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  • Spending Cuts & Reducing the Deficit are Necessary for Economic Growth
    Posted in Weekly Columns on November 16, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes, Jobs & Economy

    As the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction inches closer to its November 23 deadline for producing a bill that saves at least $1.2 trillion, I hope to see reforms that will help restore economic growth, create jobs and put us on a path to a balanced budget. We need to stop the damage this administration has done by proposing a path forward that provides certainty for hardworking taxpayers and small businesses. Each passing day that our national deficit grows is a threat to the long term ... Read more

  • Veterans Day: A Celebration of Service
    Posted in Weekly Columns on November 9, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & Economy, Veterans

    Veterans Day serves as a powerful reminder of how our nation’s liberty and justice has been preserved by the dedication of our armed forces. But this special day also underscores our nation’s commitment to its veterans and their families. This Veterans Day, let us remember our commitment to care for those who so bravely fought for our freedom. Let us honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation. And let us never forget the purpose of this important day: Veterans Day is a celebratio... Read more

  • Reps. Roe & Schwartz to Hold Bipartisan Briefing
    Posted in Media Advisory on October 24, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & Economy, Health Care

    WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN-01) and Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz (D-PA-13) will hold a bipartisan briefing and panel discussion on the future of the Medicare physician payment system. Since 2003, Congress has taken steps each year to override the cuts required by the flawed sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula. Unless Congress acts again before the end of this year, physicians treating Medicare patients will see their reimbursements cut by 29.5% beginning on January 1, 2... Read more

  • Members of the Tennessee Delegation Address the Health Care Economy
    Posted in Press Releases on October 19, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & Economy, Health Care

    WASHINGTON D.C. – U.S. Congressman Phil Roe, M.D. (TN-01), along with members of the Tennessee delegation, sent the following letter to the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction requesting they give full consideration to the potential results of further reductions to healthcare providers on our nation’s economy and employment: The Tennessee delegation in the House of Representatives strongly supports your efforts in leading the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. Like you, we are ... Read more

  • More Financial Instability Revealed in the Health Care Law
    Posted in Weekly Columns on October 19, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & Economy, Health Care

    Friday’s announcement by Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to dissolve the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) Act—a component of the new health care law—is another example of the many unsustainable aspects in the legislation. The president’s health care law threatens the good parts of our health care system and will only further insert government bureaucrats into health care decisions that should be made by the patient and their physician. The CLA... Read more

  • Honoring Our Troops & Veterans
    Posted in Weekly Columns on October 12, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & Economy, Health Care, Veterans

    The war in Afghanistan hit the ten-year anniversary mark on Friday, as I journeyed to Afghanistan for a healthcare-focused Congressional Delegation to visit our troops and observe the conditions at the medical facilities. Ten years later, there is a lot of debate about the goals of this war as well as how long we should be there, but one thing is clear – we must ensure our troops are being taken care of and that they return home safely. Our service members who are fighting on the front lines to ... Read more

  • Should the Deficit Reduction Package Include Health Care Reform?
    Posted in Weekly Columns on October 5, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Budget, Jobs & Economy, Health Care

    Tennesseans understand that the federal government has been living way beyond its means for too long, and that it is time to rein in wasteful Washington spending to reduce the deficit. As part of the Budget Control Act that passed in August, Congress appointed a deficit reduction committee – made up of both Democrats and Republicans – charged with proposing concrete recommendations that will reduce the deficit by $1.5 trillion. As part of the deficit reduction package, I think we should act to e... Read more

  • Roe Statement on H.R. 3094, the Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act
    Posted in Press Releases on October 5, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education, Jobs & Economy

    WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, Chairman Kline of the Education and Workforce Committee introduced H.R. 3094, the Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act – legislation to hold the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) accountable for its activist agenda. U.S. Congressman Phil Roe, M.D. (TN-01), chair of the Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions Subcommittee, issued the following statement in support of H.R. 3094: “The NLRB continues to advocate for harmful policies that will hinder job creation, and now ... Read more

  • We Must Remember Our Veterans & Their Sacrifice
    Posted in Weekly Columns on September 28, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & Economy, Veterans

    Last month’s job report showed no new jobs were created, underscoring the reality that businesses are hesitant to hire. This gloomy economic outlook is even worse for the veterans. To date, there are nearly 1 million unemployed veterans in the United States. According to a recent National Federation of Independent Business survey, only seven percent of small business owners expect economic conditions to be better six months from now. Forty-one percent expect them to be worse, and fifty-two perce... Read more

  • We Cannot Continue to Tax, Borrow & Spend Our Way to Prosperity
    Posted in Weekly Columns on September 22, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Budget, Jobs & Economy, Veterans

    This week the president released his deficit reduction plan. While I agree that we must cut spending and live within our means, the president and I have very different ideas on how we go about solving the problem. The president’s idea of strengthening the economy includes more spending and higher taxes. I believe we can create jobs by creating an environment in which businesses can flourish: with less regulation, low taxes, and access to capital. I am concerned that the president’s deficit reduc... Read more