Dothan Eagle: Martha Roby votes no on bill to raise debt ceiling

September 8, 2017
Representative Roby In The News

U.S. Rep. Martha Roby, R-Montgomery, joined 89 other Republicans Friday by opposing a bill that would raise the debt ceiling and extend the operation of the government through Dec. 8.

The bill passed the House by a wide margin, 316-90.

The bill also included $15.3 billion in aid for Hurricane Harvey relief.

Roby, in a statement released after the vote, said she could not support raising the debt ceiling without “meaningful” spending cuts.

“Congress has no business raising the nation’s debt limit without reining in the runaway spending that is causing our debt problem,” Roby said in the statement. “Every day I hear from constituents who are concerned about our nearly $20 trillion debt and who are frustrated by Washington’s unwillingness to address it. The problem won’t be easy to solve, but we have to try. This deal is temporary, so we will have another opportunity to enact spending reforms later this year. I sincerely hope we can negotiate a responsible agreement that will help put our country on a more sustainable financial path.”

Roby supported a bill earlier in the week to provide aid for Harvey relief, but the bill was later amended in the Senate to add the debt limit increase.