Representative Roby's Weekly Columns
May 9, 2014 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
There's an old saying that, in life, nothing is certain but death and taxes. It's true that paying taxes is a fact of life, one that ordinary Americans accept and dutifully take care of every year. We play by the rules when interacting with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and if we step out of line there are consequences. So shouldn’t we demand the same accountability for those serving in the IRS?
May 2, 2014 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
There is no greater duty we have as a nation than to care for our veterans. Thousands of doctors, nurses, and public servants at the VA work hard to give veteran patients the best healthcare we can offer. But, too often, our system fails those it was created to help.
April 25, 2014 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
With Congress out of session for the Easter recess, I spent time visiting with constituents throughout Alabama’s Second Congressional District. Meeting with constituent groups, touring local businesses, and checking out our area’s schools are some of the most important and rewarding parts of my job. Check out a recap of our stops below.
March 28, 2014 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
I have heard from many constituents who have had their health plans cancelled, premiums increased, or choice of doctor restricted – all after President Obama repeatedly promised none of that would happen. This is not fair, and people are understandably angry about it.
March 24, 2014 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
I traveled throughout Alabama’s Second Congressional District to listen first hand to the concerns of my constituents, and there were plenty of timely issues to discuss.
March 17, 2014 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
When Alabamians have trouble with the federal government, my job is to step in and try to help. That's exactly what happened when a new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulation imposed costly inspection and compliance requirements on Alabama farmers.
March 7, 2014 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
Too many American families are still struggling in this tough economy, and rising energy bills are squeezing family budgets even more. One of the coldest winters in years has made matters worse, driving up heating costs nationwide.
February 28, 2014 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
Last week, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel previewed some significant changes coming for our nation’s military. Though the details won’t be public until President Obama releases his proposed budget, we know the size and scope of our Armed Forces will be greatly reduced. In fact, under the President’s proposal, the Army would shrink to its pre-World War II size.
February 24, 2014 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
Last year the nation was shocked by reports that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) was improperly targeting groups based on political beliefs. You may remember that a group from our area – the Wetumpka Tea Party – was one of the groups singled out.