Local U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne, R-Fairhope, has been appointed to serve on the prestigious House Rules Committee, a substantial move for his first full-term in Congress.

Bradley ByrneThe Rules Committee is one of the oldest standing and most powerful committees in the House and is critical to maintaining order and control of House operations. As a member of the Rules Committee, Congressman Byrne will have an opportunity to weigh in on almost every piece of legislation that comes before the House for a vote.

“I’ve made clear from the start that I am committed to using my position in Congress to advocate for issues that are important to families and small businesses in Southwest Alabama,” Byrne said. “As a member of the House Rules Committee, I will be in an even better position to do just that. I look forward to working with Chairman Sessions and my colleagues to support a House agenda designed to reduce wasteful spending and create a smaller, more efficient federal government.”

House Speaker John Boehner also praised Byrne once the announcement was made, saying that during his short time in Congress, Byrne has “distinguished himself as an effective legislator focused on issues that matter to his constituents in Alabama.”

Boehner also said he was looking forward to Byrne serving on the House Rules Committee.