Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D. (TN-04) released the following statement in response to President Obama’s plan to close Guantanamo Bay prison:
“President Obama’s policy regarding closing Guantanamo Bay is as irresponsible as it is dangerous. His plan to move some of the world's most dangerous terrorists to the United States will not only threaten our national security, but contravenes standing law. In an attempt to fulfill a misguided campaign promise, President Obama is yet again putting politics ahead of the safety and security of the American people. I am adamantly opposed to any proposal that would bring Gitmo detainees to the United States and will fight any such plan in Congress.”Read More
Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D. (TN-04) released the following statement in response to President Obama’s State of the Union address:
“Tonight’s address amounted to little more than the same empty rhetoric and broken promises that have come to define President Obama’s tenure in the White House. Rather than put forth a credible plan to restore our nation, the president chose to extol his legacy of pursuing a leftist agenda that has weakened our country both domestically and abroad. With the Obama administration coming to a conclusion, we must remain vigilant in preventing the White House from subsuming powers through the use of executive fiat that are expressly reserved for Congress. Whether it is gun control or immigration, any unilateral action violating our constitutional separation of powers must be met with stiff resistance in the House and Senate.”Read More
Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D. (TN-04) released the following statement after voting against S. 1177, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA):
“Unfortunately, this legislation fails to sufficiently curtail excessive government overreach in our nation’s school system. Rather than returning control of education back to the state and local level, this bill continues with the misguided policy of allowing Washington bureaucrats to make decisions affecting children’s education that should be left to parents and teachers. Tennessee educators know best when it comes to creating curriculums that will ensure our children are receiving a quality education. Therefore, we should be empowering those individuals that understand the unique needs of students in their communities.”Read More
Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D. (TN-04) released the following statement related to the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (H.R. 1314):
“The budget deal will only encourage further out of control spending by adding $80 billion in additional expenditures and another nearly $20 trillion in national debt. In true Washington fashion, this bill was negotiated behind closed doors and seems to have allowed more input from President Obama and Democratic leadership than House conservatives. For these reasons, I have joined my House Freedom Caucus colleagues in opposing this legislation. I believe that calling this proposal a ‘budget’ is inaccurate, as budgets are meant to restore fiscal responsibility. Rather, this legislation deserves to be labeled for what it is: a spending increase.”Read More
Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D. (TN-04) released the following statement today in response to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals’ ruling granting a nationwide stay on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule:
“The WOTUS rule was an obvious and egregious overreach on behalf of the federal government. Its implementation would greatly hinder farmers and small business owners by forcing them to comply with overly burdensome regulations put in place by out of touch Washington bureaucrats. I applaud our courts for protecting the rights of property owners across the United States and reining in this out of control administration. I hope this court ruling will help to finally convince the EPA to act swiftly and withdraw this rule.”Read More
In response to the shooting that took place in July at two military facilities in Chattanooga, Congressmen Scott DesJarlais, M.D. (TN-04) and Steve Cohen (TN-09) introduced their bipartisan Enhancing Safety at Military Installations Act with the support of the entire Tennessee House Delegation. This legislation would require the Department of Defense to issue a directive permitting members of the Armed Forces to carry appropriate firearms at military installations and recruitment facilities.
This legislation was predominately incorporated in a provision of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2016, which recently passed in both the House and the Senate.
Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX), Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, praised DesJarlais for his work and the impact it had on the 2016 NDAA:
“I greatly appreciate the efforts of Rep. Scott DesJarlais and the language of his bill, H.R. 3115, the Enhancing Safety at Military Installations Act, which served as the building block for the recently passed 2016 NDAA provision allowing for the personal carry of firearms by military personnel at DOD installations, reserve centers and recruiting centers.”
Representative Scott DesJarlais (TN-04) issued the following statement:
“As I have said before, it is clear that members of our Armed Forces have become priority targets not just abroad, but on American soil as well. Therefore our men and women in uniform must have the ability to protect themselves regardless of where they are serving. I want to thank the House Armed Service Committee for working with my office to address this new era of terrorism and for ensuring members of the military have the tools necessary to defend themselves. I also want to thank Representative Cohen for working with me on this issue.”Read More
Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D. (TN-04) released the following statement after voting against H.R. 719, Continuing Resolution for FY2016:
“Tonight I voted against a short-term spending bill that once again fails to address our nation’s more than $18 trillion debt. In fact, this so called ‘clean’ Continuing Resolution contains an additional $20 billion in budgetary gimmicks and continues funding for President Obama's often unconstitutional and radical policies. As the Representative for Tennessee’s Fourth District, I swore to uphold the constitution and will continue to fight for a balanced budget that protects the economic stability of our country.”Read More
Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D. (TN-04) released the following statement after the announcement of Speaker John Boehner’s resignation:
“I am certainly thankful for Speaker Boehner’s career of public service in the House of Representatives. However, Tennessee’s Fourth District has long held the belief that Republican leadership needed a new direction. That is why in January I voted against John Boehner for Speaker of the House. Now we must come together as a conference to ensure we elect a consistent, conservative leader.”
Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D. (TN-04) released the following statement after voting NO on H.R. 3461, a measure to approve the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, signed at Vienna on July 14, 2015, relating to the nuclear program of Iran:
“Despite significant bipartisan opposition from both chambers of Congress as well as a vast majority of the American public, President Obama has chosen to move forward with his misguided proposal. The so-called Iran Deal substantially furthers Iran’s ability to achieve their dangerous nuclear ambitions. This puts both our national security and the security of our Middle Eastern allies in great jeopardy. We must not forget that Iran remains the world’s leading sponsor of terrorism and has consistently threatened to wipe Israel off the map.
“Today, the House has done its job in a bipartisan fashion by rejecting this proposal. Now the Senate must act. I hope that Senate Democrats will stand with the American people by striking down the administration’s dangerous gamble. The only acceptable option is for Iran to completely eliminate its nuclear program.”Read More
Congressmen Scott DesJarlais, M.D. (TN-04) and Steve Cohen (TN-09) today introduced their bipartisan Enhancing Safety at Military Installations Act with the support of the entire Tennessee House Delegation. This legislation would require the Department of Defense to issue a directive permitting members of the Armed Forces who have received firearms training and are authorized to use firearms to carry military-issued firearms on bases and recruitment facilities. Most servicemen and women, including those trained in proper firearm use and safety, have been prohibited from carrying military-issued firearms on military bases and recruitment centers since a 1992 Department of Defense Directive issued by President George H.W. Bush’s Deputy Secretary of Defense Donald J. Atwood.
“Far too often we have witnessed horrific acts of violence carried out against members of our armed forces right here in the United States,” said Representative DesJarlais. “Unfortunately, current DOD policy leaves our military personnel unable to defend themselves in many of these situations. This commonsense, bipartisan legislation recognizes that we face a new era where terrorism and extremism exists both abroad and domestically. Therefore our men and women in uniform must have the ability to protect themselves regardless of where they are serving. I am proud to work with Representative Cohen on this issue and I appreciate the support we have received from our Tennessee colleagues.”
“Those who volunteer to protect Americans abroad should not be prevented from protecting themselves when they return home,” said Congressman Cohen. “We know our military facilities and recruitment centers are targets, and the five victims of last week’s attack in Chattanooga are sad evidence that more must be done to keep them safe. I look forward to working with Congressman DesJarlais and a united Tennessee House Delegation to ensure we aren’t unnecessarily putting our well-trained servicemen and women in harm’s way.”Read More
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Congressman Scott DesJarlais represents the Fourth Congressional District of Tennessee, which includes Marshall, Bedford, Rutherford, Moore, Lincoln, Franklin, Marion, Grundy, Sequatchie, Warren, Van Buren, Bledsoe, and Rhea counties. Also included are portions of Maury and Bradley counties.
As a resident of South Pittsburg, Tennessee, Scott ran for office because he wanted to bring common sense and hometown, conservative values to Congress. Throughout his first term in Congress, Scott built a proven track record of fighting for policies that that will return fiscal discipline and accountability to Washington, reduce the size of government and create and environment that will help to strengthen our nation’s economy and create jobs.
Scott earned degrees in Chemistry and Psychology from the University of South Dakota and went on to receive his Doctor of Medicine from the University of South Dakota School of Medicine. Scott moved to Tennessee almost two decades ago to practice medicine at the Grand View Medical Center in Jasper, TN.
As a doctor, Scott understands the importance of an efficient, well run health care system and believes that health care decisions need to be left to patients and their physicians – not bureaucrats in Washington. Rep. DesJarlais has been an outspoken advocate for the repeal of President Obama’s health care legislation.
Congressman DesJarlais serves on three committees that allow him to directly address and influence many issues important to the Fourth District, as well as shape how the overall federal government functions.
Scott and his wife Amy, have three children: Tyler, Ryan and their little sister Maggie. The DesJarlais family are active members of the Epiphany Episcopal Church in Sherwood, Tennessee where Amy grew up.
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