Bradley Byrne

Bradley Byrne

ALABAMA's 1st DISTRICT

Byrne Remains Opposed to Tolling Plan

2019/07/17

Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) released the following statement after the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) released a new plan to toll the new Mobile Bay bridge.

"As I have said from the start, I’m opposed to tolling this project, and ALDOT's revised tolling plan is still unacceptable. South Alabamians cannot shoulder the burden of over $1,000 a year just for commuting to work. ALDOT needs to go back to the drawing board and find an alternative funding solution that will actually benefit - not hurt - those of us in Baldwin and Mobile counties.”

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Byrne on Contempt Vote: Democrat Transition is ‘Height of Hypocrisy’

2019/07/17

Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) released the following statement as the House spent a legislative day debating a resolution to condemn President Trump.

Byrne said: "Today's vote is a transparent and ineffective attempt to distract from the open warfare inside the Democratic Party.  The long histories of anti-Semitic and un-American comments from the so called “Socialist Squad” deserve universal condemnation, and Democrats' overnight transition from a circular firing squad to a circle of support is the height of hypocrisy.

“Since ‘the Squad’ thinks America is such a terrible place, I’ve offered to fly them to the socialist paradise of Venezuela. In the meantime, we should stop wasting time on show votes like this and finally take action to secure the border and solve the immigration crisis.”

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Byrne to Hold Prichard Town Hall

2019/07/16

Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) will hold a town hall meeting in Prichard on July 19th.

All of Congressman Byrne’s town hall meetings are open to the public and free to attend. More information can be found online at Byrne.House.Gov/TownHalls.

What: Prichard Town Hall Meeting

When: July 19th, 9:00 a.m.

Where: A. J. Cooper Municipal Complex, Council Chambers (216 East Prichard Avenue; Prichard, AL)

 

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Byrne Announces July Staff Community Office Hours

2019/07/16

Staff members from the Office of Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) will hold office hours throughout Alabama’s First Congressional District on July 17th and 18th.

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.

 

Clarke County

 Wednesday, July 17

 11:30 am – 12:30 pm: Grove Hill Town Hall

 1:00 – 2:00 pm: White Smith Memorial Library in Jackson

 

Mobile County

 Thursday, July 18

 10:30 – 11:30 am: Citronelle City Hall

1:30 – 2:30 pm: Semmes City Hall

 3:30 – 4:30 pm: Bayou La Batre City Hall

 

Monroe County

 Wednesday, July 17

 9:30 – 10:30 am: Monroeville City Hall

  

Washington County

 Wednesday, July 17

 3:00 – 4:00 pm: Washington County Public Library in Chatom

 

Thursday, July 18

 9:00 – 10:00 am: McIntosh Town Hall

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Byrne: Democrat Political Games Jeopardize National Security

2019/07/12

Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) released the following statement after the House passed the hyper-partisan National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

“The open warfare inside the House Democratic Caucus is now jeopardizing our national security. Instead of continuing a 58-year tradition of passing a bipartisan defense authorization bill, Democrats spent this week jamming through dozens of Democratic amendments to make an already weak bill more appealing to progressives who care more about liberal ideology than defending American interests.

“This NDAA, which would better be called the Non-Defense Authorization Act, cuts defense spending at the expense of military readiness, weakens national security efforts at our border, reverses President Trump’s transgender military policy, hurts our ability to proactively prepare against Chinese and Russian aggression, and slashes funding for bipartisan nuclear deterrent programs. Many provisions were included solely to tie President Trump’s hands on military and diplomatic matters, even going as far as cutting off support to our allies. These extremist Democrat provisions will directly harm Alabama’s strong national defense footprint.

“It is a sad day in this country when Democrats would endanger American national security interests just to provoke President Trump and Republicans. Placing politics before the safety of the American people shows that Democrats prioritize power above all else, and our people deserve better."

Byrne’s amendment to prohibit the transfer of Guantanamo Bay detainees to the U.S. was defeated this week along a party-line vote in the Rules Committee.

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Byrne honors legacy of Jack Greer

2019/07/10

Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) today spoke on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives to honor the legacy of Jack Greer. His remarks as prepared are below.

Congressman Byrne said: “Mr. Speaker, I rise today to remember Mr. Jack Greer. Jack passed away last week after a long life of personal and business achievement and service to his family and community.

“So many people in South Alabama knew Jack from shopping for groceries at Greer’s, which has been in business in our area for over 100 years.  But it was through his civic involvement that Jack truly left his mark.

“His civic contributions are too many to list.  It was his role as an environmental advocate that he perhaps was most proud of.  He was a founding member of Mobile Baykeeper and remained engaged throughout his life in protecting the waters in and around the Mobile Bay.

“Jack was an active member of Dauphin Way United Methodist Church and served his country as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army.

“My deepest condolences to his wife of 70 years, Janice, and his many surviving children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.  Please know that Mr. Jack lived a life you all can be proud of.

“I yield back the remainder of my time.”

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Byrne to Hold Magnolia Springs Town Hall

2019/07/07

Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) will hold a town hall meeting in Magnolia Springs on July 8th.

All of Congressman Byrne’s town hall meetings are open to the public and free to attend. More information can be found online at Byrne.House.Gov/TownHalls.

What: Magnolia Springs Town Hall Meeting

When: July 8th, 10:30 a.m. CT

Where: Magnolia Springs Town Office (12191 Magnolia Springs Highway, Magnolia Springs, AL

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Byrne Leads Bipartisan Support for Rural Hospitals

2019/06/27

Representatives Bradley Byrne (R-AL), Phil Roe (R-TN), Terri Sewell (D-AL), Brad Wenstrup, D.P.M (R-OH), Jodey Arrington (R-TX), and Jason Smith (R-MO) led 90 colleagues in a letter to Secretary Alex Azar of the Department of Health & Human Services and Administrator Seema Verma of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in support of finalizing their efforts to reform the Medicare Area Wage Index.

Congressman Byrne“For thirty years, Medicare dollars that should have gone to Alabama have instead been going to large, urban areas of the country because of the Wage Index. This unjustified disparity in payments has contributed to budgetary shortfalls and hospital closures in Alabama. This is a real crisis. When the Trump Administration came into office, I asked them to take immediate steps to correct this issue, and this letter shows strong, bipartisan support for finalizing the important reforms the Trump Administration has proposed. Rural Americans deserve access to a hospital, and I will continue working with this Administration to advocate for them in Congress.”

Congressman Roe: “For too long, rural hospitals have been on an unequal playing field because of the Medicare area wage index, a figure that greatly distorts Medicare payments. States like Tennessee have such a low area wage index that it has forced hospital closure and consolidation in some of our most vulnerable communities. There are hospitals in California that get paid over 2.5 times what hospitals in Johnson City and Kingsport receive for the exact same procedure. There is no justification for such a distortion. That’s why the Trump administration’s proposed reform to raise some of the lowest Medicare area wage indexes is critically important to East Tennessee. This change will also help our region recruit and retain quality physicians for our region. I am proud to work with Reps. Byrne, Sewell and others to strongly support this proposal, which has the potential to save rural health care.”

Congresswoman Sewell: “Alabama hospitals have received less than their fair share of Medicare reimbursement dollars for too long. I have been working with my colleagues for years to fix the Medicare Wage Index to help struggling Alabama hospitals keep their doors open, especially in rural parts of our state. It is critical that CMS finalizes its proposal, and I will continue to push until our rural hospitals see relief.”

Congressman Wenstrup: “Communities across Ohio’s Second District and across America rely on rural hospitals for their healthcare needs. These hospitals provide the same care as their urban counterparts, yet they are being compensated at lower rates due to the Medicare Area Wage Index. The continually decreasing reimbursements make it harder for rural hospitals to keep their doors open to continue caring for their communities. I strongly support efforts to reform the Wage Index to protect rural hospitals.”

Congressman Arrington: “I am proud to join my colleagues from both sides of the aisle to commend Secretary Azar and Administrator Verma for taking important steps to strengthen rural health care in our communities. By addressing Wage Index disparities between our rural and urban hospitals, the Administration is helping deliver higher quality health care and access for rural Americans in West Texas and across our nation.”

Congressman Smith: "I applaud the Trump Administration for working to correct the imbalance of health care payments that for far too long have unfairly rewarded wealthy cities and penalized rural areas like southern Missouri. I urge the Administration to quickly finalize their proposal to help improve rural access to quality health care.”

To see the bipartisan letter, click here.

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Byrne Applauds FAA Grants for Local Airports

2019/06/25

Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) released the following statement applauding FAA’s announcement of grants to two Southwest Alabama airports.

“Airports are a valuable component of our transportation infrastructure and an important economic development tool," said Byrne. “With the improvements made possible by these grants in Foley and Mobile, our district’s infrastructure network will become stronger. I thank Secretary Chao and the Department of Transportation for their commitment to these facilities, and I look forward to partnering with them in the future as we seek opportunities to improve infrastructure in Southwest Alabama.”

Foley Municipal Airport will receive $305,000 to repave 1,450 feet of the existing hangar access taxiway. Mobile Airport Authority will receive two grants for the Mobile Downtown Airport, $822,207 to acquire a sweeper truck for cleaning airfield debris and $1,350,000 to update the existing airport master plan study to show current and future needs of the airport.

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Byrne Gives Impassioned Defense of Religious Freedom

2019/06/25

Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) spoke today during a House Committee on Education and Labor committee hearing against an attempt by Democrats to weaken the Religious Freedom and Restoration Act (RFRA). After quoting House floor proceedings from 1993 in which House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer glowingly praised RFRA, Byrne offered the following remarks in defense of Democrat efforts to relegate religious freedom to a secondary right.

Congressman Byrne said: “I wish that my colleagues would actually go back and read the Congressional Record from twenty-six years ago. Back then, Republicans and Democrats alike were united in a belief that the fundamental right of Free Exercise of Religion was worthy of the highest level of judicial protection. Congress did not enact a guaranteed win for people of faith but restored a balancing test, the religious individual’s or organization’s exercise against the government’s compelling interest in restricting that activity. 

“The government is winning over 80% of these cases! Yet, the few wins people of faith have gotten in recent years have really upset this majority.

“This hearing is titled ‘The Misapplication of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act,’ but it should be clear to all that RFRA is being applied exactly as it was intended. The difference is not the law. It is in my Democratic colleagues’ point of view since 26 years ago.

“Frankly, this committee should question why we are even considering taking away the rights of citizens to freely practice their faith. This legislation does not live up to the ideals of our great nation’s Constitution, and we need to stand up for people of faith who are under attack in America today.

“There is a fundamental conflict in values in this country, and there is a determined minority, an intolerant minority, that would tell the majority in this country who are people of faith ‘you cannot exercise your faith because we find it repugnant in some way.’ Well, that is not what the Constitution is about. That’s not the reason this country was founded. This country was founded so we could all freely exercise our religion—that is not a secondary right.

“This bill in essence would make everybody’s right to freely exercise their religion a secondary right. Well, to millions--tens of millions—it is the primary source of their meaning in life, and the Democrats would take that away from them. For what? For a handful of cases that have gone the other way, when 80-plus percent have gone the government’s way?

“That’s how fundamental the conflict in values in this country have become, and we in this Congress should stand up for the majority of Americans who have Judeo-Christian values and say you can continue to exercise your faith and we, the government, are not going to take that away from you."

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Contact Information

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Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-4931
Fax 202-225-0562
byrne.house.gov

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 Rules, 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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