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  • Roe Statement on President Trump’s First State of the Union Address
    Posted in Press Releases on January 30, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes, Defense, Jobs & Economy, Immigration

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Tonight, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) released the following video after President Trump’s State of the Union address: To watch, click here. A rough transcript is below. “I was at the State of the Union tonight. It’s always fun to attend these. It’s exciting. There’s always a lot of pomp and circumstance that go on with these with the Senate, the House, the Supreme Court, the Cabinet all there and then of course the Gallery [guests.] The president’s speech tonight touched on ... Read more

  • Roe to East Tennesseans: I Will Proudly Stand with the President to Fight For You
    Posted in Press Releases on January 8, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & Economy, Health Care

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) released the following statement after attending President Trump’s speech to the American Farm Bureau National Conference: “It was an honor to join President Trump aboard Air Force One today, and to attend his speech in Nashville as he discussed increasing prosperity in rural America. I agree wholeheartedly with the president that we must take steps to address issues such as the opioid crisis and other public health challenges; the need for... Read more

  • New Year Brings New Hope for East Tennesseans
    Posted in Weekly Columns on January 3, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes, Jobs & Economy

    As we begin the New Year, I want to take a moment to share my gratitude for the opportunity you’ve given me to serve you in Congress. While there’s no question there’s still much to do, I’m proud of the progress we’ve made toward delivering on our promises to improve the lives of all Americans. On December 22, President Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act into law, the first major overhaul of our tax code in more than three decades. By seizing this once-in-a-generation opportunity to provide ... Read more

  • Roe Announces Federal Grants for Reconstruction from Natural Disasters
    Posted in Press Releases on December 4, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & Economy

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN) announced the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Emergency Relief for Federally Owned Roads program will reimburse the U.S. Forest Service $335,408 and $160,000, respectively, to reconstruct federally-owned roads damaged by heavy rains in December 2015. Roe released the following statement: “The Cherokee National Forest is one of our area’s great treasures, and maintaining access to it is critically important. At a time of tight budget constr... Read more

  • Union Bosses Have Too Much Control. It’s Time to Protect the Rights of American Workers.
    Posted in Op-Eds on October 3, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & Economy

    For the past eight years, union bosses have held the upper hand over East Tennessee workers, as the previous administration tried to stack the deck in favor of unionization. The National Labor Relations Board and the Department of Labor combined to pursue an agenda that put union bosses and special interests ahead of the rights of individual workers and job creation. If there was any doubt the Department of Labor was pushing a partisan agenda, just look at former Labor Secretary Tom Perez’s new ... Read more

  • 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