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Senator Tuberville talks Alabama’s military might, workforce development, farming in Wiregrass

U.S. Senator Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) on Thursday had a busy day in the Wiregrass, making several stops directly related to his new committee assignments.

This included a tour of Fort Rucker, the U.S. Army base mostly located in Dale County.

Tuberville was recently assigned to the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC); Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee (AG); Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee; and Veterans’ Affairs (VA) Committee.

On Armed Services, he was further assigned to three subcommittees this week: Strategic Forces; Emerging Threats and Capabilities; and Personnel.

The freshman senator interviewed on the Alabama-based “Rick & Bubba Show” regarding his committee assignments and his in-state travel schedule, which will also include a visit to Mobile on Friday.

“We’re a military state,” Tuberville remarked on the SASC assignment. “We’ve got military bases all over the state of Alabama. And, of course, Huntsville — that’s where it all starts (at Redstone Arsenal).”

He added the Strategic Forces subcommittee role “really affects every base in the state of Alabama.”

“We’ll be able to do a lot of work there,” the Republican from Lee County noted, before explaining his place on Personnel will allow him to help veterans, also.

He expressed a willingness to continue positively reforming and improving the Veterans Affairs (VA) health care system, warning that the VA’s shortcomings are indicative of what happens when socialized medicine is implemented.

Tuberville then transitioned into talking about his assignment on the HELP Committee; he mentioned that his background as a career educator and coach made him a natural fit to deal with education related matters.

He met with community leaders at the Dothan Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, and the discussion centered on workforce development — a key issue related to the HELP Committee’s work.

Tuberville summarized that meeting in the below social media video:

Finally, Tuberville met with Alabama Farmers Federation members for a conversation about the state’s $70 billion agriculture industry. The federation was an early and important supporter of Tuberville’s campaign in the 2020 cycle, and he made his support of farmers well known throughout the election.

“I promised the farmers I’d help them, and that’s what we’re going to do,” the senator said of his AG assignment. “Our farmers need help. We need to continue to have family farms and not let it go to corporations. That’s what the left wants to do — they want to consolidate. But we need family farms to make this country work like it’s been working for the last 245 years.”

Sean Ross is the editor of Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @sean_yhn