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  • Taking Action Against the Opioid Crisis
    Posted in Weekly Columns on October 17, 2018 | Preview rr

    One of the great tragedies our nation is experiencing right now, particularly in East Tennessee, is the ongoing crisis involving opioid abuse. Opioids include legal prescription painkillers, such as OxyContin; illegal drugs, like heroin; and synthetic drugs, such as fentanyl. It is still shocking to me that just last year more Tennesseans died from a drug overdose than in car accidents. Chances are you know someone – a friend, a family member, a coworker – who has been affected by this crisis. T... Read more

  • Putting “America First” in our Trade Deals
    Posted in Weekly Columns on October 10, 2018 | Preview rr

    President Donald Trump has repeatedly promised to put “America First” in his policies, and there is a lot of evidence he is delivering on that promise. Earlier this year, the President announced he was willing to withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement between the United States, Mexico and Canada unless Mexico and Canada renegotiated terms of the agreement. The President also warned those countries they could be subjected to tariffs if trade talks fail. Last week, President Trump a... Read more

  • Health Insurance Costs are Dropping Under Republican Leadership
    Posted in Weekly Columns on October 3, 2018 | Preview rr

    As a physician with more than 30 years of experience and co-chair of the House GOP Doctors Caucus, I am working to ensure every American has access to the health care they need and coverage they can afford. It’s not just a priority for me – it’s been my life’s work. That’s why I’ve stayed committed to repealing Obamacare and replacing it with free-market, patient-centered care. The goal of Obamacare was to provide affordable health care to every American, a goal we all support. Although access t... Read more

  • Providing the Resources We Need to Fight Opioids, Strengthen Our Military and Fund Medical Research
    Posted in Weekly Columns on September 26, 2018 | Preview rr

    Later this week, the fiscal year ends, and Congress is making progress on the appropriations process. Two weeks ago, we passed legislation that funds the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department of Energy, the Army Corps of Engineers and several other related agencies. Today, the House is taking up legislation that provides a full year of funding for the Department of Defense (DoD), the Department of Labor, the Department of Education, and the Department of Health and Human Services. This ... Read more

  • Time to Stand Up For Workers’ Rights
    Posted in Weekly Columns on September 19, 2018 | Preview rr

    Earlier this month, we celebrated Labor Day, which is a fitting time to look back on the historic growth that has benefited America’s labor force over the last year, as well as an opportunity to look at how we can improve the workplace for American workers. Since President Trump was inaugurated, our economy has experienced excellent economic growth thanks to his leadership and the work of congressional Republicans. One of our greatest achievements in the last two years has been the Tax Cuts and ... Read more

  • Wages Are Up and Opportunities Are Increasing
    Posted in Weekly Columns on September 12, 2018 | Preview rr

    Since the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was signed into law, we have seen story after story about employers improving benefit packages, giving employees bonuses and creating new jobs – not to mention the significant tax relief that nearly every American will experience as a result of the law. Despite these positive benefits, critics of the law have said it did not do enough to increase wages. In fact, wages are now rising at the fastest rate since 2009, and consumer confidence is nearing an 18-year high... Read more

  • Roe Reflects on Visit to the U.S. Southern Border
    Posted in Weekly Columns on September 6, 2018 | Preview rr

    Since the day Donald Trump took office, one of his priorities has been to strengthen our border security and reform our immigration system. His administration has enforced the immigration laws that are on the books that were ignored by previous administrations, and he has been vocal about building a wall on our southern border. There’s no question our immigration system is broken, and I’ve said time and time again that the first step to fixing our broken system - in addition to enforcing current... Read more

  • Lowering the Cost of Care and Increasing Coverage Options for East Tennesseans
    Posted in Weekly Columns on August 22, 2018 | Preview rr

    Since its passage, we’ve seen promise after promise broken when it comes to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the care it was supposed to provide all Americans. The ACA, or Obamacare, has been an abysmal failure. Under Obamacare, Tennesseans were promised more coverage options, lower costs and an easier-to-navigate health care market. What we got was the opposite: higher premiums, fewer plans and a more restrictive system that makes it difficult for patients and their families to shop for a plan... Read more

  • Rebuilding Our Military and Improving Care and Benefits for Veterans
    Posted in Weekly Columns on August 8, 2018 | Preview rr

    Since serving in Congress, I’ve repeatedly said there are three groups I’ll never apologize for supporting: the men and women of our Armed Forces who put themselves in harm’s way to keep us free; veterans who have honorably served our country; and farmers because of the work they do day in and day out to keep our food supply strong. On Thursday, July 26, I cast one of the most important votes I take each year – a vote to send a bill to the president’s desk to provide funding for our military. Th... Read more

  • The Youth Mental Health Services Act
    Posted in Weekly Columns on July 25, 2018 | Preview rr

    As a father and grandfather with two school-aged grandchildren, I want to do everything I can to help ensure schools are as safe as possible. I understand firsthand the concerns of family members of school-aged children, and my heart breaks when I think about those who have witnessed violence in their schools. East Tennesseans have a lot of good ideas about the changes that need to be made to ensure school safety. In the last several months, I’ve held roundtables, town halls and forums to hear f... Read more