Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) today announced the remainder of his town hall meetings for the August District Work Period. Byrne will hold public meetings in Toulminville, Monroeville, Atmore, Crossroads, and Prichard.
Already this month, Congressman Byrne has held town hall meetings in Fairhope and Gulf Shores. After the town hall meetings this month, Byrne will have held 94 in-person town hall meetings since being elected to Congress.
Details regarding the upcoming town hall meetings can be found below. All of the meetings are free to attend and open to the public.
What: Toulminville Town Hall Meeting
When: August 23, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. CT
Where: John L. LeFlore Magnet High School; 700 Donald Street; Mobile, AL
What: Monroeville Town Hall Meeting
When: August 29, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. CT
Where: Monroeville City Hall, 280 Whetstone Street; Monroeville, AL
What: Atmore Town Hall Meeting
When: August 29, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. CT
Where: Atmore City Hall, 201 East Louisville Street; Atmore, AL
What: Crossroads Town Hall Meeting
When: August 30, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. CT
Where: Crossroads Volunteer Fire Department; 41761 State Highway 225; Bay Minette, AL
What: Prichard Town Hall Meeting
When: August 30, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. CT
Where: Prichard City Hall, 216 E Prichard Avenue; Prichard, ALRead More
America has the most powerful Navy the world has ever seen. For centuries, our sailors have provided peace and stability around the globe. With over eighty percent of the world’s population living within sixty miles of the sea and ninety percent of world trade moving by sea, a strong and capable U.S. Navy is critical to a bountiful economy and the wellbeing of humanity.
Unfortunately, due to defense cuts and a shrinking fleet size, competitors are challenging our naval superiority. This is why it is critically important we support the Navy’s proposed 355 ship fleet and continue to invest in the latest technology.
In order to grow our Navy and make sure we continue to be an example of strength for the rest of the world, it is vital that we have a robust shipbuilding industry here at home.
Shipbuilding and ship repair have been an important part of our national economy since our country’s founding. Nationally, the industry accounts for roughly 400,000 jobs, provides $25.1 billion in labor income, and contributes over $37.3 billion to the GDP. Shipbuilding is about both national security and a strong economy.
Unfortunately, we cannot build up to the 355 ship fleet of tomorrow without a skilled and capable workforce. Our nation continues to experience a severe gap in skilled workers, and the shipbuilding industry is not immune to this problem.
This is one example why career and technical education (CTE) programs are so important. They provide American workers with the development and training needed to build the ships that are necessary in order to maintain our naval superiority.
Thousands of workers in the United States look to technical education programs as a path forward in their careers. Whether it is a sudden and unexpected career change or a well-planned out career for a high school student, CTE programs offer opportunity and growth for a wide range of Americans.
Aaron, one of my constituents in Southwest Alabama, is a great example of a CTE success story. Ten years ago, he started out as a plumber, but after going through a CTE program, he now supervises pipe and machinery for an entire shipyard in coastal Alabama. His supervisor cites him as one of their best leaders. His life was forever changed thanks to CTE, and he is now helping build our nation’s warships.
As the former chancellor of the Alabama’s community college system, I have seen these CTE programs firsthand and they work like magic. Encouraging our nation’s workforce to specialize in a valuable trade like shipbuilding and repair improves their lives and also provides tremendous benefits to both our economy and our national security.
Earlier this year, the House passed H.R. 2353, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, on a huge bipartisan vote. Our bipartisan bill updates the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act by empowering state and local leaders, improving alignment with in-demand job areas, and increasing transparency and accountability. These reforms will make our CTE programs stronger, which in turn will benefit the overall U.S. economy.
The bill is now under consideration in the Senate, and I hope they will act swiftly on this bipartisan bill to help train the workforce of tomorrow, including our nation’s shipbuilders.
As President Theodore Roosevelt said in 1902, “A good Navy is not a provocation to war. It is the surest guaranty of peace.” As we work to build up our Navy, let us not lose sight of the importance of maintaining and supporting a skilled workforce to build the 355 ship fleet of tomorrow.Read More
Each August, Members of Congress head back to their home states for a District Work Period. I use this time to travel throughout my district and interact with the people I represent in Congress.
These District Work Periods are jammed packed with multiple stops a day, plenty of time in the car, and important conversations with constituents. To help explain just how busy these weeks can be, I want to walk you through my last week on the road in Southwest Alabama.
Monday morning started off bright and early with an appearance on WABF Radio in Fairhope. It is important to spend time visiting with members of the local media to help share information about the work being done in Washington.
Next, we traveled over to Wendy’s in Spanish Fort for a roundtable discussion with leaders from local franchises. The topic of conversation focused on my new bill, the Save Local Business Act.
Then we headed up to Bay Minette for lunch with our school superintendents. With school starting back, this lunch offered an opportunity to discuss the impact federal education policy has on our local schools.
My town hall meeting in Fairhope was next on the schedule. We had a packed house, but I thought the conversation was thoughtful and productive. While we may not agree on every issue, I promise to always listen to your perspective.
Most of Tuesday was spent in Mobile. I started out speaking to realtors at the Berkshire Hathaway office in West Mobile before heading downtown to speak to the Trustmark Bank Coastal Alabama Advisory Board.
Then it was back across the street to my Mobile office for a roundtable discussion with the presidents from our local colleges and universities. These institutions of higher education are important to our local economy, so I always make time to listen to their concerns.
On Wednesday, we headed down to Bayou La Batre for a series of meetings and events. First up was a visit to Safe Harbor, a public housing authority. Then I visited two local businesses: Jubilee Seafood and Steiner Construction. The seafood and shipbuilding industry are critically important to both Bayou La Batre and our entire district, so I expressed my commitment to ensuring federal policies do not harm their operations.
Finally, I stopped by Mostellar Medical Clinic, a community health center serving Mobile and Washington counties. I was blown away by the range of services offered at the clinic, and the visit just further reaffirmed my support for community health centers.
Thursday we were back in Baldwin County for a speech to the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA). As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, I shared my perspective on military and veteran issues.
After a quick stop at the Tanger Outlets in Foley to listen to their ideas for tax reform, I stopped at Gulf Shores City Hall for my second town hall meeting of the week. This marked my 89th town hall meeting since being elected to Congress, and I look forward to holding more town halls later this month.
Friday morning we were up early and headed back down to Gulf Shores for a Coastal Alabama Business Chamber meeting. I gave on update on three important local priorities: the I-10 Bridge, Red Snapper, and the jobs at the Austal Shipyard. After meetings in my Summerdale office, we were wrapped up for the week.
As you can see, these District Work Periods are anything but restful. Instead, the time gives me a much needed opportunity to get out and listen to the people I represent.Read More
There has been a lot of noise coming out of Washington and in the national news media. If you listen to all the noise, you would think the only thing happening in our nation’s capital is staffing drama at the White House and an ongoing Russia investigation.
Those topics consume the national headlines day in and day out. Sadly, that narrative does not match the reality of what is happening in the House of Representatives. In fact, we are getting our work done and following through on our promises.
I bet you would be surprised to know that already this year the House has passed over 295 bills. I doubt that is something you have heard from the national news media.
To help illustrate how much we are getting done in the House, let’s consider just what happened this past week.
Most notably, the House passed the Make America Secure Appropriations Act, a major national security funding bill. The bill provides funding for the military, veterans, border security, and much more.
Having state-of-the-art facilities and resources is vital to the success of our military. To help repair dilapidated and aging military infrastructure, the bill provides a 25% increase in military construction funding.
Supporting our servicemembers and their families is also a high priority in the bill, as it provides for the largest military pay raise in eight years.
The bill allocates the highest level of funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs in our nation’s history. This will help cut down on the claims backlog and move forward with a new electronic medical health record system.
The American people sent a strong message last November that they wanted a wall securing our southern border. This bill will begin this process by providing over $1.5 billion requested by President Trump for physical barrier construction along the Southern border. This is a major breakthrough in our efforts to secure the border.
We also passed bills to reauthorize our nation’s intelligence programs and to provide emergency funding for the VA, including the VA’s Choice program. Both of these bills passed the House with broad bipartisan support.
On Thursday, I introduced the Save Local Business Act, which rolls back the extreme joint employer scheme to protect American jobs and entrepreneurship. My bill is all about making sure federal labor policies focus on benefiting workers and helping small businesses grow instead of creating barriers that limit opportunity. I am pleased it is already earning bipartisan support.
Also last week, a major announcement was made regarding the future of tax reform. House, Senate, and White House leaders issued a joint statement outlining the key principles of tax reforming and making clear that simplifying the tax code is a shared priority.
On the local front, the House-passed national security bill includes important funding for the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program, which is great news for the over 4,000 men and women who work at the Austal shipyard in Mobile.
I also joined with a number of my Gulf Coast colleagues in introducing a bill on Friday to help permanently solve the Red Snapper issue in the Gulf of Mexico. Introducing this legislation is an important first step in advancing a solution to ensure all our fishermen have access to Red Snapper in the Gulf.
So, I encourage you to make every effort to cut through the noise and focus on what the House is actually getting done. To help you get all the facts on what the House is accomplishing, I encourage you to check out DidYouKnow.gop. This website highlights the fact that the House is getting our job done, as we promised the American people.Read More
Today, at a press conference with small business owners and workers, Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) and colleagues introduced the Save Local Business Act. The legislation rolls back the extreme joint employer scheme to protect American jobs and entrepreneurship.
Congressman Byrne’s bill has bipartisan support from 29 co-sponsors, including House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairwoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC).
Byrne said: “Federal labor policies should be focused on benefiting workers and helping small businesses grow instead of creating barriers that limit opportunity. Also important, Congress – not unelected federal bureaucrats – should set our nation’s labor policies through statute instead of executive fiat.
“Under this bipartisan legislation, workers, and the businesses they work for, will be given much needed clarity and certainty. I am especially pleased our legislation has earned support from both sides of the aisle, and I am committed to continuing to build momentum as the bill moves through the legislative process.”
Chairwoman Foxx said: “Right now, local employers across the country face an enormous amount of uncertainty because of a vague and confusing joint employer standard. Congress cannot sit on the sidelines while this harmful scheme threatens to destroy jobs and make it harder for entrepreneurs to achieve the American Dream of owning a business. I commend Congressman Byrne for his leadership in this bipartisan effort to protect jobs and the spirit of entrepreneurship in local communities.”
BACKGROUND: The Save Local Business Act amends the National Labor Relations Act and the Fair Labor Standards Act to restore the commonsense definition of what it means to be an employer. The legislation clarifies that two or more employers must have “actual, direct, and immediate” control over employees to be considered joint employers.
Click here for a fact sheet on the bill.
Click here to find the text of the bill.Read More
Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, voted today in favor of the Make America Secure Appropriations Act of 2017. The bill passed by a vote of 235 to 192 and includes critical military, national security, border security, and veteran affairs funding.
Important to Southwest Alabama, the bill includes funding for three Littoral Combat Ships (LCS), which are built in-part by Austal USA in Mobile. Earlier this month, the House passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which authorized the construction of these three LCS.
Additionally, the bill includes funding for border wall construction, a major priority of President Donald Trump. Specifically, $1.57 billion provides for physical barrier construction and repair along the southern border.
Congressman Byrne outlined his support for the bill during a speech from the House floor. A transcript of the Congressman’s remarks can be found below.
Byrne said: “Mr. Speaker, I rise in strong support of this rule and the underlying bill. The Make America Secure Appropriations Act is all about protecting the American people and securing the homeland.
“Unfortunately, years of underfunding has severely hurt our military. With this bill, we can make real progress toward rebuilding the military and adding more troops, sailors, airmen, and Marines to the force.
“Building on our pledge to boost the Navy to a 355 ship fleet, the bill funds 11 new ships. Included in this are three Littoral Combat Ships, of which the Independence class vessel is built by a fantastic workforce in Southwest Alabama.
“Having state-of-the-art facilities and resources is vital to the success of our military. To help repair dilapidated and aging military infrastructure, the bill provides a 25% increase in military construction funding.
“Supporting our servicemembers and their families is also a high priority of this bill, as it provides for the largest military pay raise in eight years.
“That’s not all the bill does. It also provides for our nation’s veterans – the very people who devoted their lives to protecting our country and the values we hold dear.
“This bill provides the highest level of funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs in our nation’s history. This will help cut down on the claims backlog and move forward with a new electronic medical health record system.
“Mr. Speaker, I am also pleased that this bill will allow us to begin increasing our nation’s border security in an effort to keep bad actors out of our country.
“The American people sent a strong message last November that they wanted a wall securing our southern border. This bill will begin this process by providing over $1.5 billion requested by President Trump for physical barrier construction along the Southern border.
“Mr. Speaker, over this past weekend a lot of people in America went to see a movie called Dunkirk. It is about the evacuation of over 300,000 British and French troops back over to England. Prime Minister Winston Churchill had only been in office a couple of weeks at that point in time, but he had predicted for years before that in speeches on the floor of the House of Commons that that day was coming. They took his speeches and put them together in a book called ‘While England Slept.’
“With this bill we are sending a strong message to the world that America is not asleep.”Read More
Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) today announced two upcoming town hall meetings in Baldwin County during the week of July 31st.
The first town hall meeting will occur in Fairhope on Monday, July 31st followed by a town hall meeting in Gulf Shores on Thursday, August 3rd. Both town hall meetings are free to attend and open to the public.
Congressman Byrne is known for holding public town hall meetings throughout his district in Southwest Alabama. Earlier this year, Congressman Byrne’s aggressive town hall schedule drew national attention with a segment on CBS This Morning.
Details on the two town hall meetings can be found below.
What: Fairhope Town Hall Meeting
When: July 31, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. CT
Where: Fairhope City Hall; 161 North Section Street; Fairhope, AL
What: Gulf Shores Town Hall Meeting
When: August 3, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. CT
Where: Gulf Shores City Hall; 1905 West 1st Street; Gulf Shores, ALRead More
President Trump recently devoted a week to celebrating the importance of “Made in America” products with special events at the White House. I was pleased to see the President shining a spotlight on the many first-class items produced here in the United States.
I often meet with manufacturing leaders from across Alabama during their visits to Washington, D.C. or during visits to their facilities back in Alabama. We discuss issues affecting our state’s manufacturing industry, the importance of infrastructure investments, as well as policy ideas that will spur industry growth, create jobs, and boost our local economy.
Iron and steel companies are often a key part of the conversation. While iron and steel manufacturing is not new to Alabama, we currently face challenges critical to the health of the industry.
Alabama has a rich history of manufacturing, with iron and steel serving as a key backbone of our state’s economy. Manufacturing in Alabama currently accounts for over 252,000 jobs – 11.7 percent of the total employment in the state and 11.71 percent of the gross state product. More than 60,000 of these jobs are supported by the steel industry. But, with opportunities on the horizon, we can do better.
As a member of Congress, I am constantly looking for solutions to improve job opportunities, expand local industries and support our future workforce. To accomplish this, we must implement pro-business policies that will strengthen the steel manufacturing industry and promote homegrown economic activity.
In April, President Trump signed an executive order to “Buy America,” which aims to use American-made goods for taxpayer-financed infrastructure. Buy America has broad bipartisan support and ensures that we first look to U.S. manufacturers instead of overseas competitors.
Buy America is a simple, commonsense policy: American tax dollars spent on public projects should stay in the states and support our national economy. We shouldn’t subsidize jobs overseas when cost-competitive and quality goods are available here.
As we have continued discussions surrounding the need to improve our infrastructure, U.S. companies should have the first opportunity to supply materials used to build roads, bridges, ports, water systems and other critical infrastructure.
Buy America preferences prevent us from relying on other countries, like China, for steel and other materials used for producing infrastructure and our national defense systems such as fighter jets, tanks and ships.
These countries capitalize on excess steel production overcapacity and subsidized imports, creating a detrimental impact on the industry. That, along with tough environmental and labor regulations, make it critically important to support policies that promote local steel manufacturing.
The impact of supporting the local steel industry goes far beyond the jobs related to the specific manufacturer. For every domestic steel manufacturing job, it has a seven-fold impact in the economy, creating jobs in the community beyond those directly employed.
Alabama is home to some of the most advanced and best manufacturing facilities in the world as well as a talented, skilled workforce that can compete with anyone.
With Buy America preferences, we have the opportunity to reward those efforts.
While progress has been made, there is much work to be done. Alabama’s strong tradition of producing iron and steel has positioned our state for future growth. It is time we take positive action to support this sector by implementing policies that keep our jobs, tax dollars, and industries in Alabama.
I am proud of the hardworking men and women who support Alabama’s steel industry, and I look forward to continuing to advance policies that create a positive impact for the industry and our economy.Read More
Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL), vice chairman of the House Seapower Subcommittee, issued the following statement regarding the future of the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program.
Byrne said: “Last week, the House passed a strong National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that authorized the construction of three more Littoral Combat Ships. This was a positive development that showed the strong, bipartisan support for this critical Navy program.
“Unfortunately, the bill approved by the Senate Armed Services Committee falls short by only authorizing one LCS for Fiscal Year 2018. This is a real issue that puts Alabama jobs at risk.
“To be clear, there are many strong LCS supporters in the Senate. Senator Richard Shelby has been a stalwart advocate for the LCS program and the Austal shipyard, and I know he will continue to lead the charge during the appropriations process.
“Alabama Senator Luther Strange sits on the Senate Armed Services Committee, where the real problem lies. As currently written, the Senate NDAA would result in layoffs at the Austal shipyard and would severely compromise our efforts to build a 355 ship Navy.
“As the bill moves to the Senate floor, I call on Senator Strange and members of the Senate Armed Services Committee to fully support the LCS program, the U.S. Navy, and the over 4,000 men and women who work at the Austal shipyard.”
On Friday, the House passed their version of the National Defense Authorization Act by a bipartisan vote of 344 to 81. Congressman Byrne helped lead the charge to ensure authorization for three LCS in the bill.
The NDAA approved unanimously by the Senate Armed Services Committee in June only authorizes the construction of one LCS.
Three Littoral Combat Ships are needed in the Fiscal Year 2018 NDAA in order to maintain the industrial base at the two shipyards and to keep costs of the ships low.
The Independence-class version of the LCS is built in Mobile, Alabama by Austal USA. Austal is the area’s top private sector employer with over 4,000 direct employees and thousands of other jobs indirectly tied to the shipyard.Read More
There is no greater responsibility of the federal government than to provide for the safety and security of the American people. I have found myself making this point over and over again throughout my short time in Congress.
With the wide range of issues under debate here in Washington, some of my colleagues seem to forget that our most basic responsibility as outlined in the Constitution is to “provide for the common defense” of the American people.
That is exactly what we did last week when the House passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) by a strong bipartisan vote of 344 to 81. As you may remember, this is the bill that authorizes funding and sets policy for the entire United States military. Needless to say, it is a critically important piece of legislation that Congress must pass each year.
As a member of the House Armed Services Committee and Vice Chairman of the Seapower Subcommittee, I was able to play a key role in the bill as it moved through our Committee and then to the House floor for a vote.
The bill is especially important this year given President Trump’s pledge to grow our military. Our bill increases total military spending by 10% over last year’s levels, which will help reverse the severe readiness crisis that has been plaguing the military.
Consider these numbers: thirty years ago, the Fiscal Year 1988 NDAA represented 27.3% of total federal outlays and 5.2% of projected GDP. This year’s bill authorizes funding for the military at $688.3 billion, which is 16.8% of total federal outlays and 3.4% of projected GDP.
We are spending less proportionally today on our military despite the fact that we face a wider range of threats across the globe. That should be troubling to every American.
Thirty years ago our nation’s military faced only one serious threat: the Soviet Union. There was no ISIS or al Qaeda or other radical Islamic terrorist organization threatening the United States. Iran was not an existential threat to the American people. North Korea wasn’t developing nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles. China was not on the radar as it relates to military power. We weren’t worried about cyberattacks or cyber espionage.
The threat environment today is incredibly complex, and we must ensure that our military funding is in line with the realities of the threats we face. This year’s NDAA is a big step in that direction.
The bill increases the size of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Army Guard and Reserve, Naval and Air Reserve, and Air Guard. It also provides for the procurement of critical military aircraft, ships, and equipment while also setting money aside for maintenance and repairs to current military resources.
Important to our area, the bill authorizes the construction of three more Littoral Combat Ships (LCS), which are built in part by Austal USA in Mobile. It is critical that the bill support three ships because that is the number necessary to keep the shipyard operating at full speed and keep the cost of the ships down.
Given the nuclear and ballistic missile threat posed by North Korea, the bill boosts our nation’s missile defense programs. A number of important cyber security provisions and reforms related to the space domain are also included in the bill.
In an effort to support our servicemembers and their families, the bill authorizes a 2.4% pay raise for our troops. It also includes significant provisions related to military health care, housing, and benefit programs.
All told, this bill will help ensure the safety and security of the American people through rebuilding, repairing, and reforming our nation’s military.Read More
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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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