PRAY FOR ALABAMA

Beloved, 

It is written in 2 Chronicles 7.14: If My people, who are called by My Name, will humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face; then I will hear from heaven, and forgive their sins, and heal their land. Please join us in praying without ceasing for our President, our Vice President, his cabinet members, our leaders, our military, our law enforcement, our first responders, our state, our cities, our counties, our towns, our territories, our nation, and for the peace of Jerusalem.  We have been asked to begin a PRAYER CONFERENCE CALL FOR THE BEAUTIFUL STATE OF ALABAMA, my HOME SWEET HOME, and we appreciate everyone who has graciously offered to stand in agreement with us and pray without ceasing, 24/7/365,  as we lift up our great state. As it was in the days of Noah, so it is today. Pray for salvation for every man, woman, and child. Pray for His Shepherds, Prophets, Priests, Missionaries, the Persecuted, and the Brethren everywhere. May the Father richly bless all of His Intercessors, Prayer Warriors, and Watchmen on the wall. Please join us in praying without ceasing! 

Blessings! 

Deborah Taylor 

 

Please JOIN US Thursday evenings at 7 pm CST for this urgently needed Prayer Call 

   as we plead the Blood of Jesus over the

State of Alabama,

it's government leaders, Alabama Law Enforcement and the citizens of the state.

 

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1-712-770-8003 

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To find out what is going on in the great state of Alabama, please click on the following link: https://www.alabama.gov/

 

President 

Donald J. Trump (R) 

 

U.S. Senators: 

Richard C. Shelby (R) 
Doug Jones (D) 

 

Governor 

Kay Ivey (R)

 

House Leadership 

Speaker, Speaker Pro Tempore, and Clerk 

Representative Mac McCutcheon (R) 
Speaker of the House 
House District 25 

Representative Victor Gaston (R) 
Speaker Pro Tempore 
House District 100 

 Jeffrey Woodard 
 Clerk of the House

 

 

Senate Leadership 

President, President Pro Tempore, and Secretary 

Will Ainsworth (R) 
Lieutenant Governor 
President and Presiding Officer 

Del Marsh (R) 
President Pro Tempore 

D. Patrick Harris 
Secretary of the Senate 

 

I HAVE POSTED WATCHMEN ON YOUR WALLS, JERUSALEM; THEY WILL NEVER BE SILENT DAY OR NIGHT. YOU WHO CALL ON THE LORD, GIVE YOURSELVES NO REST,AND GIVE HIM NO REST TILL HE ESTABLISHES JERUSALEM AND MAKES HER THE PRAISE OF THE EARTH. 

ISAIAH 62.6-7

UPDATES FROM CONGRESSMAN BRADLEY BYRNE

 

081819-

Dear Friend, 

I hope you're staying cool during this warm weather!  I worked up a sweat traveling the state this week, but it was worth it to see and talk with so many of you.  We have set new records for the number of employed Alabamians and unemployment rates, and while there is more work to be done, I am glad President Trump's policies have yielded so much economic benefit to working Alabamians. 

Back in Washington, the "Socialist Squad" was trying to make our close ally Israel sweat too.  The big news was Israel blocking members of the "Socialist Squad" from entering.  These representatives have repeatedly maligned Israel and even questioned its right to exist.  There is little question they intended to sow discord once inside the host country. 

After Israel relented and agreed to allow Rep. Rashida Tlaib entrance to visit her ailing grandmother, Rep. Tlaib turned down the trip altogether, revealing her true intention all along was to create an embarrassing public spectacle.  It is sad that Members of Congress would go through such effort seeking to embarrass one of our closest diplomatic allies, but the Democratic party increasingly has become a safe haven for hatred of Israel and the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.  However, you can rest assured that I will continue to keep the heat on enemies of America and our allies. 

To End Violence, Return to American Values 

The recent violence in our country – and the passionate debates it has sparked – have led me to reflect on the emotional state of our country and the battle being waged between good and evil. 

I thought back to comments I gave earlier this year at a naturalization ceremony.  These new citizens were gifted with the opportunity to forge for themselves a new American identity, complete with all its blessings, possibilities, and responsibilities. 

That morning at the U.S.S. Alabama Battleship Memorial Park, I spoke of the American belief in self-government, that ‘we the people’ can govern ourselves.  To successfully execute such a radical (at the time) idea, we had to found our nation on some basic values.  From our adherence and loyalty to those values, our American character was created. 

I quoted the words of the nineteenth century French observer of early America, Alexis De Tocqueville, written several decades after our nation’s founding.  He said “America is great because she is good.  If America ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.” 

De Tocqueville knew that democracy, in many ways, is a burden upon its people.  They cannot rely on the direction of an autocrat.  In a democracy, more so than other systems of government, the nature of its people is reflected in their government.  De Tocqueville knew that for a representative democracy like ours to remain, its people must be virtuous.  That is a big responsibility! 

With the goal of creating and preserving a virtuous society, our founders laid out fundamental principles.  Our natural rights were given to us by God.  Government is instituted by men to protect those rights.  With our rights preserved, our values can flourish. 

Those values have led to the traditions, vibrancy, and endurance of American culture. 

We all know that our country is one of religious freedom.  Each of us can practice any religion we choose or none at all.  The establishment clause of our constitution prohibits an official state religion. 

However, our nation has increasingly rejected our foundational beliefs in natural rights and moral absolutism – that there is universal right and wrong that does not change.  Without these beliefs, law and order and even good and evil are subjective.  Not only can these definitions change from generation to generation, but conflicting value systems will clash violently in the present. 

Unfortunately, the post-modern world in which we live seeks not only to undermine religious freedom but moral absolutism itself.  These attacks are no longer limited to the salons of liberal coastal enclaves.  They are now taking place in the halls of Congress. 

I’m also troubled by the weakening of an American quality that has served to keep our large and diverse nation together—our sense of community. 

Communities are not made up of thousands of Twitter followers or Facebook friends.  They are forged through the personal interactions all humans need.  They are forged at neighborhood parties, Little League practices, Friday night football games, and places of worship. 

Unfortunately, in recent decades, our sense of community has been lost, and the consequences have been swift and severe.  Technologies initially projected to bring us together have led to a growing epidemic of crushing isolation.  Mental health issues have skyrocketed. 

The result has been a fundamental breakdown of American society.  To reverse the trend, we must return to the values and sense of community that made America strong. 

These traditional American values are Alabama values.  They have guided me as a son, brother, father, and now grandfather.  They are the values that guide me in Washington. 

I will not remain silent while those who cherish these values are attacked and blamed for problems caused by the rejection of what made us great.  American values – and our rights – must be defended. 

Byrne Holds Grand Bay, Atmore Town Hall Meetings 

It was great to be in Grand Bay and Atmore this week for packed town hall meetings! On both locations, we had a productive discussion about the Mobile River Bridge and Bayway project and my ongoing work to fight efforts to toll this project.  We also discussed our recent victory on the Medicare Wage Index.  I fought hard for this fix that will bring millions of dollars to Alabama hospitals. 

Red Snapper Season Extended 

Great news for Alabama anglers! The State has reviewed 2019 red snapper catch data and added two more days – Aug. 31 and Sep. 1 – to the private angler recreational season.  I began fighting for state management of our red snapper fishery as soon as I arrived in Washington, and I'm glad to see the Gulf Coast continue to benefit after being freed from federal bureaucracy! 

In Case You Missed It! 

"Opinion | A Washington success story." AL Political Reporter 

"Byrne: Wage index rule change is good for hospitals." Atmore Advance 

"Alabama Congressman opposes $6 toll fees for Bayway Bridge." WEAR-TV 

"Alabama announces 2 more days of red snapper season for private anglers." FOX 10 

"USDA invests $10 million to improve water infrastructure for rural Alabama." Yellowhammer News 

"‘Consistently improving’: Alabama breaks four more employment records." Yellowhammer News 

"A special report: Port of Mobile." AL Political Reporter 

It was a privilege to visit the headquarters of Shipt in Birmingham on Wednesday. Shipt is revolutionizing how American shoppers buy groceries, and I’m proud this innovation is happening in Alabama! 

What's Ahead 

While the House remains in recess this week, it will be my privilege to visit Israel, our closest ally in the Middle East.  As the only democracy in the region and one of our most important diplomatic friends, Israel must be defended against our shared geopolitical foes.  Their military and intelligence assistance to the United States plays a critical role in keeping Americans safe at home and abroad. 

I remain troubled by the growing anti-Semitism in our country, particularly from my colleagues in Congress.  I look forward to doing my part this week to reinforce the friendship between our two nations.    I look forward to telling you more about my trip next week. 

As always, if you need help with a federal agency or have questions about anything under debate in Washington, please contact my office. You can call my Mobile office at 251-690-2811 or you can click here to send me an email directly. I also invite you to follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to get up-to-the-minute updates. At the end of the day, my staff and I are here to serve you! 

Stay in touch, 

Congressman Bradley Byrne

 

072119-

Dear Friend, 

I hope you had a great weekend and are staying cool!  The temperature was hot on the House floor last week too.  Democrats continued to ignore the problems facing Americans.  Instead, they forced through job-killing minimum wage legislation that will unfairly harm those looking to join the workforce but, fortunately, will never be signed into law. 

Democrats also passed a resolution holding Attorney General Barr and Commerce Secretary Ross in contempt.  Democrats were protesting the Trump Administration's alleged stonewalling of partisan investigations into prior efforts to include a citizenship question on the 2020 census.  Barr and Ross already had provided over 30,000 documents to Democrats, and the efforts to include the citizenship question - thanks to a bad Supreme Court decision - are no longer even going forward!  This was a total waste of Congress's time when we could address our border crisis or the cost of healthcare and prescription drugs. 

As always, Democrats prefer attacking Donald Trump to governing.  After President Trump rightly called out four Members of Congress for their long histories of un-American and anti-Semitic statements, Democrats brought a resolution to condemn the President.  Things got heated when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi broke House rules to unfairly attack President Trump.  After several hours, the House Parliamentarian confirmed Pelosi broke the rules with the language she used about the President.  The presiding officer, a Democrat, slammed down the gavel and left the floor in disgust with the overcharged political climate.  House Democrats proceeded to vote along party lines essentially to ignore the Parliamentarian - the official expert on House rules and procedures - and allow Pelosi to remain on the floor. 

With problems like these in their caucus, don't expect House Democrats to get around to addressing issues that matter to you and me. 

Border Battle Harms Alabama Communities 

The detrimental effects of the humanitarian and national security crisis on our border extend all the way to Alabama communities.  That’s why I’ve made it a priority to address our immigration policies. 

One of the most obvious ways our insecure border harms our communities is the drug trade.  Our porous border is perhaps the most significant contributing factor to the ongoing opioid crisis—the worst drug epidemic in modern American history.  In 2017, over 47,000 lives were claimed by opioids.  That’s more than those from car accidents and firearms.  These deaths have affected families across our great state. 

The drug problem is made worse by the unprecedented migrant surge.  James Carroll, director of the U.S. Office of Drug Control Policy, said just last week that drug seizures are down this year because so much attention is being diverted to humanitarian needs. 

Because of that diversion, border patrol agents and resources are unable to be allocated towards their fundamental law enforcement functions.  According to Carroll, more drugs are coming in than ever before. 

One of the primary drivers of the migrant crisis is our asylum policy.  Through a combination of loopholes worsened by a legal settlement made by the Clinton Administration, migrants are encouraged to cross our border and give themselves up to law enforcement. 

After arrest, migrants claiming asylum are eventually permitted entrance into the country while their claims are processed.  This is permitted even when migrants do not cross at a legal checkpoint. 

Although, by some estimates, only around a tenth of asylum claims are found by our courts to be legitimate, the vast majority never show up for their court date and remain free inside the United States. 

A disproportionate number of these asylum claims are made by able-bodied young men.  Only a few months ago, a Mobile teacher was killed in a car crash by an illegal immigrant minor who had falsely claimed asylum but never showed at his court date to avoid deportation. 

The coyotes and cartels, of course, have every reason to facilitate migrants along their journey and orchestrate lawlessness at the border. 

Last week, one of the biggest points of entry at the Southern border had to be shut down after a wave of nearly 50 undocumented immigrants rushed the border into Texas. The group attempted to tear down barricades and assaulted several border patrol officers who were forced to deploy tear gas and pepper balls. 

Let’s call these people what they are – criminals.  And while border agents were able to keep these criminals out of our communities, many more slip through the cracks while agents deal with illegal stunts like this and the humanitarian needs of asylee claimants. 

Last year, a 13-year-old girl in Huntsville was beheaded after witnessing the stabbing of her grandmother by gang members in a horrific incident involving members of the Sinaloa Cartel.  It is disheartening that gangs like MS-13 have infiltrated communities throughout our nation, but stories like this reinforce the sad truth that the problem is impacting Alabamians. 

There are other significant problems that do not receive headlines.  I’ve spoken with Alabama sheriffs who have shared horror stories about the strain illegal immigration places on their deputies.  And I’ve talk to incredibly frustrated school superintendents who must divert resources away from educating local students to deal with their illegal immigrant population.  Our hospitals are also placed under enormous burdens by illegal immigration.  And governments are forced to pay for services for illegal immigrants that could have gone towards roads, bridges and other services for Americans. 

This is not just a Texas, New Mexico, Arizona or California issue.  This is an Alabama issue.  I will continue standing with President Trump and work to get an immigration system that works for the American people. 

Byrne Holds Prichard Town Hall 

Thanks to those of you who came to our town hall in Prichard.  Town halls are a great way for us to engage in productive discussions, and I have held well over 100 of them since coming to Congress.  On one subject, everyone in the room seemed in agreement--ALDOT must go back to the drawing board and get rid of tolls for the new I-10 bridge.  I'll continue leading the fight--as I have for years--to eliminate tolls and to pursue alternative funding for this project. 

Byrne Opposes Job-Killing Minimum Wage Bill 

Instead of government mandates that would kill jobs and depress growth, Congress should be working with President Trump to eliminate wasteful regulations and continue fueling the strong Trump economy.  To see my floor speech against this bad bill, click here. 

In Case You Missed It! 

Here are a few articles from the past week that are worth a read: 

“Opinion | Byrne: As Democrats fight, national security loses.” AL Reporter 

“Byrne: Governor needs to get ‘directly involved’ in toll issue.”  FOX10 

“Byrne offers to pay airfare for AOC, ‘The Squad’ to go live in Venezuela.”  Yellowhammer News 

“House debates wage act.”  Brewton Standard 

“Federal Indictment: Iraqi Colonel living in Mobile lied to gain citizenship.”  NBC 15 

“Byrne condemns tolls as anti-toll group grows .”  NBC 15 

“Ivey establishes study group on Alabama’s corrections system.”  Yellowhammer News 

“What not to eat: Alabama’s 2019 fish consumption advisories.”  AL.com 

 

Last week I was able to surprise Carol Gurganus from Mobile for her birthday.  I had a great time visiting with her and her family on the Capitol steps. Happy Birthday, Carol! 

What's Ahead 

House Democrats will continue neglecting the needs of the American people as they pursue their socialist agenda.  Many regressive, extremist Democrats are still fuming several weeks after a bipartisan Senate bill to offer humanitarian aid to migrants passed.  It appears their pressure campaign on Pelosi for a vote on their ultra partisan bill has won, and the regressives will have their day on the House floor this week.  Even if this bad bill passes the House, it will never see the light of day in the Senate. 

To keep up to date with what is happening on the House Floor, click here. 

As always, if you need help with a federal agency or have questions about anything under debate in Washington, please contact my office. You can call my Mobile office at 251-690-2811 or you can click here to send me an email directly. I also invite you to follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to get up-to-the-minute updates. At the end of the day, my staff and I are here to serve you! 

Stay in touch, 

Congressman Bradley Byrne