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  • Extend Tax Cuts To All Americans
    Posted in Weekly Columns on December 1, 2010 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes, Budget

    No one seems to know the full schedule for the Democrats’ lame-duck Congress, but we know the Democratic Majority has not scheduled a vote to prevent all tax rates from rising. If there is no vote on the tax cut extensions for all Americans before the end of the year, taxpayers at every income level will see their paychecks reduced as significant tax increases go into effect. The impact won’t stop with paychecks – as the tax rates for savings and investment will rise and the death tax will retur... Read more

  • Looking Forward
    Posted in Weekly Columns on November 4, 2010 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes, Jobs & Economy

    On Tuesday, the America people sent a message to the leaders of our nation, through the power of their vote – they reject the bailouts and wasteful spending that only hurt our economy over the long run. Too many have fallen on hard times and are still trying to rebuild after one of the worst recessions we have ever seen in our lifetime. This new Congress has an obligation to restore the health of our economy and get America back to work. Serving as your Congressman, I vow to take your beliefs an... Read more

  • Our Government Needs Accountability & Balance
    Posted in Weekly Columns on October 13, 2010 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes, Budget, Jobs & Economy

    There’s no denying the fact our country is facing some of the toughest economic times many of us have ever seen. Unfortunately, the leadership in our country has fallen short and has taken us down the wrong path. With increasing poverty levels and high unemployment rates, the Administration’s response has been, “it could have been worse.” It’s time for the Administration and the Democratic leadership to start being honest with the American people and acknowledge that their policies have not work... Read more

  • The Largest Tax Hikes In History?
    Posted in Weekly Columns on September 8, 2010 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes, Jobs & Economy

    Our country continues to face economic uncertainty going forward and clearly, we need to do more to stimulate growth and job creation. But, America is on the verge of receiving the largest tax hikes in our nation’s history. At a time when our leaders’ top priority needs to be restoring our economic health, this tax increase will be another negative blow to our staggering economy. The fact is, every American will be affected by these tax hikes. The first major tax increase will occur at the start... Read more

  • Bailing Out States Could Stunt Economic Growth
    Posted in Weekly Columns on August 11, 2010 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes, Jobs & Economy

    This week, House Democratic Leadership reconvened the chamber for a special session to vote on legislation that would provide another bailout costing $26 billion. Instead of a bailout to corporations – which I oppose – this bailout was for states that have not displayed the will to balance their budgets. We’ve seen less than satisfactory results from previous corporate bailouts, and now Democratic leadership is determined to spend billions more on this. We can’t keep going down this reckless pat... Read more

  • Roe Statement on New Abortion Regulation
    Posted in Press Releases on July 29, 2010 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes, Abortion

    WASHINGTON, DC – In a recent op-ed in The Hill, U.S. Congressman Phil Roe, M.D. (TN-1) shed light on how the Obama Administration had approved several states’ plans for high risk pools that include coverage for taxpayer-funded abortions under the new national government-run health care program. Today, The Hill reported that the Administration reversed course and the Department of Health and Human Services is now issuing a new regulation that will specifically prohibit state high-risk pools from ... Read more

  • 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