Roby Assigned to Agriculture, Armed Services Committees

January 10, 2011
Press Release

Martha Roby, Congressman-elect for Alabama’s Second Congressional District, announced today her committee assignments for the 112th Congress. Roby has been selected by GOP leadership to serve on the House Committee on Agriculture and the House Armed Services Committee.

“I am pleased to have been appointed to serve on two prestigious committees, the Agriculture Committee and the Armed Services Committee. This is great news for our area. Our district is home to significant agricultural production and a number of very important military bases, which are critical to the nation’s defense as well as our local economy. My appointment to these committees will directly serve our agriculture base and the military, and is understandably a very good fit for our district.”
The House Armed Services Committee (HASC) was created in 1946 by the consolidation of the Committee on Military Affairs and the Committee on Naval Affairs.  HASC is responsible for oversight of the Department of Defense (DOD) and the United States armed forces.

“The military institutions in our district, including Fort Rucker, Maxwell Air Force Base, Gunter Annex and the 187th Fighter Wing, are at the forefront of our nation’s military defense. Our country must continue to provide the resources and tools to our military installations in order for them to be effective. It is a great honor to be representing military service members and veterans by having the opportunity to work on legislation in the House Armed Services Committee. Our number one goal must be to support our men and women in uniform and maintain the fine military facilities in our district. A strong military means a strong national defense.”
Established in 1820, the Committee on Agriculture was created to give agriculture issues equal weight with commercial and manufacturing interests. The committee has jurisdiction over federal agriculture policy, and its prime objective is to oversee legislation for the maintenance of healthy agricultural production.
“Agriculture remains our number one industry here in Alabama, and it is a top priority for me. Our country’s reliance on domestic agriculture production is rising with our continuous population growth. As the agriculture industry grows and gets more complex, food and fiber must be provided to us here at home and it is a necessity that Congress take up legislation that will positively affect our family farms. In addition, Congress will soon begin work on the Farm Bill, which will be the primary agricultural legislation for our country. As the bill takes shape, I will be listening to our farmers right here at home in the second district to learn how I may best represent their voices in the committee.”

Committees are integral to the work of Congress in determining the policy needs of the nation and acting on them.
Committees in the House have four primary powers: conduct hearings and investigations, consider bills and resolutions and amendments to them, report legislation to the House for its possible consideration, and monitor executive branch performance.

Members will also be assigned Subcommittee assignments respective to their committees, which may be announced soon.
With more than 85 Republican freshmen members seeking assignment to a limited number of seats on high profile committees, the committee request process for the 112th Congress was extremely competitive.
“I am grateful to Speaker-designate Boehner and Leader-designate Cantor for their steadfast support and to the Steering Committee which works to place members on the best possible committees for their district,” Roby said. “They, with Chairmen Lucus and McKeon, each recognized from the start that agriculture and military issues are extremely important in my district, and they have been very supportive of my requests to be on these prestigious committees.”