Robert Aderholt

Robert Aderholt

ALABAMA's 4th DISTRICT

Congressman Aderholt Statement on Attorney General Jeff Sessions

2018/11/07

Haleyville, Ala. — Congressman Robert Aderholt (AL-04) today released the following statement after learning of the resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

 

“Having served with Jeff Sessions in Congress, I can honestly say that he has always been someone who is of the utmost character and ability.  I know he worked every day to uphold the law in all fairness to everyone.  He has done great work enforcing our immigration laws, fighting gangs and opioid abuse and upholding religious liberties.  Jeff, and his wife Mary, have been good friends with Caroline and me.  We wish them the best in whatever is in store for them in the next chapter of their lives.”

 

 

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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CHAIRMAN ADERHOLT AND RANKING MEMBER SANFORD SEND LETTER TO APPROPRIATIONS LEADERSHIP URGING SUPPLEMENTAL DISASTER APPROPRIATIONS BILL TO HELP FARMERS AND RURAL COMMUNITIES RECOVER

2018/10/30

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Chairman Robert Aderholt (AL-04), and Ranking Member Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02)the leading members of the U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, sent a letter to Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen (NJ-11) and Ranking Member Nita Lowey (NY-17), the leading members of the full U.S. House Appropriations Committee, urging passage of a supplemental disaster appropriations bill to address the series of natural disasters in 2018 that have caused widespread destruction and significant losses for our nation’s farmers, as well the communities in which they live. There is an urgent need for a supplemental disaster appropriations bill to help farmers, ranchers, and rural communities recover and rebuild.

 

“Natural disasters, like hurricanes, know no political boundaries,” said Chairman Aderholt.  “That is why it is important for people like my friend, and Ranking Member, Sanford Bishop and myself, to come together to support the farmers affected.  After all, farmers don’t care about political parties but have to pay the bank loans back and keep their lights on.”

 

The Members wrote in their letter:

 

“On October 10, 2018, Hurricane Michael, one of the most powerful storms to make landfall in the United States, left a path of devastation from Alabama and Florida to Virginia. While the damage is still being assessed, it is estimated that total agricultural losses could exceed $4 billion. Less than a month earlier, Hurricane Florence slammed into North Carolina and South Carolina causing $22 billion in damages. In addition, wildfires across the western states have consumed more than 8 million acres to date. While there is never a good time for a storm like Michael, it hit at the worst time possible for farmers. With depressed commodity prices and markets closed due to retaliatory trade measures, it made the hurricane’s impact even greater.”

 

They continued:

 

“It is our responsibility, and the responsibility of the other Members of Congress, to find solutions and provide relief to those in need. We look forward to working with you, and the full House Appropriations committee, as well as the entire Congress on a supplemental appropriations package and to reexamine federal policies where necessary.”

 

 

 

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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Congressman Aderholt Statement on the Release of Pastor Andrew Brunson

2018/10/12

Washington, D.C. — Congressman Robert Aderholt (AL-04) today released the following statement after learning news that Pastor Andrew Brunson would be released from prison in Turkey.

 

“I’m so thankful for the release of American Pastor Andrew Brunson from prison in Turkey.  He was detained simply for practicing his Christian faith.  I’m also thankful that President Trump and his administration took unprecedented action to work for Brunson’s release.  The President made his release a top priority from the moment he took office.  And of course, above all else, I am thankful to God for Dr. Brunson’s release, health and safety.”

 

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 Announces Funding for Farm Irrigation along the Wheeler Lake Reservoir of the Tennessee River

2018/10/03

p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px Calibri; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000} span.s1 {font-kerning: none} Washington, D.C. — Congressman Robert Aderholt today released the following statement announcing $8 million in federal funding available directly to farmers in Alabama to install irrigation infrastructure. 

 

“This is the beginning of funding that is now being made available to directly help farmers in North Alabama weather droughts while being good stewards of our natural resources. The money available will assist those who farm land along the Wheeler Lake Reservoir.  Specifically, it will help farmers install irrigation systems on farmland in Lawrence County upstream of Wheeler Dam and those who are downstream of the Guntersville Dam in Marshall County, in areas such as Parches Cove and Greenbriar Cove.

 

“This investment is another example of how President Trump’s administration, and this Congress, have come together to support and provide for rural America, especially Alabama.  The funding will help local farmers in underserved areas better weather severe droughts like the most recent one in 2016.  Federal funding, such as this, is a proven example of how partnerships between federal, state and local governments, benefits communities.  This is exactly the type of partnerships we should be forming to best use the taxpayers’ dollars.  Investing in our agriculture and conservation communities will pay dividends for decades to come and I look forward to seeing the benefits of this partnership between the government and our state’s farmers.  

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Aderholt Announces $1.1 Million to Combat Opioid Crisis in North Alabama

2018/09/21

Washington, D.C. — Congressman Robert Aderholt today released the following statement announcing more than $1.1 million to community health centers in Alabama’s Fourth Congressional District to help combat the opioid crisis. Congress appropriated the money and it will be distributed by the United States Department of Health and Human Services.

 

“The United States is currently addressing a crisis which shows no discrimination. People of all races, ethnicities, geographic regions, and socio-economic classes are impacted by this national crisis and, unfortunately, Alabama has not been spared.”

 

“Congress and federal agencies must work with state and local governments, as well as community organizations to support individuals and communities that have felt left behind. These HHS grants will empower community health centers and rural organizations to expand both opioid addiction treatment and prevention programs.”

 

These grants will support community health centers in the following cities that serve Alabama’s Fourth Congressional District: Gadsden, Parrish, Scottsboro, and Tuscaloosa.

 

Four community health centers will receive a total of $975,250 through the Expanding Access to Quality Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health Services awards:

 

  • Quality of Life Services, Inc. Gadsden- $293,000
  • Capstone Rural Health Center, Parrish- $287,250
  • Northeast Alabama Health Services, Inc., Scottsboro- $110,000
  • Whatley Health Services, Inc., Tuscaloosa- $285,000

 

One community health center will receive an additional award through the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program Planning program:

 

  • Capstone Rural Health Center, Parrish- $200,000

 

In total, $1,175,250 will be awarded to Alabama’s Fourth Congressional District’s community health centers for these purposes.

 

“In July, I stood with my colleagues in Congress to pass a bipartisan bill, the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act, which improves and expands access to treatment and recovery services, improves data to identify and help at-risk patients and families, and cracks down on foreign shipments of illicit drugs.  A final version of this legislation is being negotiated with the Senate and I am hopeful that we can get it signed into law by the President before the end of this year.  I stand ready to further work in Congress providing relief to all of our friends and families affected.”

 

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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Congressman Aderholt and the EDA Announce $2 Million for Wallace State for Job Training

2018/09/20

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced that the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $2 million grant to Wallace State Community College (WSCC) of Cullman, Alabama, to build a technical education center that will help workers gain new, in-demand skills. According to grantee estimates, the project is expected to create 68 jobs.

 

“Under the Trump Administration, workforce development and training are of the utmost importance as some workers continue to struggle in communities across the United States,” said Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. “This new facility in Cullman will provide the innovative education workers need to compete for jobs in the global economy.” 
 

“I am proud to work with President Trump in fulfilling his mission to support rural America,” said Congressman Robert Aderholt. “These funds invest in jobs that help drive rural Alabama and provide a good quality of life.”

 

“Workforce development is a cornerstone in our efforts to increase the level of education of our citizens, and in turn, our efforts to continue growing Alabama’s economy,” said Governor Ivey. “We are honored to have the support of the U.S. Department of Commerce and Secretary Ross to implement these much needed programs to train our workers for some of the state’s most in-demand jobs.”

 

“Businesses and manufacturers across the country are actively seeking workers with technical skills,” said Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.). “This significant investment will allow Wallace State Community College the opportunity to equip students with the necessary innovative training to meet this heightened demand. Further, the new technical education center will serve a vital role in promoting workforce development and fostering economic growth throughout Alabama.”

 

 

This investment will establish WSCC’s new technical education center, housing a welding program and business incubator. The welding program upgrades will support and expand a pipeline of technical education for the region, while the incubator space will support the convergence of various community resources. This project was made possible by the regional planning efforts led by the North Central Alabama Regional Council of Governments. EDA the North Central Alabama Regional Council of Governments to bring together the public and private sectors to create an economic development roadmap to strengthen the regional economy, support private capital investment, and create jobs.

 

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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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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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