Shelby and Sessions Introduce Resolution Commending the Alabama Football Team

January 29, 2013

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Thursday, Alabama Senators Richard Shelby (R) and Jeff Sessions (R) introduced a resolution commending the University of Alabama Crimson Tide football team for their BCS national championship game victory over the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

Senator Shelby said in the joint resolution, “I congratulate the University of Alabama Crimson Tide for winning the 2013 BCS National Championship Game.  The University, the Crimson Tide faithful, and the entire State of Alabama can be proud of this team not only for winning, but for representing us on the national stage with integrity and class. Under Coach Saban’s impeccable leadership, the Tide dominated in the first half, both highlighting the skills of star players Eddie Lacy, T.J. Yeldon, and A.J. McCarron, as well as the cohesive playing power of the entire team.  I am proud to represent a state whose esteemed universities have brought home the national title for four years in a row and counting.  I would also like to offer my congratulations to Notre Dame on a great team and an outstanding season.”
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House Lifts Debt Ceiling Until Spring

January 24, 2013

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 325, the No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013.  Without raising the debt ceiling the federal government would have had to shut down many non-essential functions.   The bill eliminated the debt ceiling until spring, but it also requires that both Houses of Congress pass a budget by April 15th.  If they do not then they don’t get pay checks.  The pay will be withheld until either a budget is passed or the 113th Congress ends.
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Roby introduces Balanced Budget Amendment

January 17, 2013

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

It has been over a decade since America last had a balanced budget and barring something bizarre happening……like President Barack Obama minting his own $trillion coins (something that is actually being seriously discussed in Washington)….we are entering our fifth year in a row where the federal government will spend over $one trillion more than it takes in in taxes, tariffs, fees, oil royalties, fines, and other sources of income.  U.S. Representative Martha Roby (R) from Montgomery is tired of the reckless spending and is introducing a balanced budget amendment.
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Sessions Honors Rosa Parks

December 26, 2012

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

A U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R) from Alabama introduced resolution passed with bipartisan support honoring Rosa Parks on the 200th anniversary of her birth on February 4, 2013.  The resolution was co-introduced by U.S. Senators Carl Levin (D) and Debbie Stabenow (D) both from Michigan.

Sen. Sessions said, “With this resolution, we honor one of Alabama’s most remarkable citizens, Mrs. Rosa Parks. Fifty-seven years ago, Mrs. Parks sparked the civil rights movement when she refused to give up her seat on a bus. Her courage ignited major changes in our nation and lead a revolution in race relations. Mrs. Parks will always be remembered as a courageous individual, who confronted injustice head-on and, in so doing, changed our nation. Her legacy continues to endure.”
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Shelby Says FHA Should Face Facts

December 11, 2012

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R) from Alabama said that “Hard choices lie ahead for this program,” referring to the FHA. Sen. Shelby released a written statement with remarks he made at a hearing concerning oversight of the Federal Housing Administration and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s response to fiscal challenges.

Sen. Shelby said, “Just days after the President’s re-election, the FHA released its 2012 Actuarial report, which revealed that the economic value of the FHA Fund has fallen to negative $16 billion. That means the Fund’s capital reserve ratio now stands at negative 1.44%. This news is obviously very disturbing and frustrating for those of us who have long been concerned about the health of the FHA.”
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Sessions Critical of President’s Campaign Ads on the Budget

July 30, 2012

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R) from Alabama issued a written statement critical of recent statements by President Barack H. Obama about the budget following release of President Obama’s mid-year budget update.  Senator Sessions is the Ranking Republican Member of the Senate Budget Committee.

Sen. Sessions said, “President Obama is currently running a campaign ad saying he has a plan to ‘pay down the debt in a balanced way.’ He has made this claim in public remarks as well. But his updated budget—submitted two weeks after the legal deadline—reveals just how dramatically false this claim is. These ads ought to be pulled down.”
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Roby and Aderholt Vote for Bill that Attacks Burdensome Federal Regulations

July 27, 2012

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Both Congresswoman Martha Roby (R) from Montgomery and Congressman Robert Aderholt (R) from Haleyville issued written statements announcing that they had voted for legislation which reduce the regulatory burdens that are hampering small business growth and costing America jobs.

Rep. Roby said, “People are tired of costly regulation and interference by the federal government.  Business owners want Washington to get out of the way.”
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Sessions Comments On Obamacare Ruling

July 5, 2012

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions (R) from Alabama, issued a written statement following the U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (popularly referred to as Obamacare).

Senator Sessions said, “The Court’s decision is further proof that the health care bill, from the beginning and in its entirety, is a 2,700-page Rube Goldberg contraption that will never work. Even the fundamental justification for the legislation has been rejected. The Court upheld the law as a tax, not as a mandate. This is directly contrary to the avowed basis for the bill.”
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Shelby Discusses Financial Problems Facing Servicemen

July 2, 2012

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R) from Alabama made comments about banking abuses involving servicemen at a Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs hearing on empowering and protecting service members and their families in the consumer financial marketplace, Tuesday.

Senator Shelby said, ““One problem is the disruption caused by overseas deployments and other relocations.  When Permanent Change of Station orders, or ‘PCS’ orders, are issued, servicemembers are required to move even if they owe more on their mortgage than their home is worth.  Under such circumstances, service members are faced with continuing to pay a mortgage for a house they no longer live in or defaulting on their loan.  At our last hearing, we were told that this problem is compounded by the fact that a service member would not be able to qualify for a loan modification or a short sale if the service member was not yet delinquent.”
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Shelby Talks About JP Morgan Situation

June 19, 2012

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, U.S. Senator Richard Shelby, (R) from Alabama, released a written statement with remarks made by the Senator about the situation at JP Morgan Chase (one of the nation’s largest banks).  The Chief Executive Officer and President of JP Morgan Chase, Mr. Jamie Dimon testified before the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs where Sen. Shelby is the ranking Republican member.
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