Congresswoman Martha Roby

Representing the 2nd District of Alabama

Roby Appointed to House Education and Workforce Committee

January 20, 2011
Press Release

House Speaker John Boehner today appointed Congressman Martha Roby to the prestigious House Committee on Education and the Workforce, granting Roby a third committee assignment and a seat at the table to reform education policies that affect the more than 120,000 K-12 students in Alabama’s Second Congressional District.

The committee, led by Chairman John Kline (R-MN), also has oversight over federal workforce development programs aimed at making America’s workers more competitive in the global economy.

While most House members sit on just two committees, Roby will be part of a smaller group that has three. She also serves on two other committees critical to the Second District: the House Armed Services Committee and the House Agriculture Committee.

“I strongly believe that our education system should be child-centric and parent-driven and that we must fully support our teacher’s efforts in the classroom. The Congress and the Department of Education must never forget that teachers in Opp, Troy, and Prattville know how to teach our children better then bureaucrats in Washington,” Roby said. “I’m honored to be selected by the Republican leadership to serve on this very important committee. The ideas we discuss and the legislation we consider will have a direct impact on students, teachers, and parents throughout the district.”

Boehner noted today that Roby would bring an informed voice to the Committee.

“Martha’s dedication to her district and knowledge about the immediate needs of the schools and businesses in her state make her a valuable resource on this committee. As a mother with a child in public school, she is well aware that the best education possible should be available for our kids,” Boehner said. “We will be setting an aggressive agenda this Congress to cut spending, shrink the government, and foster job growth. Martha is dedicated to achieving those objectives and has the opportunity to help through her service on the Education and the Workforce Committee. A select number of newly-elected Members are assigned a third committee, and I am glad to recognize Martha as honorably pursuing ways to meet the needs of the 112th Congress and her state.”

Kline also commented on Roby’s assignment, saying, “I am pleased to welcome Martha Roby to the Education and the Workforce Committee where she will play an integral role in our efforts to promote job creation and American competitiveness. Her experience as a leader in Montgomery will provide the committee a unique perspective on the challenges facing our classrooms and workplaces.”

Established in 1867, the House Education and the Workforce Committee’s purpose is to consider legislation to address the needs of students and workers in today’s constantly changing work environment. The committee and its five subcommittees oversee education and workforce programs that affect all Americans. These include early education through secondary education, and from job training through retirement.

The committee’s workforce oversight responsibilities are especially important in a down economy.

“We must continue the fight against wasteful spending and soaring deficits to get this country back on the right track toward creating new jobs,” Roby said. “We need to closely evaluate existing workforce development programs to see what is working and what is not. We need to make sure that Alabama workers have a full opportunity to benefit from useful initiatives, while also targeting less effective or duplicative programs for elimination.”

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