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  • 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

  • Roe Rejects ‘Deficit Extender’& Irresponsible Spending
    Posted in Press Releases on May 28, 2010 | Preview rr
    Tags: Budget, Jobs & Economy

    WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Phil Roe, M.D. (TN-1) voted against H.R. 4213, also known as the “Deficit Extender” and characterized it as a new package of higher taxes and deficit spending. “The Democratic Majority in Congress keeps spending and spending - basically ignoring the enormous deficit burdening our nation and failing to create jobs,” said Roe. “The national debt is already at historic levels and is headed even higher, up to 90% of GDP by 2020 under President Obama’s own budget pro... Read more

  • April 2010 Vote History
    Posted in Vote History on April 1, 2010 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes, Budget, Jobs & Economy

    Budget, Taxes, and the Economy (200) - HR 4994: Cell Phone Deductions and Tax Relief - Passage April 14, 2010 - Lewis, D-Ga., motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would remove filing requirements for claiming a business cell phone deduction. It also would require the IRS to notify taxpayers who were eligible but did not receive a refund in any preceding tax year and authorize $20 million per year in grants for tax assistance programs for low- and moderate-income taxpayers. Motion ... Read more

  • Are the Small Gains in the Job Market Deceiving?
    Posted in Weekly Columns on March 10, 2010 | Preview rr
    Tags: Budget, Jobs & Economy

    For too long, the American people have faced extraordinarily difficult economic circumstances that have led to our high job unemployment rate. Recent reports that the job market may be making small gains is welcome news, but anyone who has been spending time in East Tennessee knows, we have a long way to go. Last year, Democrats in Congress passed a so-called economic stimulus bill that was promised to create millions of jobs and stop the increasing unemployment rate. Unfortunately, the opposite... Read more

  • January 2010 Vote History
    Posted in Vote History on January 1, 2010 | Preview rr
    Tags: Budget, Energy

    Business and Labor (2) - H J Res 64: Short-Term Continuing Appropriations - Veto Override January 13, 2010 - Passage, over President Obama's Dec. 30, 2009, veto, of the joint resolution that would provide continuing appropriations until Dec. 23, 2009, for all federal departments and agencies whose fiscal 2010 appropriations bills have not been enacted. Rejected 143-245. Vote: Yea ________________________________________ (24) - HR 4508: Small Business Administration Programs Extension - Passage J... Read more

  • Roe Supports Our Troops and Votes to Pass Defense Appropriations Legislation
    Posted in Press Releases on December 16, 2009 | Preview rr
    Tags: Budget, Defense

    WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Phil Roe, M.D., Member of Congress (TN-1) voted to pass Conference Report to H.R. 3326, the Department of Defense Appropriations Act of 2010. The legislation appropriates $636.3 billion, $3.8 billion less than the President's request but $11 billion (2%) more than the current level, which includes supplemental spending. The bill includes $128.2 billion specifically to support ongoing operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the general military effort against terrorism. The m... Read more

  • Roe: Passing legislation that increases spending by more than 11 percent is fiscally irresponsible and nonsensical
    Posted in Press Releases on December 10, 2009 | Preview rr
    Tags: Budget

    WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the U.S. House voted to pass the FY 2010 omnibus spending bill or H.R. 3288, which contains six appropriations bills, totaling $446.8 billion or an increase of more than 11 percent over the combined funding levels for the same six bills last year. H.R. 3288 provides discretionary funding for six appropriations bills, including the Transportation and Housing bill ($67.9 billion), the Commerce, Justice, and Science bill ($64.4 billion), the Financial Services bill ($24 bill... Read more