Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passes House but re-vote is needed

December 20, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, HR1, passed the U.S. House of Representatives.

Congressman Bradley Byrne, R-Montrose, voted in favor of the bill, which represents the first major overhaul of our tax code since 1986. Byrne says the bill’s passage will result in lower taxes and a stronger American economy. Byrne said that the average family of four in Southwest Alabama will see their tax bill decrease by $2,187.

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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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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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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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Alabama GOP congress members endorse Roy Moore

October 20, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, October 19, 2017 all six House Republicans in Alabama’s Congressional Delegation  affirmed their support of Judge Roy Moore in the special election to the U.S. Senate.

U.S. Representatives Bradley Byrne (R-Montrose), Martha Roby, (R-Montgomery), Mike Rogers (R-Saks), Robert Aderholt (R-Haleyville), Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville), and Gary Palmer (R-Hoover) all endorsed Judge Moore in a joint statement:

“Alabama Congressional Republicans have a long history of working together on issues that matter to our state,” the statement read. “We support the Republican nominee for Senate, Judge Roy Moore, and are confident his election will help us deliver conservative results. The House has passed bills repealing Obamacare, repealing Dodd-Frank, funding border wall construction, rebuilding the military, defunding Planned Parenthood, and we are working on pro-growth tax reform right now.

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US Rep. Mike Rogers to visit Tuskegee on Wednesday to support T-100 trainer plans

October 17, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Ala., who represents Alabama’s 3rd Congressional District, will visit Tuskegee on Wednesday.

Rogers is set to visit with the Macon County Economic Development Authority, which will be meeting at the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site in Hangar Two, located at 1616 General Chappie James Avenue at Moton Field.

In March, Tuskegee was announced as a potential production site for the Air Force’s new jet fighter trainer, the T-100. Rogers is expected to give an update on that plan as well as his perspective from Washington.

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Byrne to serve as negotiator for annual Defense Bill

October 16, 2017

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne, R-Montrose, was appointed to serve as a member of the House conference committee for the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act.

The NDAA is passed annually and sets policy and authorizes funding for the military.

A conference committee of House and Senate members has been formed because the two bodies passed different versions of the Fiscal Year 2018 NDAA. Byrne will serve on the conference committee as a representative from the Education and the Workforce Committee.

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Ivey announces Delta Regional Authority to invest over $1 million to strengthen Alabama’s economy, infrastructure

October 5, 2017

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey announced that the Delta Regional Authority had awarded over a million dollars in seven awards.

The Delta Regional Authority, together with their federal and local-based partners, will support public and private partnerships and bring $7.1 million in new investments to Alabama.

“The Delta Regional Authority is an essential partner to Alabama in helping us meet the needs of the most rural parts of our state,” Ivey said. “By investing more than $1 million in our state, DRA is helping rural communities strengthen their infrastructure, improve economic opportunities, and increase access to important cultural enhancements.”

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Alabama leaders react to Las Vegas mass shooting

October 3, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On the night of Sunday, October 1, 2017, a 64-year-old heavily armed gunman opened concentrated fire on an outdoor country music concert in Las Vegas from a room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel, approximately 450 yards away.  Alabama leaders responded to the tragedy, which is the most horrific mass shooting in modern American history.

“This morning America woke up to heartbreaking news out of Las Vegas,” U.S Rep. Martha Roby, R-Montgomery, said in an email to constituents. “As of now at least 58 people have lost their lives and 500 were injured when a gunman opened fire on a crowded outdoor concert. I am sure the story will continue to develop, but right now we should all be thinking about those who are hurt and the families who have lost loved ones. My family and I will be praying for everyone impacted by this atrocious act of violence.”

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US Rep. Mike Rogers supports Trump tax reforms

September 29, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

U.S. Rep Mike Rogers, R-Saks, announced that he was supporting the Republican’s framework for tax reform that President Donald Trump announced Tuesday.

“I strongly support the tax reform framework outlined today by President Trump and the House Republican Leadership. Tax reform is the single best way to grow our economy,” Rogers said. “Hard working Americans are due a fairer and simpler tax code.

“The tax reform framework is just the first step towards helping families keep more of what they earn, create more good-paying jobs in America and help small businesses.”

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