Phil Roe

House Sends Veterans' Appeals Bill to Trump's Desk
Measure aims to pare down backlog appeals for disability benefits

House Veterans Affairs Chairman Phil Roe, R-Tenn., right, seen here earlier this year with Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., left, and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., applauded passage of the veterans' measure Friday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The House during a pro forma session Friday cleared a bipartisan bill aimed at paring down a massive backlog of appeals for veterans’ disability benefits.

Passage of the measure brings to three the number of major veterans’ bills that now await President Donald Trump’s signature. In addition to the appeals bill, Congress before leaving for the August recess cleared a $2.1 billion funding patch for a private medical care access program, and the “Forever GI Bill,” which extends education benefits to future veterans for an entire lifetime instead of the current 15-year window.

Phil Roe Says He’s Now Cancer-Free
Tennessee congressman underwent medical procedure last month

Rep. Phil Roe, R-Tenn., announced his prostate cancer diagnosis last month. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Phil Roe’s office said Friday the Tennessee Republican is cancer-free after a follow-up appointment to his treatment.

“At his follow-up appointment Congressman Roe’s scans were clear and he is now cancer-free,” a statement from Roe’s office said. “He looks forward to finishing his recovery and returning to a full-schedule soon.”

House Republicans Not Ready to Abandon Obamacare Repeal
Hope springs eternal in chamber that Senate GOP can still get something done

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy want the Senate to keep alive the effort to repeal the 2010 health care law. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

By LINDSEY MCPHERSON and REMA RAHMAN

House Republicans on Friday said they’re not planning to abandon their effort to repeal the 2010 health care law, but their current plan for how to achieve that goal is to simply hope the Senate gets its act together.

Rep. Phil Roe Diagnosed With Cancer
“Prognosis is excellent”

Rep. Phil Roe, R-Tenn., right, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., left, and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., conduct a news conference at the RNC where they discussed the House Republican's new healthcare plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, March 8, 2017. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Phil Roe has been diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer and will undergo treatment at home in east Tennessee during the August recess, his office said in a statement Tuesday.

“The prognosis is excellent, and treatment is not expected to interfere with his scheduled legislative duties,” Roe’s office said.

House Democrats Tank Two Suspension Bills
Pelosi: Bill not problematic, suspension is

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., participates in the House Democrats' news conference on health care reform in the Capitol on Thursday, July 20, 2017. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

House Republicans hoping to quickly clear some must-pass items from their to-do list before August recess brought up two bills Monday under a fast-track procedure only to have Democrats shoot them down.

Both an intelligence reauthorization bill and legislation renewing funding for a veterans’ health program were brought to the House floor under suspension of the rules, a process that requires two-thirds support for passage and bypasses. Both failed.

Word on the Hill: Capitol Hill Reality Show Casting Call
Congressional tennis roster update and brunch plans

A reality show is seeking staffers from both parties. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

There’s a casting call next week for Capitol Hill staffers for a new reality show about working in Congress.

The posting on Brad Traverse Jobs reads: 

Take Five: Roger Marshall
Kansas Republican fell right in with others in the ‘doc caucus’

Kansas Rep. Roger Marshall meets with other doctors in Congress every Wednesday morning. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Freshman Rep. Roger Marshall, 56, a Kansas Republican, talks about his background as an OB-GYN, his alliance with doctors in Congress and Kansas State football.

Q: What has surprised you about Congress so far?

Word on the Hill: Comey Time
Seersucker Thursdays begin

D.C. will be watching as former FBI director James B. Comey testifies today. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former FBI director James Comey is heading to Capitol Hill this morning and D.C. is preparing in many different ways.

The Capitol will be hectic leading up to the 10 a.m. hearing. For those outside of the Capitol complex, or able to leave work for a couple of hours, there are a handful of bars in D.C. opening early, pouring cleverly titled drinks, and taking advantage of some great TV.

Rep. Roe Marries Rep. Kelly’s Sister-in-Law
Tennessee Republican's new wife is Pennsylvania Republican’s wife’s sister

Rep. Phil Roe married Clarinda Jeanes on Saturday. (Photo courtesy of Roe's office)

Tennessee Republican Rep. Phil Roe not only got married over the weekend, but also became family with one of his House colleagues.

Roe, 71, married, Clarinda Jeanes, who is Pennsylvania Republican Rep. Mike Kelly’s wife’s sister.

Word on the Hill: Day of Reason and/or Prayer?
New tech caucus, and staffer movement

California Rep. Ted Lieu wants to celebrate reason and logic. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

If Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., had his way, today would be a National Day of Reason as well as the National Day of Prayer.

Lieu introduced a bill in Congress in April that would declare May 4 to be a National Day of Reason as a secular alternative to the National Day of Prayer to recognize the importance of reason in the betterment of humanity, he said.