Neil Gorsuch joins the Supreme Court

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Monday, April 10, 2017, Judge Neil Gorsuch was sworn in as a US Supreme Court Justice.

US Senator Richard Shelby (R-Alabama) voted to confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States.

Sen. Shelby said, “I was proud to support and confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch to serve on the United States Supreme Court. Judge Gorsuch has clearly demonstrated that he consistently applies the law, as it is written, fairly and equally to all. There is no doubt that Judge Gorsuch will use this position to serve the American people with unwavering commitment to the Constitution, and I am confident that he will preserve the late Justice Antonin Scalia’s legacy on the bench for years to come.”
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State thanks Shelby for NOAA Red Snapper Study announcement

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, March 14, 2017, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced that it is funding an independent and external assessment to measure the actual number of red snapper in the Gulf of Mexico.

Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR). Conservation Commissioner N. Gunter Guy, Jr. said that this action would not have taken place without the efforts of Senator Richard Shelby (R-Alabama).
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US Rep. Martha Roby selects Torrie Miller Matous as Chief of Staff

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY — US Rep. Martha Roby (R-Alabama) has selected Montgomery-native Torrie Miller Matous to serve as her Chief of Staff, replacing her outgoing Chief of Staff Stephen Boyd.

Roby, who represents Alabama’s 2nd Congressional District, announced her decision Monday afternoon. In the new post, Matous will serve as the chief adviser and senior staff member in Roby’s office.

“I’m thrilled to announce that Torrie Miller Matous is coming on board as my new Chief of Staff,” Roby said. “Torrie is an exceptional leader with the right skill set to manage my office and all our various efforts.”

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Strange and Shelby both support Trump executive order

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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Alabama Congressional Delegation condemn attacks on AG Sessions

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, March 2, 2017, members of the Alabama Congressional delegation condemns calls by Democrats for US Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign after it was revealed by The Washington Post that he met with the Russian Ambassador to the United States.

US Senator Luther Strange (R-Alabama) said, “I have not been in Washington very long, but I did not think Democrats could stoop much lower than they did during Jeff Session’s confirmation hearing. As we found out today, they can, and the hypocrisy of it is hard to stomach. For eight years, Democrats turned a blind eye to serious breaches of public trust, but they did not miss a beat in trying to undermine President Trump’s administration as it gets to work cleaning up their mess.”
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Alabama’s leaders react to Trump’s address to the Nation

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, February 28, 2017, US President Donald J. Trump addressed a joint session of Congress. Most of Alabama’s congressional delegation praised the President afterwards for his performance which was televised nationally.

US Senator Richard Shelby (R from Alabama) said in a statement, “In tonight’s address, President Trump laid out his vision for the nation and reiterated his commitment to ensuring that the American people have the opportunity to succeed. His remarks were a refreshing change from the last eight years, and I look forward to working with him on the many priorities discussed.”
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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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