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  • Control Spending, Balance the Budget, and Keep Taxes Low
    Posted in Weekly Columns on April 21, 2010 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes, Jobs & Economy

    As Tax Day has just passed, we are keenly aware of the burden future taxes will have on our daily lives. Fundamentally, I am concerned about the $670 billion in tax hikes Democrats in Washington have enacted into law since January 2009. The reason being is the negative impact the taxes could have on small businesses and families across the country and in East Tennessee. The current cost of these tax increases and the anticipation of future tax hikes are slowing down job creation because of the u... Read more

  • April 2010 Vote History
    Posted in Vote History on April 1, 2010 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes, Budget, Jobs & Economy

    Budget, Taxes, and the Economy (200) - HR 4994: Cell Phone Deductions and Tax Relief - Passage April 14, 2010 - Lewis, D-Ga., motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would remove filing requirements for claiming a business cell phone deduction. It also would require the IRS to notify taxpayers who were eligible but did not receive a refund in any preceding tax year and authorize $20 million per year in grants for tax assistance programs for low- and moderate-income taxpayers. Motion ... Read more

  • Roe Statement on President Obama’s State of the Union Address
    Posted in Press Releases on January 28, 2010 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes, Education, Health Care

    WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Phil Roe, M.D. (TN-1) issued the following statement in response to President Obama’s State Of The Union address: With Tennessee’s unemployment over 10 percent, there’s no doubt that the economy is our country’s most pressing issue. With India and China getting economically stronger by the day, we need to create jobs and come up with common sense solutions to protect the jobs we already have. Ultimately we have to do that with policies that promote job growth – ... Read more

  • Halt the Misguided Approach, Enact Transparency & Actualize Sensible Change
    Posted in Weekly Columns on January 20, 2010 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes, Abortion, Health Care

    “I think you could make a pretty good argument that health care might be dead.” - Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) This is what Democratic Congressman Anthony Weiner said in response to the results in Massachusetts Tuesday night. What happened in Massachusetts does not have to kill health care reform – but it should stop the current misguided approach to reforming our health care system. For weeks, Democrats have been meeting behind closed doors to hash out a government takeover of health care. The on... Read more

  • Roe Votes Against a Tax Increase and Fights to Protect Jobs
    Posted in Press Releases on December 9, 2009 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes, Jobs & Economy

    WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Phil Roe, M.D., Member of Congress (TN-1) opposed H.R. 4213, the Tax Extenders Act of 2009, because it proposes to pay for temporary, one-year tax cuts with permanent tax increases during an economic downturn. In addition, the bill fails to extend key tax incentives designed to promote business investment and job creation, such as an extension of the increased small business expensing limits that permit small businesses – the engines of job creation and economic growth – ... Read more

  • More Federal Bureaucracy?
    Posted in Weekly Columns on December 9, 2009 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes, Jobs & Economy

    Last evening I conducted a telephone town hall in East Tennessee, and I heard your frustration over the lack of jobs and high unemployment rate. The American economy continues to lose jobs, and this is very frustrating to me as well. What’s even more frustrating is the lack of accountability and the run-away spending we are seeing by the Democratic Leadership. Furthermore, I oppose the Democrats’ policies that I believe will kill jobs and raise taxes at a time when we are trying to get people ba... 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

  • April 2009 Vote History
    Posted in Vote History on April 1, 2009 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes, Budget, Jobs & Economy

    Agriculture (185) - HR 1256: Tobacco Regulation - Substitute April 02, 2009 - Buyer, R-Ind., substitute amendment that would create a center within the Health and Human Services Department to regulate tobacco products but would not regulate the marketing or advertising of the products or smokeless tobacco products as strictly. It would eliminate the user fees on tobacco manufacturers and importers, prohibit restrictions on raw tobacco growers and prohibit tobacco or nicotine products from being ... Read more

  • Fighting Wasteful Spending to Restore Economic Growth
    Posted in Weekly Columns on March 4, 2009 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes, Jobs & Economy

    Whether you’re a Republican or Democrat, one would think there should be bipartisan consensus that we cannot tax and borrow our way back to a healthy economy. Unfortunately, that’s not so in Washington, D.C., and I’m working to change our direction. Since I’ve arrived in Congress, well over $1 trillion of discretionary spending has been approved with too little debate about the consequence to our future generations. The amount of increased debt needed to pay for the spending in the last month al... Read more