Representative Roby's Weekly Columns
August 18, 2014 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
I wanted to update you on the latest developments with the crisis situation on the Mexican border. The House has worked for the last few weeks to craft a plan to address this border crisis. I’m pleased that we were able to pass critical appropriations bill aimed at stemming the recent influx of illegal immigrants by beefing up border security and closing a legal loophole currently being exploited by human traffickers.
July 25, 2014 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
The influx of immigrant children from Central America across the Mexican border has brought an already strained immigration situation to a full blown crisis. But, this problem is not isolated to border states. It could affect Alabama in a major way.
July 18, 2014 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
It has been a busy month of July in Washington, D.C., as Congress has been working to finish important legislation. I wanted to update you on a few bills of particular significance that were passed this week:
July 11, 2014 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
An all-too-rare feat was accomplished in Congress this week: Republicans from the House and Democrats from the Senate worked out their differences and passed an important bi-partisan bill aimed to enhance job training efforts across the country.
July 3, 2014 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
As you know, my office has been working to get to the bottom of the myriad problems within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), both at the national and local levels. There have been some developments, and I wanted to update you on the latest.
May 30, 2014 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
Over Mother’s Day weekend, I once again had the opportunity to travel to Afghanistan to meet with our service members and get a status check directly from Afghan and U.S. military officials. This marked the fourth straight year I visited Afghanistan around Mother’s Day, and the third time I have led the bi-partisan women’s Congressional Delegation.
May 23, 2014 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
Memorial Day is a time to remember and honor the brave Americans who sacrificed their lives in defense of this great nation. A special day set aside for all of us to stop and acknowledge those who paid the ultimate price for the freedoms we enjoy.
May 16, 2014 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
House Speaker John Boehner recently asked me to serve on the Select Committee to Investigate the September 11, 2012, terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, a significant and solemn responsibility that I accepted.
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.