Bradley Byrne

Bradley Byrne

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Byrne Votes to End Ransom Payments to Iran

2016/09/23

Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, voted last night in favor of H.R. 5931, the Prohibiting Future Ransom Payments to Iran Act.

The bill would prohibit future cash payments to Iran until the nation stops sponsoring terrorism and is no longer involved in money laundering. The bill also requires 30-day Congressional notification and review of any future settlements related to the U.S. Iran Claims Tribunal.

In a speech from the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, Byrne helped lead debate on the bill. In his remarks, Byrne outlined a series of concerns with the cash payments to Iran.

Byrne said: “Iran is no friend of the United States, and their efforts have resulted in the deaths of U.S. citizens and service members. So why in the world is the United States sending them cash payments in the first place?

“Ultimately, the United States cannot continue to give in to Iran. Whether it is their nuclear program or their kidnapping of U.S. citizens, we simply cannot keep making ‘deals’ with Iran in which the Ayatollah benefits and the American people suffer.”

The legislation passed with bipartisan support by a vote of 254 to 163.

Below is a complete transcript of Rep. Byrne’s remarks in support of the legislation.

Byrne said: “On June 24, 2015, President Obama stood in the Roosevelt Room of the White House and said “I am reaffirming that the United States government will not make concessions, such as paying ransom, to terrorist groups holding American hostages.”

“This position shouldn’t have been surprising. It has long been the position of the U.S. government to not pay ransoms to terrorist organizations, for doing so only encourages further kidnappings and puts more American lives at risk.

“Despite this reassurance from President Obama, on January 17, 2016, an unmarked cargo plane landed at a European airport. On this plane were wooden pallets stacked with unmarked, foreign currency– $400 million worth to be exact. Who was waiting at the airport to accept this money? Iran.

“On that exact same day, several Americans who had been held prisoner in Iran were released.

“That, Mr. Speaker, is a ransom payment.

“Since then, we have learned that the full U.S. payment to Iran totaled $1.7 billion. The money was related to a decades old dispute about an Iranian arms sale.

“There are a lot of concerning issues at play here.

“First, by giving money to Iran, the United States is supporting the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism.

“Iran uses their money and resources to support groups like Hezbollah, Hamas, and other radical terrorist groups in Iraq, Pakistan, and Afghanistan.

“Iran is no friend of the United States, and their efforts have resulted in the deaths of U.S. citizens and service members. So why in the world is the United States sending them cash payments in the first place? 

“Second, the United States should never pay a ransom. I know they claim that the $1.7 billion payment was a ‘settlement,’ but let’s get real for a minute. The payment was made on the exact same day the Americans were released.

“Let’s look in the dictionary for a minute. Ransom is defined as ‘a sum of money or other payment demanded or paid for the release of a prisoner.’ That is exactly what happened here.

“Iran knows it was a ransom payment. An Iranian general is quoted as saying that ‘the money was returned for the freedom of the U.S. spy and it was not related to the [nuclear] negotiations.’

“So Iran knows it was a ransom, the American people know it was ransom. Well how about the State Department?

“When pushed on this topic by the media, a Statement Department spokesman said that it wasn’t ransom but rather ‘leverage.’ What is the difference?

“The American prisoners in Iran were not released until the cash payments occurred. You can try to hide the truth by calling it ‘leverage’ or a ‘coincidence.’ But the fact is this payment was a ransom.

“Just ask the Obama Justice Department. Press reports indicate that Assistant Attorney General John Carlin raised the concern that the cash payment to Iran would send a signal to Iran and the world that the U.S. had changed its ransom policy.

“This isn’t some radical conspiracy theory we are talking about here. This is the exact same concern raised by President Obama’s own Justice Department.

“Since this ransom payment occurred, Iran has detained several more foreign citizens, including Americans, French, British, and Canadian citizens. Sadly, I expect our Iranian friends are already making their ransom demands.

“The third major concern I have is that the payments were clearly done in way to hide them from the American public. The payments were made in cash.

“According to an international body responsible for combating money laundering known as the Financial Action Task Force, the ‘physical transportation of currency’ is ‘one of the main methods used to move criminal assets, launder money and finance terrorism.’

“If this whole ordeal was public and on the ‘up and up,’ then why did the U.S. make this payment in cash?

“Now, the Obama Administration originally said that the payment had to be in cash because financial sanctions prevent us from engaging in wire transfers with Iranian banks.

“Well, turns out that isn’t true. In fact, on at least two occasions, the U.S. has made wire transfers to the Iranian government.

“According to Politico, in July 2015, the U.S. sent Iran approximately $848,000 to settle a claim over architectural drawings. The wire transfers didn’t stop there though. The U.S. wired Iran almost $10 million in April of this year to pay for 32 metric tons of heavy water.

“Here is another issue with the cash payments: Iran has a track record of money laundering and making cash payments will result in it being even harder to track their illicit activity.

“Cash does not have an electronic signature, so the money could eventually become untraceable. This will make it almost impossible for law enforcement and intelligence agencies to track where the money is going.

“In other words, the cash could be transferred to a group like Hamas or Hezbollah and the United States may never know. That is deeply troubling.

“So, Mr. Speaker, this legislation makes one thing crystal clear: the United States government is not in the business of paying ransom.

“Specific to Iran, the legislation would prohibit future cash payments to Iran until the nation stops sponsoring terrorism and is no longer involved in money laundering.

“To boost transparency and accountability, the legislation also requires 30-day Congressional notification and review of any future settlements related to the U.S. Iran Claims Tribunal. This way Congress will have an opportunity to review any future payments instead of them being secretly executed in the dark of night.

“Ultimately, the United States cannot continue to give in to Iran. Whether it is their nuclear program or their kidnapping of U.S. citizens, we simply cannot keep making ‘deals’ with Iran in which the Ayatollah benefits and the American people suffer.

“We need to stop empowering Iran and instead start weakening them. We must stop giving in to Iran and start standing up to Iran.  By putting our foot down, the American people and our allies in the Middle East will be safer and stronger.”

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Byrne Announces Major Grant for Daphne Project

2016/09/22

Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) today announced a major federal grant for the Daphne Innovation and Science Complex (DISC).

The grant was awarded by the Economic Development Administration (EDA), an agency under the U.S. Department of Commerce. The total EDA investment will be $846,583.

Byrne said: “I am pleased to see yet another federal grant being award to help boost economic development in Southwest Alabama. The DISC project is an important tool to help spur growth in the technology and science industry on Alabama’s Gulf Coast. I am committed to continuing to assist with this project as it moves forward.”

The DISC project will help promote job creation in the technology and science sector, as well as enhancing growth in the aviation, aerospace, maritime, and healthcare industries in Southwest Alabama.

According to EDA, their grants are awarded through a competitive process based upon the application’s merit, the applicant’s eligibility, and the availability of funds.

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Byrne: Navy Ship to be Named for Mobile

2016/09/22

Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) today announced that a future Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) will be named after the City of Mobile.

The Independence-variant of the LCS is built in Mobile by Austal USA.

Byrne said: “It is such an honor for a future Littoral Combat Ship to be named after the City of Mobile. Our area takes such pride in building these fine ships, just the latest vessel in Mobile’s long history of shipbuilding. I know the spirit and patriotism of Mobile will be encapsulated in this ship.

“I appreciate Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus for working with us to make this possible, and I look forward to one day standing in the Mobile waterfront to christen and commission this fine ship.”

The announcement came from the Secretary of the Navy today during a ceremony in Washington, D.C. Another LCS will be named after the City of Marinette, Wisconsin, where the Freedom-variant of the LCS is built.

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Keeping Terrorists Locked Up

2016/09/18

Obaidullah is an al Qaeda terrorist operative. He specializes in the creation of improvised explosive devices (IED), which are manmade bombs that have wreaked havoc on U.S. service members and our allies during conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Obaidullah was captured by U.S. Special Forces during a raid on his compound. During the raid, 23 anti-tank landmines and a number of detonator schematics were found.

After his capture in 2002, Obaidullah was locked up in a prison at U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The exact place a terrorist belongs.

Unfortunately, on August 15, 2016, Obaidullah was transferred out of Guantanamo Bay and released to the United Arab Emirates - a move that potentially puts a terrorist back on the battlefield.

The story of Obaidullah has become all too common in recent years as President Barack Obama continues his efforts to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay. The President’s pledge to close Guantanamo started as a campaign promise in 2007. After his election, he signed an executive order declaring that the prison would be closed in one year.

The President planned to bring the prisoners to a new facility here in the United States. Not surprisingly, no state wanted to be the one selected to house terrorists. Members of Congress from both sides of the aisle were up in arms.

So, thanks to bipartisan opposition from Congress and resistance by intelligence agencies, efforts to close the prison have so far proved unsuccessful, but that has not stopped the President from continuing to release prisoners to other countries.

As we enter the remaining days of the Obama presidency, I fear the President may try a new trick to close the prison, which would diminish our national security and put American citizens at risk.

I’m pleased to report the House of Representatives last week passed legislation that would stop all efforts to close Guantanamo Bay and transfer prisoners to other countries. This legislation is necessary and required in order to keep the American people and our allies around the world safe.

While information on the status of released detainees is hard to come by, it is clear that some of those detainees released from Guantanamo have returned to terrorist activity.

In fact, an official from the Obama Administration testified before Congress that at least 12 individuals released from Guantanamo have gone on to launch attacks and kill Americans.

During testimony before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, the official testified that “what I can tell you is unfortunately, there have been Americans that have died because of Gitmo prisoners.”

For example, it was a former Guantanamo detainee who helped organize and plan the attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya. Four Americans lost their lives during that attack.

It is also important to point out that 41 of the 61 detainees remaining at Guantanamo are considered especially dangerous. They have been labeled “high risk” for returning to terrorist activity and “untransferable” because of their past records. These are the worst of the worst.

Ultimately, I fear this President may once again put politics above national security. I fear he is more interested in keeping a campaign promise than he is in keeping the American people safe.

I was pleased to see our bill to block the closure of the Guantanamo Bay prison pass with bipartisan support, and I am hopeful the Senate will also act on our legislation.

We must keep these terrorists locked up where they can do no more harm. Anything less than that would be a grave mistake.

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Byrne Announces September Community Office Hours

2016/09/15

Staff members from the Office of Congressman Bradley Byrne (AL-1) will hold office hours throughout Alabama’s First Congressional District between September 20 and September 22.

The staff members will be on hand to help constituents with problems they may be experiencing with federal agencies including the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Medicare, and Social Security. Staff members can also assist constituents who need help applying for or receiving a United States passport.

 

Baldwin County

Wednesday, September 21

9:30 to 10:30 am: Fairhope City Hall

11:00 am to 12:00 pm: Daphne City Hall

2:30 to 3:30 pm: Spanish Fort City Hall

Thursday, September 22

9:30 to 10:30 am: Gulf Shores City Hall

11:00 am to 12:00 pm: Robertsdale City Hall

2:30 to 3:30 pm: Bay Minette City Hall

 

Clarke County

Tuesday, September 20

12:00 – 1:00 pm: Grove Hill Town Hall

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm: White Smith Memorial Library in Jackson

 

Escambia County

Tuesday, September 20

9:00 to 9:45 am – Atmore City Hall

11:00 am – 12:00 pm – Flomaton City Hall

2:00 – 2:30 pm: Brewton City Hall

2:30 – 3:00 pm: East Brewton City Hall

 

Mobile County

Wednesday, September 21

10:30 – 11:30 am: Citronelle City Hall

1:00 – 2:00 pm: Semmes City Hall

3:00 – 4:00 pm: Dauphin Island Town Hall

 

Monroe County

Tuesday, September 20

10:00 – 11:00 am: Monroeville City Hall

 

Washington County

Tuesday, September 20

3:00 – 4:00 pm: Washington County Public Library in Chatom

Wednesday, September 21

9:00 – 10:00 am: McIntosh Town Hall

 

For more information on visits to Clarke, Mobile, Monroe and Washington counties, constituents should contact Congressman Byrne’s Mobile office at 251-690-2811.

For more information on visits to Baldwin and Escambia counties, constituents should contact Congressman Byrne’s Baldwin County office at 251-989-2664.

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Byrne, House Act to Stop Release of Terrorists

2016/09/15

Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, voted today in favor of legislation to block attempts to transfer prisoners and close the prison at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

The legislation, H.R. 5351, passed by a vote of 244 to 174. The bill would block efforts by the Obama Administration to bring prisoners from Guantanamo Bay to the United States or to transfer prisoners to another country.

Byrne said: “By attempting to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay and release hardened terrorists, I fear this President is once again putting politics above national security. I fear he is more concerned about keeping a campaign promise than he is about keeping the American people – especially our service members fighting in the Middle East – safe.

“Today’s vote sends a clear message that there is bipartisan opposition to the President’s efforts to close the prison. Instead of letting terrorists free, the Obama Administration should be focused on ways to combat radical Islamic terrorism and defeat groups like ISIS.”

Reports indicate that some of the prisoners released from Guantanamo Bay have returned to terrorist activities. In fact, a recent report from Reuters indicates that two more former Guantanamo detainees have rejoined militant groups.

There are currently 61 prisoners remaining at the Guantanamo Bay prison.

You can find the complete transcript of Congressman Byrne’s speech in support of H.R. 5351 below.

Byrne said: “The other bill covered under this rule is very important as it relates to our country’s national security.

“H.R. 5351 would prohibit the transfer of any individual detained at United States Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. This bill would prevent any of the 61 prisoners remaining at Guantanamo Bay from being brought to the United States or transferred to a foreign country.

“President Obama’s pledge to close Guantanamo Bay started as a campaign promise in 2007. After his election, he signed an executive order declaring that the prison would be closed in one year.

“Thanks to bipartisan opposition by Congress and resistance by intelligence agencies, these efforts have so far proved unsuccessful.

“President Obama originally planned to bring the prisoners to a new facility here in the United States. Not surprisingly, no state wanted to be the one selected to house terrorists. Members of this body from both sides of the aisle were up in arms.

“Since that plan failed, President Obama has been releasing these terrorists to foreign countries, most of which are located in the Middle East.

“So, here we are in the waning days of the Obama Administration, and I fear that the President may try a new trick to close the prison.

“In fact, on August 15th, President Obama released 15 Guantanamo detainees at once. That is the most detainees released at one time during the Obama presidency.

“I think it is also important to remember that most of the remaining prisoners are very dangerous.

“Yesterday, in testimony before the Rules Committee, the ranking Member of the Armed Services Committee, Mr. Smith, testified that 41 of the remaining detainees are ‘considered to be so dangerous as to be untransferable.’

“So this legislation is necessary, and it is required in order to keep the American people and our allies around the world safe.

“One of the main goals of Guantanamo Bay is to keep these terrorists from returning to the battlefield. Sadly, it has become clear that some of the detainees released have returned to the fight against the United States.

“Now, information on the status of released detainees is hard to come by. The White House has released very few details and hidden almost all of the information out of the eye of the American people by placing it under extreme classification requirements.

“But, in testimony before Congress, an Obama Administration official admitted that at least 12 individuals released from Guantanamo Bay have gone on to launch attacks and kill Americans.

“During testimony before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, the official testified that ‘what I can tell you is unfortunately, there have been Americans that have died because of Gitmo prisoners.’

“Reports have indicated that it was a former Guantanamo detainee who helped organize and plan the attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya. Let’s not forget that four Americans lost their lives during that attack.

“I want to point out that this problem isn’t new under the Obama Administration. In fact, reports show that 111 of the prisoners released by former President George W. Bush returned to terrorist activities.

“And let’s be clear: any life lost at the hands of a former Guantanamo detainee is one life too many. These are deaths that are preventable if we just keep these terrorists locked up.

“You know, Mr. Speaker, we ask our service members to put their lives on the line each and every day in order to keep the American people safe. How can we ask them to do that while knowing that we are releasing cruel, brutal terrorists back to the battlefield? It is reprehensible.

“These releases and efforts to close the prison must stop. It is a shame that Congressional action is even needed, but that is the reality of the situation.

“And let’s not forget, the individuals still left in Guantanamo are the worst of the worst. The Pentagon told Senator Kelly Ayotte that 93 percent of the detainees left at Guantanamo were “high risk” for returning to terrorist activities.

“Here is a quick snapshot of the remaining terrorists:

“Many of them fought on the front lines against U.S. coalition forces in Afghanistan.

“Some of them served as bodyguards for Osama Bin Laden and worked as instructors at al-Qaeda training camps.

“One person is well versed in explosives and served on an al-Qaeda improvised explosive device (IED) cell that targeted coalition forces in Afghanistan. When captured, he had 23 anti-tank landmines.

“These are just a few examples of the people we are talking about here. We aren’t talking about low level operatives. These are really bad guys.

“So, I fear this President may once again put politics above national security. I fear he is more concerned about keeping a campaign promise than he is about keeping the American people – especially our service members fighting in the Middle East – safe.

“Ultimately, if we don’t keep them in Guantanamo, where exactly do you want these terrorists to go? Do you want them to be transferred into the United States? I would ask my colleague on the other side of the aisle: would you want them in your home state of Massachusetts?

“Or do you want us to send them back to the Middle East, where we can’t control what actions they take and where many of them are returning to terrorist activity?

“To me and a majority of Americans, the choice is clear: we need to keep these terrorists in Guantanamo Bay where they can do no more harm.”

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Byrne Named Guardian of Small Business

2016/09/14

Today, the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) presented Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) with their “Guardian of Small Business Award.”

The NFIB is the nation’s leading advocate for small businesses. The Guardian of Small Business is NFIB’s most prestigious award.  It is reserved for lawmakers who vote consistently with NFIB on the key issues identified by small business owners.  NFIB tracks the votes of every Member of Congress. House members and Senators who vote with NFIB members at least 70 percent of the time are eligible for the Guardian Award.

Congressman Byrne received a 100 voting record during the 114th Congress.   

Byrne said: “I’m proud to stand with the hundreds of small businesses in Southwest Alabama. Whether it is pushing for a simpler tax code or fighting back against Obamacare, I have and will continue to support policies that get the government out of the way so our businesses can grow.”

NFIB President and CEO Juanita Duggan said: “Many elected officials claim that they are champions of small business, but our Guardian Award shows our members and other small business owners who is really fighting for them. Based on his voting record, Rep. Byrne is one of the most reliable advocates for small business in Washington.”

Click here to learn more about the NFIB.

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Byrne Votes to Boost Career and Technical Education

2016/09/13

Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL), a member of the House Education and the Workforce Committee, today voted in favor of legislation to boost and reform our nation’s career and technical education (CTE) programs.

The House passed H.R. 5587, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, by a vote of 405 to 5. As an original co-sponsor, Congressman Byrne helped write and introduce the legislation.

During debate on the bill, Rep. Byrne spoke on the House floor about the importance of career and technical education, and he also highlighted the important CTE programs back in Southwest Alabama.

Byrne said: “Earlier this summer, I had the opportunity is visit the new career and technical education classrooms at Saraland High School. From welding to engineering to IT, these programs are going to make a real difference, and I was so impressed to see CTE getting the attention it deserves.

This bill makes important reforms to our CTE programs, with a special emphasis on ensuring the programs focus on in-demand skill areas in order to close the skills gap and boost economic growth.”

Among the many reforms included in the bill, H.R. 5587 would:

  • Empower state and local community leaders;
  • Improve alignment with in-demand jobs;
  • Increase transparency and accountability; and
  • Ensure a limited federal role.

The legislation is supported by a range of organizations including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Alabama Association of School Boards, the School Superintendents Association, the National Association of Manufacturers, and the American Farm Bureau Federation.

To learn more about the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, click here.

The complete transcript of Congressman Byrne’s remarks in support of the legislation can be found below.

Byrne said: “Earlier this summer, I had the opportunity is visit the new career and technical education classrooms at Saraland High School. From welding to engineering to IT, these programs are going to make a real difference, and I was so impressed to see CTE getting the attention it deserves.

“You see, for too long, we have devalued the importance of career and technical education here in America. The programs were seen as some sort of second rate option for students who couldn’t make it otherwise.

“That simply isn’t the case. Instead, CTE programs offer real opportunities to students of all ages and from all backgrounds. And, with this bill, we are making it clear that career and technical education is a critical educational option that leads to good-paying jobs.

“This bill makes important reforms to our CTE programs, with a special emphasis on ensuring the programs focus on in-demand skill areas in order to close the skills gap and boost economic growth.

“This is a truly bipartisan, reform-oriented bill that deserves our strongest support, and I urge all my colleagues to join me in voting in favor of this legislation.”

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Local Groups Leading the Fight Against Poverty

2016/09/11

19.2 percent. That number represents the percentage of people in Alabama who live in poverty. The number comes out to over 900,000 people.  

I recently set out to learn more about poverty in our area by visiting local organizations that are committed to helping the poor. I spoke not only with the people helping those in need, but also with many of those trapped in poverty themselves.

I started off in Washington County at the Haven of Hope in Fruitdale. They provide a shelter and a wide variety of services for women, many of whom are struggling with drug addiction.

It was powerful to meet a young woman who had been through the Haven of Hope program and now works as a program manager for the organization. She serves as a true success story, demonstrating how successful these organizations can be.

I also paid a visit to the Washington County Baptist Association in Chatom to learn more about their poverty-fighting programs. They operate a thrift store, help low-income families pay their bills, and run a food bank providing assistance to over 4,000 people a year.

From Chatom, I headed down to Mobile to visit Victory Health Partners. Health care is a major issue for those trapped in poverty, and Victory Health Partners does a great job of providing services and medical care to our area’s poor. They also put a real emphasis on overall wellness and healthy living in an effort to prevent future health issues.

Next, I visited the Mobile Rescue Mission, a faith-based organization, that provides a range of services to the poor in Mobile County. They serve everyone from the single mother of four who recently lost her job to the veteran who is struggling to cope after returning from war. Their staff and volunteers are making a real difference.

Finally, I convened a roundtable of many different organizations and groups who work with our area’s poor. From education to health care t0 family services, our conversation focused on a variety of ways to help people overcome poverty.

These are just a few examples of visits I have made in poverty-fighting organizations in our area. I look forward to continuing to visit these organizations to hear directly from those on the front lines.

One thing has quickly become clear: some of the best work with the poor is being done by private, non-profit organizations. These organizations have a real concern for the people they help. They treat those in need as human beings with real worth and openly prove to people they are loved.

That is something the federal government simply cannot do, but we can learn from these organizations. We can learn what actually works and make sure our government programs are supporting their efforts.

And learn we must, because we simply cannot continue to turn a blind eye to the issue of poverty and expect things to change. We cannot keep doing the same thing over and over again while expecting different results.

Ultimately, there is a better way to fight poverty. It starts with listening to these non-profit organizations and empowering them. We must also encourage work and help people obtain the skills they need to find a good-paying job. Then, we should tailor benefits to meet individual people’s needs.

It is time we make this better way a reality for the struggling single mom, for the man battling addiction, for the veteran who can’t find work, and for every single American trapped in poverty.

This isn’t a Republican versus Democrat issue. This is something we can all agree on, and I stand committed to making these reforms a reality.

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Byrne Applauds NBA Star for Work in Mobile

2016/09/08

During a speech from the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) praised Mobile-native and NBA star DeMarcus Cousins for winning an Olympic gold medal and working to improve community relations.

Byrne says: “Like many communities across the nation, my hometown of Mobile has faced our share of [racial] challenges…but thanks to local leaders and leaders like DeMarcus Cousins, Mobile can serve as a prime example of how to defuse racial tension and increase understanding between all members of the community.”

Cousins, who currently plays for the NBA’s Sacramento Kings, recently held a free basketball camp and discussion on community relations in Mobile. Byrne has spoken out about the need to increase dialogue in order to improve understanding in our local communities.

A complete transcript of Byrne’s remarks can be found below.

Byrne says: “Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize Mobile native DeMarcus Cousins for winning an Olympic Gold Medal as a member of the U.S. Men’s Basketball Team.

“Throughout Olympic play, he averaged 9.1 points and 5.8 rebounds.

“While his play on the court is to be commended, I was more impressed by DeMarcus’s work back home in Alabama.

“DeMarcus recently held a free basketball camp for young children at his alma mater, LeFlore High School.

“Following the basketball camp, DeMarcus organized an important conversation about relations between members of the African American community and law enforcement.

“Like many communities across the nation, my hometown of Mobile has faced our share of challenges in this area, but thanks to local leaders and leaders like DeMarcus Cousins, Mobile can serve as a prime example of how to defuse racial tension and increase understanding between all members of the community.

“So on behalf of Alabama’s First Congressional District, I want to again congratulate DeMarcus on his gold medal and applaud him for his continued leadership in our community.

“I yield back.”

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Bradley Byrne was born and raised in Mobile, just a few miles from the site where his great-great-great grandfather, Gerald Byrne, settled in the 1780’s.

After completing his undergraduate studies at Duke University, Byrne received his law degree from the University of Alabama School of Law. He has practiced law in Mobile for more than 30 years, always active in the local community through various service and economic development organizations.

Byrne served as a member of the Alabama State Senate representing District 32 from 2003 to 2007. Byrne was elected to Congress in December 2013, to complete the term of Congressman Jo Bonner, who announced his retirement in May 2013. Congressman Byrne was elected to his first full term on November 4, 2014.

In Congress, Byrne has established himself as an effective legislator by successfully advocating for local interests while also championing a smaller, less invasive federal government. Byrne is a member of the House Committee on Armed Services, House Committee on Rules, and House Committee on Education and the Workforce.

Byrne has been married to the former Rebecca Dukes of Montgomery for over 30 years. Rebecca is the President and CEO of The Community Foundation of South Alabama, and they are the parents of four children: Patrick, Kathleen, Laura, and Colin. Bradley and Rebecca welcomed the birth of their first grandson, MacGuire Arthur Byrne, on September 4, 2014. Bradley lives in Fairhope where he and his family are members of St. James Episcopal Church.


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