Representative Martha D. Roby's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (AL) - District 2, Republican
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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Vote Smart's Research

  • Martha Roby. Correcting the Enrollment of H.R. 1473. 14 April 2011. "Mr. Speaker, I am unapologetically pro-life and will continue to do what is necessary to protect the lives of the unborn. Every 2 minutes, a life is lost because of an abortion. That adds up to 3,300 lives a day or 1.2 million a year." (votesmart.org)
  • Martha Roby. Acceptable Bigotry: Prejudice Against the Child in the Womb. 19 January 2011. "Together with other cases, the Roe court created a fundamental right to abortion even though a simple reading of the Constitution reveals no such right. As a result, unimaginable harm has occurred. In the short time that I have talked tonight, another baby has been aborted. That equals one abortion every 2 minutes, 3,300 abortions a day, or 1.2 million abortions a year." (votesmart.org)
  • Martha Roby. The 39th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade. 23 January 2012. “Mr. Speaker, I am unapologetically pro-life and am proud to be a member of the Pro-Life Caucus. I believe that the miracle of human life begins at the very moment of conception.” (votesmart.org)
  • Martha Roby. A Better Way to Preserve our Values. 8 August 2012. “I am pro-life and my record very clearly demonstrates my opposition to abortion and support of adoption as a positive solution. I devote personal time to support my pro-life beliefs through my service to and for Sav-A-Life of Montgomery.” (www.martharoby.com)
  • Martha Roby. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Martha Roby voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Susan B. Anthony List. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Susan B. Anthony List endorsed Martha Roby in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Martha Roby. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Martha Roby voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Martha Roby. Black, Roby Introduce Bill to Defund Planned Parenthood in Continuing Resolution. 12 April 2011. "It is our responsibility to listen to those who elected us to make hard decisions. We must fight for those who do not have a voice, the unborn. We have heard repeatedly from the American people that Planned Parenthood is not -- absolutely not -- where they want their tax dollars to go. As the nation's largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood is independently wealthy. To date, it has accumulated nearly $1 billion in net assets. The more taxpayer dollars awarded to Planned Parenthood, the more abortions the group will perform." (votesmart.org)

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  • Martha Roby. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Martha Roby voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Martha Roby. Martha Roby: Bin Laden's death not end of U.S. duties in Afghanistan. 28 May 2011. "My take-away from the trip was that the death of Osama bin Laden presents an opportunity to consolidate our progress in Afghanistan. By eliminating bin Laden, we have taken an extraordinary step in the War on Terror. However, this is not the time to unwind our defenses. Bin Laden's death is not the end of our efforts there. It would be a mistake to view his fall as a reason to walk away from all we have accomplished. We need to stay until we get the job done." (www.montgomeryadvertiser.com)
  • Martha Roby. Rep. Martha Roby: Afghanistan trip was 'life-changing.' 10 May 2011. "The death of Osama bin Ladin is a tremendous victory for us, but it is just the tip of the iceberg in the war on terrorism. […] It would be a mistake to view his death as an opportunity to walk away from all we have accomplished." (blog.al.com)
  • Martha Roby. Rep. Roby talks about Afghanistan trip. 10 May 2011. "Roby said the Taliban remains the focus in Afghanistan. She says the regime has already been diminished in many parts of the country, but remains an oppressive force in other areas. The congresswoman said the U.S. military is doing important work to improve the lives of Afghan citizens and to ensure the country does not become a haven for terrorists." (www.wsfa.com)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Martha Roby. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Martha Roby voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Carly Omenhiser. Roby discusses national debt, military budget cuts. 4 May 2012. “Roby said she voted against the Budget Control Act, because 50 percent of the cuts will be out of the Department of Defense. […] 'Our military will cease to operate as we know it today. They can't. They don't have the resources,' Roby said. 'We will not be able to have the presence that we need to have in certain areas of this world. And it's frightening.'" (www.southeastsun.com)
  • Martha Roby. Time to act is now on defense cuts. 26 June 2012. “But serious negotiations over the national debt limit led to the eventual passage of the Budget Control Act of 2011 (BCA), which was more of a political solution than a policy decision. The legislation imposed spending caps, raised the debt limit and created a bipartisan Select Joint Committee to find an additional $1.2 trillion in spending reductions. If the committee faltered, these cuts would be imposed automatically, half coming from defense accounts. (I opposed the plan for this reason.) Unfortunately, the committee ultimately failed, triggering about one-half trillion in defense cuts to start January 2013.” (thehill.com)
  • Martha Roby. The Dothan Eagle - Through the Eyes of Rep. Martha Roby. 4 February 2011. "[…] I lobbied extremely hard to (the) leadership in the House in order to secure a seat on the House Armed Services Committee. We have had a representative on that committee for nearly 50 consecutive years. This is extremely vital to the military installations that we have, certainly including Fort Rucker, and my job on that committee is to not only maintain Fort Rucker but to expand the missions there. And so it is the highest priority when it comes to our military, the strength of our military, the expansion of missions and jobs in our local economy." (votesmart.org)
  • Martha Roby. Issue Position: Military. 10 October 2011. "Congress must modernize our military so we may be prepared to stop those world aggressors who seek to destroy our way of life. While she will work especially hard to ensure that Fort Rucker and Maxwell AFB have the resources they need to maintain their current role in our nation's defense, she'll also work with leaders to seek new opportunities and expansion of their missions." (votesmart.org)
  • Martha Roby. Op-Ed: Martha Roby: Washington Doesn't Get It. 7 July 2010. "Lastly, we need a stronger America, both at home and abroad. From economic stagnation to Islamic terrorism, there are many threats to our place in the world. We must constantly be vigilant and adapt to maintain our position of strength. Our military must be equipped and trained so we don't lose our edge. We must innovate and grow our economy. We must be concerned with the deterioration of the traditional family and our culture." (votesmart.org)
  • Martha Roby. Roby: After Budget Votes, "Big spenders in Washington are on the Retreat'. 14 April 2011. "Today House Republicans passed the largest reduction in federal spending in modern history. This bill--the result of countless hours of tough negotiations with Senate and White House leaders--reduces federal spending by nearly $40 billion and decreases America's debt by more than $315 billion over the next decade. Additionally, the bill guarantees funding for our military families through the end of the year. Today's vote represents a strong opening shot in the larger battle to restore fiscal responsibility in Congress." (votesmart.org)
  • Martha Roby. Where's the Budget? 50 Days and Counting. 4 June 2010. "Conservative leaders like Rep. Paul Ryan are offering real solutions to cut wasteful spending, such as canceling unspent TARP and stimulus funds, cutting non-defense spending back to 2008 levels, and reducing the government workforce. I endorse these solutions and other common sense approaches to start getting our fiscal house back in order." (votesmart.org)
  • Martha Roby. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Martha Roby voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Martha Roby. Martha Roby Announces "Better Way" Tour. 26 October 2010. "I stand for limited government, lower taxes and less regulation […] The voters of this district want a representative who is willing to fight for those beliefs--not someone who waffles around on the biggest issues of the day. It's hard to know what Bobby Bright's Democratic Party stands for besides more spending, more debt and more government." (votesmart.org)
  • Martha Roby. Issue Position: Tax Reform. 10 October 2011. "In Washington, Martha will work with those who support tax reform, focus on tax simplification and fairness and replace the entire system so those that pay taxes will keep more of what they make and not send it to Washington to finance reckless fiscal policies." (votesmart.org)
  • Martha Roby. Roby, House Colleagues Call on Sen. Reid to Deliver a Bill. 31 March 2011. "Cutting spending removes the threat of new taxes and regulation, and helps restore certainty to the economy. We need to give small business owners the confidence that they need to grow, invest, and create American jobs. Doing so will help launch a new era of market-driven prosperity and opportunity for all Americans." (votesmart.org)
  • Martha Roby. Blog: The "Recovery Summer" That Wasn't. August 31, 2010. "Small businesses and family farms are economic engines, providing jobs in our communities. Unfortunately, new taxes (like those passed in the health care bill) and burdensome regulations make businesses less profitable, and existing taxes (like the death tax) make passing a family farm or business to the next generation almost impossible. Across the country, small businesses and family farms are closing their doors because they can no longer afford the high cost of government taxation and regulation." (votesmart.org)
  • Martha Roby. Bright Opposes Making Tax Cuts Permanent; Open to Massive Tax Increase In the Near Future. 28 October 2010. "This election comes down to who you can trust in Washington: a Democrat politician who said he is proud of his party's record on spending and who is open to a massive tax increase or a conservative leader who will fight the largest tax increase in American history, reduce government and empower people, not government. I will be a strong voice in Washington." (votesmart.org)
  • Martha Roby. Editorial: Time to Demonstrate Respect for the Opinions of the American People. 7 April 2011. "We are on an unsustainable path. Without change, the future holds a toxic combination of debt, new taxes, and burdensome government regulations that together stymie small business growth, job creation, and prosperity." (votesmart.org)
  • Martha Roby. Martha Roby: Dem Economic Policies Are Stifling Job Creation. 8 October 2010. "Our economy won't come back until we start creating jobs. More spending and borrowing is not the answer. To create sustained growth, we need to provide the market with certainty about the future by returning to the proven economic policies of free enterprise, limited government, and low taxes. It is critical that we extend the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts, which, if allowed to expire now, would surely harm our fragile economy. We need to repeal the estate tax, which is set to spike to an astonishing 55 percent next year. We should repeal and replace the Democrats' 2,700-page health care law, which is packed with costly new taxes, mandates, and regulations. And we need to send the clear signal that the Democrats' cap-and-tax scheme is dead-on-arrival." (votesmart.org)
  • Martha Roby. Roby Outpaces Bright in 3rd Quarter Money Chase. October 16, 2010. "Our message is clear and direct: we stand for the Constitution, for limited government, for lower taxes and less regulation--and we're willing to fight every day to defend those principles so that hard working Americans can get our economy moving again." (votesmart.org)
  • Martha Roby. Roby Supports Historic "Path to Prosperity" Budget. 15 April 2011. "Those closely following the budget battle in Washington understand that today's historic vote represents a monumental shift in the debate over the size and power of government. For two years, Democrats have pushed to borrow more, spend more, and regulate more. Today, House Republicans passed a budget that would return our nation to a path to prosperity by cutting $6.2 trillion in spending, lowering taxes, and repairing Medicare. Conservatives have been waiting for years to deal with these big picture issues." (votesmart.org)
  • Martha Roby. Roby: After Budget Votes, "Big spenders in Washington are on the Retreat'. 14 April 2011. "Today House Republicans passed the largest reduction in federal spending in modern history. This bill--the result of countless hours of tough negotiations with Senate and White House leaders--reduces federal spending by nearly $40 billion and decreases America's debt by more than $315 billion over the next decade. Additionally, the bill guarantees funding for our military families through the end of the year. Today's vote represents a strong opening shot in the larger battle to restore fiscal responsibility in Congress." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Martha Roby. Roby's Pledge to Alabama Farmers: I'll Help Reduce Burdensome Regulations. 16 May 2011. "We in Congress are very frustrated with this agency (Environmental Protection Agency) and others that are overreaching their authority […] Every committee is intent on hearing from these agencies and reviewing how they are overburdening our farmers and small businesses. Those agencies are preventing job creation in the United States of America. We know that you (farmers) help create jobs. The government doesn't create jobs, and we won't allow this kind of activity to go unchecked." (votesmart.org)
  • Martha Roby. Liberty Central: 2010 Alabama Candidate Survey. Responded “No. The Democrats' answer to the recession is to throw money at the problem, spending billions on bailouts and stimulus, and expanding government into the private sector. Clearly this has not worked. The federal government cannot spend its way out of this mess. Instead we need to tighten our belts and put money back into the hands of those who can actually create jobs.” to the question: “Are there any circumstances under which you would vote for a program similar to TARP or other federal bailouts?” (libertycentral.s3.amazonaws.com)
  • Martha Roby. America's Debt Crisis. 7 June 2011. "Raising the debt ceiling without spending cuts--akin to simply printing more money--would likely cause the value of the dollar to plunge and the cost of imports, especially gas and oil, to increase. This would result in a significant increase to the cost of running a household or a business. The volatility and uncertainty would cause businesses to delay investing, growing, and creating new jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • Martha Roby. Creating Jobs In America. 13 June 2011. "How in the world can we expect the private sector to invest in job creation when every dime they have is going toward complying with government regulation? Companies in the United States of America are hitting the brakes on hiring and production. And to go back to the U.S. factory sector, the engine of our recovery, it had its biggest 1-month slowdown since 1984, and they showed private sector hiring dropped drastically." (votesmart.org)
  • Martha Roby. Cut Spending. 25 May 2011. "Mr. Speaker, cutting spending is critical to creating jobs. Without bold action, our budget situation will get worse, not better." (votesmart.org)
  • Martha Roby. Editorial: Time to Demonstrate Respect for the Opinions of the American People. 7 April 2011. "There is room to negotiate a path toward real cuts, but not until Democrats demonstrate that they have heard the American People and are serious about cutting spending, restoring certainty to the economy, and creating an environment where small businesses can grow and create jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • Martha Roby. Roby Supports Historic "Path to Prosperity" Budget. 15 April 2011. "A budget is more than just data, tables, and charts. It is a vision for what our country should look like for future generations of Americans. According to President Obama's budget, he believes Americans should pay more in taxes and the government should spend more money. But the American People rejected that approach. Our plan--prepared with the American people in mind and based on the principles of lower taxes, less spending, and less debt--would create an environment where small businesses can grow and create jobs, where taxpayers are free from the burden of soaring debt, and where more Americans are able pursue their highest dreams and aspirations. The passage of this budget is a big victory for the American people." (votesmart.org)
  • Martha Roby. Roby, House Colleagues Call on Sen. Reid to Deliver a Bill. 31 March 2011. "Cutting spending removes the threat of new taxes and regulation, and helps restore certainty to the economy. We need to give small business owners the confidence that they need to grow, invest, and create American jobs. Doing so will help launch a new era of market-driven prosperity and opportunity for all Americans." (votesmart.org)
  • Martha Roby. Sacrifice Today Needed for Prosperity Tomorrow. 18 February 2011. "To be clear: the goal is not austerity. Nor is it to cut simply for cutting's sake. Rather, we seek to remove the wet blankets of debt, regulation, and uncertainty that together are weighing down our economy. Once freed, small businesses will begin to invest and create jobs, jumpstarting an era of prosperity driven not by government spending, but rather by sustainable, free market growth." (votesmart.org)
  • Martha Roby. Roby Seeks to Reduce Burdensome Government Regulations on Farmers. 16 March 2011. "U.S. Rep. Martha Roby, R-Alabama, told members of the Alabama Farmers Federation in Washington today that farmers and other businesses create jobs, and she promised to help reduce government regulations that stand in their way of doing that." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Martha Roby. Bright Opposes Making Tax Cuts Permanent; Open to Massive Tax Increase In the Near Future. 28 October 2010. "The way we grow jobs and get Alabamians back to work is to keep taxes low. […] I can't tell you the number of times small business owners have told me they have the ability to hire additional employees but don't because of the uncertainty coming out of Washington. Alabamians are struggling and we need to stop this tax increase, not for a day, a month or a year, but permanently. My opponent won't make that promise to you." (votesmart.org)
  • Martha Roby. Editorial: Time to Demonstrate Respect for the Opinions of the American People. 7 April 2011. "We are on an unsustainable path. Without change, the future holds a toxic combination of debt, new taxes, and burdensome government regulations that together stymie small business growth, job creation, and prosperity. Erskine Bowles, co-chair of the president's blue ribbon fiscal commission, describes the coming storm as 'the most predictable economic crisis in history.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Martha Roby. Issue Position: Tax Reform. 10 October 2011. "Most Americans believe Washington is confiscating too much of their hard earned money. Martha agrees. Americans are overtaxed and the burden the federal tax system places on families and businesses is unfair, requiring them to work harder for their money, yet taking home less and less of it in their paychecks." (votesmart.org)
  • Martha Roby. Martha Roby Announces Additional Town Hall Meetings. 23 August 2010. "Voters throughout this district have decided to play an active role in reclaiming our country […] I'm encouraged by the number of people who have attended these events and voiced their frustrations about Washington. I hear their message loud and clear: stop spending money we do not have, stop burdening small businesses and families with increased taxes and regulation, and stop growing government." (votesmart.org)
  • Martha Roby. Martha Roby: Dem Economic Policies Are Stifling Job Creation. 8 October 2010. "Today's disappointing jobs report confirms what we already knew: our economy continues to suffer under the Democrats' failed economic policies. In the midst of a reckless spending spree, soaring debt, and job-killing regulation, small business owners lack the confidence they need to expand, invest, and hire new workers. What business owner is willing to take that risk when he fears his taxes are about to go up, or that burdensome regulations might suddenly be imposed?" (votesmart.org)
  • Martha Roby. Martha Roby: We Deserve a Congressman Who Will Fight ObamaCare at Every Step, Not Defend It. 29 October 2010. "ObamaCare does not reform health care [...] Instead, it grows government, creates uncertainty in the private sector, raises taxes, and kills jobs. We need a Congressman who is willing to stand up for us, not this destructive law. I am committed to not only defund, repeal, and replace this bill, but also to find common sense solutions to make health care more affordable, accessible, and portable." (votesmart.org)
  • Martha Roby. Roby Supports Historic "Path to Prosperity" Budget. 15 April 2011. "A budget is more than just data, tables, and charts. It is a vision for what our country should look like for future generations of Americans. According to President Obama's budget, he believes Americans should pay more in taxes and the government should spend more money. But the American People rejected that approach. Our plan--prepared with the American people in mind and based on the principles of lower taxes, less spending, and less debt--would create an environment where small businesses can grow and create jobs, where taxpayers are free from the burden of soaring debt, and where more Americans are able pursue their highest dreams and aspirations. The passage of this budget is a big victory for the American people." (votesmart.org)
  • Martha Roby. Roby, House Colleagues Call on Sen. Reid to Deliver a Bill. 31 March 2011. "Cutting spending removes the threat of new taxes and regulation, and helps restore certainty to the economy. We need to give small business owners the confidence that they need to grow, invest, and create American jobs. Doing so will help launch a new era of market-driven prosperity and opportunity for all Americans." (votesmart.org)
  • Martha Roby. The Democrat Game Plan: More Stimulus, More Job-Killing Taxes. 11 August 2010. "This must be the only play in the Democrats playbook […] Time and again Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats' answer is to spend more, and raise taxes on job creators to pay for it. That is not the way we will get our economy back on track." (votesmart.org)
  • Martha Roby. Strong Third Quarter Fundraising Numbers Show Growing Momentum for Roby Campaign. 12 October 2010. "The Democrats' economic policies of reckless spending, soaring debt, and job-killing regulation are hurting our great country, and it is time for a representative from this district to stand up and fight against their attack on our values. We need to return to the conservative principles of limited government and free enterprise that allow small business--the true engine of our economy--to invest, expand, and create jobs." (votesmart.org)

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  • Martha Roby. Issue Position: Education. 10 October 2011. "Martha has spent a lot of time listening to parents and teachers and what she's learned from these conversations is that the best ideas on education come from places like Montgomery, Dothan, Enterprise, Greenville, Eufaula and Millbrook, not Washington, D.C. As a matter of fact, it is the Washington bureaucracy that often stifles creativity and innovation from the local level and Martha knows there is a better way." (votesmart.org)
  • Martha Roby. Washington Democrats Continue Their Barrage of Misleading Negative Ads on Martha Roby. 13 October 2010. "I've made it very clear throughout this campaign that we need to find areas to reduce wasteful spending and cut inefficiency and duplication out of the federal government. The Department of Education is just one example of a place we can start to reduce the size of government. I believe the best ideas on education come from places like Deatsville and Dothan, not from Washington. Bureaucrats sitting in an office thousands of miles away do not know what's best for the child sitting in an Alabama classroom: teachers and parents do. I believe in reforming the education system by increasing local control and flexibility and making sure our federal taxpayer dollars are spent effectively in the classroom. Right now that is not happening." (votesmart.org)
  • Martha Roby. The Troy Messenger - Roby Excited with "Seat at Table.” 21 January 2011. "I strongly believe that our education system should be child-centric and parent-driven and that we must fully support our teacher's efforts in the classroom. The Congress and the Department of Education must never forget that teachers in Opp, Troy, and Prattville know how to teach our children better than bureaucrats in Washington." (votesmart.org)
  • Martha Roby. The Wetumpka Herald - Congresswoman visits Wetumpka High. 30 March 2011. "She said federal education officials control too much of what happens in local schools, when 'teachers, superintendents and parents should make decisions about your education. They know you best; not a bureaucrat in Washington.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Martha Roby. The Greenville Advocate - Visiting Roby Talks Education. 8 February 2011. "I believe you are in the best position to know what is best in educating your children [...] we need to look at ways we can get monies back into the hands of local educators, superintendents, school board members and parents. That is my philosophy." (votesmart.org)
  • Martha Roby. Letter to The Honorable Arne Duncan, Secretary, U.S. Department of Education. 1 April 2011. "I strongly believe that our local teachers and school administrators are best suited to make decisions about educating our children […]" (votesmart.org)

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  • Martha Roby. Letter to the Honorable Barack Obama, President of the United States. 1 March 2011. "In light of continuing instability in the Middle East and in North Africa, we write today to urge your Administration's immediate action to ensure America's energy security by expediting the permitting process for safe offshore energy exploration and development without further delay." (votesmart.org)
  • Martha Roby. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Martha Roby voted Yea on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Martha Roby. Weekly remarks: GOP's Martha Roby wants more domestic energy; Obama decries subsidies for Big Oil. 14 May 2011. "I am pleased to report the House has passed several measures designed to expand domestic energy production to help address the soaring gas prices. This is also important because when we’re talking about energy, we’re talking about jobs. The cost of energy is directly related to the cost of hiring workers and running a business." (latimesblogs.latimes.com)
  • Martha Roby. New Offshore Energy Exploration a Step in the Right Direction. 26 January 2012. “U.S. Rep. Martha Roby made the following comments today regarding news reports that an additional 38 million acres of the central Gulf of Mexico will be open to leasing: 'The executive branch has moved too slowly in recent years to allow new energy exploration in the Gulf of Mexico, but today's announcement by the Interior Department is a much-needed step in the right direction. Experts estimate that these 38 million acres in the central Gulf of Mexico are home to one billion barrels of oil and four trillion cubic feet of natural gas.'” (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Martha Roby. Liberty Central: 2010 Alabama Candidate Survey. Responded “Yes. I am opposed to the Cap and Trade scheme that is being pushed by the Obama administration and Nancy Pelosi.” to the question: “Do you oppose government regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?” (docs.google.com)
  • Martha Roby. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Martha Roby voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)

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  • Martha Roby. Martha Roby Applauds Supreme Court Ruling Affirming Second Amendment. 28 June 2010. "This is a victory for gun owners and freedom loving Americans everywhere. […] Law abiding citizens should have the right to own a gun for their own self-defense or any other reason. I applaud the majority's decision to affirm the individual right to own stated in the Second Amendment." (votesmart.org)
  • Martha Roby. Issue Position: 2nd Amendment. 10 October 2011. "The right to bear arms is enshrined in the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, yet this right is under constant attack throughout our nation. Martha knows there is a better way than enacting new gun control laws and believes the U.S. Justice Department should enforce the laws already on the books. Emphasis needs to be placed on keeping guns out of the hands of criminals and severely increasing the punishment for anyone convicted of committing a crime with the use of a gun. Sportsmen, hunters, gun enthusiasts and citizens concerned for their personal safety should know that Martha will always defend their right to keep and bear arms." (votesmart.org)

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  • Martha Roby. Clear Message from Roby at Debate Presents Stark Contrast with Incumbent Democrat Bright. 17 October 2011. "Not only do we need to repeal this legislation but we need to work toward real health care reform. […] This health care law in Washington has nothing to do with real health care reform. It is about government takeover of our lives." (votesmart.org)
  • Martha Roby. 2010 Alabama Candidate Survey. Responded “Yes. I am committed to repealing the Obama Health Care Bill and replacing it with real conservative reform.” to the question: “Would you support repealing the Obama Health Care Bill, including the individual mandate?” (libertycentral.s3.amazonaws.com)
  • Martha Roby. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Martha Roby voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Martha Roby. The Dothan Eagle - Through the Eyes of Rep. Martha Roby. 4 February 2011. "I have maintained from the very beginning that this health care law that has in it a mandate, a requirement, that you and I purchase certain types of insurance is unconstitutional and I agree with the judge's ruling and am very hopeful that the Supreme Court will affirm that decision." (votesmart.org)
  • Martha Roby. Creating Jobs in America. 13 June 2011. "I can't tell you how many times in these meetings--just what you are saying--in preparation for full implementation of this health care law, we are seeing businesses sit around conference tables, throwing their hands up, having to spend lots and lots of dollars that could go toward creation of jobs. But they're spending all this money just trying to figure out how this law is going to affect them and their bottom line. And it is a huge travesty. And I'm sure that each of you have had similar situations. But we know that there are free-market solutions to driving down the cost of health care in this country, and that law does nothing to do that, to increase competition and to drive down cost. But yet what we do see every time we sit down at the table with these business owners is, we see how the costs associated with implementing the law is killing them." (votesmart.org)
  • Martha Roby. Issue Position: Health Care. 10 October 2011. "Health care reform is one of the most pressing issues facing our country today, and Martha knows that a better way to achieve more affordable, portable and accessible health care is to empower people, not government. That's why she'll fight for patient-centered solutions and oppose efforts to destroy the current system of health care delivery with a government-run plan. " (votesmart.org)
  • Martha Roby. Martha Roby Releases "Roadmap" Television Ad. 28 September 2010. "Exploding deficits, new and higher taxes, government-run health care, secret deals.That's how Washington works.My Roadmap for Alabama is real conservative change.A plan to reduce spending, keep taxes low, and for common-sense health care reform." (votesmart.org)
  • Martha Roby. Martha Roby: Dem Economic Policies Are Stifling Job Creation. 8 October 2010. "We should repeal and replace the Democrats' 2,700-page health care law, which is packed with costly new taxes, mandates, and regulations." (votesmart.org)
  • Martha Roby. Martha Roby: We Deserve a Congressman Who Will Fight ObamaCare at Every Step, Not Defend It. 29 October 2010. "ObamaCare does not reform health care […] Instead, it grows government, creates uncertainty in the private sector, raises taxes, and kills jobs. We need a Congressman who is willing to stand up for us, not this destructive law. I am committed to not only defund, repeal, and replace this bill, but also to find common sense solutions to make health care more affordable, accessible, and portable." (votesmart.org)
  • Martha Roby. Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act. 19 January 2011. "Mr. Speaker, I rise today to stand with my colleagues in support of H.R. 2 that will repeal the Health Care Reform Act. Sadly, this law is less about providing health care for all citizens and more about expanding Federal Government. It translates into substantial cost, over $500 billion, that must be paid for by hardworking, tax-paying Americans. In economic hard times, it is our responsibility to ensure that this does not occur. If we do not repeal this law, our inaction will serve as nothing less than gross fiscal irresponsibility. This must not happen." (votesmart.org)
  • Martha Roby. Strong Third Quarter Fundraising Numbers Show Growing Momentum for Roby Campaign. 12 October 2010. "Here are two things Bobby Bright won't promise you, but I will […] I'll vote to repeal and replace this [health care] law. And my first vote will take away the gavel from Nancy Pelosi, so she can't block us from changing it." (votesmart.org)

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  • Martha Roby. Immigration, big government key points in Roby town hall meeting. 10 August 2010. "We have to secure our border, that’s absolutely imperative. […] But we’ve also got to enforce the laws we have on the books. I will never support any legislation with the word ‘amnesty’ in it. I support Arizona and its governor, (because) the federal government wanted full control over the issue, and it has failed. It is a national security threat.” (www2.dothaneagle.com)
  • Martha Roby. Issue Position: Immigration Reform. 10 October 2011. "Martha knows that there is a better way to immigration reform, but first Congress must act, and must act now. To assure the integrity of the immigration process, Martha opposes any legislation offering amnesty or any pathway to citizenship for anyone who has disregarded our laws and opposes any legislation creating government benefits for illegal immigrants." (votesmart.org)
  • Martha Roby. Bright Stands With Obama Administration, Opposes AZ Immigration Law. 12 July 2010. "The federal government has failed to enforce its own laws on immigration […] I stand with the people of Arizona who were forced to address this vital issue because of the inaction of the federal government." (votesmart.org)
  • Martha Roby. Clear Message from Roby at Debate Presents Stark Contrast with Incumbent Democrat Bright. 17 October 2010. "[…] ending illegal immigration starts with securing the border and supporting state and local efforts to enforce the law, such as the common sense Arizona statute that is under attack by the Obama Administration." (votesmart.org)

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  • Martha Roby. Roby Column. 21 March 2011. “President Obama’s decision to order the Justice Department to drop its defense of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is outrageous. Enacted in 1996, a bipartisan majority passed DOMA into law to define marriage as a legal union between one man and one woman. The job of the Department of Justice is to defend the laws approved by “We the People” by and through our elected representatives. […] I cosponsored a resolution that my colleagues and I introduced this week to call on the White House to reverse its decision and to begin to defend DOMA from legal challenges. I will continue to stand up for our conservative values.” (roby.house.gov)
  • Martha Roby. THE GOP'S "PLEDGE TO AMERICA". 6 September 2012. “This morning, House Republican leaders announced their "Pledge to America," which lays out their agenda for reforming Congress […] We pledge to honor families, traditional marriage, life, and the private and faith-based organizations that form the core of our American values.” (www.martharoby.com)

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  • Martha Roby. Martha Roby for Congress. 10 October 2011. "Social Security is a contract between the government and taxpayers, and we must protect and honor that contract. I oppose privatization of Social Security. I oppose raising the retirement age. I oppose cutting benefits. I oppose increasing payroll taxes." (martharoby.com)
  • Martha Roby. The Dothan Eagle - Through the Eyes of Rep. Martha Roby. 4 February 2011. "We need to do everything that we can possibly do to save Social Security, to keep the contract between those who've paid into it and the government. And certainly there are some serious family discussions that are going to have to be made in the very near future as it relates to saving Social Security." (votesmart.org)

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