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President Trump Says He will Sign Budget Extension but will Declare Emergency on Wall

The Senate and then the House passed a spending bill to avert another government shutdown on Friday but the bill gives President Donald Trump less than he demanded for a border wall. He said he’ll declare an emergency to get additional funds for a barrier, Bloomberg reported. “The bill contains …

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Shelby Says Border Talks are Progressing

The Wall Street Journal reports that lawmakers are working on details of border security funding as a way to stave off another government shutdown, possibly next week. Senate Appropriations Chairman Richard Shelby, R-Tuscaloosa, after a meeting at the White House on Thursday, said President Trump is eager for the committee …

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Alabama’s U.S. House Members get Committee Assignments

Six of Alabama’s members of Congress who are now in the minority party got committee assignments this week. Some members are staying put, but on the other side of the power curve, according to Alabama Daily News and other reports. Three Alabamians – Reps. Mike Rogers, Mo Brooks, and Bradley …

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Alabama’s Shelby Urges Compromise, Reopening Governments, and Securing Border

The Senate voted Thursday on one measure to reopen the government and fund the border wall but it failed to get the required 60 votes (subscription) pending further negotiations. U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Tuscaloosa, expressed some hope for bipartisan negotiations aimed at resolving the longest government shutdown in American history, now …

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Alabama, Tennessee Senators Introduce Auto Tariff-Delay Legislation

U.S. Sens. Doug Jones of Alabama and Lamar Alexander of Tennessee have introduced “The Automotive Jobs Act” bill that would require a study of the impact on the automotive industry in Alabama and elsewhere before tariffs could be imposed. The bill by Sens. Jones, D-Mountain Brook, and Alexander, R-Tenn., would delay …

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Senator Shelby in Line to Remain as Chair of the Powerful Appropriations Committee

The Senate Republican Conference this week approved Alabama U.S. Senator Richard Shelby’s selection by members of the Senate Appropriations Committee to lead the committee for a full two-year term as chairman. The Senate is expected to formally affirm committee chairs and rosters in an organizational resolution. In addition, Senator Shelby …

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Lawmakers Endorse Port of Mobile Project

Alabama’s Democrat and Republican House and Senate members have endorsed the modernization of the proposed Mobile harbor federal navigation channel, making it one of the largest development projects in Alabama. U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Tuscaloosa, led the state’s combined legislative delegation’s letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in support …

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President Says U.S. and Canada are in “Intense” Trade Talks

Several publications are reporting their takes on President Trump saying that United States and Canadian officials are actively negotiating over a trade deal that will affect Alabama due to its significant trading partnership with Canada. The Wall Street Journal quoted President Trump on talks with Canada. “If it doesn’t work …

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Manufacturers Gain on Better Joint-Employer Standard at the NLRB

In a win for manufacturers, National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Chairman John Ring said the NLRB will conduct notice-and-comment rulemaking to set a more workable joint-employer standard under the National Labor Relations Act, the National Association of Manufacturers reported. Ring wrote senators who had challenged his perceived opinion that “at the …

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BCA Participates in U.S.-Canada Trade Conference

Business Council of Alabama President and CEO William J. Canary participated in the Alabama-Southeastern U.S.-Canadian Provinces trade summit this week in Mobile that featured Canadian Consul General Nadia Theodore of Atlanta and Alabama’s secretary of commerce. “Trade between Alabama and Canada amounts to billions of dollars for the country and …

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