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  • The State of the Union
    Posted in Weekly Columns on January 13, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & Economy, Energy, Health Care, Second Amendment

    Tuesday evening President Obama delivered his final State of the Union address. This speech was different than other State of the Union addresses given by President Obama because he didn’t really get deep into any specific policy proposals or ask Congress to act. In this year’s address, like those in the past, the president said some things I agreed with and also some things I disagreed with. The president did call on Congress to put partisan politics aside and work together, which we all agree ... Read more

  • Roe Addresses Constituents After President Obama's Final State of the Union
    Posted in Press Releases on January 12, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes, Education, Abortion, Budget, Defense, Jobs & Economy, Energy, Health Care, Immigration, Second Amendment, Veterans

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Tonight, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. addressed his constituents in a video message after President Obama delivered his final State of the Union speech. Roe discussed the Second Amendment, the fight against terrorism and several other priorities in Congress in the upcoming year. To watch, click here. The script as prepared for delivery is below as well. Tonight, during his State of the Union address, we heard from President Obama on his priorities for his final year in office. It’s no ... Read more

  • Roe Opposes Omnibus Spending Bill
    Posted in Press Releases on December 18, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Budget, Jobs & Economy

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN) released the following statement after voting against the omnibus spending package: "While I respect the work Speaker Ryan and Chairman Rogers did to try to negotiate the best deal possible with House and Senate Democrats, I strongly believe one of the most serious issues facing our country right now is the security of our homeland. Unfortunately, this bill did not go far enough to ensure the protection of Americans, and I was disappointed no ... Read more

  • Setting the Stage for a Productive 2016
    Posted in Weekly Columns on December 18, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes, Education, Abortion, Budget, Defense, Jobs & Economy, Energy, Health Care, Immigration, Second Amendment, Veterans

    This week, the House passed – with my support – important legislation to make many of the tax credits and deductions hardworking families rely on permanent. This bill brings certainty to the tax code by permanently extending several important expiring tax breaks that encourage charitable giving, small business capital investment and research and development. The bill also paves the way for comprehensive tax reform by moving away from year-to-year tax policy extensions, allowing Congress to focus... Read more

  • Long-Term Highway Bill Passes House With Roe’s Support
    Posted in Press Releases on December 3, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & Economy

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN) released the following statement after voting in support of the conference report for H.R. 22, the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act: "This bipartisan, bicameral, five-year highway funding bill brings certainty in transportation planning to state and local governments, while eliminating bureaucracy to allow states to invest funds where they need it most. This bill will provide much-needed certainty and resources to start th... Read more

  • Small Businesses: the Backbone of the American Economy
    Posted in Weekly Columns on April 29, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes, Jobs & Economy

    May 4-8 is National Small Business Week, which is intended to encourage all of us to recognize the contributions of the small business community to the American economy. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, Tennessee has more than 500,000 small businesses that employ more than 1 million people. These job creators are the backbone of the American economy and I am proud of the entrepreneurs in Tennessee and around the country. Small businesses are burdened with hours upon hours of ... Read more

  • Roe Statement on House Budget Proposals
    Posted in Press Releases on March 25, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes, Education, Budget, Defense, Jobs & Economy, Energy, Health Care

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN) voted in support of both the Republican Study Committee and House Budget Committee budget proposals. Roe released the following statement: “For far too long, politicians in Washington on both sides of the aisle have put the tough choices off to the next budget year or the next Congress, really just leaving them for the next generation,” said Roe. “That stops now. Unlike President Obama, House Republicans are committed to developing policies th... Read more

  • Roe Votes to Protect Workers’ Rights
    Posted in Press Releases on March 19, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & Economy

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN) spoke on the House floor and voted in support of S.J. Res. 8, a joint resolution to overturn the National Labor Relation Board’s ambush election rule. Earlier this year, Roe joined House Speaker John Boehner, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline and Senators Lamar Alexander and Mike Enzi to introduce this joint resolution of Congress to stop the rule’s implementation. The contr... Read more

  • Roe, Cassidy, Alexander Push To Protect Millions of Employees From Losing Self-Insured Health Care Plans
    Posted in Press Releases on March 18, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & Economy, Health Care

    WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Phil Roe (R-TN) joined Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Senate HELP Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) to introduce the Self-Insurance Protection Act (SIPA) in the U.S House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. This bill would ensure that employers can continue providing quality health benefits to their employees through self-insured group health plans. The bill is co-sponsored by Senators Barrasso, Burr, Coats, Isakson, Roberts and Rubio. Many employers... Read more

  • Time to Build
    Posted in Weekly Columns on February 11, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & Economy, Energy

    For six years, President Obama jumped from one political excuse to another as he has worked to prevent construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. The first application for the pipeline was submitted in September 2008. Since that time, the State Department has completed five reviews of the project, all finding that construction of the pipeline would be good for the economy and safe for the environment. The most recent analysis was released more than a year ago in January 2014. This report conclude... Read more