Representative Roby's Weekly Columns
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.
May 22, 2015 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
More than 60,000 fighter pilots have served in the U.S. Armed Forces through the years. Among them, only 1,447 have earned the designation of “Fighter Ace,” a merit given to those who downed five or more enemy aircraft in combat. Only 77 remain alive today, and one of them, Lieutenant General Charles “Chick” Cleveland, lives here in Central Alabama.
May 20, 2015 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
Montgomery's "Fighter Ace," Lt. Gen. Charles "Chick" Cleveland will be honored with the Congressional Gold Medal today at a special ceremony in the U.S. Capitol.
May 15, 2015 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
Did you know that federal water regulators have been trying to greatly expand their reach into private lands by seeking to make small ponds, puddles and ditches subject to strict federal regulations?
May 8, 2015 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
I recently took advantage of a brief break in Congressional action and made my way around Alabama’s 2nd Congressional District visiting with constituents and meeting with groups. It’s always good to be out and about hearing directly from those I represent about their views and concerns.