Opinion | The State of our Union is strong

February 5, 2018
Bradley Byrne

By U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne

Last Tuesday, President Donald Trump came before Congress and the American people to deliver his first State of the Union Address. President Trump presented an optimistic, unifying vision for the United States and called on Republicans and Democrats to work together for the betterment of America.

Many people have described the speech as a “pep rally for America,” and I tend to agree with that analysis. President Trump highlighted several things that make our country so great, but he also didn’t shy away from the challenges we still face.

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A tax cut for Christmas

December 22, 2017
Bradley Byrne

By Congressman Bradley Byrne

This Christmas, the American people received a gift that isn’t found underneath the tree but will be found in your pocketbook and paychecks over the coming years. I’m talking about passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act represents the first major overhaul of our nation’s tax code since 1986. The ultimate goal is to grow the American economy and put more money in your pockets. I firmly believe the money is better off in the hands of the American people instead of in the coffers of a bloated federal government.

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Economic Incentives Package Passes House

March 11, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Tuesday, March 10, the Alabama Jobs Act sponsored by Rep. Alan Baker (R-Brewton) was passed by the Alabama House of Representatives and is on its way to the Senate. This bill is reportedly designed to improve the state’s economic development efforts by revamping the incentives offered to companies that create jobs here.

Representative Baker said it is great to be the leadoff hitter of this sessions. There are two concepts I want to mention at the outset. The two primary components of the Jobs Act involve a job credit and an incentive credit. This change will transform how the state does economic incentives.
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Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell Joins President Obama at JOBS Act Bill Signing Ceremony

April 9, 2012

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell (D) from Selma announced in a written statement that President Barack Obama signed the JOBS Act into law at the White House. Rep. Sewell was present for the bill signing ceremony for the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act.

Rep. Sewell said, “I applaud the President for signing this important legislation into law that will make it easier for small businesses and start-ups to access capital, secure new investors and hire workers to grow their businesses and expand capacity.”  “I voted in favor of this bi-partisan bill and I believe that it will help boost our nation’s economy and spur job creation for all Americans. It is past time that we in Congress put our partisanship aside and join together in passing legislation that will encourage job growth and American entrepreneurship.“
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Bachus Says Senate Should Pass Jobs Bill

March 20, 2012

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Congressman Spencer Bachus (R) from Vestavia called on Senate Democrats to put jobs ahead of their “cynical campaign strategy” and pass the JOBS Act.  Representative Bachus is the Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, where the JOBS Act legislation originated.

Rep. Bachus issued a written statement: “Just when it looked like the Senate would finally join the House in passing legislation to help small businesses create jobs, the American people are getting another glimpse of the depths to which Senate Democrats will sink to pursue their cynical campaign strategy of running against a so-called ‘do-nothing Congress’.  Since passage of a bipartisan jobs bill supported by virtually every Democrat and Republican in the House – and even President Obama – goes against their campaign plan, Senate Democrats are now working to kill the JOBS Act.”
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