Bradley Byrne

Bradley Byrne

ALABAMA's 1st DISTRICT

State of the Union Just A Liberal Wish List

2015/01/25

Article II, Section 3 of the United States Constitution reads: “He shall from time to time give to Congress information of the State of the Union.” In that spirit, last week President Obama traveled to the Capitol to deliver his State of the Union Address, the sixth such speech of his presidency. I hoped the President would use the speech to outline his strategy for working with the new, Republican-controlled Congress. I thought President Obama might look at the past examples set by Presidents Reagan, Clinton, and Bush, who all had to work with a Congress controlled by the opposite party. Despite their differences, these men were able to find legislative success because they made a serious effort to work with the Congress. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the message we heard. Instead, the President rattled off an unrealistic liberal wish list of the same failed policies he has been advocating for over the past six years. From raising the minimum wage to higher taxes to closing down Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba, the President simply offered the same stale policies that the American people rejected last November when they elected a Republican Senate and added seats to the Republican majority in the House. President Obama tried to convince us that the economy has completely turned the corner. While I agree the economy is on better footing today than it was a few years ago, now is not the time for a victory lap. Wages remain stagnant, too many Americans have stopped looking for work and part-time jobs are all too common. Instead of pushing for a tax hike, the President should be offering to work with the Republican-controlled Congress to simplify the tax code and reduce regulations on small businesses. The President also used the State of the Union to celebrate what he called a “smarter” foreign policy. I found that analysis bizarre considering the current state of international affairs: Russia-backed rebels have launched a new offensive in Ukraine, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) continues to hold strong in the Middle East, China becomes more of a threat every day, Iran continues to get closer to a nuclear weapon, and the US-aligned government in Yemen has fallen to Islamic extremists. Each of these examples demonstrates how the lack of United States leadership is causing instability across the globe. Additionally, President Obama outlined a completely unrealistic plan to offer “free” community college to all students. As the former chancellor of Alabama’s two-year college system, you will be hard pressed to find a stronger supporter of community colleges than me, but the President’s proposal is not a serious effort to increase skills training in our country. Even worse, the President proposes to raise taxes on 529 college savings plans in order to pay for the “free” community college plan. Punishing those who responsibly saved for college is entirely the wrong approach. All told, President Obama again pushed an agenda designed at growing the federal government instead of growing American’s paychecks. Families and small businesses don’t want a bigger, more heavy-handed federal government. The people I represent simply want a federal government that is efficient, effective and accountable. Instead of focusing on areas where Republicans and Democrats can work together, the President once again pledged more executive action and pandered to his party’s political base. The President seemed completely oblivious to the results of the midterm elections, spending more time talking about issuing vetoes than working together. From the war against ISIL to our growing skills gap to the still recovering economy, our nation needs serious leadership and the people want to see tangible results. In the House, we will continue to advance a commonsense agenda that tackles the issues Americans face every day. I invite the President to put politics aside and join us in advancing sensible solutions. Read More

State of the Union A “Liberal Wish List,” Byrne Says

2015/01/21

Congressman Bradley Byrne (AL-1) issued the following statement following President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address. Byrne said: “Tonight, President Obama offered a liberal wish list instead of putting forward realistic solutions that address the serious issues plaguing the American people. Yet again the President has pushed an agenda designed at growing the federal government, not growing American’s paychecks. Families and small businesses don’t want a bigger, more heavy-handed federal government. The people I represent want a federal government that is efficient, effective and accountable. “Instead of focusing on areas where Republicans and Democrats can work together, the President once again pledged more executive action and asked for higher taxes.  President Obama should look at the examples set by Presidents Reagan, Clinton, and Bush, who all had to work with a Congress controlled by the opposite party. Despite their differences, these men were able to find legislative success because they made a serious effort to work with the Congress. President Obama can’t simply show up on Capitol Hill once a year, make some demands, and expect Congress to just fall in line. “From the war against ISIL to our growing skills gap to the still recovering economy, our nation needs serious leadership and the people want to see tangible results. In the House of Representatives, we will continue to advance a commonsense agenda that tackles the issues Americans face every day. I sincerely hope the President holds true to his word and  joins us in advancing these sensible solutions.” Read More

Byrne Accepting Internship Applications for Summer 2015

2015/01/20

Congressman Bradley Byrne (AL-1) announced today this his office is accepting applications for summer internships in his Washington and Alabama offices. Applicants must have completed at least two years of college. Interested individuals can download an application online at Byrne.House.Gov or by clicking here. Internships are available in both Washington, DC, and Mobile, AL. Congressional internships offer students a real-life glance at how the federal legislative branch operates. Common intern tasks include helping answer phones, running errands, researching legislation, attending hearings and briefings, and assisting with the drafting of letters. Although the internships are unpaid, students will gain invaluable work experience. The deadline for submitting an application is January 30th. Read More

Byrne Announces January Staff Community Office Hours

2015/01/20

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 January 20-22. 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, January 20 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, January 21 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, January 21 10:00 – 11:00 am: Grove Hill Town Hall 11:30 am – 12:30 pm: Jackson City Hall   Escambia County Tuesday, January 20 9:30 – 10:30 am: Atmore City Hall 11:00 – 12:00 pm: Brewton City Hall   Mobile County Thursday, January 22 11:00 am – 12:00 noon: Citronelle Town Hall 3:00 – 4:00 pm: Dauphin Island Town Hall   Monroe County Tuesday, January 20 2:00 – 3:00 pm: Monroeville City Hall   Washington County Wednesday, January 21 2:30 – 3:30 pm: Washington County Public Library, Chatom   Thursday, January 22 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

Byrne, House Act To Halt Executive Amnesty

2015/01/15

Just last month, the Republican Congress made a promise to the American people. We promised to fight the Obama administration’s decision to give executive amnesty to many of those in this country illegally. Last week, the House acted on that promise. Let’s remember how we got to this point. Last November, in the days following the major Republican victories in the mid-term elections, President Obama announced he would offer temporary legal status to approximately five million people in the United States illegally. This action followed a previous decision by President Obama in 2012 to halt deportations and issue work permits to illegal immigrants who entered the United States before their 16th birthday. While I agree that our immigration system is broken and needs reform, executive action from a “lame duck” President is not the way our government should operate. In fact, the President’s action has actually poisoned the well and made it harder to find real, long-term solutions to the immigration debate. To me, this issue is really about much more than immigration. It is about the separation of powers and ensuring that no one part of government becomes too powerful. Our Founding Fathers were clear when they wrote the Constitution. The Congress makes the laws, and the President should enforce them. President Obama just doesn’t seem to get that. Just imagine the alarming precedent set by the idea that a President can just unilaterally suspend enforcement of laws with which he may not agree. What would happen if a Republican President chose not to enforce the Clean Air Act? My colleagues on the other side of the aisle would rise up with frustration and indignation. But that is exactly what is happening in our country today. So the House was left with little choice but to pass legislation that would halt the President’s plan for executive amnesty. The House passed H.R. 240, the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act. Primarily, the legislation provided funding for major homeland security agencies and functions. I was pleased to support an amendment to bill written by my friend, Alabama Congressman Robert Aderholt, which would prevent any funds from being used to carry out President Obama’s plan to grant amnesty to those in our country illegally. This tough amendment, which had the support of many leading voices in the immigration debate like Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions, was adopted and included in the final bill. As I have repeatedly said, any conversation on illegal immigration must start with border security. In order to truly stem the flow of illegal immigrants, we must use all available resources to ensure our border is truly secure. That’s why the underlying legislation boosted funding for important agencies and programs relating to border security. The bill increased funding for Customs and Border Protection, allowing for the largest operational force in the agency’s history. Additionally, the legislation increased the budget for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to fund detention programs. Just as important, the bill provided full funding of E-Verify, which is used to check the legal status of prospective employees. In order to halt illegal immigration in this country, we must stop encouraging illegal immigration by offering amnesty and instead put more attention on actually securing our borders. That is the exact approach taken in the legislation passed by the House last week. I hope the Senate will soon act on the House-passed legislation. We cannot and will not sit back idly and allow the President to trample our Constitution. We must right the scales of balance and restore our system of checks and balances. Read More

Byrne Introduces Balanced Budget Amendment

2015/01/15

In an effort to get federal spending under control, Congressman Bradley Byrne (AL-1) today announced that he has introduced a Balanced Budget Amendment. Congressman Byrne introduced H.J.Res.12, calling for a constitutional amendment that requires Congress to balance the federal budget. H.J.Res.12 is the first piece of legislation introduced by Congressman Byrne in the new 114th Congress. Byrne said: “Every month American families sit around their kitchen tables and discuss how to live within their means. Difficult decisions are made. Some things have to be cut. But ultimately, it is the responsibility of every American to not spend more than they have. “Why doesn’t the federal government have to play by the same rules? I am proud to introduce H.J.Res.12, which would require Congress to balance the federal budget. The national debt is over $18 trillion dollars and it shows no sign of going down without serious efforts to rein in spending. “This isn’t a foreign idea. When I was in the Alabama State Senate, we were Constitutionally required to operate under a balanced budget. It wasn’t always easy, but it required elected officials to make tough choices in the name of fiscal sanity. Congress should be held to the same standard, and I urge my colleagues to join me in supporting a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.” If adopted by Congress and passed by three-fourths of state legislatures, Congressman Byrne’s constitutional amendment would force the federal government to live within its means. The major provisions of the proposed amendment require that: total outlays for any fiscal year do not exceed total receipts for that fiscal year, total outlays for any fiscal year do not exceed one-fifth of economic output of the United States, and the President submits a balanced budget proposal to Congress each year. Read More

Byrne Votes to Rein in Executive Amnesty, Boost Border Security

2015/01/14

Congressman Bradley Byrne (AL-1) today voted in support of legislation to boost funding for border security and rein in the Obama administration’s plans to grant amnesty to approximately five million illegal immigrants. Byrne supported H.R. 240, the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, which included an amendment by Congressman Robert Aderholt (AL-4) to “prevent any funds from whatever sources to be used to carry-out the executive actions announced on November 20, 2014 to grant deferred action to certain unlawful aliens.” Byrne said: “Last month, we made a promise to the American people that we would fight the Obama administration’s decision to give executive amnesty to many of those in this country illegally. Today, we made progress on fulfilling that promise. “President Obama has repeatedly acted outside his constitutional authority in an effort to legislate from the White House. Today’s vote shows that the House of Representatives is committed to righting the scales of power and restoring the Constitutional system of checks and balances. “This is tough legislation which completely eliminates all funds for implementation of the President’s illegal actions. It should be no surprise the legislation has the support of a number of influential leaders in the immigration debate, including Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions. “With the new Republican majority, I urge my colleagues in the Senate to bring this legislation up right away and act swiftly to rein in President Obama’s ill-conceived plan for executive amnesty.” Additionally, the bill includes a number of funding increases designed to strengthen our nation’s border security agencies and programs. Among other provisions, the bill: Increases funding for Customs and Border Protection to allow for the largest operation force in history, Boosts Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) funding covering detention programs, Includes new funding for domestic and international investigations, and Allows for full funding of E-Verify, which is used to check the legal status of prospective employees. Byrne said: “Any conversation on illegal immigration must start with border security. In order to truly stem the flow of illegal immigrants, we must use all available resources to ensure our border is truly secure. I am pleased this legislation increases funding for border security and other national security priorities.” The legislation passed the House by a vote of 236 to 191. The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration. Read More

Byrne: House Will Act to Stop Executive Amnesty

2015/01/12

The House of Representatives will vote this week on legislation to restrict President Barack Obama’s plan to offer amnesty to approximately 5 million illegal immigrants, Congressman Bradley Byrne (AL-1) announced during a speech from the floor of the House. This week, the House is expected to vote on H.R. 240, the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, and a number of amendments designed to stop President Obama from implementing his plans for executive amnesty. Congressman Byrne has repeatedly urged President Obama to abandon his plan and instead work together with Congress to fix the broken immigration system. The legislation will include language from Alabama Congressman Robert Aderholt (AL-4) which would defund the President’s plans to grant deferred action to certain unlawful aliens in the United States. Congressman Byrne is an original co-sponsor of the Aderholt bill, and Senator Jeff Sessions (AL) has also announced his support for the Aderholt language. A transcript of Congressman Byrne’s speech can be found below. Byrne said: Madame Speaker, just last month, we made a promise to the American people. We promised our constituents that we would fight the Obama administration’s decision to give executive amnesty to many of those in this country illegally. I am pleased to announce that this week the House will fulfill that promise and act to defund this illegal executive action. All last year, we strongly urged the President not to act alone and the American people spoke clearly in last November’s elections. But the President forged ahead anyway. And now, in order to preserve our nation’s long-standing system of checks and balances, the House will act to rein in President Obama’s plans for executive amnesty. We will vote on legislation, which I was proud to co-sponsor, written by my Alabama colleague, Congressman Robert Aderholt, which would prevent the President from carrying out his plans for executive amnesty. Let me be clear: this is tough legislation which completely eliminates all funds for implementation of the President’s illegal actions. The bill has the support of many leading voices in the immigration debate, including my homestate Senator, Jeff Sessions. Just as important, the legislation makes clear that no federal benefits can be granted to any alien as a result of the policies defunded and also eliminates funds to consider new, renewal, or previously denied applications for executive amnesty. And the legislation doesn’t just defund the President’s executive action. The legislation paves the way for stronger border security by increasing funds for border agents, detention beds, and enforcement activities. In order to halt illegal immigration in this country, we must stop encouraging illegal immigration by offering amnesty and instead put more attention on actually securing our borders. I wish this legislation wasn’t necessary. I wish President Obama had listened to the American people and enforced the current laws, instead of continuing his “my-way-or-the-highway” style of governing. Instead, he moved ahead with action that clearly violates our Constitution and has poisoned the well for any serious conversation on immigration reform. So Madame Speaker, I must ask a simple question that has very serious consequences: When will it stop? When will President Obama stop issuing short-sighted executive action and instead work together with this Congress to find long-term solutions to the real issues plaguing our country? I fear that the answer to that question is not promising, given that while we were taking our oath of office from this very floor, the White House was busy issuing veto threats. I understand that the legislative process may not be convenient for the President, but the process exists for a reason. The Congress makes the laws and the President should enforce them. This President just doesn’t seem to get that. So this week the House will act to rein in the President once again. We will attempt to right the scales of power and restore our Constitutional system of checks and balances. We cannot and we will not sit back idly and allow the President to act alone. We promised the American people we would respond and this week, we will hold true to our word. Thank you Madame Speaker, and I yield back. Read More

ObamaCare is Beyond Repair

2015/01/09

Since being elected the Congressman for Alabama’s First Congressional District, I have heard from more constituents upset about ObamaCare than any other issue. As we kicked off the 114th Congress last week, the attention was once again back on ObamaCare. The House voted on two separate bills that would repeal or make changes to certain provisions of the law. First, the Hire More Heroes Act exempts veterans who already receive health care through the Department of Defense or the VA from being counted towards the number of employees required by ObamaCare’s employer mandate. This bill passed the House 406-1. Second, the House passed the Save American Workers Act. That legislation repeals ObamaCare’s definition of “full-time employment” as 30-hours and restores the traditional 40-hour workweek. This legislation passed on a vote of 252 to 172, including the support of twelve Democrats. Sadly, but not surprising, the White House was quick to announce their opposition to the Save American Workers Act before the bill even passed the House. Despite repeatedly offering to work with Republicans in Congress to fix ObamaCare, the White House is now refusing to even consider real changes to the law. The whole debate has made one thing perfectly clear to me: ObamaCare cannot be fixed. This law is beyond repair. No quick legislative fix can make this law work for the countless American families who have already been negatively impacted, including many families in South Alabama. I have now toured each of the hospitals in Southwest Alabama, in addition to visiting many family doctors, clinics and specialists. It is clear ObamaCare is turning the American health care industry completely upside down. We can’t simply try to fix the law piece by piece, especially when the Obama White House is threatening to veto even the smallest of changes. The real answer to improving health care in this country lies with completely repealing ObamaCare. That’s why I am proud to co-sponsor legislation by Congressman Steve King (R-IA) which would repeal ObamaCare in its entirety. Now, I certainly believe we must come behind the repeal with a replacement law that is based on free market principles and isn’t run by the federal government. I look forward to working with my colleagues, especially those in the health care industry, to draft the best replacement plan. In November, the American people sent a loud and clear message that they are tired of business as usual from Washington, and the people want to see bold legislative action that rolls back the failed policies of President Obama. Small fixes to ObamaCare aren’t enough, and they won’t solve the real problem. I will continue to be a strong proponent for a complete repeal of ObamaCare, and I have asked House leaders to bring a full repeal up for a vote in the near future. We must act boldly and deliberately on behalf of the American people. Read More

Byrne Statement on Obama Community College Proposal

2015/01/09

Congressman Bradley Byrne (AL-1), a member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce and former chancellor of Alabama’s two year college system, criticized a plan announced by President Barack Obama today to make community college free for students. Under the President’s proposal, a new partnership would be created with states to waive tuition for “responsible students.”  According to the New York Times, the federal government would cover three-quarters of the cost while states would be expected to cover the remaining costs. Congressman Byrne questioned the legitimacy of the plan and noted that it would likely lead to unintended consequences. Byrne said: “You would be hard pressed to find a stronger supporter of the community college system than I am. I have seen firsthand the tremendous work our community colleges can do in helping build a stronger, more skilled workforce. Unfortunately, President Obama’s proposal today again shows he is more interested in making headlines than offering legitimate solutions. “When the President put this proposal forward the White House didn’t even acknowledge how much it would cost or how the Obama administration recommends paying for it. Most states, including Alabama, are already stretched far too thin, and it would be unlikely they  could bear the financial burden. Just as bad, this program would likely place even more requirements and bureaucracy on our nation’s institutions of higher learning.” As chancellor of Alabama’s two year college system, Byrne funded scholarships aimed at pushing more students into high demand skill areas. Byrne also worked with individual community colleges to tailor their curriculum toward the region’s economic needs. Byrne said: “We have a real need for more skilled workers in this country, and particularly here in Southwest Alabama. I am committed to finding ways to ensure Americans have the skills they need to attain full employment, but this proposal is not even a serious attempt to move the dialogue forward. “When I was chancellor of Alabama’s two year system, I  created targeted scholarships for students to take dual enrollment classes in high demand skill areas. Programs like this offer a much more legitimate and targeted approach to closing the skills gap and getting Americans back to work. I look forward to using my position on the House Education and the Workforce Committee to work toward realistic solutions.” 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 Natural Resources, 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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