Thursday, December 14th, 2017 @ 7:22PM

America is the greatest country in the world, but we’ve got a lot of work to do to get back on track. President Trump knows that reckless liberal policies have hurt East Tennessee families for far too long, and so do I. That’s why I’m working around the clock to support our president.

President Trump ran on six major promises, and – as your Congressman – I’ve been working hard with the president to help him keep his promises to get our country back on track. With my support, the House has passed all of the major items of the president’s agenda.

Building the Wall & Improving National Security

The president promised we would improve our national security and finally secure our border. After 8 years of underfunding our military, I was proud to support a $70 billion increase for our military and a 2 percent pay raise for the brave men and women who fight to keep us safe and free. I strongly support securing our border, which is why I’m glad the House voted to provide $1.5 billion to begin building the wall at our Southern border President Trump promised.

Supporting America’s Heroes

As chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, I have the great of honor of working with President Trump and VA Secretary Shulkin to make good on the promises of the Trump administration, and already we’ve improved how we take care of our veterans. I’ve fought to improve the GI Bill, and – under my leadership – Congress sent a bill to President Trump’s desk that will make GI Bill benefits available for life. Taking care of our veterans should be among our most sacred duties, but from the creation of secret wait lists to employees who engaged in criminal activity, there have been too many examples of VA employees falling short. I answered President Trump’s call to restore accountability at the VA and provide the VA Secretary with more authority to fire bad actors. Veterans should not have to wait years to find out whether they can receive the benefits they’ve earned, which is why I fought to reform the broken appeals process for disability claims. I’m also working now to ensure our great veterans have the power to choose where they receive can receive high-quality, timely health care – regardless of whether that care is available at the VA or in the private sector. We can never do enough to support the soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines who make a promise to defend our country. It’s time Washington keep their promises to every man and woman who serves honorably.

Rolling Back Obama-era Regulations

Whether the Obama administration was attempting to bring Washington bureaucrats into the classroom or regulate the coal industry into bankruptcy, President Obama’s pen and phone stifled job creation and imposed unnecessary, burdensome regulations on virtually every aspect of our lives. That’s why among the first actions I took in the new Congress was to pass legislation repealing 14 of former President Obama’s most reckless regulations.

Repealing Obamacare

As a physician, I know how important it is that hardworking families have access to affordable health care. Unfortunately, former President Obama’s terrible health care law is wreaking havoc on East Tennesseans’ health care, which is why I voted against the law when it was passed and I’ve helped lead the fight to to repeal it. I was proud the House acted to repeal and replace the law, but it is unacceptable to me that the Senate failed to deliver on this promise. I will not stop fighting to get rid of this disastrous law and I hope the Senate will act to support one of President Trump’s key promises. As costs continue to skyrocket and health coverage options dwindle, we have no other choice.

Tax Reform

East Tennesseans are over-taxed and need a break.That’s why I was so proud to support the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act which will jumpstart our economy, create jobs, and allow millions of hardworking Americans to keep more of what they earn. Under this plan, if you pay taxes, you will get to keep more of your own money. After 8 years of fighting against one proposed tax increase after another, this tax relief will help make America great again.

I stand with President Trump. Join me.

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