Roe again received the organization’s Spirit of Enterprise award for his 100 percent pro-business voting record during a Kingsport Chamber of Commerce luncheon.
Roe was one of 266 House members who received the award. During the second session of the 114th Congress, the U.S. Chamber scored members on 14 House votes related to safeguarding access to capital for small businesses, ensuring the workforce has the skills necessary for the jobs of tomorrow and helping American manufacturers compete in a global economy. In addition, votes in support of building the U.S. water infrastructure system, protecting intellectual property and updating energy policy also factored into scoring.
“You may hear that not much has gone on (in Congress). … That’s not true,” Roe, R-Tenn., told about 80 business leaders and elected officials at the Eastman Road Food City. “ … We have passed over 250 bills in the House that are in the Senate currently.”
Roe used the occasion to make a pitch for tax reform, one major thing on President Trump’s agenda.
“I think the single one thing we are going to deal with in the next two weeks … health care is near and dear to my heart, but tax reform is important and affects every phase of the economy,” Roe stressed. “I think we have the highest corporate/industrial tax rate in the world, 35 percent. … It’s a drag on the economy. … We need to turn this economy loose, and a lot of our deficit spending problems will go away.”
Tax reform, Roe indicated, will mean simpler forms and taking the tax rate for businesses down to 15-20 percent.
Roe, the chairman of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, also pointed to the panel’s legislative accomplishments, which include expanding the G.I. Bill, working on a measure that will let the VA get rid of bad employees and allowing veterans to access health care outside the VA.
“This is the most bipartisan committee in Congress, and it has been the most productive committee in the Congress. … We’re spending $500 million a month on outside VA care,” Roe said.