Economy and Jobs
For too long, we have been content to sit back and nibble around the edges of the issues weighing down our economy. The result is a stagnant recovery where wages aren't growing, new investment and jobs are leaving the country, and many are still struggling to find work. I refuse to accept this version of America as ‘the new normal.’ It’s time for bold action. What the country needs now more than ever are leaders that are willing to plant the flag for bold ideas that will move our country forward and put Americans back to work. Obvious ways to improve our economy include approving the Keystone XL pipeline, ending the Obama Administration’s "War on Coal," providing regulatory relief to business, and improving access to capital. These are common-sense proposals, many with bipartisan support, that deserve action today.
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Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) today spoke on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives in opposition to the Democrat minimum wage bill that the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates will eliminate over 44,000 Alabama jobs by 2020. His remarks as prepared are below.
Congressman Byrne said: “Mr. Speaker, I rise today in opposition to H.R. 582.
Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL), a member of the House Education and Labor Committee, was named the Ranking Member of the Workforce Protections Subcommittee today.
Byrne said: “Alabama’s workers deserve federal workplace polices that make it easier and safer for them to do their job without worrying about burdensome and confusing government regulations. I’m honored to again lead this Subcommittee as we fight for American workers and work to ensure the balance of power is not tilted in favor of Big Labor at the expense of hardworking Americans.”
Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) today announced his committee assignments for the next two years. Congressman Byrne will again serve on the House Armed Services Committee and the Education and Labor Committee.
Through his position on the Armed Services Committee, Byrne will be able to advocate for Alabama’s strong and diverse national security presence.
With 2018 behind us, it is time to start looking at what you can expect from Washington in 2019. Under Republican leadership, we in Congress aimed to make America better off, and thanks to our many victories through conservative policies, we accomplished that goal.
Under Democrat control, there is no telling what craziness will come out of the House of Representatives.
2018 was a landmark year in many ways for Alabama and the United States. From defense funding to town halls, agriculture to Red Snapper, there was much to celebrate this year and much to anticipate in the next. Join me as we take a look back at the past year.
I kicked things off in January by celebrating my 100th Town Hall Meeting in Grove Hill. I always enjoy meeting the folks in our area and hearing about the issues that matter most to them. This year, I hosted 25 town hall meetings throughout Southwest Alabama.
Some of the greatest sporting events in history have come down to the wire. Those bottom of the ninth, fourth and inches, double overtime plays are what stand out in our memories as the greatest successes or the worst defeats in sports history.
Similarly, we here in Washington are entering our own home stretch of the 115th Congress. It has been a long year filled with many victories for the people of Alabama, but there is still work to be done.
Next year, the game will change completely. With Democrats taking control of the House, things will be different.
There are very few places in the United States that can boast the sort of diverse infrastructure we have here in Alabama. There are 11 interstates, over 3,000 miles of freight rail, 5 commercial airports, and more than 132,000 miles of rivers and stream channels in our state.
Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL), Chairman of the House Workforce Protections Subcommittee, led 83 of his House colleagues in sending a bipartisan letter to Department of Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta calling for the modernization of the joint employer standard under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) issued the following statement in response to the Economic Development Administration (EDA) awarding a $1,531,346 grant to the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce to help with the acquisition and renovation of the former Threaded Fasteners Building in Mobile to house Innovation PortAL.
Since Congress passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act last year, the American economy is booming, and Alabama families have more money in their pockets. By lowering taxes and simplifying the tax code, we have unlocked our economic potential and made life better for hardworking Americans.
The economic numbers speak for themselves: higher wages, lower unemployment, more jobs, bigger paychecks, employee bonuses, and much more. Under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the average family in Southwest Alabama will see their tax bill decrease by $2,187 a year.