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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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Sessions’ Chief of Staff Tapped for White House Position

Rick Dearborn, seated on the couch with his left hand raised, will serve as Deputy Chief of Staff in President-elect Donald Trump’s White House. President-elect Donald Trump announced a key appointment Wednesday to his White House staff. Trump said U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions’ Chief of Staff Rick Dearborn will serve …

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Manufacturers Outline How to Compete and Win

Boldly looking into a future that promises a business renaissance, the National Association of Manufacturers is setting a new agenda that will overcome many of the policy decisions of the last eight years that have been extraordinarily difficult for manufacturers. “It’s up to us to #BeTheSolution. After all, it was …

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BCA Supports Regulatory Reform Effort

The Business Council of Alabama this week joined hundreds of similar organizations, chambers of commerce, and businesses nationwide in urging House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., to quickly pass the Regulatory Accountability Act that would alter the onerous federal regulatory process. Nearly 400 entities in a letter from the U.S. Chamber …

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Senate Judiciary Plans Swift Sessions Confirmation Process

The United States could get a new attorney general and Alabama a new U.S. Senator as early as January. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said Senate Republicans are planning to move quickly on the nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., as attorney general under the Donald Trump …

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