US Rep. Mike Rogers holds Town Hall meetings

August 17, 2017

By Staff Report
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, August 12, 2017, Congressman Mike Rogers (R-Saks) held a Town Hall meeting Thursday morning at the Southern Union campus in Opelika and another on Thursday afternoon at the Oxford Civic Center in Oxford. Attendance was estimated at about 200 at both events.

US Representative Mike Rogers said on social media afterward, “Since the media won’t do it, I was glad I had the opportunity to discuss firsthand how I strongly support President Trump’s America’s First agenda.”

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Strange and Shelby both support Trump executive order

March 7, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, March 6 President Donald J. Trump (R) issued a new executive order on immigration, addressing many of the issues that the courts cited in his previous executive order. That old order which was tied up in the court system has been rescinded by the President. Both of Alabama’s U.S. Senators have released statements expressing their support for the President’s decision.
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Roby Introduces Legislation to Make Use of Unsecured Private Servers Illegal

November 9, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, November 7, 2016, US Representative Martha Roby (R-Montgomery) announced in an email newsletter to voters that she has introduced legislation that would make it a felony to be careless with national security information.

FBI Director James Comey has twice cleared Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton for any criminal wrongdoing while she was Secretary of State. Whether or not the irregular practice of having a private email server maintained by people without national security clearance in her home to handle classified and top secret emails from the State Department was already illegal or not has been hotly debated.
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Sessions Warns that Terrorism by Refugees is Increasing While the Obama Administration is Increasing the Flow

August 16, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, August 10 US Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama) warned that the Obama Administration’s refugee policies and its temporary amnesty for Syrians in the United States poses a danger to the people of the United States:

Senator Sessions said in a statement, “Despite a clear nexus between immigration and terrorism, and warnings from top officials in his own Administration about their inability to properly vet refugees, President Obama remains in denial ‎about the dangers that his policies pose to the United States. Instead of taking a sober assessment of the ‎dangers that we face, and analyzing the immigration histories of recent terrorists so that we can more effectively safeguard our immigration system from being infiltrated, the Obama Administration leads the United States down a dangerous path – admitting as many refugees as possible from areas of the world where terrorists roam freely, and granting a temporary amnesty to Syrians living in the United States illegally. And contrary to the assertions made by many, the potential for future terror activity is real.”
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Shelby, Rogers and Byrne Say Prisoners at Guantanamo Pose a Threat

February 24, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, February 23, President Barack H. Obama announced plans to remove the remaining prisoners being held at Guantanamo Bay to prisons on the US mainland. US Senator Richard Shelby (R-Alabama), US Representatives Bradley Byrne (R-Montrose) and Mike Rogers (R-Saks) all released statements blasting President Obama’s plan to close down Guantanamo Bay prison.

Senator Shelby said, “Since taking office in 2009, President Obama has vowed to act on his campaign promise to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. I believe that closing Guantanamo and moving radical terrorists onto US soil is imprudent and reckless, especially when the President failed to detail any specifics to his so-called plan.”
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Governor Bentley Sues Federal Government

January 12, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, January 7, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) announced that the State of Alabama had filed a lawsuit against the federal government for non-compliance of the Refugee Act of 1980.

Gov. Bentley said, “On three separate occasions I have sent letters to the White House requesting information on the Refugee Reception Program in Alabama and these letters have gone unanswered. As Governor, the Alabama Constitution gives me the sovereign authority and solemn duty to protect the health, safety and welfare of all citizens of Alabama. The process and manner in which the Obama Administration and the federal government are executing the Refugee Reception Program is blatantly excluding the states.”
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Roby Reflects on Accomplishments and Shortcomings of Congress during 2015

December 29, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

US Representative Martha Roby (R-Montgomery) admitted that legislative accomplishments were scarce during 2015, but says that the year did actually see several successes on issues important to Alabama.

Congresswoman Roby said in an email to constituents, “As 2016 comes to a close, it offers us all a chance to reflect on the accomplishments of the past year, find areas where we may have fallen short, and gain a sense of renewed priorities for the year to come.   As frustrating as it can be to work in the halls of Congress where legislative achievements are scarce, this year actually saw several successes on issues important to Alabama.”
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House Passes Bill to Reform Broken Visa Waiver System

December 10, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Tuesday, December 8, the US House of Representatives voted to pass HR158, the Visa Waiver Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act. US Representatives Martha Roby (R-Montgomery) and Bradley Byrne (R-Montrose) voted alongside a strong bi-partisan majority to support the bill. Roby said it was an important step to ensure dangerous people cannot access the United States via friendly nations by exploiting security gaps.
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Bentley Responds to President’s National Address

December 7, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Sunday, December 6, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) released a written statement in response to the President’s address to the nation on the growing ISIS threat both abroad and as home, as evidenced by the attacks in recent weeks on both San Bernardino, California and Paris, France.

robert-bentley2Governor Bentley said, “Along with millions of Americans I watched with great interest as President Obama addressed the American people on what is becoming an increasingly alarming issue within our nation’s borders. I have no doubt America’s national security is in serious question as we have watched terrorist attacks unfold at home and abroad over the last three weeks alone.”
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Byrne Says that Congress Should Have Input on Syrian Refugees

October 7, 2015

 

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, October 6 U.S. Representative Bradley Byrne (R from Montrose) announced that he was co-sponsoring H.R. 3573, the Refugee Resettlement Oversight and Security Act, that would require Congressional approval before refugees can be brought into the United States.

Rep. Byrne said in a statement, “After listening to the concerns of my constituents and attending a State Department briefing, I strongly believe Congress should have the ability to block any attempt to bring a large number of Syrian refugees into the United States. There is simply no way to know for sure that terrorist groups, like the Islamic State, are not going to infiltrate the refugee process. The Refugee Resettlement Oversight and Security Act will ensure that Congress, and in turn the American people, have the final say when it comes to increasing the number of refugees.”
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