Congresswoman Martha Roby

Representing the 2nd District of Alabama

Roby Column - January 25, 2011

January 25, 2011
Representative Roby's Weekly Column

Voting to Repeal Healthcare Reform Act

Last week, I proudly voted in support of H.R. 2 to repeal the Healthcare Reform Act. The House of Representatives successfully passed the bill by a vote of 245-189. Throughout the district, my constituents have repeatedly told me that the health care reform bill—2,000 pages of costly and burdensome regulations—is limiting economic growth and preventing the creation of new jobs. I am pleased to have represented your voice in Congress with this historic vote.

We are far from done with our work on health care. My colleagues and I were busy this week introducing a replacement health care resolution that would lower health care costs, increase accessibility to quality care, and eliminate job-killing policies and regulations. I look forward to future debate and consideration of these proposals during the 112th Congress.

Sponsoring the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act”

In a speech last week on the floor of the House of Representatives, I marked the 38th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade—one of the most egregious examples of judicial activism in the Court’s history.

On the Roe v. Wade Anniversary, I also sponsored the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act.” This important legislation would establish a consistent, government-wide prohibition on abortion funding. I firmly believe that no American should be compelled to support abortions with the use of his or her taxpayer money.

I am unapologetically pro-life, and I believe that the miracle of human life begins at conception. I also believe that every American is entitled to basic human rights. Pro-life and pro-family causes are important to me, and I will continue to fight for the unborn as I represent you in Congress.

Announcing Appointment to the House Education and the Workforce Committee
I am pleased that House Speaker John Boehner appointed me to serve on the House Education and Workforce Committee, granting me a third committee assignment and a seat at the table to discuss issues important to Alabama’s parents, teachers, and students.

The key to improving our local schools and making Alabama businesses more competitive is to root out the waste, inefficiency, and burdensome regulation that are hampering our education system. The people who know best how to teach Alabama’s children are our own parents and teachers, not government bureaucrats hundreds of miles away. My priorities on the committee are to cut spending and remove unnecessary government programs in order to empower our local teachers, principals, and school boards.

In the midst of tough economic times, we must concentrate on creating an environment that fosters educational priorities here at home, including the development of a skilled workforce. It is essential that we cut out wasteful spending and duplicative programs, while capitalizing on those initiatives that truly make Alabama’s students and workers more competitive in the global economy.

Ceremony Remembering U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Robert Franklin Dees
On Saturday, I attended the graveside services of a true American war hero, U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Robert Franklin Dees.

Lt. Dees, a member of the 430th Fighter-Bomber Squadron, 474th Fighter Bomber Group, was pronounced Missing in Action in North Korea more than 25 years ago. Modern DNA tests led to the proper identification and return of his remains for burial. I was honored to join Lt. Dees’ family at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Dale County for a memorial ceremony recognizing Lt. Dees with full military honors.

I am deeply thankful for the men and woman who serve and protect our nation, and I am committed to making sure they have all the tools and resources they need to be successful in their missions overseas. Recovering one of our fallen soldiers is momentous for our country. Lt Dees gave the ultimate sacrifice to preserve our freedom, and his distinguished service to America will always be remembered.

We pay tribute to him and his family, and we are grateful he has returned home.