is being paid to what I believe is one of the most important issues facing our country right now: the Iran nuclear talks. We could see a proposed agreement emerge out of Switzerland as soon as the next few days….In my column this week, I laid out my concerns and key points that I believe must be included in any deal with Iran. But, Secretary of State John Kerry and his negotiators have already conceded so much on major points like uranium enrichment, economic sanctions relief and inspection access, that I’m not sure a good deal is even possible.”
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