Roe Launches Reelection Campaign

Monday, June 18th, 2018 @ 10:00AM

JOHNSON CITY, TENN. – Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN) launched his reelection campaign at City Hall in his hometown of Johnson City, Tennessee.

“I love East Tennessee, and serving as Congressman for the First District has been one of the greatest honors of my life,” said Rep. Roe. “At the end of the Obama Administration, most East Tennesseans felt our country was headed in the wrong direction. I’ve fought tirelessly alongside the president to get the largest tax cuts since the Reagan administration signed into law, which has lowered taxes for almost every American, created jobs and given us the best economy in years. We’ve provided funding for a wall at our southern border; began rebuilding our military; stood together for the right to life of the unborn; acted to protect Tennesseans from Obamacare; and worked together to fight the opioid crisis that is ravaging our communities. East Tennesseans feel a renewed sense of optimism and hope, which is a direct result of President Trump’s leadership and the policies I’ve supported.”

“Over the last year and a half, I’ve had the great privilege of serving as chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs,” continued Roe. “In this role, I’ve worked closely with President Trump and his administration to deliver major reforms that will give veterans better care, more accountability, and more timely and improved benefits. We have started speeding up the appeals process for veterans’ disability claims, expanded education benefits under the GI Bill, improved the accountability at VA and – most recently – expanded health care options for the men and women who receive care through VA.”

“Still, despite these wins, there is much left to do, which is why I am running again,” Roe concluded. “We’ve got to unite around an agenda to lower the cost of health care for all Americans; continue to fight the opioid epidemic; secure our borders; and implement the major VA reforms we’ve gotten signed into law, including ensuring veterans have access to the doctors they choose and reviewing the VA’s assets to better align veterans’ care with 21st century medicine. Another major challenge will be to help ensure a successful implementation of a new electronic health record system that will affect nine million veterans. As I said when I announced my plans to run again, I’m confident I can help ensure East Tennesseans’ voice is heard loud and clear on some of the most important issues facing our region and nation. We are making real progress on behalf of East Tennessee, and I’m excited about the opportunities that lie ahead for our country.”

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