Roby, Byrne get ranking positions on Congressional committees

Published 9:36 am Wednesday, January 30, 2019

South Alabama’s representatives in Congress will serve as the ranking Republicans on two House subcommittees.

As announced Tuesday, Congressman Bradley Byrne (AL-1) will serve as the Workforce Protections Subcommittee’s ranking member through his membership on the Education and Labor Committee, while Congresswoman Martha Roby (AL-2) will be ranking member on the Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet.

“I am humbled to have been selected to serve as the top Republican on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet. As an attorney, I’m excited to work closely on the important issues this subcommittee touches and to be a stronger voice in this leadership capacity on behalf of my district and state,” Roby said in a statement.

“Alabama’s workers deserve federal workplace polices that make it easier and safer for them to do their job without worrying about burdensome and confusing government regulations. I’m honored to again lead this Subcommittee as we fight for American workers and work to ensure the balance of power is not tilted in favor of Big Labor at the expense of hardworking Americans,” Byrne commented in a press release.

Last Congress, Byrne was Chairman of the Workforce Protections Subcommittee. As Chairman, Byrne championed several initiatives focused on lessening burdensome regulations on businesses, including the Save Local Business Act, which clarified what constitutes a “joint employer” under federal labor law. The bill passed by a bipartisan vote of 242 to 181.

With Republicans now in the minority, the lead Republican on each committee and subcommittee is known as the Ranking Member.

Byrne is also continuing his service on the House Armed Services Committee, while Roby does the same on the powerful House Appropriations Committee.

On appropriations, Roby will serve on the Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations, the Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and the Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, and Science, which is the subcommittee Congressman Robert Aderholt (AL-4) is ranking member.