Representative Roby's Weekly Columns
February 12, 2016 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
I’m very pleased to report that my bill to streamline improvements at failing VA medical centers and prevent future debacles has passed the U.S. House of Representatives and now goes to the Senate.
February 5, 2016 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
I consider it an honor to serve a district in which agriculture is the largest employer, accounting for more than 93,000 jobs and an $11 billion economic impact.
January 29, 2016 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
As your Representative in Congress, my job is to listen to the people I represent and take your concerns back to Washington to make sure our district has a voice. This happens in many ways: letters, phone calls, emails, Facebook messages and even Twitter posts. But, my favorite way to communicate is in person, visiting one-on-one with constituents to answer questions and talk candidly about the issues facing our country.
January 22, 2016 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
As you probably know, last year VA hospitals in Montgomery and Tuskegee ranked worst and second worst in the country for delays in patient care. Fortunately, things are improving. Wait times are down, staffing is up, and the entire chain of command from Montgomery to Atlanta to Washington has been changed. I’m glad we’re making progress to improve the system as it is, and we’re going to keep at it. But, why stop there? Why not take it to the next level and build something truly special here that can benefit Alabama veterans?
January 15, 2016 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
By now you’ve heard about the 10 U.S. Navy sailors who were detained by Iran after their boats mistakenly veered into Iranian waters. Thankfully, they have been released unharmed and our boats were returned. But, on the front pages of most every major newspaper and on the nightly news, Americans saw the images of our sailors kneeling, hands behind their head being detained by Iranian authorities. People around the world saw those images too, and Iran didn’t miss a golden opportunity to use this incident for propaganda purposes on their state-run television. It was disturbing, and not something we should simply ignore or dismiss, especially given Iran’s past actions.
January 8, 2016 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
You might recall that over a year ago the Obama Administration proposed using Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base in Montgomery to house hundreds of illegal immigrant minors detained at the Mexican border. I was adamantly opposed to this proposal and worked with the my colleagues in the Alabama delegation to shut it down.
December 30, 2015 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
As the House convenes for the Second Session of the 114th Congress, it is important to get off to a strong start. That’s why I’m pleased the very first bill to be considered this year is a plan to repeal Obamacare and begin the process of replacing it with healthcare policy that works.
December 18, 2015 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
You may have seen the news that the Central Alabama VA has now opened a new 150,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art clinic on Chantilly Parkway, in Eastern Montgomery. Our veterans deserve a world-class facility like this one, and I was proud to join my colleague Rep. Mike Rogers, community leaders and Veterans Affairs officials to cut the ribbon on this impressive new facility.
December 11, 2015 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
Recent terrorist activity has many Americans concerned about our security, and understandably so. Congress has the responsibility to make sure our laws and programs meant to protect our country are working as they should. One program that has been scrutinized lately is our visa system, which regulates who is allowed to visit the United States.
December 4, 2015 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
Progress takes patience sometimes, I suppose. Two-and-a-half years ago, I introduced the "Defending State Authority Over Education Act" to stop once and for all the inappropriate federal coercion of states into adopting the Obama Administration's “pet” policies, standards or curricula, including Common Core.