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The next two years are shaping up to be very interesting on Capitol Hill. As you have probably heard by now, for the first time since 2006, Republicans will control both the United States House of Representatives and the Senate.
On Election Day, voters across the country went to the polls and elected the largest Republican majority in the House since Harry Truman was President. In the Senate, Republicans have already captured eight new seats.
The elections are now over, and it’s time to get down to governing.
As college football season rolls around, people are starting to show their school pride. From the Crimson Tide to the Auburn Tigers to our newest team, the South Alabama Jaguars, there is a lot of excitement over football season. But is there the same level of excitement for what is happening in our college classrooms?
In lower Alabama, we are blessed with many great institutions of higher learning. Mobile is home to the University of South Alabama, Spring Hill College, and the University of Mobile. We also have Columbia Southern, an online university based in Orange Beach.
It’s that time of the year again. Children all across Southwest Alabama are packing their backpacks, gathering their school supplies, and heading back to school. It is an exciting time for students, parents, teachers, and myself.
From Brewton to Monroeville and Grove Hill to Loxley, I often talk to Alabamians who simply want to find a good paying job, but they don’t know where to turn. I believe a priority of Congress should be to support programs that help connect Americans with jobs.
A great way to do that is through workforce development services, like one-stop career shops, community colleges, and state workforce development boards. Unfortunately, today’s workforce investment system is a maze of federal programs, some of which are ineffective and costly.
Congressman Bradley Byrne (AL-1) yesterday voted in support of The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, or SKILLS Act. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 415 to 6. Since the legislation has already passed the Senate, it now goes to President Obama for his signature.
Congressman Bradley Byrne (AL-1) today received his subcommittee assignments for the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.
Byrne will serve on the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education as well as the Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions.
Washington, DC – May 6, 2014 – Today, Representative Bradley Byrne (AL-1) announced the winners of the Congressional Art Competition to represent Alabama’s First Congressional District.
Roni Spann with her work, “Neon Cathedral,” winner of the Congressional Art Competition for Alabama’s First Congressional District.
The winners are:
Washington, DC – April 29, 2014 – Today, Representative Bradley Byrne (AL-1) attended a House Education and the Workforce Committee hearing on “Reviewing the President’s Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Proposal for the Department of Education” to hear testimony from Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.
Washington, DC – April 8, 2014 – Today, Representative Bradley Byrne (AL-1) announced he was selected to join the House Education and the Workforce Committee. This committee has primary jurisdiction over federal education policy, ensuring that the next generation is equipped with the necessary skills to enter the workforce. The Education and the Workforce Committee also has jurisdiction in setting labor policy, including workforce regulations and oversight of the Department of Labor.
It continues to be an exciting time in Southwest Alabama, with businesses from across the globe like Austal and Airbus recognizing our home for its potential to become a regional hub for jobs. Just last week, the Chamber of Commerce announced that Mobile is among the top 10 cities in America for manufacturing jobs. With developments at Brookley and around Southwest Alabama, I believe we will only see that number continue to grow.