Shelby Assigned to Environment and Public Works Committee

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, February 12, 2017, US Senator Richard Shelby (R-Alabama) joined the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW). Senator Shelby is taking the committee seat that was vacated when Jeff Sessions was confirmed as US Attorney General.

Senator Richard Shelby said, “I’m pleased to announce that I am joining the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW). This is a critical time for our nation’s environment and public works, which is why I am delighted to pick up where Attorney General Sessions left off in the EPW committee.”
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Gorsuch is a popular choice with Alabama elected leaders

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, January 31, 2017, President Donald J. Trump announced that US Appeals Court Judge Neil Gorsuch is his pick to fill the US Supreme Court opening created by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. Gorsuch was a popular choice for Alabama’s elected leaders.

US Senator Richard Shelby (R-Alabama) released a statement supporting President Trump’s nomination of Judge Gorsuch. Sen. Shelby said, “After the untimely death of the conservative lion Justice Antonin Scalia, I strongly believed that the American people deserved a voice in filling this critical vacancy. President Trump has made an outstanding selection in nominating Judge Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, and I am confident that he will preserve Scalia’s legacy on the bench for generations to come.” Read More

Shelby to Chair Senate Rules Committee

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R from Alabama) announced that he has been named the chairman of the United States Senate Committee on Rules and Administration.

Sen. Shelby said, “It is an honor to lead the Senate Rules Committee and to continue to serve on the Banking and Appropriations Committees in the 115th Congress. There is much work to be done, and I look forward to hitting the ground running in these committees to deliver the results that the American people expect and deserve.”
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Shelby votes to confirm Carson

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, January 24, 2017, US Senator Richard Shelby (R-Alabama) voted to confirm Dr. Ben Carson as the next HUD Secretary, when the nomination was voted on in the Senate committee. Dr. Carson, 65, is President Donald J. Trump’s pick to head the cabinet post at HUD, an agency that Carson criticized during his presidential campaign.

Sen. Shelby said, “This morning in the Senate Banking Committee, I voted for Dr. Ben Carson to become our next Secretary of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. It is my hope that the full Senate will swiftly confirm his nomination, and I look forward to working with him.”
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Shelby co-sponsors Pro-Life legislation

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, January 23, 2017, US Senator Richard Shelby (R-Alabama) announced that he was co-sponsoring Senate bill S184 to prohibit taxpayer dollars from being used to kill the unborn.

Sen. Shelby said in a statement, “As Americans gather for the annual March for Life this Friday, I am proud to support their efforts to protect the unborn. Today I joined more than 30 of my Senate colleagues in cosponsoring the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act.” This bill seeks to create a permanent, government-wide prohibition of taxpayer funding for abortion.”
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The shape of things to come?

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Several decisions over the next few weeks and months could significantly affect Alabama’s future for generations. Among these are, the appointment of Senator Jeff Sessions’ replacement, the Special Supreme Court’s ruling in Chief Justice Roy Moore’s appeal and the findings of the Montgomery Grand Jury concerning Governor Robert Bentley.

Bentley is publicly holding casting-calls to find Sessions’ replacement upon his confirmation as US Attorney General. From a novice State representative to Chief Justice Moore himself, Bentley is parading potential candidates around like beauty pageant contestants. Each day the press publishes an ever-expanding list of hopeful nominees. It seems more like a charade than a selection process. Identifying the next junior Senator from Alabama is serious business, with little in common with the spectacle it now seems to have become. Perhaps, Bentley is using the Senate interviews to line up support for the billion dollar prison bill he plans to push in a special legislative session. Perhaps it is simply to hide his real intentions. With this Governor, the only thing you know for sure is that you don’t know.
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Anger in response to Obama refusal to veto an anti-Israeli UN resolution

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, December 23, 2016, the UN Security Council on Friday passed a resolution demanding an end to Israeli settlement building in the disputed territories, including East Jerusalem. As a permanent member of the Security Council the US could have vetoed the resolution but abstained from doing so. A bipartisan group of leaders quickly condemned the controversial change in decades of US policy of shielding Israel from UN actions.
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OSS veterans awarded Congressional Gold Medal

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

US Senator Richard Shelby (R-Alabama) announced that the veterans of the World War II-era Office of Strategic Services had been awarded a Congressional Gold Medal for their service to the country.

Sen. Shelby said in a statement, “I’m pleased to report that a bill was signed into law yesterday that will honor veterans of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), the predecessor to the CIA, with a Congressional Gold Medal. I’m a proud cosponsor of this legislation to recognize the heroic contributions of the OSS’ members during World War II.”
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Shelby supports NDAA raising soldiers’ pay

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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21st Century Cures Act passes with Shelby’s support

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, December 7, 2016, the US Senate passed the 21st Century Cures Act, HR34, with bipartisan support. US Senator Richard Shelby (R-Alabama) supported the legislation and said that the bill will take critical steps to fight the opioid epidemic and will foster needed changes in the healthcare infrastructure.

Senator Shelby said in a statement, “America has long been the world’s leader in medical innovation and it is important that we modernize, personalize, and streamline our health care delivery system to ensure that it meets the demands of today. For the millions of Americans suffering from a serious illness such as cancer or Alzheimer’s, cutting-edge research is the beginning of hope for them and their loved ones.”
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