Representative Roby's Weekly Columns
April 8, 2016 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
This past week I met with the National Federation of Independent Business’s (NFIB) Alabama Leadership Council in Montgomery. As you probably know, the NFIB is a member organization made up of small and independent businesses, and this particular group represents small business operators from all across Alabama.
March 24, 2016 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
Newly-confirmed Secretary of Education John King came to Capitol Hill this week to testify in our Appropriations budget hearing. As a member of the Appropriations Committee, and specifically the subcommittee with jurisdiction over the U.S. Department of Education budget, this hearing provided me a good opportunity to press the secretary to make sure he and his staff adhere to the new education law that forbids federal coercion on state education policy.
March 18, 2016 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
The months of March and April are known as the busiest in Congress. In addition to the many Appropriations Committee hearings taking place, this is the time when many groups travel to Washington to meet with Members of Congress to advocate for their various causes.
March 11, 2016 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
Every American should be concerned about the growing national debt and the out-of-control government spending that contributes to it. Frankly, I believe this issue isn’t discussed enough on the national level. While the complexity of government debt and deficits might not make for exciting television news, Washington’s spending problem will have real and profound consequences for all of us if it isn’t addressed.
February 12, 2016 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
I’m very pleased to report that my bill to streamline improvements at failing VA medical centers and prevent future debacles has passed the U.S. House of Representatives and now goes to the Senate.
February 5, 2016 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
I consider it an honor to serve a district in which agriculture is the largest employer, accounting for more than 93,000 jobs and an $11 billion economic impact.
January 29, 2016 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
As your Representative in Congress, my job is to listen to the people I represent and take your concerns back to Washington to make sure our district has a voice. This happens in many ways: letters, phone calls, emails, Facebook messages and even Twitter posts. But, my favorite way to communicate is in person, visiting one-on-one with constituents to answer questions and talk candidly about the issues facing our country.
January 22, 2016 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
As you probably know, last year VA hospitals in Montgomery and Tuskegee ranked worst and second worst in the country for delays in patient care. Fortunately, things are improving. Wait times are down, staffing is up, and the entire chain of command from Montgomery to Atlanta to Washington has been changed. I’m glad we’re making progress to improve the system as it is, and we’re going to keep at it. But, why stop there? Why not take it to the next level and build something truly special here that can benefit Alabama veterans?
January 15, 2016 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
By now you’ve heard about the 10 U.S. Navy sailors who were detained by Iran after their boats mistakenly veered into Iranian waters. Thankfully, they have been released unharmed and our boats were returned. But, on the front pages of most every major newspaper and on the nightly news, Americans saw the images of our sailors kneeling, hands behind their head being detained by Iranian authorities. People around the world saw those images too, and Iran didn’t miss a golden opportunity to use this incident for propaganda purposes on their state-run television. It was disturbing, and not something we should simply ignore or dismiss, especially given Iran’s past actions.
January 8, 2016 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
You might recall that over a year ago the Obama Administration proposed using Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base in Montgomery to house hundreds of illegal immigrant minors detained at the Mexican border. I was adamantly opposed to this proposal and worked with the my colleagues in the Alabama delegation to shut it down.