Bradley Byrne

Bradley Byrne

ALABAMA's 1st DISTRICT

Pause to Count Your Blessings

2017/11/19

As we celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, I want to put the political debates of today aside and take time to reflect on the many blessings that we all-too-often take for granted. As I sat down to write this column, four very distinct blessings came to my mind.

The first blessing we all have is life.  I was reminded of that earlier this year when my granddaughter Ann-Roberts Byrne was born.  She was, like all of us at that point in our lives, small, weak and helpless.  But life radiated from her, shooting out like little rays. It reminded me of a line from a poem by the British poet, William Wordsworth:  "Heaven lies about us in our infancy!"

But there is also life in an elderly person, like my mother in law, Flora Dukes, who radiated like the sun in the days leading up to her death four years ago.  All life – new, old, and in between – is precious, because it is an individual gift to each of us from our Creator.

The second blessing is family and good friends.  We weren't made to be alone.  In fact, in the Creation story, God made Adam and put him in the Garden of Eden, but saw that something was missing, saying "It is not good that the man should be alone." We are all made more complete in our rich and loving relationships with each other. 

Look at the child in her mother's lap reading a story, two friends sharing a secret only the two of them would truly understand, or neighbors after a hurricane has struck coming to one another’s aid.  A British clergyman named John Donne once said in another poem, "No man is an island, entire unto itself, Everyman is a piece of the continent, a part of the main."

The third blessing is the world around us.  Not the human made stuff, but the natural world.  Here on the Gulf Coast we are so richly blessed with an abundance of rivers and streams, bays and lakes, the Gulf of Mexico and the Mobile Tensaw River Delta, our abundant woods and beaches, and the greatest diversity of plants and animals in North America.

There is also the glorious light of the rising sun, and the deep beauty in its setting; the warmth of a spring sun, and the welcome cool breeze just before a summer thunderstorm breaks; and the quiet beauty of it all, if we would just stop, be quiet and take in this natural world.

The final blessing is our freedoms and our rights.  The Founders of our country declared our independence with these words: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness - That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed." 

We all have the freedoms of religion, speech, press, assembly and petition; and the right to bear arms. These and many others are the treasured birthrights that all of us here in the United States have.  They are God-given but must be defended and protected by us every day.

So, this Thanksgiving, I encourage you to also take time to count the many blessings in your life. Despite the daily challenges we all face, may we never lose sight of the precious blessings that bring so much joy to our lives.

Read More

Byrne, Gallego Introduce Bipartisan Bill Regarding AUMF Jurisdiction

2017/11/17

Yesterday, Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) and Congressman Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) introduced bipartisan legislation that would place jurisdiction over war powers issues, including authorizations for the use of military force (AUMF), under the Congressional Armed Services Committees.  These matters are currently under the jurisdiction of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. 

Under House Rule X, the House Armed Services Committee has jurisdiction over all areas of personnel, material, and strategy necessary for the conduct of war, making it the best-equipped panel to handle this critical responsibility.  In addition, because the Congressional Armed Services Committees pass legislation authorizing defense activities every year, this jurisdictional change would give Congress a better opportunity to review and revise war-related policies. 

Congressman Byrne said: “I have long been concerned about the lack of adequate authorization for many of the current operations of the U.S. military. Congress needs to get our act together and pass a new AUMF that adequately meets the realities of today’s conflicts. The current inaction is unacceptable, and I think institutional reforms may be necessary to move the process forward. Our servicemen and women deserve an adequate AUMF that makes clear our support and authorization for the important work they do each and every day.”

Congressman Gallego said: “Sixteen long years have passed since the 2001 AUMF was enacted. Frankly, given the rapidly evolving threats America faces, that means Congress hasn’t been doing its job.  We need to enact institutional reforms to enable the legislative branch to once again exert its constitutional power over matters of war and peace.  Giving responsibility for authorizations for the use of military force to the committee with the most relevant experience and expertise simply makes sense.”   

Read More

Byrne Votes to Cut Taxes, Grow the American Economy

2017/11/16

Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) today celebrated passage of the Tax Cut and Jobs Act, the first major overhaul of our nation’s tax code since 1986. The bill passed by a vote of 227 to 205.

Congressman Byrne said: “We took a historic step today toward giving hardworking Americans a long overdue tax cut. Just as important, our tax reform legislation will help make the American economy boom again, leading to greater economic growth and higher wages. Today was about fulfilling a key prong of President Trump’s agenda and making life better for families in Southwest Alabama and across the country.

“I truly hope the Senate does not let us down yet again. They should pass a tax reform bill, and let’s get the job done.”

H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, includes a number of a reforms designed to benefit the American people and grow the economy:

  • Lowers tax rates for everyday Americans;
  • Stops American jobs from moving overseas;
  • Increases the standard deduction;
  • Eliminates special-interest deductions;
  • Preserves the adoption tax credit;
  • Repeals the Death Tax;
  • Establishes a new Family Credit to help with the cost of raising children or non-child dependents;
  • Maintains deduction for charitable contributions;
  • Preserves the home mortgage interest deduction;
  • Lowers the corporate tax rate to 20%;
  • Reduces the tax rate on hard-earned business income of Main Street job creators to no  more than 25%;
  • Provides a new, low tax rate of 9% for businesses earning less than $75,000 in income; and
  • Allows businesses to immediately write off the full cost of new equipment;

You can learn more about the tax reform plan online at FairAndSimple.gop.

Byrne delivered a speech on the House floor in support of the tax reform legislation. A transcript of his speech can be found below.

Congressman Byrne said: “Thank you, Mr. Chairman, for yielding.  I appreciate your leadership in getting this bill to the floor.

“Those of us in Washington are really good at talking in big general statements that don’t mean much to the average American. So, I want to tell you what the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will actually mean for the families I represent back in Southwest Alabama.

“According to data from the IRS, almost three-fourths of tax filers in my district claim the standard deduction instead of itemizing.

“Well, under our plan, the standard deduction will be doubled. That’s a big benefit that will put more money in people’s pockets.

“Just consider the median family of four in Southwest Alabama. That family earns a little over $77,000 a year. If that family takes the standard deduction, as most do, they will see a tax cut of $1,739.16. That comes out to almost 150 extra dollars a month.

“Now, that may not sound like “real money” in Washington, but for families in Bay Minette or Citronelle or Monroeville, that is important. That’s extra money on a car payment. That’s additional savings for a child’s college. That’s money to help pay for home repairs. That’s real money.

“When you add in the fact that we are fixing our corporate and business tax code to make it fairer and simpler, then we can really make America boom again.  President Trump has called it the ‘Middle Class Miracle.’

“By making our tax code more competitive, we can unleash our full economic potential, bring jobs back to America, raise wages, and ultimately get more money in the pockets of working Americans.  Mr. Speaker, this is exactly what President Trump promised and what the American people sent him to Washington to do.

“Now, my colleagues on the other side like to say this bill helps the 1% and they vehemently defend the current tax code.

“You know who benefits from the current code? The 1%. People who can hire lawyers and lobbyists to help them get a special tax break. People who can spend thousands of dollars a year on specialty accountants.

“If you want to help the 1%, then keep the current, complicated, and confusing tax code that only helps the elite and well-connected.

“We can do better than that.

“We can pass the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, we can put more money in people’s pockets, and we can unlock America’s full economic potential.

“I yield back.”

Read More

House Passes Defense Bill Authorizing Alabama-Built Ships

2017/11/14

Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL), Vice-Chairman of the House Seapower Subcommittee, issued the following statement regarding passage of the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

The bill passed by a vote of 356 to 70.

The NDAA sets policy and authorizes spending for the entire U.S. military, and the bill must be passed each year. Following negotiations between the House and the Senate, this year’s NDAA includes authorization for three Littoral Combat Ships (LCS), which are built in-part by Austal USA in Mobile.

Congressman Byrne said: “Today I voted to grow our military, boost military readiness, and help keep the American people safe and secure. This year’s NDAA includes numerous provisions to support our servicemembers and ensure they have the resources necessary to do their job.

“I am specifically thrilled the bill calls for construction of thirteen new Navy vessels, including three more Littoral Combat Ships, which are built in Alabama. A strong and capable Navy is critical to our national security but also vital to global economic stability. Our entire nation is stronger when the United States Navy is stronger.

“I appreciate Chairman Mac Thornberry for his leadership on this legislation, and I look forward to seeing the NDAA signed into law by President Trump.”

Earlier this year, Congressman Byrne warned that the Senate-version of the NDAA failed to adequately support the LCS program and could have resulted in layoffs at the Austal shipyard. Austal USA is the area’s top private sector employer with approximately 4,000 direct employees and thousands of other jobs indirectly tied to the shipyard.

Other important provisions in the Fiscal Year 2018 NDAA include:

  • Nearly $700 billion in topline funding for the military;
  • Increase in the size of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Army Guard and Reserve, Naval and Air Reserve, and Air Guard;
  • Largest pay raise for our troops in eight years;
  • Provisions to improve our nation’s nuclear weapon program in light of continued threats from North Korea;
  • Efforts to repair and improve our nation’s military infrastructure;
  • Reforms to the military’s acquisition process; and
  • Ends the “widow’s tax” and preserves special survivor allowance payments to more than 60,000 surviving military spouses.
Read More

Byrne Announces November Community Office Hours

2017/11/13

Staff members from the Office of Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) will hold office hours throughout Alabama’s First Congressional District from November 14 – 16.

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.

Baldwin County
Wednesday, November 15
9:30 to 10:30 am: Orange Beach City Hall
11:00 am to 12:00 noon: Elberta Town Hall
2:00 to 3:00 pm: Bay Minette City Hall

 
Thursday, October 26
9:30 to 10:30 am: Fairhope City Hall
1:00 to 2:00 pm: Daphne City Hall
2:30 to 3:30 pm: Spanish Fort City Hall
 
Clarke County
Wednesday, November 15
12:00 noon – 1:00 pm: Grove Hill Town Hall
1:30– 2:30 pm: White Smith Memorial Library in Jackson
 
Escambia County
Tuesday, November 14
9:00 to 10:00 am – Atmore City Hall
10:30 – 11:30 am – Flomaton City Hall
1:30 – 2:00 pm: Brewton City Hall
2:15 – 3:00 pm: East Brewton City Hall
 
Mobile County
Thursday, November 16
10:30 – 11:30 am: Citronelle City Hall
3:00 – 4:00 pm: Bayou La Batre City Hall
 
Monroe County
Wednesday, November 15
10:00 – 11:00 am: Monroeville City Hall
 
Washington County
Wednesday, November 15
3:00 – 4:00 pm: Washington County Public Library in Chatom


Thursday, November 16
9:00 – 10:00 am: McIntosh Town Hall
 

For more information on visits to Clarke, Mobile, Monroe and Washington counties, constituents should contact Congressman Byrne’s Mobile office at 251-690-2811.


For more information on visits to Baldwin and Escambia counties, constituents should contact Congressman Byrne’s Baldwin County office at 251-989-2664.

Read More

Getting Results for Locally Owned Businesses

2017/11/12

When I ran for Congress, I made clear that I wanted to be a workhorse, not a showhorse. That means my focus has been on actually getting results instead of just talking about problems. We were able to get a big result last week when the House passed my bill, the Save Local Business Act.

The legislation came about after I heard concerns from multiple locally owned businesses. I’ve sat down in local restaurants and heard firsthand from hardworking men and women who took time away from their business to travel to Washington and urge Congress to address issues caused by something known as the “joint employer” standard.

So what is the issue exactly?

For decades, there was a commonsense legal test that determined when two or more separate businesses could be considered joint employers and held jointly responsible for the same group of employees. Employers had to share “direct” and “immediate” control over essential terms and conditions of employment.

As a former labor and employment attorney who practiced in this area for decades, I can assure you that this was the standard that everyone knew and appreciated. Unfortunately, in 2015, the activist National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a ruling in Browning-Ferris Industries that upended this cornerstone of federal labor law and created a vague and unworkable new joint employer policy. Making matters even worse and more complicated, federal agencies then incorporated the new standard in their regulatory agenda.

Under this new standard, two independent businesses can be considered joint employers if they make a business agreement that “indirectly” or “potentially” impacts their employees.

Just think about the uncertainty and ambiguity this standard could cause. It’s hard enough for labor attorneys to even agree on what exactly it means to have “indirect” or “potential” control over an employee. Imagine how confusing it is for Main Street businesses to understand and follow.

Bob Omainsky, the owner of Wintzell’s Oyster House, had this to say about the confusion caused by the new joint-employer standard: “If we hire an outside landscaping company to keep our lawns lush, I could be considered a joint employer if I show the landscapers where to mow. Or, if I contract a food supplier for certain ingredients, I could become part of a lawsuit if one of their workers complains about overtime pay. The uncertainty is nothing more than governmental overreach that is crippling eateries like Wintzell’s and discouraging growth throughout the restaurant industry.”

Workers shouldn’t have to wonder who their employer is. They deserve better than a vague and confusing rule that the American Action Forum found threatens 1.7 million jobs. Even the Progressive Policy Institute issued a statement saying that the expanded standard “may do more harm than good.”

My legislation earned support from both Republicans and Democrats when it passed the House last week. This is a bipartisan issue because it isn't about politics. Instead, it's about saving jobs and supporting locally owned businesses.

Despite scare tactics from Big Labor bosses and their trial lawyer buddies, I want to make one thing perfectly clear: this legislation does not remove a single worker protection. All worker protections provided by the National Labor Relations Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, and the Equal Pay Act remain unchanged and are still available.

Ultimately, my bill is about providing clarity to workers and job creators. It is about protecting the rights of workers and ensuring employers have clarity on their responsibilities to employees.

I was proud to see the bill pass out of the House last week, and I am going to continue focusing on getting results for the people of Southwest Alabama. 

Read More

Byrne Secures Authorization for Three Littoral Combat Ships

2017/11/08

Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL), Vice-Chairman of the House Seapower Subcommittee, helped secure authorization for the construction of three Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) in the final version of the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) released today. The Independence-class version of the LCS is built by Austal USA in Mobile.

Since the House and Senate passed different versions of the NDAA, a Conference Committee was established to work out the differences. The House bill authorized the construction of three LCS while the Senate version only authorized two LCS. The final version negotiated between the House and the Senate authorizes three LCS.

Congressman Byrne said: “Securing the authorization for three more Littoral Combat Ships is a big win for Southwest Alabama and the thousands of people who work at the Austal shipyard in Mobile. Just as important, it is good news for the U.S. Navy because it means we will have more highly-capable ships added to the fleet.

“My office is constantly working to maintain and support our shipbuilding industry, and I could not be prouder that we were able to overcome challenges in the Senate to get three ships authorized. I want to thank Chairman Mac Thornberry for his help and support of the LCS program, and I look forward to supporting the bill when it comes before the House for a vote.”

Earlier this year, Congressman Byrne warned that the Senate-version of the NDAA failed to adequately support the LCS program and could have resulted in layoffs at the Austal shipyard.

Austal USA is the area’s top private sector employer with approximately 4,000 direct employees and thousands of other jobs indirectly tied to the shipyard. 

Read More

House Passes Byrne’s Save Local Business Act

2017/11/07

The House today passed the Save Local Business Act, a bill introduced by Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL). Byrne serves as Chairman of the House Workforce Protections Subcommittee.

The Save Local Business Act clarifies what constitutes a “joint employer” under federal labor law. The bill rolls backs the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) vague and expansive joint employer standard and provides certainty for local businesses and their employees. The bill passed by a bipartisan vote of 242 to 181.

Congressman Byrne said: “For a few years now, I’ve visited local businesses and heard concerns about how the joint employer scheme creates confusion and uncertainty for workers and job creators. With this vote today, the House has shown we are listening to those concerns and doubling down on our commitment to protecting local businesses and their employees.

“As someone who practiced law in this field for years, I have no doubt today’s vote will make things easier for small businesses throughout the country and help clear the air of uncertainty. I want to thank all of my colleagues for their support in passing this critical legislation, and I am especially pleased the bill passed with votes from both sides of the aisle.”

House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairwoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC) said: “Today’s House vote is a victory for America’s workers and local businesses that need relief from the NLRB’s extreme and unworkable joint employer scheme. We want to make it easier, not harder, for hardworking men and women to own a business and achieve the American Dream, and that’s exactly what this commonsense bill is all about.

“I want to thank Representative Byrne for championing this proposal, as well as all the members of the committee for their hard work and passion that went into advancing this important legislation.”

The bill earned support from multiple national organizations, including the Coalition to Save Local Business, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the International Franchise Association, the National Taxpayers Union, the National Retail Federation, the Workplace Fairness Institute, the American Hotel and Lodging Association, the National Restaurant Association, and more.

Byrne delivered a speech on the House floor in support of his legislation. A transcript of his speech can be found below.

Byrne said: “Mr. Speaker, today is a big day. Today is an opportunity for the House to stand up for our nation's workers and to protect the small, local businesses which form the backbone of the American economy.

“Today is about restoring decades' old labor law. Ultimately today is about giving clarity to workers and job creators all across our country.

“I heard from my friends across the aisle that someone can be an employee without there being an employer. I call that the immaculately conceived employee. There is no such thing under the law nor has there ever been.

“This bill does not change the definition of employer. It simply takes the definition of joint employer back to the way it was a few years ago.

“It's a shame we even have to have this bill. But the activist National Labor Relations Board in 2015 issued a decision that fundamentally up-ended labor law as we knew it. This change didn't come through the democratically elected Congress but instead from a panel of unelected bureaucrats.

“The NLRB’s decision has caused deep uncertainty among job creators.

“For workers, they are left to wonder who their boss really is. That is an incredibly confusing situation to be in.

“Under the new joint employer standard, what does it mean to have ‘indirect’ or ‘potential’ control over an employee? I practiced labor and employment law for decades, and I do not know what that means so I can only imagine the confusion Main Street businesses have faced due to this standard.

“Currently there are at least nine different legal tests nationwide to determine joint employer status under the Fair Labor Standards Act and more to come. This patchwork of standards creates regulatory uncertainty, especially for job creators doing business in multiple states.

“So despite what some on the other side want to believe, this is not an abstract issue. I have visited numerous local businesses in my district, and I know they are very worried about this scheme. I’ve heard from workers who want to remain an employee of a locally owned business with an owner who knows them instead of becoming just another employee in some large corporation.

“Clearly, I’m not the only one who heard these concerns. This legislation is co-sponsored by 123 of my colleagues, including members from both sides of the aisle.

“This is a bipartisan issue because it isn't about politics. Instead, it's about saving jobs and supporting locally owned businesses.

“And let me make something crystal clear: this bill does not remove a single protection for today's workforce. Despite the scare tactics being used by Big Labor bosses and their trial lawyer friends, the same important protections exist under this legislation and any irresponsible employer can be held accountable.

“So, Mr. Speaker, I urge all of my colleagues to take the side of our locally owned businesses, to take the side of our small business job creators, and to take the side of America’s workers.

“Let’s stand end the confusion, and let's pass the Save Local Business Act.

“I yield back my time.”

Read More

Honoring Our Veterans

2017/11/06

On November 11, we will celebrate Veterans Day and honor those who have served our nation. This is a day set aside to share our deep appreciation with all those, from the Battle of Yorktown to the War on Terror, who have fought to keep us safe and to protect the values we hold dear.

There is really something remarkable about serving our country. It means that an individual is willing to give up their own life so that others may have the opportunity to live in the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Veterans Day began in 1919 when President Woodrow Wilson created Armistice Day to commemorate the end of World War I. The name was officially changed from Armistice Day to Veterans Day in 1954 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who was a veteran himself. Veterans Day was briefly moved from November 11th to October in the seventies, but Congress passed a law in 1975 officially setting Veterans Day as November 11th.

While Memorial Day is specifically for those who lost their lives while serving our country, Veterans Day is intended to honor all of our nation’s veterans, past and present.

I am sure each of you has at least one veteran in your life. It may be a parent who served in Vietnam or a child currently serving in the Middle East. For some, it may be a co-worker, grandparent, or classmates. One thing they are for sure is a hero.

On Veterans Day, I am always reminded of my brother, Dale. Dale had a lengthy career in the Alabama National Guard, where he rose to rank of Command Sergeant Major. During his military career, Dale served in the Airborne Rangers and Special Forces (20th Special Forces Group). Many times his missions were secret and even our family could not know all the details.

Through his service, Dale earned many honors including the Bronze Star (two awards), the Meritorious Service Medal (five awards), the Army Commendation Medal (three awards), and the Global War on Terrorism Expedition Medal.

Dale loved the camaraderie of the military, and he treasured so many friendship that he made through his service. Sadly, Dale passed away back in 2013 after a lengthy illness.

I miss Dale every day, but I am always blown away by the wide range of people from all over who come up and tell me their stories about Dale. No stories are more powerful than those from people who served alongside Dale over the years. It is that fellowship that makes military service so special.

Earlier this year, Secretary of Defense James Mattis was asked in a television interview what keeps him up at night. Secretary Mattis did not hesitate before answering, “Nothing. I keep other people awake at night.”

That confidence is not derived from any special aircraft or any great piece of military equipment. Those items are important, but they are meaningless without a highly capable and trained military; without individuals willing to put country before self.

That confidence is a testament to the men and women who make up the greatest fighting force in the world: the United States military. Today’s sailors, soldiers, airmen, and Marines are carrying on the legacy of the countless others who came before them.

So, this Veterans Day, may we remember the courage, sacrifice, dedication, and unselfish nature of all those who have served our country. May we never allow their service and sacrifice to be in vein, and may we always honor the United States of America.

Read More

Byrne Votes to Keep Communities Healthy

2017/11/03

Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) today voted in favor of legislation to reauthorize and fund important public health programs, including the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and the Community Health Centers Fund.

Congressman Byrne said: “I have seen the success of these important public health programs firsthand, and I am pleased the House has acted to ensure they continue.

“Alabama’s CHIP program, known as All Kids, has helped countless children gain access to affordable health insurance. At the same time, community health centers throughout Southwest Alabama help patients every single day.

“The Senate should act quickly on this bipartisan legislation to ensure these programs continue without disruption.”

The bill includes a five-year extension of CHIP and a two-year extension of Federally Qualified Health Centers, National Health Sciences Corps, Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education, Family-to-Family Health Information Centers, the Youth Empowerment Program, and the Personal Responsibility Education Program.

All new spending in the bill is offset with cuts to other programs and spending reforms.

Byrne delivered a speech on the House floor in favor of the legislation. A transcript of his speech can be found below.

Byrne said: “I thank my colleague for yielding, and I rise to extend my support for this rule and the underlying legislation.

“This legislation funds critical, bipartisan health programs that help keep our communities healthy. We, as a Congress, have a clear responsibility to support these programs.

“Mr. Speaker, I have long been a strong supporter of the CHIP program because I have seen it in action back in my home state of Alabama.

“I served on the Alabama State School Board back when Alabama implemented our CHIP program, known as All Kids.  All Kids was the first CHIP program in the country and it has made a real difference. In fact, the uninsurance rate for children in Alabama has gone from 20% pre-CHIP to 2.4% today.

“For 83,000 Alabama children under 19, the program offers low-cost, comprehensive healthcare coverage that includes regular checkups, immunizations, sick child doctor visits, prescriptions, vision care, dental care, and much more.

“CHIP has always been a bipartisan program, and I hope this reauthorization will also earn bipartisan support.

“The legislation also reauthorizes the Community Health Centers Fund. I am a huge champion of Community Health Centers because, again, I have seen them work in Alabama.

“From Mostellar Medical Center in Bayou La Batre to Franklin Primary Health to Southwest Alabama Health Services in McIntosh, these centers are vitally important to so many Americans, especially to low-income families and those in rural areas.

“One in 13 people nationwide rely on a health center for their health care needs, and this reauthorization is necessary to ensure those individuals continue to have access to medical care.

“This legislation also includes many other health care provisions to meet other priorities. Among these provisions, I am pleased the legislation continues Medicaid Disproportionate Share payments, or DSH payments as they are commonly known.

“DSH provides funding to hospitals that treat a large number of indigent patients.  DSH is absolutely critical to the life of Alabama’s hospitals, and failure to renew these important payments could result in numerous hospital closures in my state.

“So, Mr. Speaker, I urge my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to get behind this legislation and ensure it gets across the finish line.

“We should not let petty political arguments keep us from ensuring children have access to affordable health insurance, keeping the doors open at Community Health Centers, or allowing Alabama’s hospitals to continue serving communities in need.”

Read More

Loading legislation ... one moment please
Loading votes ... one moment please

There is no media available for this member

Contact Information

119 Cannon HOB
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.


Serving With

Martha Roby

ALABAMA's 2nd DISTRICT

Mike Rogers

ALABAMA's 3rd DISTRICT

Robert Aderholt

ALABAMA's 4th DISTRICT

Mo Brooks

ALABAMA's 5th DISTRICT

Gary Palmer

ALABAMA's 6th DISTRICT