Robert Aderholt

Robert Aderholt

ALABAMA's 4th DISTRICT

Congressman Aderholt Statement on President Trump’s Support for Farmers

2018/07/24

Washington, D.C. — Congressman Robert Aderholt (AL-04) today released the following statement after President Trump announced support for farmers impacted by tariffs imposed by China on American farm goods.

 

“President Trump and Secretary Perdue took action to stand by farmers who are suffering from illegal trade retaliation.  Secretary Perdue called me earlier Tuesday to discuss these measures.  The actions and funding announced demonstrate that the President has not forgotten the American farmer and that agricultural producers will not bear the brunt of unjustified retaliation by foreign governments.

 

“As Chairman of the Agriculture Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee, I have worked to ensure that protective measures and funding would be available should our nation’s agriculture producers be confronted with such abusive policies enacted by foreign leaders. Any funds spent will be temporary. This will ensure that our farmers are able to make ends meet while the Trump Administration works out more fair deals for farmers, ranchers, and producers who want to sell their products overseas.

 

“I applaud President Trump for standing-up to China and other foreign government’s unfair trade practices. If our markets here are open to their goods then their markets should be open for American agriculture and manufacturing.”

 

 

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 Fighting Opioid Epidemic

2018/07/24

Washington, D.C. — Congressman Robert Aderholt (AL-04) today released the following statement after a Harvard study found that the 4th Congressional District has the highest rate of opioid prescriptions in the country.

 

“It is deeply saddening to learn that the 4th Congressional District has such a high opioid prescription rate.  I think this crisis, particularly in rural America, corresponds directly to President Trump’s popularity in my district.   People here have felt left behind and have seen their jobs and opportunities disappear. Due to the epidemic of depression, some people have turned to prescription drugs to dull the pain.  However, I believe that President Trump’s renewed focus on these areas and increasing jobs has resonated here strongly. 

 

“But combatting this crisis takes more than just better economic opportunities and my colleagues in Congress and I have been working toward that end.  In the FY18 funding bill signed into law in March, Congress included $4 billion to directly combat the opioid crisis.  This is the largest amount of money ever to address prevention, treatment, and enforcement issues.  $130 million was set aside for the Rural Communities Opioid Response program, to reach rural communities that have been hit especially hard by the opioid crisis.  And another billion in grants to states and Indian tribes to be used at the local level to target this epidemic.  We are currently working on the funding for FY19 and I am confident that we will continue strong funding for these programs.

 

“Our attorney general in Alabama, Steve Marshall, has made the opioid epidemic a priority.  Furthermore, while I think that Congress can address the funding, this battle will be won at the state and local level.   It will take a targeted approach that can’t be done from Washington.   With that being said, I will continue to work to make sure that state and local governments and organizations have the resources they need to win this war.

 

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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HOUSE COMMITTEE ADOPTS DEFENSE OF FAITH-BASED ADOPTION AGENCIES

2018/07/13

The House Appropriations Committee adopted a measure that would ensure federal funding for faith-based adoption agencies that object to placing children with same-sex couples.

GOP Rep. Robert Aderholt of Alabama introduced the measure, which is an amendment to an upcoming funding bill, as a way to curb further discrimination against faith-based adoption agencies. Faith-based adoption agencies have faced massive closures in California, Illinois, Massachusetts, and Washington, D.C., as a result of local laws that make it illegal for adoption and foster care agencies to refuse same-sex couples. (RELATED: Kansas And Oklahoma Defend Religious Adoption Agencies, Pass Bill Allowing Them To Veto LGBT Couples)

“Several states and localities across the country are not allowing religious organizations, such as Catholic Charities and Bethany Christian services, to operate child welfare agencies,” Aderholt said, according to Crux Now.

Aderholt asserted that the current opioid epidemic has caused the number of children entering the foster care system to “skyrocket.” The closure of faith-based adoption agencies has compounded the issue and limited available resources to children and parents.

The amendment to the funding bill dictates that the Department of Health and Human Services will withhold 15 percent of federal funding for child welfare from states that outlaw religious adoption agencies’ refusal to place children with same-sex couples.

Several states, like Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas, have passed laws to protect faith-based adoption agencies. Rep. Nancy Pelosi lambasted those laws and other such efforts as part of what she called a “bigoted, anti-LGBTQ agenda” pushed by Republicans. She and other opponents of protections for faith-based adoption and foster care agencies assert that those laws and Aderholt’s amendment will prevent same-sex couples from adopting kids.

Heritage Foundation Research Assistant Melanie Israel said that those protections do nothing of the sort.

“The other side is falsely saying that this prevents LGBT couples from adopting. That’s not true,” Israel told Crux. “They are still welcome to foster and adopt from a plethora of agencies, in particular the state-run agencies, and even some faith-based agencies. Not all faith-based agencies take issue with placing children outside of a home with a married mom and dad.”

Israel argued that protections for religious adoption agencies also helped parents who wished to work with agencies that “share their faith, and their values.”

U.S. Catholic bishops also argued that point when pushing for the adoption of the Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act of 2017.

“Keeping kids first involves protecting the birth mother’s choice to place the child with the family she feels is best,” three bishop chairmen wrote to the House Ways and Means Committee.

Advocates for the amendment and state protections for faith-based adoption agencies also argued that such agencies can provide support to birth-mothers during the adoption process, both spiritually and practically.

“As co-chairman of the House Coalition on Adoption, my goal was straightforward:  to encourage states to include all experienced and licensed child welfare agencies so that children are placed in caring, loving homes where they can thrive,” Aderholt said in a statement on his website. “We need more support for these families and children in crisis, not less.”

 
 
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Congressman Robert Aderholt Offers Amendment to Aid Children and Families in Adoption and Foster Care Services

2018/07/11

Washington, D.C. — Congressman Robert Aderholt (AL-04) today released the following statement after the House Appropriations Committee approved an amendment the Congressman introduced to prevent government religious discrimination regarding child welfare agencies.

 

“The amendment I offered today (Wednesday) and which was approved by the House Appropriations Committee, will address two serious problems currently facing our nation.  First, the current opioid epidemic has caused the number of children in foster care across America to skyrocket.  Here in Alabama, we have seen a 30% increase in just the last four years. These are children who are in desperate need of finding forever families.

 

“Secondly, several states and localities across the country are not allowing religious organizations, such as Catholic Charities and Bethany Christian Services, to operate child welfare agencies. The reason for this is simply because these organizations, based on religious conviction, choose not to place children with same-sex couples. 

 

“The amendment I introduced seeks to prevent these governments from discriminating against child welfare providers on the basis that the provider declines to provide a service that conflicts with its sincerely held religious beliefs or moral convictions, and furthermore, it would require the Department of Health and Human Services to withhold 15% of federal funds for child welfare services from states and localities that discriminate against these agencies.

“As co-chairman of the House Coalition on Adoption, my goal was straightforward:  to encourage states to include all experienced and licensed child welfare agencies so that children are placed in caring, loving homes where they can thrive.  We need more support for these families and children in crisis, not less.”

 

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 Trump’s SCOTUS Nominee

2018/07/10

Haleyville, Ala. — Congressman Robert Aderholt (AL-04) this evening released the following statement on President Trump’s nominee to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court of the United States.

 

“From what I know at this point, it appears President Trump has made an excellent choice in nominating Brett Kavanaugh.  Judge Kavanaugh has the qualifications that make him immensely qualified to take a seat on the highest court in the land. I believe, if confirmed by the Senate, Judge Kavanaugh will interpret the Constitution as written, and I don’t think he will attempt to make law from the bench. Again, based on what I’m hearing about Judge Kavanaugh, I encourage my Congressional colleagues in the Senate to quickly confirm him.  

 

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 Passage of “Right to Try” Bill

2018/05/23

Washington, D.C. — Congressman Robert Aderholt (AL-04) today released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed the “Right to Try” bill, sending it to the President’s desk.

 

““I’m very happy that the ‘Right-to-Try” bill has passed the House and Senate.  Terminally ill patients should have every chance at hope, no matter how small it might seem.  And we should not dampen the light of hope for those who are most in need.  I look forward to the President signing this bill into law.”

 

When this bill becomes law, it will help terminally ill patients get access to experimental medical treatments where no alternative currently exists.

 

 

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 Trump’s Plan to Cut Taxpayer Funding to Planned Parenthood

2018/05/18

Washington, D.C. — Congressman Robert Aderholt (AL-04) today released the following statement upon learning that President Trump plans to use his authority as President to deny Title X Family Planning funding to Planned Parenthood.  The organization received an average of nearly $60 million annually from the program.

 

“I fully support President Trump’s decision to deny Title X Family Planning money to abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood. The House of Representatives has passed language to do just this, but as usual, it was stripped away in the Senate.  President Trump is taking these actions after receiving a letter that I and other pro-life conservatives in the House recently signed to ask him to reinstate the common-sense Reagan-era restrictions of taxpayer dollars being used to support organizations that provide abortions.

 

“We only have to look to Planned Parenthood’s activities in our own state to see why they do not deserve federal funds.  Just within the last few years, the clinic in Mobile performed two abortions in less than a year on a 14-year-old girl.  She was clearly being sexually abused, but no one at Planned Parenthood notified authorities, as is required by law.   For them, it was another routine abortion.

 

“There are plenty of health care providers, such as community and rural health centers, that provide the family planning needs of women and will be better stewards of the people’s tax dollars.   I fully support President Trump’s decision to move forward with this initiative and appreciate his courage to finally acknowledge that family planning is not the same as abortion and that Planned Parenthood is not above reproach.”

 

 

 

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 Joins Secretary Perdue to Announce Millions for Rural Broadband at Home and for the Nation

2018/05/04

Washington, D.C. — Congressman Robert Aderholt (AL-04) today joined with U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, Governor Ivey and other state leaders to announce an almost three million dollar grant for Tombigbee Electric Cooperative to expand rural broadband in Marion, Fayette and Lamar counties.   And also on the $625 million Congressman Aderholt helped secure in the federal budget to improve rural broadband for the rest of the state and country.

 

“For far too long, Washington has looked at rural America as an expanse in between the cities and their suburbs, as opposed to the backbone of America. Yet, these are the people that raise our cattle, work in the factories that dot rural landscapes, and till the land in order to provide food for our plate.

 

“Secretary Perdue and I announced today a down-payment on ensuring rural America is not left behind. The Rural Development account in the bill I pushed through Congress contains $625 million dollars of commitment to expanding rural broadband, in an effort to erase the rural digital divide. This commitment of 625 million dollars is not only Washington putting our money where our mouths are, but also a line in the sand that the days of looking past rural America are over.

 

“The Tombigbee Electric Cooperative is the first example of how this investment will work.  Today we announced almost $3 million will be going to Tombigbee to expand access to the internet in rural Marion, Fayette and Lamar counties.

 

“Access to high speed internet is now just as important to a high quality of life as electricity, water and sewer.  As a country, we cannot allow large sections of our population to be cutoff from the rest of the world, and therefore, be cut off from economic opportunities.   I believe this is just the beginning of bring rural America into the 21st Century where it belongs.

 

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 Calls for Entries in 2018 Art Competition

2018/03/02

Washington, D.C. — Congressman Robert Aderholt (AL-04) today called for entries in the 2018 Congressional Art Competition.

 

“I am pleased once again to be a sponsor of the United States Congressional Art Competition for high school students within the 4th District.  This is an annual nationwide event that recognizes and encourages the artistic talent we have in our district.  Students in grades 9-12 are encouraged to compete.

 

“The 2018 Congressional Art Competition award ceremony and reception will be held at the Evelyn Burrow Museum on the campus of Wallace State Community College in Hanceville, Alabama.  The date for the ceremony is Monday, April 23th at 10:30 a.m.  All students participating in the competition, along with their parents and art teachers, are invited to attend the reception and ceremony.

 

“The ‘Best of Show’ artwork will represent Alabama’s 4th Congressional District by being displayed in the U.S. Capitol Complex for an entire year.  In addition to having his or her artwork displayed in Washington, the winner will be awarded two round-trip airline tickets and $500 for expenses to attend the National Exhibition Reception in Washington, D.C. this summer.

 

“High School students wishing to compete should check with their school’s art teacher or administrators.  High Schools within the 4th District will be receiving letters with more details.  Students who are home-schooled are also eligible to participate.  For more information, please contact Pam Abernathy in our Gadsden District Office at 256-546-0201 or by email at pam.abernathy@mail.house.gov.  We look forward to seeing the creations of students in the 4th District on display soon at Wallace State.”

 

For information can be found on the Art Competition website.

 

 

 

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 Meets with President Trump on Trade

2018/02/13

Washington, D.C. — Today, Congressman Robert Aderholt, released the following statement after meeting with President Trump at the White House to discuss plans for trade.

 

“Tuesday morning, I met with President Trump at the White House to discuss work on future trade deals that put America and American workers first.  Our past trade deals grew the economies of other countries while putting our own citizens in unemployment lines.  The President and I agree those days are over.

 

“While our trade deficits with other countries continue to balloon, life is being drained out of the American dream.  We have lost good paying jobs that allow people to buy homes, send their kids to college, give to their churches and have a nest egg for retirement.

 

“I took the opportunity to thank President Trump for his support of my “Buy American” provision that mandates the use of American made iron and steel in publicly funded infrastructure projects. I also applauded his efforts to expand the American manufacturing base. Revitalizing American manufacturing is the key component in ‘Making America Great Again’.

 

“It is great to finally have a leader in the White House like President Trump who shares my goal to put the American worker first in any trade deals our country makes.  That also means treating the people who live in rural America with respect, and not as if their jobs and well-being are expendable.”

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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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