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  • 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

  • Congress Needs Leadership to Finish the 2011 Budget
    Posted in Weekly Columns on March 16, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Budget

    This week Congress passed another Continuing Resolution (CR), which cuts an additional $6 billion over the next 3 weeks. This brings the total savings from the 2011 budget to $10 billion, which will really save $100 billion over the next 10 years. Passage of the CR will prevent the government from shutting down; however, more spending cuts need to take place, and we need a bipartisan agreement to get there. Since Democrats failed to pass a budget last year, Republicans in the House have to clean... Read more

  • Roe Inquires about Meth Lab Cleanup Funding
    Posted in Press Releases on March 4, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Budget

    WASHINGTON D.C. – U.S. Congressman Phil Roe, M.D. (TN-01) wrote a letter to the Director of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) to inquire about funding for the methamphetamine lab cleanup grants in the COPS budget. “Due to all the challenges our local law enforcement have had while trying to obtain funds for methamphetamine lab cleanup, I sent a letter to the Director of COPS to inquire further,” said Dr. Roe. “This funding is essential for our local officials, and I will continue to in... Read more

  • Priorities In Congress Begin To Take Shape
    Posted in Weekly Columns on January 26, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Budget, Health Care

    This week, the President delivered his State of the Union address to Congress. The President talked at length about several investments that we must make in our country, and I agree that we should look to find common ground where investments are needed. Unfortunately, we did not hear him talk about areas where we can afford to make do with less right now, and that’s where this Congress has its work cut out. We must push the President to create a more fiscally-responsible budget. The health of th... Read more

  • Putting America on the Path to Prosperity
    Posted in Weekly Columns on January 12, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Budget, Jobs & Economy

    For too long, our government has been fiscally irresponsible and allowed reckless spending that has added three trillion dollars to the national debt in just the two years since Obama took office. In fact, since Democrats took control of Congress in 2007, we’ve seen our debt level increased by 91 percent. These actions have serious consequences. The health of the American economy is at risk, and we must work together to put America back on the path to prosperity. First, we need to make clear tha... Read more

  • Extend Tax Cuts To All Americans
    Posted in Weekly Columns on December 1, 2010 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes, Budget

    No one seems to know the full schedule for the Democrats’ lame-duck Congress, but we know the Democratic Majority has not scheduled a vote to prevent all tax rates from rising. If there is no vote on the tax cut extensions for all Americans before the end of the year, taxpayers at every income level will see their paychecks reduced as significant tax increases go into effect. The impact won’t stop with paychecks – as the tax rates for savings and investment will rise and the death tax will retur... Read more

  • Our Government Needs Accountability & Balance
    Posted in Weekly Columns on October 13, 2010 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes, Budget, Jobs & Economy

    There’s no denying the fact our country is facing some of the toughest economic times many of us have ever seen. Unfortunately, the leadership in our country has fallen short and has taken us down the wrong path. With increasing poverty levels and high unemployment rates, the Administration’s response has been, “it could have been worse.” It’s time for the Administration and the Democratic leadership to start being honest with the American people and acknowledge that their policies have not work... Read more

  • The House Votes to Adjourn, Leaving Behind Important Unfinished Business
    Posted in Weekly Columns on September 29, 2010 | Preview rr
    Tags: Budget, Jobs & Economy, Health Care

    Congress will adjourn this week, leaving behind a lot of important unfinished business – basic things like passing a budget and extending tax cuts that will hit working families and small businesses across the nation. Without a budget, families can’t track their spending and maintain financial responsibility in their household. Government is the same way. If we don’t extend the tax cuts put in place nearly a decade ago, taxpayers at every income level will experience significant increases. Negle... Read more

  • Majority Democrats Play Hide-and-Seek with the Congressional Budget
    Posted in Weekly Columns on June 23, 2010 | Preview rr
    Tags: Budget, Jobs & Economy

    Imagine your family doesn’t set a budget this year. You have no idea how much you are going to spend, so you really don’t know whether you and your family are going to have enough money to cover all your expenses. Well, you decide that doesn’t matter because you are going to just put it on a credit card and take on more debt. How much debt? There’s really no telling because you are just going to spend as you go along with no set plan. Obviously, this is not a sound financial strategy. However, t... Read more