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Serving in his fifth term, Richard Shelby(R-Alabama) is the senior U.S. Senator from Alabama. He is the Ranking Member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and its Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies. He also serves as the senior Republican on the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs; and as a member of the Committee on Rules and Administration. Prior to Senator Shelby's election to the United States Senate, he served four terms in the U.S. House of Representatives and eight years in the Alabama legislature. He also served as a City Prosecutor in Tuscaloosa, Alabama; U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Northern District of Alabama; and Special Assistant to the Attorney General in Alabama. A fifth generation Alabamian, Senator Shelby is a graduate of the University of Alabama's undergraduate and law programs.

Shelby Floor Speech on the Continuing Resolution

Release Date: 
Thursday, September 18, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC, Thursday, September 18, 2014 – U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today delivered the following speech on the Senate floor in support of the Continuing Resolution.  

The full text of Shelby’s remarks, as prepared, is below:  

Thank you, M. President.

I rise in support of the Continuing Resolution.

Overall, it is a relatively clean bill that carries forward current levels for discretionary spending and avoids another government shutdown.

Shelby Statement on FY15 Defense Appropriations Bill Markup

Release Date: 
Thursday, July 17, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC, Thursday, July 17, 2014 – U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today delivered the following opening statement at a markup of the Fiscal Year 2015 Department of Defense Appropriations bill:

Thank you, Madam Chair.

Shelby Statement on the President's Emergency Supplemental Request

Release Date: 
Thursday, July 10, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC, Thursday, July 10, 2014 – U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today offered the following remarks during a full committee hearing to review the President’s emergency supplemental request:

Thank you Madam Chair for your leadership on this issue.

I know you care deeply about addressing the crisis associated with unaccompanied minors arriving at our southwest border.  I share your concerns. 

Shelby Statement for the Record on FY 15 Homeland Security Markup and Status of Financial Services and General Government

Release Date: 
Thursday, June 26, 2014

U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), Vice-Chairman of the Appropriations Committee, entered the following opening statement into the official record following the markup of the Fiscal Year 2015 Homeland Security Bill.

 

 

Thank you, Madam Chair.

While we continue to mark up individual bills, our pace has slowed as the more controversial bills continue to fall off of the full committee’s agenda.

We have also run into a similar dynamic on the Senate floor.

Shelby Statement on FY15 Appropriations Markup for State and Foreign Operations and Legislative Branch

Release Date: 
Thursday, June 19, 2014

U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), Vice-Chairman of the Appropriations Committee delivered the following opening statement at the markup of the Fiscal Year 2015 bills for State and Foreign Operations and for the Legislative Branch.

 

Thank you, Madam Chair.

As the full Senate begins consideration of the first appropriations measures for Fiscal Year 2015, we were prepared to mark up three additional bills.

Shelby Statement on Commerce-Justice-Science FY15 Appropriations Bill Markup

Release Date: 
Tuesday, June 03, 2014

U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and its Subcommittee on Commerce-Justice-Science (CJS), today delivered the following opening statement at a markup of the fiscal year 2015 CJS appropriations bill:

Thank you, Madam Chairwoman. 

I appreciate your leadership on this bill. 

We have worked together for many years and I believe that this mark reflects our strong bi-partisan relationship.