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  • Roe Participates in Rural America Solutions Group Forum
    Posted in Press Releases on September 30, 2010 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & Economy, Energy

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Phil Roe, M.D. (TN-01) joined Members of the Rural America Solutions Group for a forum on harmful regulations being imposed by the Obama Administration’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Democratic leadership in Congress. At the forum, Members heard from rural Americans from across the nation who provided real-life examples of how EPA’s regulations are costing jobs, impeding economic recovery and harming their livelihoods. “At a time when many rural c... Read more

  • Roe Congratulates Sunset Communications for Receiving $24.5 Million Grant
    Posted in Press Releases on September 14, 2010 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & Economy, Energy

    WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Phil Roe, M.D. (TN-01) congratulated Sunset Communications on receiving a $24.5 million grant to build broadband infrastructure that will benefit multiple counties in Tennessee and Virginia, including Hancock County. “I am please that Sunset Communications will receive this important funding,” said Roe. “New broadband infrastructure will provide the citizens of Hancock County with the tools they need in order to grow their economy,” Roe said. “This funding will ... Read more

  • Roe Statement on H.R. 3534
    Posted in Press Releases on July 30, 2010 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy

    WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Democrats in the U.S. House passed H.R. 3534 – The CLEAR (Cutting Loose Energy and American Resources) Act under limited debate and restricted amendments. U.S. Congressman Phil Roe, M.D. (TN-01) said H.R. 3534 represents a blatantly political response to a serious problem. Roe noted that this bill will actually increase the price of American energy and kill good-paying U.S. jobs in the energy sector and related industries – ultimately making us even more dependent on fore... Read more

  • Energy Independence Should Be A Job Creator, Not A Job Killer
    Posted in Weekly Columns on April 17, 2010 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & Economy, Energy

    Recently, the President announced his new proposal for offshore drilling. Some argue this was a political tactic by the Administration to further their agenda and pass cap and trade legislation. Nonetheless, I hope the President is being sincere about efforts to use our resources here at home because ultimately our nation needs a common-sense, comprehensive energy plan that moves us to sustained energy independence. Gaining this independence is a matter of national security for the United States... Read more

  • Roe Wins Award for Energy Efficient Office
    Posted in Press Releases on April 16, 2010 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy

    WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Phil Roe, M.D. (TN-1) was honored for his initiative to increase energy efficiency, save resources and reduce costs in his Washington, DC office. Roe has been working with the House’s Green Capitol Office and Architect of the Capitol as a “My Green Office” program participant. Roe’s office underwent an energy evaluation, where his impeccable efficient business practices and technologies in the office were noted. Roe’s efforts also saved taxpayer dollars. Roe’s o... Read more

  • Roe Stands with the Residents of Cocke County to Address the NC Department of Energy & Reaches out to the EPA
    Posted in Press Releases on January 27, 2010 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy

    WASHINGTON, DC – Monday, U.S. Congressman Phil Roe, M.D. (TN-1) joined with hundreds of local residents in Cocke County to address the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources officials regarding the proposed draft permit regulating discharge limits for Blue Ridge Paper Products located in Canton, North Carolina. The paper mill discharges waste from their manufacturing process into the Pigeon River which flows into Cocke County, Tennessee. In the following letter, Congressm... Read more

  • January 2010 Vote History
    Posted in Vote History on January 1, 2010 | Preview rr
    Tags: Budget, Energy

    Business and Labor (2) - H J Res 64: Short-Term Continuing Appropriations - Veto Override January 13, 2010 - Passage, over President Obama's Dec. 30, 2009, veto, of the joint resolution that would provide continuing appropriations until Dec. 23, 2009, for all federal departments and agencies whose fiscal 2010 appropriations bills have not been enacted. Rejected 143-245. Vote: Yea ________________________________________ (24) - HR 4508: Small Business Administration Programs Extension - Passage J... Read more

  • Working to Simultaneously Reduce Emissions and Job Losses
    Posted in Weekly Columns on July 1, 2009 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & Economy, Energy

    On June 26, the House approved a sweeping and controversial bill to address global warming and climate change by enacting a national energy tax. Although I’ve only been in Congress six months, H.R. 2454 is the worst bill that has come to the Floor yet. On the campaign trail in 2008, then-Senator Obama claimed, “electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket” under his plan to deal with global warming and he wholeheartedly endorsed this bill last week, which was championed in the House by Speaker ... Read more

  • Roe Stands Up for East Tennessee by Rejecting the National Energy Tax
    Posted in Press Releases on June 26, 2009 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes, Energy

    WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Congressman Phil Roe, M.D. (TN-1) stood up for Tennesseans who will be disproportionately affected by the National Energy Tax Bill (H.R.2454), by casting a NO vote. Roe noted this is a bad bill for agriculture, rural communities and the economy as a whole. H.R.2454 narrowly passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 219-212. Roe gave the following statement on the House floor regarding cap-and-trade legislation: I’ve only been here six months, but this is ... Read more

  • National Energy Tax
    Posted in Weekly Columns on June 24, 2009 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy

    The House Agriculture Committee concluded its first public hearing to review the Waxman-Markey climate change and energy bill (H.R. 2454) on June 11. This was the first time the committee had the opportunity to examine the impact this bill will have on production agriculture and rural America. Unfortunately, this may have been the only time. It is important to note that there were three witness panels during this hearing, which included the Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, and representati... Read more