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  • The American Dream Accounts Act
    Posted in Weekly Columns on July 19, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education

    In today’s economy we are seeing an explosion of opportunity, a renewed sense of confidence in the future of our nation, and historic investments – both public and private – in creating safer and stronger communities. Not only are hardworking families seeing relief, businesses are growing so rapidly we have more job openings than workers. Achieving the American Dream is becoming easier, and while this is a fantastic problem to have, we must continue our efforts to support and build a strong midd... Read more

  • Empowering America’s Teachers
    Posted in Weekly Columns on May 9, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education

    In East Tennessee, we are fortunate to have some of the best teachers in the country, let alone the state of Tennessee. That’s why this week, during Teacher Appreciation Week, I have the privilege of recognizing the hardworking educators all across the First District. One of the most rewarding parts of my job is the opportunity to visit schools and classrooms and see first-hand the quality education our teachers are providing. I attended public schools all the way through graduate school, and al... Read more

  • The PROSPER Act
    Posted in Weekly Columns on December 14, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education

    Quality education for all learners, no matter their age or stage in life, is the tool that keeps the American Dream alive for generation after generation. For more and more Americans, education doesn’t end when they receive their high school diploma with many of today’s most high-paying, highly-skilled jobs requiring some sort of degree or certificate from an institution of higher education. Unfortunately, at a time when our country is still bouncing back from a recession, the American workforce... Read more

  • 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