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December 05, 2013   Email to Friend 

Debra Davis
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December 05, 2013

U.S. Representative Martha Roby, R-Ala., has accepted an assignment to the House Committee on Appropriations.

WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 5, 2013 — U.S. Representative Martha Roby, R-Ala., has accepted an assignment to the House Committee on Appropriations, a development she called a challenging responsibility but a unique opportunity.

"I am honored to accept a position on the House Committee on Appropriations, and I appreciate the confidence my colleagues have placed in me by selecting me to serve in this capacity," said Roby, who represents Alabama's 2nd Congressional District. "Appropriations has oversight on the whole range of government spending. This new role provides a unique opportunity to push for the kind of conservative spending priorities that will put us on a sustainable financial path for future generations."

Roby's assignment became official after it was approved by the House Republican Steering Committee on Wednesday. Two other members of Congress — Reps. Mark Amodei, R-Nev., and Chris Stewart, R-Utah, — also received assignments to the committee. The vacancies were created by the resignations of Reps. Jo Bonner, R-Ala., and Rodney Alexander, R-La., and the death of Rep. Bill Young, R-Fla.

Alabama Farmers Federation President Jimmy Parnell said Roby's conservative wisdom will be missed on the House Committee on Agriculture; however, her new role will continue to benefit farmers and all Alabamians.

"Congressman Roby has done an outstanding job representing Alabama farmers on the Ag Committee for the past three years," Parnell said. "Her work on the farm bill and other issues important to our members has been extremely valuable. While we regret losing such a strong advocate on the Ag Committee, we are very pleased she will be joining Congressman Robert Aderholt [R-Ala.] on the House Committee on Appropriations. I'm convinced serving on this committee will allow Congressman Roby to continue to be a great champion of Alabama farmers. Her common-sense approach to reducing deficit spending, while recognizing the important role farmers play in feeding our nation, makes her a perfect fit for this important new committee assignment.”

Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers, R-Ky., welcomed the new members today in a statement.

“I am pleased to welcome U.S. Reps. Amodei, Roby and Stewart to the Committee, and look forward to working side-by-side with them as we tackle our formidable work ahead. Members of the Appropriations Committee have tough jobs to do, and [they] have a great responsibility to properly fund the federal government and support the well-being of the nation,” Rogers said. “These dedicated public servants have proven their commitment to the responsible shepherding of federal tax dollars, to the regular appropriations process, and to both the people of their districts and the American people as a whole.”

With this move, Roby will no longer serve on the House Armed Services Committee, the House Agriculture Committee or the House Education and the Workforce Committee. However, Roby said she remains committed to supporting the district’s unique military, agricultural and educational interests.

"Congress is working in a budget-constrained environment for the foreseeable future, and we must make sure every dollar spent is spent wisely," she said. "After numerous discussions with senior colleagues in Congress and stakeholders in my state, I’m convinced having a seat on the Appropriations Committee will afford me more — not less — influence on issues that matter to the people of Alabama’s Second District."

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