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  • Choosing Greatness
    Posted in Weekly Columns on February 6, 2019 | Preview rr

    On Tuesday evening, I had the honor of attending the State of the Union address to listen to President Trump’s agenda for the upcoming year. Our country is stronger than it has been in decades thanks to his leadership, and America’s businesses and workers. Our economy is booming, our job market is thriving, and our country safe and secure. Two years ago, many East Tennesseans were worried about the future of our country and this president has restored the hope for them. During his speech the pre... Read more

  • Next Steps for Border Security
    Posted in Weekly Columns on January 30, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    Last Friday, President Trump ended the partial government shutdown by agreeing to a short-term, three-week bill that allows federal workers to receive their paychecks while Congress debates a homeland and border security package. While I am pleased federal workers will receive their paychecks, nothing has changed with respect to our country’s border security needs. I hope since President Trump took a good-faith step to reopen the government and allow negotiations to take place, Democrats will se... Read more

  • What’s Really Happening Along Our Southern Border
    Posted in Weekly Columns on January 23, 2019 | Preview rr

    Since my first day in Congress, I’ve said we need to ensure our border is secure and enact comprehensive immigration reform. Unfortunately, misinformation about what is happening along the border is being circulated these days and a lot of people are wondering “What is really going on at our southern border?” I wanted to take this opportunity to share with you the facts. The problem is not just the influx of aliens crossing the border illegally, but it’s also the criminal activity, including dru... Read more

  • President Trump’s Three-Part Solution to Secure Our Borders
    Posted in Weekly Columns on January 9, 2019 | Preview rr

    On Tuesday evening, President Trump laid out a clear and concise case for why a wall on our Southern border is necessary to deal with the ongoing humanitarian crisis at our border. Immigration is not, and should not be, a partisan issue. While building a wall has recently become a flashpoint for Democrats in our current funding impasse, for years this has been a solution that has received bipartisan support. I thought it would be helpful to explain three policy changes President Trump is seeking... Read more

  • My Goals for the 116th Congress
    Posted in Weekly Columns on January 4, 2019 | Preview rr

    When I look back on the 115th Congress, I am proud of what we were able to accomplish. Two years ago, many East Tennesseans were concerned about the direction of our country. Today, the sense of optimism in East Tennessee is obvious, and much of the change in attitude is the direct result of the policies we were able to pass working with President Trump. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act reduced the tax rate for all Americans and paved the way for robust job creation; in addition, the bill eliminated th... Read more

  • Approaching Health Care in the Upcoming Congress
    Posted in Weekly Columns on December 19, 2018 | Preview rr

    Just last week a federal court declared all of Obamacare unconstitutional. I know many read about the ruling and wondered what it means for them. The short answer is that nothing changes for next year. Obamacare is still in effect, except the individual mandate has been repealed so there’s no fine if you choose not to buy a government-approved plan. If you are currently covered by an Obamacare policy, this ruling won’t affect you. Long-term – if the ruling is upheld on appeal – this could be the... Read more

  • Farm Bill Passage Brings Certainty to Rural America
    Posted in Weekly Columns on December 12, 2018 | Preview rr

    I am very proud one of the House Republicans’ final actions this Congress will be to ensure long-term certainty for rural America with today’s passage of the conference report for H.R. 2, the Farm Bill. I support this bipartisan agreement, which passed the House today by a vote of 369 to 47, because I will never apologize for taking care of our farmers. America wouldn’t be as strong as we are today without our agriculture community. With a decline in net farming income of 52 percent over the pas... Read more

  • Remembering President George H.W. Bush
    Posted in Weekly Columns on December 5, 2018 | Preview rr

    Today, on this National Day of Mourning for President George H.W. Bush, we reflect not only on what he has done for our country, but the extraordinary man he was. Although I did not personally know him, having been on this earth during his extraordinary lifetime has been a great honor. As our president, he was a very respectable man, but he did so much more. He served our country as our Vice President, Congressman from Texas, CIA Director, Ambassador and – more importantly – as a father and a fr... Read more

  • Securing the Retirement Future for Millions of Americans
    Posted in Weekly Columns on November 28, 2018 | Preview rr

    For over 70 years, retirees from diverse employment backgrounds have relied on multiemployer pensions to support them and their families throughout their retirement years. Unfortunately, because of several factors, the multiemployer pension system faces significant challenges. Multiemployer pension plans were created as retirement plans sponsored by more than one employer as part of a collective bargaining agreement. The crisis facing multiemployer pensions is not new and the problem has been gr... Read more

  • 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