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  • Protecting Americans & Defeating ISIS
    Posted in Weekly Columns on December 9, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense, Veterans

    On Sunday evening, President Obama gave an address to the nation to update the American people on his ISIS strategy in light of the tragic attack in San Bernardino, California, last week. My thoughts and prayers continue to be with the people of San Bernardino, especially the victims and their families. I was extremely disappointed in the president’s address. He rolled out no change in strategy and called on Congress to revoke the 2nd Amendment rights of anyone on the no-fly list. Keep in mind p... Read more

  • My Trip to Afghanistan
    Posted in Weekly Columns on December 2, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense, Veterans

    Over the Thanksgiving holiday, I had the honor of making my third trip to Afghanistan since I’ve been in Congress. I, along with a bipartisan delegation of five other members who serve on the House Armed Services and Veterans Affairs committees, made the trip to visit with soldiers for Thanksgiving and to receive updates on security, political transitions and counter-terrorism efforts. I was especially pleased to have the opportunity to meet with a group of soldiers from Tennessee. These brave m... Read more

  • Thanksgiving
    Posted in Weekly Columns on November 25, 2015 | Preview rr

    Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks and to express gratitude for the blessings in your life. With so much unrest in the world, we’re reminded how, as Americans, we have much to be thankful for. Every day we wake up in the greatest country in the world, a country where each and every one of us is free to pursue our dreams and to build a better life for our families and for generations to come. We’re also fortunate to have the great privilege of electing our leaders, and I am thankful for the op... Read more

  • Protecting Our Homeland and Eradicating ISIS
    Posted in Weekly Columns on November 18, 2015 | Preview rr

    Last Friday, radical Islamic terrorism sadly reared its ugly head in Paris, France, claiming the lives or more than 130 innocent people. My thoughts and prayers continue to be with the French people, especially the loved ones of the innocent victims who were wounded or killed. ISIS was quick to take responsibility for this horrific attack, which occurred just after President Obama claimed the terrorist organization was geographically contained in Iraq and Syria. ISIS may not be gaining any new g... Read more

  • A Celebration of Service
    Posted in Weekly Columns on November 10, 2015 | Preview rr

    Veterans Day is a powerful reminder of our nation’s commitment to veterans and their families. We must always remember the sacrifice of the brave men and women who have defended this great country and the freedoms we hold dear. Over the last year and a half, we’ve heard many horror stories about the Department of Veterans Affairs, and too often I’ve found myself outraged at the abysmal treatment of the heroes who have dedicated their lives to serving our country. I’ve worked tirelessly with my c... Read more

  • Long-Term Funding for Roads and Bridges
    Posted in Weekly Columns on November 4, 2015 | Preview rr

    This summer, I wrote a column regarding the condition of the roads and bridges in our state and the work Congress was doing to pass a long-term highway funding bill. According to the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT), there are more than 19,000 bridges in our state, many that need serious rehabilitation to remain safe for use. Tennesseans rely on roads and bridges every day, especially in East Tennessee. I am proud to say that this week, the House will pass an important long-term bil... Read more

  • Interoperable Electronic Health Records for Veterans and Military a Priority
    Posted in Weekly Columns on October 28, 2015 | Preview rr

    This week, I participated in a very important joint hearing held by the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations and the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform’s Subcommittee on Information Technology. The hearing examined the interoperability of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Department of Defense’s (DoD) electronic health records system, an issue I’ve worked on for several years. Just last month, the MITRE Corporation presented ... Read more

  • Using Reconciliation to Dismantle the President’s Health Care Law & Protect Human Life
    Posted in Weekly Columns on October 21, 2015 | Preview rr

    Earlier this year, for the first time in more than a decade, both the House and Senate agreed on a budget that balances over 10 years. By agreeing to a budget, Congress now has the opportunity to use a powerful tool called reconciliation, and will use it this week when the House brings the Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act up for a vote. This legislation will dismantle ObamaCare and protect taxpayers’ longstanding respect of human life by taking tax dollars from abortion... Read more

  • Opioid Abuse is a Threat to Public Health & Must be Addressed
    Posted in Weekly Columns on October 14, 2015 | Preview rr

    In September, the Tennessee Department of Health released some disturbing statistics about opioid overdoses in our state. 1,263 Tennesseans died from opioid overdoses in 2014 alone, meaning nearly 100 more deaths were caused by opioid overdoses across the state last year than in 2013. I am deeply concerned by this epidemic and believe we need to take action in light of these staggering numbers. As an OBGYN, I’ve seen firsthand what addiction can do not only to adults, but also to their children,... Read more

  • Utilizing U.S. Energy Resources Good for Economy, Families
    Posted in Weekly Columns on October 7, 2015 | Preview rr

    One of the most important sectors of the American economy is not being utilized to its full potential. The U.S. energy industry – if given the chance – could give our economy a much-needed boost by creating good-paying jobs around the country and lowering the cost of energy for many American families. That’s why, this week, the House of Representatives is acting on two important pieces of energy legislation. These bills will boost the economy, lower the cost of fuel for families and eliminate ba... Read more