Robert Aderholt

Robert Aderholt

ALABAMA's 4th DISTRICT

Farmers Home Furniture to build new distribution center in Russellville, creating 80 new jobs

2016/05/23

RUSSELLVILLE, Ala. – Farmers Home Furniture announced today it will invest $10 million in a new distribution center to be built in Franklin County.  This is expected to bring 80 new jobs to northwest Alabama.

Farmers purchased a 325,000 square foot facility in Russellville Industrial Park.  Farmers Home Furniture has 35 stores in various locations throughout Alabama, and this new center will serve as a distribution hub.

Farmers was founded in 1949 by Sherwin Glass and is now one of the Top 100 furniture companies in the United States. Farmers is an employee-owned company with 198 stores and over 2,000 employees in Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama, Florida and most recently Tennessee.

Farmers Home FurnitureFollowing a multi-state search for additional distribution center space, Farmers determined that Franklin County was the best fit for its expansion purposes due to the availability of skilled workers and the support of the City of Russellville, the Alabama Department of Commerce and the Franklin County Development Authority. Locating its new distribution center in Russellville means Farmers is perfectly positioned to serve its north Alabama and new Tennessee locations as well as move forward with its long-term growth plans.

Phillip Faircloth, Chairman and CEO of Farmers Home Furniture said, “We continue to honor Sherwin Glass’s dream by investing in small town America and providing opportunities to live and work in small towns. Farmers strives to be a good citizen of every community where it invests, and being an employee-owned company, we have committed to return the benefits of our success to our employee-owners and communities. We are grateful to the State of Alabama and the City of Russellville for their support which enabled us to expand our distribution operations here in Russellville.”

Local city and economic development officials say Franklin County will benefit from the Farmers distribution center. “We are very pleased to welcome Farmers Home Furniture to Russellville and Franklin County, Alabama,” said David Grissom, Mayor of Russellville. “This new distribution center, investment and jobs created by Farmers will be a major boost to our local economy. Russellville has a long history of supporting business and Farmers decision to open a distribution center here is further testament to our teamwork approach to working with business and industry.”

Mitch Mays, executive director for the Franklin County Development Authority added, “We are grateful that Farmers Home Furniture chose Franklin County to make this sizeable investment.  Companies that locate in Franklin County, Alabama always have successful endeavors. Farmers will be a great corporate citizen in Franklin County and the new jobs they create will have a lasting impact on our community.”

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Alabama congressmen urge Obama to rescind bathroom policy

2016/05/18

Four Alabama congressmen lent their names to a letter Monday calling on President Barack Obama to rescind the administration's guidance on transgender students and bathroom use, calling it a "poorly executed threat" and an example of executive overreach.

On Thursday, the Obama administration sent guidance to school districts saying that transgender students should be allowed to use the restroom they feel most comfortable using and not necessarily the one associated with their biological gender. Schools that don't comply with the order are in danger of having federal funds revoked.

"We are extremely concerned with the recent directive from your administration threatening legal action against or denial of congressionally appropriated funds to local school districts that do not allow students to use their bathroom of choice regardless of their gender," read the letter signed by 38 members of Congress, including Reps. Mo Brooks, R-Huntsville; Robert Aderholt, R-Haleyville; Gary Palmer, R-Hoover; and Bradley Byrne, R-Hoover. "We ask that you rescind your poorly executed threat to school districts across the country and reaffirm their right to govern themselves as they see fit within the bounds of the law."

The congressmen wrote that no laws or court decisions have "extended civil rights protections based on gender identity."

"Furthermore, your actions threaten to infringe on the constitutional rights of Congress to appropriate funds," they added. "We view this as an effort to implement your administration's political agenda outside the bounds of the law and the will of the American people."

Byrne said in a statement that the president "needs to stay out of our schools and stop with the political grandstanding," adding that he should instead "be focusing on serious issues like strengthening the military, taking care of our veterans, and helping bring Americans out of poverty."

"With all the serious issues going on in the world today, it is absurd that the Obama administration is worried about where students use the bathroom," he said. "This is federal overreach at its worst. These are decisions that should be handled at the state and local level, not by federal bureaucrats in Washington."

On Friday, Rep. Martha Roby, R-Montgomery, said members of the Obama administration "have lost their minds" over issuing the guidance, while Palmer said, "this administration apparently has no concern about ... sexual predators," referring to what he viewed as a safety issue with the guidance.  

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Aderholt Statement on President Obama’s Gender Identity Guidance

2016/05/17

Washington, D.C. — Congressman Robert Aderholt (AL-04) released the following statement in regard to guidelines released by President Obama concerning gender identity in American schools.

"The U.S. Department of Education’s transgender directives just released reveal a new desperation by this administration to impose their liberal agenda on their way out the door,” said Congressman Aderholt. "The Administration should not jeopardize the safety of our children in their efforts to force Americans to accept their LGBT political agenda.”

“Threatening to cut off funding to public schools, which are diligently working to educate our children, is nothing short of blackmail.  We must continue to push back against this Administration’s almost constant attempt to circumnavigate Congress and the Constitution.”

“To that end, I will be joining several of my Congressional colleagues in signing a letter to the President, expressing great concern over these guidelines and reminding Mr. Obama that he cannot infringe upon the constitutional right of Congress to appropriate funds.”

In Washington, Congressman Aderholt serves as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies for the powerful House Appropriations Committee; he is also a member of the Committee’s Defense Subcommittee, the Committee’s Commerce, Justice, and Science Subcommittee, and the Helsinki Commission.


For more information about Aderholt’s work in Congress visit: www.aderholt.house.gov

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Congressman Aderholt Releases List of Art Competition Winners

2016/05/17

Muscle Shoals, Ala. — Congressman Robert Aderholt (AL-04) today released the following list of winners from the 2016 4th Congressional District Art Competition.

Congressman Aderholt is pictured with Best of Show winner Ellie Blackwelder of Guntersville High School and her art teacher Val Jones.

The Best of Show went to Ellie Blackwelder of Guntersville High School.  Her paiting titled “The Stray,” will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol Complex for the next year.   She will also received two roundtrip airline tickets to attend the national ceremony in Washington.

Other Category Winners:

Paintings – Maggie Bachman, Guntersville High School

Drawings – Sarah Latham, Sumiton Christian School

Collages – AnnMarie Early, DAR High School

Prints – Chris Manasco, Haleyville High School

Mixed Media – Katheryn Johnson, Asbury High School

Computer Generated – Victoria Smith, Cullman High School

Photography – Cameron Persky, Sumtton Christian School

In Washington, Congressman Aderholt serves as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies for the powerful House Appropriations Committee; he is also a member of the Committee’s Defense Subcommittee, the Committee’s Commerce, Justice, and Science Subcommittee, and the Helsinki Commission.


For more information about Aderholt’s work in Congress visit: www.aderholt.house.gov.

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Aderholt Calls for Entries in 4th District Art Competition

2016/03/07

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today Congressman Robert Aderholt (AL-04) released a statement calling for entries in the 2016 4th District Art Competition.

 

“I am pleased once again to be a sponsor of the United States Congressional Art Competition for high school students within the 4th District.  This is an annual nationwide event that recognizes and encourages the artistic talent we have in our district.  Students in grades 9-12 are encouraged to compete.

 

“The 2016 Congressional Art Competition award ceremony and reception will be held at Northwest Shoals Community College in Muscle Shoals, Ala.  The date for the ceremony is Tuesday, May 3rd at 10:30 a.m.   All students participating in the competition, along with their parents and art teachers are invited to attend the reception where refreshments will be served. 

 

“The ‘Best of Show’ artwork will represent Alabama’s 4th Congressional District by being displayed in the U.S. Capitol Complex for an entire year.  Attached you will find a photo of the drawing done by last year’s winner, Guntersville’s Cadley Jackson.  In addition to having his or her artwork displayed in Washington, the winner will be awarded two round-trip airline tickets and $500 for expenses to attend the National Exhibition Reception in Washington, D.C. this summer.

 

“High School students wishing to compete should check with their school’s art teacher or administrators.  High Schools within the 4th District will be receiving letters with more details.  Students who are home-schooled are also eligible to participate.  For more information please contact Pam Abernathy in our Gadsden District Office at 256-546-0201 or by email at pam.abernathy@mail.house.gov.  We look forward to seeing the creations of students in the 4th District on display soon in Muscle Shoals.”

 

In Washington Congressman Aderholt serves as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies for the powerful House Appropriations Committee; he is also a member of the Committee’s Defense Subcommittee, the Committee’s Commerce, Justice, and Science Subcommittee, and the Helsinki Commission.


For more information about Aderholt’s work in Congress and the 4th District Art Competition visit: www.aderholt.house.gov.

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Aderholt Bill Will Make it Easier for States to Drug Test SNAP Recipients

2016/02/12

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Robert Aderholt (AL-04), today released a statement on introducing H.R. 4540, a bill that enables states to drug test SNAP/Food Stamp recipients, thereby cutting fraud with the savings going to drug treatment programs.

 

"Millions of hard working Americans get up to go to work in factories, on farms and other places to pay the taxes that provide welfare assistance to those that qualify," said Congressman Robert Aderholt, chairman of the Agriculture Appropriations subcommittee with jurisdiction over SNAP. "This is meant to be temporary assistance, not a way of life. Many major employers and small businesses require applicants to pass a drug test, this bill will ensure that welfare recipients are job-ready. "

 

"If a welfare recipient has the money to buy drugs then they have the money to buy food. The federal government should not be enabling people to fund their drug addiction at taxpayer expense.

 

“This bill provides states with the ability to identify those who are gaming the system as well as those who are struggling with addiction. For those struggling, it provides funds to assist states in providing drug treatment.

 

“The goal is not only to break welfare recipients dependence on government programs but also on their addiction to drugs.

 

“SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, is used by 46 million Americans.  The number of Americans on the program has doubled during the last seven years. With this large number of people on the program, it’s crucial that states have the ability to protect the integrity and purpose of the program.”

 

In Washington Congressman Aderholt serves as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies for the powerful House Appropriations Committee; he is also a member of the Committee’s Defense Subcommittee, the Committee’s Commerce, Justice, and Science Subcommittee, and the Helsinki Commission.


For more information about Aderholt’s work in Congress visit: www.aderholt.house.gov.

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Aderholt Votes to Override President’s Veto of Obamacare Repeal

2016/02/02

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Robert Aderholt (AL-04) today released the following statement regarding his vote to override the President’s veto of the Obamacare Repeal.

 

“This afternoon I cast a vote to override President Obama’s recent veto of H.R. 3762, which would have repealed the Affordable Care Act (better known as Obamacare).  Ultimately the override attempt failed, but when this bill actually landed on the President’s desk last month, it forced him to look squarely in the face of the American people’s discontent and to defend his actions.  The president can no longer look the other way, pretending that Obamacare is some sort of success. 

 

“Since Obamacare’s implementation in 2013, millions upon millions of Americans have seen their premiums, deductibles and out of pocket expenses dramatically increase while the quality of their coverage has decreased. Serious change is needed to salvage our healthcare system and our family’s pocketbooks.  The vote today to override the veto was an attempt to repeal Obamacare and move Members of Congress towards agreement that the law needs to be fixed.

 

“Just as important, this bill would not only have repealed Obamacare, it would also have stopped all federal dollars from flowing to Planned Parenthood. While this legislation ultimately was vetoed , this conservative Congress has laid the framework for how Congress will overturn this disastrous law after a Republican President is sworn into office next January.”

 

In Washington, Congressman Aderholt serves as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies for the powerful House Appropriations Committee; he is also a member of the Committee’s Defense Subcommittee, the Committee’s Commerce, Justice, and Science Subcommittee, and the Helsinki Commission.


For more information about Aderholt’s work in Congress visit: www.aderholt.house.gov.

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Aderholt Statement on President Obama’s State of the Union Address

2016/01/12

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Robert Aderholt (AL-04) this evening released the following statement upon attending President Obama’s State of the Union address.

 

"The good news is that this was the President’s final State of the Union address.  The bad news is that just like his previous seven addresses to Congress, it was unfortunately filled with the rhetoric, partisanship and divisiveness the American people have rejected.

 

“President Obama is probably now worried about his legacy and exactly how he will be remembered. I do not think history will be kind to President Obama.  We have seen that Obamacare is an abject failure. There is still no plan for defeating ISIS.  The Iranian deal has isolated our allies while emboldening our enemies. And it is not fiction that our economy actually remains stagnant both in terms of growth and take home pay.

 

"The focus of my conservative colleagues and I is to spend the next year focused on restoring a confident America and getting back to the basic principles of the Constitution.  An America where people are empowered to make their own decisions and go after their own dreams and get government out of the way.”

 

In Washington, Congressman Aderholt serves as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies for the powerful House Appropriations Committee; he is also a member of the Committee’s Defense Subcommittee, the Committee’s Commerce, Justice, and Science Subcommittee, and the Helsinki Commission.


For more information about Aderholt’s work in Congress visit: www.aderholt.house.gov.

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Aderholt on Dietary Guidelines Win

2016/01/07

WASHINGTON, D.C. — "When I compare the original Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee report to the final Dietary Guidelines, it is clear to me and my colleagues that the Administration wisely listened to the science and dismissed the interests of political activists,” said Congressman Robert Aderholt who chairs the Agriculture Appropriations. “I am glad that we were able to beat back this regulatory overreach by the administration’s panel and let common sense win the day.”

 

Today the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture issued the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.  I appreciate that the final guidelines adhere to the requirements of the law by making science-based dietary and nutritional recommendations.

 

More than a year ago, I sent a warning to USDA Secretary Vilsack that the guidelines must be based upon sound science and not include extraneous factors beyond the scope of nutritional information.  This message was repeated when the U.S. House Agriculture Committee held a hearing with both HHS Secretary Burwell and USDA Secretary Vilsack in October.  It was repeated again when Congress included statutory language that I fought for in the fiscal year 2016 omnibus spending bill which clearly states the final guidelines must be based upon significant scientific agreement and be limited to nutritional and dietary information. I applaud both Secretaries for following this mandate.

 

The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines continue to support the important role meat and poultry products have in a healthy, balanced diet.  It also continues to emphasize the importance of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fat-free or low-fat dairy products while recommending some food ingredients be limited.  I want to caution the Administration not to place blame on a few ingredients as the main cause for obesity and chronic diseases.  The recommendations for increased physical activity coupled with a balanced eating pattern is key to a healthy lifestyle.

 

Moving forward, the fiscal year 2016 omnibus included funding for the National Academy of Medicine to conduct a comprehensive study of the entire dietary guideline process.  I am hopeful this study will be informative to ensure future dietary guidelines are transparent, balanced, and based on sound science.

 

In Washington Congressman Aderholt serves as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies for the powerful House Appropriations Committee; he is also a member of the Committee’s Defense Subcommittee, the Committee’s Commerce, Justice, and Science Subcommittee, and the Helsinki Commission.


For more information about Aderholt’s work in Congress visit: www.aderholt.house.gov.

 

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Aderholt Statement on Plans to Repeal Obamacare and Defund Planned Parenthood

2016/01/06

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Robert Aderholt (AL-04), today released a statement concerning his vote to repeal Obamacare and to target funding for Planned Parenthood.

“This is the first time since Obamacare was forced on the American people in 2010 that a bill which actually repeals Obamacare will land on the President’s desk. For the first time, the President will have to sign the bill or veto it – no hiding behind comments about Congress. In these six years it has become clear Obamacare is a failed law. How do we know it has failed? Just look to the millions of families across our country that are struggling each month to pay higher premiums with huge out of pocket expenses for less coverage. 
 


 

“This bill today is just the beginning of the legislative confrontations that will occur under the new Speaker. 

Along with fighting Obamacare, it is just as important to fight Planned Parenthood and its atrocious activities.  Congress is not going to take a back-seat to the presidential campaigns. Instead, we will assert the people's priorities through legislation. The time to act is now, as the country and the American people cannot wait any longer.  
 


 

“It is not enough to try to play defense against the President's failed policies; instead we will roll up our sleeves to craft tough legislation and take the fight to the White House. We must take the fight to the President -- as only Nick Saban can win playing defense all the time."

 

In Washington Congressman Aderholt serves as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies for the powerful House Appropriations Committee; he is also a member of the Committee’s Defense Subcommittee, the Committee’s Commerce, Justice, and Science Subcommittee, and the Helsinki Commission.


For more information about Aderholt’s work in Congress visit: www.aderholt.house.gov.

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Contact Information

2369 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-4876
Fax 202-225-5587
aderholt.house.gov

Committee Assignments

Appropriations

In January 2013, Congressman Robert B. Aderholt was sworn in to serve his ninth term representing Alabama’s Fourth Congressional District.

Aderholt is a member of the powerful House Committee on Appropriations, which has jurisdiction over funding the operation of the federal government. As Chairman of the Subcommittee on Agriculture, he supports greater transparency, accountability and oversight to the appropriations process. Aderholt is also a member of the Commerce, Justice and Science; and the Defense Subcommittees. An advocate of fiscal responsibility, truth in budgeting and a federal government that operates within its means Aderholt brings common-sense solutions to the Committee.

Aderholt is also a member of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (also known as the Helsinki Commission).  Founded in 1976, the Helsinki Commission is comprised of 56 countries around the world that together monitors human rights in Europe and Central Asia.

A staunch supporter of his community and the state of Alabama, Aderholt believes the federal government serves a critical role in assisting state and local projects and economic development efforts. He continues to support pro-growth initiatives that create jobs, strong immigration standards and robust national security.

Prior to his election to Congress, Aderholt served as an aide to Governor Fob James and as a Municipal Judge in Haleyville, Alabama. Educated through Alabama’s public school system, Aderholt went on to graduate from Birmingham Southern College and from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University.

Born on July 22, 1965, and raised in Alabama, Aderholt and his wife, Caroline, reside in Haleyville with their daughter, Mary Elliott, and their son, Robert Hayes. When Congress is in session, his family joins him in Washington, DC.


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