Congresswoman Martha Roby

Representing the 2nd District of Alabama

Roby Votes Against Raising Debt Limit

September 8, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Martha Roby (R-Ala.) today voted against a bill that would raise the nation’s debt limit without reforms to curb wasteful spending.

Roby has consistently opposed plans to raise the debt limit that did not contain meaningful cuts to federal spending, including most recently in 20132014, and 2015.

“Congress has no business raising the nation’s debt limit without reining in the runaway spending that is causing our debt problem. Every day I hear from constituents who are concerned about our nearly $20 trillion debt and frustrated by Washington’s unwillingness to address it,” Roby said. “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 recently reintroduced her balanced budget amendment to the Constitution that would require Congress and the President to pass a balanced budget each year.

Earlier this week Roby voted in support of the bill to provide disaster relief to those impacted by Hurricane Harvey. The bill was later amended in the Senate to add the debt limit increase.