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Posted: Sunday, January 21, 2018 06:31 PM

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Congressman Phil Roe (R-TN) Working To Protect Senior's Access To Medicare Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressmen Dr. Phil Roe (R-TN) responded this week to the tragic shootings in Las Vegas.

"I am heartbroken by the senseless and horrific shooting in Las Vegas. I am praying for the innocent victims, their families and the city of Las Vegas. I’m grateful to the Las Vegas Police Department, first responders and local authorities who responded quickly – they are true heroes. Clarinda and I echo the sentiments expressed by President Trump this morning and join the nation in praying for the quick recovery of the injured, for unity and for peace.”

Roe also announced he is part of two committees considering H.R. 849, the Protecting Seniors’ Access to Medicare Act, Roe’s legislation to repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB):

“I am thrilled my legislation to repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board is being marked up by the two authorizing committees this week. These markups are an opportunity to show there is bipartisan support for this legislation and bipartisan concern about an unelected, unaccountable bureaucracy denying our seniors access to care. Repealing IPAB is an essential step in undoing the damage caused by the Affordable Care Act, and I commend Committee Chairmen Kevin Brady and Greg Walden for their continued leadership and efforts to protect seniors’ access to care.”

NOTE: The House Committees on Energy and Commerce and Ways and Means announced they would markup H.R. 849 on October 4, 2017.