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  • Rep. Phil Roe: The Employee Rights Act brings labor laws into the 21st century
    Posted in Op-Eds on June 14, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & Economy

    For the vast majority of Americans today, labor unions are a relic of a bygone era. The union membership rate has been nearly cut in half since 1983, down to about 11 percent of the workforce. Unions have fallen in size and popularity since their heyday in the middle of the 20th century, largely because they have failed to evolve with the times. And they haven't had to. Federal labor law remains largely unchanged since the National Labor Relations Act passed 70 years ago. The status quo protects... Read more

  • Roe Statement on Introduction of the Employee Rights Act
    Posted in Press Releases on May 25, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & Economy

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) introduced the Employee Rights Act. Original cosponsors included Rep. Joe Wilson, Rep. Doug LaMalfa, Rep. Jeff Duncan, Rep. Rob Woodall, Rep. Gus Bilirakis, and Rep. Richard Hudson. “The rights of American workers were under attack during the Obama presidency, and it is time to restore those rights and work to foster a pro-growth, pro-employee environment,” said Rep. Roe. “This legislation will ensure individuals’ rights are upheld when con... Read more

  • The Importance of Small Businesses
    Posted in Weekly Columns on May 3, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & Economy

    The American Dream is built on an individual’s ability to become entrepreneurs, take risks and build a small business that can thrive and grow. As we celebrate National Small Business Week, and as a former small business owner myself, I am aware of the many challenges these entrepreneurs face on a daily basis. It is estimated that 99 percent of all businesses with employees in the United States are small businesses, which further underscores their importance to our economy. That’s exactly why I ... Read more

  • Roe and Members of Congress Send Letter to Secretary of Labor Regarding Fiduciary Rule
    Posted in Press Releases on May 2, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & Economy

    Congressman Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN) led 123 Members of Congress in writing to Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta to encourage the permanent delay of the Department’s Fiduciary Rule. On April 7, 2017, the department, under Acting Secretary Edward Hugler, delayed implementation of the fiduciary rule until June 9, 2017, when it is currently scheduled to be fully implemented. Their action came in response to President Trump’s February 3 presidential memorandum, which directed the department to review... Read more

  • Roe Statement on the Confirmation of Alexander Acosta as the United States Secretary of Labor
    Posted in Press Releases on April 27, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & Economy

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) released the following statement after the confirmation of Alexander Acosta to serve as the Secretary for the United States Department of Labor: “I would like to congratulate Alex Acosta on his confirmation. I have watched for the past 8 years as the previous administration pursued policies that helped union bosses but left workers behind. Secretary Acosta will fight to expand opportunities for all America’s workers and retirees. It is a priority ... Read more

  • The State of the Union
    Posted in Weekly Columns on January 13, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & Economy, Energy, Health Care, Second Amendment

    Tuesday evening President Obama delivered his final State of the Union address. This speech was different than other State of the Union addresses given by President Obama because he didn’t really get deep into any specific policy proposals or ask Congress to act. In this year’s address, like those in the past, the president said some things I agreed with and also some things I disagreed with. The president did call on Congress to put partisan politics aside and work together, which we all agree ... Read more

  • Roe Addresses Constituents After President Obama's Final State of the Union
    Posted in Press Releases on January 12, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes, Education, Abortion, Budget, Defense, Jobs & Economy, Energy, Health Care, Immigration, Second Amendment, Veterans

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Tonight, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. addressed his constituents in a video message after President Obama delivered his final State of the Union speech. Roe discussed the Second Amendment, the fight against terrorism and several other priorities in Congress in the upcoming year. To watch, click here. The script as prepared for delivery is below as well. Tonight, during his State of the Union address, we heard from President Obama on his priorities for his final year in office. It’s no ... Read more

  • Roe Opposes Omnibus Spending Bill
    Posted in Press Releases on December 18, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Budget, Jobs & Economy

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN) released the following statement after voting against the omnibus spending package: "While I respect the work Speaker Ryan and Chairman Rogers did to try to negotiate the best deal possible with House and Senate Democrats, I strongly believe one of the most serious issues facing our country right now is the security of our homeland. Unfortunately, this bill did not go far enough to ensure the protection of Americans, and I was disappointed no ... Read more

  • Setting the Stage for a Productive 2016
    Posted in Weekly Columns on December 18, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes, Education, Abortion, Budget, Defense, Jobs & Economy, Energy, Health Care, Immigration, Second Amendment, Veterans

    This week, the House passed – with my support – important legislation to make many of the tax credits and deductions hardworking families rely on permanent. This bill brings certainty to the tax code by permanently extending several important expiring tax breaks that encourage charitable giving, small business capital investment and research and development. The bill also paves the way for comprehensive tax reform by moving away from year-to-year tax policy extensions, allowing Congress to focus... Read more

  • Long-Term Highway Bill Passes House With Roe’s Support
    Posted in Press Releases on December 3, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & Economy

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN) released the following statement after voting in support of the conference report for H.R. 22, the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act: "This bipartisan, bicameral, five-year highway funding bill brings certainty in transportation planning to state and local governments, while eliminating bureaucracy to allow states to invest funds where they need it most. This bill will provide much-needed certainty and resources to start th... Read more