Budget and Spending

As you know, our nation continues to face a serious budget crisis, which is a threat to the security and prosperity of future generations of Americans. While some progress has been made to rein in wasteful spending, much work remains to put our country on a stabile fiscal course.

I have been an outspoken supporter of a Balanced Budget Amendment. Each Congress I have introduced an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would require Congress to pass a balanced budget, forcing the federal government to live within its means and requiring the President to submit a balanced budget to Congress. A balanced budget amendment would restore fiscal common sense that regular Americans employ every day. It would also provide economic clarity and confidence for our nation.
Serving on the House Appropriations Committee allows me to oversee a wide range of government funding and to set spending priorities. In particular, I sit on the Defense Subcommittee, which is responsible for crafting military spending plans.

One of the federal government's primary responsibilities is providing for the common defense - restoring military funding and establishing better budget priorities will only help. Congress has taken small steps in the right direction to restore some military funding and made modest reforms to mandatory spending. It is my hope that we can build off of this momentum and pass more long-term reforms.
The fact is unrestrained growth of “auto-pilot” social programs is threatening our ability to properly fund many national priorities, including the military. Mandatory spending is automatic in nature and does not change unless the law does, which is the reason behind its “auto-pilot” growth. The problem is not limited to the military. Funding for other American priorities like transportation infrastructure, agriculture, or any other legitimate interests is also threatened by unrestrained growth of social welfare programs.

More on Budget and Spending

January 3, 2020 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
It is hard to acknowledge that 2019 has come to an end, and a new year is upon us. Not only are we stepping into a new year, but we are moving into a new decade. We have seen a significant surge in development for Alabama, and the effects can be found as far as each corner of the state. With this new decade comes a fresh opportunity for greater growth and development across our state.
October 29, 2019 Representative Roby In The News
Even though U.S. Rep. Martha Roby has announced she will not seek a sixth term, she vowed Monday evening to continue to serve Alabama’s 2nd Congressional District well in her final year. “Over the last nine years, I have put Alabama first,” she told leaders from several Wiregrass cities during a meeting at the Dothan Civic Center. “I remain committed to the fight until I cast my last vote in January 2021. I am here to serve you to the very last day in office.”
May 28, 2019 Representative Roby In The News
“There’s a lot going on here that is really good,” Roby said after touring Bell's Ozark plant. “These are individuals who are supporting our warfighter. There’s a lot of opportunity for this facility and a lot of room for job growth.”
September 14, 2018 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
I am very hopeful that we can finally begin to operate in a way that ensures your voice is heard, and I am eager to ensure that our government is fully and properly funded before the September 30th deadline.
August 16, 2018 Representative Roby In The News

MILLBROOK, Ala. – U.S. Rep. Martha Roby visited Millbrook Wednesday and spoke at a Millbrook’s Kiwanis Club meeting where she updated the group on her work on the Appropriations Committee as the September 30th fiscal year deadline approaches.

Roby said she does not want to have to resort to a continuing resolution, which extends the time period that Congress has to pass their appropriations by extending last year’s fiscal budget just a little longer. However, Roby sees at least one “short-term CR” as likely.

June 8, 2018 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
I support the use of the commonsense rescission tool to identify and weed out at least a portion of government waste.
May 9, 2018 Roby in the News
President Donald Trump asked Congress on Tuesday to rescind $15 billion in spending that has already been approved by Congress in the most recent omnibus spending bill.
May 8, 2018 Press Release
“I support the Trump Administration’s use of the rescission tool to identify and cut out some of our government’s wasteful, unnecessary spending."
April 12, 2018 Press Release
“Each Congress since being elected to serve Alabama’s Second District, I’ve introduced similar balanced budget legislation. I’m hopeful that we will soon see it across the finish line to ensure that future generations aren’t burdened by insurmountable debt.”
February 2, 2018 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
Each year, the State of the Union address provides an important opportunity for the President to speak directly to Congress and the American people and offer an update on his priorities and plans to accomplish them.