Congresswoman Martha Roby

Representing the 2nd District of Alabama

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, and 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

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.
January 26, 2018 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
I am so glad that the gridlock in Washington didn’t impact my plans to visit with so many people. I cannot emphasize enough how important it is for me to hear directly from you.
January 18, 2018 Press Release
In Case You Missed It: On Wednesday evening, U.S. Representative Martha Roby (R-AL) joined her fellow House Republicans at a press conference to shed light on the games congressional Democrats are playing with funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
October 20, 2017 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
While we cannot control what happens on the other side of the Capitol, the House will remain focused on keeping our promises.