Representative Roby's Weekly Columns
August 7, 2015 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
This week, President Obama announced his “Clean Power Plan” and with it a costly national energy tax that will negatively impact American families and jobs. Of course, the Administration touts the plan as “the single most important step America has ever taken in the fight against global climate change.” But what you didn’t hear the president say is that despite the significant increase this will cause in energy bills for hardworking middle-class families, this plan actually does little to nothing to alter the impact of future climate change.
July 31, 2015 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
This week the House passed H.R. 1994, the VA Accountability Act, to empower the Secretary of Veterans Affairs with the legal authority to swiftly remove problem employees, at all levels.
July 17, 2015 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
By now you’ve heard the news that the Obama Administration has reached a proposed agreement over Iran’s nuclear capabilities. I’ve spent the last few days reviewing the agreement, and it’s clear that what the administration announced falls far short of what they promised Congress and the American people.
July 10, 2015 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
Since coming to Congress, I’ve worked to replace “No Child Left Behind” with policies that return decision-making back to states and local communities where it should be. I’m pleased to report that this week the House acted to do just that by passing H.R. 5, the “Student Success Act.”
July 6, 2015 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
With all that’s been going on lately, attention has turned from what I believe to be one of the most important issues facing our country right now: the Iran nuclear talks. This past week, the Obama Administration quietly announced yet another deadline extension to the multi-lateral negotiations over Iran’s nuclear capability.
June 26, 2015 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
I wanted to provide an update on the ongoing effort to improve veterans’ health services offered by the Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System.
June 19, 2015 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
Remember these promises from President Obama about his healthcare law? “If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan…” “If you like your doctor you will be able to keep your doctor…” “We’ll lower premiums...” “No family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increases.”
June 12, 2015 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
New legislation that I’m proudly co-sponsoring does just that by helping industries voluntarily and proactively come into compliance with workplace safety guidelines. Known as the Voluntary Protection Program, VPP is an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) program that has been successful since its creation in 1982. However, it was never authorized into law, making it subject to the whims of the Executive Branch. H.R. 2500 would finally authorize VPP in the law, making it permanent and allowing Congress to oversee and fund it properly through the appropriations process.
June 5, 2015 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
An important part of my job in Congress is making sure national Veterans Affairs leaders pay attention to Alabama and remain focused on improving the health care system our veterans depend on. That’s why this week I spoke from the House Floor to mark one year since former VA Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned amid scandal and to draw attention to the fact that many problems still persist at the Central Alabama VA.
May 29, 2015 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
One of my favorite parts of serving in Congress is the honor and responsibility I have to nominate young men and women for an appointment to our nation’s military academies. Each year, my office conducts a rigorous process by which applicants are reviewed and interviewed by an independent panel of service academy alumni.