Roe Votes for Final Fiscal Year 2020 Appropriations Bills
WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) voted in favor of two appropriations bills to fund the federal government through the end of Fiscal Year 2020 (FY 20) before Friday’s deadline. Congressman Roe released the following statement:
“I will never apologize for voting to support our men and women serving our country in the uniform, and was proud to vote for the defense bill. This important bill ensures President Trump can continue his efforts to rebuild our military after many years of neglect. It also follows the final FY20 NDAA passed last week by giving our troops a 3.1 percent pay raise – the largest in a decade. Importantly, this defense bill also includes new, unrestricted funding that can be used to build a wall on our southern border.
“Regarding the second funding bill, ever since the Affordable Care Act was passed, I have worked to reverse its impact on our health care system. While this legislation was by no means perfect, it included the permanent repeal of three provisions that shift the cost burden to patients and discourage medical innovation. It is a huge victory that a bipartisan majority has once again concluded pieces of the Affordable Care Act should be repealed. Another priority of mine has been improving retirement security for millions of Americans, which is why I was thrilled the SECURE Act finally will be signed into law. This important legislation will make it easier for employers to offer their employees retirement plans, and increase the chances that more Americans can make it to their golden years with the resources they need.
“While I am concerned about the overall spending levels in this bill, and voted against the legislation authorizing these spending levels, I believe these additional priorities will be helpful to East Tennessee. Specifically, this legislation provides $5.7 billion for substance abuse prevention and treatment, when last year Tennessee saw its highest opioid related deaths to date. I am also pleased among the priorities that were funded, mental health and suicide prevention, the Appalachian Regional Commission, and the VA MISSION Act – which I authored – were among the programs that will receive strong support.”
Note: H.R. 1865 and H.R. 1158 funded numerous conservative priorities, including the VA MISSION Act, of which Congressman Roe was the author. Congressman Roe has also been a strong advocate for repealing the “Cadillac Tax” and supported the Middle Class Health Benefits Tax Repeal Act of 2019, that passed the House July 19, 2019. Additionally, included in the SECURE Act is the consolidated Form 5500 bill introduced by Reps. Linda Sánchez and Phil Roe on February 7, 2019. This bipartisan legislation will make it easier and less costly for small businesses to provide retirement plans for their workers by alleviating duplicative reporting requirements for plan administrators. The Congressman was also a proud supporter of the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act Conference Report that passed the House on December 11, 2019.