From flood insurance to Red Snapper to the RESTORE Act, I have made it a priority to advocate on behalf of Coastal Alabamians. As a member of the Coastal Communities Caucus, I have continually fought for Alabama's coastal economy. In fact, I introduced H.R. 981, the Red Snapper Regulatory Refrom Act. This commonsense bill would repeal inflexible quotas and empower the Gulf States.
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Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed an government funding bill for the Department of Interior and related agencies, which includes an amendment from Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) to protect a critical funding source for Gulf Coast states, including Alabama.
Byrne’s amendment would prohibit any efforts to redirect funds allocated under the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act (GOMESA). GOMESA is the federal legislation that creates a revenue sharing agreement between Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama for federal oil revenue from drilling off their coasts.
Down here on the Gulf Coast, fishing is a way of life for many people. It is a tradition that spans generations and is one way we bond with our family and friends.
In fact, some of my fondest memories happened while casting a reel. I remember my father showing me how to bait a hook and teaching me about the patience of waiting for a bite. I enjoy carrying on that tradition with my kids.
As part of Hurricane Preparedness Week, Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) today urged Alabamians to be prepared as hurricane season approaches. Hurricane season typically occurs from June 1 to November 30 each year.
Hurricane Preparedness Week, which runs from May 6th to May 12th this year, is a national week to highlight ways individuals can prepare for a potential tropical storm or hurricane.
Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) today applauded an announcement from U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke that the Department of Interior will disburse almost $188 million to the four Gulf oil and gas producing states under the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act (GOMESA).
GOMESA is the federal legislation that creates a revenue sharing agreement between Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. Under GOMESA, each state receives a percentage of federal oil revenue from drilling of their coasts.
Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) issued the following statement praising the announcement of a 47 day Red Snapper season for recreational fishermen in Alabama. The announcement applies to both 2018 and 2019.
Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, issued the following statement after voting in favor of the government funding bill for Fiscal Year 2018.
Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) issued the following statement highlighting the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council’s approval of an exempted fishing permit pilot program for the 2018 and 2019 Red Snapper seasons in the Gulf of Mexico. The program will allow the Gulf states to set their own Red Snapper season lengths.
As we head into 2018, I want to take a minute to look back at some of the highlights from a very busy and productive 2017.
2017 marked the start of a new era in Washington, D.C. as President Donald Trump was sworn in. With the House and the Senate both in Republican hands, this led to the rare occurrence of a totally unified federal government.
Congressman Bradley Byrne led a group of colleagues in urging for a provision important to Gulf Coast states be included in the final tax reform legislation.
In a letter to House leaders, Congressman Byrne and his colleagues urged inclusion of the Cassidy-Strange Amendment in the final tax reform bill. The amendment, led by Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy and Alabama Senator Luther Strange, would increase the money states are able to receive through the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act (GOMESA).
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke today announced that the Department is proposing the largest oil and gas lease sale ever held in the United States --76,967,935 acres in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico, offshore Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.