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FY 2018 Budget Outline Released

President Trump released his first federal budget blueprint, revealing plans to dramatically reduce the size of government, The Hill reported. His budget proposes deep cuts to or elimination of entire programs and a reduced federal workforce. He wants to increase defense spending by $54 billion. Trump seeks a 28 percent …

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BCA, NAM Hail ExxonMobil’s $20 Billion Investment and Jobs Plan

ExxonMobil Corp. announced this week it will ultimately spend $20 billion over 10 years to build or update refining and manufacturing facilities on the Gulf Coast, creating about 45,000 new jobs. BCA President and CEO William Canary commended ExxonMobil for its nearly 30 years of partnership and progress with south …

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End of Obama-Era, Anti-Private Property Rights Rule Celebrated

After President Trump ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to rescind the anti-private property rights Waters of the U.S. rule, Business Council of Alabama President and CEO William J. Canary, National Association of Manufacturers President and CEO Jay Timmons, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce issued statements of support. “A regulation …

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Altec Chairman and CEO Featured in Fox Business Video

WASHINGTON, D.C. – BCA member Altec Inc. Chairman and CEO Lee Styslinger III, and other members of the Business Roundtable, met with President Trump on Thursday and emerged confident in the direction the economy is headed after eight years of turmoil and disruption. Styslinger appeared on Fox Business and said he …

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U.S. Chamber Calls for Fewer Regulations

A twist on the old saying is if it’s broke, fix it. That’s the opinion of U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Tom Donohue’s 2017 Growth Agenda. Donohue said an unelected fourth branch of government – the regulatory branch – is holding our small business sector back while imposing …

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Jeff Sessions Becomes First Alabamian to Serve as U.S. Attorney General

President Donald Trump administered the oath of office Thursday to former U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions of Mobile after his Wednesday Senate confirmation as U.S. Attorney General. “He’s a man of integrity, a man of principle and a man of total, utter resolve,” Trump said. “That resolve is what we need …

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Congress, White House Move to Rescind Obama-Era Rules

The Associated Press reports House Republicans approved a measure on Wednesday to rescind Obama-era rules designed to protect streams by a vote of 228-194. Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH) said, “Make no mistake about it, this Obama administration rule is not designed to protect streams. Instead, it was an effort to regulate …

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Senator Shelby gets Committee Assignments

U.S. Senator Richard Shelby, R-Ala., has been named chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Rules and Administration in the 115th Congress. In addition to serving as the Rules Committee Chairman, Sen. Shelby will be the most senior Republican member on the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, …

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Congressman Byrne Named Chairman of Subcommittee on Workforce Protections

House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairwoman Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., announced that U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne, R-Fairhope, will serve as chairman of the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections. The Subcommittee on Workforce Protections has jurisdiction over worker wages and hours, workers’ compensation, the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act, the …

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U.S. Senator Sessions Withstands Grilling Over AG Nomination

Alabama U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions withstood shouting protesters and unseemly grilling by liberal Democrats during Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on his selection by President-elect Donald Trump as U.S. Attorney General. “You know who I am. You know what I believe in. You know that I am a man of my …

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