Robert Aderholt

Robert Aderholt

ALABAMA's 4th DISTRICT

USDA Designates Two Alabama Counties as Primary Natural Disaster Areas

2019/11/15

 

Emergency Support to Producers in Surrounding Counties/Border State Also Available

WASHINGTON, Nov. 14, 2019 — Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue designated two Alabama counties as primary natural disaster areas. Producers in DeKalb and Marshall counties who suffered losses due to recent drought may be eligible for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) emergency loans.

This natural disaster designation allows FSA to extend much-needed emergency credit to producers recovering from natural disasters. Emergency loans can be used to meet various recovery needs including the replacement of essential items such as equipment or livestock, reorganization of a farming operation or the refinance of certain debts. 

Producers in the contiguous Alabama counties of Blount, Cherokee, Cullman, Etowah, Jackson, Madison, and Morgan, along with Chattooga, Dade and Walker counties in Georgia, are also eligible to apply for emergency loans. 

The deadline to apply for these emergency loans is July 6, 2020. 

FSA will review the loans based on the extent of losses, security available and repayment ability. 

The Secretary previously declared several other Alabama counties as primary natural disaster areas. A listing of all disaster designations can be found at fsa.usda.gov.

FSA has a variety of additional programs to help farmers recover from the impacts of this disaster. FSA programs that do not require a disaster declaration include: Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program; Emergency Conservation Program; Livestock Forage Disaster ProgramLivestock Indemnity ProgramOperating and Farm Ownership Loans; and the Tree Assistance Program

Farmers may contact their local USDA service center for further information on eligibility requirements and application procedures for these and other programs. Additional information is also available online at farmers.gov/recover.

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Congressman Aderholt Statement on Democrat Impeachment Vote

2019/10/31

Washington — Today, Congressman Robert Aderholt, (AL-04) released the following statement on the vote to formally open impeachment proceedings against President Trump.

 

“The Democrats have now made official, what they have been wanting to do since January 20, 2017,” said Congressman Robert Aderholt, “and that is try and overturn the 2016 election.  Impeachment has been their only agenda since President Trump was elected, and they’ve spent the last 10 months since they took over the House trying to find a way to do so.”

 

“I voted no!  While Congress does have the CONSTITUTIONAL AUTHORITY to impeach a President, it was meant to only be used as a response to actual crimes committed by a President.  So far, in what little information the Democrats have selectively leaked, I’ve seen nothing that rises to the level of overturning an American election.

 

“Since the election three years ago, a national newspaper’s tag line has been “Democracy Dies in Darkness.”  It’s too bad that our Democracy is dying in the darkness of this impeachment process.  The process passed by Democrats reverses procedures used in the Nixon and Clinton impeachment investigations.  For those two investigations, the President’s staff could examine evidence, ask questions of witnesses and attend hearings.  Members of Congress from the Minority Party could issue subpoenas without the Chairman’s permission.  Even with today’s vote, the Democrat impeachment process keeps the investigation behind closed doors for at least the next few weeks.  This is wrong.

 

 

“It’s time for Democratic leadership to accept that the Russians did not cause Hillary Clinton to lose, but that the voters simply chose Donald Trump over the prospects of granting a Clinton four more years in the White House.

 

“The American people elected us here to work for them—to negotiate deals that improve trade, drug pricing, healthcare, infrastructure and aim to fix some of the biggest issues we face as a country. It seems that Democratic leadership would rather waste more even more time and taxpayer dollars on yet another pointless investigation that does nothing to answer the problems we were elected here to fix. “

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Congressman Aderholt Statement on Speaker Pelosi’s Decision on Impeachment

2019/09/24

 

 

“Since the Democrats took control of the House of Representatives in January, impeachment has been first and foremost on the minds of most of the Democrat Caucus.  While most of their constituents hoped to see the Democrat majority work on better trade deals, infrastructure funding, and real immigration reform, the new majority has been working on overturning the results of the 2016 election, as it did not turn out as they expected. 

 

“I think most Americans want Congress to focus on issues that help families and strengthen the economy, rather than impeaching this President.” – Congressman Robert Aderholt

 

 

 

 

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Aderholt Statement on Release of Full Mueller Report

2019/04/18

Washington, D.C. — Today, Congressman Robert Aderholt, released the following statement in regard to the full Mueller Report being released to the public.

 

“The full report from Bob Mueller’s investigation just reaffirmed the original summary report: there was no collusion between the Trump Campaign and the Russian Government.   It must be remembered, this was the sole purpose of this investigation in the first place and the conclusion of that report is clear and unequivocal.  

 

“Even though many of my Democrat colleagues are grasping at straws as they try to relitigate this two year, 25-million-dollar, taxpayer funded investigation, it is clear by what we have learned today, that no credible evidence for any criminal wrongdoing was found. 

 

“There’s an old saying that the Democrats are proving true today: ‘if you cannot argue substance, then you argue process.’  The same Democrats who claimed Russian collusion was a ‘slam dunk,’ are now arguing that they don’t like the way the report that proves them wrong is being released.

 

“I’m sure this full report will not end Democrat denial of the 2016 outcome.  President Trump was elected in 2016 because candidate Trump’s message resonated with the American people.  As President Trump moves forward, I hope that my colleagues on the other side of the aisle won’t continue to try to manufacture other investigations.   We have a strong economy and Congress and the President need to work together to make it even stronger.”

 

In Washington, Congressman Aderholt serves as Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice and Science, and Related Agencies for the powerful House Appropriations Committee; he is also a member of the Committee’s Defense Subcommittee, the Committee’s Agriculture 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 William Barr’s Testimony Before the House Appropriations CJS Subcommittee

2019/04/09

Washington, D.C. — Today, Congressman Robert Aderholt, as ranking member of the Commerce Justice and Science Subcommittee on Appropriations, released the following statement after participating in the questioning of Attorney General William Barr before the committee.

 

“While we had a productive hearing in many ways today, unfortunately many of the Democrats have made it pretty clear that they are not interested in using their majority to govern but to score political points with the left wing of their party. If you look back over the past three months, the Democrats have also made it clear that they are not interested in fixing bad trade deals, reinvigorating our domestic manufacturing base and bringing jobs back from overseas. Instead, they seem to just want to do whatever they can to oppose Donald Trump.  It is almost as if many of the Democrats have turned into ‘Grassy Knoll’ conspiracists regarding Barr and the Mueller Report.

 

“Despite what many Democrats promised their voters during many television appearances during the last two years, the Mueller Report showed no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. The Democrats should just accept the fact that Trump simply had a message that resonated with the voters and continuing with antics like today is just going to lead to the same outcome next year.

 

“If Mr. Mueller’s report had shown there was collusion, that would have been terrible news for our nation and would have sparked a constitutional crisis.   So, the fact that no collusion was found should have been greeted with a sigh of relief.  Instead, many Democrats are angry and disappointed that this horrible outcome for our nation was not the end result.

 

“Meanwhile, I do agree with my Democratic friends that the Mueller Report needs an additional look. The circumstances leading up to obtaining the FISA court warrant to spy on a Trump campaign official by the Obama Department of Justice is something that merits attention.

 

 

In Washington, Congressman Aderholt serves as Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice and Science, and Related Agencies for the powerful House Appropriations Committee; he is also a member of the Committee’s Defense Subcommittee, the Committee’s Agriculture Subcommittee, and the Helsinki Commission.

 

For more information about Aderholt’s work in Congress visit: www.aderholt.house.gov.

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Aderholt Introduces Bill to Raise the Age to Buy Tobacco Products to 21 and to Implement More Age Restrictions on Vaping

2019/04/04

Washington, D.C. — Today, Congressman Robert Aderholt, released the following statement in regard to the introduction of his bill, Stopping Consumption of Tobacco by Teens (SCOTT Act), to raise the minimum age to buy tobacco products to 21 and to also require more age verification for the online sale of vaping products.

“In 1984, Congress raised the national minimum drinking age to 21 after realizing the dangers of teenagers having easy access to alcohol.  Smoking is just as much of a danger to health and life as drinking, and even more so to those who are still young and impressionable.

“This is why I have introduced a bill in Congress to increase the age to legally buy tobacco products to 21.  Will this keep all cigarettes out of the hands of teens and young adults?  No, but it will make it more difficult during an age range when most lifetime smokers say they first started the habit.

“My bill also requires age verification for online sales of vaping products.  Before confirming a purchase, online vendors must obtain the full name, birth date, and residential address of that person.   This information must be verified through a third-party database.   Upon delivery, a person over the age of 21 must sign for the package.

“This is bipartisan legislation that builds upon the work that FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, (whom the bill is named in honor of), has done towards stemming the tide of youth adoption of vaping products over the past few years. The fight to curb this epidemic will not end with his departure, as proven by this first step in taking tobacco out of the ready reach of underage children. Together, in a bipartisan manner, we have the opportunity to greatly decrease the dependency on tobacco for a new generation of Americans. Once passed, I think this legislation will be a testament to the legacy of Commissioner Gottlieb’s tenure at the Food & Drug Administration.”

“In an example of the bipartisanship of this bill, I’m proud to say that my friend, Democrat Congressman Juan Vargas, is an original co-sponsor.  I’m honored to have his support for this bill.”

Congressman Vargas provided the following quote in connection to the introduction of the SCOTT act.

“I applaud Congressman Aderholt for his leadership on this issue. The SCOTT Act aims to reduce the number of young people using tobacco products, hopefully decreasing the number of Americans that acquire a harmful addiction.” – Rep. Juan Vargas (CA-51)

In Washington, Congressman Aderholt serves as Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice and Science, and Related Agencies for the powerful House Appropriations Committee; he is also a member of the Committee’s Defense Subcommittee, the Committee’s Agriculture 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 President Trump’s Address to the Nation on Border Security

2019/01/09

Washington, D.C. — Congressman Robert Aderholt (AL-04) tonight released the following statement after President Trump addressed the nation on the need for more comprehensive border security measures, including a wall along the southern border.

 

“President Trump’s request for funding to build a wall along our southern border is not only reasonable, it is desperately needed.   There is nothing “immoral” about a nation choosing to protect its borders and thereby protect its sovereignty. 

 

“What is immoral is to continue to allow a constant stream of drug traffickers, and human traffickers into the country.  It is immoral to allow this unlawful door to remain open, because it encourages adults to put their children in grave danger – both from illness and from the strangers who transport them. 

 

“I fear that many of my Democrat colleagues are willing to set aside the laws of our land, and that is what we are talking about:  immigration is governed by laws, to ensure fairness and safety.  Many Democrats are willing to set aside these laws, and turn a blind eye to the dangers coming into our nation, for the prospect of future electoral gains.

 

“I urge my colleagues in Congress to fund the border wall and to reopen our government.”

 

 

 

For more information about Aderholt’s work in Congress visit: www.aderholt.house.gov.

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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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On January 3, 2019,  Congressman Robert B. Aderholt took the oath of office to serve his twelfth 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. He serves as Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice and Science and supports greater transparency, accountability and oversight to the appropriations process. Aderholt also serves as a member of the Agriculture and Rural Development Subcommittee and the Defense Subcommittee. An advocate of fiscal responsibility, truth in budgeting and a federal government that operates within its means, Aderholt tries to bring common-sense solutions to the Appropriations Committee.

Aderholt also serves as a commission member of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (commonly 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, district and the state of Alabama, Aderholt believes the federal government serves a critical role in assisting state and local projects regarding economic development. 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 Assistant Legal Advisor to Governor Fob James as well as Municipal Judge for the city of Haleyville, Alabama. Educated through Alabama’s public school system, Aderholt went on to receive his B.A. from Birmingham Southern College and his J.D. from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University.

Born on July 22, 1965, and raised in Alabama, Aderholt and his wife, Caroline, have their residence in Haleyville along with their daughter, Mary Elliott, and their son, Robert Hayes. When Congress is in session, his family joins him in Washington, D.C. area.


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