February 14, 2020 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
Throughout the years, advancements in technology have altered and changed the world we live in. Talented and bright minds are constantly pitching new ideas in industries all across the board, but it is the ability to protect these intangible creations that gives them their value. As technology has changed over time, so have the policies that protect these notable developments. With technological progression comes a more complex legal environment for businesses and organizations. It’s critical that strong protections are in place to safeguard the innovative ideas of the American people, ultimately stimulating innovation, fueling economic growth, and building stronger communities.
February 7, 2020 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
The flu virus is one that comes to our attention each year, and it’s no secret that we all try to avoid catching it. Unfortunately, it is such a common sickness that many people do not realize how dangerous the flu virus really is. During the 2018-2019 flu season, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated that up to 42.9 million Americans got sick, 647,000 were hospitalized, and 61,200 people died as a result. These statistics are devastatingly high, and they have a direct effect on the people of Alabama.
January 31, 2020 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
Education is one of the most critical components of our society today. It is how we formulate opinions and perspectives, gain exposure to different ideas and cultures, and develop new skills. With the knowledge and understanding gained from a solid education, we are able to learn how to be successful in our careers, family lives, and personal lives. Education also stimulates the whole country, furthering economic growth and stability. With education, one is able to take in the world around them and turn it into something better.
January 24, 2020 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
Every year, thousands of Americans gather in our nation’s capital to participate in the March for Life. This annual event is an opportunity for pro-life advocates from across the country to join together and demonstrate their concern for protecting all life. With a single ruling, the Supreme Court deemed abortion legal throughout the United States. We are now 47 years removed from the infamous Roe v. Wade decision, and the advocates for life around the country are stronger than ever. Many traveled far and wide to be in Washington for this year’s March, which occurred this past week. I know that some pro-life supporters traveled from Alabama’s Second District – almost 900 miles – to defend the unborn.
January 17, 2020 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
As the dynamics of the workplace have changed over time, our policies that govern the workplace have not adapted to keep up with these changes. I am proud to again introduce the Working Families Flexibility Act of 2020. This piece of legislation offers compensatory time, or “comp time,” benefits in lieu of cash wages for overtime, allowing private sector workers the same opportunity that currently exists in the public sector.
January 10, 2020 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
Human trafficking can take many forms, and it is hard to know the full scale of its impact. Even though it is a larger issue that is faced no matter the country you live in, there are ways in which we can take responsibility to tackle trafficking head on. It is crucial to be aware of what is going on around you in your community. If at any point you have information on a potential trafficking case or believe you have witnessed something questionable, act fast and immediately contact the Alabama State Bureau of Investigation at (334) 242-1142 or visit their website to file a report at https://www.alea.gov/sbi.
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.
December 20, 2019 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
The holiday season is one of the busiest times of the year, and it is easy to get caught up in all the responsibilities that come along with it. These obligations can be quick to distract us from the true meaning behind the Christmas season. With everything happening across our country and around the world, it is inevitable that our attention is focused elsewhere.
December 13, 2019 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
This week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 with a vote of 377-48. This annual bill authorizes the various military programs and defense activities in the Department of Defense. It does not provide budget authority, which will be provided in future legislation.
In The News
December 9, 2019 Representative Roby In The News
U.S. Rep. Martha Roby on Sunday was given the Alabama Farmers Federation’s highest honor – the Service to Agriculture Award – for “being a champion for farmers since she was first elected to Congress in 2010.”
November 26, 2019 Representative Roby In The News
Alabama will have been a state for 200 years on December 14, 2019. Congresswoman Martha Roby (R-Montgomery) and the rest of the Alabama congressional delegation introduced a resolution in Congress marking this historical event.
November 19, 2019 Representative Roby In The News
U.S. Rep. Martha Roby on Tuesday introduced a resolution marking Alabama’s 200 years of statehood. The resolution, which was introduced on behalf of all members of the state’s congressional delegation, called attention to the bicentennial milestone that Alabama will celebrate next month.
U.S. Rep. Martha Roby (AL-02) on Tuesday joined Alabama’s entire U.S. House delegation in honoring the Yellowhammer State’s upcoming bicentennial anniversary on the chamber floor.
U.S. Rep. Martha Roby (AL-02), a member of the House’s Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee, on Thursday participated in a hearing regarding the Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection’s failures at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
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.”
June 18, 2019 Representative Roby In The News
Monday, Congresswoman Martha Roby (R-Montgomery) attended the Change of Command ceremony at Fort Rucker. Major General David J. Francis is the new Commanding General of USAACE and Fort Rucker.
Representative Martha Roby (AL-02) continues to make her staunch pro-life bonafides well known across the nation.
June 12, 2019 Representative Roby In The News
Tuesday, U.S. Representative Martha Roby, R-Montgomery, offered an amendment to the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee Fiscal Year 2020 funding bill, during the full committee markup, that would limit would prevent taxpayer funds from being spent on abortion in the District of Columbia.