Robert Aderholt

Robert Aderholt

ALABAMA's 4th DISTRICT

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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Aderholt Statement on Proposed Gun Regulations by President Obama

2016/01/04

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Robert Aderholt (AL-04) today released the following statement after learning from news reports that President Obama plans to use an Executive Order this week to implement new gun control measures.

“It is unbelievable and I’m at a loss of words at the news President Obama plans to sidestep the Constitution once again in order to circumvent Congress in his efforts to diminish gun owner’s rights in America.  This is just another example of President Obama’s attempts to impose his failed agenda on the American people in the waning months of his Presidency.

“There is not proof that the new restrictions President Obama proposes would have prevented any of the recent cases of gun violence in our country.  I’m also confident that these new proposed restrictions on the Second Amendment will not stop any future incidents.  As we know our problem in America is not a gun problem.  It is a cultural problem and a problem of the heart by these criminals.  No new gun laws can change the attitude of someone who is so lost in this world that they are bent on killing others.” 

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 Reminds Constituents About Passport Renewal

2015/12/03

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Robert Aderholt (AL-04), today released a statement concerning the expected influx of passport renewals in the coming months.

 

“2016 will mark the 10th anniversary of the ‘Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative.'  This was a measure put in place after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.  It requires a passport for U. S. Citizens traveling to Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.  Before the act was put in place, a valid drivers license was all that was required.  In early 2006, as the law went into place, many people across the country had booked vacation plans but were not aware of the new passport requirements.  As you can imagine, many people had to apply for expedited passports.

 

“It has now been 10 years since these new requirements went into effect.  Passports must be renewed every 10 years as well, so many of those people who got their first passports back in 2006 will soon need to have their passports renewed.  Since the United States Department of State expects a surge in passport renewal applications, I encourage people to get out their passports and check the expiration date.

 

“Passports can easily be renewed.  Simply visit travel.state.gov for more information.  If you have any questions or my staff and I can assist in any way, please give one of our district offices a call.  Thank you and it is my honor to serve you in Washington.”

 

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 Vote to Protect the Homeland

2015/11/19

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Robert Aderholt (AL-04), today release a statement on his vote in favor of toughening restrictions on Syrian and Iraqi refugees seeking admittance to the United States.

 

"This bill provides protection for the American people. It appears that the President opposes this bill because it is tough and establishes some tough criteria for any Syrian or Iraqi to be granted refugee status in our country.  Some have asked why Congress would do something like this. We do not lock the doors of our homes at night because we hate the people outside but because we love the people within.

“It is important to note that one of the reasons we have a Syrian refugee crisis in the first place is due to the President’s policies in the Middle East and how they simply have not worked. Two years ago when he referred to ISIS as the “JV Squad,” he made it clear his administration underestimated the threat of this group.

“There is concern that the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security would not do an adequate job in vetting these refugees unless more guidelines are imposed.  Currently the public is very skeptical of the Department of Homeland Security along with the Department of State. There needs to be more oversight by Congress.”

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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Desoto and Lake Guntersville State Parks to Receive Federal Grants

2015/10/19

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Robert Aderholt (AL-04) today released the following statement in regard to funding from the U.S. Department of the Interior in the form of Land and Water Conservation grants to Desoto and Lake Guntersville State Parks.

 

 

“I was pleased to hear the news today that both Desoto State Park in DeKalb County and Lake Guntersville State Park in Marshall County have been awarded Land and Water Conservation Grants. The grants are intended to promote and improve the respective parks.

 

“The Lake Guntersville State Park in Guntersville will receive $50,000.  Desoto State Park in Fort Payne will receive $56,007 to replace restrooms, add picnic areas and renovate parking.

 

“These two state parks are among the most beautiful in Alabama.  I’m happy they will be receiving these funds to help tourism and promote economic growth in Marshall and DeKalb counties."

 

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 House Vote Regarding Continuing Resolution (CR) to Fund Federal Government

2015/10/01

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Robert Aderholt (AL-04) today released the following statement in regard to his no vote for a Continuing Resolution (CR) that would fund the Federal Government through December 11, 2015.

 

“This afternoon I cast a vote against the Continuing Resolution that was before the House of Representatives.  My no vote was for one reason: in that this legislation continues to fully fund Planned Parenthood.  In good conscience I could not vote to continue the flow of taxpayer dollars to an organization that engages in something so horrific as selling parts of aborted babies.

 

“Let me be clear, I don’t support a government shut down. However, this was simply a vote to do what’s right. I, along with my fellow Republicans, was willing to fund every department, every service and every agency of the federal government except for Planned Parenthood. It is hard to believe the Democrats in the Senate would filibuster continued government funding for the entire federal government for one program like Planned Parenthood.”

 

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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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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