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  • The President’s Pivotal Supreme Court Nomination
    Posted in Weekly Columns on July 11, 2018 | Preview rr

    The Constitution of the United States is one of our nation’s most sacred documents, and as a member of Congress, I took an oath to support and defend it. The president and justices of the U.S. Supreme Court also must take this most solemn vow. Under the Constitution, Congress makes law; the Executive Branch enforces and implements law; and the Supreme Court interprets law. Each serves as a check and a balance against the others. As we’ve seen time and again, the Supreme Court - the highest court... Read more

  • Commemorating Independence Day
    Posted in Weekly Columns on July 3, 2018 | Preview rr

    We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. I think often about these powerful words that paved the way for the United States. All these years later, they still ring true. You cannot govern without the consent and trust of the governed, and every citizen should play a role in our democracy. We’re blessed to live in the best country ... Read more

  • Roe: Free and Fair Trade Allows the U.S. to Be Competitive
    Posted in Weekly Columns on June 27, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes, Jobs & Economy

    President Trump made many commitments to the American people and has done an exceptional job of keeping those promises. One of those promises was to grow our economy and create jobs so that every American has opportunity. That’s why I was proud to support the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which has resulted in a thriving economy and an unemployment rate of 3.8 percent nationally last month, and it’s even lower in Tennessee at 3.4 percent. In addition, in a survey completed by the National Association o... Read more

  • We Must Enforce Our Nation’s Immigration Laws
    Posted in Weekly Columns on June 20, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    Since taking office, President Trump has rightfully focused on improving our country’s border security, discouraging illegal immigration, and reforming our immigration process to prioritize entry based on merit and skills of national need. He has also indicated his interest in signing into law a policy that addresses the status of millions of young children who did not come here legally but were brought through no fault of their own and have grown up in America. For months now, the president has... Read more

  • Working Together to Tackle the Opioid Epidemic
    Posted in Weekly Columns on June 13, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    With opioids ravaging our communities, it’s critical we use every available resource to fight this deadly epidemic. Did you know that 80 percent of opioids prescribed in the world are prescribed in the United States? According to the Tennessee Department of Health, in 2016 alone, 1,186 people died from opioid overdoses. In fact, in 2016, we lost more people to opioid-related deaths than we lost in combat during the entire Vietnam War. Opioids have become one of the leading causes of death in the... Read more

  • 500 Days of Accomplishments Under President Trump
    Posted in Weekly Columns on June 7, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & Economy, Veterans

    Since his inauguration, President Trump has led our country into economic prosperity and worked tirelessly to keep the promises he made on the campaign trail. Monday marked the 500th day of President Trump’s administration, and it’s clear our president is already making historic progress toward getting our country back on track. Our economy is booming, and last month unemployment dropped to 3.8 percent – the lowest in nearly two decades. The president has rolled back billions of dollars’ worth o... Read more

  • Our Economy is Booming
    Posted in Weekly Columns on May 30, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes, Jobs & Economy

    Last month, Tennessee’s unemployment rate hit a record low of 3.4 percent, half a percent lower than the national rate that has fallen to a 48-year low. In fact, according to Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips, unemployment rates in all 95 Tennessee counties decreased in April 2018. On top of that, the unemployment rate for our nation’s veterans has dropped to just 3.7 percent, down from 4.3 percent just a year ago. Nationally, our economy is also thriving ... Read more

  • Memorial Day: Honoring Those Who Made the Ultimate Sacrifice
    Posted in Weekly Columns on May 23, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care, Veterans

    Next Monday, our nation will observe Memorial Day, a solemn day of remembrance for those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the name of freedom. Memorial Day is much more than just a three-day weekend that marks the beginning of summer. Memorial Day is an important day in our history when we pay tribute to the men and women who died while serving in the Armed Forces. Since 1868, our nation has observed this day to honor the soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines who gave their lives in defen... Read more

  • Appreciation for Our Law Enforcement
    Posted in Weekly Columns on May 16, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense

    This week is National Police Week, a week to honor the men and women serving our communities every day to keep us safe. When I was mayor of Johnson City, and since coming to Congress, I’ve seen our local police officers go out of their way to allow East Tennesseans to participate in democracy. They stand in as security at town hall meetings; patrol parades; and look after our district offices. In Congress, we are also fortunate to be protected by the wonderful officers of the United States Capit... Read more

  • Empowering America’s Teachers
    Posted in Weekly Columns on May 9, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education

    In East Tennessee, we are fortunate to have some of the best teachers in the country, let alone the state of Tennessee. That’s why this week, during Teacher Appreciation Week, I have the privilege of recognizing the hardworking educators all across the First District. One of the most rewarding parts of my job is the opportunity to visit schools and classrooms and see first-hand the quality education our teachers are providing. I attended public schools all the way through graduate school, and al... Read more