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  • The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act
    Posted in Weekly Columns on November 15, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes

    If you had an extra $1,182, what would you do with it? That’s the additional income the average household of four earning $59,000 see in their paycheck under H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. This bill will deliver the tax cuts President Trump and Republicans promised and American families deserve. Our bill, which passed the House today, will help create jobs, increase wages and bring greater economic prosperity to Tennessee. Currently, our tax code is unnecessarily long and confusing. This bil... Read more

  • Veterans Day
    Posted in Weekly Columns on November 8, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    This weekend, Americans will observe Veterans Day, a day on which we honor the brave men and women who fought for our country. Since coming to Congress, I have proudly served on the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee; and earlier this year was given the privilege and responsibility to serve as its Chairman. As a veteran myself, I take the commitment we’ve made to veterans and their families very seriously. Veterans Day is a powerful reminder of how our nation’s liberty has been secured and preser... Read more

  • Protecting Seniors’ Access to Care
    Posted in Weekly Columns on November 1, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    This week, the House is acting once again to protect Americans from one of the worst features of Obamacare by taking up my bipartisan bill, H.R. 849, the Protecting Seniors’ Access to Medicare Act, legislation I introduced with Rep. Raul Ruiz, M.D. (D-CA). This legislation, which the House will consider on Thursday, would repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB). The bill has 270 cosponsors, including 45 Democrats. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again: the only thing bipartisan ab... Read more

  • Roe: Veterans Deserve Quality Care
    Posted in Weekly Columns on October 26, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    Since I began service as Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs (HVAC) at the beginning of the 115th Congress, I’ve worked tirelessly to improve care and services for veterans in East Tennessee and across the nation. As a physician and veteran myself, one of my top priorities is ensuring that veterans’ needs are at the center of every decision made by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). President Trump has also made improving VA a key focus of his administration, and the resul... Read more

  • Roe: We Must Hold Iran Accountable
    Posted in Weekly Columns on October 18, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense

    Last week, President Trump announced his decision, after months of careful review and consideration, to re-evaluate the Obama administration’s Iran nuclear deal, called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, and set our country on a course to correct the flaws of the previous administration’s policy. I’ve opposed the Iran nuclear agreement since day one because this agreement is bad for national security and greatly threatens the future of the United States and our regional allies, particularly... Read more

  • Relief from Obamacare
    Posted in Weekly Columns on October 12, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    This week, President Trump signed an executive order to allow the purchase of health insurance across state lines while easing some of the restrictions set by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) – also known as Obamacare – so patients can shop for coverage they can afford. State Street in Bristol perfectly illustrates why restrictions on purchasing coverage from another state make no sense –Tennesseans can’t purchase health insurance from a business on the other side of the street. I thank President T... Read more

  • Life is Valuable
    Posted in Weekly Columns on October 4, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Abortion

    I want to begin this week’s column by acknowledging the horrific and senseless act of violence that occurred over the weekend in Las Vegas as a gunman shot and killed 59 innocent people and injured more than 500 as they attended the Route 91 Festival Sunday night. I am heartbroken and praying for the city of Las Vegas, all of the victims and their families. I would also like to again express my gratitude to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, first responders and the local authorities ... Read more

  • Framework for Tax Reform
    Posted in Weekly Columns on September 28, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes

    As I’ve said time and time again, our tax code is in desperate need of an update. Over the last 31 years, when our last comprehensive tax overhaul took place, our tax system has remained largely unchanged. Worse, it’s become so complex that it’s hard for many Americans to navigate. For example, there are over 12 different overlapping tax benefits related to education alone, which means families are tackling 100 pages of instructions to manage tuition costs. An overhaul in our tax code is necessa... Read more

  • My Week in the First District
    Posted in Weekly Columns on September 20, 2017 | Preview rr

    This week, the House is out of session, which means I am home in East Tennessee doing what I enjoy most – listening to East Tennesseans’ views on the many issues facing our country. Learning about what our community needs – from tax reform to health care to immigration to taking care of our veterans – is critical to my work in Congress and to ensuring the views of East Tennesseans are being heard in Washington. I started the week in Sevier County with a number of our local officials to discuss e... Read more

  • We Will Never Forget
    Posted in Weekly Columns on September 14, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense

    Sixteen years ago this week, on September 11, 2001, America was attacked by radical Islamic terrorists. That morning will forever be seared into my mind as nearly 3,000 of our fellow citizens were murdered in New York, Washington, and Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Two years ago, I had the opportunity to visit the National September 11 Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center site in New York and pay my respects to those who lost their lives. It is an incredibly moving tribute and I encourage a... Read more