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  • White House Doubles Down on Failed Policies in Budget Proposal
    Posted in Weekly Columns on February 5, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Budget, Jobs & Economy

    On Monday, President Obama released his budget proposal for fiscal year 2016. Even though the president’s failed policies were soundly rejected in November, the White House refuses to change course. This budget will never balance—in fact, it adds more than $8 trillion to the national debt. Worse, it includes tax increases totaling more than $2 trillion. In these tough economic times when hardworking families are tightening their belts and doing more with less, it’s time for government to do the ... Read more

  • Roe Responds to President Obama’s State of the Union Address
    Posted in Press Releases on January 20, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes, Education, Budget, Defense, Jobs & Economy, Energy, Health Care, Immigration, Second Amendment, Veterans

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – This evening, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN) released the following statement after President Obama’s State of the Union Address: Good evening. Tonight we heard many of President Obama’s priorities for the next year in his State of the Union address. I was pleased to hear the president express interest in working with Congress, but unfortunately, his rhetoric has rarely matched reality. Before the last election, President Obama said that his policies were on the ballot. Well, In N... Read more

  • It's Time to Get to Work
    Posted in Weekly Columns on January 7, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes, Education, Abortion, Budget, Defense, Jobs & Economy, Energy, Health Care, Immigration, Second Amendment, Veterans

    On Tuesday, I was sworn in to the 114th Congress. I am grateful my wife, Pam, was in Washington during the ceremony and for the continued support of family, friends and constituents throughout the First District. Being the voice of East Tennesseans in Congress is an honor, and I look forward to serving you over the next two years. As I look ahead, it’s clear we have a lot of work to do to get our country back on track. The American people expect results and are tired of politics as usual. I am t... Read more

  • Roe Sworn in for 114th Congress
    Posted in Press Releases on January 6, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes, Education, Abortion, Budget, Defense, Jobs & Economy, Energy, Health Care, Immigration, Second Amendment, Veterans

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN) released this statement after being sworn in for the 114th Congress: “Representing the First District in the House of Representatives is a great honor, and I look forward to serving in the 114th Congress. I have many priorities for the upcoming year including: helping constituents cut through red tape and federal bureaucracy, working to promote private-sector job creation and economic growth, stopping the president’s executive amnesty and over... Read more

  • Budget Week in Washington
    Posted in Weekly Columns on March 20, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Budget

    Even in Washington, miracles can happen. For the first time since 2009, the Democrat-led Senate Budget Committee actually met to discuss their budget proposal, and it is scheduled to be debated. But not all talk is cheap. The Senate budget would increase spending by $265 billion and increase taxes by $923 billion – and their budget never balances. When looking at this proposal, it’s clear that we’ve yet to see leadership from the Democrats in the Senate or President Obama. Last year, the preside... Read more

  • President Chooses Tax Tour Over Sequester Solutions
    Posted in Weekly Columns on February 27, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Budget

    While hard-working taxpayers were worrying how the sequester will impact their communities, President Obama spent his Tuesday traveling on Air Force One trying to convince the American people that more tax increases are necessary. I simply cannot understand why the president would continue to play blame-game politics instead of meeting with congressional leaders during this crucial time. Government spending seems to be on everyone’s mind, except the president’s. According to the Congressional Re... Read more

  • Now is the Time to Balance the Budget
    Posted in Weekly Columns on February 6, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Budget

    Families across the United States have tightened their belts as a result of high unemployment and underemployment, a slow economic recovery and unprecedented uncertainty around their tax burden. What families do when faced with these challenges is set a budget and have a plan to deal with the uncertainty. With looming spending cuts from sequestration and major shortfalls predicted in our mandatory programs, President Obama and Senate Democrats still won’t tell Americans their plan to address the... Read more

  • Roe Votes to Preserve Welfare Work Requirement
    Posted in Press Releases on September 20, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Budget, Jobs & Economy

    Roe Votes to Preserve Welfare Work Requirement WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, Congressman Phil Roe, M.D. (TN-01) released the following statement in support of H.J. Res 118, a resolution expressing Congress’s disapproval of the Obama administration’s attempt to waive the work requirement for welfare included in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program: “This resolution will express Congress’s disapproval of the Obama administration’s attempt at weakening bipartisan welfare reform and... Read more

  • Deficit Day Sounds Alarm on “Tax, Borrow and Spend”
    Posted in Weekly Columns on September 12, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Budget, Jobs & Economy

    According to the 2011 Financial Security Index, 58 percent of Americans track their spending against a monthly budget. What if this was the case for the federal government? James Harrigan from the Institute of Political Economy at Utah State University and Antony Davies from Duquesne University posed that question in an op-ed published in Real Clear Markets. Harrigan and Davies state “if the federal government were to spend the same amount of money each day starting on January 1, it would run th... Read more

  • Labor Day Forecast Bleak for Unemployed
    Posted in Weekly Columns on August 29, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes, Budget, Jobs & Economy

    Next Monday we observe Labor Day. This federal holiday originated as a day to pay tribute to the contributions of the American worker and their achievements. Unfortunately, this Labor Day will not be a day filled with picnics and parades for the 8.3% of Americans that are unemployed. Still, President Obama states that the private sector is “doing fine” while the unemployment lines get longer and longer. It is painfully clear just how out of touch the president is with both the workers of our cou... Read more