Sen. Doug Jones to embark on first statewide tour this week

February 19, 2018

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Sen. Doug Jones, Alabama’s first Democratic senator in a quarter-century, is set to embark on his first statewide tour this week, planning to hit locations in Mobile, Montgomery, Mobile, Birmingham and Selma.

Jones will visit military bases and installations, rural hospitals and clinics, infrastructure and military and military contractors.

“It’s been a privilege to represent Alabama in Washington, but there’s nothing like getting home and hearing from folks first-hand,” Jones said of the trip. “I’m eager to hit the road and visit with as many Alabamians across the state as I can next week. We’re going to focus on the issues that are most important to our communities, from healthcare to jobs to education.”

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Shelby votes in support of budget agreement

February 13, 2018

By Brandon Moseley  
Alabama Political Reporter

U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., voted in favor of the long-term budget agreement and Continuing Resolution to fund the government through March 23, 2018.

The bill, which Senator Shelby supported, was passed with bipartisan support by a vote of 71-28 in the U.S. Senate.

“The Senate has approved a two-year budget agreement, which ensures that the men and women of our armed forces will have the resources needed to keep our country safe,” Shelby said. “Additionally the package provides critical funding to help our nation’s veterans receive the care they deserve while increasing resources for infrastructure improvements and disaster relief.”

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Opinion | From government shutdown to district travel

January 29, 2018

By U.S. Rep. Martha Roby

As you are all too aware by now, our federal government shut down for three days recently because Senate Democrats refused to support a reasonable funding bill over their unreasonable immigration demands. We should never be in a position where one party is allowed to hold our military and government hostage over an unrelated policy issue.

This government shutdown was completely unnecessary and should not have happened. Before the shutdown occurred, the House had passed all twelve of our government funding bills and voted four times to reauthorize funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), known as All Kids here in Alabama. All of these bills were blocked repeatedly by Senate Democrats, which led to this pattern of short-term funding resolutions and ultimately the government shutdown.

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Senator Jones wants the military to get paid during shutdown

January 22, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Sunday, U.S. Senator Doug Jones, D-Alabama, called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to hold a vote on a measure to ensure U.S. military service members will continue to be paid during the federal government shutdown.

“Around the world and here at home, our military and their families continue to serve during this shutdown,” Jones said. “Senator McConnell pledged that we would vote on a measure to guarantee that they will continue to get paid, but two days later he still hasn’t kept his promise to hold a vote. I co-sponsored this measure immediately after the shutdown took effect early Saturday morning because our troops don’t deserve to become a pawn in this political game. I am calling on the Majority Leader to bring this bill to an immediate vote in the Senate so we can provide certainty to those brave men and women who continue to sacrifice on our behalf.”

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Shelby blames Schumer and the Democrats for government shutdown

January 21, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, Senate Democrats led by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., blocked a continuing resolution to keep the federal government funded. Democrats refused to support any continued funding of the government unless Republicans gave in to their demands over keeping President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which expires in March, in place.

U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Alabama, reacted strongly to Senate Democrats’ failure to support HR195, the Continuing Resolution to keep the government funded.

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Alabama leaders react to government shutdown

January 21, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Friday, the U.S. Senate failed to pass a continuing resolution funding the federal government moving forward.

While both parties agree that the government should continue to be funded, the two parties are divided on the issue of immigration. Democrats want the children brought by their parents who crossed the border illegally given legal status and a pathway to American citizenship.

When Congress did not pass the DREAM Act in 2012, President Barack Obama gave the children of immigrants who crossed the border illegally deferred action on immigration enforcement, or DACA, via an executive order. President Donald Trump is letting that program expire in March.

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US Rep. Bradley Byrne says that Democrats are holding military hostage over immigration

January 19, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne, R-Alabama, delivered a speech Thursday from the floor of the House of Representatives urging Congressional Democrats to stop holding military funding hostage to advance their immigration agenda.

The federal government could go into a partial shutdown unless both Houses pass a continuing resolution to raise the debt ceiling and keep the government funded. Democrats are opposing any government funding mechanism unless Republicans give immunity from deportation to hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens who claim that they were brought here as children. Republicans, including Byrne, object to giving so many illegals blanket immunity for violating our nation’s immigration laws.

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Tuesday is Military and Veterans Appreciation Day in the Alabama Legislature

January 16, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, the Alabama House of Representatives will hold a “Military and Veterans Day” in the Alabama House chambers to honor Alabama’s veterans for their service.

Alabama Speaker of the House Mac McCutcheon, R – Monrovia, announced that the House will have a work calendar that is stacked with bills designed to benefit those who have served or are currently serving in our nation’s armed forces.

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Provisional, overseas ballots won’t overturn Jones election

December 21, 2017

 By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

As the final votes are tallied by the Secretary of State’s office, GOP candidate Roy Moore has no chance to overtake Sen.-Elect Doug Jones.

Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill released the updated numbers on the military/oversees and provisional ballots in the last weeks Senate election on Wednesday. Even if Moore wins all of both sets of ballots, which is highly unlikely, he still won’t have enough votes to overtake his opponent, Democratic candidate Jones.

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Merrill orders counties to identify, document write-in votes

December 19, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, Secretary of State John Merrill ordered the counties to document and identify the write-in votes in Tuesday’s special election for U.S. Senate.

Merrill announced in a statement that, “Pursuant to Act 2016-450, regarding the identification and recordation of write-in votes, the Secretary of State has determined that the individual write-in votes cast in the U.S. Senate Election will be identified and documented for the results of Special General Election on December 12, 2017.”

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