Bradley Byrne

Bradley Byrne

ALABAMA's 1st DISTRICT

Byrne Urges Continuation of Nine Mile State Waters for Red Snapper

2017/04/25

Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) recently sent a letter to the House Appropriations Committee urging the Committee to once again include a provision in the government funding bill to expand state waters in the Gulf of Mexico to nine miles for Red Snapper fishing.

Byrne said: “As we prepare for the upcoming Red Snapper season, it is critically important that state waters remain out to nine miles. Changing this provision just weeks before the season starts would create unnecessary uncertainty and confusion for our local fishermen.

“This solution alone is not enough to fix the larger Red Snapper issue, but continuing to have state waters out to nine miles is an important step in the right direction. I will continue working with my Gulf Coast colleagues to advance commonsense legislation that fixes this issue once and for all.”

Congressman Byrne continues to advocate for a long-term solution that gives more control over Red Snapper to the individual Gulf states instead of to the federal government. By giving states control over the data collection and stock assessments, Byrne believes we can get back to a full season again.

The full text of Congressman Byrne’s letter to the Appropriations Committee can be found below.

Dear Chairman Culberson:

As you and the Committee draft a funding bill for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2017, I urge you to include language from previous appropriations bills that extends the boundaries of state waters in the Gulf of Mexico to nine nautical miles for Red Snapper fishing.

There continues to be serious concerns about the ability of the federal government to adequately manage the Red Snapper fishery in the Gulf.  Efforts remain under way to find a long-term legislative solution to improve the way we gather data and information on the Red Snapper population and landings.  These efforts also include a permanent extension of state waters out to nine nautical miles for Red Snapper fishing, which would bring parity to all the Gulf states.

While these efforts continue, it is vitally important the Committee once again include a provision allowing for state waters to be extended.  Without the inclusion of this provision, there would be great uncertainty among fishermen and access to the abundant Red Snapper fishery would be further reduced. 

Red Snapper fishing is about more than just the fishermen.  The issue is of critical importance for the economies of coastal communities all along the Gulf Coast, including communities in my district.  Ultimately, I urge the Committee to once again include this provision in any Appropriations bill as we continue working toward a permanent, long-term solution.

I appreciate your attention to this critical issue.

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A Week on the Road

2017/04/24

11 town hall meetings. Over 700 miles. Six counties. Eight visits. Those are just a few of the numbers from my past week on the road in Southwest Alabama.

The House was out of session last week for a District Work Period. Some people call these weeks “recess,” but they are far from relaxing for me. In fact, these days often go from sun up to sun down with multiple stops a day. Here is a recap from my past week.

My town hall meetings were the highlight of the past week. I held eleven town hall meetings in just four days with stops in Wilmer, Stapleton, Satsuma, Atmore, Brewton, Alabama Port, Daphne, Foley, Excel, Grove Hill, and Wagarville.

For me, the town hall meetings are all about listening. I do not give a speech. Instead, I open the floor up for questions and comments from those in attendance. Questions covered everything from local transportation projects to veterans’ issues to education to national security. The biggest topic the past week was health care, and I heard from people on all sides of the issue.

I was especially excited that our town hall meetings garnered national attention. CBS News sent their Chief Congressional Correspondent down to our area to observe a day of my town hall meetings. They put together a great recap for CBS This Morning that showcased the wonderful people who call Southwest Alabama home.

I have now held 87 town hall meetings since being elected to Congress, which ranks me toward the top of all Members of Congress. While some town halls around the country have gotten out of hand, I take great pride in the fact that our discussions are for the most part civil and polite. Of course, I will not agree with every person on every issue, but we can disagree without being rude or disruptive. I think that is a testament to our people and our hospitality.

I also used last week to host my annual Workshop for High School Leaders on the University of South Alabama campus. This event allows students from our area to learn more about government, the economy, media, and workforce development. We had over 200 students at this year’s event, which concluded with a question and answer session.

I was especially excited to spend time last week speaking to local Boy Scouts and their families at the Golden Eagle Dinner in downtown Mobile. As the proud dad of two Eagle Scouts, I am proud to support scouting programs.

I also used this District Work Periods to spend time at local businesses. For example, I visited Synergy Laboratories near Tillman’s Corner. I was absolutely blown away by the work they are doing with medical testing and research. Synergy is a locally grown business, and they are rapidly expanding.

I also visited the Gulf Coast Cancer Center in Brewton to learn more about the important work they are doing in the fight against cancer. This particular center provides radiation treatment for a large population, including those in more rural communities.

The best part about the District Work Periods is being able to listen directly to you – the people I represent. I do not represent anyone in Washington, so it is critically important I spend time traveling all across our district, not just to the big cities like Mobile, but to all the communities.

I will always make it a top priority to listen to your ideas and concerns, and I hope you will continue to show up to my town hall meetings, to call my office, and to reach out and let your voice be heard.

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A Week on the Road

2017/04/24

11 town hall meetings. Over 700 miles. Six counties. Eight visits. Those are just a few of the numbers from my past week on the road in Southwest Alabama.

The House was out of session last week for a District Work Period. Some people call these weeks “recess,” but they are far from relaxing for me. In fact, these days often go from sun up to sun down with multiple stops a day. Here is a recap from my past week.

My town hall meetings were the highlight of the past week. I held eleven town hall meetings in just four days with stops in Wilmer, Stapleton, Satsuma, Atmore, Brewton, Alabama Port, Daphne, Foley, Excel, Grove Hill, and Wagarville.

For me, the town hall meetings are all about listening. I do not give a speech. Instead, I open the floor up for questions and comments from those in attendance. Questions covered everything from local transportation projects to veterans’ issues to education to national security. The biggest topic the past week was health care, and I heard from people on all sides of the issue.

I was especially excited that our town hall meetings garnered national attention. CBS News sent their Chief Congressional Correspondent down to our area to observe a day of my town hall meetings. They put together a great recap for CBS This Morning that showcased the wonderful people who call Southwest Alabama home.

I have now held 87 town hall meetings since being elected to Congress, which ranks me toward the top of all Members of Congress. While some town halls around the country have gotten out of hand, I take great pride in the fact that our discussions are for the most part civil and polite. Of course, I will not agree with every person on every issue, but we can disagree without being rude or disruptive. I think that is a testament to our people and our hospitality.

I also used last week to host my annual Workshop for High School Leaders on the University of South Alabama campus. This event allows students from our area to learn more about government, the economy, media, and workforce development. We had over 200 students at this year’s event, which concluded with a question and answer session.

I was especially excited to spend time last week speaking to local Boy Scouts and their families at the Golden Eagle Dinner in downtown Mobile. As the proud dad of two Eagle Scouts, I am proud to support scouting programs.

I also used this District Work Periods to spend time at local businesses. For example, I visited Synergy Laboratories near Tillman’s Corner. I was absolutely blown away by the work they are doing with medical testing and research. Synergy is a locally grown business, and they are rapidly expanding.

I also visited the Gulf Coast Cancer Center in Brewton to learn more about the important work they are doing in the fight against cancer. This particular center provides radiation treatment for a large population, including those in more rural communities.

The best part about the District Work Periods is being able to listen directly to you – the people I represent. I do not represent anyone in Washington, so it is critically important I spend time traveling all across our district, not just to the big cities like Mobile, but to all the communities.

I will always make it a top priority to listen to your ideas and concerns, and I hope you will continue to show up to my town hall meetings, to call my office, and to reach out and let your voice be heard.

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Byrne Town Hall Tour Gets National Attention

2017/04/21

On Friday, CBS This Morning featured Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) and his four day, eleven stop town hall meeting tour across Southwest Alabama.

CBS News sent their Chief Congressional Correspondent, Nancy Cordes, down to Southwest Alabama to ride along with Congressman Byrne and attend town hall meetings in Excel, Grove Hill, and Wagarville.

Byrne ranks in the top 20 of Congressmen and Senators when it comes to hosting town hall meetings. Since being elected, Byrne has held 87 in-person town hall meetings.

 

“That’s America”: Town Hall ride-along with Rep. Bradley Byrne

Congress goes back to work Monday after a two-week recess. Some Republicans who returned to their districts avoided tough questions from constituents, but not Congressman Bradley Byrne.

The Alabama lawmaker held 11 town halls in four days. He drove himself and his staff across rural Alabama, where he fielded concerns about the Trump administration’s plans.

Byrne does more town halls than nearly anyone in Congress: 87 of them since he began representing Alabama’s 1st district in 2013, reports CBS News chief congressional correspondent Nancy Cordes.

“Are there more people that are turning out this year who are more adversarial to me about my positions? Yeah. And some of them state their positions pretty darn forcefully. That’s America. That’s good,” Byrne said.

Our first stop is Excel, Alabama, with a population of 700.

“This is my ninth town hall this week,” Byrne said.

The president is a prime topic.

“Will you promise us that you will steer away from what is a lot of inflammatory rhetoric?” one woman said.

“Yeah. I’ll make that promise,” Byrne responded, as people clapped.

President Trump won Alabama by 28 points, so there are plenty of supporters here too.

“The president’s trying to get things that everybody wants,” one man said.

Byrne’s next stop is a senior center in Grove Hill where he fields questions about infrastructure, drugs, veterans, budget and the wall.

But there, and everywhere, really, health care comes up again and again.

“Don’t repeal and replace,” one man said.

“But I have heard from a large number of people in my district that they have been hurt by the Affordable Care Act,” Byrne said.

Unlike some of his colleagues, Byrne does not believe that the Democrats challenging him at town halls are coming from out of state.

“They’re all local people. In some cases I know them and I know them pretty well,” Byrne said.

His final stop is half an hour away in Wagarville.

“You’re a congressman. I mean, health care is not a concern for you,” one man said to Byrne.

“Yeah, it is,” Byrne responded.

“I mean, but not as it is to me!”

Byrne insists the GOP’s Obamacare replacement plan will be an improvement.

“The ACA insurance exchanges are imploding,” Byrne said.

Among the messages he heard that day, there were some that stood out to Byrne.

“Listen to what that young man said at the very end there. ‘When are y’all going to get to work?’ OK? I think that was probably the strongest message I heard all day, let’s get to work,” Byrne said.

Byrne told his constituents he’s skeptical about talk of consensus growing around a new version of the Republican plan that would eliminate some of the protections for people with preexisting conditions. Preexisting conditions was the number one topic we heard from constituents all day.

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Stopping Religious Persecution

2017/04/17

This past week, Christians around the world celebrated Holy Week, which culminated on Sunday with Easter. This is a time when we gather with our family and friends to remember the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Easter is about reflecting on the events that led to this treasured weekend. It is about remembering that Jesus was not just an extraordinary individual but he was and is the son of God. It is about remembering the gifts of his resurrection, which we continue to receive each and every day.

One of the important ways we celebrate Easter is through attending church. It is a practice many of us take part in each and every week, but there always seems to be a little extra excitement in the air on Easter.

Sadly, for many Christians around the world, Easter is an especially dangerous time. It is a time when some extremist groups target Christians just because of their religious beliefs.

A few weeks ago, on Palm Sunday, the terrorist group ISIS claimed responsibility for tragic bombings outside two churches in Egypt. At least 45 people died and over 120 were injured in this horrific act of violence.

I joined many other officials from around the world in putting out a public statement strongly condemning the bombings. The thought that Christians, simply heading to church at the start of Holy Week, would be targeted for their religious beliefs is terrifying and should embolden the world to fight back against this religious persecution.

Since being elected to Congress, I have made it a priority to bring attention to the heartbreaking reality of religious persecution that takes place around the globe. Whether it is attacks like we saw in Egypt or the false imprisonment of religious leaders, we must draw attention to these injustices.

The Middle East – the very areas where Jesus once walked – is now ground zero for Christian persecution. For example, in 2013, there were 1.5 million Christians in Iraq; that number is now down to less than 275,000. 

A major step toward cutting down on religious persecution is to defeat radical Islamic extremist groups like ISIS. These groups refuse to coexist with any group of people who have different views than they do. Many of these extremists believe it is their job to rid the earth of Christians and other religions, so we must act against them.

I will note that we are making important progress in the fight against ISIS.

Just last week, President Trump ordered our military to drop the strongest non-nuclear bomb we have on an ISIS network in Afghanistan. The operation succeeded in disrupting a system of underground tunnels and caves that ISIS used to plan and execute attacks.

In addition to using our military and allies to combat ISIS, we must also focus on other diplomatic and cultural tools to combat extremism.

For example, during a recent trip to the nation of Singapore in the Pacific Ocean, I saw firsthand the work they are doing to reduce radicalization in their Muslim community. A key focus is on encouraging understanding and peace between those with different beliefs.

In a sign of diplomatic progress, last year the United States officially declared that ISIS is committing genocide against Christians and other religions. This declaration is actually incredibly rare, and it has helped build international support for combatting ISIS and their brutal tactics.

As your Congressman, I am going to continue bringing attention to these issues, and I encourage each of you to also do your part to bring an end to Christian persecution.

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Byrne Condemns Palm Sunday Bombings

2017/04/10

Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, issued the following statement in response to the Palm Sunday church bombings in Egypt that killed over 40 people.

Byrne said: “I condemn in the strongest terms possible the horrific Palm Sunday bombings in Egypt. The thought that Christians, simply heading to church at the start of Holy Week, would be targeted for their religious beliefs is terrifying. It also serves as a painful reminder that Christian persecution remains a real and harsh reality for far too many people around the globe.

“These callous attacks only further embolden the need to defeat ISIS and radical Islamic terrorism. We cannot allow these blatant religious attacks to continue.”

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Byrne to Hold Eleven Town Hall Meetings in Four Days

2017/04/10

Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) will hold a series of town hall meetings throughout Southwest Alabama the week of April 17th. Town halls will occur in each of the six counties that make up Alabama’s First Congressional District.

Congressman Byrne has held over 75 town hall meetings since being elected to Congress, including town hall meetings over the phone and on Facebook. These town hall meetings give residents of Southwest Alabama the chance to share their ideas and concerns directly with their Member of Congress.

All of the town hall meetings are free and open to the public.

Monday, April 17

Wilmer Town Hall Meeting – 1:30 p.m.

Wilmer Senior Citizens Center

13251 Avenue B; Wilmer, AL 36587

 

Stapleton Town Hall Meeting – 4:00 p.m.

Stapleton Volunteer Fire Department

36578 AL-59; Stapleton, AL 36578

 

Tuesday, April 18

Satsuma Town Hall Meeting – 10:00 a.m.

Satsuma City Hall

5464 Old Highway 43; Satsuma, AL 36572

 

Poarch Creek Town Hall Meeting – 2:30 p.m.

Tribal Council Chambers

5811 Jack Springs Road; Atmore, AL 36502

 

Brewton Town Hall Meeting – 5:15 p.m.

Brewton Community Center

1010A Douglas Avenue; Brewton, AL 36426

 

Wednesday, April 19

Alabama Port Town Hall Meeting – 9:30 a.m.

Alabama Port Volunteer Fire Department

3290 Highway 188; Coden, AL 36523

 

Daphne Town Hall Meeting – 2:00 p.m.

Daphne City Hall

1708 Main Street; Daphne, AL 36526

 

Foley Town Hall Meeting – 4:00 p.m.

Foley City Hall

407 East Laurel Avenue; Foley, AL 36535

 

Thursday, April 20

Excel Town Hall Meeting – 11:30 a.m.

Excel Town Hall

3199 AL-136; Excel, AL 36439

 

Grove Hill Town Hall Meeting – 2:00 p.m.

Grove Hill Senior Center

113 Clark Street; Grove Hill, AL 36451

 

Wagarville Town Hall Meeting – 4:00 p.m.

Wagarville Nutrition Center

27531 Highway 56; Wagarville, AL 36585

 

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More Options for Working Families

2017/04/09

In the early part of 2017, much of the focus in Congress has been on rolling back damaging policies of the Obama Administration.  We have had real success in these efforts, stopping flawed regulations covering everything from education to the Second Amendment to Planned Parenthood.

I think it is critically important we continue looking to reverse regulations and policies that do not work. At the same time, it is also important that we advance our own solutions that will make life better for hard working families.

As Chairman of the House Workforce Protections Subcommittee, I led a hearing regarding one such solution last week. Our Committee held a hearing on H.R. 1180, the Working Families Flexibility Act. This bill, which was introduced by my Alabama colleague Martha Roby, would go a long way toward giving working families greater options when it comes to time off.

The workforce of today is very different from the workforce of forty or fifty years ago. Millennials now represent the majority of the workforce. In nearly half of two-parent households, both parents work full time. That’s up from roughly 30 percent in 1970. Meanwhile, technological advances continue to rapidly change the very nature of how we work and stay connected to work.

This means that working families today face a different set of challenges when it comes to balancing their work and family lives. We often hear the phrase that “there just aren’t enough hours in the day.” Well, the Working Families Flexibility Act would help address this issue and improve the quality of life for hardworking men and women.

For decades, public-sector employers have been able to offer workers the choice between paid time off and cash wages for working overtime. That’s because in 1985, Congress amended the Fair Labor Standards Act to give public-sector employees greater flexibility.

But under federal law, it is still illegal to extend the same benefits to private-sector employees who are eligible for overtime pay. This isn’t right, and it isn’t fair.

Private-sector workers should be afforded the same freedom to do what’s best for themselves and their families. For many Americans working paycheck to paycheck, earning some additional income is the choice that is best for them, but the federal government shouldn’t assume that’s the best choice for everyone.

Unfortunately, union leaders and special interest groups have tried desperately over the years to deny workers the freedom to make that choice. They’ve been incredibly false and misleading in the process, so let me be clear.

This bill preserves the 40-hour work week and existing overtime protections. For workers who elect to receive paid time off, their leave would accrue at the same rate—time-and-a-half—as wages.

The bill includes strong protections to ensure the use of comp time is completely voluntary. No worker can be forced to take comp time instead of overtime pay. Workers can switch back to receiving cash wages whenever they choose, and they are allowed to cash out their comp time for any reason at any time.

This bill also includes important protections to prevent employers from intimidating or coercing employees into receiving paid leave in lieu of cash wages, and the Department of Labor would have full authority to enforce those protections.

Ultimately, this is about freedom, choice, and fairness. Democrats and Republicans came together more than 30 years ago to amend the law to provide more choices for public-sector workers, and it’s time we did the same for workers in the private sector.

The Working Families Flexibility Act is exactly the kind of forward-looking and conservative policy we should be championing as we help support the workforce of the 21st Century.

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Byrne Applauds Judge Gorsuch Confirmation

2017/04/07

Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) issued the following statement following Senate confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Byrne said: "Neil Gorsuch is the perfect replacement for Justice Antonin Scalia, and I applaud the Senate for confirming him to serve on our nation’s highest court. Judge Gorsuch has distinguished himself as a thoughtful and balanced jurist who understands it is not the job of the courts to write laws but rather to interpret the law as written. Our nation will be better off with him on the Supreme Court.”

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Byrne Statement on Syria Airstrikes

2017/04/07

Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, issued the following statement in response to U.S. airstrikes in Syria.

Byrne said: "President Trump was right to respond to Assad's barbaric and inhumane actions against men, women, and children in Syria. It appears the strikes were targeted and successful, and I want to share my gratitude and appreciation with the service members  who planned and executed the strikes.

"Ultimately, we still must answer a larger question about the future of Syria and the role of the United States going forward. One thing is clear: Congress must be involved in those discussions and decisions about what happens next."

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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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