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  • Securing Our Retirees' Future
    Posted in Weekly Columns on February 28, 2018 | Preview rr

    For decades, millions of American workers have relied on multiemployer pension plans as they saved toward retirement. Unfortunately, the multiemployer pension system as currently structured is broken, and about one million Americans are participating in pension plans that are not expected to be solvent when these employees reach retirement age. Further, research has found that the vast majority of Americans have less than $1,000 saved for retirement. Workers deserve a secure and stable retiremen... Read more

  • Investing in America’s Veterans
    Posted in Weekly Columns on February 21, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    One of the greatest privileges I’ve had since coming to Congress is chairing the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. Over the last year, we’ve made great strides toward reforming the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), but there is still hard work ahead. One of the most important items on our agenda is ensuring veterans get access to timely care, regardless of whether that care is at a VA hospital or a facility in the community. As the Committee works to improve the quality and timelines... Read more

  • Making Progress on the Opioid Crisis
    Posted in Weekly Columns on February 14, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    Families all across the nation are struggling to cope with the devastating impact the ongoing opioid epidemic is having on their communities. Recent studies have shown that every day, at least three Tennesseans die because of opioid-related overdoses. In fact, last December the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report that highlighted life expectancy in the U.S. had fallen for the second year in a row, a significant factor being the rash of opioid overdose deaths. The o... Read more

  • The Bipartisan Budget Act
    Posted in Weekly Columns on February 9, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Budget

    This week, the House and Senate reached a bipartisan, bicameral agreement on a long-term budget. While this agreement is by no means perfect, it is a huge step forward on a number of important fronts. Over the last 8 years, our national defense budget shrunk to the point that there were fears our defense capabilities had been degraded to unsafe levels, leaving our troops in harm’s way. With more of our troops being killed in training accidents than combat, half of our aircraft carriers remain un... Read more

  • President Trump’s State of the Union Address
    Posted in Weekly Columns on February 1, 2018 | Preview rr

    Tuesday evening I had the privilege of attending President Trump’s first State of the Union address, and I was proud of the accomplishments he touted and am ready to get to work on much of the agenda he outlined. During the president’s address, he outlined his strategic vision to build a safer, stronger and prouder America. I look forward to working with him in the next year to deliver results for East Tennesseans. The president started by talking about the positive benefits we are already seein... Read more

  • Setting the Record Straight on Tax Reform
    Posted in Weekly Columns on January 24, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes

    My top priority in Congress is working to grow our economy, create jobs and increase prosperity for working families. For my first four terms in Congress, I saw a federal government that discouraged private business and set up unnecessary roadblocks for job creation. When President Trump was elected, I was excited to work on getting the economy moving again, which is why I was proud the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was signed into law on December 22, 2017. The law lowered tax rates across the board for... Read more

  • Defending the Sanctity of Life
    Posted in Weekly Columns on January 17, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Abortion

    As an OB-GYN who has delivered nearly 5,000 babies, I strongly support the sanctity of life. I have seen firsthand that life is a precious and beautiful miracle that begins at conception, and I am honored to stand with the pro-life community. This week, thousands of pro-life activists will make their way to Washington, D.C. for the March for Life to mark the sad anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision; a misguided ruling on abortion that forever changed our country. The first Mar... Read more

  • A Stronger America for Future Generations
    Posted in Weekly Columns on January 10, 2018 | Preview rr

    This week I had the privilege and honor of joining President Trump on Air Force One to travel to Nashville where the president addressed the American Farm Bureau Federation Convention. In person, President Trump is very engaging. He has a strong sense of what he wants to accomplish for the American people, and his agenda aligns very well with what we prioritize in East Tennessee. During our trip, we were able to discuss several issues of importance with the president, including how we are workin... Read more

  • New Year Brings New Hope for East Tennesseans
    Posted in Weekly Columns on January 3, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes, Jobs & Economy

    As we begin the New Year, I want to take a moment to share my gratitude for the opportunity you’ve given me to serve you in Congress. While there’s no question there’s still much to do, I’m proud of the progress we’ve made toward delivering on our promises to improve the lives of all Americans. On December 22, President Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act into law, the first major overhaul of our tax code in more than three decades. By seizing this once-in-a-generation opportunity to provide ... Read more

  • Merry Christmas
    Posted in Weekly Columns on December 20, 2017 | Preview rr

    This week, Christians around the world are preparing to celebrate Christmas and the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ, who came into the world to give us the gift of eternal life. I am very thankful to be able to spend this time each year reflecting on the blessings that God has given each and every one of us. While Christmas is a special celebration of faith, I know this time of year can be difficult for many. As we gather together with family and friends, it’s important to remember those who a... Read more