Defense and National Security
There is no greater responsibility of Congress than to provide for the national defense. With our nation's military men and women facing such a wide range of global challenges, it is important we make sure our Armed Forces have the resources to be successful in keeping the American people safe. I have repeatedly pushed back against deep cuts to our military and have actually urged for us to increase the size of our naval fleet. A strong Navy and keeping the sea lanes open is critical to a successful global economy.
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Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) today announced legislation to ensure members of the Coast Guard and Coast Guard retirees are paid during the current government shutdown.
The bill, known as the Always Ready Act, was formally introduced by Congressman Byrne on January 9th and provides funding for members of the Coast Guard and Coast Guard retirees.
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.
Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, voted today in favor of a bill providing full funding for the Department of Defense. This marks the first time since 2008 that Congress has passed a full funding bill for the Department of Defense before the end of the fiscal year.
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) issued the following statement in response to passage of the first government funding package for Fiscal Year 2019, which included funding bills for Energy and Water Development, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Legislative Branch.
The House returns to session this week after the month-long August District Work Period, and there are many important legislative items that need our attention.
August was a busy time back in Southwest Alabama listening to the people I have the honor of representing. I appreciate all those who took time to visit my office, attend a town hall meeting, or host me at their business. I look forward to taking back all I learned to Washington as we address the range of issues before us.
Imagine the scenario: a massive earthquake strikes an impoverished island country. It is followed up by multiple aftershocks and a tsunami. Countless lives are lost and thousands more are injured. The United States and partner nations are called in to respond and help get the nation back on its feet.