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  • Memorial Day: Honoring All Who Served
    Posted in Weekly Columns on May 23, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense, Veterans

    On Memorial Day, we will commemorate U.S. soldiers who have died in military service. We will pause in remembrance of those who sacrificed their lives in defense of our free Republic. This Memorial Day we give thanks to the men and women who devoted their lives to defending our freedom. It is the duty of our nation to honor and support our service members who have given up their lives for a greater cause than themselves. Memorial Day is much more than a three-day weekend that marks the beginning... Read more

  • Roe Introduces the Veterans’ Affairs Employee Accountability Act
    Posted in Press Releases on April 24, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, U.S. Congressman Phil Roe, M.D. (TN-01) introduced H.R. 4481, the Veterans’ Affairs Employee Accountability Act (VAEA), which ensures that no employee at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) who knowingly violates civil law receives a bonus. Roe made the following statement regarding H.R. 4481: “Government employees, specifically those who serve our veterans at the Department of Veterans Affairs, need to be held accountable for their actions, and that includes abiding... Read more

  • Happy New Year
    Posted in Weekly Columns on January 4, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes, Defense, Jobs & Economy, Health Care, Veterans

    As we begin the New Year, our nation has much to be thankful for and much work to do in order to get our economy back on track. Many are struggling to provide for their family and stay afloat financially. This year, Congress needs to focus on providing new jobs for Tennesseans by removing harmful regulations that are hindering job growth, lower the deficit, reform our health care system, and keep taxes low. When Republicans took control of the House last year, our first priority was to create jo... Read more

  • Jobs Bills Need Senate Action
    Posted in Weekly Columns on December 7, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & Economy, Health Care, Veterans

    As we near the year’s end, we continue to see procrastination on behalf of Senate Democrats. To date, the Senate has failed to pass a budget and refuses to even consider 27 jobs bills that were passed in the House. Now more than ever, hardworking American taxpayers need leadership, and that means leaders who will follow through on creating jobs and growing the economy. Republicans are continuing to pass legislation that promotes job growth. House Committees are working hard to pass measures to e... Read more

  • Giving Back & Giving Thanks
    Posted in Weekly Columns on November 22, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes, Budget, Defense, Jobs & Economy, Veterans

    As we celebrate Thanksgiving on Thursday with our family and friends, let’s remember its important history and all that the holiday stands for. While there were many celebrations before, in 1789, George Washington signed an official proclamation entitled “General Thanksgiving” which called for a “day of public thanksgiving and prayer.” Since then, our nation has observed this day as a time to give thanks for the harvest and express gratitude for the blessings in your life. It’s about spending ti... 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Roe Statement on Tragedy in Afghanistan
    Posted in Press Releases on August 6, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense, Veterans

    WASHINGTON D.C. – U.S. Congressman Phil Roe, M.D. (TN-01) issued the following statement regarding the crash of a U.S. military aircraft in Afghanistan: “I offer my deepest condolences and prayers to the families of the heroic Americans who died serving our country in the attack. These courageous men and women devoted their lives to defending our freedom, and it is reminder of the great sacrifice they and their families have made for our nation. We honor their sacrifice and commemorate the men a... Read more