Roe Supports the Bipartisan Budget Act
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) released the following statement after voting in favor of the Bipartisan Budget Act:
“While it is not perfect, I’m glad Congress reached a bipartisan, bicameral budget agreement that moves our country forward. Over the last 8 years, our national defense budget shrunk to the point that there were fears our defense capabilities had been degraded to unsafe levels, leaving our troops in harm’s way. The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 will ensure our armed forces and servicemembers have the resources they need to keep America safe and free. As I’ve said time and time again, I will never apologize for voting for increased spending that addresses our national security and ensures the brave men and women who serve this country have every resource they need to be successful in their mission.
“In addition, the agreement includes my bill to repeal of the Independent Payment Advisory Board, or IPAB, which is another promise kept in the fight to repeal one of the most troubling parts of Obamacare and protect seniors’ access to care. This bipartisan agreement will also address Americans’ priorities by funding community health centers, providing disaster relief, combatting the opioid epidemic and investing in America’s infrastructure. Now that Congress has an agreement on spending for the next two years, we can continue working on more of the People’s priorities, and I’m ready to get to work.”