We must stand up to bloated federal spending and unbalanced budgets. I support a Balanced Budget Amendment to get federal spending under control. I also have introduced the Sunset Act, which would get rid of unnecessary and wasteful federal agencies and departments. The culture of spending in Washington must be stopped starting with reforms to wasteful federal programs.
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On Thursday, the House of Representatives passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2019, a bill which Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) says brings good news for Alabama. Byrne serves on the House Armed Services Committee, where he is Vice Chairman of the Seapower Subcommittee.
The bill passed by a bipartisan vote of 351 to 66.
When the 115th Congress kicked off last January, I immediately introduced a bill that I believe is fundamental to the future of our country: a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
The premise of a Balanced Budget Amendment is pretty straightforward. The federal government should not be allowed to spend more than we take in, except in extraordinary circumstances like a time of war.
Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) today voted in favor of House Joint Resolution 2, a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
The resolution proposes a Constitutional amendment requiring an annual balanced federal budget. Unfortunately, the amendment failed to receive a 2/3rds vote in the House as required to amend the Constitution.
There is no more important function of the federal government than to provide for our common defense. Unfortunately, for nearly seven years, Democrats have held funding for our military hostage, and as a result, we are facing a serious readiness crisis in our military.
We have planes unable to fly and ships that cannot sail. A lack of proper resources has resulted in a loss of servicemember lives and has made our country ill-prepared to face aggression from dangerous adversaries like China, Russia, and North Korea. This level of vulnerability is unacceptable.
On March 23, 2018, President Donald Trump signed the Fiscal Year 2018 government funding bill into law. After reviewing the bill and studying its impact on Alabama and the nation, I decided to vote in favor of the bill. The biggest factor in my vote was the fact that the bill fully funds our military after years of dangerous budget cuts that crippled our national defense. There is no greater function of the federal government than to provide for the common defense, and this funding bill does that.
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.
Anyone who has followed Congress over the last twenty years knows that things have been pretty dysfunctional. While I believe our Founding Fathers intended for the Legislative Branch to be deliberative, I think they would be troubled by how broken things have become.
One of the top drivers of the dysfunction is the budget and government funding process. Did you know that the last time Congress passed a budget and all twelve government funding bills on time was 1994?
Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) and Congressman Paul Mitchell (R-MI) today introduced legislation to fundamentally reform the broken Congressional budget process in an effort to rein in spending, control the national debt, and make the process work more efficiently.
Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) issued the following statement after voting to end the shutdown of the federal government.
Congressman Byrne said: “This shutdown was meaningless and petty. Senate Democrats shut down the federal government over illegal immigration, but thankfully they caved after realizing the blame was squarely on their shoulders.
Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) issued the following statement in response to Senate Democrats shutting down the federal government over illegal immigration.
Congressman Byrne said: “The so-called ‘resistance’ and Senate Democrats have shut down the entire federal government and put health care for over 85,000 Alabama children at risk over an unrelated illegal immigration issue. This is petty and ridiculous, and I call on Senate Democrats to stop with the political games, come back to the negotiating table, and join us in passing a funding bill.”