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  • Roe Statement on President Obama’s Community College Proposal
    Posted in Press Releases on January 9, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education, Jobs & Economy

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN) released the following statement after President Obama announced a proposal to make community college free for some students: “It’s disappointing President Obama announced yet another new government program with no clear plan to pay for it during his visit to Tennessee. The president was right to hold up Governor Haslam’s Tennessee Promise plan as an effective way to prioritize higher education, but a better way to expand access to college wou... Read more

  • Roe Supports 40-Hour Work Week
    Posted in Press Releases on January 8, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & Economy

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN) spoke on the House floor in support of H.R. 30, the Save American Workers Act. H.R. 30 would repeal the ObamaCare provision that reduces the traditional 40-hour work week to 30 hours. The bill passed the House with bipartisan support. Video of Roe’s remarks can be viewed here. Roe’s statement as prepared for delivery: I am pleased that a vote on this bipartisan bill is one of the first acts of the 114th Congress. Everywhere I go, I hear concer... Read more

  • It's Time to Get to Work
    Posted in Weekly Columns on January 7, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes, Education, Abortion, Budget, Defense, Jobs & Economy, Energy, Health Care, Immigration, Second Amendment, Veterans

    On Tuesday, I was sworn in to the 114th Congress. I am grateful my wife, Pam, was in Washington during the ceremony and for the continued support of family, friends and constituents throughout the First District. Being the voice of East Tennesseans in Congress is an honor, and I look forward to serving you over the next two years. As I look ahead, it’s clear we have a lot of work to do to get our country back on track. The American people expect results and are tired of politics as usual. I am t... Read more

  • Roe Sworn in for 114th Congress
    Posted in Press Releases on January 6, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes, Education, Abortion, Budget, Defense, Jobs & Economy, Energy, Health Care, Immigration, Second Amendment, Veterans

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN) released this statement after being sworn in for the 114th Congress: “Representing the First District in the House of Representatives is a great honor, and I look forward to serving in the 114th Congress. I have many priorities for the upcoming year including: helping constituents cut through red tape and federal bureaucracy, working to promote private-sector job creation and economic growth, stopping the president’s executive amnesty and over... Read more

  • Labor Day
    Posted in Weekly Columns on August 28, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & Economy, Energy, Health Care

    On Monday we observe Labor Day. This federal holiday originated as a day to pay tribute to the contributions of the American worker and their achievements. Unfortunately, 7.4 percent of the population remains unemployed this Labor Day. In the state of Tennessee, things are even worse—in July, the unemployment rate was 8.5 percent, much higher than the national average. Since President Obama took office, the average duration of unemployment has almost doubled from 19.8 weeks to 35.6 weeks. But th... Read more

  • SKILLS Act Will Speed Up Economic Recovery
    Posted in Weekly Columns on March 13, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & Economy

    The latest jobs report showed that the economy added 236,000 jobs in February, causing nationwide unemployment to drop to 7.7 percent, the lowest since December 2008. While it’s certainly encouraging to see unemployment numbers decline, the report also offered some bad news: 296,000 Americans were so discouraged they stopped looking for work. This means that more Americans in February gave up on looking for work than found jobs. Similarly, the workforce participation rate dropped to 63.5 percent... Read more

  • Overly Burdensome Regulations Stifle Economic Growth
    Posted in Weekly Columns on January 30, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & Economy

    During President Obama’s second inaugural speech and in the days since, he laid the groundwork for a very liberal agenda. He has called for a path to citizenship for immigrants in the country illegally, a cap-and-trade system to address climate change, and comprehensive gun control measures. The rhetoric was a stark contrast to his pre-November challenge to Republicans to put partisan politics aside and come together to do what’s best for this great nation. When you look back over the last four ... Read more

  • Washington Needs a Balanced Budget, Not More Blank Checks and Higher Taxes
    Posted in Weekly Columns on January 9, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & Economy

    Tennessee was recently named in the U.S. Business Policy Index as one of the twenty friendliest policy environments for small business and entrepreneurship in 2012. It’s easy to see why. First, we don’t have a state income tax. Second, unlike the federal government, Tennessee requires a balanced budget. This means that our state officials have to make choices about spending priorities, just like hard-working families do. Finally, we have right-to-work laws that encourage job creation and we don’... Read more

  • Roe Statement on Secretary Solis’s Resignation
    Posted in Press Releases on January 9, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & Economy

    WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN) released the following statement on the resignation of Labor Secretary Hilda Solis: “While Secretary Solis and I often disagreed on the best way to create jobs and jumpstart the economy, I wish her the best as she departs the Obama administration. My hope moving forward is that President Obama will find someone for the position who supports all workers’ rights, promotes economic growth and is willing to work in a bipartisan way to create jobs.”... Read more

  • If the President Expects Compromise, He Must Set the Table for Negotiation
    Posted in Weekly Columns on December 5, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes, Jobs & Economy

    It’s past time for President Obama to offer concrete, realistic solutions to our nation’s fiscal crisis and to prevent the tax increases and arbitrary spending cuts set to go into effect on January 1, known as the fiscal cliff. While the president continues to reject serious proposals from Republican leaders, his own plan is merely talking points aimed at appeasing Americans who believe the root cause of our nation’s fiscal situation is an addiction to spending. If the president believes that el... Read more