5 Highlights from Rep. Byrne’s Weekly Address

Watch Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-AL) deliver this week’s GOP Weekly Address from his home state of Alabama. Byrne highlights meetings and conversations he’s been having with Alabamians across his district about our Better Way agenda.

Here are five things you don’t want to miss:

  • “Over the past few months I’ve been on a tour of my district talking not only with people helping  those in need, but also many of those trapped in poverty. Some are struggling with addiction, some have no homes, some have jobs that simply don’t pay enough. They come from all kinds of backgrounds and none of them want to stay in poverty. On this Labor Day weekend we should recognize that every person struggling wants to get a job and make enough money to live a good life.

  • “We spent trillions of dollars over the last 50 years in the so-called ‘war on poverty’, $800 billion this year alone. Yet during that time the percentage of people living in poverty has hardly changed. There is a better way.

  • “Everyone in America deserves a real opportunity to lift themselves out of poverty once and for all. To do that, we need to combine the present jumble of programs into just a few to meet people’s needs. These programs should make sure every adult that can work has the education and skills to find a good paying job in the 21st century economy. We propose five simple steps to do just that.

  • “First, reward work. If you’re capable we will expect you to work or prepare for work in exchange for benefits. Second, tailor those benefits to people’s needs. If we allow states to customize benefits then they’ll be able to work with groups like Feeding the Gulf Coast and get people the help they need. Third, improve education and job training. Fourth, help people plan and save for the future. Fifth, demand results.  Keep track of what we are doing so that we can see which ideas actually work

  • “If we succeed here, we get a ‘threefer’. First, we lift people out of poverty. Second, the economy will grow as more of us start working. Finally, as people leave welfare roles we will spend less taxpayer money. Yes, it’s time for a better way. A better way for poor children, a better way for struggling adults, and a better way for America”

Interested in more? Check out Rep. Byrne’s full address here to learn more about our Better Way agenda. View our full Better Way agenda here.