Representative Roby's Weekly Columns
May 4, 2015 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
It is imperative that Alabama students have access to first-rate education opportunities that prepare them for the careers of tomorrow. That’s why I am a proud proponent of Career and Technical Education (CTE), and Alabama is blessed to be home to a strong network of programs.
April 24, 2015 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
The House Appropriations Committee has approved the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2016. This is the annual legislation that 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 Heath Administration (VA).
April 17, 2015 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
Some troubling news: the Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System (CAVHCS) has been home to the highest percentage nationwide for extended delays in veteran appointment completions, according to an in-depth report by the Associated Press.
April 10, 2015 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
Last week, I traveled throughout the Middle East as part of a Congressional Delegation led by the Speaker of the House to evaluate the rising influence of ISIS and Iran, and to examine the potential impacts on U.S. interests at home and abroad. We couldn't talk about the trip beforehand or during due to security protocols, so I want to take a moment now to tell you about our travels.
April 2, 2015 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
For years, many veterans have had difficulty accessing VA healthcare because the nearest VA facility is far away. That is particularly true in places like Central and South Alabama, where much of the population is spread out in rural areas.
March 27, 2015 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
Good news: The House has passed a Budget Resolution that increased critical funding for national defense, a key budget component that I strongly pushed for in negotiations.
March 20, 2015 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
It was a frustrating day to say the least. It was June 8, 2014, and for the last 48 hours my staff and I had been trying to reach James Talton, the then-Director of the Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System (CAVHCS).
March 13, 2015 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
Enhancing Career and Technical Education (CTE) has been a primary focus of mine during my service in Congress. Why? Because it empowers young workers to find good-paying jobs, helps prepare youth for a smooth transition from school to career, and lifts up communities throughout Alabama - all at the same time.
March 6, 2015 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
It has been 50 years since "Bloody Sunday," the moment that drew the attention of the nation to continued institutional injustices toward black Americans in Alabama. Seeing those unbelievable images convinced Congress and the president to take action ensuring citizens could not be denied the right to vote, and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 became law. This week, the attention of the nation has turned back to Alabama as we mark 50 years since the Selma-to-Montgomery marches.
February 27, 2015 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
It’s no secret that college and career-tech expenses have risen dramatically over the last several years. Millions rely on so-called 529 college savings plans for this purpose. Congress can do more than just protect beneficial 529 plans; we can make them even better. My colleague, Rep. Lynn Jenkins of Kansas has a commonsense plan to do just that.