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Congressman-Elect Palmer Receives Key Committee Assignments

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Gary Palmer (R) will join the Congress in January. On Thursday December 11, Palmer announced what Committees he was assigned to at Freshman Issues Orientation.

Palmer was assigned to three committees: Budget; Oversight & Government Reform; and Science, Space & Technology.

Congressman elect Palmer said in a written statement, “These committees are the ones I requested and I am looking forward to serving on each of them.”

Palmer said in his statement that throughout the campaign, he has emphasized the need to rein in the out-of-control federal regulatory bureaucracies. Palmer cited working to get the nation’s fiscal house in order and the opportunities to advance technology as a key part of the economic needs of the 6th Congressional District. Palmer said that he believes that each of these committees will afford the opportunity to address these issues.

Representative-elect Palmer said that regulations cost the U.S. economy almost $1.9 trillion in 2013 which amounts to almost $15,000 per household. Palmer said, “This is an enormous hidden tax imposed on every American family. Our budget is more than an endless list of numbers, it demonstrates how our country is or is not properly governing itself. We need to offer the next generation a brighter future, therefore we must stop spending money we do not have, concentrate on job growth and expand economic interests.”

Birmingham has been recognized recently for its thriving technology and innovation ecosystem. Rep. Palmer said, “The Innovation Depot, University of Alabama at Birmingham as well as other economic development programs are working to support early stage technology companies and scientific discoveries in the 6th District. These technology initiatives and projects are making a tremendous impact around the world and their efforts must be sustained here in Birmingham.”

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Gary Palmer will be sworn into office and join the U.S. House of Representatives on January 6, 2015.

The Sixth Congressional District of Alabama is currently represented by Congressman Spencer Bachus (R from Vestavia). Rep. Bachus is retiring after 22 years in the House.

Gary Palmer has worked for the conservative Alabama Policy Institute for 25 years, the first 24 as President. Palmer co-founded the think tank which focused on conservative solutions for the problems that face Alabama and the country. API is part of the state policy network.

Palmer supports term limits and has announced that he will serve no more than ten years in the House whether a term limits amendment to the Constitution passes or not.

Brandon Moseley is a former reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter.



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