Representative Roby's Weekly Columns
July 8, 2016 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
Congress took big steps this past week toward enacting legislation critical to addressing a few key national issues: the opioid epidemic and gaps in mental health services.
July 1, 2016 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
The Select Committee on Benghazi released its much-anticipated report last week, documenting through more than 800 pages a better understanding of what happened leading up to, during and after the September 11, 2012 terrorist attacks that killed four Americans: Glen Doherty, Tyrone Woods, Sean Smith and U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens. The report contains a substantial amount of new information that reveals a much clearer picture about Benghazi and changes our understanding about the government’s mishandling of the attacks. As a Member of the Select Committee, I encourage everyone to read the report for themselves online at www.Benghazi.House.gov.
June 24, 2016 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
The U.S. Supreme Court has dealt the final blow to President Obama’s executive orders on immigration. As you may remember, President Obama attempted to bypass Congress in November 2014 and grant de facto amnesty to as many as five million illegal immigrants. A number of states, including Alabama, challenged the executive amnesty plans in federal court on the grounds that they violated the U.S. Constitution’s separation of powers. Although there are not currently 9 serving justices, an equally divided Supreme Court affirms the ruling of the court below. By upholding lower courts’ rulings against the Administration, the Supreme Court has effectively blocked the President’s orders from being implemented and affirmed that they were unconstitutional.
June 17, 2016 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
The House passed the Fiscal Year 2017 Defense Appropriations bill with a bipartisan vote of 282-138. This bill aims to fully fund military operations overseas, ensure the readiness of our troops to meet global threats, and sustain health and safety programs military personnel and their families depend on. It contains an authorized 2.1 percent military pay raise and important funding for the Apache, Blackhawk and Lakota helicopter programs, which are an integral part of the mission at Fort Rucker and Army Aviation missions worldwide.
June 10, 2016 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
All the excitement over softball is a reminder that the Congressional Women's Softball Game takes place this week. This is the annual event in which women Members of Congress team up to take on women members of the news media for softball bragging rights on Capitol Hill. It's a fun, bi-partisan event that benefits a great cause: the Young Survival Coalition, which is dedicated to helping breast cancer survivors deal with the unique needs and challenges they face while in recovery. You may remember last year I played in honor of my friend, Montgomery County Commissioner Ronda Walker, who was battling the disease at the time and attended the game as an honored guest.
May 20, 2016 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
This past week the House passed the Fiscal Year 2017 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Bill. This 81.6 billion legislation 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 Administration (VA).
May 13, 2016 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
This week the House took action on a slate of bills aimed at combatting the growing heroin and opioid abuse epidemic sweeping the country.
May 6, 2016 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
Each year I have the honor of nominating young men and women for an appointment to our nation’s military academies. The 2016 appointments have now been finalized, and I’m pleased to announce those who have received these prestigious selections.
April 29, 2016 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
This past week I introduced the “Protection and Advocacy for Veterans Act.” This bill would engage our proven Protection and Advocacy agencies to directly investigate the quality of mental health care and substance abuse treatment provided to veterans and to advocate for patients who receive inadequate care from the VA
April 22, 2016 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
As Americans “rendered unto Caesar” by paying their taxes this past week, the U.S. House of Representatives took action on a slate of bills aimed at bringing transparency and accountability to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).