Robert Aderholt

Robert Aderholt

ALABAMA's 4th DISTRICT

Aderholt Statement on Donald Trump Winning the Presidency

2016/11/14

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Washington, D.C. — Congressman Robert Aderholt (AL-04) today released the following statement to congratulate Donald Trump and Governor Mike Pence on being elected to the Presidency of the United States.

 

“I want to congratulate Donald Trump and Governor Mike Pence on their decisive victory in Tuesday’s election.  Donald Trump began a movement in June of 2015 that had been boiling just beneath the surface in our country.  People who felt left out, left behind and sick of eight years of failed liberal policies delivered a revolution at the ballot box.

 

“Voters across America, from the South, to the West, from the Rust Belt to the Sun Belt, delivered a mandate of change by putting Republicans in charge of the White House and both Houses of Congress.  We now must deliver on the promises we have made to the people during this election cycle.

 

“In addition to repealing and replacing Obamacare, tackling immigration reform and once and for all securing our border, we need to provide relief for the American worker. Coal miners and farmers are being crushed by EPA regulations.  Steel workers are losing jobs to bad trade deals.  And a majority of Americans, even those who voted for Secretary Clinton, believe our country is headed in the wrong direction.  It’s time to change course.

 

“The voters gave marching orders at the polls on Tuesday.  Those orders are clear and I will work with my Republican colleagues to see that a new agenda for the American people is our top priority.”

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Aderholt Statement on New FBI Probe into Hillary Clinton’s Private Email Server

2016/10/28

Washington, D.C. — Congressman Robert Aderholt (AL-04) today released the following statement in regard to the news the Federal Bureau of Investigation is reopening its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server.

 

“I was not surprised to learn that the FBI has launched a new investigation into the private server of Secretary Clinton.  Clinton has repeatedly put her own need for secrecy ahead of protecting our own national secrets.

 

“Director Comey made the correct decision to reopen this case without regard to the current political environment.  Doing what is right should never take a backseat to whether an election is 11 days away or 111 days away.

 

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 Secures Language to Help Christians & other Religious Minorities Fleeing Genocide in Syria and Iraq

2016/07/12

Washington, D.C. — Congressman Robert Aderholt (AL-04) today released the following statement in regard to his efforts to help stop the genocide, rape and torture of Christians and other religious groups in ISIS held territories.

 

“I am pleased to report that I have been able to secure language in the House Appropriations Committee to provide targeted humanitarian assistance to Christians, Yazidis and other religious minorities who are attempting to flee the war-torn and ISIS controlled areas of Syria and Iraq.

 

“Most of us have seen the images of the thousands of people who are fleeing the Syrian Civil War and escaping from the deadly reach of ISIS.  While most of the attention has been focused on those of the Muslim faith, Christians and other groups are actually at the top of ISIS’ “hit list” in that region and need protection.

 

“President Obama has stated an intention to resettle 10,000 Syrian refugees in the United States this year.  It is in the best interest of our country to ensure that these groups being targeted for genocide are among those who are being aided in this process.  

 

“Before civil war erupted in Syria in 2011, 10% of the population there were Christian. Since then, the U.S. has resettled just over 70 Christians.  Why?  There are documented reports that Christians and others are targets of violence, rape, and killings, even in the camps run by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR).  The people who need help are unable to access it.  We must do better.

 

“It is urgent – morally, and also in terms of national security – to ensure that the refugee program protects families whose religious or ethnic background has made them the target of organized persecution and genocide.

 

“The language I was able to secure in this legislation will, among other purposes, help provide secure locations where Christians can safely register for refugee resettlement assistance.

 

“As a nation that was founded on Judeo-Christian principles, we are called upon to help our brothers and sisters whose lives and safety are jeopardized.  But like you, I strongly believe that taxpayer dollars must be spent responsibly and with strong oversight, especially when these dollars are going overseas for foreign aid.  This new language does not add new money, but will instead focus our limited resources on those who need it most.  

 

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.

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What is a policeman? Stirring, must-watch video pays tribute to Alabama law enforcement

2016/07/12

Alabama Congressman Robert Aderholt (R-AL4) has released a video honoring the police officers in his district that can be appreciated all across the state and nation. Narrated by broadcaster Paul Harvey, the video attempts to answer difficult the question, “What is a police officer?”

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The answer, put simply, is “a little bit of everything.”

“The Policeman must be a minister, a social worker, a diplomat, a tough guy, and a gentleman,” Harvey says.

The video notes the contradictory expectations most have for law enforcement officials and the nearly impossible standard they are held to. Harvey says that often people expect policemen to be equally cautious and heroic all of the time.

The release of the video comes at a time when tensions between the police and protestors are on the rise. After two separate incidents of police shooting individuals in Louisiana and Minnesota, five Dallas, Texas officers were shot and killed by a man with a hunting rifle.

“During the past week there has been a lot of attention directed at police officers. Just like with any profession there are officers who will do their jobs great and others who would probably be better suited for something else,” Rep. Aderholt said in a statement. “As this commentary from the late Paul Harvey reminds us, the vast majority serve with honor. And there are a lot of great policemen and women and sheriff’s deputies across the 4th District.”

Aderholt’s video can be seen below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-feM1iM3m8

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Aderholt Statement on Orlando Terrorist Attack

2016/06/13

Washington, D.C. — Congressman Robert Aderholt (AL-04) this evening released the following statement in regard to the terrorist shooting in Orlando, Florida.

“I was sad to hear about the terrorist attacks in Orlando, on American soil. This and other attacks we have seen, prove that we do not have the luxury of debating the political correctness of 'radical Islam '. We need to focus on these and other terrorists and do whatever it takes to identify and hunt down those who would do us harm.

“It was disheartening to hear some in the media, and even the President in his initial remarks, use this tragedy as a means to push any type of political agenda relating to gun control. Terrorists by their very definition are criminals and will find a way get their hands on guns. What the president is proposing would take guns away from the very people who would defend themselves.

“That said, it is too soon to inject politics into the discussion. The White House and Congress should focus on the task at hand - protecting the homeland.”

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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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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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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Contact Information

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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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