Agriculture remains the number one industry in the state of Alabama, having an estimated economic impact of $12.8 billion and 102,328 jobs in the First District alone. In our area, forestry is especially important. Unforutnately, federal regulations from Washington are making life harder for our farmers and foresters. That is why I have supported legislation to roll back regulations on Alabama's farmers so they can focus on doing their job.
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Approximately 46 million people call rural America home, according to information from the Department of Agriculture. These rural communities make up the backbone of our state and play a substantial role in the overall American economy.
Unfortunately, rural communities are facing some serious challenges. For the first time on record, the rural population in our country is shrinking. Job growth since 2011 has been below that of urban areas, and the economic recovery has been much slower for rural areas.
Last week, we recapped major highlights from the past year, so this week I want to look ahead at some of the important things to watch for in 2018.
2018 is an election year, and the midterm elections for all House members and the one-third of the United States Senate will be held in November. I expect a very busy legislative session in the run-up to the midterms.
Last week, we received some really positive news about the growth of the manufacturing industry in our area. Airbus announced plans to add an additional assembly line at their facility in Mobile, and steelmaker SSAB revealed that they will be moving their national headquarters from Illinois to Mobile.
Both of these announcements are a testament to our area’s booming manufacturing industry, and I am very proud of the first-class workforce that helps make these advancements possible. Manufacturing is certainly on the rise.
Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) issued the following statement regarding a decision by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers to rescind the 2015 Waters of the United States regulation proposed by former President Obama.
Despite Alabama’s growth in manufacturing, agriculture remains the top industry in the state, as well as the top industry right here in Alabama’s First Congressional District. The economic impact of agriculture in our state is over $70 billion. Here in Southwest Alabama, over 102,000 jobs are connected to agriculture and forestry.
In Congress, I have made it a top priority to support agriculture. From voting in favor of the 2014 Farm Bill to helping push back against costly regulations, I am constantly looking for ways to make life easier for our farmers and foresters.
Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) today applauded an announcement from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development regarding their Community Facilities Relending Program.
United Bank, based in Atmore, Alabama, has been selected to serve as a lender for the new Community Facilities Relending Program. The program allows USDA Rural Development to make direct loans to community lending institutions who then re-loan the funds to eligible applicants to acquire, maintain, build, or renovate essential community facilities.
The House of Representatives today approved an amendment from Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) calling for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to perform a Gulf Coast Oyster Bed Recovery Assessment.
Byrne’s amendment to the Water Resources and Development Act was adopted by a voice vote. Final passage on the legislation is expected later this evening.
China is the largest country in the world with a population of approximately 1.4 billion people, and I recently had the opportunity to travel there with some of my Congressional colleagues. I want to share a few of my takeaways with you.
We must realize that the key to a successful relationship with China is the proper mix of cooperation and a firm assertion of America’s priorities. This mix is particularly important in matters of the economy and trade, as well as with security issues.
Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) today voted in support of a bill to block the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from moving forward with the burdensome Waters of the U.S. rule.
The proposed rule seeks to redefine “navigable waterways” to include everything from a family pond to small ditches. This new definition would make farmers, foresters, municipalities, and small businesses subject to additional federal regulation and could result in new compliance costs.
Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) on Tuesday celebrated National Forest Products Week by highlighting the important impact forestry has on the economy in Southwest Alabama.