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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I know this may be hard for you to believe, but there was a major, bipartisan victory in Congress last week that failed to gain any of the attention it deserved. I want to highlight some of the progress we made last week and explain why it should matter to those of us back in Alabama.
Last week, both the House and the Senate passed a funding bill that covered three very important parts of our government: military construction and veterans services, energy and water development, and Legislative Branch operations.
Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) recently threw his support behind H.R. 6771, the Domestic Offshore Energy Reinvestment Act of 2018, which would increase the amount of revenue from oil and gas leases in the Gulf of Mexico that is available to the Gulf states.
The bill, which was introduced by Congressman Garret Graves (R-LA), amends the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act (GOMESA) to increase the amount of oil and gas revenue that is made available to Gulf states like Alabama. The bill advanced out of the House Natural Resources Committee on Thursday.
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.