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  • Roe Votes to Prevent Student Loan Interest Rate Hike
    Posted in Press Releases on May 23, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education

    WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN) voted in support of H.R. 1911. This legislation would provide a long-term solution to student loan interest rates that takes Washington politics out of the equation by tying student loan interest rates to the market. Roe released the following statement on the legislation: “It’s time to take Washington out of our children and grandchildren’s financial futures. On July 1st, if Congress fails to act, student loan interest rates will double. We h... Read more

  • School Lunches Should Be Filled with Nutrition, Not Red Tape
    Posted in Weekly Columns on September 26, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education, Health Care

    Have you ever wondered how school administrators decide what goes into school lunches? As is the case with most federally-run programs, there’s a thick stack of instruction papers for that. On the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) webpage for the Food and Nutrition Services Department, you can find a copy of the 81-page rule that sets nutrition standards. According to the School Nutrition Association’s (SNA) analysis and explanation of the latest rule for school lunch nutrition standards, ... Read more

  • 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

  • Student loans latest casualty of politics
    Posted in Op-Eds on May 9, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education, Jobs & Economy

    Since our economic downturn, college graduates have suffered tremendously, experiencing fewer and fewer job opportunities. Nearly half of college graduates are unemployed or underemployed, and debt from student loans is piling up — totaling more than $1 trillion. We need to address these problems with real solutions that give America’s next generation sustainable opportunities for future employment. An Associated Press analysis of government data reports that half of college graduates are either... Read more

  • Roe Statement on H.R. 4628, The Interest Rate Reduction Act
    Posted in Press Releases on April 27, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education

    WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, U.S. Congressman Phil Roe, M.D. (TN-01) released the following statement on H.R. 4628, the Interest Rate Reduction Act: “College tuition continues to skyrocket, and students already facing staggering amounts of debt now are facing the added threat of a doubling student loan interest rate. For years, the student loan program has been used as a piggy bank instead of developing a policy that actually encourages future generations to get the education they need. “That is why... Read more

  • Roe Statement on H.R. 2117 – Protecting Academic Freedom in Higher Education Act
    Posted in Press Releases on February 28, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education

    WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, U.S. Congressman Phil Roe, M.D. (TN-01) made the following statement on the House floor in support of H.R. 2117 – Protecting Academic Freedom in Higher Education Act: “I rise today in support of the Protecting Academic Freedom in Higher Education Act. This bipartisan legislation will prevent the Department of Education from defining a credit hour, something that is best left to our institutions of higher learning. It will also block a cumbersome new rule that would requi... Read more

  • State Flexibility Necessary in Education Reform
    Posted in Weekly Columns on February 22, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education

    My focus in Congress continues to be on creating jobs and growing our economy. Ultimately, doing this starts with creating an education system that gives Americans the tools they need to get jobs in the global economy. Improving our nation’s education system is critical to securing a successful future for our children and grandchildren. Last week, the House Education and the Workforce Committee, of which I am a member, began considering changes to the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law for the firs... Read more

  • Roe Statement on H.R. 3094, the Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act
    Posted in Press Releases on November 30, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education

    WASHINGTON D.C. – U.S. Congressman Phil Roe, M.D. (TN-01), chair of the Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions subcommittee for Education and the Workforce committee released the following statement in support of H.R. 3094, the Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act: “The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has struck again—this time to take away workers’ right to a fair union election. Over the summer, the NLRB proposed radical changes to the rules governing union elections that would dramatica... Read more

  • Restoring America’s Fiscal Health
    Posted in Weekly Columns on November 30, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes, Education, Jobs & Economy

    Last week the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction announced its failure to reach an agreement on how to reduce spending. Now, even though the supercommittee was unable to find common ground, spending will still be cut by $1.2 trillion, under the terms of the Budget Control Act. The opportunity we missed was an opportunity to reform our mandatory programs. Instead, $1.2 trillion of cuts will still be enacted starting in 2013, and they will be significant. In order to ensure that detriment... Read more

  • Want Economic Growth? Invest in Education.
    Posted in Weekly Columns on October 26, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education

    Many challenges our nation is currently facing can be overcome in the long-term by providing a better education and more opportunities for our children. Quality education directly impacts economic growth. We need a successful education infrastructure that creates a strong foundation in order to ensure the future success of our nation. We must invest in early childhood education and other successful education programs like distance-learning in Tennessee – a project led by the Niswonger Foundation... Read more