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  • DR. ROE in the THE HILL: Americans deserve better answers
    Posted in Weekly Columns on January 24, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes, Budget, Jobs & Economy

    Yesterday, President Obama delivered his State of the Union address to the joint session of Congress and to the nation. Three years and three trillion-dollar deficits later, it is clear that hardworking Tennessee taxpayers deserve better answers, better solutions and a better result. To date, the president’s record tells its own story. In his first speech to a joint session of Congress in 2009, President Obama promised to “cut the deficit in half” by the end of his first term. However, the real... Read more

  • It Is Time For The Senate To Act
    Posted in Weekly Columns on December 14, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes, Budget, Jobs & Economy, Energy, Health Care

    With only two days left to pass a year-end spending bill, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid continues to play politics with important issues concerning Tennesseans. By his refusal to bring a bipartisan bill up for a vote, Leader Reid is holding jobs hostage for the American people. We need to pass the Middle Class Tax Relief & Job Creation Act because it will strengthen the economy, bring small businesses certainty and get Americans back to work. Currently the government is running an outrageous... Read more

  • Giving Back & Giving Thanks
    Posted in Weekly Columns on November 22, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes, Budget, Defense, Jobs & Economy, Veterans

    As we celebrate Thanksgiving on Thursday with our family and friends, let’s remember its important history and all that the holiday stands for. While there were many celebrations before, in 1789, George Washington signed an official proclamation entitled “General Thanksgiving” which called for a “day of public thanksgiving and prayer.” Since then, our nation has observed this day as a time to give thanks for the harvest and express gratitude for the blessings in your life. It’s about spending ti... Read more

  • Should the Deficit Reduction Package Include Health Care Reform?
    Posted in Weekly Columns on October 5, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Budget, Jobs & Economy, Health Care

    Tennesseans understand that the federal government has been living way beyond its means for too long, and that it is time to rein in wasteful Washington spending to reduce the deficit. As part of the Budget Control Act that passed in August, Congress appointed a deficit reduction committee – made up of both Democrats and Republicans – charged with proposing concrete recommendations that will reduce the deficit by $1.5 trillion. As part of the deficit reduction package, I think we should act to e... Read more

  • We Cannot Continue to Tax, Borrow & Spend Our Way to Prosperity
    Posted in Weekly Columns on September 22, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Budget, Jobs & Economy, Veterans

    This week the president released his deficit reduction plan. While I agree that we must cut spending and live within our means, the president and I have very different ideas on how we go about solving the problem. The president’s idea of strengthening the economy includes more spending and higher taxes. I believe we can create jobs by creating an environment in which businesses can flourish: with less regulation, low taxes, and access to capital. I am concerned that the president’s deficit reduc... Read more

  • Stimulus Part II: More of the Same?
    Posted in Weekly Columns on September 14, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes, Budget, Jobs & Economy

    President Obama sent another stimulus bill to Congress that will cost taxpayers about $450 billion, most of which will be “paid for” with $467 billion in new taxes. For too long, the federal government has recklessly spent beyond its means, and this legislation is more of the same. Washington has a spending problem, not a taxing problem, and we must break this cycle of borrowing, spending and taxing. In order to get our economy moving and create jobs in Tennessee and across the country, we must ... Read more

  • Roe Asks Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction Co-Chairs to Repeal the IPAB
    Posted in Press Releases on September 1, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Budget, Health Care

    WASHINGTON D.C. – U.S. Congressman Phil Roe, M.D. (TN-01) sent the following letter to the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction co-chairs Congressman Hensarling and Senator Murray asking that they consider repeal of the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB): As you begin negotiating the deficit reduction package required by the Budget Control Act, I would respectfully ask that the committee consider repeal of the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB). While not solving the immedia... Read more

  • Economic Recovery Plan
    Posted in Weekly Columns on August 31, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Budget, Jobs & Economy

    Tennesseans are working hard to provide for their families amidst uncertain times and an unstable economy. The unemployment rate in Tennessee sits above nine percent, and many of our communities are living with the threat of more jobs cuts. The best way Congress can work to lower the unemployment rate and promote job growth is to create an atmosphere that rewards hard work, keeps government out of the way of innovation and incentivizes our businesses to invest in new jobs and equipment. A job-cr... Read more

  • What is the President's Plan for Economic Recovery?
    Posted in Weekly Columns on August 24, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Budget, Jobs & Economy

    Home sales are at an all time low, but prices for groceries, school supplies and basic necessities like power and gas are going up. Our economy remains extremely fragile, with signs of continued weakness. The economy is not generating enough jobs and unemployment remains above nine percent. The stakes couldn’t be higher. Now, more than ever, the American people need the president to lead. What is President Obama’s plan for economic recovery? We’re over two and a half years into his Presidency, a... Read more

  • Spending Cuts & Long-Term Deficit Reduction
    Posted in Weekly Columns on August 17, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Budget, Jobs & Economy

    Congress raising the debt limit has been routine for way too long. This practice is a big part of why America is facing an economic and debt crisis. I am working to change Congress’ bad routines and implement practices that are fiscally responsible so we can get our financial house in order and allow our economy to recover. In April, President Obama asked Congress to do what it has always done and pass a “clean” debt limit increase. However, as a result of this routine, the past decade saw the n... Read more