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  • USMCA: A Bold, Fair Trade Deal
    Posted in Weekly Columns on July 9, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & Economy

    The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) went into effect last week on July 1. This bold trade deal is the culmination of the Trump administration’s efforts to modernize the 26-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and ensure American businesses and workers are in the best position to compete. Our country still has a long way to go until we defeat the coronavirus, and our economy will likely feel the effects of this virus for years to come. But the USMCA is a win for hard... Read more

  • Independence Day
    Posted in Weekly Columns on July 1, 2020 | Preview rr

    On July 4, we will celebrate the birth of American independence, when 56 representatives from the 13 original states pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor to support the Declaration of Independence. Now, 244 years later, the vision of these founders still lives on in the United States of America. The future of our great country is determined by every new generation. Each generation must decide if our country will recommit itself to the values of liberty and justice for all o... Read more

  • Community Trust and Law Enforcement
    Posted in Weekly Columns on June 24, 2020 | Preview rr

    In the weeks since George Floyd’s death at the hands of a police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota, our country has debated how to ensure that police officers are best serving our communities. As I have said before, the overwhelming majority of law enforcement officers are good men and women, and the actions of a few bad actors are not representative of all officers. However, we also recognize that the actions of bad officers erode community trust and make it harder for good officers to do their... Read more

  • Reasons for Cautious Optimism
    Posted in Weekly Columns on June 18, 2020 | Preview rr

    Our country has made great strides in our fight against the coronavirus, and we are finally starting to hear good news. America is reopening, people are returning to work, and we are learning more and more about how to defeat this virus every day. Our economy is still recovering from the forced shutdown implemented to slow the spread of the virus, but we have reason for cautious optimism. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that nationwide employment rose by 2.5 million in May, and the u... Read more

  • Ensuring Quality Health Care Returns
    Posted in Weekly Columns on June 10, 2020 | Preview rr

    As a physician, I understand what a difficult job health care providers have had during this public health crisis. Despite the risks of becoming sick themselves, these workers are continuing to show up every day to care for patients and put the needs of others above their own. Unfortunately, many providers have temporarily lost their jobs or seen reduced pay because of state and local restrictions on elective procedures, as well as patients’ own reluctance to seek out care during the pandemic. O... Read more

  • Peace for Our Nation
    Posted in Weekly Columns on June 3, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Coronavirus

    Last week, George Floyd, a black man in Minneapolis, Minnesota, died after a police officer knelt on his neck for nearly 9 minutes. His death has ignited anger and has been the catalyst for protests around our country, some right here in the First Congressional District. I completely understand why this incident is so painful for so many in our country. George Floyd was murdered in broad daylight by an officer of the law. The video leaves no room for doubt. Mr. Floyd’s family has every reason to... Read more

  • Back to Work in Washington
    Posted in Weekly Columns on May 27, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Coronavirus

    This week, the House of Representatives began to conduct normal legislative business for the first time since March. Prior to this week, the House had only met a handful of times over the past two months to vote on emergency coronavirus relief packages. I strongly supported these bipartisan packages like the CARES Act, which offered critical support to individuals and businesses during this public health crisis. Now that our country is starting to reopen, it’s time for Congress to get back to wo... Read more

  • Memorial Day: Honoring Our Heroes
    Posted in Weekly Columns on May 20, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    On Monday, our nation will pause in observance of Memorial Day to honor the servicemembers we have lost in the line of duty. This day is a stark reminder of the cost of our freedoms, and a time to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country as well as the families they leave behind. Due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis, this Memorial Day will look different than in previous years. Although we may not be able to gather together like we typically would with our neighbors, ... Read more

  • Reopening Tennessee Safely
    Posted in Weekly Columns on May 14, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Coronavirus

    The state of Tennessee has begun to carefully and safely reopen over the past couple of weeks following the expiration of Governor Lee’s Safer at Home order on April 30, and I have been encouraged by the results we’ve seen so far. Our restaurants are able to start serving customers, hospitals have resumed elective procedures, and churches are considering steps to resume regular services. I agree with the governor’s decision to reopen the state, and I am committed to providing the state, individu... Read more

  • Serving Tennesseans During This Crisis
    Posted in Weekly Columns on May 7, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Coronavirus

    I have heard it said that we get to see who people really are during difficult times. I believe this is true, and I have been encouraged over the past several weeks by the way our communities have responded to the coronavirus crisis. I have heard story after story of people helping their high-risk neighbors shop for groceries, schools working to provide meals to hungry students and communities coming together to provide essentials for those who have lost their jobs. I particularly want to recogn... Read more