Roby accepts position on House Committee on Appropriations
Local U.S. Representative Martha Roby accepted an assignment to the House Committee on Appropriations Dec. 4.
Roby said the position will be a challenging responsibility but one that provides a unique opportunity for Alabama's Second Congressional District.
"I am honored to accept a position on the House Committee on Appropriations, and I appreciate the confidence my colleagues have placed in me by selecting me to serve in this capacity," Roby said. "Appropriations has oversight on the whole range of government spending. This new role provides a unique opportunity to push for the kind of conservative spending priorities that will put us on a sustainable financial path for future generations."
Roby's assignment became official after it was approved by the House Republican Steering Committee on Dec. 4.
Two other members of Congress Reps. Mark Amodei, of Nev.; and Chris Stewart, of Utah; also received assignments to the committee.
The vacancies were created by the resignations of Reps. Jo Bonner, of Ala.; Rodney Alexander, of La.; and the death of Rep. Bill Young, of Fla.
Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers, of Ky., welcomed the new members in a statement.
"I am pleased to welcome representatives Amodei, Roby and Stewart to the committee and look forward to working side-by-side with them as we tackle our formidable work ahead. Member of the Appropriations Committee have tough jobs to do, and have a great responsibility to properly fund the federal government and support the well-being of the nation,: Rogers said. "These dedicated public servants have proven their commitment to the responsible shepherding of federal tax dollars, to the regular appropriations process, and to both the people of their districts and the American people as a whole."
With this move, Roby will no longer serve on the House Armed Services Committee, the House Agriculture Committee, or the House Education and the Workforce Committee.
Roby said, however, she remains committed to supporting the district's unique military, agriculture and educational interests.
"Congress is working in a budget-constrained environment for the foreseeable future and we must make sure every dollar is spent wisely," she said. "After numerous discussions with senior colleagues in Congress and stakeholders in my state, I'm convinced having a seat on the Appropriations Committee will afford me more, not less, influence on issues that matter to the people of Alabama's Second District."
Mack Dove, chairman and chief executive officer for AAA Cooper Transportation and member of Friends of Fort Rucker called her appointment to the Appropriations Committee a major win for Fort Rucker.
"It's important to not that Fort Rucker has never had congressional representation on the House Appropriations Committee," he said. "Roby understands how important Fort Rucker is to our local economy, and she has continuously worked with military officials in Washington to protect Fort Rucker. With her new seat on the Appropriations Committee, Rep. Roby will be even better positioned to look out for Fort Rucker and our local communities."
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