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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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.
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.