Congresswoman Martha Roby

Representing the 2nd District of Alabama

Rep. Martha Roby appears headed for seat on powerful Appropriations Committee

November 25, 2013
Roby in the News

U.S. Rep. Martha Roby, R-Montgomery, appears headed for a slot on the influential House Appropriations Committee.

The appointment would be a plum assignment for the second-term congresswoman.

“I am being encouraged by my colleagues to accept an assignment on House Appropriations Committee. This is so important to the Second District because this is the committee that holds the purse strings and controls federal spending, including funding for all military programs," Roby wrote in an e-mail to supporters obtained by

“A spot on this committee will allow me a more direct role in fighting wasteful spending and pushing for the kind of conservative spending priorities that will put us on a sustainable financial path for future generations. There is no better place to address our nation's spending addiction than on the Appropriations Committee,” Roby wrote.

She said the move would likely mean giving up seats on the Armed Services Committee, the Education and the Workforce Committee, and the Agriculture Committee.

“That said, the Appropriations Committee has jurisdiction over each of those areas and more. I will remain a conferee on the Farm Bill as we work out the differences between the House and Senate Farm Bills. I will obviously also continue to fight for Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base and Fort Rucker in this new role.”

There are three GOP vacancies on the committee.

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