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  • Happy Thanksgiving
    Posted in Weekly Columns on November 22, 2018 | Preview rr

    This Thanksgiving, I encourage you to give thanks for all the many blessings you have in your life no matter how big or small. As Americans we have so much to be grateful for. We have freedom that many around the world do not have, and it is all because of the men and women who selflessly serve in our armed forces. Many of our soldiers cannot be with their friends and families this holiday, but they should always hold a special place in our thoughts and prayers. Since its official proclamation i... Read more

  • A Reflection on the Past and Look Forward at the Future
    Posted in Weekly Columns on November 15, 2018 | Preview rr

    As we reflect upon Veterans Day and on the 100th Anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I, our nation is reminded about the importance of showing gratitude to those who served to protect our freedoms. As a U.S. Army veteran, I have no higher commitment than taking care of our active duty military, their families and our veterans. Every servicemember deserves to be honored because we are forever indebted to them for their sacrifices to defend our nation. When I was selected by my colle... Read more

  • A Thriving Economy
    Posted in Weekly Columns on October 31, 2018 | Preview rr

    Beginning in the fall of 2008, America suffered through the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. Millions of Americans lost their jobs and their life savings, and the economy was stuck in reverse. In the 10 years since, progress has been made in bringing jobs back, but in the last two years the recovery has finally started to boost confidence in East Tennessee. This is the first time since I can remember that we’ve had more jobs openings than job seekers, and earlier this year we h... Read more

  • Working to Eliminate Veteran Suicide
    Posted in Weekly Columns on October 24, 2018 | Preview rr

    The men and women in our armed forces provide an invaluable service to our nation; protecting us from danger and ensuring we can keep the freedoms we hold dear. Unfortunately, all too often when these same men and women return home from war or after separating from service, they feel left behind with nowhere to turn. As a Vietnam-era veteran, I saw many of the young men with whom I served return from overseas to protests and a nation that did not appear to want to welcome them home or appreciate... Read more

  • 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