Byrne joins bipartisan effort to shrink nation’s skills gap

October 26, 2017

By Staff
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, Congressman Bradley Byrne, R-Montrose, joined bipartisan colleagues in introducing the Career Advancement Through New Skills Act, H.R. 4088.

Representatives Byrne, Mike Thompson, D-CA, Derek Kilmer, D-Wash., and Randy Hultgren, R-Illinois, introduced legislation which would incentivize employers to invest in their employees, giving them the necessary training to close the skill gap that exists between employers’ needs and employees in many industries.

The legislation would create a tax credit for 25 percent of the first $5,000 that an employer spends on qualified education and training expenses for an employee. These qualified education and training expenses include the cost of programs or training to maintain or improve the skills of workers to meet the employer’s needs.

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Why was Rep. Bradley Byrne at ASU?

October 19, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

There was a rare sighting Wednesday on the Alabama State University campus: a white Republican.

U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne stopped by the campus for a quick tour and to check in with his old Alabama Senate colleague, Quinton Ross, ASU’s new president.

But the visit wasn’t simply a friendly calling. Byrne is co-chair of the House’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities Caucus – a group tasked with making recommendations to the White House on how to meet HBCUs’ needs in the coming years.

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Congressman Byrne’s Save Local Business Act approved out of committee

October 6, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, the Committee on Education and the Workforce today approved legislation from Congressman Bradley Byrne, R-Montrose, to clarify what constitutes a “joint employer” to provide certainty and stability for workers and job creators.

Congressman Byrne’s bill, the Save Local Business Act, was approved out of committee on a 23 to 17 vote. The bill currently has 95 co-sponsors, including bipartisan support from three Democrats.

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House passes Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

October 4, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017, the Republican controlled U.S. House of Representative passed HR36 the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.  HR36 would prohibit abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy with exceptions for cases of rape, incest, or when the life of the mother is at risk.

Congressman Mo Brooks, R-Huntsville, voted in favor of the bill.

“Micah’s Law gives more children like Micah Pickering the opportunity to experience life and ends the barbaric practice of painfully killing unborn children who, if given the chance, can live a healthy life outside a mother’s womb,” Brooks said.

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US Rep. Byrne on budget passage: “The House has now done our job”

September 19, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne, R-Montrose, said that, “The House has now done our job,” after voting in the favor of HR3354, the Make America Secure and Prosperous Appropriations Act. The bill, along with the 11 other Senate funding bills, provides funding for the federal government for Fiscal Year 2018.

“The House has now done our job and passed all twelve of the government funding bills before the end of the fiscal year on September 30th,” Bryne, who represents Alabama’s 1st Congressional District, said. “This funding bill reflects the will of the House and makes tough choices regarding funding priorities. From increasing funding for our military to boosting border security to cutting wasteful programs to strengthening life-saving medical research, this bill prioritizes spending to reflect national priorities. While we have finished our work in the House, the Senate has yet to pass a single government funding bill.

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US Rep. Martha Roby promotes her Balanced Budget Amendment

August 10, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, August 8, 2017, US Representative Martha Roby (R-Montgomery) says we need a Balanced Budget Amendment, and has written one herself.

Congresswoman Roby wrote to constituents and supporters, “Friends, with the end of the fiscal year approaching on September 30, Congress will soon begin finalizing appropriations Legislation to fund government operations. I’m proud of the work the House Appropriations Committee has done to approve Legislation to properly fund critical programs, while cutting wasteful spending and bending the Federal Budget curve down for a change.”

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Byrne: GOP on rescue mission to save Americans from Obamacare

July 12, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, July 11, 2017, US Representative Bradley Byrne (R-Montrose) said that Obamacare has failed and the House has acted to save the American people from Obamacare’s failure and we are now waiting on the Senate to act.

Congressman Byrne (R-Montrose) said in a statement on social media, “We are on a rescue mission to save the American people from the failures of Obamacare. Despite what some may want you to believe, the law is falling apart. The whole intention of the law was to make health care more affordable, and that has failed. Now, some Americans will not have a single health care option on the Obamacare exchanges. The House has acted to address the issue, and now the Senate needs to do their part.”
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Byrne, Roby, Brooks vote to strengthen Immigration laws

July 6, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, June 29, 2017, US Representatives: Bradley Byrne (R-Montrose), Martha Roby (R-Montgomery), and Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) voted in support of two bills that sponsors say are intended to strengthen our Nation’s immigration laws and fight back against illegal immigration. Both Kate’s Law, HR3004, and the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act, HR3003, passed the House last week.

Congressman Byrne said in a statement, “I am committed to working with President Trump to secure the border and combat illegal immigration. By passing these two important bills, we are sending a clear message that the safety and security of the American people comes first.
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Strange, Byrne, Roby support Administration’s withdrawal from WOTUS rule

June 29, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, June 27, 2017, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that the agency would begin the withdrawal of the Obama administration’s controversial Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule. US Senator Luther Strange (R-Alabama) and US Representatives Bradley Byrne (R-Montrose) and Martha Roby praised the move to relieve Alabama farmers and ranchers from what they feel was a burdensome regulatory overreach.

Sen. Strange said in a statement, “When I visit rural Alabama, farmers and ranchers tell me that WOTUS is the biggest problem they face. Across the State, small family operations have been struggling to succeed under a wet blanket of federal government regulations. Today’s announcement brings new hope for Alabama’s producers, and I am proud to continue my work with an EPA that understands its role, and an administration that is committed to helping American small businesses thrive.”
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Reaction to shooting at Congressional baseball practice

June 15, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, June 14, 2017, the entire nation was shocked when a lone gunman opened fire on US Congress members practicing for a charity baseball game. Five people including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-Louisiana) were shot. The shooter was killed by police. A number of leaders expressed their shock and outrage at the senseless attack on American Democracy.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey said in a statement, “An attack on members of Congress, their staff, and Capitol Police is an attack on the fabric of our nation. This cowardly, senseless shooting should drive us to our knees in prayer for those injured and justice for the offender. As Alabamians, we should be united in our quest to protect our freedoms at all costs.”
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