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  • 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

  • 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