Representative Roby's Weekly Columns
May 20, 2016 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
This past week the House passed the Fiscal Year 2017 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Bill. This 81.6 billion legislation provides resources for military training, equipment and services, as well as base maintenance and infrastructure. The bill also funds veterans’ benefits and programs, including the Veterans Administration (VA).
May 13, 2016 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
This week the House took action on a slate of bills aimed at combatting the growing heroin and opioid abuse epidemic sweeping the country.
May 6, 2016 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
Each year I have the honor of nominating young men and women for an appointment to our nation’s military academies. The 2016 appointments have now been finalized, and I’m pleased to announce those who have received these prestigious selections.
April 29, 2016 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
This past week I introduced the “Protection and Advocacy for Veterans Act.” This bill would engage our proven Protection and Advocacy agencies to directly investigate the quality of mental health care and substance abuse treatment provided to veterans and to advocate for patients who receive inadequate care from the VA
April 22, 2016 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
As Americans “rendered unto Caesar” by paying their taxes this past week, the U.S. House of Representatives took action on a slate of bills aimed at bringing transparency and accountability to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
April 15, 2016 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
This week the House Appropriations Committee marked up and approved the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Bill, advancing the annual legislation funding veterans services and military installations for consideration by the full House.
April 8, 2016 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
This past week I met with the National Federation of Independent Business’s (NFIB) Alabama Leadership Council in Montgomery. As you probably know, the NFIB is a member organization made up of small and independent businesses, and this particular group represents small business operators from all across Alabama.
March 24, 2016 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
Newly-confirmed Secretary of Education John King came to Capitol Hill this week to testify in our Appropriations budget hearing. As a member of the Appropriations Committee, and specifically the subcommittee with jurisdiction over the U.S. Department of Education budget, this hearing provided me a good opportunity to press the secretary to make sure he and his staff adhere to the new education law that forbids federal coercion on state education policy.
March 18, 2016 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
The months of March and April are known as the busiest in Congress. In addition to the many Appropriations Committee hearings taking place, this is the time when many groups travel to Washington to meet with Members of Congress to advocate for their various causes.
March 11, 2016 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
Every American should be concerned about the growing national debt and the out-of-control government spending that contributes to it. Frankly, I believe this issue isn’t discussed enough on the national level. While the complexity of government debt and deficits might not make for exciting television news, Washington’s spending problem will have real and profound consequences for all of us if it isn’t addressed.