Sunday, November 24, 2013

Better know a politician: Martha Roby

Name: Martha Roby

Political party: Republican

State: Alabama

District: Alabama's 2nd Congressional District (AL-2)

Current position: Member of Congress

Tenure: 2011-present

Previous position: Member, Montgomery City Council 2003-2011

Future position: Roby is running for re-election in 2014 in the U.S. House of Representatives.  Because of her age and general conservativeness of Alabama, Roby should be considered as a potential candidate to run for Senate in the future, as well.

Previous election:
2012 Alabama 2nd Congressional District:
Martha Roby (R): 63.6%
Therese Ford (D): 36.3%

Future election: The next election for this district will be November 4, 2014.  As of now, Roby does not have an announced challenger.

Leadership: Member, House Committee on Armed Services
Member, House Committee on Agriculture
Member, House Committee on Education and the Workforce

Fundraising, 2014 cycle:
Raised: $502,600
Spent: $209,341
Cash on hand: $484,686

Top 5 contributors, 2014 cycle:
1. Smith's Inc: $11,000
2. Every Republican is Crucial PAC: $10,000
3. Lba Properties: $7,700
4. United Technologies: $7,500
5. Home Depot: $7,500

Issues/Positions

Abortions

  • Pro-life
  • Introduced a bill to defund Planned Parenthood, saying that the more money Planned Parenthood received, the more abortions they would perform
  • Believes life begins at fertilization
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 3 in the 112th Congress to prohibit any taxpayer funding used for abortions
  • Voted in favor of prohibiting federal health coverage from providing abortions
  • Voted in favor of prohibiting family assistance that covers abortions
  • Voted to ban abortions based on race or gender selection
Animal rights/welfare
  • Rated 0% by the Humane Society Legislative Fund (HSLF) indicating an anti-animal rights/welfare record
  • Voted against an amendment that would have ended limited funding for the Endangered Species Act
Budget/economy/taxes
  • Is in favor of a constitutional amendment that requires a balanced budget
  • Supports the taxpayer protection pledge
  • Believes Americans are overtaxed and that we should abolish the IRS
  • While on city council, she supported a sales tax holiday
  • Supported a 10 cent cigarette tax increase
  • Does not believe we should cut defense spending, in order to balance the budget
  • Supported the Paul Ryan budget
  • Supports cutting spending to pre-2008 levels, except defense spending
  • Does not support tax increase on any tax bracket to help balance the budget
  • Supports the repeal of the estate tax
  • Does not think that government spending can stimulate the economy
  • Supported making the Bush tax cuts permanent
  • Taxes on the high income tax brackets are taxes on the job creators
Civil Rights
  • Voted against reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act
  • Thinks that DOMA should be the law of the land
  • Rated 0% by the Human Rights Campaign, indicating an anti-LGBT voting record
  • Voted against an amendment which would repeal indefinite military detention
  • Did not support the Amash Amendment to curtail metadata gathering
  • Rated 0% by the American Civil Liberties Union, indicating an anti-civil liberties voting record
  • Voted to extend the USA PATRIOT Act for roving wiretaps
Corporations
  • Rated 0% by UFCW indicating a pro-management voting record
  • Rated 97% by U.S. Chamber of Commerce indicating a pro-business voting record
  • Rated 100% by National Federation of Independent Businesses, indicating a pro-business voting record
  • Wants to repeal a number of regulations, believing that many businesses are being over regulated
Education
  • Believes that the Department of Education has overreach into colleges, universities, and other institutions of higher learning
  • Believes that voluntary school prayer should be allowed
  • Believes (maybe) that we should abolish the Department of Education
Energy/Environment
  • Does not think the federal government should regulate greenhouse gas emissions
  • Opposes cap and trade
  • Voted to bar the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gas emissions
  • Signed a pledge to oppose any climate tax
  • Voted in favor of expanding offshore drilling
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 3, the Northern Route Act, which would approve the construction, operation, and maintenance of the Keystone XL Pipeline
  • Voted in favor of the No More Solyndras Act
  • Voted against the amendment that required oil and fuel transported by the Keystone Pipeline to stay in America.  
  • Made a floor speech saying that the oil from the tar sands of Alberta would be shipped to China
Foreign Policy
  • Has a -2 rating from AAI, indicating an anti-Arab, anti-Palestine voting record
  • Voted against removing troops from Afghanistan
  • Thinks there should be more sanctions on Iran
  • Did not support military action in Syria because wanted to know an end game in Syria
Health care
  • Has voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act
  • Believes the individual mandate is unconstitutional
  • Believes the Affordable Care Act is government run program
Immigration
  • Will not support any immigration reform that calls for amnesty
  • Believes we should secure the border
Welfare
  • Wants to reinstitute the work for welfare requirements
  • Voted for the Farm Bill in the House that cut $39 billion from the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP)

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