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  • Economy: Rise in Unemployment & Debt is Concerning
    Posted in Weekly Columns on June 6, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes, Education, Budget, Jobs & Economy, Health Care

    Last week’s jobs report showed a concerning rise in unemployment to 8.2 percent in the month of May. There are many factors interfering with our nation’s recovery. I believe high unemployment and our inability to see a true recovery is directly related to uncertainty due to bad policies such as the health care law and Congress’ inability to gets our country’s fiscal house in order. I participated in a “Pen and Pad” event on Tuesday with fellow Representatives Price (GA-06) and Lankford (OK-05) r... Read more

  • We Need A Plan To Turn The Economy Around
    Posted in Weekly Columns on May 16, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes, Budget, Defense, Jobs & Economy, Energy, Health Care

    Every day I hear stories of how more layoffs are threatened and economic uncertainty is being brought about by bills such as the health care law and regulations that stifle innovation. In order to create jobs and get folks back to work, Congress needs to work together in a bipartisan way to be a part of the solution. The best way to lower the unemployment rate and promote job growth is to create an atmosphere that rewards hard work, keeps government out of the way of innovation and incentivizes ... Read more

  • Roe Statement on the Small Business Tax Cut Act
    Posted in Press Releases on April 19, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes, Jobs & Economy

    WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, U.S. Congressman Phil Roe, M.D. (TN-01) released the following statement on passage of the Small Business Tax Cut Act: “Even though our economy is on the cusp of recovery, we need to do everything we can to incentivize our businesses to create jobs. I voted for the Small Business Tax Cut Act because it will directly help small businesses create jobs. “Specifically, the Small Business Tax Cut Act will allow small businesses with fewer than 500 employees to take a tax dedu... Read more

  • Washington Needs to Reform the Tax Code, Not Raise Taxes
    Posted in Weekly Columns on April 18, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes, Jobs & Economy

    Tuesday marked Tax Day and, coincidentally, Tax Freedom Day - meaning that it has taken from January 1 until now for Americans to earn enough money to pay this year’s federal, state, and local tax bill — 29.2% of all our income. We need to put a stop to the government’s overreach into hardworking taxpayers’ wallets. One way we can stop the government tax overreach is by fixing the broken tax system. I support simplifying our tax code and closing loopholes that amount to spending in the tax code.... Read more

  • Keep Taxes Low & Rein in Government Spending
    Posted in Weekly Columns on April 11, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes, Health Care

    As we approach the tax filing deadline on April 17, we see how much the government and taxation have grown in America. There is no question we need to lower taxes for all hardworking Americans, from our job creators to our friends and neighbors who have fallen on hard times. Excessive regulation and taxes are a deterrent to business expansion and income. The president’s solution to economic recovery is the opposite. In his budget he is proposing $1.5 trillion in new taxes. His plan would raise t... Read more

  • Another Budget Failure
    Posted in Weekly Columns on February 15, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes, Budget, Jobs & Economy

    On Monday, President Obama released his $3.8 trillion fiscal year (FY) 2013 budget proposal containing many similarities to his FY 2012 budget that was overwhelmingly rejected by the Senate by a vote of 97-0. If Congress were to adopt the president’s budget, we are looking at dangerous levels of debt, exceeding 100 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) every year for the next 10 years. Failing to fulfill his promise to cut the deficit in half by the end of his term, Obama instead proposed a fo... Read more

  • Congress Needs to Enact Reforms That Will Ensure Long-Term Economic Success
    Posted in Weekly Columns on February 8, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes, Jobs & Economy

    The slight drop in unemployment in the recent job report was welcome news that shows a positive gain in our economy. However, the economy is still in a fragile state, so Congress must continue to move forward with reforms that put this country on a path to ensure long-term economic success. That is why the House passed HR 3581, the Budget and Accounting Transparency Act, a bill that would increase transparency in federal budgeting by providing a more honest accounting of how certain costs are ca... Read more

  • DR. ROE in the THE HILL: Americans deserve better answers
    Posted in Weekly Columns on January 24, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes, Budget, Jobs & Economy

    Yesterday, President Obama delivered his State of the Union address to the joint session of Congress and to the nation. Three years and three trillion-dollar deficits later, it is clear that hardworking Tennessee taxpayers deserve better answers, better solutions and a better result. To date, the president’s record tells its own story. In his first speech to a joint session of Congress in 2009, President Obama promised to “cut the deficit in half” by the end of his first term. However, the real... 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

  • It Is Time For The Senate To Act
    Posted in Weekly Columns on December 14, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes, Budget, Jobs & Economy, Energy, Health Care

    With only two days left to pass a year-end spending bill, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid continues to play politics with important issues concerning Tennesseans. By his refusal to bring a bipartisan bill up for a vote, Leader Reid is holding jobs hostage for the American people. We need to pass the Middle Class Tax Relief & Job Creation Act because it will strengthen the economy, bring small businesses certainty and get Americans back to work. Currently the government is running an outrageous... Read more