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  • 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

  • Small Businesses: the Backbone of the American Economy
    Posted in Weekly Columns on April 29, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes, Jobs & Economy

    May 4-8 is National Small Business Week, which is intended to encourage all of us to recognize the contributions of the small business community to the American economy. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, Tennessee has more than 500,000 small businesses that employ more than 1 million people. These job creators are the backbone of the American economy and I am proud of the entrepreneurs in Tennessee and around the country. Small businesses are burdened with hours upon hours of ... Read more

  • Roe Statement on House Budget Proposals
    Posted in Press Releases on March 25, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes, Education, Budget, Defense, Jobs & Economy, Energy, Health Care

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN) voted in support of both the Republican Study Committee and House Budget Committee budget proposals. Roe released the following statement: “For far too long, politicians in Washington on both sides of the aisle have put the tough choices off to the next budget year or the next Congress, really just leaving them for the next generation,” said Roe. “That stops now. Unlike President Obama, House Republicans are committed to developing policies th... Read more

  • Roe Votes to Protect Workers’ Rights
    Posted in Press Releases on March 19, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & Economy

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN) spoke on the House floor and voted in support of S.J. Res. 8, a joint resolution to overturn the National Labor Relation Board’s ambush election rule. Earlier this year, Roe joined House Speaker John Boehner, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline and Senators Lamar Alexander and Mike Enzi to introduce this joint resolution of Congress to stop the rule’s implementation. The contr... Read more

  • Roe, Cassidy, Alexander Push To Protect Millions of Employees From Losing Self-Insured Health Care Plans
    Posted in Press Releases on March 18, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & Economy, Health Care

    WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Phil Roe (R-TN) joined Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Senate HELP Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) to introduce the Self-Insurance Protection Act (SIPA) in the U.S House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. This bill would ensure that employers can continue providing quality health benefits to their employees through self-insured group health plans. The bill is co-sponsored by Senators Barrasso, Burr, Coats, Isakson, Roberts and Rubio. Many employers... Read more

  • Time to Build
    Posted in Weekly Columns on February 11, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & Economy, Energy

    For six years, President Obama jumped from one political excuse to another as he has worked to prevent construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. The first application for the pipeline was submitted in September 2008. Since that time, the State Department has completed five reviews of the project, all finding that construction of the pipeline would be good for the economy and safe for the environment. The most recent analysis was released more than a year ago in January 2014. This report conclude... Read more

  • White House Doubles Down on Failed Policies in Budget Proposal
    Posted in Weekly Columns on February 5, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Budget, Jobs & Economy

    On Monday, President Obama released his budget proposal for fiscal year 2016. Even though the president’s failed policies were soundly rejected in November, the White House refuses to change course. This budget will never balance—in fact, it adds more than $8 trillion to the national debt. Worse, it includes tax increases totaling more than $2 trillion. In these tough economic times when hardworking families are tightening their belts and doing more with less, it’s time for government to do the ... Read more

  • Roe Statement on Obamacare Repeal Vote
    Posted in Press Releases on February 3, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & Economy, Health Care

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the House passed legislation to repeal Obamacare and to direct the committees of jurisdiction in Congress to develop a replacement bill that increases access to health insurance, lowers cost and improves quality. Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN) was unable to be in Washington for the vote because of a family illness, but released the following statement on the legislation: “As an outspoken opponent of Obamacare, I was proud to cosponsor this legislation, which repeals the pre... Read more

  • Roe Responds to President Obama’s State of the Union Address
    Posted in Press Releases on January 20, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes, Education, Budget, Defense, Jobs & Economy, Energy, Health Care, Immigration, Second Amendment, Veterans

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – This evening, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN) released the following statement after President Obama’s State of the Union Address: Good evening. Tonight we heard many of President Obama’s priorities for the next year in his State of the Union address. I was pleased to hear the president express interest in working with Congress, but unfortunately, his rhetoric has rarely matched reality. Before the last election, President Obama said that his policies were on the ballot. Well, In N... Read more