By Peggy Blackburn
A crowd of about 200 attended Tuesday's Wetumpka Area Chamber of Commerce quarterly luncheon Tuesday. The day's guest speaker was Rep. Martha Roby (R-Montgomery) who represents Alabama's 2nd Congressional District, which includes Elmore County.
"There's a lot going on right now," Roby said. "Congress is in recess, so I'm spending time in the district letting everyone know what's going on.
"I want to be truthful and honest with you; and I also want to listen and answer questions."
Roby talked about newly-named Republican vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.
"I know him to be a smart, articulate man who's in this for the right reasons," she said.
Roby also discussed possible cutbacks to the U.S. Department of Defense. She said the military budget has already been sliced by $487 billion and stands to lose another $500 billion when sequestration begins in January.
Sequestration refers to a deficit reduction procedure used by the federal government. If appropriation bills passed separately by Congress result in total government spending in excess of the limits Congress earlier set in the annual budget resolution, and cannot agree on ways to decrease the total or pass a new, higher budget resolution, then an automatic cutback goes into effect.
Other topics addressed by Roby included a bi-partisan 5-year Farm Bill and efforts to return control of education to the local level.
"But the No. 1 issue is jobs and prosperity," Roby said. "We haven't seen an increase in jobs and prosperity. The government is bloated, and I believe this is a crucial time in our country."
Roby was elected to represent the 2nd Congressional District in November 2010, defeating incumbent Bobby Bright. She took office in January 2011 and seeks re-election this fall.