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  • Preserving Local Control in Education
    Posted in Weekly Columns on February 9, 2017 | Preview rr

    Since coming to Congress, I’ve proudly served on the House Education and Workforce Committee. This experience has strengthened my belief that a quality education is critical to the future of our children and grandchildren, and serving on this committee gives me the opportunity to address issues facing our nation’s students, teachers and school administrators. I believe the vast majority of our educators do a wonderful job teaching their students, but for far too long government has inserted itse... Read more

  • Rolling Back Regulation to Pave the Way for Job Creation
    Posted in Weekly Columns on February 1, 2017 | Preview rr

    A key portion of House Republicans’ Better Way agenda is to put forward proposals to grow the economy by reducing the total number of regulations and by regulating smarter with those that remain. In 2015, federal regulations were estimated to cost roughly $1.89 trillion in lost growth and productivity. Further, if the United States’ regulatory system were a country, it would have the world’s 9th largest economy. Out-of-control regulating has undoubtedly slowed economic recovery, which is why I a... Read more

  • Standing for Life
    Posted in Weekly Columns on January 25, 2017 | Preview rr

    Last week our country celebrated a joyous occasion as we witnessed the peaceful transfer of power and swearing-in of our new president and vice president. Unfortunately, on Sunday, we marked a somber anniversary. Sunday was the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision, a court ruling on abortion that forever changed our country. A 2016 Gallup poll found that 46 percent, nearly half, of all Americans consider themselves pro-life, and I am proud to be one of them. As an OBGYN, I del... Read more

  • Inauguration Day
    Posted in Weekly Columns on January 18, 2017 | Preview rr

    On Friday, our country will take part in one of our most sacred and special traditions: the peaceful transition of power from one President of the United States to the next. Inauguration Day is a celebration that dates back to the very beginning of our country, but the first president to take the oath of office in Washington, D.C. was Thomas Jefferson in 1801. As a Congressman, I consider it an honor and duty to participate in the inauguration of a new president, no matter what party the preside... Read more

  • Keeping the Promise to Repeal Obamacare
    Posted in Weekly Columns on January 11, 2017 | Preview rr

    Almost seven years ago, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, was signed into law. President Obama promised this law would expand access to and lower the cost of health insurance coverage, but almost every promise the president made about Obamacare has since been broken. Americans were promised they could keep their doctors and the health coverage they had if they liked them, but many could not. In the meantime, the individuals and families who have tried to get coverage under ... Read more

  • VA Reform is a Top Priority in New Congress
    Posted in Weekly Columns on January 4, 2017 | Preview rr

    This week, I returned to Washington to be sworn in to the 115th Congress. Serving East Tennesseans in Congress is a true privilege, and I’m honored to be given the opportunity to lead the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee as chairman. This is not a responsibility I take lightly and I realize there is much work to be done on behalf of our heroes, which is why House Republicans didn’t waste any time getting started. In the first days of the new Congress, House Republicans reaffirmed on our commitm... Read more

  • Merry Christmas
    Posted in Weekly Columns on December 21, 2016 | Preview rr

    This weekend, Christians around the world will celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. 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 are less fortunate and may not have the same blessings as we do. I also say a special prayer each holiday for the men and women who are serving our country and cannot be with their families. These heroes make... Read more

  • Tennesseans Are Ready for a New Direction
    Posted in Weekly Columns on December 14, 2016 | Preview rr

    Although the year is coming to a close, I’m excited about the opportunity to get to work next year with President-elect Trump. Our priorities include repealing Obamacare and putting in place patient-centered reforms, securing our borders, protecting our country, supporting policies that will foster economic growth and job creation, getting our fiscal house in order and working to make the VA a place where our heroes can access the services they’ve earned – just to name a few. We’ve certainly got... Read more

  • The Time for 21st Century Cures is Now
    Posted in Weekly Columns on December 7, 2016 | Preview rr

    This week, the Senate – following the House vote last week – passed the 21st Century Cures Act. This important legislation will provide critical funding to help find new treatments and cures for diseases; address the opioid crisis we’re seeing around the country; and make important reforms to our mental health care system. I was glad to support this bipartisan bill because I strongly believe this legislation will help many Tennesseans. As a physician, I treated patients for more than 30 years. W... Read more

  • Weekly Column: Sevier County
    Posted in Weekly Columns on November 30, 2016 | Preview rr

    On Monday evening, the Gatlinburg community was hit hard by wildfires that spread from the Great Smoky Mountain National Parks into downtown Gatlinburg. The devastating fires burned more than 15,000 acres of Sevier County, and, as of Wednesday afternoon, claimed the lives of at least seven Tennesseans. Hundreds of people lost their homes, businesses, and livelihoods. On Tuesday afternoon I joined Governor Haslam, Superintendent Cash, Mayor Waters, Mayor Werner, City Manager Ogle, State Represen... Read more