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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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.
Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) issued the following statement after voting in the favor of H.R. 3354, the Make America Secure and Prosperous Appropriations Act. The bill provides funding for the entire federal government for Fiscal Year 2018.
Byrne said: “The House has now done our job and passed all twelve of the government funding bills before the end of the fiscal year on September 30th. This funding bill reflects the will of the House and makes tough choices regarding funding priorities.
The House of Representatives last night adopted an amendment from Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) to protect important revenue from off-shore oil and gas royalties that is currently set aside for Alabama and other states on the Gulf Coast.
There has been a lot of noise coming out of Washington and in the national news media. If you listen to all the noise, you would think the only thing happening in our nation’s capital is staffing drama at the White House and an ongoing Russia investigation.
Those topics consume the national headlines day in and day out. Sadly, that narrative does not match the reality of what is happening in the House of Representatives. In fact, we are getting our work done and following through on our promises.
We recently had a major victory for our area’s Red Snapper fishermen and the coastal communities, which benefit from a longer Red Snapper season.
Last Wednesday, the federal Department of Commerce announced an emergency extension of the 2017 Red Snapper season for recreational fishermen. As you probably remember, it was announced by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration earlier this year that the Red Snapper season would be just three days, the shortest season ever.
Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) today celebrated the announcement of an emergency extension of the federal recreational Red Snapper season in the Gulf of Mexico.
The Department of Commerce announced today that Red Snapper fishing will be open in federal waters for recreational fishermen every weekend between now and Labor Day, resulting in a 39-day season. This will include Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, as well as July 3rd and 4th and Labor Day.
Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL), along with four other Members of Congress representing districts on the Gulf Coast, sent a letter to Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross today urging him to extend the number of days for the 2017 Red Snapper season in federal waters.
In asking for a longer season, the Gulf Coast congressmen point to the inaccurate data the National Marine Fisheries Service used to set the 2017 data.
We are blessed to live in a part of the world known for our beautiful scenery, abundant natural resources, and marvelous waterways. It is easy to see why my family has not left Southwest Alabama since my great, great, great grandfather settled here in the 1780s.
A critical part of our local culture is the Gulf of Mexico, including a wide range of fish that call the Gulf home. Like so many others, my family has gone fishing in the Gulf for as long as I can remember.
Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) voted today in favor of a government funding bill for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2017.
Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) issued the following statement in response to the announcement of a three day federal season for Red Snapper fishing in the Gulf of Mexico.
Byrne said: “This is absolutely ridiculous. A three day Red Snapper season for recreational fishermen is not only illogical, but it is also dangerous. Reliable state and university data continues to show a plentiful stock of Red Snapper in the Gulf, but federal bureaucrats and their outdated methods continue to totally miss the mark.