Bradley Byrne Committee Assignments Are

Committees

House Armed Services Committee

Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces

Subcommittee on Strategic Forces

House Education & the Workforce Committee

Subcommittee on Workforce Protections - Chairman

Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Development

House Rules Committee

Caucuses

Air Force Caucus

Assisting Caregivers Today (ACT) Caucus

Brain Injury Task Force

Central America Caucus

Coastal Communities Caucus (Co-Chair)

Fertilizer Caucus

Fire Services Caucus

Forestry Caucus

General Aviation Caucus

Global Investment in America Caucus

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Caucus (Co-Chair)

Irish Caucus

Long Range Strike Caucus

Manufacturing Caucus

Mental Health Caucus

Municipal Finance Caucus

National Guard Caucus

Nursing Caucus

Ports Caucus

Prayer Caucus

Pro-Life Caucus

Republican Israel Caucus

Republican Study Committee (Steering Committee Member)

Rugby Caucus

Shipbuilding Caucus

Singapore Caucus (Co-Chair)

Small Brewers Caucus

Sportsmen’s Caucus

Steel Caucus

Travel and Tourism Caucus

Byrne Celebrates Alabama Company Giving Tax Reform Bonuses

2018/03/09

Today, Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) visited Overseas Hardwoods Company in Stockton, Alabama and helped hand out bonus checks to their employees. The bonuses come in response to passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in December.

All non-management employees received a $1,000 bonus, and the company also announced plans to expand their business operation.

Congressman Byrne said: “Another day, another positive announcement thanks to passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. When I voted for the tax reform bill, I did so because I wanted to put more money in the pockets of hardworking men and women in Southwest Alabama. That is exactly what is happening. I applaud Overseas Hardwoods for investing in their employees and for continuing to play such an important role in our local economy.”

Last month, Xante Printers in Mobile also gave out bonuses checks to their employees in response to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

Click here for more information on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Click here for a list of the hundreds of companies around the United States that have given bonuses, raised wages, or increased benefits due to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

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Byrne, Delaney Introduce the Don’t Tax Higher Education Act

2018/03/09

Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) and Congressman John Delaney (D-MD) have introduced bipartisan legislation to repeal the excise tax on endowments that was included in the tax reform bill signed into law last year. The tax bill passed last year creates a 1.4% excise tax on net endowment income for institutions with large endowments. Because the legislation did not include threshold adjustments for inflation, it is likely that more and more institutions will be subject to the tax in the future.

The Delaney-Byrne Don’t Tax Higher Education Act eliminates the tax on endowments. The Delaney-Byrne bill is supported by the American Council on Education, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), the National Association of College and University Business Officers, and the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.

“While the impact of the excise tax on college endowments may be small today, I worry about future growth and expansion of this misguided tax on higher education. We should all be looking for ways to increase access to higher education, and endowments play a very important role in funding scholarships, student aid, and important research initiatives. As we continue working to build and train the workforce of the 21st Century, we must be doing more – not less – to improve higher education in America, and I am proud to partner with Congressman Delaney on this bipartisan legislation,” said Congressman Bradley Byrne.

“America’s colleges and universities are one of our singular assets as a country. We lead the world in higher education and it gives us an incredible advantage in today’s high-tech, high-skill global economy. We should be leaning into these advantages, not undermining them,” said Congressman Delaney. “Colleges and universities rely on their endowments to provide essential funding for financial aid, support difference-making research and teaching and effectively manage complex long and short term costs. I’m proud to work with Congressman Byrne on this bipartisan bill that ends the tax on higher education.”

 “We applaud Representatives Delaney and Byrne for their commitment to eliminating this unnecessary and misguided tax. Our tax policy should encourage donors to make charitable gifts supporting wider access through scholarships, research and academic programs at colleges, universities and independent schools. It should not penalize donor generosity by taxing the endowed charitable gifts of donors, redirecting critical funds away from supporting the important work of educational institutions,” said Sue Cunningham, President and CEO of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

“The new excise tax on endowments at private colleges and universities will simply result in fewer dollars available for scholarships, student services, research, and college and university operating expenses at the impacted institutions. Eliminating this tax is a sound policy step squarely in the public interest,” said John Walda, President and CEO, National Association of College and University Business Officers.

“The National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities fully supports Rep. Delaney's efforts to repeal the endowment tax.  This new excise tax on private college endowments is an unprecedented intrusion into charitable giving.  Private colleges rely on alumni gifts to support our students and missions the same way public colleges rely on the full faith and credit of the states.  It's an unfair attack on one sector of higher education, creates a dangerous precedent of taxing charities, and does nothing to help students,” said Dr. David L. Warren, President, National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.

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Byrne, Mitchell Introduce Major Budget Reform Legislation

2018/03/08

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.

Rep. Byrne and Rep. Mitchell both served on the Debt Ceiling Working Group, formed last year by Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) to come up with ideas to control federal spending. The legislation, known as the Protecting Our Children’s Future Act of 2018, incorporates many ideas from the working group.

Congressman Byrne said: “Instead of just continually saying that the Congressional budget process is broken, it is time we take action to fix the problem. The Protecting Our Children’s Future Act represents a wholesale reform of the way Congress handles taxpayer money and brings the process in line with the realities of today’s federal government. We cannot continue to govern from one budget crisis to the next, and this legislation would ensure Congress is able to better exercise the power of the purse while also reining in wasteful spending.”

Congressman Mitchell said: “For too long, our government has been bogged down by short-term spending bills that are bad policy and bad politics. This is a direct result of Congress not having the adequate tools to budget and appropriate effectively.  It’s time we fix our nation’s antiquated, broken budget process with a more practicable system that runs on realistic timelines. The Protecting Our Children’s Future Act will allow Congress to responsibly budget for the future and rein in out of control spending – one of the top reasons I ran for Congress.”

Among the various reforms, the bill would:

  • Move to biennial budgeting in an effort to create a more realistic timeframe for the budgeting and appropriations process;
  • Subject all appropriations bills to the reconciliation process, resulting in a 51 vote majority needed for passage in the Senate if bills comply with the budget;
  • Withholds pay for Members of Congress if Congress fails to pass a conferenced budget resolutionon time – removes the incentive for Congress not comply with its legal obligation to produce a federal budget;
  • Impose a modern budget timeframe that more accurately reflects the current Congressional and Presidential calendar;
  • Repeal the Budget Control Act caps that have hurt military readiness and been used by Democrats as leverage for wasteful spending;
  • Shift most mandatory spending to discretionary with the exceptions being Social Security Old Age and Survivors benefits, Medicare, TRICARE, and veterans programs, taking almost all spending off autopilot; and
  • Implement zero based budgeting in an effort to ensure all programs and expenditures are justified by agencies from the ground up at the beginning of each budget cycle.

Click here to read the Protecting Our Children’s Future Act of 2018.

Click here for additional information on the Protecting Our Children’s Future Act.

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Byrne Expresses Concern About Chinese Actions in Africa

2018/03/06

Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, today expressed his concerns about recent actions by China in Africa, specifically actions in the Republic of Djibouti.

Djibouti recently illegally seized control of the Doraleh port terminal by presidential decree, and some reports indicate Djibouti plans to gift the facility to the Chinese government. Congressman Byrne fears this aggressive expansion into Africa could hinder U.S. military and intelligence efforts to operate in the strategic choke point in the Horn of Africa.

Djibouti is home to the only permanent U.S. base on the entire African continent and hosts roughly 4,000 military and intelligence personnel.

Byrne today sent a letter to Secretary of Defense James Mattis outlining his concerns, and he also questioned General Thomas Waldhauser, Commander of U.S. Africa Command, about China’s actions in Africa and how it could impact the United States.

Congressman Byrne said: “I am deeply troubled about recent Chinese actions in Africa and efforts to expand their influence in the region. Reports that Djibouti plans to gift a major port to the Chinese government could negatively impact the ability of U.S. military and intelligence officials to conduct critical counterterrorism operations. I encourage our military leaders to monitor the issue closely to ensure that any actions will not negatively impact our servicemembers or our important economic, military, or diplomatic efforts throughout Africa.”

Click here to read Congressman Byrne’s letter to Secretary Mattis.

Click here to watch Congressman Byrne’s questioning of General Waldhauser.

The full text of Congressman’s letter can be found below.

 

Dear Secretary Mattis:

Last week, the Republic of Djibouti illegally seized control of the Doraleh port terminal by presidential decree.  According to reports, Djibouti plans to gift the facility to the Chinese government.  While Beijing’s aggressive expansion into Africa is not new, I am concerned our military and intelligence assets and ability to operate in this strategic choke point are increasingly under threat due to China’s growing influence with President Guelleh’s government.

As you well know, Djibouti is a key location for U.S. power projection and operations.  According to the Department of Defense, Camp Lemonnier is the only U.S. permanent base on the entire African continent and is “essential to U.S. efforts in East Africa and the Arabian Peninsula.”  The base hosts 4,000 military and intelligence personnel and serves as a key outpost for counterterrorism operations targeting AQIP, al-Shabaab, Boko Haram, the Lord’s Resistance Army and ISIS.   Home to Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), Djibouti hosts Special Forces, UAVs, helicopters, planes, and a 150-member rapid response force.  Established in the wake of the fatal attack on our mission in Benghazi, this unit is tasked to support and protect U.S. diplomatic personnel working in austere environments across the region. 

With these sensitive operations based out of Djibouti, I am troubled by President Guelleh’s decision to allow the Chinese to obtain land to build a massive base just miles from Camp Lemonnier.  Roughly the size of New Jersey, Djibouti is the only country in the world to host both a U.S. and Chinese naval base.  With the completion of Beijing’s first foreign military base, Djibouti is primed to host up to 10,000 troops from China – more than double the U.S. presence.  As confirmed by AFRICOM commander General Thomas Waldhauser, this is the closest to a U.S. installation that a rival has been able to build a base, raising significant “security concerns.”                                   

President Guellah’s willingness to accommodate China is further illustrated in recent reports requesting U.S. forces leave the port town to make way for the Chinese.  Many in Congress, the intelligence community, and military have warned of the impact this growing foothold will have in the region.  During testimony before the House Armed Services Committee on February 27th, CENTCOM commander General Votel confirmed “the new military base and port allow China to project forces more permanently within the region and influence strategically valuable trade waterways.” 

However, China’s purchase of influence doesn’t stop at the port.  Beijing has financed two international airports, a rail line linking Djibouti and Ethiopia, and a new presidential palace for Mr. Guelleh – rumored to be “free of charge.”  Improper bilateral business dealings in the region represent such a challenge, AFRICOM addressed them in its 2017 posture statement: “Whether with trade, natural resource exploitation, or weapons sales, we continue to see international competitors engage with African partners in a manner contrary to the international norms of transparency and good governance. These competitors weaken our African partners’ ability to govern and will ultimately hinder Africa’s long-term stability and economic growth, and they will also undermine and diminish U.S. influence.” It is becoming clear what Chinese influence has bought today.  The concern is what will it buy tomorrow.

If Djibouti is willing to confiscate a port terminal operating under a legal 30-year agreement, what is to stop President Guelleh from reneging on the twenty-year lease the U.S. signed in 2014 for Camp Lemonnier?  The growing correlation between the billions spent by Beijing and actions taken by Djibouti harmful to the interests of the U.S. and our allies raises serious questions.  In his 2015 Foreign Affairs piece “China Comes to Djibouti: Why Washington Should be Worried”, China scholar Dr. John Lee provides a prescient answer: “Money talks, especially in small and underdeveloped states run by authoritarian governments such as Djibouti—and soon Beijing, not Washington, may have the strongest voice.” 

Your April 2017 visit to Djibouti sent a strong signal about the strategic significance and need for a robust U.S. presence.  I appreciate your statements highlighting the need for long-established international norms to be followed in and around the increasingly congested country.  As you engage your Djiboutian counterparts, I respectfully request you continue to ensure our presence and ability to operate unimpeded are respected.

Thank you for your steady leadership of the Department and continued selfless dedication to our country.

Sincerely,

 

Bradley Byrne

Member of Congress

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Byrne Remembers Officer Justin Billa

2018/03/06

Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) delivered a speech on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives in memory of fallen Mobile Police Officer Justin Billa. Officer Billa was shot and killed during a domestic violence call on February 20th, 2018.

The full transcript of Congressman Byrne’s speech can be found below.

Congressman Byrne said: “Mr. Speaker, I rise today to remember the life of Mobile Police Officer Justin Billa. Officer Billa was tragically shot and killed in the line of duty on February 20th.

“I’m not sure my path ever crossed with Officer Billa, but it may have. See, we take for granted the work our police officers do on a daily basis.

“Police officers hug their families goodbye and leave their home each day or night not knowing whether they will come home safe.

“Each and every day our law enforcement and first responders work to keep us safe and support our communities, but we far too often take their service for granted.

“I can think of no better way to honor the life of Officer Billa than to encourage every American to take time to say “thank you” to your local police officers.

“To Officer Billa’s wife, Erin, and their young son, Taylor, I hope you take comfort in knowing that you are loved.

“Justin’s service and sacrifice to Mobile, Alabama, and the United States will never be forgotten.

“I yield back.”

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Workplace Safety Always a Top Priority

2018/03/04

No matter the size of the business, the number of workers it employs, or the industry it supports, workplace safety is the responsibility and should be a chief priority of all businesses. Every worker deserves a safe and healthy workplace.

As Chairman of the House Workforce Protections Subcommittee, I recently convened a hearing to examine the role of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in supporting workplace safety. The hearing looked at how OSHA is ensuring safe workplaces and promoting smart, responsible regulatory policies for both employees and employers.

OSHA plays a key role in helping workers and employers make workplaces safe through its health and safety standards, guidelines, education, assistance, and outreach. The agency’s policies cover approximately 130 million workers at more than 8 million worksites. Its reach encompasses private sector employers and workers in all 50 states.

While OSHA has standards that provide employees with workplace protections across many industries, employers are continuously struggling to comply with the ever-changing standards and new regulations released by OSHA every year. I often hear stories from local businesses in Southwest Alabama who are negatively impacted by confusing, unnecessary, and ever-changing policies put forward by OSHA.

I have heard from countless employers and business owners who have told me about the challenges they face in complying with OSHA’s policies. While these employers agree that OSHA strives to create what it views as the safest working environments for employees, it is often hard for businesses of all sizes to stay in compliance with OSHA standards. Many businesses also agree that OSHA’s intentions are well-meaning, but are unworkable in the real world.

Furthermore, continuous change comes at a cost to many businesses as they must adjust operations to meet the new standards. These compliance costs are especially difficult for small businesses who have limited resources to meet new, burdensome OSHA standards. The added compliance costs are often passed on to consumers in the form of higher prices.

That said, there are programs at OSHA designed to help businesses of all sizes in a proactive way. Just last week, I visited the Cintas location in Mobile to celebrate their designation as an OSHA Voluntary Protection Program Star site. I continue to applaud the local employees for their commitment to workplace safety, and I think it is critical that OSHA pursue proactive, positive ways to ensure a safe workplace instead of only using punitive practices.

During the hearing, a representative from the National Association of Home Builders had this to say about how OSHA’s policies are making things harder for the construction industry:

“In recent years, OSHA has unleashed a ‘regulatory tsunami’ on the construction industry—a significant growth in the number and scope of regulations, along with the associated costs of these regulations—and the process by which many of OSHA’s compliance inspections were undertaken has raised concerns from our members about OSHA’s heavy-handed enforcement practices and procedures.”

Another big issue with OSHA currently is that the Senate has failed to confirm President Trump’s nominee to lead the agency, Scott Mungo. Mr. Mungo has worked on safety programs and policies at FedEx for many years, and he understands the real-world impact of federal policies. Like many other nominees, the Senate needs to confirm him so OSHA has a permanent leader in place.

It is my hope that with new leadership, a focus on the real-world impact of their agency’s policies, and proactive outreach, we can see greater trust between OSHA and business and truly promote workplace safety in a way that makes things better for American workers.

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Byrne, Adams Statement on President’s Board of Advisors on HBCUs

2018/02/27

Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) and Congresswoman Alma Adams (D-NC), co-chairs of the Bipartisan Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Caucus, today commended President Donald Trump’s appointment of Johnny Taylor to serve as Chairman of the President’s Board of Advisors on HBCUs.

Congressman Byrne said: “Johnny Taylor understands both the challenges and the opportunities facing our nation’s HBCUs. President Trump made an outstanding decision in selecting him to serve as Chairman of the President’s Board of Advisors on HBCUs, and I look forward to working with Johnny and other advocates to ensure HBCUs receive the assistance and attention they need and deserve.”

Congresswoman Adams said: “I’m pleased to learn of the revival of the President’s Board of Advisors on HBCUs and to see Johnny Taylor appointed as its chairman. Johnny’s experience working alongside HBCU presidents and chancellors will prove invaluable as we continue working to address the challenges facing our schools.”

Johnny Taylor previously served as President of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, and he is now the President and CEO of the Society for Human Resource Management.

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Byrne Announces 2018 Service Academy Nominations

2018/02/27

Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) today announced his service academy nominations. As a Member of Congress, Congressman Byrne can nominate students from Alabama’s First Congressional District for appointment to the United States Air Force, Naval, Military (West Point), and Merchant Marine Academies.

Congressman Byrne said: “America’s Armed Forces are made up of young men and women who bravely answered the call for service. There is truly no greater honor than serving one’s country, and I am honored each year to nominate outstanding young individuals from Southwest Alabama to attend our nation’s military service academies.  These nominees are proven leaders in their classrooms and communities, and they have now made the choice to serve our great nation.  I applaud these impressive young men and women for their decision, and I wish them all the best in the years ahead.”

The following students received an official nomination from Congressman Byrne to attend a U.S. Service Academy:

Zyahn Archibald, from St. Paul’s Episcopal School, received a nomination to the United States Naval Academy. He is the son of Sherry and Aston Archibald.

Thomas Chandler, from Murphy High School, received a nomination to the United States Military Academy, United States Naval Academy, and United States Merchant Marine Academy. He is the son of Lydia and Chay Chandler.

Jack DeTombe, from Foley High School, received a nomination to the United States Military Academy, United States Naval Academy, and United States Air Force Academy. He is the son of Chris DeTombe.

Wil Dobbins, from Baldwin County High School, received a nomination to the United States Naval Academy. He is the son of Kathy and Sonny Dobbins.

Joshua Gardner, from Fairhope High School, received a nomination to the United States Military Academy, United States Naval Academy, United States Air Force Academy, and United States Merchant Marine Academy. He is the son of Jeffrey Gardner and Allison Ward.

Justin Ingram, from Spanish Fort High School, received a nomination to the United States Military Academy. He is the son of Pamela and Greg Sanchez.

Bailee Jordan, from Baker High School, received a nomination to the United States Military Academy, United States Naval Academy, United States Air Force Academy, and United States Merchant Marine Academy. She is the daughter of Paula and Wayne Jordan.

Trae’ Lee, from Escambia Academy, received a nomination to the United States Naval Academy. He is the son of Jaqueline and James Lee.

Michelle Roca, from Mc-Gill Toolen Catholic High School, received a nomination to the United States Naval Academy and United States Air Force Academy. She is the daughter of Theresa and Dr. Cesar Roca.

Felix Ronderos, from UMS-Wright Preparatory School, received a nomination to the United States Military Academy. He is the son of Jennifer and Juan Ronderos.

Abby Warner, from Fairhope High School, received a nomination to the United States Air Force Academy. She is the daughter of Aymie and John Warner.

John Marshall Williams, from Fairhope High School, received a nomination to the United States Naval Academy and United States Merchant Marine Academy. He is the son of Eleanor and Eric Williams.

Eligible applicants must be at least 17 years old, be a citizen of the United States, have good moral character, demonstrate strong leadership skills, and achieve impressive scholastic achievements.

Congressman Byrne is only responsible for nominating students to the service academies. The final decision on appointments rests solely with the academy. You can learn about the nomination process by clicking here.

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Tax Cuts Put More Money in Your Pocket

2018/02/25

When I voted in favor of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act last year, I did so with a key principle in mind: money is better off in the hands of the American people than the coffers of the federal government.

Our pro-growth bill cut taxes for people from every walk of life. Whether it was the small business owner from Brewton, the single mom from Monroeville, or the retired couple in Foley, our tax reform bill was all about putting more money in your pocket.

While many of the changes to the tax code will not be fully apparent until Americans file their 2018 taxes, many are already seeing more money in their paychecks thanks to lower taxes. Most businesses have already updated their withholding tables to reflect the lower tax rates, so if you notice more money in your paycheck, it is most likely due to passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

The average family of four in Southwest Alabama is expected to see a total tax cut of $2,187. That is real money that can be used to make home repairs, pay health care bills, or save for your child’s college.

In addition to the positive changes we are seeing to the individual tax code, many businesses in Alabama and across the United States are raising wages, handing out bonuses, increasing benefits, or growing their investment in the local economy.

In fact, over 4 million American workers have already received bonuses thanks to passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, and those bonuses have totaled over $3 billion.

Just last week, I visited the Xante Corporation in Mobile, a locally-owned company that provides high-end printers and employs over 100 people. I was there to help hand out $1,200 bonus checks to their employees. You should have seen the smiles on their faces. It was fantastic to see a local business investing in their greatest asset: their workforce.

Other companies that have already handed out bonuses checks or given other benefits includes Cogent Building Group in Point Clear, DTI Partners in Mobile, Birmingham-based Protective Life, Regions Bank, Russell Lands in Alexander City, Home Depot, and Wal-Mart.

The good news is that the announcements are still coming. I would expect to hear from other businesses throughout the year who are investing in their workforce and helping make life a little bit easier for their employees.

I fully expect the tax bill to also lead to improvements in the overall American economy. This comes in the form of more jobs, higher wages, and fewer unemployed Americans.

Now, some of my colleagues on the other side of the aisle seem to believe the money should go to the federal government instead of the people. For example, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called all the tax cut bonuses “crumbs.” Maybe in San Francisco $1,200 isn’t a lot of money, but for families in Southwest Alabama and most places throughout America, that is a big deal.

Pelosi also called the tax bill “unpatriotic.” Just how out of touch must one be to think that bonuses, wage increases, and more investment in the American economy is “unpatriotic”? Allowing the people to make decisions for themselves and supporting small businesses is actually the essence of the American dream.

I am going to continue supporting lower taxes throughout my time in Congress because I think our country is better off when the American people have more money in their pockets. Let us never forget that the government is intended to serve the people – not the other way around. 

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The “Other” Duties of a Congressman

2018/02/18

If someone asked you what a Congressman does on a daily basis, I can imagine what would come to your mind: voting on bills, attending committee hearings, holding meetings with others in Washington, and lots of time debating and arguing.

Those are in fact major parts of the job, but there is so much more that goes into serving the people of Southwest Alabama. I want to highlight some of the “other” duties of a Member of Congress and explain how they might impact you.

Before we get into that, some quick background information. There are 435 Congressmen who represent about 710,000 people each. Members of Congress in the House serve two year terms, as the House was intended by our Founding Fathers to be the part of the federal government closest to the people. In Alabama, we have seven Congressmen.

While some may not realize it, a Member of Congress should serve as their constituents’ liaison with the federal government. We do this through a process called “casework.”

I consider casework to be some of the most important work my office does on a daily basis. Whether it is helping a senior citizen navigate the bureaucracy at the Social Security Administration or expediting a passport application for a college student taking part in a study abroad program, my office is constantly dealing with federal agencies on behalf of people in Southwest Alabama.

The most common type of casework in my office is connected to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The VA system is so fundamentally broken, and we hear from veterans all the time who are stuck in the system. Whether it is a problem getting health care from the VA system or issues with your VA disability check, my office can help. Nothing is more rewarding than being able to help a local veteran get the benefits they earned.

If you ever need help with a federal agency or program, I strongly encourage you to contact my office at 251-690-2811 or send me an email online at Byrne.House.Gov. While I can’t always promise a positive outcome, I can assure you that my office will do everything in our power to get your issue resolved.

Another little known “duty” is to serve as a quasi-ambassador when people from Southwest Alabama visit D.C. My office can help arrange tours of national landmarks including the U.S. Capitol, the White House, the Library of Congress, and the Supreme Court. I especially love when school groups from our area visit D.C. So, if you are planning a trip to our nation’s capital, please get in touch with my office.

My office can also help local residents obtain a flag that has flown over the Capitol building. These flags can be a great gift for retirement, a special birthday, or other special occasions. To obtain one, simply visit my website at Byrne.House.Gov and click on the “Flags” tab.

Through my office, we also offer internships for current college students and those who have recently graduated. As a former Congressional intern myself, I can say from firsthand experience how valuable and rewarding these internships are for students. Internships are offered year round in my D.C. office.

As you can tell, there is much more than just voting and debating legislation that goes into being an effective Congressman. I have a fantastic staff in Washington, D.C., Mobile, and Baldwin County that help me fulfill these responsibilities, so you should never hesitate to contact my office.

Nothing is more important to me than taking care of the people of Southwest Alabama and ensuring you are represented throughout the federal government.

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