Congresswoman Martha Roby

Representing the 2nd District of Alabama

Budget and Spending

As you know, our nation continues to face a serious budget crisis, which is a threat to the security and prosperity of future generations of Americans. While some progress has been made to rein in wasteful spending, much work remains to put our country on a stabile fiscal course.

I have been an outspoken supporter of a Balanced Budget Amendment. Each Congress I have introduced an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would require Congress to pass a balanced budget, forcing the federal government to live within its means and requiring the President to submit a balanced budget to Congress. A balanced budget amendment would restore fiscal common sense that regular Americans employ every day. It would also provide economic clarity and confidence for our nation.
 
Serving on the House Appropriations Committee allows me to oversee a wide range of government funding and to set spending priorities. In particular, I sit on the Defense Subcommittee, which is responsible for crafting military spending plans.

One of the federal government's primary responsibilities is providing for the common defense, and restoring military funding and establishing better budget priorities will only help. Congress has taken small steps in the right direction to restore some military funding and made modest reforms to mandatory spending. It is my hope that we can build off of this momentum and pass more long-term reforms.
 
The fact is unrestrained growth of “auto-pilot” social programs is threatening our ability to properly fund many national priorities, including the military. Mandatory spending is automatic in nature and does not change unless the law does, which is the reason behind its “auto-pilot” growth. The problem is not limited to the military. Funding for other American priorities like transportation infrastructure, agriculture, or any other legitimate interests is also threatened by unrestrained growth of social welfare programs.

More on Budget and Spending

January 18, 2018 Press Release
In Case You Missed It: On Wednesday evening, U.S. Representative Martha Roby (R-AL) joined her fellow House Republicans at a press conference to shed light on the games congressional Democrats are playing with funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
October 20, 2017 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
While we cannot control what happens on the other side of the Capitol, the House will remain focused on keeping our promises.
September 8, 2017 Representative Roby In The News

U.S. Rep. Martha Roby, R-Montgomery, joined 89 other Republicans Friday by opposing a bill that would raise the debt ceiling and extend the operation of the government through Dec. 8.

The bill passed the House by a wide margin, 316-90.

The bill also included $15.3 billion in aid for Hurricane Harvey relief.

September 8, 2017 Press Release
U.S. Representative Martha Roby (R-Ala.) today voted against a bill that would raise the nation’s debt limit without reforms to curb wasteful spending.
July 27, 2017 Press Release
U.S. Representative Martha Roby (R-Ala.) today filed H.J. Res. 114, legislation to amend the U.S. Constitution that, if passed and ratified, would require Congress to annually pass a balanced budget. Roby has introduced similar legislation each Congress since being elected.
May 23, 2017 Press Release
“The release of President Trump’s budget blueprint to Congress marks an important step in funding our federal government through the appropriations process."
February 6, 2017 Representative Roby In The News

Rep. Martha Roby, R-Montgomery, said she was given a platform to be a stronger advocate for Alabama's military community, including being a booster of bringing the F-35A fighter jet to Montgomery, through her committee assignments in the new Congress.

Roby will partly be in charge of deciding the country's military budget as a member of the House Appropriations Committee's Defense Subcommittee.  

December 9, 2016 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
As the sun sets on the 114th Congress, I’m proud to report some noteworthy legislative victories.
November 16, 2016 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
It has now been just a week since the 2016 election, which will certainly go down as one of the most consequential in modern American history. In the early morning hours when the race was finally called, I offered my sincere congratulations to President-Elect Donald Trump and Vice President-Elect Mike Pence, and expressed how eager I was to get to work putting our country back on track.
March 11, 2016 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
Every American should be concerned about the growing national debt and the out-of-control government spending that contributes to it. Frankly, I believe this issue isn’t discussed enough on the national level. While the complexity of government debt and deficits might not make for exciting television news, Washington’s spending problem will have real and profound consequences for all of us if it isn’t addressed.