Members of the U.S. House of Representatives may be back home in their districts this week for the Veteran’s Day recess, but contrary to the term “recess” their time away from Washington is anything but downtime. Alabama’s lawmakers have kept their schedules chock-full of events across the Yellowhammer state this week hosting town halls, meeting constituents and participating in Veterans Day events.
Here’s what the delegation has been doing this Veterans Day “recess”:
Monday morning Rep. Bradley Bryne (AL-01) partnered with the Coastal Alabama Partnership to host a workshop for local elected officials, their staff, and chambers of commerce focusing on some of the tools the Census Bureau has for tracking demographics and economic information that will be helpful when it comes to applying for grants.
Monday evening, Rep. Byrne spoke to members of the University of South Alabama Chapter of the American Medical Association and shared his opinion on the need to move away from a health care system ran by the federal government.
Rep. Mike Rogers (AL-03) spoke at a Natural Resource class at Auburn University.
Rep. Mo Brooks addressed a group of young professionals at Dynetics on a multitude of topics.
Later in the day, Rep. Brooks met with the Seekers Debate Club to discuss federal judiciary issues and help them prepare for their upcoming competition. They will compete through the National Christian Forensics and Communications Association (NCFCA), a national non-profit organization dedicated to furthering communication skills.
U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell (AL-07) held her second Black Belt town hall where she discussed how state budget cuts are impacting rural Alabamians.
Rep. Byrne spoke at Daphne High School’s Veterans Day ceremony.
Rep. Rogers spoke to the Calhoun County Chamber.
Rep. Brooks addressed Weatherly Heights Elementary School at their Veterans Day program this afternoon where he joined with the community and expressed his gratitude to America’s Veterans and their families.
Rep. Byrne attended the Mobile Veterans Day Parade. There, he spent some time with Army veteran Jim Jeffries, the 2015 Mobile Bay Area Veteran of the Year.
Rep. Martha Roby (AL-02) attended the Veterans Day ceremony in Prattville.
Rep. Brooks met with 1SG (Ret) Willie Allen who served the United States with valor and distinction, receiving the Soldier’s Medal for risking his own life to pull injured soldiers from the burning wreckage of a UH1H helicopter and a OH58 Kiowa helicopter on April 24, 1973. Brooks presented First Sergeant Allen with the prestigious medal and others, including the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart, which had previously been lost to a house fire.
Brooks later attended the Veterans Day breakfast at the VBC, the Fallen Soldier’s Battlefield Memorial ribbon cutting and dedication, and the Veterans Day program at the Floyd E. “Tut” Fann State Veterans Home.
U.S. Rep. Gary Palmer (AL-06) attended a Veteran’s Day ceremony at West Blocton High where he shared the field with veterans from American Legion Post #47.
Wednesday, Rep. Sewell left Washington, D.C. for a trip to Cuba to discuss expanding agricultural trade.
Rep. Rogers visited with a group of students interested in politics at Smiths Station Freshman Center.