Representative Roby's Weekly Columns
November 14, 2014 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
Five years after its passage, the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, is as unpopular as ever – only 37 percent of Americans view it favorably. Throughout Alabama and around the country, this ill-conceived mandate has led to cancelled insurance policies, dramatic spikes in premiums and copays, reduced work hours for wage earners and tax increases that affect middle class families. Adding insult to injury this week was Jonathan Gruber, an MIT economist and one of the chief architects of the Obamacare law. Videos surfaced of Gruber acknowledging the lack of transparency and outright deceit it took to pass Obamacare through Congress five years ago.
November 10, 2014 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
Recent gains by Republicans in the Senate have many people wondering what is in store the 114th Congress. My hope is that we will be able to utilize this New Majority to finally move meaningful legislation.
November 1, 2014 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
“To everything there is a season,” Ecclesiastes reads. The end of the campaign season is a relief to those who tire of hearing all the political ads. It also brings the beginning of a new, more important season: a season for governing. We have work to do getting this country back on track, and the time to start is now.
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.