Roby: There have been positive outcomes

Published 2:08 am Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Six years after first being elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, Rep. Martha Roby said she feels like she has seen some positive outcomes.

“When I ran for Congress six years ago, I felt like our country was headed in the wrong direction,” she said. “There are those of you here who would say things haven’t really changed that much.

“Six years later, there is still gridlock in Washington,” she said. “I understand you are saying, ‘Why can’t Congress fix these things.,” but there have been positive outcomes.”

She said the bills reforming the Veterans Administration, and the replacement of Bush’s No Child Left Behind with the Every Child Succeeds plan have been great steps forward.

Pointing to a Bloomberg poll that shows 68 percent believe the country is headed in the wrong direction, Roby said Congress has made some strides toward progress, and hopes to achieve more with its “better way” plan.

“We want to return to Constitutionality in this country,” she said. “We want to get back to the balance of power intended by our forefathers. It is dangerous to allow overreach from the executive branch.”

Roby said Republicans believe there is a better way to fight poverty.

“We believe in personal responsibility,” shes aid. “We think there should be accountability measures in place, and ways to ensure we are rewarding work and not replacing it with additional programs.”

Other points include a flatter tax code, and less federal burdens, she said.

Turning to politics, she said, “Elections have consequences. As conservatives, we need continue to fight to help other conservatives elected.”