Ivey urges Congress to pass tax reform

December 8, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey announced she has joined fellow Republican governors in sending a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., urging Congress to pass tax reform legislation.

“President Trump is proposing the largest tax cut for American families and businesses in decades,” Ivey said. “The current tax structure is oppressive to families and businesses alike, and it simply sets us up for failure in today’s global economy. We’ve proven in Alabama, with the lowest unemployment rate in history, lower taxes and less government regulation produces jobs – it’s time Washington joins us in our efforts.”

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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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Tomorrow is Thanksgiving

November 22, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday marks the Thanksgiving holiday.

In 1621, a group of religious dissenters left England aboard the Mayflower bound for the English colony in Virginia – founded in 1607. En route they diverted the ship towards the American wilderness and landed near modern-day Plymouth, Massachusetts to set up their own colony separate and totally isolated from the Virginians, the then dominant Church of England, and theoretically separate from England. 45 of the 102 immigrants died during that first winter, and there was only one recorded birth. Unlike the Virginians, who quickly got into a decades-long war with the Indians of the Chesapeake Bay area, the pilgrims strived to have friendly relations with the Indians. With tremendous help from the Native Americans, the surviving Pilgrims celebrated a bountiful harvest that would sustain them for the next winter. Following the harvest, they invited their Wampanoag Indian friends to a celebration thanking God that they survived such a dangerous gamble, and the first Thanksgiving was born.

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Democrats claim that Roby votes to raise middle class taxes

November 22, 2017

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Republican Party

Thursday, the Democratic Congressional Committee charged that U.S. Rep. Martha Roby voted with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, and “Establishment Republicans in Washington to hike taxes on the middle class so that they can hand out huge tax cuts to large corporations and the very wealthy. The Republican Tax Scam eliminates popular middle class deductions for state and local taxes, medical expenses, and student loans while slashing taxes for the wealthiest Americans.”

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US House Passes the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

November 17, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, November 16, 2017 the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act by a vote of 227 to 205.  The Tax Cut and Jobs Act is the first major overhaul of our nation’s tax code since 1986.

Congressman Gary Palmer (R-Hoover) released a statement after voting in favor of the bill.

“My colleagues and I took a significant step towards providing American families much needed and meaningful tax relief,” said Palmer. “The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act lowers rates for individuals and families and makes much needed changes designed to spur the type of sustained economic growth that will benefit every American. The American people have been waiting over three decades for this kind of reform and I hope that my colleagues in the Senate will move quickly so that we can reconcile differences and make improvements in order to deliver on the promise of tax reform to the American people.”

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Honor Veterans in Your Hometown

November 6, 2017

By U.S Rep. Martha Roby

In 1918, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of the year, the armistice ending World War I was signed. Originally known as Armistice Day, Congress later passed and President Dwight Eisenhower signed a resolution officially designating November 11 as Veterans Day. Now, every year, Americans pause on this special day to recognize all those, young and old, who have served our country in uniform. While we should honor the service and sacrifice of our veterans every day, this holiday provides a unique opportunity for us to come together as a nation and pay tribute to the men and women who put their lives on the line for our freedom.

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Byrne, Roby and Aderholt comment on release of tax reform bill

November 3, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
AlabamaPolitical Reporter

Thursday, the U.S. House Republican caucus unveiled The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which they claim will fundamentally reform the tax code for the first time since 1986.

U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne, R-Montrose, issued a statement in response to the introduction.

“Tax reform has the potential to make America boom again, and it starts with putting more money in the pockets of hardworking Americans,” Byrne said. “The current tax code is too complicated and confusing, benefiting the elite while making things harder for American families. It is time for a fairer and simpler tax code that supports new jobs right here in the United States. This is going to be a process, and the bill released today is just a starting point. I encourage everyone to visit FairAndSimple.gop to read the plan and then welcome your feedback and ideas.”

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Alabama’s leaders respond to New York City terror attack

November 2, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, an immigrant from Uzbekistan, who had sworn loyalty to ISIS, rented a truck from Home Depot and used it to run over pedestrians in a park in New York City’s lower Manhattan.

Eight people are dead, including several Argentinians, and another eleven have serious injuries. The terrorist, Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, was shot twice and apprehended by New York City Police Officer Ryan Nash and is now in the hospital recovering from gunshot wounds. Americans across the country reacted to the latest terror attack with shock and sorrow.

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Roby supports plan to expand the Child Tax Credit

October 31, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Martha Roby, R-Montgomery, joined Ivanka Trump and leaders from the House and Senate to promote a plan to expand the child tax credit to help working families.

“Expanding the child tax credit is the right thing to do,” Roby said at a news conference promoting the proposal. “For the people I represent, this can make a big difference. For that mom working a retail job or the dad driving the truck or the parent working two or three jobs so the other one can stay home – having a couple thousand dollars in your pocket is a big deal.  I promise you parents know how to spend that money better than the government does,” Congresswoman Roby said.

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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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