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  • Hardworking Taxpayers Deserve a Path to Prosperity
    Posted in Weekly Columns on April 4, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Budget, Jobs & Economy, Health Care

    Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the fiscal year 2013 budget, “The Path to Prosperity”. Our nation is facing a debt crisis, and passage of this blueprint will help restore jobs and put our country back on a fiscally sustainable path. Hardworking taxpayers deserve better than empty promises from a broken government, and “The Path to Prosperity” budget offers a tangible way forward. After years of spending money beyond its means, the U.S. government is broke. If nothing is done ... Read more

  • Roe Statement on the House Republican Budget
    Posted in Press Releases on March 29, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Budget, Jobs & Economy

    WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, U.S. Congressman Phil Roe, M.D. (TN-01) made the following statement on passage of the House Republican Budget: “The unsustainable amount of government debt is so high that it is straining economic growth. Therefore, it is important that Congress pass a budget that will restore economic growth, create jobs and enact enforceable and meaningful cuts, in order to preserve our future. “Americans deserve better than empty promises from a broken government, and ‘The Path to Pr... Read more

  • Saving, Protecting & Preserving Medicare
    Posted in Weekly Columns on March 21, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & Economy, Health Care

    The demand for Medicare services is expanding at a very high rate, making future costs unaffordable, and putting our health care security at risk. As a physician and a lawmaker, I believe our common goal should be to save, protect and preserve Medicare. Instead of dramatically cutting Medicare dollars, which will lead to decreased quality and access to care, we should be looking at ways to save the program and improve the quality of care we are providing our seniors. That is why I introduced the... Read more

  • When It Comes to Jobs, We Still Have Work to Do
    Posted in Weekly Columns on March 14, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & Economy

    While each month shows a little more progress than the one before, February’s jobs report stated the national unemployment rate is still 8.3 percent. With 12.8 million Americans unemployed, it’s clear Congress still has a lot of work to do. According to a recent World Bank study, the United States dropped two ranks, from eleventh to thirteenth, in the “starting a business” category, which gauges how easy or difficult it is for businesses to get up and running. For true economic recovery to take ... Read more

  • Relieving the Pain at the Pump
    Posted in Weekly Columns on March 7, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & Economy, Energy

    The price at the pump has soared to $3.79 a gallon nationally, and more than $4 in many areas. Fears of another economic slowdown are prevalent because of high gas prices. Hardworking families in Tennessee and across the country are struggling to pay rising costs. Congress needs to pass common sense energy policies that move us in the direction of lower gas prices and energy independence. If we want to create jobs in America and move our country toward energy security, Congress should pass energ... Read more

  • Roe Statement on JOBS Act
    Posted in Press Releases on March 7, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & Economy

    WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, U.S. Congressman Phil Roe, M.D. (TN-01) made the following statement in support of H.R. 3606, Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act: “Job creation continues to be my top priority, and that is why I support H.R. 3606, bipartisan legislation that focuses on removing unnecessary obstacles for small businesses so that they are able to grow and create jobs. Specifically, the legislation frees up capital needed for small businesses to begin hiring. By passing legislation ... Read more

  • Another Budget Failure
    Posted in Weekly Columns on February 15, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes, Budget, Jobs & Economy

    On Monday, President Obama released his $3.8 trillion fiscal year (FY) 2013 budget proposal containing many similarities to his FY 2012 budget that was overwhelmingly rejected by the Senate by a vote of 97-0. If Congress were to adopt the president’s budget, we are looking at dangerous levels of debt, exceeding 100 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) every year for the next 10 years. Failing to fulfill his promise to cut the deficit in half by the end of his term, Obama instead proposed a fo... Read more

  • Congress Needs to Enact Reforms That Will Ensure Long-Term Economic Success
    Posted in Weekly Columns on February 8, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes, Jobs & Economy

    The slight drop in unemployment in the recent job report was welcome news that shows a positive gain in our economy. However, the economy is still in a fragile state, so Congress must continue to move forward with reforms that put this country on a path to ensure long-term economic success. That is why the House passed HR 3581, the Budget and Accounting Transparency Act, a bill that would increase transparency in federal budgeting by providing a more honest accounting of how certain costs are ca... Read more

  • Congress Must Pass A Fiscally Responsible Budget
    Posted in Weekly Columns on February 1, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Budget, Jobs & Economy

    Yesterday, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a report that shows the deficit will exceed $1 trillion for the fourth consecutive fiscal year. With another budget due soon, the president and Congress need a viable long-term plan to restore our national security and lift the massive burden of debt this nation is currently facing. This debt burden is ultimately our greatest barrier to creating jobs because it threatens to slow economic growth. We must slow spending and cut the deficit a... Read more

  • Roe Statement on 1,000 Day Budget Resolution
    Posted in Press Releases on January 24, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Budget, Jobs & Economy

    WASHINGTON D.C. – U.S. Congressman Phil Roe, M.D. (TN-01), cosponsor of H.Res. 516, released the following statement regarding the Senate’s failure to pass a budget in 1,000 days: “Today, there are 13.1 million unemployed Americans. Today, our national debt exceeds $15.2 trillion, with no signs of slowing. And today marks the 1,000th day since the U.S. Senate has passed a budget. “Every April 15th, every single taxpayer has to submit their budget to the IRS so that they can settle up with Uncle ... Read more