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  • Roe Statement on the Domestic Energy and Jobs Act of 2012
    Posted in Press Releases on June 21, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & Economy, Energy

    WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, U.S. Congressman Phil Roe, M.D. (TN-01) released the following statement in support of H.R. 4480, the Domestic Energy and Jobs Act: “The average American family buys 1,100 gallons of gasoline per year. If the price of gas fell just one dollar, from the current national average of $3.49, families would save $1,100 a year. For far too long, this administration has prioritized politics over the needs of the American people and today, in this body, we have an opportunity to ... Read more

  • What will the Supreme Court Rule on the Constitutionality of the Health Care Law?
    Posted in Weekly Columns on June 20, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & Economy, Health Care

    More than two years ago, Democrats in Congress passed the president’s health care law on a partisan basis. Later this month, the Supreme Court is expected to announce its decision on the constitutionality of the health care law. It is my hope that the Supreme Court will rule in favor of patients over big government by striking down the law. The president’s health care law went too far because it gives the federal government unlimited power over patients’ health care decisions. The individual man... Read more

  • Energy Independence Is A Key Part of Economic Recovery
    Posted in Weekly Columns on June 13, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & Economy, Energy

    According to AAA, a gallon of gas in the U.S. today costs an average of $3.52. The day President Obama was inaugurated, a gallon averaged $1.84. It’s no coincidence that as gas prices soared, so has our national unemployment rate. It is clear to see that the road to economic recovery requires our country to enact a comprehensive national energy policy. To ease the pain at the pump, we must work towards becoming an energy independent nation; to be an energy independent nation, we must pursue a tr... Read more

  • Roe Statement on the Health Care Cost Reduction Act of 2012
    Posted in Press Releases on June 7, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes, Jobs & Economy, Health Care

    WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, U.S. Congressman Phil Roe, M.D. (TN-01) released the following statement on H.R. 436, the Health Care Cost Reduction Act of 2012: “Passage of the Health Care Cost Reduction Act is important for jobs, innovation and removal of tax penalties found in the health care law. Included in the health care law is a 2.3% excise tax levied on American device companies that is set to take effect in less than seven months. H.R. 436 will repeal the excise tax on medical devices, which ... Read more

  • Economy: Rise in Unemployment & Debt is Concerning
    Posted in Weekly Columns on June 6, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes, Education, Budget, Jobs & Economy, Health Care

    Last week’s jobs report showed a concerning rise in unemployment to 8.2 percent in the month of May. There are many factors interfering with our nation’s recovery. I believe high unemployment and our inability to see a true recovery is directly related to uncertainty due to bad policies such as the health care law and Congress’ inability to gets our country’s fiscal house in order. I participated in a “Pen and Pad” event on Tuesday with fellow Representatives Price (GA-06) and Lankford (OK-05) r... Read more

  • Jobs & the Economy
    Posted in Weekly Columns on May 30, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Budget, Jobs & Economy, Energy, Health Care, Veterans

    Having just observed Memorial Day, we are reminded of the blessings of liberty and living in the land of the free. That is why helping to create jobs and grow our economy will continue to be my focus in the weeks and months ahead. In every facet of our society – the care of our veterans, budget, health care, and energy – we are in need of policies that get folks back to work and create an atmosphere that rewards hard work and keeps government out of the way of innovation. Implementation of the b... Read more

  • We Need A Plan To Turn The Economy Around
    Posted in Weekly Columns on May 16, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes, Budget, Defense, Jobs & Economy, Energy, Health Care

    Every day I hear stories of how more layoffs are threatened and economic uncertainty is being brought about by bills such as the health care law and regulations that stifle innovation. In order to create jobs and get folks back to work, Congress needs to work together in a bipartisan way to be a part of the solution. The best way to lower the unemployment rate and promote job growth is to create an atmosphere that rewards hard work, keeps government out of the way of innovation and incentivizes ... Read more

  • Student loans latest casualty of politics
    Posted in Op-Eds on May 9, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education, Jobs & Economy

    Since our economic downturn, college graduates have suffered tremendously, experiencing fewer and fewer job opportunities. Nearly half of college graduates are unemployed or underemployed, and debt from student loans is piling up — totaling more than $1 trillion. We need to address these problems with real solutions that give America’s next generation sustainable opportunities for future employment. An Associated Press analysis of government data reports that half of college graduates are either... Read more

  • Roe Statement on the Small Business Tax Cut Act
    Posted in Press Releases on April 19, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes, Jobs & Economy

    WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, U.S. Congressman Phil Roe, M.D. (TN-01) released the following statement on passage of the Small Business Tax Cut Act: “Even though our economy is on the cusp of recovery, we need to do everything we can to incentivize our businesses to create jobs. I voted for the Small Business Tax Cut Act because it will directly help small businesses create jobs. “Specifically, the Small Business Tax Cut Act will allow small businesses with fewer than 500 employees to take a tax dedu... Read more

  • Washington Needs to Reform the Tax Code, Not Raise Taxes
    Posted in Weekly Columns on April 18, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes, Jobs & Economy

    Tuesday marked Tax Day and, coincidentally, Tax Freedom Day - meaning that it has taken from January 1 until now for Americans to earn enough money to pay this year’s federal, state, and local tax bill — 29.2% of all our income. We need to put a stop to the government’s overreach into hardworking taxpayers’ wallets. One way we can stop the government tax overreach is by fixing the broken tax system. I support simplifying our tax code and closing loopholes that amount to spending in the tax code.... Read more