Bradley Byrne

Bradley Byrne

ALABAMA's 1st DISTRICT

Byrne Applauds Injunction of Controversial Persuader Rule

2016/06/27

Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL), a member of the House Education and the Workforce Committee, issued the following statement in response to a federal injunction against the Obama Administration’s “persuader” rule.

Byrne said: “We have repeatedly warned that the Obama Administration’s persuader rule will upend decades of labor law and disrupt attorney-client privilege rights, and today a federal judge agreed. This rule is nothing more than another attempt by this radical Department of Labor to tilt the scales of power in support of Big Labor bosses, and I am pleased the courts have blocked it.”

Byrne has introduced legislation, House Joint Resolution 87, to block the “persuader” rule through the Congressional Review Act.  Under the Congressional Review Act, Congress may pass a resolution of disapproval to prevent, with the full force of the law, a federal agency from implementing a rule or issuing a substantially similar rule without congressional authorization.

The Education and the Workforce Committee approved Rep. Byrne’s legislation on May 18th.  Click here to learn more about the “persuader” rule.

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A Better Way Forward

2016/06/26

From health care to national security, people are worried about the direction our country is headed. That is certainly what I hear at my town hall meetings in Southwest Alabama, but the same is true all around the United States. According to Real Clear Politics, 65% of Americans believe our country is headed in the wrong direction.

When you are frustrated, it is simple to spend all your time complaining about what is wrong. In other words, it is easy to be against something.

But we can’t just spend all our time complaining and talking about why we are frustrated. We must rise above that temptation. Instead, we need to counter the current policies with ideas of our own. The American people are better off when there is a battle of ideas.

With this in mind, House Republicans recently released what we are calling a “Better Way” agenda. This agenda offers an alternative to the “Washington-knows-best,” big government policies that have wrecked our country over the last eight years.

Our platform focuses on six main areas, so I want to take a minute to discuss our plan and explain why I believe it offers a “Better Way.”

Poverty: Our nation’s welfare system needs to put a real focus on work instead of just throwing more money toward government programs. We must do more to help Americans gain the skills they need to get a job instead of encouraging government dependency.

National Security: We have to get serious about defeating radical Islamic terrorism, and that means having a strategy to defeat our enemies overseas. We must also protect the homeland by securing our borders and closing loopholes in our broken immigration system. It is also important that we don’t lose sight of new, evolving threats like cyber-attacks. The safety and security of the American people must always be the top priority.

The Economy: It is time we roll back costly regulations that are only driving up costs for American families. We must also focus on making energy more affordable by pursuing an “all-of-the-above” energy strategy. Innovation needs to be encouraged instead of punished. Finally, we need to put an end to Wall Street bailouts once and for all.

The Constitution: We have to make sure the Constitution is being followed, and that means restoring the powers of Congress. We must hold government agencies accountable and do everything we can to encourage efficiency and effectiveness across the federal government. Most importantly, Congress must get back to using our “power of the purse.”

Health Care: First, Obamacare must go, but we need to replace it with patient-centered reforms based on free market principals. We need to give patients more choices by allowing for health insurance to be sold across state lines. We must also strengthen Medicare for our nation’s seniors while also preserving the program for the next generation.

Tax Reform: We need to completely rewrite the tax code so it is simpler and fairer for every family. Under our plan, everyone’s taxes would come down, and most people could fill out their taxes with a simple post card form. These reforms will also boost the economy and make it easier for small businesses to create jobs. 

This is just a quick look at our “Better Way” agenda. You can learn more online at Better.gop.

I also realize that our agenda won’t be put in place over night. Some of the reforms will take longer than others, but at least now we have put forward a bold agenda for the path forward.

There is a “Better Way,” and I am committed to making it a reality.

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House Passes Bill to Fight the Zika Virus

2016/06/23

Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) joined a majority of his House colleagues in voting to increase funding to fight the Zika virus. The bill passed by a vote of 239 to 171.

The legislation, H.R. 2577, includes $1.1 billion to fight the Zika virus. The funding is split between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health, biomedical advanced research and development, and global health operations.

A large portion of the funding is offset by using leftover money from the Ebola response, as well as unused administrative funding from the Department of Health and Human Services.

Byrne said: “On the Gulf Coast, we are especially susceptible to an outbreak of the Zika virus, so I believe it is important Congress put forward adequate funding for Zika prevention, research, and treatment. I am especially pleased our legislation includes fiscally responsible offsets while also promoting accountability. This is not the end of our response to the Zika virus, but this is an important step toward protecting families on the Gulf Coast and around the country.”

The bill also includes funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and military construction. The bill includes $74.4 billion in funding for the VA, including a boost in funding for hepatitis C treatment, long-term care, and homeless programs. The bill also directs money to help cut down on the disability claims backlog.

Click here to learn more about the legislation.

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Byrne Statement on Supreme Court Immigration Decision

2016/06/23

Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) issued the following statement following a 4-4 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in United States v. Texas. The ruling effectively blocks President Obama’s proposed executive action to grant amnesty to illegal immigrants.

Byrne said: “Once again, the Obama Administration has suffered defeat due to their failure to follow the Constitution and the laws of our country. This decision is a major victory for the rule of law and our opposition to illegal executive amnesty. Instead of continuing to encourage amnesty, the executive branch should enforce the immigration laws already on the books and finally secure our borders.”

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Defense Bill Offers Strong Response to Orlando Shooting

2016/06/19

The recent terrorist attack in Orlando was a strike at each and every American. My heart breaks for every person involved, and especially for the family and friends of those who lost their lives.

There is no room for hate in America, and this ugly crime was the result of a coward following his own hate. It doesn’t matter what the source of that hate was – it was and is an affront to God himself.

In the days that followed the attack, we learned more about the shooter, including his background and motives. We learned that he had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). We also found out that he had been on the radar of federal investigators in the past because of his radical Islamic leanings.

This information and the attack further reaffirm the need to have a strong military that can adequately defeat these radical Islamic terrorists overseas. If we continue to let their reign of terror spread across the Middle East, these kind of attacks will become more and more likely right here at home.

Following the Orlando attack, I found it fitting the House passed the annual Defense Appropriations Act. This bill provides funding for our nation’s military and ensures our troops have the tools they need to keep us safe. Let me share a few highlights of the bill with you.

The bill contains $58.6 billion for the Global War on Terrorism. This money goes directly to our service members stationed in the Middle East and helps us support our allies in the region as they fight against radical Islamic terrorists.

The bill makes important investments in military readiness by providing for equipment procurement for each of the service branches while also putting money aside for maintenance and repairs to current equipment.

The Defense Appropriations Act includes funding to ensure our military receives a 2.1% pay raise. Members of the Armed Forces put their lives on the line each and every day, and it only makes sense that they are appropriately compensated. It is also important that our military pay and benefits remain strong if we are going to continue recruiting the best and the brightest to serve.

The bill also includes funding for the Defense Health Program, which provides care for our troops while also spurring investment in important areas like traumatic brain injury care, cancer research, suicide prevention programs, and sexual assault prevention.

Of particular interest to our area, the bill includes funding for three more Littoral Combat Ships. These are the ships built by Austal USA in Mobile, which employs over 4,000 men and women.

I also offered an amendment that was included in the bill to prohibit the Department of Defense from using any funding to construct or modify facilities to house illegal migrant children. This issue is especially important to Southwest Alabama because the Obama Administration is currently considering a plan to house migrant children from Central America at two Navy airfields in Baldwin County.

Ultimately, the Defense Appropriations Act passed the House by a strong bipartisan vote of 282 to 138.

If we are going to prevent future attacks like the one in Orlando, then we must defeat the radical Islamic terrorists who wish to do us harm. In order to do that, a strong military is required.

The Defense Appropriations Act will help ensure our military has the tools they need to defeat terrorism, and I was proud to support it.

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House Adopts Byrne Amendment Blocking UAC at Military Installations

2016/06/17

The House today passed an amendment authored by Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) that would prohibit the Department of Defense from using any money to construct or modify facilities to house unaccompanied alien children (UAC).

Byrne’s amendment passed the House by a vote of 223 to 198.

The amendment to the Department of Defense Appropriations Act reads that “none of the funds made available by this Act may be used to modify a military installation in the United States, including construction or modification of a facility on a military installation, to provide temporary housing for unaccompanied alien children.”

Byrne’s amendment is especially timely as the Department of Health and Human Services evaluates whether to house illegal migrant children at two Navy outlying airfields in Baldwin County, Alabama. Last week, Byrne sent a letter to the Obama Administration outlining his concerns with housing the children in Baldwin County.

Byrne said: “I’m pleased the House passed my amendment to make clear there are better places to house illegal migrant children than our nation’s military facilities. It simply makes no sense to place these children so close to military activities like Navy aircraft training or live firing ranges.

“I especially hope the passage of my amendment sends a message to the Obama Administration that they should not bring these children to Navy airfields in Baldwin County. Doing so would put the children at risk while also compromising military readiness.”

The Department of Defense Appropriations Act, with Byrne’s amendment included, passed the House by a vote of 282 to 138. The bill now heads to the Senate for consideration.

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House-Passed Defense Bill Funds Littoral Combat Ships

2016/06/17

The House on Thursday passed the Defense Appropriations Act, which includes funding for three additional Littoral Combat Ships (LCS).

Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) applauded passage of the bill and pointed out that there continues to be widespread, bipartisan opposition to efforts to cut the LCS program. The Independence variant of the LCS is built in Southwest Alabama by Austal USA, which employs over 4,000 people.

Byrne said: “This strong, bipartisan vote makes clear the fact that the House of Representatives supports the Littoral Combat Ship program. The LCS is an important tool for our sailors, and the ship is critical if the Navy is to meet their stated goal of a 308 ship fleet.

“Both of the annual defense bills have now passed the House, and they both reject efforts to cut the LCS program. I cannot understate the significance of this development, and it puts us in a great position heading into negotiations with the Senate.”

Passage of the Defense Appropriations Act follows passage earlier this year of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The NDAA authorizes military spending while the appropriations bill provides the actual funding.

The Defense Appropriations Act passed by a strong, bipartisan vote of 282 to 138.

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Byrne: Nation Must Unify Following Orlando Attack

2016/06/14

Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) condemned the Orlando terrorist attack and called for unity, not division, during a speech from the floor of the House of Representatives today.

A transcript of Congressman Byrne’s speech can be found below.

Byrne said: “Mr. Speaker, I rise to condemn the horrific terrorist attack in Orlando.

“This tragedy is a strike at every single American regardless of your age, race, gender, sexual orientation, location, or religious beliefs.

“Our hearts go out to the wounded and their families, but most especially to the family and loved ones of all who were killed.

“There is no room for hate in America, and this ugly crime is the result of a coward following his own hate.

“It doesn’t matter what the source of that hate was – it was and is an affront to God himself.

“In moments like this, it is my hope that we can come together as a nation, and as a people, instead of turning against one another.

“If we allow these attacks to pull us further apart, then we have done exactly what the attacker intended to achieve.

“So I hope every American will join me in condemning these hateful attacks and pledge to stand together in support of those who tragically lost their lives.”

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Byrne Announces June Community Office Hours

2016/06/14

Staff members from the Office of Congressman Bradley Byrne (AL-1) will hold office hours in Baldwin and Escambia counties from June 21 through June 23.

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.

Escambia County

Tuesday, June 21

9:30 – 10:30 am: Atmore City Hall

11:00 – 12:00 noon: Flomaton City Hall

2:00 - 2:30 pm: Brewton City Hall

2:45 - 3:30 pm: East Brewton City Hall

 

Baldwin County

Tuesday, June 21

4:00 - 4:30 pm: Bay Minette City Hall

Wednesday, June 22

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

11:30 am - 12:30 pm: Elberta City Hall

1:30 - 2:15 pm: Loxley Town Hall

3:00 - 4:00 pm: Magnolia Springs Town Hall

Thursday, June 23

10:00 - 11:00 am: Fairhope City Hall

12:30 - 1:30 pm: Daphne City Hall

3:00 - 4:00 pm: Spanish Fort City Hall

 

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

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Mobile Native Completes Congressional Internship

2016/06/13

Marston Raue, a Mobile native, recently completed a summer internship in the Washington, D.C. office of Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL).

During her internship, Raue assisted with legislative and administrative tasks including answering the phones, giving visitors tours of the U.S. Capitol, assisting with research, running errands, and attending hearings.

Byrne said: “It was a real honor to have Marston serve as an intern in my office this summer. Her positive attitude and dedicated work ethic made her a valuable addition to our team. My staff and I wish Marston all the best as she completes her studies at the University of Alabama.”

Raue is a senior at the University of Alabama, where she is majoring in Communication Studies with a minor in Political Science. She is planning to graduate from the University of Alabama next May.

Raue said: “I am extremely appreciative to have been given the opportunity to work with Congressman Byrne and his staff over the summer. This experience has given me tools and knowledge that I couldn’t have acquired in a college classroom.   I was so blessed to be a part of such a dedicated team and cannot wait to apply the skills I have learned to my next endeavor.”

Congressional internships are a valuable experience for students interested in the legislative process or the federal government.  Congressman Byrne accepts interns throughout the year. All interns must be in college or a recent college graduate at the time of their internship. Click here for more information on the internship process.

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Contact Information

119 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-4931
Fax 202-225-0562
byrne.house.gov

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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