State of Alabama Archives: on Homeland Security


Richard Shelby: Stalwart protector of Redstone Arsenal & Marshall Center

Shelby routinely votes against budget bills as fiscally irresponsible, but only after tweaking them to direct some of the federal largesse to his home state. As Shelby knows but rarely acknowledges, the degree of Alabamians' hatred of the federal government is matched only by their dependence upon it, especially in north Alabama.

Even as he proclaims America is about to crumble under the burden of its budget deficit, Shelby is a stalwart protector of Redstone Arsenal, Marshall Space Flight Center and the Tennessee Valley Authority. During his five terms as a senator, he has funneled massive amounts of federal money to the University of Alabama, greatly benefiting the state.

Source: Decatur Daily on 2016 Alabama Senate race Feb 26, 2016

Marcus Bowman: We need to spend money for best-equipped military

Q: Do you support or oppose the policy, "Expand the military"

A: We need a military that can meet 21st century challenges. We need to spend money on our veterans. We need to spend money ensuring the best trained and equipped military. I support keeping our military prepared in the most efficient manner possible.

Source: Email interview on 2016 Alabama Senate race with OnTheIssues Jan 21, 2016

Ron Crumpton: Oppose expanding the military

Q: Do you agree or disagree with the statement, "Expand the military"?

A: Oppose.

Source: Email interview on 2016 Alabama Senate race with OnTheIssues Nov 26, 2015

Ron Crumpton: Require all military contracts to use American companies

An old idea that needs new traction is legislation requiring that all military and intelligence contracts (building planes, tanks, etc.) be awarded to American companies whenever possible. Most of the time a contract for a tank or airplane will go to a U.S. company, but then the company contracted to build the tank will subcontract the building of individual components to foreign companies. Legislation addressing this issue must include these subcontractors.
Source: 2016 Senate campaign website CrumptonForAlabama.com Jul 23, 2015

Gary Palmer: Fully fund the Defense Department

Q: What spending levels would you recommend for different categories of government spending?

A: In view of the chaotic situation in the Middle East and elsewhere, I believe we need to make sure Defense is adequately funded. In regard to the other categories, I am evaluating all spending and basing it on priorities which will lead to spending cuts across the board.

Source: VoteSmart 2014 Alabama Congressional Political Courage Test Aug 30, 2014

Robert Bentley: Veteran educational benefits after 1 month instead of 1 year

Rep. Bentley authored bill HB400: Alabama Legislature SYNOPSIS: Currently, to be eligible for veterans' educational benefits, the veteran must have been a permanent resident of Alabama for at least one year prior to entrance into service. This bill would allow a veteran who has been a resident for 30 days prior to application for benefits to be eligible to receive the benefits.
Source: Alabama state legislature voting records: Bill HB400 Jan 21, 2010

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