Scott DesJarlais

Scott DesJarlais


Trump, GOP struggle to find healthcare votes


House Republican leaders on Tuesday struggled to pick up votes for their ­ObamaCare repeal-and-replace bill, even after President Trump visited Capitol Hill to sell the plan. Rep. Scott DesJarlais told The Hill he was looking to find a way to support it. However, he needs the bill to repeal ­ObamaCare’s minimum coverage requirements.

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Trump, GOP leaders lack votes to pass Obamacare repeal


One of Trump's closest allies in the Freedom Caucus, Rep. Scott DesJarlais, remains opposed to the GOP health care legislation. Trump tried to work the Tennessee Republican during a trip on Air Force One last week. Yet DesJarlais told him he was afraid a vote in favor would haunt him the way tax increases haunted President George H.W. Bush, according to a source familiar with their conversation. “When we get it right, I’ll be there,“ DesJarlais said after leaving the GOP Conference meeting. “If he’s going to put his name on this,” the Tennessee Republican said of Trump, “we need it to work.”

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Meadows Not Moved by Trump's Words on Obamacare Repeal


Rep. DesJarlais made the following statement, "When we get it right, I'll be there," DesJarlais said of the healthcare plan. "If he's going to put his name on this we need it to work."

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Trump to Republicans: Vote for Obamacare repeal or lose your seat


President Donald Trump arrived on Capitol Hill Tuesday morning with a stern message for Republicans who've been wobbly about dismantling Obamacare: Give me your vote or you may lose your seat in 2018. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, a Freedom Caucus member and one of Trump's earliest campaign supporters in Congress, said his mind was not changed by the president's appearance.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The VA Accountability First Act of 2017 would streamline disciplinary procedures at the Veterans Administration, where federal employees collected performance bonuses, while patients died on secret waiting lists, a CNN investigation showed

    Yesterday, Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D., voted for the bill and another to protect veterans’ Second Amendment rights. Today, the Tennessee representative, a licensed physician and member of the GOP Doctors Caucus, voted to improve hiring and training at VA facilities.

    “During my listening tour across the Fourth District, many veterans spoke to me about federal health care’s broken promises,” said Rep. DesJarlais (TN-04). “Tennessee heroes who put their lives on the line deserve to be at the front of the line for the best care available. Unfortunately, standards at the VA  fall short.”

    “Too often, an antiquated bureaucracy interferes with good employees who simply want to do their jobs .”

     Today’s legislation would encourage recruitment, training and promotions for the most qualified medical professionals and managers to address a dearth of skilled personnel at VA hospitals. Locations in Murfreesboro and Nashville are most in need of help, according to VA quality rankings.

     According to CNN, approximately 300,000 vets died while waiting for appointments. A congressional investigation directly linked 1,000 deaths to negligence and mismanagement. Since the scandal, wait times at VA hospitals have grown, despite bipartisan legislation to hire more doctors, build more hospitals, and to allow private care options.

     President Obama attempted to defund the Veterans Choice Program, which allows vets confronting long wait times and travel to seek private care. President Trump, whom Rep. DesJarlais introduced at a Nashville rally this week, has promised to reform VA health care. “I’d especially like to thank my colleague Dr. Phil Roe from Tennessee, chairman of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, working hard to help America’s vets,” said Rep. DesJarlais.

    “His legislation is part of a VA overhaul our veterans desperately need. They deserve the highest quality medical care, starting with access, choice, accountability, and top-notch professionals to provide the best service.”

    The American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Concerned Veterans for America, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans for America, and dozens of other groups support this week’s legislation.


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Conservatives Craft Their Wish List On The GOP Health Care Bill


As House Republicans prepare to bring their health care proposal to the floor, conservatives are demanding a slate of major changes that they say are necessary to bring them on board and, ultimately, pass the bill. Congressman DesJarlais suggested he couldn’t support any measure that didn’t address the expansion until after 2018. According to members familiar with negotiations among the House Freedom Caucus, GOP leadership and the White House, conservatives are still demanding that the rollback of the Medicaid expansion begin in 2018, not 2020, as currently written in the Republican bill. 

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representative Scott DesJarlais, M.D., a new member of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC), voted to boost troops’ numbers, pay, training, and equipment in the 2017 Defense Appropriations bill that passed the House of Representatives by a wide margin today.

    The military funding bill reverses the Obama Administration’s proposed troop reductions and includes $1.6 billion over the previous president’s budget request. President Donald Trump and the new Republican Congress have made rebuilding the U.S. military a centerpiece of their agenda, along with a stronger foreign policy to deter aggression.

    “Our troops are overextended, confronting a number of different, dangerous situations from Europe to the Middle East and Asia. Organized, violent terrorism has increased. Russia invaded Eastern Europe, and China has become more assertive in the Pacific, as well as more technologically advanced,” said Rep. Desjarlais (TN-04).

   “Weak budget requests, conflicting messages, and a strategy of ‘leading from behind’ has taken its toll over eight years, but we’re correcting course with this bill and other policy changes.”

    Rep. DesJarlais serves on the HASC Readiness Subcommittee, overseeing troop preparedness and installations, and explained military branches have sacrificed training, repairs, and fighting strength to continually deploy. Today’s bill adds 1,000 active troops to the Army, National Guard, Reserve and Marine Corps “in order to relieve and restructure units to meet global demands,” said Rep. DesJarlais.

     “We’re giving military members and their families greater support. We’re extending a hand to important allies such as Poland and Israel.”

    Rep. DesJarlais is also a member of the Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces, overseeing the naval fleet and advanced weapons systems. Tennessee’s Fourth District is at the center of the Aerospace and Defense Technology Corridor that includes Fort Campbell, Redstone Arsenal, Arnold Air Force Base, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.


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Tennesseans in Congress respond to Trump's speech


Rep. DesJarlais made the following statement in response to President Trump’s Joint Address, “I support the president’s plan for stronger borders and vetting of foreign nationals from terror-prone countries. … The president has also signed laws to cancel the Obama administration’s last-minute, job-killing regulations, and an executive order to relax Obamacare’s taxes, fees and mandates, which have crushed middle-class families.”

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Rep. DesJarlais fights for farmers in Congress


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. Rep. DesJarlais 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.

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DesJarlais gives Trump A-minus grade


President Donald Trump would get an "A-minus" grade for his first month's job performance from U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais. “Isn’t it refreshing to have somebody who ran for office on a platform actually look like he’s going to keep his word and do what he campaigned on. So he’s keeping his promises. And I don’t care what party you belong to, it’s refreshing to know that if you cast that vote for somebody, as soon as they get in office, (they say) 'oh, that was the campaign. This was different.”

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Rep. Scott DesJarlais questions President & CEO of U.S. Meat Export Federation

2017-03-01 15:53:16

Rep. Scott DesJarlais Reacts to President Donald Trump's First Address to Congress

2017-03-01 12:49:56

"The Trump Caucus" Visits White House

2017-02-16 19:27:13

Rep. DesJarlais meets with President Trump at the White House

2017-02-16 18:21:08

Colonel Byron Deel Retires from Tennessee National Guard

2017-02-07 21:29:54

OGR: Rep. DesJarlais Reviewing the Rising Price of EpiPens

2016-09-21 21:07:39

Obamacare Checkup: From Premium Increases to Failing Co-Ops

2016-07-13 19:57:46

OGR: Religious Liberty and The First Amendment Defense Act

2016-07-12 16:55:37

OGR: Hearing with FBI Director James Comey

2016-07-07 17:57:54

Iran Nuclear Deal: Implementation and its Consequences

2016-05-26 14:57:55

Congressman DesJarlais testifies before Ways and Means on Andrew P Carpenter Tax Act

2016-05-23 21:29:43

Fighting Back Against EPA's Federal Overreach on Waters of the US.

2016-05-18 16:52:38

Reforming the Food Stamp Program

2016-05-12 19:34:19

DesJarlais speaks on Cornbread Festival

2016-04-14 17:29:55

DesJarlais questions CMS administrator on failed CO-OPs and Obamacare

2016-02-25 20:15:17

DesJarlais questions USDA Secretary Vilsack on rural economy and WOTUS

2016-02-24 16:48:04

Rep. DesJarlais grills EPA Admin on WOTUS rule

2016-02-11 17:42:22

Rep. DesJarlais grills pharmaceutical company execs on drug price increases

2016-02-05 16:16:33

DesJarlais grills DHS/State Dept. officials on Refugee Resettlement Program

2015-12-17 16:17:30

DesJarlais Opposed to Bringing Syrian Refugees to U.S.

2015-11-17 14:40:34

Contact Information

413 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-6831
Fax 202-226-5172

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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