Opinion | Supporting our space programs

February 19, 2018

By U.S. Rep. Martha Roby

The week of February 18th is Alabama Aerospace Week in Montgomery. NASA and other organizations will be in town to discuss our state’s role in the space industry and to inspire the next generation of scientists and explorers to consider careers in the aerospace field. One of the events is NASA Day at Alabama State University, and I am excited to be attending. NASA’s top level administrators and an astronaut will be present to share with students the many opportunities as well as great things taking place within the organization.

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Opinion | Fixing the leak

February 12, 2018

By U.S Rep. Martha Roby

The congressional calendar has been extremely busy lately! This is great for getting important work accomplished in Washington, but unfortunately it prevents me from being able to travel throughout the Second District and catch up with those I represent as often as I’d like. During these times when I’m required to be in Washington for votes, I try to find different ways to connect with my constituents, so I recently held two telephone town hall events to hear directly from individuals throughout our district.

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Opinion | Reflecting upon the State of the Union

February 5, 2018

By U.S. Rep. Martha Roby

Each year, the State of the Union address provides an important opportunity for the President to speak directly to Congress and the American people and offer an update on his priorities and plans to accomplish them. I recently attended President Trump’s first State of the Union address with my daughter Margaret. She’s taking civics this year and was required to watch the address for class credit, and so I thought this would be a unique opportunity for her to witness it firsthand.

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Opinion | From government shutdown to district travel

January 29, 2018

By U.S. Rep. Martha Roby

As you are all too aware by now, our federal government shut down for three days recently because Senate Democrats refused to support a reasonable funding bill over their unreasonable immigration demands. We should never be in a position where one party is allowed to hold our military and government hostage over an unrelated policy issue.

This government shutdown was completely unnecessary and should not have happened. Before the shutdown occurred, the House had passed all twelve of our government funding bills and voted four times to reauthorize funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), known as All Kids here in Alabama. All of these bills were blocked repeatedly by Senate Democrats, which led to this pattern of short-term funding resolutions and ultimately the government shutdown.

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Opinion | It’s not up for debate

January 22, 2018

By U.S. Rep. Martha Roby

45 years ago this month, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in Roe v. Wade to make abortion legal and available nationwide. While many abortion activists celebrate this infamous anniversary, it represents a particularly somber occasion for those of us who advocate for life – at all stages.

Every year since this ruling, the pro-life community has gathered in Washington to march in peaceful protest. The 2018 March for Life took place on Friday, January 19th – and wow, the pro-life energy was certainly high in Washington.

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Exciting news on the economic front

January 17, 2018

By U.S. Rep. Martha Roby

Regardless of what is dominating the news cycle on any given day, the economy is always an issue on the minds of hardworking Alabamians. The ability to get and keep a job in order to provide for your family is so important. That is why the President, Congress, and local leaders in Alabama have made growing the economy a top priority.

There is a lot of exciting news happening on the economic front both nationally and locally. America’s economy is growing faster than even analysts could predict. Alabama is one of thirteen states that have reached a record low unemployment rate, the stock market is at an all-time high, and the U.S. dollar continues to climb.
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Tax cuts for the New Year

January 1, 2018

By U.S. Rep. Martha Roby

This time around, the new year offers something extra exciting for the American people. I’m pleased to report that Congress has finally passed our historic, pro-growth tax reform and Americans will soon begin experiencing the benefits.

After months of work, we have delivered on our promise to cut taxes, bring balance to the tax code, and jump start job growth. While the House passed its version of tax reform months ago, differences between the House and Senate versions of the bill had to be worked out in a conference committee. I was proud to support the final product and vote alongside my colleagues to send the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act to the President’s desk.

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Honor Veterans in Your Hometown

November 6, 2017

By U.S Rep. Martha Roby

In 1918, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of the year, the armistice ending World War I was signed. Originally known as Armistice Day, Congress later passed and President Dwight Eisenhower signed a resolution officially designating November 11 as Veterans Day. Now, every year, Americans pause on this special day to recognize all those, young and old, who have served our country in uniform. While we should honor the service and sacrifice of our veterans every day, this holiday provides a unique opportunity for us to come together as a nation and pay tribute to the men and women who put their lives on the line for our freedom.

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Career-Tech Programs Put Our Students a Step Ahead

March 16, 2015

By U. S. Representative Martha Roby  (R-AL2)

Enhancing Career and Technical Education (CTE) has been a primary focus of mine during my service in Congress. Why? Because it empowers young workers to find good-paying jobs, helps prepare youth for a smooth transition from school to career, and lifts up communities throughout Alabama – all at the same time.

Alabama is blessed with a strong network of community colleges, industries and facility partnerships that help provide hands-on training that prepare our students for in-demand jobs across the state and nation. Last week I visited Wallace Community College’s Sparks Campus in Eufaula to see the CTE programs they have to offer. I came away quite impressed by the students, faculty and administrators there.  Like its sister campuses, Wallace in Eufaula is offering a broad course of study, with programs ranging from criminal justice to electrical technology and computer science. They are also connecting courses to students still in high school through dual enrollment, which saves money and puts those who take advantage a step ahead.
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Saving for College? Congress Wants to Help

March 2, 2015

By U. S. Representative Martha Roby (R-AL2)

It’s no secret that college and career-tech expenses have risen dramatically over the last several years. Planning ahead to cover these increased costs has become essential for American families who want their children to have the opportunity to train for the careers of tomorrow.

Millions rely on so-called 529 college savings plans for this purpose. These plans are named for Section 529 of the Internal Revenue Code, which Congress established in the 1990s to set up a tax-free way for families to save for higher education.
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