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  • Defending the Sanctity of Life
    Posted in Weekly Columns on January 17, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Abortion

    As an OB-GYN who has delivered nearly 5,000 babies, I strongly support the sanctity of life. I have seen firsthand that life is a precious and beautiful miracle that begins at conception, and I am honored to stand with the pro-life community. This week, thousands of pro-life activists will make their way to Washington, D.C. for the March for Life to mark the sad anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision; a misguided ruling on abortion that forever changed our country. The first Mar... Read more

  • A Stronger America for Future Generations
    Posted in Weekly Columns on January 10, 2018 | Preview rr

    This week I had the privilege and honor of joining President Trump on Air Force One to travel to Nashville where the president addressed the American Farm Bureau Federation Convention. In person, President Trump is very engaging. He has a strong sense of what he wants to accomplish for the American people, and his agenda aligns very well with what we prioritize in East Tennessee. During our trip, we were able to discuss several issues of importance with the president, including how we are workin... Read more

  • New Year Brings New Hope for East Tennesseans
    Posted in Weekly Columns on January 3, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes, Jobs & Economy

    As we begin the New Year, I want to take a moment to share my gratitude for the opportunity you’ve given me to serve you in Congress. While there’s no question there’s still much to do, I’m proud of the progress we’ve made toward delivering on our promises to improve the lives of all Americans. On December 22, President Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act into law, the first major overhaul of our tax code in more than three decades. By seizing this once-in-a-generation opportunity to provide ... Read more

  • Merry Christmas
    Posted in Weekly Columns on December 20, 2017 | Preview rr

    This week, Christians around the world are preparing to celebrate Christmas and the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ, who came into the world to give us the gift of eternal life. I am very thankful to be able to spend this time each year reflecting on the blessings that God has given each and every one of us. While Christmas is a special celebration of faith, I know this time of year can be difficult for many. As we gather together with family and friends, it’s important to remember those who a... Read more

  • The PROSPER Act
    Posted in Weekly Columns on December 14, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education

    Quality education for all learners, no matter their age or stage in life, is the tool that keeps the American Dream alive for generation after generation. For more and more Americans, education doesn’t end when they receive their high school diploma with many of today’s most high-paying, highly-skilled jobs requiring some sort of degree or certificate from an institution of higher education. Unfortunately, at a time when our country is still bouncing back from a recession, the American workforce... Read more

  • Our Second Amendment Rights
    Posted in Weekly Columns on December 6, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Second Amendment

    As a member of Congress, one of my most sacred duties is to uphold and defend our nation’s Constitution. Every time I cast a vote on the House floor, I ask myself, “Will this policy make America more or less free?” As the great President Ronald Reagan once said, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.” This is something I reflect on often as I strive to leave our children and grandchildren with a fair system of governing that prioritizes personal freedoms in the same way... Read more

  • Finishing 2017 Strong
    Posted in Weekly Columns on November 29, 2017 | Preview rr

    This week, Congress returned to Washington with a full to-do list after spending time with family and friends over Thanksgiving. While there is a lot on our plate, I’m confident we can work together to get the results the American people deserve. This week, the Senate is expected to consider their tax reform bill, and I am very hopeful we will soon be able to begin the process of reconciling our two bills to deliver on one of President Trump’s most important agenda items. Tax reform will help Ea... Read more

  • Happy Thanksgiving
    Posted in Weekly Columns on November 22, 2017 | Preview rr

    This Thanksgiving, I encourage you to take a moment to give thanks for the many blessings we have simply by living in this great country. The freedoms and liberties we experience as Americans shouldn’t be taken for granted, and we owe it all to the men and women who serve in our armed forces. Every Thanksgiving, I say a special prayer for the brave servicemembers who are serving our nation overseas. They cannot be with their families and friends here in the States, but they should be in our thou... Read more

  • 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