Bradley Byrne

Bradley Byrne

ALABAMA's 1st DISTRICT

Much to Be Thankful For This Year

2014/11/25

In many ways, Thanksgiving marks the official start of the holiday season. With it comes all the hustle and bustle: making sure we have the right gift for our loved ones, cooking family-favorite meals, and traveling to visit old friends and family members. Through all the pomp and circumstance, we shouldn’t forget the whole reason for the holiday: to give thanks. Personally, this year has been full of highlights for me and my family. First, all the thanks must go to God for the countless blessings he has bestowed on us. As is written in Pslam 107: 1, “O give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good: for His mercy endureth forever.” I’m thankful for my family. My wife, Rebecca, is a remarkable woman who continues to amaze me with her compassion and dedication to our family and the local community. Patrick, Kathleen, Laura, and Colin, my four children, also bring so much joy to my life. They are each incredibly successful in their line of work, but most importantly, they are great people. I am so proud of them. I’m especially thankful for the birth of my first grandson, MacGuire. They say there is no joy quite like that of being a grandparent, and now I know exactly what that means. Just seeing MacGuire brings a smile to my face, and I am so grateful for his life and good health. I’m thankful for my dedicated staff who perform great work behind the scenes. My team in Southwest Alabama works tirelessly every day to help our local veterans and seniors navigate cumbersome  federal programs. My staff in Washington is dedicated to advancing conservative, fiscally-responsible policies to make life easier for families. I’m thankful for the opportunity to make a difference for Southwest Alabama. Don’t get me wrong, this is a very challenging time for our country, but I feel blessed to be in a position to make a positive impact on behalf of the people I deeply care about and a place I am proud to call home. I’m thankful for the men and women who have given so much in defense of the freedoms we enjoy as a nation. Last week, I had the opportunity to visit Walter Reed National Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Walter Reed is our nation’s largest medical center for military personnel, and many of the patients I met had serious injuries, including amputations and brain damage. It was incredibly touching to be able to shake their hand and tell them how much we appreciate their service to our country. I can say with confidence that I got more out of the visit than the men and women there did. So join me this Thanksgiving in taking time to say what you are thankful for. We each face our own challenges in our personal and professional lives, but this holiday allows us to set those challenges aside and realize our many blessings. As the playwright Thornton Wilder said, “We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.” Read More

Byrne Statement on Hagel Resignation

2014/11/24

Congressman Bradley Byrne (AL-1), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, issued the following statement in response to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel’s resignation announcement today. Byrne said: “I sincerely appreciate Secretary Hagel’s loyal service to his country both as a member of the armed forces and as a public servant. We need more veterans to be involved in public service, not less. “Secretary Hagel was dealt a bad hand due to the lack of leadership from the White House. Ultimately, it won’t matter who the Secretary of Defense is as long as the current White House remains more concerned with political optics than long-term strategic results. President Obama’s weak and indecisive approach to foreign policy is frankly a disservice to all the men and women who serve in the armed forces.”   Byrne also pointed out that the Secretary of Defense is very important to the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program, which is built in part by Austal USA in Mobile. According to media reports, the Secretary of Defense is currently considering the path forward for the LCS based on the Navy’s Small Surface Combatant Task Force report, which makes recommendations on the future of the LCS program. Byrne said: “We will have to wait and see exactly what this announcement will mean to the LCS program. Like our nation’s naval leaders, I hope our next Secretary of Defense is strongly committed to the LCS program. I remain confident that the LCS represents the future of our naval fleet, and I firmly believe the current ship design can be upgraded to meet all of the Navy’s requirements.” Read More

Byrne: Time to Abandon Iran Nuclear Talks

2014/11/24

Congressman Bradley Byrne (AL-1) issued the following statement in response to Secretary of State John Kerry’s announcement that talks over Iran’s nuclear program will be extended for seven months. This marks the second time the talks have been extended. Byrne said: “It is far past time the United States abandon nuclear talks with Iran and move forward with new sanctions. For over a year now, Secretary of State Kerry has attempted to work out a deal with Iran but very little progress has been made. It seems that Iran is only interested in continuing the talks to buy time while they expand their nuclear capabilities. For the United States, continuing these talks is nothing more than the Obama administration trying to save face from yet another foreign policy failure. “I strongly believe preventing a nuclear Iran is one of the most important national security priorities of our time, but these talks are proving useless. We should move forward with crippling sanctions that leave Iran with no choice but to abandon their nuclear program. In my work on the House Armed Services Committee, I will continue to advocate for harsher sanctions and an end to this failed attempt at diplomacy.” According to Reuters, one official close to the negotiations expressed doubt that a deal will ever be reached. The report quotes the official as saying, “I am skeptical that even if we (do) extend we will be able to reach a deal.” In July, the United States and five other world powers extended the talks with Iran through November 24. Following that decision, Congressman Byrne announced his opposition to continuing the talks. With this latest continuation, Iran will continue to benefit from almost $700 million a month in sanctions relief. Read More

Executive Action on Immigration is the Wrong Approach, Byrne Says

2014/11/21

Congressman Bradley Byrne (AL-1) tonight issued the following statement in response to President Barack Obama’s decision to go forward with executive action on immigration. Byrne said: “Tonight, President Obama moved forward with executive action on immigration, the same type of action that he previously said would be ‘very difficult to defend legally’ and that ‘violated our laws.’ Of course this action will be difficult to defend; it raises serious legal questions and flies in the face of how our Founding Fathers intended our government to operate. “We are a nation of laws, and there would never have been a right time for executive amnesty. In the elections earlier this month, the American people indicated they want the President to work with Congress to advance solutions, not act unilaterally through executive action. “We need a deliberate discussion on securing our borders and dealing with illegal immigrants already in the United States, but executive action from a ‘lame duck’ President is entirely the wrong approach. I encourage the President to come down from the White House and work with Congress on the immigration issue and many of the other serious issues impacting American families. “This type of executive action is not the way our government is supposed to operate. I am committed to working with my colleagues in the House of Representatives to push back against this action in a meaningful and constructive manner. We will not stand by idly and allow the President to continue to act against the intentions of the Constitution and the will of the American people.” During his first month in office, Congressman Byrne declared that he was opposed “to any legislation that would grant amnesty to people who are here in violation of our laws.” Earlier this year, Congressman Byrne voted for legislation which would boost border security, expedite deportations, and prohibit the expansion of President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Last week, Congressman Byrne signed a letter to House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers seeking to “prohibit funding for the president’s reported intentions to create work permits and green cards for undocumented immigrants living in the United States.” Read More

Byrne Honors Grove Hill Mayor Levon Hicks

2014/11/18

During a speech this morning, Congressman Bradley Byrne (AL-1) honored the life of Grove Hill Mayor Levon Hicks, who passed away last week after a lengthy illness. Byrne called Mayor Hicks a “loyal community servant” and recognized his years of service to Grove Hill as an elected official, church member and volunteer firefighter. Byrne said: “Mr. Speaker, I rise today to remember a loyal community servant, Grove Hill Mayor Levon Hicks. “Mayor Hicks passed away on November 14 after an extended illness. “He devoted his life to serving his family, church, and local community. He was a dedicated member of the Jackson Church of Christ for more than 50 years, serving as an elder and attending several mission trips over the years. “He served two terms on the Grove Hill Town Council before becoming Mayor. He also served around 40 years as a volunteer fireman and was an active member of the Lions Club. “He worked tirelessly for the betterment of the Grove Hill community and enjoyed fishing, traveling, and Alabama football. “Mr. Speaker, to Mayor Hicks’ wife, Helen, and his children and grandchildren: thank you for sharing Levon with us. We will miss him greatly. “I yield back the remainder of my time.” Read More

Byrne Announces November Staff Community Office Hours

2014/11/17

Staff members from the Office of Congressman Bradley Byrne (AL-1) will hold office hours in each of the six counties that make up Alabama’s First Congressional District from November 18-20. 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 Tuesday, November 18 8:30 – 9:30 am: Orange Beach City Hall 10:00 – 11:00 am: Gulf Shores City Hall 1:00 – 1:45 pm: Summerdale City Hall 2:00 – 3:00 pm: Robertsdale City Hall 3:30 – 4:30 pm: Bay Minette City Hall Wednesday, November 19 9:00 – 10:00 am: Magnolia Springs Town Hall 10:30 – 11:30 am: Fairhope City Hall 1:30 – 2:30 pm: Daphne City Hall 3:00 – 4:00 pm: Spanish Fort City Hall Clarke County Wednesday, November 19 10:00 – 11:00 am: Grove Hill Town Hall 11:30 am – 12:30 pm: Jackson City Hall Escambia County Tuesday, November 18 9:30 – 10:30 am: Atmore City Hall 11:00 – 12:00 pm: Brewton City Hall Mobile County Thursday, November 20 11:00 am – 12:00 noon: Citronelle Town Hall 3:00 – 4:00 pm: Bayou La Batre Town Hall Monroe County Tuesday, November 18 2:00 – 3:00 pm: Monroeville City Hall Washington County Wednesday, November 19 2:30 – 3:30 pm: Washington County Public Library, Chatom Thursday, November 20 9:30 – 10:30 am: McIntosh Town Hall For more information on visits to Clarke, Escambia, Mobile, Monroe, and Washington Counties, constituents should contact Congressman Byrne’s Mobile office at 251-690-2811. For more information on visits to Baldwin County, constituents should contact Congressman Byrne’s Baldwin County office at 251-972-8545. Read More

It’s Time to Get to Work

2014/11/14

The next two years are shaping up to be very interesting on Capitol Hill.  As you have probably heard by now, for the first time since 2006, Republicans will control both the United States House of Representatives and the Senate. On Election Day, voters across the country went to the polls and elected the largest Republican majority in the House since Harry Truman was President. In the Senate, Republicans have already captured eight new seats. The elections are now over, and it’s time to get down to governing. The voters sent a clear message to their elected officials: they are tired of the stagnation in the Washington and want to see results. I believe the Republican majority should make it our top priority to offer solutions to the problems Americans face every day. From higher energy costs to unnecessary regulations, we should be focused on making life work for more Americans. Over the past four years, the House of Representatives passed bipartisan legislation aimed at reducing the regulatory burden, expanding domestic energy production, connecting Americans with good-paying jobs, and getting the federal government out of the way.  Over 3oo bills still languish in the Democrat-controlled Senate. Starting next year, these bills should be at the top of the list. Unfortunately, it seems President Obama is tone deaf to the mandate for effective governance and is instead content to continue his “my way or the highway” approach to running our country. In fact, since the election, the President has only moved further to the extremes, pushing his radical climate change agenda and new regulations on the Internet. Worst of all, President Obama has continued to push ahead with his plans for executive amnesty. Ultimately, we must push forward with our agenda of projects important to lower Alabama like building a new I-10 bridge and reforming Red Snapper regulations, and we should also promote commonsense solutions that impact all Americans. I sincerely hope President Obama will put politics aside and work across the aisle over the next two years. If he chooses to stand in the way of legislation which would make life easier for American families, then the burden will be on him. We must push forward with legislation to end the ill-conceived sequestration cuts to national defense. At a time when we face multiple conflicts abroad, the last thing we need to do is cut our military. There are certainly smarter areas of the federal budget worthy of cuts. We must push forward on dismantling ObamaCare. We should push back against the employer and individual mandate, which place unnecessary burdens on American families and businesses. If a full repeal of the law doesn’t work out, we should also repeal the innovation stifling medical device tax. We must push forward on policies that help connect Americans with good-paying jobs. A great example is the REINS Act, which requires Congressional approval of new regulations that have a major impact on the economy. We should also continue to put an emphasis on career and technical education programs in our schools and colleges. Finally, we must push forward on reining in our national debt. We should get serious about making real reforms to mandatory spending programs, which are the true driver of our debt. Making the tax code simpler and fairer would also be an important step toward fiscal stability. At the end of the day, the people in Southwest Alabama and all across the country don’t want to see more partisan bickering and political gimmicks, they want to see leadership and results that get Americans back to work. That’s been my priority from day one and will continue to be my priority in the new Congress. Read More

Are We Doing Enough for our Nation’s Veterans?

2014/11/09

Last Wednesday morning, I made my way through a packed auditorium at Perdido School in north Baldwin County to shake the hands of veterans who had admirably served our nation. The veterans were present for a ceremony in their honor organized by the teachers and students at the school. The students waved flags and held up handmade signs. It was great to see young people so enthusiastic in recognizing and honoring our veterans who have served their country. Everyone in that auditorium had a special veteran in their life who immediately came to mind during the ceremony. For me, it is my brother Dale, who served a lengthy career in the Alabama National Guard. Dale rose from the rank of Private to Command Sergeant Major and served in various conflicts, including the Gulf War. Dale was well respected by his comrades and received many honors including the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, and the Global War on Terrorism Expedition Medal. He passed away last October after a lengthy illness, but I will forever remember his dedication and sacrifice for our country. There are countless other American heroes, just like Dale, who the ceremony at Perdido School was designed to honor. But the ceremony led me to wonder: are we doing enough as a nation to support and protect those who have given so much to our nation? We all remember earlier this year when abuse and mismanagement in the VA system was brought to the forefront. Veterans were being placed on secret waiting lists, VA staff was forging medical records, and leadership was severely lacking. The VA scandal hit home right here in Alabama with some of the most egregious activity taking place at the Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System in Montgomery. This series of stories opened our eyes to a real culture of complacency which plagues the entire VA system from top to bottom. VA Secretary Eric Shinseki was forced out and replaced with former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald. Secretary McDonald has serious challenges ahead of him, but he has made some progress at restoring trust in the VA system. Congress also got involved to help ensure that our veterans receive the medical care and attention they deserve. We increased funding to allow for the hiring of more medical staff and much-needed improvements to VA facilities. More importantly, we passed legislation that allows veterans to receive medical care at local, non-VA facilities when the wait time is more than 30 days or the nearest VA facility is more than 40 miles away. We improved accountability to make it easier to fire senior VA officials and ended unmerited bonuses to VA employees. The recent reforms alone will not fully address all the challenges facing our veterans. From countering veterans’ homelessness to helping veterans overcome post-traumatic stress disorder to promoting veterans education programs, more work is certainly needed. In fact, every day my staff assists veterans who are struggling with their healthcare or who need help receiving their earned benefits. I consider this one of the most important and rewarding parts of my job. If you or someone you know is having problems with the VA, please encourage them to contact my office. Those young children at Perdido School recognized the great sacrifices veterans made and continue to make in defense of the freedoms we all hold dear. It’s now my job to never yield in our efforts to improve the quality of care and programs for those who have served our nation. The federal government must work for our nation’s veterans, not against them. Read More

Byrne: President “Tone Deaf” to Mandate from Tuesday’s Elections

2014/11/07

Following Tuesday’s overwhelming victory for the Republican Party in the midterm elections, Congressman Bradley Byrne (AL-1) expressed a desire to work with the new Senate majority to advance bipartisan, commonsense legislation. Despite the optimism for legislative cooperation with the Senate, Congressman Byrne worries that President Barack Obama failed to fully comprehend the mandate for new leadership and bipartisan cooperation brought on by Tuesday’s elections. Byrne said: “Tuesday’s elections sent a clear message that the American people are tired of stagnation in Washington, and they want to see Congress advance real, commonsense solutions to problems Americans face every day. Unfortunately, it seems President Obama is tone deaf to that message and is content to continue his failed governing strategy of ‘my way or the highway.’ “Did the President not learn anything from Tuesday’s results? Take his rhetoric on immigration for example. The day after historic electoral losses, the President remained defiant and insistent on pushing forward with executive amnesty. More unilateral executive action flies in the face of Tuesday’s election results and will only make it harder to reach bipartisan consensus.” Even with the defiance President Obama expressed in his press conference at the White House yesterday afternoon, Congressman Byrne outlined some key areas where he hopes the Republican-controlled Congress can make a real impact. Byrne said: “Over the past four years, the House of Representatives has continued to pass bipartisan legislation aimed at reducing the regulatory burden, expanding domestic energy production, connecting Americans with good-paying jobs, and getting the federal government out of the way. These bills, which only  languished in the Democrat-controlled Senate, should be at the top of the list when the new Congress convenes in January. “I look forward to working with my colleagues in the Senate to address real issues like ending the ill-conceived sequestration defense cuts, lowering energy costs, promoting career and technical education, reforming the tax code, and making a real difference in people’s lives. I sincerely hope President Obama will put politics aside and work across the aisle over the next two years.” Read More

Big Issues Await Congress in the Coming Months

2014/10/31

It’s called the “Lame Duck,” but the last two months of the 113th Congress are shaping up to be anything but “lame.” Important issues ranging from national security to funding the government must be addressed before the start of the new year. As you may know, every two years the entire House of Representatives is up for re-election. Even though the election takes place on November 4th, the new Members of Congress won’t take office until early January. That means the current Members of Congress will still meet in Washington during November and December, and the last two months of the year are going to be filled with important legislative decisions. One of the top items on the to-do list is a new National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Even in an era of political brinkmanship, the NDAA, which sets the policy and direction for our nation’s military, has usually been a bipartisan achievement. While the House passed our version of the NDAA back in May, the Senate has failed to act, setting up unnecessary drama. There is no greater Constitutional responsibility of Congress than to provide for the national defense, and I hope the House and the Senate can come to a quick consensus. The NDAA is particularly important for the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), which is built in part at Austal Shipyard in Mobile. The Navy has requested funding for three LCS in the upcoming fiscal year, and I am going to continue to insist that our ships be bought and paid for. As I’ve said before, I don’t just support the LCS because it is built in Alabama; I believe the LCS represents the future of our naval fleet. Congress must weigh in on an appropriate path forward in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). In September, Congress passed legislation that allowed the Department of Defense to start arming and training Syrian rebels to provide ground forces in the fight against ISIL, but that authorization expires in December. I voted for the initial authorization because it was limited in time and scope, and I wanted to give the Administration the opportunity to fashion and implement a full strategy. Unfortunately, the Administration has failed to provide such a strategy, a result of their timidity which endangers our soldiers and airmen and will end in failure.  So, I'm presently disinclined to provide further support unless the Administration changes course. I’ve also made clear my belief that President Obama should ask Congress for a new Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) specific to the fight against ISIL. The current AUMFs are outdated and simply not applicable to this conflict. By asking Congress for a new AUMF, President Obama would have to put forward a clear strategy for defeating the Islamic extremists. Currently it seems the President is more interested in saying what we won’t do instead of outlining what he actually plans to do. Congress must also address a number of issues important to the economy including passing a bill to fund the federal government. The current government funding legislation expires on December 11.  As I’ve said all along, I want Congress to stop governing from crisis to crisis and instead get serious about real, targeted spending reforms.   Other issues relating to the economy include extending a number of tax credits and deductions in areas ranging from education to research and development to charitable donations. Congress must also pass an extension of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act and the Internet Tax Freedom Act.  Of course, the House of Representatives is also likely to consider a number of smaller issues, but these are the major legislative challenges facing us. On each of these issues, just like every issue, I welcome your feedback and opinion. You can always send me an email on my website, Byrne.House.Gov, or give my office a call at 202-225-4931 to share your input. You can also follow me on Twitter (@RepByrne) or like my page on Facebook (Representative Bradley Byrne). I look forward to hearing from you. Read More

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Bradley Byrne, 58, 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 in various service organizations.

Byrne served as a member of the Alabama State Board of Education and as a member of the Alabama Senate representing District 32. In 2007, Byrne was appointed by the Alabama State Board of Education as Chancellor of the Alabama Department of Postsecondary Education to serve as the chief executive officer of Alabama’s two-year college system.

Byrne has been married to the former Rebecca Dukes of Montgomery for 32 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 lives in Fairhope where he and his family are members of St. James Episcopal Church.


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