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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Twelve women vouch for Roy Moore’s character

November 16, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The Republican Party Establishment in Washington has challenged Roy Moore to prove that he is not a sexual predator after five women have come forward saying that they had inappropriate contacts with Moore in the late 1970s.

Moore grew up in rural Gallant, Alabama.  He went to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.  Moore served as a Captain of a military police company in the Vietnam War.  After his discharge from service, Moore went to the University of Alabama School of Law in Tuscaloosa.

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Why do cops and soldiers keep voting against themselves?

October 19, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Of course, Donald Trump told the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson that her husband “knew what he signed up for” and referred to him only as “your guy.”

It doesn’t matter where you stand politically. If you have possessed the ability to hear over the last year, whether you’d like to admit it or not, you know Trump said this. It sounds like him – cold, bumbling, odd and indifferent.

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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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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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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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Lindsey Graham threatens “there will be Holy Hell” if Trump fires Sessions

July 28, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, July 27, 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions told the Associated Press that he will continue to serve as Attorney General as long as President Trump wants him to.

AG Sessions told the AP in El Salvador that Trump has every right to find another Attorney General.  Sessions said, “I serve at the pleasure of the President. I’ve understood that from the day I took the job.”
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Alabama House Republican Caucus send thoughts, prayers to US Senator John McCain

July 20, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, July 20, 2017, Alabama House Majority Leader Nathaniel Ledbetter (R-Rainsville) on Thursday released the following statement in response to reports that US Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) has been diagnosed with a glioblastoma brain tumor.

Rep. Ledbetter said, “Sen. John McCain served his country with bravery and valor as a fighter pilot and as a prisoner of war who was held in North Vietnam.  While imprisoned, he buoyed the spirits of his fellow American soldiers, refused special treatment that was offered because of his family’s significant military pedigree, and refused to succumb to his captors’ will, even in the face of severe torture.”
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Healthcare vote delayed

July 17, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, July 14, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) delayed the Senate’s impending vote on repealing and replacing Obamacare (the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010).  There remains enormous division of opinion on what to do with the troubled Affordable Care Act.  The US Senate candidates in Alabama are similarly divided.

US Senator Luther Strange (R-Alabama) said on social media, “We’re going to do what’s necessary to take care of the most vulnerable in our society. It’s time to #repeal the burden of #Obamacare and deliver commonsense, conservative solutions.”
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Byrne and Strange express support for US Airstrikes against Syrian air bases

April 7, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, April 6, 2017, the United States has launched nearly five dozen cruise missiles at Syrian airfields following a chemical weapons attack that killed dozens of civilians.

US Representative Bradley Byrne said in a statement: “President Trump was right to respond to Assad’s barbaric and inhumane actions against men, women, and children in Syria. It appears the strikes were targeted and successful, and I want to share my gratitude and appreciation with the service members who planned and executed the strikes. Ultimately, we still must answer a larger question about the future of Syria and the role of the United States going forward. One thing is clear: Congress must be involved in those discussions and decisions about what happens next.”
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