Reformers doomed Payday Lending Bill

June 1, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The sponsor of a Payday Lending Reform Bill was shocked to watch as those reformers he was trying to help sabotaged the Legislation. For the past several Legislative Sessions, State Rep. Danny Garrett (R-Trussville) has worked to bring about, what he considered, meaningful reform to Payday Lending. Garrett joined with the Southern Poverty Law Center, Alabama Arise, and others to push further lending reform. But, rather than accept the compromise bill that Garrett worked so diligently to pass, the SPLC and Alabama Arise backed a filibuster in the Senate and doomed all of his efforts.
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Palmer and Senator Mike Lee Introduce Agency Accountability Act

February 7, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, February 3, 2017, US Representative Gary Palmer (R-Hoover) and conservative US Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) introduced the Agency Accountability Act (AAA), requiring that all fines, fees, penalties, and other unappropriated funds collected by federal agencies to be transferred to the Treasury, and subject to the appropriations process.

Congressman Gary Palmer said in a statement, “For too long Congress has granted federal agencies the authority to collect fines, fees and other revenues outside of their appropriated funds with little to no Congressional oversight on how the monies are spent. Congress’ power of the purse is exclusive and absolute and we must begin reclaiming our Article I authority. I am proud to team up with my colleague Senator Mike Lee on this important piece of legislation in both the House and Senate.”
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House makes regulatory reform a top priority

January 16, 2017
Bradley Byrne

By Congressman Bradley Byrne (AL-1)

$1,000,000,000,000. That’s the estimated total cost of regulations issued by the Obama Administration. These regulations have resulted in over 754,000,000 hours of paperwork.

These numbers are pretty remarkable. The wide range of regulations cover everything from energy to agriculture to the environment.

In addition to having a negative effect on all those directly impacted, the regulations have a larger impact by stunting economic growth and increasing costs for consumers across the country. When I talk to Alabama employers, they almost always tell me the cost of regulations issued by the Obama Administration is the top reason they cannot create more jobs. Read More

A bipartisan vote to stand with Israel

January 9, 2017
Bradley Byrne

By Congressman Bradley Byrne (AL-1)

The United States has no stronger ally than Israel. Our relationship has always been strong, both economically and militarily. Israel plays an especially important role in helping us combat radical Islamic terrorism in the Middle East.

In other words, Israel serves as a beacon of hope, freedom, and opportunity in a very dangerous part of the world. That is why support for Israel has always been a bipartisan priority shared by Democrats and Republicans. Read More

Obama’s Israel policy draws criticism from some

December 28, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, December 26, 2016, State Representative Tim Wadsworth (R-Arley) criticized the decision by outgoing President Barack H. Obama (D) to refuse to veto a UN Security Council resolution denouncing Israel on Christmas Eve. Rep. Wadsworth wrote that the, “United States abstained in the passage of Resolution 2334 against Israel. The Resolution condemns Israel from building settlements in lands it has occupied since 1967. As a permanent member of UN, the United States could have vetoed the resolution but chose to abstain which is the same as an approval given the veto power of the US.

A similar resolution was vetoed in 2011.” Rep. Wadsworth wrote that the United States has used their veto power 42 times to protect Israel. The Resolution states that “territory occupied since 1967, including “East Jerusalem, has no legal validity.” Also “it will not recognize any changes to the 4 June 1967 lines, including with regards to Jerusalem”. In other words, it wont even recognize that the Wailing Wall is to be in Jewish hands. The Resolution states that the occupation is “ in violation of international humanitarian law”, and also states “ has no legal validity and constitutes a flagrant violation of international law.” Wadsworth (who is an attorney as well as a state legislator) warned that, “The effect of resolution could be that citizens or businesses in those areas could be subjected to litigation in some courts. The undoing of this resolution is very difficult.

The other permanent members of UN who voted for it could veto any remedial measure.” The President of Christians in Defense of Israel, Mat Staver said in a statement, “In the last 27 days of his term Obama dishonored America’s strong support of Israel, insulted Jews and Christians by his shameful act on Hanukkah and the eve of Christmas, and shook his fist at the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. This pitiful and toothless resolution of the UN Security Council will accomplish nothing but focus our resolve to clip the wings of this albatross that has long outlived its usefulness. America should defund this bureaucratic theater of the absurd.” US Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said in his own statement: “For eight long years, the Obama administration has worked systematically to undermine the nation of Israel. They actively worked to defeat Prime Minister Netanyahu, and illegally used US taxpayer funds to do so. Never has there been a more anti-Israel Administration, and today’s United Nations vote is the culmination of their systemic agenda to weaken Israel and strengthen its enemies. “I agree with the senior Israeli government official who said today: ‘President Obama and Secretary Kerry are behind this shameful move against Israel at the UN….The U.S. administration secretly cooked up with the Palestinians an extreme anti-Israeli resolution behind Israel’s back which would be a tailwind for terror and boycotts.’”

Sen. Cruz said, “Every Obama foreign policy official should be ashamed of today’s UN resolution, and any official who disagrees with or hopes to avoid the anti-Israel legacy of this Administration should resign on principle today. I also emphatically second the call of my colleague Sen. Lindsey Graham that the consequences of this disgraceful UN resolution should be severe. I look forward to working with Sen. Graham, and with the incoming Administration of President-elect Trump, to significantly reduce or even eliminate U.S. funding of the United Nations, and also to seriously reconsider financial support for the nations that supported this resolution.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s spokesman David Keyes on Sunday told CNN that Israel had “solid information” of Obama’s alleged involvement in pushing the resolution. “We have ironclad information, frankly, that the Obama administration really helped push this resolution and helped craft it, from sources internationally and sources in the Arab world,” Keyes said.” The White House has denied having any involvement in the resolution. Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes said, “We did not draft this resolution; we did not introduce this resolution. We made this decision when it came up for a vote,” but because of the U.S.’s opposition to settlement activity, it “could not in good conscience veto” the resolution.” On Tuesday Israel announced plans to build 5,600 new homes in East Jerusalem in open defiance of the new resolution.

 

(Original reporting by the Daily Wire and CNN contributed to this report)

 

Congressman Bradley Byrne: A look back at 2016

December 24, 2016
Bradley Byrne

By Congressman Bradley Byrne (AL-1)

As we look forward to 2017, I want to take a moment to look back at some of the highlights of the past year.

It was a busy year with over 25 town hall meetings in each of the six counties that make up Alabama’s First Congressional District, in addition to town halls online and over the phone. My office responded to over 6,000 pieces of mail and assisted over 1,400 local residents with issues relating to federal agencies.
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Shelby supports NDAA raising soldiers’ pay

December 9, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, December 8, 2016, the US Senate passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2017 Conference Report. US Senator Richard Shelby (R-Alabama) said that the NDAA gives America’s fighting men and women their largest pay increase in six years.

Sen. Shelby said in a statement, “I believe that one of Congress’ most important responsibilities is to ensure that our military is equipped to defend our nation both at home and abroad. While this bill is not perfect, the NDAA supports our men and women in uniform with the resources that they need and addresses the Obama Administration’s dangerous underfunding of our military. This legislation also gives our troops the largest pay increase in six years and makes much-needed improvements to our military health care system. I’m proud to support the NDAA to ensure that we have a highly trained, well-equipped, and properly funded military to protect us.”
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Enemies From Within

October 21, 2016

By Perry Hooper Jr.

Our enemies have long preached that the only way we as a people could be defeated, would be from within. Four more years of the disastrous polices implemented by the Obama administration and promised by a potential Clinton Administration could just about do the trick. From social engineering that has wrecked havoc on the American Family, to economic policies that has made it impossible for far too many hard working Americans to find a decent well paying job, our country is being attacked from within. It’s no secret Clinton has promised us among other disastrous policies: open borders, a Supreme Court packed with liberal justices and more Obamacare.
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Shelby Says Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Should be Subject to Congressional Appropriations Process

October 12, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, October 11, 2016, a US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that the structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is unconstitutional. US Senator Richard Shelby (R-Alabama), who has been a longtime critic of the CFPB and it’s unique structure, commented on the ruling.

“For years I have argued that supporters of Dodd-Frank sacrificed our Constitution in the name of bureaucratic independence,” Shelby stated. “While the court’s ruling today is a victory for accountability, it is meaningless without a President who is willing to rein in the unmatched authority of the CFPB’s Director.”
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Byrne Opposes new Overtime Rule

September 30, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, September 28, 2016, US Representative Bradley Byrne (R-Montrose) , applauded passage of legislation in the House of Representatives to delay the Obama Administration’s controversial “overtime regulation.”

Congressman Byrne said on the floor of the House, “I rise in support of this legislation to require a six-month delay in the Department of Labor’s new overtime rule.”

Rep. Byrne said, “This is an ill-advised regulation that will result in hardworking Americans losing their jobs and less economic growth. Don’t just take my word for it. Let’s look at what some actual business leaders and organizations had to say about the change. Richard, a businessman in Birmingham, says that he ‘will cut back on employee hours as much as possible since raising their compensation is not any option.”
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