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  • Honor And Support Our Service Members And Veterans
    Posted in Weekly Columns on May 27, 2009 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense, Veterans

    On Monday our nation paused in remembrance of those who have sacrificed their lives in defense of our free Republic. Following a tradition that begun in 1868, Memorial Day is an important day in our history where we commemorate U.S. men and women who died while in the military service. Fond mourners and friends set flowers and flags on the graves of the fallen. Our flag was flown at half staff from sunrise until noon, when it was raised high. A bugle sounded Taps, and those gathered pledged alle... Read more

  • Roe Introduces and House Passes Resolution Recognizing Memorial Day
    Posted in Press Releases on May 19, 2009 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense, Veterans

    WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Congressman Phil Roe, M.D. (TN-1) gave the following statement on the House floor regarding House Resolution 360, sponsored by Roe in recognition of Memorial Day: "Mr. Speaker, I rise in support of House Resolution 360, urging all Americans and people of all nationalities to visit the national cemeteries, memorials, and markers this Memorial Day. "Following a tradition begun in 1868, our nation will pause this Monday in remembrance of those who have sacrificed their ... Read more

  • Roe Supports the 2009 Supplemental Appropriations
    Posted in Press Releases on May 14, 2009 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense

    WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Congressman Phil Roe, M.D. (TN-1) voted to pass the 2009 Supplemental Appropriations legislation. While most of the money is devoted to military operations, some funding goes toward fighting pandemic flu. As a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, Roe noted that it is the duty of our nation to honor and support our service members and veterans. This bill passed the U.S. House of Representatives with a vote of 368-60. It will now be sent to the Senate for c... Read more

  • Supplemental For Military Operations Does Not Include Guantanamo Funds
    Posted in Weekly Columns on May 14, 2009 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense

    Among the first Executive Orders from President Obama was that the Guantanamo Bay prison be closed within a year. However, months later the same question remains: what are we going to do with these people? Closing Guantanamo might be a good policy if there was a workable alternative; however, the President announced the closure of this facility with no such plan in place. Even one of the most liberal, and powerful members of Congress is opposing this misguided policy saying, “When they have a pl... Read more

  • Roe Cosponsors Legislation to Expand Benefits for Surviving Military Spouses
    Posted in Press Releases on May 6, 2009 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense

    WASHINGTON, DC - Today, U.S. Congressman Phil Roe, M.D. (TN-1) signed on as a cosponsor of legislation to increase support for the spouses of our veterans who died as a result of serving our nation. H.R. 2243, the Surviving Spouses’ Benefit Improvement Act of 2009 was introduced to the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee by Ranking Member Steve Buyer (R-Ind.) and Congressman Tim Waltz (D-MN). This legislation is a bipartisan effort that would increase the Department of Veterans Affairs benefits pa... Read more

  • Congressional Delegation Trip To Afghanistan
    Posted in Weekly Columns on April 22, 2009 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense, Veterans

    Last week I had the distinct honor of joining the Surgeons General of the Army and Navy and four other lawmakers on the Veterans Affairs’ Committee on a bipartisan oversight mission to Afghanistan. This was both an incredible experience and an eye opening endeavor in many respects. As a veteran and someone who served in a medical battalion, I had a notion of what to expect in Kuwait and Afghanistan; however, what I saw exceeded my expectations. Our troops are doing an incredible job. As I reflec... Read more

  • The North Korea Missile Launch
    Posted in Weekly Columns on April 7, 2009 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense

    Last weekend we saw North Korea attempt to flex their military muscles and try to gain the world’s attention when they launched a missile capable of reaching the West Coast of the United States. North Korea blatantly defied demands from Japan, South Korea and the United States not to go ahead with a planned launch of what Pyongyang claimed was an experimental communications satellite. According to tracking devices, no satellite was deployed and the Taepodong II long-range missile landed in the P... Read more

  • It Is Time We Get Our Country’s Financial House In Order
    Posted in Weekly Columns on February 25, 2009 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense, Jobs & Economy

    It’s no secret that America is facing an extraordinarily tough economic climate and too many folks in East Tennessee have lost their jobs or live under continuous stress that they may soon find themselves unemployed. It is clear that Congress and the President need to come together to help restore economic growth and create jobs. While I am hopeful that the current economic stimulus plan works, I remain skeptical of many of the spending provisions, and I will be actively looking to support addit... Read more