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  • Our Saving Problem
    Posted in Weekly Columns on July 20, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education

    Our country has a saving problem. In 2015, the GAO found that 29 percent of Americans 55 and older have no retirement savings and no traditional pension. In fact, today, nearly 40 million working families haven’t saved a dime for retirement. Reliable access to affordable and accurate financial advice is more important now than ever with a larger portion of our population reaching retirement age every day. As I’ve noted several times before, the Obama administration’s Department of Labor (DOL) pu... Read more

  • E&W Committee Approves Legislation to Repeal Fiduciary Rule, Strengthen Protections for Retirement Savers
    Posted in Press Releases on July 19, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, chaired by Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), approved the Affordable Retirement Advice for Savers Act (H.R. 2823). Introduced by Rep. Phil Roe (R-TN), the legislation protects access to affordable retirement advice by overturning the Obama administration’s fiduciary rule while requiring retirement advisors to serve the best interests of their clients. Following the markup, members released the following statements: “A rule re... Read more

  • Committee Leaders Move to Overturn Flawed Fiduciary Rule, Strengthen Protections for Retirement Savers
    Posted in Press Releases on June 8, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Phil Roe (R-TN), member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, and Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL), chairman of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Tax Policy, today introduced the Affordable Retirement Advice for Savers Act (H.R. 2823). The legislation would protect access to affordable retirement advice by overturning the Obama administration’s flawed fiduciary rule while ensuring retirement advisors serve the best interests of their clients. Members released th... Read more

  • Roe: We Cannot Stifle Our Freedom of Speech
    Posted in Op-Eds on May 25, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education

    Our nation’s Constitution guarantees us certain inalienable rights, not the least of which is contained in its First Amendment: the freedom of speech. For years, college campuses have stood as a beacon to the ideal of free speech. As a Vietnam-era veteran, I saw first-hand how colleges and universities served as hotbeds for free speech and debate — some of which I vehemently disagreed with, in all candor. But, as a veteran myself, I fought to protect and defend this right to free speech, and as ... Read more

  • Roe, Hoyer Introduce School-Based Respiratory Health Management Act
    Posted in Press Releases on May 2, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education, Health Care

    WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN) and House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (D-MD) introduced H.R. 2285, the School-Based Respiratory Health Management Act, legislation that encourages states to help ensure students with reversible lower airway disorders, such as asthma, have assistance at school with managing their chronic disease and can excel in any environment. “I’m glad to introduce this important bill with my friend and colleague, Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer,” said Congress... Read more

  • Roe Statement on the Department of Labor’s Decision to Delay the Fiduciary Rule
    Posted in Press Releases on April 4, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN) released the following statement on the Department of Labor’s decision to delay the Obama administration’s Fiduciary Rule by an additional 60 days: “I commend President Trump for again delaying the Department of Labor’s misguided Obama-era Fiduciary Rule that would drive up the cost of investment advice for low- and middle-income investors. Since 2010, I have chaired hearings, asked questions and written letters to the Obama administration in ... Read more

  • Roe & Courtney Reintroduce Bill to Ensure Equal Access to Electronic Materials and Technology at Higher Education Institutions
    Posted in Press Releases on March 29, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Reps. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN) and Joe Courtney (D-CT) reintroduced H.R. 1772, the Accessible Instructional Materials in Higher Education (AIM HIGH) Act. The bill would establish an independent commission to develop voluntary guidelines for accessible postsecondary electronic instructional materials and related technologies to ensure students with disabilities have access to the same educational materials as non-disabled students. The commission will be comprised of representativ... Read more

  • Roe Statement on H.R. 1101, Small Business Health Fairness Act
    Posted in Press Releases on March 22, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education, Health Care

    Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) released the following statement on the passage of H.R. 1101, the Small Business Health Fairness Act – legislation to empower small businesses and workers through association health plans: “As a former business owner myself, I proudly supported the Small Business Health Fairness Act to help ensure small businesses can provide affordable health insurance for working families by allowing those small businesses to band together and offer cover... Read more

  • Roe Addresses Constituents After President Obama's Final State of the Union
    Posted in Press Releases on January 12, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes, Education, Abortion, Budget, Defense, Jobs & Economy, Energy, Health Care, Immigration, Second Amendment, Veterans

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Tonight, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. addressed his constituents in a video message after President Obama delivered his final State of the Union speech. Roe discussed the Second Amendment, the fight against terrorism and several other priorities in Congress in the upcoming year. To watch, click here. The script as prepared for delivery is below as well. Tonight, during his State of the Union address, we heard from President Obama on his priorities for his final year in office. It’s no ... Read more

  • Setting the Stage for a Productive 2016
    Posted in Weekly Columns on December 18, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes, Education, Abortion, Budget, Defense, Jobs & Economy, Energy, Health Care, Immigration, Second Amendment, Veterans

    This week, the House passed – with my support – important legislation to make many of the tax credits and deductions hardworking families rely on permanent. This bill brings certainty to the tax code by permanently extending several important expiring tax breaks that encourage charitable giving, small business capital investment and research and development. The bill also paves the way for comprehensive tax reform by moving away from year-to-year tax policy extensions, allowing Congress to focus... Read more