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Phil Roe's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (TN) - District 1, Republican
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House - District 1
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Phil Roe has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Phil Roe is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These issue positions, from the year 2014, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Pro-life Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

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  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Phil Roe supported the interests of the Family Research Council 100 percent in 2010." (
  • Phil Roe. Acceptable Bigotry: Prejudice Against the Child in the Womb. 19 January 2011. “Life is a precious miracle from God which begins at conception. It is our responsibility and privilege as legislators to protect those who do not have a voice. I will always fight for the right to life because it is my conviction that we are all unique creations of a God who knows us and loves us before we are even conceived.” (
  • Phil Roe. March For Life. 21 January 2011. “Tomorrow, we will mark one of the most tragic, misguided Supreme Court cases in our nation's history, Roe versus Wade. Since 1973, more than 50 million babies have been denied the right to life. We must make our laws consistent with our science and restore full legal protections to all who are waiting to be born. If government has any legitimate function at all, it is to protect the most innocent among us.” (
  • Phil Roe. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Phil Roe voted Yea on 11/07/2009. (
  • Phil Roe. No Taxpayer Funding on Abortion Act. 4 May 2011. “As an obstetrician and gynecologist, I have delivered nearly 5,000 babies, and I strongly support the sanctity of life. I believe life is a precious gift from God that begins at conception. I have seen human development occur from the earliest stages of a small fetus all the way through birth. The magic of the heartbeat at 26 to 28 days post-conception is indescribable in my field like this, which strengthens my conviction of the right to life.” (
  • Phil Roe. Pro-Life Congressman Roe Fights For The Rights Of The Unborn. 20 January 2011. "Since the Roe vs. Wade decision in 1973, more than 50 million babies have been denied the right to life. As we mark one of the most tragic and misguided Supreme Court cases in our nation's history, we must redouble our efforts to make our laws consistent with our science and restore full legal protections to the unborn. I am proud to stand with other legislators fighting for these rights." (
  • Phil Roe. Pro-Life Women In History. 11 March 2010. “We have a very limited amount of resources for health care in this country. I think we will talk about certainly the need for reform. But abortion is not health care. It is not. And we should not be using our tax dollars, as precious as they are, to provide care.” (
  • Phil Roe. The President's Executive Order on Taxpayer-Funded Abortions -- Not Worth the Paper it was Secretly Written on. 15 July 2010. “The only way to truly prevent taxpayer funding of abortions is to enact a law that prevents any taxpayer funding from being used to perform abortions. The health care bill, now signed into law, does not meet that standard, and it's clear now that the law provided more than enough flexibility for tax dollars to be used to enable abortions.” (
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Phil Roe supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 0 percent in 2010." (
  • Phil Roe. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Phil Roe voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (
  • Phil Roe. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Phil Roe voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Phil Roe supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 100 percent in 2010." (
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Phil Roe supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 0 percent in 2010." (
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

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  • Phil Roe. Column: Congress Still Has Work to Do. 1 August 2012. “We still have a lot of work to do, and I encourage President Obama to sit down with leaders in the House and Senate--both Republican and Democrat--to find a path forward for our country. I will continue to support solutions that address our debt crisis, adequately fund our military and ensure that all Americans aren't faced with a tax hike January 1.” (
  • Phil Roe. Extend Tax Cuts To All Americans. 1 December 2010. “Before the 111th Congress comes to an end, I urge passage of legislation that will cut taxes for all Americans.” (
  • Phil Roe. Hardworking Taxpayers Deserve Tax Cut Extension. 11 July 2012. “The president says we must have a system that is fair for everyone, and I agree. However, there is nothing fair about the federal government taking between 30 and 40 percent of your income. The fact of the matter is that raising taxes on American families and small businesses will ultimately drive up unemployment and slow economic recovery. I encourage my Democrat colleagues and the president to put politics aside and ensure no one sees their taxes increased to start 2013.” (
  • Phil Roe. Issue Position: Taxes. 10 January 2012. “Phil has voted against billions of dollars in tax increases that have been proposed by Democrats this Congress -- tax hikes that could affect every American and he will continue to vigorously oppose these tax increases in the future.” (
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Phil Roe supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 87 percent of the time in 2010." (
  • Phil Roe signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayers Protection Pledge. “I, Phil Roe, pledge to the taxpayers of the 1st district of the) state of Tennessee and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates.” (
  • Phil Roe. Letter to Representative Hensarling, Senator Murray, and Members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. 17 November 2011. “It is evident that America has a fiscal crisis because Washington spends too much, not because it taxes too little. According to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, tax revenues will reach or exceed the historical average of 18 percent of economic output by the end of this decade, even as spending continues to increase at an unsustainable rate. Increasing taxes on Americans would destroy jobs, erase all hope of an economic recovery, and simply serve to feed out-of-control spending in Washington. Thus, as you continue the important task to reach a deficit reduction agreement, we ask that any policies the Joint Select Committee prescribes not increase Americans' tax burden. With current levels of taxation already limiting economic growth, we believe that marginal rates must be maintained or lowered and that repeal of any tax credit or deduction be offset with an equal or greater tax cut. Although there are diverse beliefs toward specific policies that should be included in any deficit reduction plan, we must recognize that increasing the tax burden on American businesses and citizens, especially during a fragile recovery, is irresponsible and dangerous to the health of the United States.” (
  • Phil Roe. Taxes. 10 January 2012. “There is no question we need to lower taxes for people at all levels of income, from our job creators to our friends and neighbors who have fallen on hard times. Excessive regulation and taxes are a deterrent to business expansion and income.“ (
  • Phil Roe. The Largest Tax Hikes In History? 14 September 2010. “This country needs a catalyst for success and hitting the American people with new taxes will make an already stagnating jobs market worse. Higher taxes don't stimulate an economy, and they will only hurt us moving forward.” (
  • Phil Roe. We Need a Plan to Turn the Economy Around. 16 May 2012. “With very good reason, employers are slow to hire because they are concerned that Washington is not on their side. They see this through threats of higher taxes and new regulations. I believe our economy works best when we reduce regulations, lower taxes and allow hardworking taxpayers to keep more of what they earn. That is why I voted to extend the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts, and I will continue to support legislation that lowers taxes for all Americans. Keeping the tax cuts in place will give businesses some cost certainty, which in turn will give them more confidence to hire additional employees.” (
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

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  • Phil Roe. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Phil Roe voted Nay on 09/23/2010. (
  • The Club for Growth. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, The Club for Growth attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2010, The Club for Growth gave Phil Roe a rating of 87 percent." (
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Phil Roe supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 95 percent in 2010." (
  • Phil Roe. Spending Cuts & Reducing the Deficit are Necessary for Economic Growth. 16 November 2011. “Balancing the federal budget will require us to reduce spending. Some Democrats are arguing for taking more of your money to close the deficit. The reality, however, is tax increases won't shrink the deficit because anytime we raise taxes, the government always finds a way to spend even more money.” (
  • Phil Roe. Congressman Roe on the Issues. 9 January 2012. “Phil is a cosponsor of legislation that adds a Balanced Budget Amendment to our Constitution. He voted against the so-called $700 billion 'stimulus' bill that has only resulted in higher unemployment and higher debt for our nation. Phil has stood firmly against the federal 'bailout' program and has voted to cut billions of dollars in federal spending.” (
  • Phil Roe. Cut, Cap & Balance: A Fight Toward Fiscal Responsibility in Washington. 18 May 2011. “It is imperative to the future of the country that we fight for an immediate shift toward fiscal responsibility. That is why I, along with my colleagues in the Republican Study Committee (RSC), wrote a letter to House Speaker John Boehner asking him to 'Cut, Cap and Balance'. Specifically, we advocated for discretionary and mandatory spending reductions that would cut the deficit in half next year; enacting statutory, enforceable total-spending caps to reduce federal spending to 18% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP); and a Balanced Budget Constitutional Amendment (BBA) with strong protections against federal tax increases and including a Spending Limitation Amendment (SLA).” (
  • Phil Roe. Issues/Budget. 9 January 2012. “That's why I cosponsored legislation to create a Balanced Budget Amendment. Despite these record deficits and an obvious need for fiscal restraint, Congress enacted H.R. 1105, The Fiscal Year 2009 Omnibus spending bill that spent $410 billion and increase federal spending by eight percent. I opposed this legislation because, while local, county, city and state governments are cutting and balancing their budgets, the federal government is breaking the bank.” (
  • Phil Roe. Stimulus Part II: More of the Same? 14 September 2011. ”President Obama sent another stimulus bill to Congress that will cost taxpayers about $450 billion, most of which will be 'paid for' with $467 billion in new taxes. For too long, the federal government has recklessly spent beyond its means, and this legislation is more of the same. Washington has a spending problem, not a taxing problem, and we must break this cycle of borrowing, spending and taxing. In order to get our economy moving and create jobs in Tennessee and across the country, we must adhere to the following principles: get wasteful Washington spending under control; reduce unnecessary and burdensome regulations; repeal the president's health care law and the Dodd-Frank legislation; revamp the tax code to encourage economic growth; and work towards a more energy independent America.” (
  • Phil Roe. Want an Economic Recovery? Here's how. 8 June 2011. “I believe that we can ease the burden for Tennesseans and all Americans by ending the cycle of taxing, borrowing and spending, as many Democrats in Congress want to do. Historically, we are better off economically if we enact significant, enforceable cuts to wasteful Washington spending and put the country on a path towards a balanced budget.” (
  • Phil Roe. Weekly Columns – Jobs and the Economy. 30 May 2012. “One major threat to economic growth is wasteful Washington spending. Our country cannot get its fiscal house in order if the Senate, led by Harry Reid, can't even pass a budget. It has been over 1,126 days since the Senate has passed a budget. This is simply a failure to legislate, and it is another example of Senate Democrats playing politics with hardworking taxpayer dollars. Now more than ever, hardworking American taxpayers need leadership, and that means leaders who will follow through on creating jobs and growing the economy.” (
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

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  • Phil Roe. Committee Leaders Voice Support for K-12 Education Reform Bill. “The Student Success Act and the Encouraging Innovation and Effective Teachers Act will encourage greater state and local control, support effective teachers in the classroom, and enhance flexibility. Read why committee members believe these proposals represent the best way forward for students and schools: […] Rep. Phil Roe (R-TN) "We must put education first in order to ensure our young people are gaining the knowledge and tools they need to be successful in the future. The Student Success Act and the Encouraging Innovation and Effective Teachers Act offer true education reform by giving states more flexibility in order to meet the unique needs of each child and providing accountability. The bills also aim to ensure taxpayer dollars are spent wisely because funding is used to strengthen programs that are already successfully working in school districts around the country. These bills offer long-term solutions in our education system that will help pave the path of our children's future."” (
  • Phil Roe. Education Reform. 10 January 2012. “Academic standards, testing systems, and curriculum should be set by states and local educators -- without coercion from the federal government -- to ensure those who know our children best are able to shape their education to excel in college and the workplace.” (
  • Phil Roe. House Education Committee Approves Second Education Reform Bill. 23 June 2011. “The best educational system is one in which parents, teachers, and local school boards collaborate to set the agenda - not bureaucrats in Washington.” (
  • Phil Roe. Want Economic Growth? Invest in Education.10 January 2012. “We must let teachers teach by eliminating onerous federal requirements, including needless paperwork, to ensure our teachers and local schools have the freedom to operate and innovate as they think best.” (
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

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No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

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  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Phil Roe supported the interests of Environment America 0 percent in 2009." (
  • Phil Roe. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Phil Roe voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (
  • Phil Roe. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Phil Roe voted Nay on 06/26/2009. (
  • Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund. 04/18/2012. "Phil Roe supported the interests of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund 0 percent in 2010." (
  • Phil Roe. Cap and Tax: A New Welfare Program? 5 August 2009. “Cap and tax is not our only option. It is possible to pursue policies that will both help the environment and the economy. By design, cap and tax can only hurt the economy while providing a questionable environmental benefit. Additionally, the United States cannot go it alone in the effort to cut greenhouse gases. Absent a global agreement that includes the heavy emitting developing countries, cap and tax will only send energy costs up while sending employment numbers down.” (
  • Phil Roe. Energy. 10 January 2012. “In an effort to penalize those who use carbon-intensive energy, particularly coal, some in Congress are trying to enact a national carbon energy tax to lower greenhouse gas emissions.  You can be certain I will be outspoken in my opposition to this proposal.  I am certain that enacting a national energy tax will be devastating to our economy.  In addition to raising consumers’ energy bills, this tax will make everything produced in the United States more expensive, thus reducing our global competitiveness.  This will cost American jobs, particularly in the manufacturing sector and I won’t stand idly by and watch it happen.” (
  • Phil Roe. Providing For Consideration Of H.R. 2996, Department Of The Interior, Environment, And Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2010. 25 June 2009. “My amendment would have simply returned this explicit authority to Congress to regulate greenhouse gases. Without this amendment, the EPA could threaten sweeping changes without giving any consideration whatsoever to its effects on the economy since the EPA's mandate is environmental and public health. Passing this amendment could have removed a threat so that we can consider climate change legislation in an open, deliberative process.” (
  • Phil Roe. Roe Votes to Stop New Needless Energy Taxes. 7 April 2011. “Since failing to pass their flawed cap-and-tax legislation, the Administration is taking matters into their own hands by trying to implement similar regulations, using the EPA as their lead enforcement agency. The heart of the EPA's regulation would be a backdoor national energy tax that will ultimately kill jobs, stop economic growth and raise the cost of energy, food and transportation.” (
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Phil Roe supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 0 percent in 2010." (
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

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  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Phil Roe in the 2010 general election. (
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Phil Roe a grade of 91." (
  • Phil Roe. Congressman Roe on the Issues. 13 January 2012. “Phil believes the Constitution provides law abiding citizens the freedom to keep and bear arms. As a Life Member of the NRA with a 100 percent voting record in support of gun owners and sportsmen, he has been a consistent voice for the Second Amendment and has fought attempts to weaken those rights that are granted in the Constitution.” (
  • Phil Roe. Protecting Your Right to Bear Arms. 9 January 2012. “I am a strong advocate for the Second Amendment and I believe the constitution provides law abiding citizens the freedom to keep and bear arms. As Congressman of the First District, I am committed to safeguarding the rights of law-abiding American citizens, and I will be a consistent voice for the Second Amendment and fight attempts to weaken those rights that are granted in the constitution. On May 20, 2009, I was pleased to vote for legislation that allowed gun owners to carry their weapons into national parks and wildlife refuges, which was previously prohibited. The legislation, which passed as an amendment to a larger piece of legislation and passed by a strong bipartisan vote of 279 to 147, was signed into law by the President. I am also a cosponsor of the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act, which allows law-abiding citizens who are permitted to carry a concealed weapon in one state to carry that weapon in another state, subject to his or her permitted state's restrictions. It seems to me the right to bear arms does not stop at the state line, and this common sense legislation will ensure the right is unimpeded by different state governments.” (
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

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  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Phil Roe supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 0 percent in 2010." (
  • Phil Roe. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Phil Roe voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (
  • Phil Roe. Roe Statement on the Health Care Cost Reduction Act of 2012. 7 June 2012. “The Health Care Cost Reduction Act is another example of why it is so important to repeal the dangerously flawed health care law that does nothing to address the cost issue, but only burdens hardworking Americans with more taxes. It is vital that Congress works to keep the pressure on the Senate and the president to repeal the health care law -- whether all at once or piece-by-piece.”
  • Phil Roe. Evansville Courier & Press - Health Care Law has Consequences Federal Takeover Will Hurt Recovery. 16 June 2011. “Perhaps the greatest testament to the law's failure is the fact that more than 1,300 'waivers' have been granted to various businesses, organizations, and unions. These waivers provide temporary relief from the law's costly mandates. No one can be faulted for seeking an exemption from ObamaCare's expensive requirements, but it is troubling to see some who publicly praise the law seeking cover from its impact.” (
  • Phil Roe. GOP Doctors Caucus Reflects on One Year Anniversary of Obamacare. 23 March 2011. “This anniversary is a reminder that Congress must repeal Obamacare at the request of the American people, and pass meaningful health care legislation that will reform the system by controlling costs and getting rid of waste, without costing jobs and compromising care." (
  • Phil Roe. GOP Doctors Caucus Responds To Supreme Court Review of Healthcare Law. 14 November 2011. "The U.S. Supreme Court will decide if government can force individuals to buy a private product or be penalized for not doing so. This is further evidence the health care legislation was rushed through Congress and is very flawed. While legal fights continue against this health care law in states around the country, and in the Supreme Court, I am committed to working with Congress to repeal the law and address critical health care challenges that face our nation. I urge the Obama Administration and the Democrats in Congress to work with Republicans in passing common-sense health care reforms that are constitutionally permissible." (
  • Phil Roe. Repeal of Obamacare Act. 10 July 2012. “I rise today to urge my colleagues to vote for repeal of the Affordable Care Act. As a physician, I've taken care of families for more than 30 years. During my time on the front lines, I watched our health care costs skyrocket and our health care freedom erode. I observed three major problems with the health care system. One, it costs too much. It's unaffordable for too many people. Two, there were people who didn't have access to care. And three, there's a liability crisis in this country.” (
  • Phil Roe. Roe Applauds Passage of 1099 Repeal Legislation. 5 April 2011. “ObamaCare includes a provision buried in its 2,000+ pages that will require every business that conducts more than $600 worth of activity with another business to file a 1099 form with the IRS. Not only would this new tax regulations create mounds of needless paperwork, but it is a nonsensical, job-destroying regulation.” (
  • Phil Roe. Roe Statement on Supreme Court Ruling. 28 June 2012. “The court's ruling gives renewed urgency to our efforts to repeal this law. If we allow its full implementation, our health care decisions will forever be in the hands of Washington bureaucrats. Despite the disappointing ruling, I am committed to working to repeal the law and address critical health care challenges that face our nation with reforms that lower health care costs.” (
  • Phil Roe. Subcommittee Hearing Confirms Health Care Promises Broken by Onerous Regulations. 13 October 2011. "The idea of the federal government intervening in the relationship between a patient and his or her health care provider is downright terrifying to many individuals. Perhaps that is why the president promised so adamantly that reform would not disrupt the health care millions of Americans rely upon and wish to keep. The linchpin of this promise was an exemption or 'grandfather' provision in the law. This was intended to provide relief from new rules and regulations for insurance plans in effect the day the president signed his bill into law. Unfortunately, in just three months, the administration defined the terms of the grandfather provision so narrowly that it became meaningless." (
  • Phil Roe. The Health Care Law Fails To Address Rising Costs. 27 June 2012. “The system before the health care law was working for 80 percent of all Americans. We had a great opportunity to extend coverage to the uninsured in an affordable, commonsense way that kept our individual liberties intact; however, the health care law fell short. We now have a great responsibility to repeal this flawed law and make quality health insurance more affordable. We can do this by improving portability and giving patients more ownership of their policies, ensuring doctors and patients are in charge of making medically-necessary decisions, and eliminating the insurance industry's ability to profit by avoiding the sick. Regardless of what the Supreme Court rules tomorrow, we must take a hard look at the law and address its flaws. I strongly believe the best way to do this would be to start from scratch and work in a bipartisan way toward real, commonsense health care reform. Just this Congress, I have voted with House Republicans thirty times to repeal all or parts of the health care law but the Senate has not acted on these efforts. I will continue to work with my colleagues in Congress to ensure Americans have the access to affordable health care coverage that they deserve.” (
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

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  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Phil Roe supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 0 percent in 2010." (
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Phil Roe supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 100 percent in 2010." (
  • Phil Roe. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Phil Roe voted Nay on 12/08/2010. (
  • Phil Roe. Issue Position: Immigration. 1 January 2011. “I am an original cosponsor of H.R. 878, the Nuclear Family Priority Act, which seeks to end chain migration as the U.S. immigration policy, and replace it with a nuclear family-based priority system. Today's policy is flawed because it ensures that once one family member becomes a citizen, aunts, uncles, nephews and cousins all are entitled to priority status for immigration. This legislation would eliminate the ability for extended family to move to the front of the line.” (
  • Phil Roe. Letter to President Obama. 9 September 2011. “Members of the bipartisan Immigration Reform Caucus along with member of the House vehemently oppose your August 18 2011 announcement to bypass Congress and use prosecutorial discretion to achieve amnesty to individuals who are illegally residing in the US. The manner with which your administration has introduced this policy not only robs the public of a thorough betting, but it also fails to appreciate the negative consequences of this policy shift...Also, this policy has the added affect of further encouraging illegal immigration. Frankly put, if we don't take our own laws seriously enough to enforce, why should we expect anyone to follow them? This policy will introduce a new wave a illegal immigrants emboldened with the knowledge that not only is it okay to break the law, but they will likely be rewarded for it with de facto amnesty statues, thereby exacerbating an already vicious cycle we as a nation try been trying to address for over two decades.This attempt to satisfy the narrow interests for the pro-amnesty lobby has ultimately earned the distrust of the greater American public. Our fear is that this policy will irreparably harm the prospects of true immigration reform for many years to come. Mr President, our request is simple: enforce our immigration laws evenly without passion, prejudice or preference.” (
  • Phil Roe. Phil Discusses the Issues with the Greeneville Sun. “The first thing is to secure borders of this county. If we continue to have a porous border, we will never solve the problem. Americans are the fairest people on the earth and we can't expect law abiding citizens to obey the law and allow others come here illegally and disobey the law with no penalty. We have a method to obtain citizenship and we need to expect people to use the system in place. The laws currently on the books need to be enforced.” (
  • Phil Roe. Roe Statement on the Dream Act. 9 December 2011. “I am strongly opposed to providing any form of amnesty to illegal immigrants. Under this bill, millions get amnesty and foreign parents can continue to bring their children here illegally and live here until the children are grown because there will be no mandatory verification procedures to stop them from keeping their jobs. I believe this is the wrong solution. […] I am all for following the law and welcome those who come to this country legally, but providing amnesty and benefits to illegal immigrants is the wrong thing to do. Notwithstanding, this legislation comes with a high cost to taxpayers -- monetarily and in many other ways”. (
  • Phil Roe. Roe Urges House Leadership To Close Loopholes That Would Allow Illegal Immigrants To Receive Benefits Under H.R. 3200. 2 October 2009. “There is no question that there are many different opinions on what to do with the 13 million individuals living here illegally. I personally believe they should have to follow the law and go home to apply for citizenship like anyone else seeking to come to our country.” (
  • Phil Roe. Roe Urges House Leadership To Close Loopholes That Would Allow Illegal Immigrants To Receive Benefits Under H.R. 3200. October 2 2009. “Regardless of your view, however, it would be a disaster to our health care and immigration systems to grant health benefits to illegal immigrants and extend taxpayer-funded support to other immigrants regardless of their tenure in this country. Providing benefits to illegal immigrants not only encourages more illegal immigration, but would water down the future potential effects of any solution on immigration. If some House liberals had their way to let all those here illegally stay and gain citizenship, surely many illegal immigrants would be less likely to register if they were already receiving free aid.” (
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Phil Roe in the 2012 general election. (
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Phil Roe in the 2010 general election. (
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

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  • Phil Roe. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Phil Roe voted Nay on 12/15/2010. (
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Phil Roe supported the interests of the American Family Association 94 percent in 2010." (
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Phil Roe supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 0 percent in 2010." (
  • Phil Roe. Letter to Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. 2 November 2011. “This clear and deliberate violation of established U.S. law sets a dangerous precedent. DOMA makes clear that for purposes of the federal government, marriage is defined as between one man and one woman. The use of federal property or federal employees to perform anything but opposite-sex ceremonies is a clear contravention of the law.” (
  • Phil Roe. Phil Discusses the Issues with the Greeneville Sun. 31 August 2012. “I am both philosophically and morally opposed to gay marriage. As much as I would like to see this remain a state issue, I am concerned that we have activist judges that are legislating from the bench. If this continues, which I fear it will, it may force the people to settle the issue with a Constitutional ban.” (
  • Phil Roe. Letter to the Honorable Barack H. Obama, President of the United States. 22 March 2011. "We are writing to express our great concern and disapproval over your recent announcement to no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Your decision casts doubt on the trust the American people place in our government as a whole, and in the authority of the Constitution specifically." (
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

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  • Phil Roe. A Time For Reflection. 17 January 2012. “Let us give thanks to those in the U.S. Navy Seals who acted bravely and swiftly when fulfilling their mission to defeat the most extreme terrorist of our time, Osama bin Laden. These Navy Seal warriors risked their lives to get the job done. They are true patriots.” (
  • Phil Roe. Defense. 10 January 2012. “I am for peace, and I am for diplomacy, but our foreign policy has to be based on reality. And the reality is that North Korea has nuclear weapons; Iran is rapidly developing a nuclear program; China is building its military and showed the world that it is ready to wage war in space; terrorist groups like al Qaeda are looking for every chance to do us harm.” (
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

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  • Phil Roe. Phil Discusses the Issues with the Bristol Herald Courier. “I believe with a bi-partisan effort, and with a more efficient management of the Social Security System, we can keep Social Security intact with little change to the system. If we get both sides to give or take just a little, Americans can continue to enjoy the benefits of this system that has been in place for well over 60 years.” (


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