Congresswoman Martha Roby

Representing the 2nd District of Alabama

Federal Regulations

Unilateral regulatory action by executive branch agencies should not hinder economic growth and place undue burden on businesses. Any new regulations should have the public interest in mind and feedback from interested parties. I strongly support legislation that reduces or consolidates the number of existing regulations, and I believe all rules that will seriously impact the economy should have a cost estimate attached and go before Congress for approval.

One of my top priorities in Congress is stopping this so-called "backdoor legislating" in which government agencies like the EPA decide to single-handedly impose new, aggressive regulations. Our Constitution separates the powers of government among the three branches and sets up a system of checks and balances to ensure the people – not the government – are ultimately in charge.

Our laws have legitimacy because they are passed by representatives elected by and accountable to the people. That system is undermined when career bureaucrats in federal agencies are allowed to impose unilateral, binding regulations.

More on Federal Regulations

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.
June 8, 2017 Press Release
U.S. Representative Martha Roby (R-Ala.) today spoke in favor of legislation that would level the playing field for community banks and credit unions and the small businesses and farmers who depend on them.
June 7, 2017 Press Release
U.S. Representative Martha Roby (R-Ala.) today questioned Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta about the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) aggressive tactics to enforce workplace safety rules.
February 3, 2017 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
For years, I’ve spoken out about the need to return this country to Constitutional order and rein in the power of bureaucratic federal agencies.
January 5, 2017 Press Release
The 115th Congress today affirmed its commitment to jumpstarting job growth and easing the burden on American families with House passage of legislation that will rein in federal agencies’ aggressive regulation, U.S. Representative Martha Roby (R-Ala.) said.
November 23, 2016 Press Release
This decision is a conservative victory for the 21 states and dozens of business groups who challenged that this new rule handed down by President Obama’s Department of Labor would increase government costs.
November 4, 2016 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
Farmers take great financial risk every time they put a crop in the field. Their ability to be successful is critical, not just for their own livelihoods, but for the benefit of our state and country.
October 14, 2016 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
National Manufacturing Day was this past week, making this a great time to highlight the strong manufacturing presence in our state and district. From automotive and aerospace to metals and medical, Alabama manufacturers are an economic engine for this state.
September 16, 2016 Representative Roby's Weekly Column
One of my top priorities in Congress is reining in so-called “backdoor legislating,” which happens when federal agencies issue sweeping rules and regulations beyond their appropriate authority. To be sure, federal regulations are nothing new. Over the years Congress has seen fit to delegate rulemaking responsibilities to various agencies to deal with specific issues and allow for a more responsive government. However, I believe some agencies have taken this authority too far, growing into what many call the “fourth branch” of government.
May 13, 2016 Press Release
U.S. Representative Martha Roby (R-AL) today responded to the release of a joint directive from the U.S. Justice Department and the U.S Department of Education telling every public school district in the country to allow students to use bathrooms and locker rooms corresponding to their “gender identity” rather than their biological sex.