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Civic Seal Legislation Moving Through Committee Process In The House

Civic Seal Legislation Moving Through Committee Process In The House

This week, Republican leaders advanced legislation that establishes the Governor’s Civics Seal program. House Bill 944 recognizes Tennessee’s public schools and school districts that implement high-quality civic education because it is essential to preserving our constitutional democracy. This initiative seeks to promote efforts to increase access to quality civics education, while also developing specific standards […]

Roe Reintroduces Resolution Promoting Free Speech on College Campuses

Roe Reintroduces Resolution Promoting Free Speech on College Campuses

Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) reintroduced a resolution that reinforces First Amendment rights for all Americans on college campuses. This resolution expresses the sense of Congress that institutions of higher education should facilitate and recommit themselves to protecting and promoting the free and open exchange of ideas, and that free speech zones and codes are inherently […]

Nearly Half of Americans Have Had a Family Member Jailed, Imprisoned

Nearly Half of Americans Have Had a Family Member Jailed, Imprisoned

In a groundbreaking Cornell-led study illuminating the extensive scope of mass incarceration in the U.S., nearly 1 in 2 Americans have had a brother or sister, parent, spouse or child spend time in jail or prison – a far higher figure than previously estimated. The study is the first to accurately measure the share of […]

WSU Researcher Discovers Oldest Tattoo Tool in Western North America

WSU Researcher Discovers Oldest Tattoo Tool in Western North America

Washington State University archaeologists have discovered the oldest tattooing artifact in western North America. With a handle of skunkbush and a cactus-spine business end, the tool was made around 2,000 years ago by the Ancestral Pueblo people of the Basketmaker II period in what is now southeastern Utah. Andrew Gillreath-Brown, an anthropology PhD candidate, chanced […]

United States Supreme Court Incorporates Eighth Amendment to the States in Civil Forfeiture Case

United States Supreme Court Incorporates Eighth Amendment to the States in Civil Forfeiture Case

Property rights advocates have watched the Timbs v. Indiana case with great interest because it promises to have nationwide implications on excessive fines and property forfeitures. Today, the United States Supreme Court rendered its unanimous decision in Timbs. Writing for the majority, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg states that “Indiana argues that the Excessive Fines Clause […]

House Passes Bipartisan Veterans’ Access to Child Care Act of 2019

House Passes Bipartisan Veterans’ Access to Child Care Act of 2019

Friday, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, released the following statement after the House passed H.R. 840, the bipartisan Veterans’ Access to Child Care Act of 2019: “I have always been an advocate for reducing barriers to care for our veterans, as it is imperative that they […]

Announcement of Maximum Effective Rate of Interest on Home Loans

Announcement of Maximum Effective Rate of Interest on Home Loans

The Federal National Mortgage Association has discontinued its free market auction system for commitments to purchase conventional home mortgages. Therefore, the Commissioner of Financial Institutions hereby announces that the maximum effective rate of interest per annum for home loans as set by the General Assembly in 1987, Public Chapter 291, for the month of March, 2019 is 7.03 […]

Pre-Medicare Years Bring Health Insurance Worries for Many, U-M/AARP Poll Finds

Pre-Medicare Years Bring Health Insurance Worries for Many, U-M/AARP Poll Finds

With the dawn of a new year, most Americans have just started a new health insurance coverage period — whether they receive their coverage through a job, buy it themselves or have a government plan. But a new national poll suggests that many people in their 50s and early 60s harbor serious worries about their […]

U.S. Supreme Court sides with the States in WOTUS Decision

U.S. Supreme Court sides with the States in WOTUS Decision

Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III applauds the United States Supreme Court’s unanimous decision to reverse the Sixth Circuit ruling in Waters of the United States (WOTUS). The Supreme Court’s decision to require the rule be challenged in federal district courts, a more local and direct route than being limited to the U.S. Court of Appeals, helps […]

Protecting the Civil Liberties of All Americans is Our Constitutional Duty

Protecting the Civil Liberties of All Americans is Our Constitutional Duty

Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) released the following statement after voting against S. 139 – FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act: “Protecting American citizens is among my top priorities, but security does not have to come at the expense of Americans’ Constitutional rights. I have long held concerns that intelligence operations have not prioritized civil liberties, […]

APA Stress in America Survey: US at ‘Lowest Point We Can Remember’

APA Stress in America Survey: US at ‘Lowest Point We Can Remember’

Nearly two-thirds of Americans (63 percent) say the future of the nation is a very or somewhat significant source of stress, slightly more than perennial stressors like money (62 percent) and work (61 percent), according to the American Psychological Association’s report, Stress in America™: The State of Our Nation. More than half of Americans (59 […]

Senator Corker Announces Plans To Leave Senate

Senator Corker Announces Plans To Leave Senate

U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement. “After much thought, consideration and family discussion over the past year, Elizabeth and I have decided that I will leave the United States Senate when my term expires at the end of 2018. “When I ran for the Senate in 2006, I told people that […]

President Donald J. Trump Approves Texas And Louisiana Emergency Declaration

President Donald J. Trump Approves Texas And Louisiana Emergency Declaration

Today, President Donald J. Trump declared that an emergency exists in the State of Louisiana and ordered Federal assistance to supplement State, tribal, and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions resulting from Tropical Storm Harvey beginning on August 27, 2017, and continuing. The President’s action authorizes the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency […]

Representative Phil Roe’s Thoughts on Strengthening the Nation’s Energy Security

Representative Phil Roe’s Thoughts on Strengthening the Nation’s Energy Security

This week, President Trump signed an Executive Order (EO) to roll back the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) misguided, job-killing Clean Power Plan (CPP), a key component of the Obama administration’s war on coal. I was pleased with the president’s action because these regulations have been hugely detrimental to our region’s economy – from southwestern Virginia’s […]

Alexander, Corker Introduce Bill to Rescue Americans with Zero Options for Insurance on the Affordable Care Act Exchanges

Alexander, Corker Introduce Bill to Rescue Americans with Zero Options for Insurance on the Affordable Care Act Exchanges

Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) today introduced legislation to rescue Americans with Affordable Care Act subsidies who have zero options for health insurance on the exchanges for the 2018 plan year. “There are 34,000 Knoxville area residents who rely on an Affordable Care Act subsidy to purchase insurance, and after the one […]

Representative Phill Roe’s Thoughts on Improving The VA

Representative Phill Roe’s Thoughts on Improving The VA

The men and women who served our country, who risked their lives in the line of duty to protect our freedom and defend our liberties, should be honored, revered and treated with respect. As Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs and a veteran myself, I feel a duty to help ensure veterans receive […]

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