It’s August, and that means the Alabama Delegation has put business on hold in Washington, D.C. until after Labor Day and members have made their way back to the Yellowhammer state for August Recess. This year’s recess is an unprecedented seven-weeks, with Congress taking additional time off to attend the presidential conventions.
While all of this sounds like vacation, the “recess” is actually designed to give members of Congress an opportunity to reconnect with the constituents they represent, and travel to places across the globe relevant to legislation in Congress, and to strengthen U.S. relations in those countries.
Alabama 1st District U.S. Rep. Bradley Bryne has his plate full this August.
He began his time away from D.C. visiting Rim of the Pacific Exercise (RIMPAC) — the world’s largest international maritime warfare exercise — in Hawaii to see the Mobile-built Littoral Combat Ship in action.
He next took part in a ride-along with the Baldwin County Sheriff’s office, where he had the opportunity to see firsthand some of the challenges law enforcement officers face on a daily basis.
Yesterday, Byrne embarked on his “Better Way to Fight Poverty Tour” where he continued to spread the Better Way agenda that brings a plan to end poverty to the people of Southwest Alabama.
Byrne host a bevy of Town Hall meetings, where he’ll answer questions and hear from constituents about issues concerning them.
Below is his upcoming Town Hall schedule:
Citronelle:11:30 a.m.,Aug. 8 at Citronelle City Hall (19135 S. Main St.)
Grand Bay: 3 p.m., Aug. 9 at Grand Bay Senior and Community Center (11610 U.S. Highway 90)
Stockton: Noon, Aug. 22 at Stagecoach Cafe (52860 Alabama Highway 59)
Summerdale: 2:30 p.m.,Aug. 22 at Summerdale Municipal Complex (502 W. Lee Ave.)
Byrne’s also holding annual roundtable meetings with school superintendents, local economic development leaders, and college/university presidents. He’s also scheduled several speaking engagements with local organizations, school visits, and business tours.
Another large event he has planned is the “Women’s Forum 2016: Charting Your Own Course” in downtown Mobile. Featuring keynote speaker Washington-state U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the forum will seek to empower women to think with a different perspective for incredible personal and professional results. The forum will also feature a panel discussion of local women leaders who will address securing the healthiest possible future through methods of community, finance, cyber security and personal protection. The forum will run from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 26.