Bradley Byrne

Bradley Byrne

ALABAMA's 1st DISTRICT

Byrne Statement on Joint-Employer NLRB Decision

2017/12/15

Congressman Bradley Byrne, Chairman of the House Workforce Protections Subcommittee, issued the following statement in response to today’s decision by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to overturn the 2015 Browning-Ferris Industries decision that expanded the joint-employer standard.

Earlier this year, the House passed Congressman Byrne’s bill, the Save Local Business Act, which would reaffirm that two or more employers must have “actual, direct, and immediate” control over employees to be considered joint employers under the National Labor Relations Act and Fair Labor Standards Act. The bill passed the House on November 7 by a vote of 242 to 181.

Congressman Byrne said: “Today’s decision from the NLRB restores decades of clear legal precedent about what constitutes an employer. It is critical workers know who their boss is and employers have the certainty necessary to grow and expand. America’s workers and small businesses are the real winners in today’s decision.

“This decision is a major development, but I will continue working for a permanent legislative solution to prevent any future NLRB from redefining what it means to be an employer.”

Click here to learn more about today’s NLRB decision.

Click here for more information on Rep. Byrne’s Save Local Business Act.

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Byrne Urges Inclusion of Pro-Gulf Coast Provision in Tax Bill

2017/12/13

Congressman Bradley Byrne led a group of colleagues in urging for a provision important to Gulf Coast states be included in the final tax reform legislation.

In a letter to House leaders, Congressman Byrne and his colleagues urged inclusion of the Cassidy-Strange Amendment in the final tax reform bill. The amendment, led by Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy and Alabama Senator Luther Strange, would increase the money states are able to receive through the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act (GOMESA).

GOMESA is the federal legislation that creates a revenue sharing agreement between Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. Under GOMESA, each state receives a percentage of federal oil revenue from drilling off their respective coast.

Congressman Byrne said: “As we work on a final tax reform bill, I strongly urge House and Senate leaders to include a provision that benefits Gulf Coast states. The amendment would ensure appropriate and full revenue from offshore oil and gas drilling in the Gulf of Mexico makes it to the appropriate states. This money is critically important to support our coastal ecosystem and our coastal communities. I thank Senators Cassidy and Strange for their work on this amendment, and I hope it is a part of the final tax reform legislation.”

The letter was signed by Congressmen Steven Palazzo (R-MS), Clay Higgins (R-LA), Blake Farenthold (R-TX), Brian Babin (R-TX), and Randy Weber (R-TX).

The amendment would help make up for shortfalls in the projected amount of revenue from offshore oil and gas leases. It would increase the revenue sharing cap from $500 million to $650 million for two years (2020 and 2021).

Click here to read the letter.

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Standing Up for the Second Amendment

2017/12/10

The Second Amendment is clear: “the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” Despite what some may try to argue, the Second Amendment makes clear that the federal government cannot prevent individuals from owning firearms.

The vast majority of gun owners point out that their top reason for owning a firearm is self-defense. Studies have shown that violent crime has decreased as gun ownership has increased. Individuals should be trained and prepared to defend themselves should they find themselves in a dangerous situation

Since being elected to Congress, I have continually stood up for the gunowners and fought to prevent any attempt to restrict an individual’s Second Amendment right. Under the leadership of President Donald Trump, gun owners now have an advocate in the White House who respects the Second Amendment as well.

Just this past week, the House of Representatives passed a major pro-Second Amendment bill. H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, passed the House with my support by a vote of 231 to 198. Simply put, the bill makes clear that a citizen’s Second Amendment right doesn’t end when they cross state lines.

The bill would allow a person with a valid state-issued concealed firearm permit to carry a concealed firearm in any other state that also issues concealed firearm permits. The bill would also apply for states that allow non-prohibited persons to carry a concealed firearm without a permit. Notably, the bill does not create a national licensing program, but would require states to recognize other states’ valid concealed carry permits.

The legislation is strongly supported by Second Amendment advocates, including the NRA. Some have gone so far as it say it is the most “far-reaching expansion of self-defense rights in modern American history.”

According to the NRA, the legislation “seeks to shift the law to the side of those who obey the rules so they – and not just the criminals – can exercise what the U.S. Supreme Court called ‘the right to possess and carry weapons in case of confrontation’ in any state where their travels may take them.”

To be clear, the bill does not change who is and isn’t eligible to own or possess a firearm. If someone is a criminal who is prohibited from purchasing or possessing a firearm, nothing in this bill would allow that person to purchase a firearm or carry one in a concealed fashion.

Concealed carry permits have been shown to help deter crime. For example, there is the story of a sheriff’s deputy in Florida who was being violently attacked after car chase when a bystander, who had a concealed-carry permit, was able to intervene and subdue the suspect. The Lee County Sheriff has proclaimed the gentleman a hero for his efforts.

The bill is also important because it helps end confusion caused by the current patchwork of state laws. I recently heard the story of a wounded warrior on the way back from receiving medical care for his injury being arrested in our nation’s capital for simply possessing a concealed handgun, lawfully permitted from his home state.  This is unacceptable.

By helping provide clarity, the American people will be able to conceal carry a firearm across state lines without being subject to potential criminal or civil risk.

For me, I will continue doing everything I can to stand up for the Second Amendment. This is about protecting the rights of law-abiding Americans and working to make our country a safer place. 

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Byrne Votes in Favor of Strong Second Amendment Legislation

2017/12/06

Congressman Bradley Byrne today voted in favor of H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act. Byrne is a co-sponsor of the important Second Amendment legislation.

The bill would allow a person with a valid state-issued concealed firearm permit to carry a concealed firearm in any other state that also issues concealed firearm permits. The bill would also apply for states that allow non-prohibited persons to carry a concealed firearm without a permit. Notably, the bill does not create a national licensing program, but would require states to recognize other states’ valid concealed carry permits.

Congressman Byrne said: “A citizen’s Second Amendment right should not end when they cross state lines. Under current law, a gunowner is subject to criminal and civil risk by simply exercising their constitutional right to carry their firearm when traveling. With this strong Second Amendment legislation, we can provide much needed clarity and help make our country a safer place.”

The bill passed by a vote of 231 to 198.

The legislation is supported by the National Rifle Association (NRA). They note that the legislation “simply seeks to shift the law to the side of those who obey the rules so they – and not just the criminals – can exercise what the U.S. Supreme Court called ‘the right to possess and carry weapons in case of confrontation’ in any state where their travels may take them.”

Click here for more information on the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act.  

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Energy in Alabama

2017/12/03

In Alabama, we have a lot to be proud of.  From our best-in-the-nation Pre-K programs to our championship caliber football teams to our booming economy, there is no shortage of things for our residents to take pride in.

One thing we often forget is our outstanding natural resources. From our forests to our waters, Alabama is blessed with an abundance of natural resources that provide a diverse base from which we can produce energy. It is very easy to take for granted our easy access to and the reliability of energy in Alabama.

The energy industry not only provides sufficient, reliable power for Alabama, but also employs thousands of our state’s residents, helps grow our economy, and generates revenue for our communities.  

According to the Energy Institute of Alabama, the energy sector has created more than 124,000 jobs across our state. Moreover, the economic impact of electricity production, construction, and maintenance is an astounding $9.37 billion, putting the overall economic impact of Alabama’s energy sector at $13.22 billion. By stimulating this growth, we have created an environment for the energy sector and others to expand, thus providing even more quality opportunities for job seekers.

Bringing more jobs to Alabama has always been a priority of mine, and it is undoubtedly an exciting time to be in Alabama, with major companies recognizing our immense potential for growth and bringing more jobs to the region. 

A state that provides clean, affordable, reliable energy is a crucial factor in the decisions of companies considering whether to locate in Alabama or expand their existing operations in our state. Thanks to the impressive work of our responsibly utilities, companies can feel good about choosing Alabama.

Throughout my time in Congress, I have supported an “all-of-the-above” energy strategy that allows the United States to become energy independent. We should not have to depend on foreign nations for our energy sources, especially when you consider the vast amount of resources available right here in the United States. Affordable energy is a key component to turning our economy around and putting people back to work. 

If we are to accomplish a true “all-of-the-above” approach to energy production, then we must stop the senseless regulations and costly red tape. Many times, these regulations add to government bureaucracy, but do nothing to actually help protect our natural resources. Even worse, the cost of regulations is often passed on to the consumer in the form of higher energy costs. Cutting back on costly regulations is, and should remain, a primary focus of Congress.

To be clear, it is imperative that we produce energy the right way. As a coastal community, we know all too well the risks of harvesting our resources, and therefore place the utmost importance on protecting the American people and our environment. I will always be an advocate for safe policies that do not unnecessarily endanger those we aim to serve. 

It is vital that we ensure future generations can enjoy the same parts of our environmental that we have been privileged to enjoy over the years. It’s comforting to know that our local energy companies also share these values and take care of what they use.

So, as I think about energy and what it means to us as Alabamians, I feel blessed to have a home state where I can flip a switch and know that the power I need to operate my air conditioner or heat my water is there. Alabama is a wonderful place for many reasons. I hope you are as proud of it as I am.

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Byrne, House Act to Combat Sexual Harassment in Congress

2017/11/29

Congressman Bradley Byrne, a former labor and employment attorney with decades of experience handling sexual harassment claims in the private sector, issued the following statement in response to House passage of a resolution to require all Members of Congress and their staff to complete anti-harassment and anti-discrimination training.

Congressman Byrne said: “Mandating harassment training is an important first step toward combatting sexual harassment and discrimination claims in Congress. Training will ensure that all Members of Congress and our staffs understand what sexual harassment is and how to report instances of abuse.

“I applaud Congresswoman Comstock for introducing this legislation and pushing for its swift consideration. I look forward to continuing to work with Congresswoman Comstock, Congresswoman Jackie Speier, and the House Administration Committee to combat sexual harassment and improve the way such claims are handled in Congress.”

Earlier this month, Byrne testified before the House Administration Committee with his suggestions to improve the way sexual harassment claims are handled in Congress. Mandatory training was a key provision of his suggestions.

Click here to watch Congressman Byrne’s testimony before the House Administration Committee.

Click here to read Congressman Byrne’s full testimony.

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Two Big Things You May Have Missed

2017/11/27

I understand why people are so frustrated with politics these days. The American people want action, and it may not seem like much is actually getting accomplished. I share those concerns, but my frustration is not connected to my work in the House of Representatives. Despite the media’s infatuation with relitigating the 2016 election, there are very substantive bills that pass out of the House almost every week.

In fact, two very important bills passed out of the House the week before Thanksgiving, and the national news media did not give either the attention they deserved. I want to quickly bring you up to speed.

First, the House passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) by a strong bipartisan vote of 356 to 70. The same bill then passed out of the Senate on a unanimous voice vote.

As some of you may remember, the NDAA is the bill Congress must pass each year to set policy and authorize funding for the entire U.S. military. It almost always earns bipartisan support because, believe it or not, there is strong bipartisan support in Congress for a strong national defense.

This year’s NDAA makes important progress toward rebuilding our military by calling for more service members, better equipment, and additional resources. The bill also authorizes the largest pay raise for our troops in eight years and includes a number of important provisions related to our nuclear weapon program in light of continued threats from North Korea

The NDAA is important to Southwest Alabama because it authorizes the construction of three additional Littoral Combat Ships (LCS). These are the Navy ships that are built by Austal USA in Mobile. I pushed hard to ensure adequate support for the LCS program in an effort to make our Navy stronger and to protect thousands of jobs at the Mobile shipyard.

Second, on November 16th, the House passed landmark tax reform legislation that will cut taxes and help grow the American economy. The bill, known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, is a key part of President Trump’s agenda.

The benefits of this bill aren’t abstract. Just consider the median family of four in Southwest Alabama. That family earns a little over $77,000 a year. If that family takes the standard deduction, as most do, they will see a tax cut of $1,739.16. That comes out to almost $150 extra dollars a month.

That’s just as it relates to the individual tax code. When you add in additional reforms to the business and corporate code, studies have shown that the American economy will really take off, resulting in more jobs and higher wages. President Trump has predicted a “Middle Class Miracle.”

These are just two of the most recent examples of the over 350 bills that have passed out of the House this year. The vast majority of those bills passed with bipartisan support, much like the NDAA. Despite roadblocks in the Senate, the House is doing our job and actively working to follow through on the agenda we all ran on in 2016.

If you have a hard time cutting through the noise of the national news media, I invite you to sign up for my weekly e-newsletter to help keep up with what is happening in Washington and how it impacts Southwest Alabama. You can sign up online at Byrne.House.Gov.

At the end of the day, I am going to keep doing the job you elected me to do: fighting each and every day for our shared values and for the hardworking people in Mobile, Baldwin, Clarke, Monroe, Escambia, and Washington counties.

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Pause to Count Your Blessings

2017/11/19

As we celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, I want to put the political debates of today aside and take time to reflect on the many blessings that we all-too-often take for granted. As I sat down to write this column, four very distinct blessings came to my mind.

The first blessing we all have is life.  I was reminded of that earlier this year when my granddaughter Ann-Roberts Byrne was born.  She was, like all of us at that point in our lives, small, weak and helpless.  But life radiated from her, shooting out like little rays. It reminded me of a line from a poem by the British poet, William Wordsworth:  "Heaven lies about us in our infancy!"

But there is also life in an elderly person, like my mother in law, Flora Dukes, who radiated like the sun in the days leading up to her death four years ago.  All life – new, old, and in between – is precious, because it is an individual gift to each of us from our Creator.

The second blessing is family and good friends.  We weren't made to be alone.  In fact, in the Creation story, God made Adam and put him in the Garden of Eden, but saw that something was missing, saying "It is not good that the man should be alone." We are all made more complete in our rich and loving relationships with each other. 

Look at the child in her mother's lap reading a story, two friends sharing a secret only the two of them would truly understand, or neighbors after a hurricane has struck coming to one another’s aid.  A British clergyman named John Donne once said in another poem, "No man is an island, entire unto itself, Everyman is a piece of the continent, a part of the main."

The third blessing is the world around us.  Not the human made stuff, but the natural world.  Here on the Gulf Coast we are so richly blessed with an abundance of rivers and streams, bays and lakes, the Gulf of Mexico and the Mobile Tensaw River Delta, our abundant woods and beaches, and the greatest diversity of plants and animals in North America.

There is also the glorious light of the rising sun, and the deep beauty in its setting; the warmth of a spring sun, and the welcome cool breeze just before a summer thunderstorm breaks; and the quiet beauty of it all, if we would just stop, be quiet and take in this natural world.

The final blessing is our freedoms and our rights.  The Founders of our country declared our independence with these words: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness - That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed." 

We all have the freedoms of religion, speech, press, assembly and petition; and the right to bear arms. These and many others are the treasured birthrights that all of us here in the United States have.  They are God-given but must be defended and protected by us every day.

So, this Thanksgiving, I encourage you to also take time to count the many blessings in your life. Despite the daily challenges we all face, may we never lose sight of the precious blessings that bring so much joy to our lives.

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Byrne, Gallego Introduce Bipartisan Bill Regarding AUMF Jurisdiction

2017/11/17

Yesterday, Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) and Congressman Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) introduced bipartisan legislation that would place jurisdiction over war powers issues, including authorizations for the use of military force (AUMF), under the Congressional Armed Services Committees.  These matters are currently under the jurisdiction of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. 

Under House Rule X, the House Armed Services Committee has jurisdiction over all areas of personnel, material, and strategy necessary for the conduct of war, making it the best-equipped panel to handle this critical responsibility.  In addition, because the Congressional Armed Services Committees pass legislation authorizing defense activities every year, this jurisdictional change would give Congress a better opportunity to review and revise war-related policies. 

Congressman Byrne said: “I have long been concerned about the lack of adequate authorization for many of the current operations of the U.S. military. Congress needs to get our act together and pass a new AUMF that adequately meets the realities of today’s conflicts. The current inaction is unacceptable, and I think institutional reforms may be necessary to move the process forward. Our servicemen and women deserve an adequate AUMF that makes clear our support and authorization for the important work they do each and every day.”

Congressman Gallego said: “Sixteen long years have passed since the 2001 AUMF was enacted. Frankly, given the rapidly evolving threats America faces, that means Congress hasn’t been doing its job.  We need to enact institutional reforms to enable the legislative branch to once again exert its constitutional power over matters of war and peace.  Giving responsibility for authorizations for the use of military force to the committee with the most relevant experience and expertise simply makes sense.”   

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Byrne Votes to Cut Taxes, Grow the American Economy

2017/11/16

Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) today celebrated passage of the Tax Cut and Jobs Act, the first major overhaul of our nation’s tax code since 1986. The bill passed by a vote of 227 to 205.

Congressman Byrne said: “We took a historic step today toward giving hardworking Americans a long overdue tax cut. Just as important, our tax reform legislation will help make the American economy boom again, leading to greater economic growth and higher wages. Today was about fulfilling a key prong of President Trump’s agenda and making life better for families in Southwest Alabama and across the country.

“I truly hope the Senate does not let us down yet again. They should pass a tax reform bill, and let’s get the job done.”

H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, includes a number of a reforms designed to benefit the American people and grow the economy:

  • Lowers tax rates for everyday Americans;
  • Stops American jobs from moving overseas;
  • Increases the standard deduction;
  • Eliminates special-interest deductions;
  • Preserves the adoption tax credit;
  • Repeals the Death Tax;
  • Establishes a new Family Credit to help with the cost of raising children or non-child dependents;
  • Maintains deduction for charitable contributions;
  • Preserves the home mortgage interest deduction;
  • Lowers the corporate tax rate to 20%;
  • Reduces the tax rate on hard-earned business income of Main Street job creators to no  more than 25%;
  • Provides a new, low tax rate of 9% for businesses earning less than $75,000 in income; and
  • Allows businesses to immediately write off the full cost of new equipment;

You can learn more about the tax reform plan online at FairAndSimple.gop.

Byrne delivered a speech on the House floor in support of the tax reform legislation. A transcript of his speech can be found below.

Congressman Byrne said: “Thank you, Mr. Chairman, for yielding.  I appreciate your leadership in getting this bill to the floor.

“Those of us in Washington are really good at talking in big general statements that don’t mean much to the average American. So, I want to tell you what the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will actually mean for the families I represent back in Southwest Alabama.

“According to data from the IRS, almost three-fourths of tax filers in my district claim the standard deduction instead of itemizing.

“Well, under our plan, the standard deduction will be doubled. That’s a big benefit that will put more money in people’s pockets.

“Just consider the median family of four in Southwest Alabama. That family earns a little over $77,000 a year. If that family takes the standard deduction, as most do, they will see a tax cut of $1,739.16. That comes out to almost 150 extra dollars a month.

“Now, that may not sound like “real money” in Washington, but for families in Bay Minette or Citronelle or Monroeville, that is important. That’s extra money on a car payment. That’s additional savings for a child’s college. That’s money to help pay for home repairs. That’s real money.

“When you add in the fact that we are fixing our corporate and business tax code to make it fairer and simpler, then we can really make America boom again.  President Trump has called it the ‘Middle Class Miracle.’

“By making our tax code more competitive, we can unleash our full economic potential, bring jobs back to America, raise wages, and ultimately get more money in the pockets of working Americans.  Mr. Speaker, this is exactly what President Trump promised and what the American people sent him to Washington to do.

“Now, my colleagues on the other side like to say this bill helps the 1% and they vehemently defend the current tax code.

“You know who benefits from the current code? The 1%. People who can hire lawyers and lobbyists to help them get a special tax break. People who can spend thousands of dollars a year on specialty accountants.

“If you want to help the 1%, then keep the current, complicated, and confusing tax code that only helps the elite and well-connected.

“We can do better than that.

“We can pass the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, we can put more money in people’s pockets, and we can unlock America’s full economic potential.

“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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