Rep. DesJarlais said Tuesday he expects the repeal of the Affordable Care Act (popularly known as “Obamacare”) to happen as early as April or May of this year, but says those benefiting from the program need not worry about losing any coverage as a transition is made to a different system.Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D., voted to repeal a lame-duck Obama Administration rule limiting states’ ability to drug-test unemployment insurance recipients. He said the Department of Labor rule undermines Congress’ intent for federal unemployment assistance, to ensure those re-entering the workforce are “truly able and available for work.”
“Tennessee should have the authority to administer its unemployment insurance program to benefit the local job market, including those struggling to find work, perhaps because of drug abuse,” said Rep DesJarlais, a member of the GOP Doctors Caucus. “By giving power back to the states, we’re aiming to reduce addiction and to help more people be productive again.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported a 43% increase of opioid-related overdose deaths in Tennessee in 2015. Across the country, more than 52,000 people died from drug overdoses that year, and workforce participation remains at an historic low.
“There is a serious nationwide drug epidemic,” said the Congressman, “and the federal government must not subsidize addiction. The unemployment system’s first priority should be getting able-bodied adults back to work.”
Specifically, he voted for a Resolution of Disapproval under the Congressional Review Act today. The legislative tool expedites cancelation of federal regulations, bypassing a filibuster in the U.S. Senate. To grow the economy and jobs, the House of Representatives has passed a number of such Resolutions in the first days of the 115th Congress.
President Donald Trump signed one into law this week, canceling a new SEC rule that created new hurdles for American companies abroad. Previously, Rep. DesJarlais (TN-04) has voted for legislation allowing states to drug test food stamp recipients and to deny welfare benefits to lottery winners.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the House Agriculture Committee held its first hearing of the 115th Congress to investigate “The Rural Economic Outlook,” in order to develop solutions in the next major farm bill to falling commodity prices, which could force a wave of farm closures across the country.
Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D., heard testimony from expert witnesses that foreign subsidies and increased production abroad are driving down prices for U.S. agricultural products. Domestic farmers and ranchers also face high tariffs that reduce their ability to compete on the international market.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) reports that from 2013 to 2016, net farm income fell 45 percent. The Wall Street Journal estimates incomes will drop another 9 percent in 2017, “extending the steepest slide since the Great Depression.”
Committee Chairman Michael Conaway singled out China’s generous wheat subsidies, a possible violation of international law, as an especially grave threat to U.S. grain prices.
Rep. DesJarlais seeks to improve U.S. farm policy
Rep. DesJarlais (TN-04) focused on improving trade policy, a particular concern for Tennessee ranchers in his Fourth District, who require access to foreign markets to grow their businesses. “With the current Administration viewing some trade deals unfavorably, what can I tell my folks at home about opportunities for our cattlemen in Japan and South Korea?”
The USDA’s chief economist, Dr. Robert Johansson, said the department “is eagerly awaiting confirmation hearings and looking forward to the new (Agriculture) Secretary coming on board to provide a better response for the record.”
Senate Democrats have been delaying Donald Trump’s appointment of former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue to lead the USDA and a thorough review of agriculture policy.
“We ordinarily kick things off every year with the Secretary of Agriculture offering testimony as our one and only witness,” said the Chairman. “However, our new Secretary has not yet been confirmed. I believe he is an excellent choice and hope that he can be confirmed in short order, so that he may begin his important work.”
Rep. DesJarlais serves on three subcommittees: Livestock and Foreign Agriculture; Commodities and Risk Management; and Nutrition.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – At a House Armed Services Committee (HASC) hearing today, terrorism experts described the enduring threat of al Qaeda and the Islamist organization’s desire for large-scale attacks on the United States.
“They have never moved away from their intention to conduct massive attacks in the United States – both al Qaeda and ISIS. It’s in their DNA. If they could do it tomorrow, they would organize a complex and sophisticated attack,” Ambassador Michael Sheehan told Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D., and more members. “The reason they haven’t is they can’t,” he said, crediting domestic law enforcement and the military with protecting the country since 9/11.
However, he and other witnesses warned al Qaeda and ISIS have gained strength, recruits, and would likely join forces in the future. The U.S. must forge stronger partnerships with international partners, support their armies in an advisory capacity, and rely on air power and special forces to destroy terrorist operations, they said.
“Contrary to the previous president’s claims, al Qaeda is alive and well, constantly probing our country’s defenses for weakness,” said Rep. DesJarlais (TN-04). “The group has even become known as the ‘moderate extremists’ of radical Islam but must never gain the capability to attack our country again, as it did on 9/11.”
Brian Jenkins of the RAND Corporation and Professor Bruce Hoffman of Georgetown University’s Center for Security Studies emphasized operational over ideological victories. “Our principal concern should be ensuring individuals do not have the physical capabilities to implement their vision for the world,” said the RAND expert.
Instead, the U.S. must prevent weapons stockpiles, especially weapons of mass destruction, from falling into terrorists’ hands. Professor Hoffman listed border enforcement as another important security layer. He also emphasized denying terrorists operational tools to broadcast their message, rather than developing “counter-messaging.”
“We need to prevent the strategic threat and minimize lone wolves,” said Ambassador Sheehan, a former at-large ambassador for the State Department, who described larger threats in Eastern Europe and East Asia. On the House Armed Services Committee, Rep. DesJarlais is working to provide U.S. forces with the training and equipment they need to combat numerous global threats.
He serves on the Readiness Subcommittee, as well as the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, overseeing troop preparedness and advanced weapons programs, and has voted in Congress to improve border enforcement and visa screening, among other measures to block terrorists from entry into the United States.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – At a House Armed Services Committee hearing today, leaders from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines described to Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D., the effects of short-term planning and budget cuts on troops, their equipment and training, painting a dire picture of military “readiness.”
Rep. DesJarlais (TN-04) is a new member of the Readiness Subcommittee, which oversees training, supplies and services for troops and their families, the largest account at the Department of Defense. Still, Admiral William Moran, Vice Chief of Naval Operations, said the U.S. Navy is its smallest in 99 years, responding to an “unrelenting pace” of strategic demands around the globe.
Witnesses mentioned China and Russia as serious threats, as well as ISIS and Iran.
General Daniel Allyn (Army), Admiral William Moran (Navy), General Stephen Wilson (Air Force) and General Glenn Walters (Marines) address HASC
General Glenn Walters, Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps, said “operational tempo is as high as it was during the peak of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, requiring us to sacrifice modernization to sustain current readiness.” In other words, troops are “undertrained and poorly equipped,” said General Daniel Allyn, Vice Chief of Staff of the Army.
Often, they must deploy with decades-old technology in need of frequent repair.
“The most important topic today is our military men and women. With the high-ops tempo of our smaller force, what is the impact on staff sergeants and morale of our troops?” Rep. DesJarlais asked General Allyn, who voiced optimism about soldiers’ willingness to re-enlist in the Army.
General Walters repeated the need to hire more personnel to supplement “stressed” Marine re-enlistments. “I know I speak for all of us here when I express our gratitude for all you and our service men and women do,” Rep. DesJarlais responded. Also a member of the Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces, he is working to fix the federal budget and defense acquisitions process to ensure reliable military funding.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D., a new member of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC), received his subcommittee assignments for the 115th Congress. Rep. DesJarlais (TN-04) will serve on the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, as well as the Readiness Subcommittee.
The Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee oversees Navy, Marine and Air Force programs, including several long-range weapons systems and acquisitions. The Readiness Subcommittee oversees the largest account within the Department of Defense budget – training, logistics and maintenance for military and civilian personnel and equipment, including housing and installations.
“Budget cuts have forced Tennessee troops to deploy more frequently with inferior equipment, placing additional burdens on them and their families. With so many complex threats around the world, I’m grateful for the opportunity to improve their tools and training, requiring more streamlined and cost-effective programs,” said Rep. DesJarlais. “My colleagues and I want to give military families peace of mind, while their loved ones serve our country.”
Ret. Gen. David Petraeus describes complex global threats at HASC hearing today
“That means up-to-date facilities, and importantly, a better understanding of threats we face as a nation,” said Rep. DesJarlais. Tennessee’s Fourth District lies within the Aerospace and Defense Technology Corridor that includes Fort Campbell, Redstone Arsenal, Arnold Air Force Base, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee and Alabama.
Retired General David Petraeus also appeared before the full House Armed Services Committee today to describe “The State of the World: Threats and Challenges.” The former CIA Director, a four-star Army general, who commanded American forces in Afghanistan and Iraq, described cybersecurity and terrorism threats from China, Russia and ISIS. He emphasized that Russia and China will continue to wage unconventional cyberattacks against United States assets and institutions. The U.S. must preserve its alliances, and discredit the ideology to destroy Islamic extremism, especially online, he said.
Rep. DesJarlais made the following statement, “Glad I could help this patriot from Murfreesboro, Tennessee, attend Donald J. Trump's Inauguration today. The real excitement is in the anticipation of all we're going to accomplish with a new President!”Read More
Rep. DesJarlais was one of the first congressmen to publicly support Trump during the Republican primary. He watched as Trump built momentum, secured the GOP nomination and defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton. "The energy and enthusiasm in the air in Washington and around the country is palpable," DesJarlais said. "Especially in Tennessee, we're excited for the next four years, even the next few weeks, as Donald Trump has proven himself a tireless advocate for the principles and policies that will Make America Great Again. He's a hardworking pragmatist, who will do his best to represent every one of us.Read More
Rep. DesJarlais made the following statement, “I thought the inaugural speech delivered what Trump promised in the campaign. I think we’re on the right track and I’m anxious to get to work with him. I think Washington is going to be different. I thought a lot of people where shaking in their boots up there on the inaugural stand.”
Rep. DesJarlais made the following statement, “The energy and enthusiasm in the air in Washington and around the country is palpable. Especially in Tennessee, we’re excited for the next four years, even the next few weeks, as Donald Trump has proven himself a tireless advocate for the principles and policies that will Make America Great Again. He’s a hardworking pragmatist, who will do his best to represent every one of us. In Congress, I’m looking forward to helping President Trump achieve goals we all share: a thriving economy and safe, secure nation.”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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