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  • We Are Free Because Of The Brave
    Posted in Weekly Columns on May 22, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    Memorial Day is our country’s most somber holiday, reminding us of the men and women who have died protecting the freedoms we hold dear. As a veteran myself, I believe every veteran who lived through combat and is still alive today feels a little bit of guilt when we think back on our fallen friends and fellow servicemembers. We do not get to choose what war or battle we fight - you are sent where you are needed. Some have served in dangerous places and incredibly difficult circumstances. Three ... Read more

  • Equal Justice for None
    Posted in Weekly Columns on May 15, 2019 | Preview rr

    All Americans agree that individuals should be treated fairly and with respect. As a small business owner, all I cared about was whether you could get the job done, and that’s a unifying principle we should apply when crafting our laws. The so-called Equality Act that House Democrats are bringing to the floor this week claims to be legislation implementing this principle. In reality, however, the legislation will have the effect of eliminating any acknowledgement of the legitimacy of biological ... Read more

  • Broken Promises: “Medicare for All”
    Posted in Weekly Columns on May 8, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    As a physician, my entire career has been dedicated to caring for patients. I came to Congress because I believed we needed – and still believe we need – health care reform that improves quality and lowers cost. Instead, I watched Democrats ram through the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), making promises they could not keep. They promised “if you like your health care plan, you can keep it”– which ended up being branded the “Lie of the Year” by Politifact. They also promised you can keep your do... Read more

  • Listening and Learning in East Tennessee
    Posted in Weekly Columns on April 24, 2019 | Preview rr

    The most important part of my job is listening to and learning from East Tennesseans to ensure I effectively represent the First District. While in Washington D.C., I host regular telephone town halls and Facebook Live events to stay in touch with constituents, but nothing can replace face-to-face interactions through town halls and roundtables. Over the past two weeks, I had the opportunity to engage with constituents directly when I hosted several roundtables, held town halls and visited schoo... Read more

  • A New Tax Age
    Posted in Weekly Columns on April 17, 2019 | Preview rr

    I believe one thing all Americans can agree on is that no one likes Tax Day. April 15 is the day when hardworking Americans focus on how much of their salary has been taken by the government at the expense of more important priorities, such as saving up for retirement or for a child’s college tuition. Tax Day is also stressful for many Americans because of the complexity of filling out your taxes – so complex, in fact, that millions of Americans have had to rely on professional assistance to cor... Read more

  • House Democrats’ First 100 Days: Politics Over Policy
    Posted in Weekly Columns on April 10, 2019 | Preview rr

    Friday, April 12 marks the 100th day of the new House Democratic majority. In her speech accepting the Speaker’s gavel in January, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi stated, “And I pledge that this Congress will be transparent, bipartisan and unifying; that we will seek to reach across the aisle in this Chamber and across the divisions in this great nation.” Unfortunately, the reality hasn’t matched up to the rhetoric. We have a divided Congress; therefore, we need to be working on a bipartisan basis to... Read more

  • Abortion Survivors Deserve Our Protection
    Posted in Weekly Columns on April 3, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Abortion

    In the wake of the Roe v. Wade decision, some estimates show over 61 million successful abortions have been performed in the U.S. since 1973. The fact there are elected officials in places like New York and Virginia – and the U.S. House – who are working to extend the timeline of abortion availability right up until the moment of birth sickens me to my core. In my over 31 years of practice as an OB/GYN, I delivered nearly 5,000 babies and remember holding them in my hands and giving them to thei... Read more

  • It’s Time to Build the Wall
    Posted in Weekly Columns on March 27, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    The ongoing national security and humanitarian crisis along our southern border is worsening and action is sorely needed to deal with it. Since October 2018, there have been 271,140 apprehensions by U.S. Border Patrol, a staggering number of migrants that are overwhelming our border patrol agents and support personnel. Law enforcement officers have encountered 1,522 criminal aliens with outstanding wants or warrants out of 2,034 total criminal aliens encountered. On top of that, agents have also... Read more

  • The Damaging Effects of a $15 Minimum Wage
    Posted in Weekly Columns on March 21, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & Economy

    All Americans deserve to be compensated fairly for the work they do. Having previously helped to manage a business for over 30 years, I know from firsthand experience nothing makes you feel better than knowing an employee will be able to live comfortably and retire with peace of mind about their financial security. Washington needs to get out of the way, keep taxes low, reduce unnecessary regulations, and pave the way for economic growth and job creation. That’s why I was proud to support the Ta... Read more

  • Looking Forward For Our Veterans
    Posted in Weekly Columns on March 13, 2019 | Preview rr

    One of my top priorities and highest privileges is working to ensure those “who shall have borne the battle” receive the services and support they have earned. It is an honor to serve as the Ranking Republican Member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs (HVAC) this Congress. While I chaired the Committee the last two years, we accomplished historic reforms to improve the benefits and support provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Now, I look forward to ensuring these reforms... Read more