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  • Debt Limit Vote Declares Serious Reforms are Coming
    Posted in Weekly Columns on June 1, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Budget, Jobs & Economy

    On May 31, the House rejected legislation to raise the federal debt ceiling without any accompanying spending cuts or reforms by a strong bipartisan vote of 97 to 318. This vote should prove to the President once and for all that he must agree to House Republicans’ demand that we rein in wasteful Washington spending wherever it is occurring. Raising the debt ceiling without simultaneously incorporating enforceable spending cuts and serious reforms will only burden our future generations with out... Read more

  • Roe Statement on “Clean” Debt Limit Increase
    Posted in Press Releases on May 31, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes, Budget, Jobs & Economy

    WASHINGTON D.C. – U.S. Congressman Phil Roe, M.D. (TN-01) issued the following statement after voting to oppose H.R. 1954, legislation to raise the federal debt ceiling without any accompanying spending reforms: “Raising the debt ceiling without simultaneously incorporating enforceable spending cuts and serious reforms will only burden our future generations with outrageous debt. The greatest threat to our economy would be to increase the debt limit without taking significant steps towards a bal... Read more

  • Cut, Cap & Balance: A Fight Toward Fiscal Responsibility in Washington
    Posted in Weekly Columns on May 18, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Budget, Jobs & Economy

    On Monday, the United States reached the legal limit of its borrowing authority –further evidence that out-of-control spending is a matter of national security. Serious reforms and government spending cuts need to be made to avoid severe economic disruptions – both in the short and long-term. The national debt and deficits are rising at an unconscionable rate. The national debt now exceeds $14 trillion, and the government is still piling up debt at the rate of $200 million an hour, $30 billion a... Read more

  • Eliminating Debt Must Be A National Priority
    Posted in Weekly Columns on April 21, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Budget, Jobs & Economy

    Seeking to put our economy on the path to prosperity and fiscal responsibility, the House passed the Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 budget, which aims to cut $6.2 trillion in government spending over the next ten years. The Senate must still approve a budget, and we must demand one that is fiscally responsible because what’s at stake is the future of our economy. Our nation’s current debt level is a risk to our national security. Just this week, Standard & Poor’s lowered its outlook on U.S. debt to “nega... Read more

  • The President Has Failed To Lead The Nation On A Path To Fiscal Responsibility
    Posted in Weekly Columns on April 13, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Budget, Jobs & Economy

    At the eleventh hour last Friday, leadership in Congress and the Administration came to an agreement on how to proceed with this year’s spending bill in order to prevent a government shutdown. Was anyone happy about the agreement that was made? Certainly not, but my conviction on the vote was without a doubt dependent upon our troops getting paid. Under no circumstances can we ask our men and women in uniform to fight in three wars but not pay them. If Congress failed to pass the bill by Friday ... Read more

  • Roe to Obama: Sign the Troop Funding Bill
    Posted in Press Releases on April 8, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Budget, Defense

    WASHINGTON D.C. – Due to the President’s recent threat to veto House-passed legislation to pay our troops for the remainder of the fiscal year and provide an extra week of government operations, U.S. Congressman Phil Roe, M.D. (TN-01) spearheaded a letter, urging the President to reconsider and fund our troops. The following is the text of the letter Roe, along with 45 other members of Congress, sent to the President: We are writing to express our grave concern with the Statement of Administrati... Read more

  • Roe Donating Pay Check to a Military Charity if Troops Do Not Receive Pay During a Government Shutdown
    Posted in Press Releases on April 8, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Budget, Defense

    WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, U.S. Congressman Phil Roe, M.D. (TN-01) announced that he will not accept pay if our troops do not receive pay during a government shutdown. Roe made the following statement: “Our men and women in uniform serving in Afghanistan, Iraq, and around the world should be the first in this country to be paid by the federal government. That is why I have made the decision to donate my entire pay check to a military charity during a government shutdown if our troops do not receiv... Read more

  • House Passes Legislation to Keep Troop Funding Intact
    Posted in Press Releases on April 7, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Budget, Defense

    WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, U.S. Congressman Phil Roe, M.D. (TN-01) voted to continue funding our troops, even if a government shutdown occurs. Members who supported H.R. 1363 exemplified their commitment to ensuring our men and women in uniform serving in Afghanistan, Iraq, and around the world will be paid if a shutdown occurs. Roe made the following statement on H.R. 1363: My top priority is to ensure our troops are taken care of and paid for their service. In no way do I want the government to ... Read more

  • The FY 2012 Budget: Our Blueprint For The Future
    Posted in Weekly Columns on April 6, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Budget, Jobs & Economy, Energy, Health Care

    The federal government has a very serious addiction to spending. It’s not a Republican problem or a Democrat problem – it’s an American problem. This spending addiction is dangerous and has contributed to one of the worst recessions of our lifetime. House Republicans are breaking the addiction by proposing important spending cuts in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 budget proposal. Spending cuts are essential if we’re going to create a better environment for jobs in America. The FY 2012 budget would cu... Read more

  • Is a Government Shutdown in our Future?
    Posted in Weekly Columns on March 30, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Budget, Jobs & Economy

    With the media reporting the looming threat of a government shutdown, it disheartens me that Senate Democrats are not even trying to work with Republicans to cut spending. In no way do I want to see this government shutdown, but we continue to wait for the Senate to pass a long-term budget. The House passed the 2010 budget over 40 days ago, which included over $60 billion in spending cuts. However, the Senate, run by the Democratic Majority, refuses to consider the bill – or any other bill, for ... Read more