Representative Roby's Weekly Columns
October 24, 2014 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
Like many Americans, I am seriously concerned about the effectiveness of our country’s response to the Ebola outbreak and how it will affect our ability to protect Americans from this threat. I recently wrote President Obama a letter calling on him to take more decisive action to prevent American citizens from further exposure.
October 17, 2014 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
For about four years now, the Professional Left in Washington has been engaged in a desperate campaign to convince the American people that conservatives are engaged in a “War on Women.” You've probably seen the political ads or heard the rhetoric from television commentators. Their goal is to label anyone who is pro-life and believes taxpayer money shouldn’t be spent funding abortions is “anti-woman.”
October 10, 2014 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
The Department of Veterans Affairs has confirmed that former Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System (CAVHCS) Director James Talton and Chief of Staff Cliff Robinson have been given notice of their termination. This week’s action to move forward with termination is a necessary and important step toward instilling accountability at the VA and building trust within the community. It is also among the VA’s first known use of accountability enhancements included in the VA reform legislation passed in July.
October 3, 2014 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
Last week I had the opportunity to visit with some special organizations that are making a difference for families in Alabama's Second Congressional District, and I wanted to share them with you.
September 26, 2014 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
UPDATE: This week I went to the Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System’s (CAVHCS) Montgomery campus to meet with acting director Robin Jackson, Southeast regional director Chuck Sepich, and acting chief of staff Dr. Srinivas Ginjupalli. I asked for this meeting because it has been five weeks since the former director and chief of staff were removed, and I wanted to meet the new leadership and assess their progress toward instilling transparency and accountability at CAVHCS.
September 19, 2014 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
While Alabama has had some positive job announcements lately – particularly in our booming auto and aviation industries – the economy is still struggling.
September 12, 2014 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
UPDATE: As you may know, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently proposed a new, aggressive rule that would redefine the meaning of “waters of the United States” to vastly expand the agency’s power to regulate small streams, ditches and ponds – even on private lands.
September 5, 2014 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
I highly value the time that the Congressional calendar affords me during August and early September to travel throughout Alabama’s 2nd District, meet with constituents and listen to concerns about the many issue facing our country. It helps me represent you better in Congress. Now it is time for Congress to reconvene, and there is much ground to cover before the end of the year.
August 29, 2014 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
I have been traveling throughout Alabama's 2nd Congressional District over the month of August discussing the latest from Washington and, more importantly, listening to my constituents to gain a better understanding about the issues that matter to you. We've been through Prattville, Montgomery, Tallassee, Union Springs, Troy, Luverne, Evergreen, Andalusia, Elba, Enterprise, Geneva, Hartford and beyond. Among the top issues brought up in every town was the growing threat posed by the self-identified Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS.
August 22, 2014 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
Senior management officials at the Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System (CAVHCS) were removed from authority this week in an important step toward transforming our local VA.