Bradley Byrne

Bradley Byrne

ALABAMA's 1st DISTRICT

Byrne Announces 2019 Congressional Art Competition

2019/03/19

Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) today announced the details of the First Congressional District Art Competition for area high school students.

The competition is open to all high school students who reside in the First Congressional District. All entries must be an original concept, two-dimensional, no larger than 26 inches high, 26 inches wide, and 4 inches deep when framed , weigh no more than 15 lbs., and be within the following categories:

  • Paintings: oil, acrylics, watercolor, etc.
  • Drawings: colored pencil, pencil, ink, marker, pastels, charcoal (It is recommended that charcoal and pastel drawings be fixed.)
  • Prints: lithographs, silk screen, block prints
  • Mixed Media: use of more than two mediums such as pencil, ink, watercolor, etc.
  • Collages (must be two dimensional)
  • Computer-generated art
  • Photographs

The art competition will be judged by independent art experts, and the winning piece of art will be displayed in the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C.

Interested artists should work with their local high school and art teacher when submitting their artwork. All artwork must be submitted to the Mobile Museum of Art between the hours of 3:00-5:00 pm on April 3rd and 4th. No artwork will be accepted after 5:00 pm on April 4th.

More information about the Congressional Art Competition and the necessary submission forms can be found online at Byrne.House.Gov/ArtCompetition.

Those with questions about the Congressional Art Competition should contact Congressman Byrne’s Mobile office at 251-690-2811.

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Community Focused: Supporting State and Local Government

2019/03/17

Last week, I was honored to host some of our local mayors, city councilmembers, and city officials from Southwest Alabama in Washington to hear about what they do every day for our communities.

I am a firm believer that the best people to run our towns and our communities are not the bureaucrats in Washington or the federal government. The best people to do that are the people who live, work, and play in the same place as their neighbors they represent. That is why I come home to Southwest Alabama every weekend, to be in touch with the people I serve in Washington.

Everyone wants a great quality of life. Part of that comes down to having good roads and bridges, having high-quality schools, knowing that the fire department, police, EMS, and other first responders will be there when we call, and countless other things that happen on a local level.

The federal government is not the best place to regulate those things. Heavy handed government mandates and rules that impose “we know best” policies on our local communities don’t work. What works in Robertsdale, Brewton, or Chatom might not work in Nashville, Boston, or Anchorage.

One of the things that has always worked best is to have a strong partnership between our local, state, and federal officials. My mission has always been to assist our local leaders on projects when they need our help, but it is not my place to tell our local mayors how to do their job or what will be best for their community. I want to be a part of their team.

This teamwork approach has worked incredibly well when it comes to bringing new jobs to our area. When a prospective business is looking at locating in a new place, they want to know that officials at every level of government are willing to work with them to support their business and their employees.

A good example of this is saving our rural hospitals. In most places, these hospitals are the bedrock of a community. No major business will locate in a town that doesn’t have a hospital. So, that’s why I have been working with our local and state officials to do everything in my power to save our rural hospitals from closing. But, this requires a total team approach from all levels of government.

Another prime example of giving more power back to the local level is Alabama’s Red Snapper recreational fishing season.

In years past, the federal government has put stringent regulations on Gulf Coast fishing that has ended up hurting local fishermen. Those of us in Alabama best understand Alabama issues, and after years of continuous advocating, this year we received great news that the 2019 Red Snapper season for recreational fishermen will take place on three-day weekends (Friday-Sunday) from June 1st through July 28th, including July 4th.

As I have said repeatedly, this issue is about more than just fishing. A full Red Snapper season helps boost our coastal economies due to everything from fuel sales to hotel and condo rentals. We must continue pushing for greater state control over our fisheries.

Fixing our Red Snapper season wasn’t done by just one person. From the city councils to the state Department of Conservation to the halls of Congress, it took a total team effort to make a positive impact for our residents.

As long as I have the honor of representing Alabama, I promise to always be a part of the team to make life better for people in our communities. I am dedicated to doing what is best for Alabama through policies that give back to, not take from, our communities.

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Byrne Education Proposal Included in President’s Budget

2019/03/14

An education policy proposal introduced by Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) was included in President Donald Trump’s budget proposal.

Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) and Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) have introduced the Education Freedom Scholarships and Opportunity Act. This legislation will give students and parents in Alabama and around the country the freedom they deserve to make educational decisions that are right for them.

President Trump’s budget sets aside $5 billion annually in extra education funding to support the Education Freedom Scholarships and Opportunity Act.

Congressman Byrne said: “I am proud to work with President Trump to advance our shared goal of expanding freedom and opportunity in education. The inclusion of our Education Freedom Scholarships and Opportunity Act in the President’s budget shows the Trump Administration’s commitment to our nation’s students and is yet another positive step moving us closer to improving education opportunities for students across the country.”

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Giving Our Students the Best Education Possible

2019/03/10

“What do you want to be when you grow up?”

This question is probably the single most-asked question of any child throughout the world. Here in the United States, many children are able to achieve their dreams through hard work, dedication, and a quality education.

But, for some here in our own country, hard work and dedication are not enough when it comes to circumstances out of their control like where they live or how much their family makes. Too many students find themselves stuck in failing schools.

Every child has boundless individual potential, and we must do everything we can to ensure they have the opportunity and freedom to realize that potential. To do that, we must ensure all children have access to choice in education.

Education has always been a passion of mine. In fact, it was concerns over public education that first motivated me to run for office and work to make a difference. As a first-generation college graduate, I’ve seen firsthand the power a quality education can have on an individual’s life.

So, I have always been an advocate for public education and worked to make sure our schools have the resources they need to help educate our students. I’ve also fought to limit the heavy hand of the federal government in our classrooms, in an effort to make sure decisions are made by local and state officials who best understand their students.

Whether it was serving on the Alabama State Board of Education or more recently as a member of the House Education and Labor Committee, I have made it a priority to put forward solutions to create a better future for our nation’s children.

Most recently, I worked with the Trump Administration to introduce the Education Freedom Scholarships and Opportunity Act. This legislation will give students and parents in Alabama and around the country the freedom they deserve to make educational decisions that are right for them.

The Education Freedom Scholarships and Opportunity Act was developed in consultation with Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and Senator Ted Cruz as the Trump Administration’s leading education proposal.  Our bill responds to President Trump’s State of the Union call for greater school choice and builds upon the model that has already been successful in Alabama.

Every student in America should have the opportunity to receive a high-quality education, and we can help accomplish that goal through a new federal tax credit. Our bill will create a non-refundable federal tax credit for contributions from individuals and businesses to state-identified nonprofits called Scholarship Granting Organizations.

These scholarships can be used to expand students’ access to a variety of educational opportunities, from advanced or remedial courses to private and home schooling to CTE opportunities.

It puts control in the hands of states and localities rather than the federal government when it comes to educational choice and scholarships.

Very important to me, the bill does not take a single penny away from public education. I know the vast majority of students in Alabama and in the United States attend public schools, like my children did, and I will remain steadfast in fighting for our traditional public schools, teachers, and students.

Through the Education Freedom Scholarships and Opportunity Act, we will increase opportunity for families to make informed decisions that work for them and their individual needs, rather than cookie cutter solutions that don’t work.

By providing greater freedom in education and continuing to fight for our nation’s children, we can help every student realize their goal of “what they want to be.” In doing so, we can make our state and our country even stronger.

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Defending the Second Amendment

2019/03/03

This past week, Democrats in Congress again launched an attack on our Constitution and the rights we cherish as Americans. This time, they came after the Second Amendment and our right to bear arms.

H.R. 8, the latest Democrat-led gun control bill does absolutely nothing to prevent criminals or violent persons from getting their hands on firearms.

What H.R. 8 does do is violate the Constitutional rights of millions of Americans, ignores the mental health crisis behind actions of mass violence, and limits the Constitutional rights of millions of responsible gun owners.

I’m a gun owner and hunter myself. I’ve talked to lots of folks from all around Alabama who proudly own guns for sport, work, and protection. Congress should not and cannot limit the rights of the American people in the name of politics.

Under the Democrat bill, almost every time a lawful gun owner wants to transfer or sell a gun, he or she will have to go through a government-sanctioned middle-man. Under this bill, no longer could I sell my gun to my cousin or my neighbor in a private transaction.

If this bill were to become law, millions of law-abiding gun owners could suddenly be subject to federal prosecution. Of course, we all know that criminals are going to do what they already do: make illegal transfers of firearms. So, this won’t make any difference in cutting down on crime.

I have a long track record of supporting commonsense bills to provide Alabamians a way to protect themselves while offering smart background check programs and mental health services to those in need. My grandfather was shot and killed by someone suffering from mental illness. I know the importance of providing important resources for those in need without infringing on the rights guaranteed by our Founding Fathers.

The so-called solutions in the Democrat gun control bill do nothing to prevent mass violence. We should not punish law-abiding citizens, instead we should listen to responsible gun owners and work on solutions that protect our Second Amendment rights.

I have news for the out-of-touch Democrats: Gun owners of America are watching this debate. They know what H.R. 8 is all about, and they know that this bill is just a sham to chip away at the Second Amendment and our Constitution.

Instead of trying to attack the Second Amendment, we should be trying to protect it. During the debate last week, Speaker Pelosi blocked my amendment to strip out this anti-gun legislation and replace it with nationwide concealed carry reciprocity. Instead of trampling on our Constitution, Democrats could have accepted my amendment and allowed a vote on a bill that would have actually made our country safer.

Our Founding Fathers enshrined the right to keep and bear arms in our nation’s Constitution. Throughout our history, we have seen the importance of the Second Amendment for people to make a living, to provide for their families, and to protect their life and liberty.

It is clear that this bill was nothing more than yet another sham show vote from the Democratic leadership. The gun control bill promises much but delivers very little.

I opposed this bill, and I will oppose any bill that goes against the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans. It is my duty as a citizen of the United States and representative of the people of Alabama to defend our Constitution against any effort to roll back the important protections enshrined within it.

One thing is for sure: I will always stand up for our Constitution, the Second Amendment, and the rights of law-abiding gun owners in Alabama and around the United States.

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Byrne Leads on Trump Administration Education Priority

2019/02/28

Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) today announced the introduction of the Education Freedom Scholarships and Opportunity Act. This legislation will give students and parents in Alabama and around the country the freedom they deserve to make educational decisions that are right for them.

The legislation was developed in consultation with Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and Senator Ted Cruz as the Trump Administration’s school choice proposal.  It responds to President Trump’s State of the Union call for school choice and builds upon the Scholarship Granting Organization (SGO) model that has already been successful in Alabama.

In a press conference held today, Congressman Byrne joined Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) to announce details about the bill.

Congressman Byrne said: “Every student in America should have the opportunity to receive a high quality education, and we can help accomplish that goal through a new federal tax credit. This model has succeeded at creating opportunity for students in Alabama, and I am hopeful through this legislation we can create similar opportunities for students around the country.

“I applaud the leadership of President Trump and Secretary DeVos to expand choice and freedom in education, and I am committed to working with them and Senator Cruz to see this legislation across the finish line.”

Secretary DeVos said: “Every student in America deserves to learn in an engaging, meaningful and personalized way. No student should be denied that opportunity simply because of where they live or their family income. 

“Education Freedom Scholarships will make a historic investment in our students and their futures, finally putting the individual needs of students above all else. I want to thank Congressman Byrne for his commitment to education freedom and for his continued leadership in Congress on this important issue.”

Congressman Byrne also joined Secretary DeVos and Senator Cruz in writing an opinion piece that appeared in USA Today to outline the importance of this bill.

The Education Freedom Scholarships and Opportunity Act will:

  • Create an non-refundable federal tax credit for contributions from individuals and businesses to state-identified nonprofits called Scholarship Granting Organizations (SGOs).
  • Provide for the granting of scholarships to expand students’ access to a variety of educational opportunities, from advanced or remedial courses to private and home schooling to CTE opportunities.
  • Increase opportunity for families to make informed decisions that work for them and their individual needs.
  • Allow states to control their SGO programs, not the federal government.

The Education Freedom Scholarships and Opportunity Act is supported by a variety of stakeholders, including the United State Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Catholic Education, Agudath Israel of America, Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, American Association of Christian Schools, Association of Christian Schools International, American Federation for Children, ExcelinEd, Americans for Tax Reform, & EdChoice.

For more information, click here.

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Byrne Stands With Gun Owners; Fights for the Second Amendment

2019/02/27

Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) today stood with Alabama’s sportsmen and gun owners by voting against a bill that would restrict the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans.

Congressman Byrne said: “Our Founding Fathers enshrined the right to keep and bear arms in our nation’s Constitution. Throughout our history, we have seen the importance of the Second Amendment for people to make a living, to provide for their families, and to protect their life and liberty.

“Today, I voted against H.R. 8, the Democrat-led gun control legislation that would greatly limit the Constitutional rights of Americans. Let’s be very clear on this, H.R. 8 will fail to prevent criminals from getting their hands on firearms. What H.R. 8 will do is violate the Constitutional rights of millions of Americans and turn responsible gun owners into criminals under federal law.

“One thing is for sure: I will always stand up for our Constitution, the Second Amendment, and the rights for gun owners in Alabama and around the United States.”

As a gun owner, Congressman Byrne is a leading Second Amendment supporter in Congress. Already this year, he has taken the following actions in support of the Second Amendment:

  • Rejoined the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus
  • Sponsored H.R. 38 – the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2019, which would allow an individual with a concealed carry permit to carry a handgun into or possess a handgun in another state that allows individuals to carry concealed firearms.
  • Sponsored H.R. 155, the Hearing Protection Act, removing suppressors from the National Firearms Act (NFA), making it easier for hunters and sportsmen to protect their hearing at the range or in the field.
  • Moved to strike the Democrat’s gun control proposal, H.R. 8, and force a House vote on national conceal carry reciprocity in it’s place.

Byrne outlined his support for the Second Amendment and opposition to the Democrat gun control bills during a speech on the floor of the House of Representatives. A transcript of the speech can be found below.

Congressman Byrne said: “Mr. Speaker, I rise in strong opposition to this bill. 

“Let’s be very clear on this, H.R. 8 will not prevent criminals from getting their hands on firearms. What H.R. 8 will do is violate the Constitutional rights of millions of Americans.

“Under this bill, almost every time a lawful gunowner wants to transfer or sell a gun, he or she will have to go through a government sanctioned intermediary. 

“Under this bill, no longer could I let my cousin or my neighbor borrow my weapon.  If this bill becomes law, overnight, millions of law-abiding gun owners could suddenly be subject to federal prosecution. 

“Of course, we all know that criminals are going to do what they already do: make illegal transfers of firearms!

“We have heard a lot about how this is going to be the most open Congress in history. 

“Mr. Speaker, I filed an amendment that would strip out the text of H.R. 8 and replace it with nation-wide concealed carry reciprocity. 

“Well, of course Mr. Speaker, the Democrat leadership blocked a vote on my amendment.  What are they so afraid of? I guess they think they can shield their members from votes that protect the Second Amendment and benefit our nation’s law abiding gun owners.

“Well, Mr. Speaker, I have news for the majority.  The gun owners of America are watching this debate.  They know what H.R. 8 is all about, and they know this is just a sham to chip away at the Second Amendment and our Constitution.

“I will oppose this bill - and any bill - that goes against the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans. I urge my colleagues to join me in voting no and fighting against this assault on the Second Amendment.”

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Byrne Votes to Support President Trump’s Border Emergency

2019/02/26

Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) today voted against a resolution that would prohibit President Donald Trump from declaring a national emergency at the southern border.

Congressman Byrne said: “Democrats are trying every trick in the book to stop President Trump from securing our southern border. It is very disappointing that Democrats are so committed to attacking our President that they are refusing to support commonsense border security measures, like building a wall.

"There is no doubt the situation at the southern border is a national emergency, and I support President Trump doing everything in his power to keep the American people safe.”

Despite Byrne’s opposition, the resolution passed the House by a vote of 245 to 182. President Trump has said he would veto the resolution should it reach his desk.

Byrne previously announced his support for the emergency declaration saying that Democrats left President Trump with no choice.

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Byrne Announces February Community Office Hours

2019/02/25

Staff members from the Office of Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) will hold office hours throughout Alabama’s First Congressional District on February 27th and February 28th.

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, February 27

9:30 - 10:30 am: Gulf Shores City Hall

11:00 am – 12:00 pm: Foley City Hall

1:30 - 2:30 pm: Daphne City Hall

3:00 - 4:00 pm: Spanish Fort City Hall

Thursday, February 28

3:30 – 4:30 pm: Bay Minette City Hall

 

Clarke County

Wednesday, February 27

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

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

 

Escambia County

Thursday, February 28

9:30 - 10:30 am Atmore City Hall

11:00 am - 12:00 pm: Pollard Town Hall

1:30 - 2:20 pm: Brewton City Hall

 

Mobile County

Thursday, February 28

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

12:30 – 1:30 pm: Semmes City Hall

3:00 – 4:00 pm: Dauphin Island Town Hall

 

Monroe County

Wednesday, February 27

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

 

Washington County

Wednesday, February 27

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

Thursday, February 28

9:00 – 10:00 am: McIntosh Town Hall

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Crossroads: Immigration

2019/02/24

Growing up, my parents taught me the basic values of fairness and following the rules. I think these values were common in households all across our state and country.

In today’s society, those two basic values need to be applied to the ongoing debate about illegal immigration.

In terms of fairness, we have people who are going through the legal process to enter our country, which takes time and effort, only to have people skip that entire process and just walk across our border illegally. That goes against the basic value of fairness.

Also, we are a nation built on laws, but currently illegal immigrants openly disregard the rules and laws of our country. By not holding them accountable, we are further encouraging a culture where the rule of law does not matter.

Currently, we find ourselves at a crossroads as a nation.

Down one path is the status quo of broken immigration policy, porous borders, and a steady flow of drugs, violence, and human trafficking across the southern border.

Down another path is what Democrats advocate for: open borders, limited funding for national security measures at the border, and disregard for the rule of law.

But, down the final path is strong border security, including increased funding for a border wall, cracking down on criminal aliens in the United States, and reforming our broken immigration system in a way that works for American citizens, not for foreign interests.

Unfortunately, the Democrat leadership in Washington is pulling the nation down the path to the left, the path that threatens our national security.

Because of this, the President was recently left with no choice but to declare a national emergency to secure the funds necessary to adequately secure our border. As much as I wish that it had not come to this point, I stand with President Trump on this action to get a handle on our immigration crisis.

If the Democrats in control in Congress will not act in the best interest of the American people, then it is up to the President to take the necessary steps to keep our nation safe.

I have heard from countless people throughout Alabama that they are worried about the influx of drugs and violent crime across our Southern border due to illegal immigration.

We see story after story each week of criminals arrested by the dozen trying to enter our country illegally, murders committed by illegal immigrants who are members of violent gangs, and the myriad of deaths caused by overdose from drugs originating in Central and South America.

This must stop.

Once we can get a handle on the countless illegal crossings each week, we can move to reforming our broken system, combatting sanctuary cities, and encouraging people down legal paths to citizenship.

For the officer killed in California at the hands of an illegal immigrant, I will fight this fight. For the three Americas killed in Missouri by an illegal immigrant released without the knowledge of ICE, I will fight this fight. For the young woman raped by a previously-deported illegal immigrant in Shelby County, I will fight this fight.

For the people of Alabama, and for the people of the United States, I will remain committed to seeing this fight through to the end to secure our borders.

We need to return the commonsense, family values of fairness and following the rules to the immigration debate. By doing that, we can take our nation down the path toward secured borders, safer communities, and a more prosperous nation.

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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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