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  • Roe Supports Reauthorization of the Defense Production Act
    Posted in Press Releases on September 23, 2009 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense, Veterans

    WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. House of Representatives passed S. 1677, which would extend the Defense Production Act for five years, through September 30, 2014. This bipartisan legislation would also require each federal agency to issue final rules establishing standards and procedures by which they use their priority and allocation authority to promote the national defense. Agency heads would further be required to consult with each other to help develop a consistent federal priorities and allocati... Read more

  • FY10 Defense Appropriations Bill Passes the House
    Posted in Press Releases on July 31, 2009 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense, Veterans

    WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Phil Roe, M.D. (TN-1) voted to pass H.R. 3326—Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2010. H.R. 3326 contains $508 billion in funding for the Department of Defense (DoD). H.R. 3326 passed in the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 400-30. “This legislation makes critical investments in the health, well-being and readiness of our troops, their families and the Department of Defense,” said Roe. “The 2010 Defense Appropriations bill continues to put troop... Read more

  • Oversight Subcommittee Investigates Latest Patient Care Problem at VA
    Posted in Press Releases on July 22, 2009 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care, Veterans

    WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing regarding several incidents at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical center in Philadelphia, in which patient safety was compromised during prostate cancer treatments. Investigations into substandard treatments revealed lack of oversight and systemic problems in the Philadelphia VA’s brachytherapy program. Brachytherapy is the medical insertion of a number of tiny radioactive seeds into the prostate... Read more

  • Roe Champions for our Military, our Veterans and their Families
    Posted in Press Releases on July 10, 2009 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense, Veterans

    WASHINGTON, DC - Today, U.S. Congressman Phil Roe, M.D. (TN-1) voted for the passage of H.R. 3082, the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act of Fiscal Year (FY) 2010. H.R. 3082 contains a total of $77.9 billion in discretionary spending. Roe noted that this bill contains important funding for our military, our veterans and their families. “Supporting the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act is another way I am working to ensure our military, our v... Read more

  • VA Inspector General Report Reveals Quality of Care Deficiencies
    Posted in Press Releases on July 8, 2009 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of the Inspector General (IG) issued a report that revealed flaws in an internal investigation of allegations pertaining to substandard care at the VA medical center in Fort Harrison, Montana. “This is the third time this year serious questions have been raised about the VA’s quality of care and patient safety record,” said Ranking Member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affair Steve Buyer. “While I still believe that over... Read more

  • Roe Advocates for Veterans
    Posted in Press Releases on June 24, 2009 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Phil Roe, M.D. (TN-1) supported the following legislation, advocating for veterans: The Veterans Health Care Budget Reform and Transparency Act of 2009 (H.R. 1016) will provide advance appropriations authority for certain medical care accounts of the Department of Veterans Affairs so that veterans’ care isn’t compromised because Congress can’t agree on their budget. The Women Veterans’ Health Care Improvement Act (H.R. 1211) will expand and improve health care s... Read more

  • Honor And Support Our Service Members And Veterans
    Posted in Weekly Columns on May 27, 2009 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense, Veterans

    On Monday our nation paused in remembrance of those who have sacrificed their lives in defense of our free Republic. Following a tradition that begun in 1868, Memorial Day is an important day in our history where we commemorate U.S. men and women who died while in the military service. Fond mourners and friends set flowers and flags on the graves of the fallen. Our flag was flown at half staff from sunrise until noon, when it was raised high. A bugle sounded Taps, and those gathered pledged alle... Read more

  • Roe Introduces and House Passes Resolution Recognizing Memorial Day
    Posted in Press Releases on May 19, 2009 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense, Veterans

    WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Congressman Phil Roe, M.D. (TN-1) gave the following statement on the House floor regarding House Resolution 360, sponsored by Roe in recognition of Memorial Day: "Mr. Speaker, I rise in support of House Resolution 360, urging all Americans and people of all nationalities to visit the national cemeteries, memorials, and markers this Memorial Day. "Following a tradition begun in 1868, our nation will pause this Monday in remembrance of those who have sacrificed their ... Read more

  • Subcommittee Holds Hearing on the Federal Recovery Care Coordinator Program
    Posted in Press Releases on April 28, 2009 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    Washington, D.C. – Today, Ranking Member Dr. Phil Roe made the following statement during a Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigation hearing on the Federal Recovery Coordination Program (FRCP), which provides injured service members with a single point of contact for decisions regarding care and benefits. “Last month, this Subcommittee held a hearing during which three veterans spoke about the care they received. Upon hearing their testimony, concern grew among several of my colleagues and I ... Read more

  • Congressional Delegation Trip To Afghanistan
    Posted in Weekly Columns on April 22, 2009 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense, Veterans

    Last week I had the distinct honor of joining the Surgeons General of the Army and Navy and four other lawmakers on the Veterans Affairs’ Committee on a bipartisan oversight mission to Afghanistan. This was both an incredible experience and an eye opening endeavor in many respects. As a veteran and someone who served in a medical battalion, I had a notion of what to expect in Kuwait and Afghanistan; however, what I saw exceeded my expectations. Our troops are doing an incredible job. As I reflec... Read more