Congresswoman Martha Roby

Representing the 2nd District of Alabama

Roby talks debt during Enterprise visit

August 26, 2011
Roby in the News

Congresswoman Martha Roby Wednesday told members of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees she is not concerned with reelection when making decisions in the nation’s capital.

“It is not about the next election. It is about the next generation,” she said.

From making difficult decisions to vote for budget cuts to pushing for a balanced budget amendment, Roby said she votes as the people of District 2 wish.

“We are working to restore fiscal sanity to Washington,” Roby said.

In the face of economic hardship, many of the nation’s families have made personal spending cuts. The time has come, Roby said, for the federal government to do the same.

Roby, while in Congress, has pushed for significant spending reforms while opposing all tax increases.

“We don’t have a revenue problem in this country. We have a spending problem,” she said.

The nation focused its attention on Congress recently as contentious debates about increasing the nation’s debt limit went public.

While offering her support to Republican’s “Cut, Cap and Balance,” which would have sent a balanced budget amendment to the states for ratification, Roby said she was unable to support the debt limit increase legislation that eventually passed both Congressional chambers.

She described the legislation as one that is “less than perfect” and contains “unjustified cuts.”

The legislation established a bipartisan congressional panel charged with identifying $1.5 trillion in savings.

If the panel is unable to agree upon the cuts, the nation’s defense could face a 50-percent decrease in its budget, according to Roby.

“It contains no firewall for our national security,” she said. “Our military would cease to exist as we know it.”

Roby said she was unable to vote for the bill because there is no certainty the defense department will be protected from significant cuts.

“I couldn’t look forward with certainty and say this bill wouldn’t do what this bill says can happen,” Roby said.

Roby believes the debt ceiling controversy will continue well into the future.

“I will continue to stand for you on your behalf, though,” she said.

In an exclusive interview with The Southeast Sun, Roby continued to speak about the nation’s debt, Congress’s approval rating and the path of the nation’s current foreign policy.