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  • VA Procurement System Oversight Problems Led to Data Breach
    Posted in Press Releases on May 25, 2010 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    WASHINGTON, DC –Today, Congressman Steve Buyer (R-IN) and Congressman Phil Roe (R-TN) participated in an oversight hearing on the how problems within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) procurement system led to the recent data breach. On April 28, 2010 the Committee was notified of a VA contractor’s stolen unencrypted laptop with access to VA medical center data, including the personal identifying information of 644 veterans. “To place our veteran’s personal and medical information at risk ... Read more

  • Let Us Give Back To Our Nation’s Heroes
    Posted in Weekly Columns on April 14, 2010 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    Unemployment is a huge challenge we are facing as a nation, and recent reports from the Department of Labor regarding the unemployment challenge in the veterans’ community is beyond troubling to me. According to recent reports by the Department of Labor, unemployment for Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans has tripled since the recession began, rising from 5 percent in March 2007 to 15 percent last month. As a veteran and a Member of the Veterans’ Affairs Committee, it is clear that we need to do ... Read more

  • Roe Calls for Hearings on Veterans’ Unemployment
    Posted in Press Releases on April 8, 2010 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & Economy, Veterans

    WASHINGTON, DC – According to new reports by the Department of Labor, unemployment for male Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans has tripled since the recession began, rising from 5 percent in March 2007 to 15 percent last month. Member of the Veterans’ Affairs Committee and top Republican on the Oversight and Investigation Committee, U.S. Congressman Phil Roe, M.D. (TN-1) released the following statement regarding the recent unemployment figures within the veterans’ community: The recent unemploym... Read more

  • Advocating for Veterans, Roe Votes to Pass Important Legislation for our Service Members
    Posted in Press Releases on March 25, 2010 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    WASHINGTON, DC – This week, U.S. Congressman Phil Roe, M.D. (TN-1), Member or the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee and top Republican on the Veterans’ Oversight & Investigation Committee, voted to pass six important pieces of legislation in support of our veterans. “As a veteran and a Member of the U.S. House Veterans Affairs Committee, I am committed to ensuring our veterans receive the best care, benefits and opportunities possible,” Roe said. “I believe this legislation helps our veterans be... Read more

  • VA Medical Errors Result in Second Largest Fine for NRC Violations
    Posted in Press Releases on March 17, 2010 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    WASHINGTON, D.C. –Today, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) levied the second largest fine the agency has ever imposed for several incidents at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in which patient safety was compromised during prostate cancer treatments. The NRC is an independent agency created by Congress in 1974 to ensure the safe use of radioactive materials for civilian purposes such as in nuclear medicine. Beginning in 2008, the ag... Read more

  • February 2010 Vote History
    Posted in Vote History on February 1, 2010 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense, Veterans

    Budget, Taxes and the Economy (48) - H J Res 45: Debt Limit Increase - Motion to Concur February 04, 2010 - Division II of the Hoyer, D-Md., motion to concur in the Senate amendment to the joint resolution that would increase the debt limit by $1.9 trillion and add pay-as-you-go budget rules into law. The portion of the Senate amendment covered by the division would establish a statutory requirement that new tax and mandatory spending legislation be budget neutral, enforced by automatic across-t... Read more

  • BIPARTISAN MEMBERS LAUNCH INVISIBLE WOUNDS CAUCUS
    Posted in Press Releases on January 21, 2010 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Representatives Teague (NM-02), Roe (TN-01), McMahon (NY-13), and Rooney (FL-16) announced the founding of the Congressional Invisible Wounds Caucus. The mission of the caucus is to promote awareness of and solutions for the mental health challenges facing our service members and veterans. In a letter encouraging other members to join the caucus the Representatives wrote: “There can be no question that PTSD and other serious unseen wounds of war, and our collective inabil... Read more

  • Subcommittee Assesses VA Transition Services for Disabled Veterans
    Posted in Press Releases on January 21, 2010 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing regarding the specialized services the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides injured veterans who are transitioning from military to civilian life. Subcommittee Ranking Member, Dr. Phil Roe said it is imperative that Congress and VA take every measure to ensure that wounded and injured veterans receive the highest quality specialized services available, including inpatient care at polytrauma centers to... Read more

  • House and Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee members tour health care center
    Posted in Press Releases on January 15, 2010 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care, Veterans

    NORTH CHICAGO, IL - Members of the House and Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, along with Department of the Navy and Department of Veterans Affairs leadership, toured the North Chicago VA Medical Center and the Naval Health Clinic Great Lakes Jan. 4 to learn more about the progress of the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center. The group was led by Chairman Harry Mitchell (D-AZ) and Ranking Member Dr. Phil Roe (R-TN), both from the House Veterans Affairs’ Committee, Subcommittee fo... Read more

  • Roe Continues to Advocate for Veterans
    Posted in Press Releases on November 3, 2009 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Phil Roe, M.D. (TN-1), a Member of the Veterans Affairs Committee, voted for legislation that continues to support and honor our veterans. “I am proud to support and advocate on behalf of our servicemembers, who so tirelessly fought for the freedom of our nation,” said Roe. “Next Wednesday we will celebrate Veterans Day, which is a very important holiday because it is reserved to honor our military veterans. As a veteran and a Member of the U.S. House Veterans A... Read more