ORIGINAL CO-SPONSOR REP. SCOTT DESJARLAIS VOTES FOR CONCEALED CARRY BILL TO ENHANCE SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS FOR TENNESSEANS
WASHINGTON, D.C. — An original co-sponsor of the legislation, Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D., voted today for the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, a bill that would allow any Tennessean licensed to carry a concealed handgun in his home state, to carry it in another where concealed-carry is also legal, as long that person follows local law.
“The right to self-defense is an unalienable one and the most important to protecting ourselves from harm,” said Rep. DesJarlais (TN-04), “as the Supreme Court has decided. Our Constitution guarantees that right – and also that states must respect our common laws.”
“Today’s bill ensures Tennesseans who wish to exercise their Second Amendment rights will face no undue burden when traveling to gun-friendly states,” he said. The Congressman is a strong Second Amendment supporter, as well as a member of the House Armed Services Committee, who after terror attacks at a recruitment center and military facility near Chattanooga in 2015, guided passage of a law allowing more service members to carry firearms on base.
He has voted to allow federal law enforcement officers to carry their firearms when on furlough, in case of a government shutdown, and endorsed other pro-Second Amendment solutions to self-defense. The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act prevents criminals from abusing the law. The National Rifle Association, Gun Owners of America, and National Shooting Sports Foundation endorse the legislation.
The NRA awarded Rep. DesJarlais an “A” grade for his work to protect Americans’ gun rights.
NAMED FOR VANDERBILT TERROR VICTIM, TAYLOR FORCE ACT RESTRICTS U.S. FOREIGN AID TO STOP PALESTINIAN MARTYRDOM PAYMENTS
REP. SCOTT DESJARLAIS VOTES FOR BILL TO HONOR SLAIN ARMY VET, PUNISH “PAY TO SLAY”
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Army veteran Taylor Force served two tours of duty in Afghanistan and Iraq, before enrolling at Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management. In 2016, on a trip to study international business, the Texas native became the latest victim of Islamic extremism in Israel, where the Palestinian government pays terrorists to murder Americans and Israelis.
“Taylor served his country, working to protect Americans and to make the world a safer place. In his memory, the House has passed severe restrictions on financial aid to the Palestinian Authority, funding terrorism, while the majority of its people subsist in poverty,” said Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D. “Until it ends institutional support for violence against innocent civilians, the government there will never be a legitimate partner for peace.”
The Taylor Force Act, which the House of Representatives passed yesterday, would require the Palestinian Authority to renounce support for payments to terrorists and to abolish laws and funding, including for affiliate organizations. The U.S. Secretary of State must regularly certify compliance. “Sadly, Taylor is not the only American citizen to have died in the climate of hate the Authority’s radical policies create. Taxpayers here should have no part,” said Rep. DesJarlais (TN-04).
If successful, terrorists and their families receive pensions and other financial rewards from a Martyrs Fund. According to estimates, the territorial government spends approximately $300 million annually, or seven percent of its budget, on such payments. Because foreign aid to alleviate poverty and debt in the West Bank is fungible, American taxpayer dollars, averaging $335 million per year, free funds for martyrdom operations or may directly subsidize them.
NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION MOVES TO WHITE HOUSE, STRENGTHENS U.S. DEFENSE
HOUSE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE MEMBER REP. SCOTT DESJARLAIS SHAPES LEGISLATION
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2018, a bipartisan House-Senate agreement to increase troop numbers, pay, benefits, training, and national security. The legislation will travel to the White House for President Donald Trump’s signature, before it becomes law.
Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D., a member of the House Armed Services Committee, responsible for drafting the annual NDAA, which sets military policy and spending levels, described today’s ceremony in the Capitol as a major step towards fulfilling his, and the Commander-in-Chief’s promise, to “Make America Strong Again.”
The 2018 NDAA raises defense spending levels to restore depleted troop levels, as well as air, sea and land fleets, necessary to protect Americans at home and abroad. “Our adversaries, such as Russia, Iran and China, have responded to budget uncertainty and military cuts with technological and geographic advances in Europe and Asia,” said Rep. DesJarlais (TN-04).
“Providing for the common defense is the federal government’s number-one responsibility,” he said, explaining Congress must now appropriate funding, requiring congressional Democrats to cease demands for equal increases in domestic discretionary spending.
“The NDAA makes important changes to Defense Department acquisitions and auditing that would save taxpayers billions of dollars. I’d like to see the same enthusiasm for eliminating bureaucracy and waste at federal agencies without the same constitutional mandate or dangerous mission,” said the Congressman.
He represents a district at the heart of the Aerospace and Defense Technology Corridor including Fort Campbell, Arnold Air Force Base, Redstone Arsenal and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where hypersonic, nuclear and unmanned aerial vehicle research and testing take place. Rep. Desjarlais worked to make improvements to those programs in the NDAA.
REP. SCOTT DESJARLAIS VOTES TO EMPOWER TENNESSEE FAMILIES AND SMALL BUSINESSES IN HOUSE TAX BILL
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Middle-class tax cuts passed the House of Representatives today. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, in addition to lowering Tennesseans’ tax bills, includes major business incentives that will grow jobs, workers’ income and the U.S. economy, said Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D., in a statement following his vote in support of the legislation:
“The federal government is collecting more taxes than ever. The prior administration issued record pages of regulations, squeezing family businesses and the middle class, while Washington grew rich on government stimulus. Instead, lowering taxes will allow Tennesseans to keep more of their hard-earned money, to spend, save or invest as they like. Because of new financial incentives, more will form small businesses, our country’s economic engine, and American companies will return profits and jobs back home. The tools of success are in every person’s hands. We’re unshackling the power of American industry and ingenuity to ignite the economy, lagging for far too long."
Details of the plan can be found here. The Tax Foundation estimates House Republicans’ plan would create an additional 18,255 jobs in Tennessee and add almost $2,000 to middle-income families’ yearly income. The Senate is currently considering its own version, and the two chambers will consult on a final one for the President’s approval.
REP. SCOTT DESJARLAIS VOTES TO IMPROVE TROOP NUMBERS, PAY, TRAINING AND EQUIPMENT IN NATIONAL DEFENSE CONFERENCE REPORT
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D., a member of the House Armed Services Committee, voted today for the House-Senate Conference Report on the National Defense Authorization Act of 2018, a bipartisan, bicameral agreement to improve troop numbers, pay, training and equipment, after years of budget cuts.
“The United States has the best fighting force in the world. But we’ve been asking them to do more with less. ISIS exploded in the Middle East. Iran is emboldened. The Obama Administration’s reset with Russia encouraged aggression in Eastern Europe. China and North Korea are threatening U.S. allies in the Pacific,” said Rep. DesJarlais (TN-04).
“Projecting weakness endangers Americans. This bill makes clear the U.S. will protect our national security. It fulfills Congress’ number-one duty to provide for the common defense. The safety of our men and women in uniform is paramount. Without them, freedom and prosperity would be impossible.”
The legislation is the product of numerous congressional hearings, as well as Rep. DesJarlais’ meetings with constituents in Washington, D.C., and across Tennessee, home to Arnold Air Force Base, Fort Campbell, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and other facilities, where researchers develop and test the next generation of advanced weaponry, and soldiers train for combat.
Rep. DesJarlais is a member of the Subcommittees on Readiness, overseeing troop preparedness, as well as Seapower and Projection Forces, overseeing naval and various defense technology. The Conference Report includes his effort to address weaknesses in the nation’s nuclear infrastructure. Recently, he visited the Y-12 Nuclear Security Complex adjacent to Oak Ridge, in addition to the 118th Air National Guard Wing in Nashville and the Missile Defense Agency in Huntsville, Alabama.
“The Aerospace and Defense Technology Corridor spanning Middle Tennessee is a major military and economic asset,” said Rep. DesJarlais. “Supporting the people who live and work in our local defense industry makes our entire country stronger.”
The President is expected to quickly sign today’s legislation, which includes a funding boost for missile defense and modernizes the Space Command. It streamlines defense acquisitions and financial auditing to save taxpayers billions of dollars, while the 2.4 percent pay raise for troops represents the largest increase in eight years.
REP. SCOTT DESJARLAIS STATEMENT ON NEW YORK TERROR ATTACK
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D., released the following statement after a terror attack yesterday in New York City, the deadliest there since September 11, 2001:
“I’m very saddened when these attacks occur. My prayers are with the victims and their families. Emergency personnel again ran toward danger. Most shocking is that our country continues to ignore threats of Islamic terror. Federal authorities were aware of the attacker’s terrorist connections, before he rammed his truck into a peaceful crowd. The Orlando and San Bernardino killers also displayed clear warning signs. But open-borders zealots and radical judges deny Americans our most basic right to security. Our refugee and immigration systems must reflect that priority. Extreme vetting and travel bans are common-sense, constitutional measures to protect the United States. Frequent attacks must not become a way of life. ”
Several foreign tourists lost their lives along with American citizens in New York. Many more are injured. The attacker from Uzbekistan is a legal permanent resident of the United States, a beneficiary of the visa diversity program. In 2009, a refugee program admitted two Islamic terrorists, whom the U.S. military knew to be dangerous.
Rep. DesJarlais (TN-04) is a member of the House Armed Services Committee. He has voted for stronger visa procedures, temporary travel bans, and restrictions on refugees from terror-prone areas, as well as defense bills to destroy ISIS and al Qaeda abroad.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D., voted for two bills this week to “break up the cozy relationship between special interests and Washington insiders,” he said.
The Sunshine for Regulations and Regulatory Decrees and Settlements Act would end the practice of federal agencies settling lawsuits by D.C. lobbying groups, paying their legal fees, and expediting federal regulations they seek, avoiding the public review process. The bill passed the House of Representatives last night, following a largely Republican vote in support of the Stop Settlement Slush Funds Act on Tuesday.
That bill would end a Justice Department practice of diverting settlement money, as a result of federal prosecutions, to third-party interest groups, unrelated to legal victims. After plea agreements related to the 2008 financial crisis, the Obama Administration required banks to send hundreds of millions of dollars to liberal organizations that often campaign for Democrats.
Banks and others could substantially reduce their obligation to the Justice Department by funding groups like National Council of La Raza. “Both consent decrees and the Justice Department slush fund avoid constitutional appropriations, as well as oversight of agency functions by the public and their representatives in Congress,” said Rep. DesJarlais (TN-04). “The Justice Department and the EPA have been funding partisan campaigns.”
“Backscratching among bureaucrats, lawyers and liberal activists is what Tennesseans really dislike about the Washington establishment. These bills would help drain the swamp,” said the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee member.
Rep. DesJarlais praised Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Secretary Scott Pruitt, who recently stopped so-called sue-and-settle at the agency, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who ended third-party payouts at the Justice Department. However, “to make sure these abuses of power never happen again, Congress must make it clear in legislation,” said the Congressman.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D., has hired Amy Dennis, a Fourth District native with years of experience as a legal assistant, to serve as his Field Representative in Winchester.
Her area of responsibility includes Lincoln, Franklin, Warren, Moore and Marion Counties. “Amy cares about her community, has spent her career assisting her neighbors, and has the skills and understanding to deal with often confusing federal agencies,” said Rep. DesJarlais (TN-04).
“She knows the area well and will slip right into Isiah’s former role.” Isiah Robinson, the Congressman’s previous Field Representative in Winchester, departed for law school. Ms. Dennis will also be based in Winchester at 200 South Jefferson Street, Suite 311, in the federal building.
Constituents requiring assistance should call (931) 962-3180 to ask a question or schedule a meeting by appointment only.
Ms. Dennis is a graduate of Lincoln County High School and Motlow Community College in Tennessee’s Fourth District. “I’m a proud Tennessean and look forward to helping my fellow Volunteers obtain their veterans, Social Security, and other benefits,” she said.
“I also look forward to discussing important issues and appreciate this opportunity Rep. DesJarlais has given me to serve the public.”
Rep. DesJarlais has additional field offices in Murfreesboro, Columbia, and Cleveland. Click here for more information.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D., released the following statement in support of President Donald Trump’s most recent executive order. Today’s order directs Departments of the Treasury, Labor and Health & Human Services to foster Association Health Plans for businesses and their employees, limited-term plans for Americans in need of temporary health insurance, and employer-based Health Reimbursement Arrangements similar to health savings accounts:
“Since its inception, Obamacare has failed America’s middle class, bearing the brunt of increased health care costs, fewer insurance options and a decline in the quality of medical care, as doctors and facilities disappear, particularly in rural districts like mine. Because of excessive taxes and regulations, employers are dropping coverage. At the same time, insurers have fled state exchanges, and millions remain uninsured.
“More federal interference, such as single-payer, is the wrong answer. Giving workers, families and small businesses more choice and flexibility is the right one. The President’s order should help Tennesseans negotiate better prices, find inexpensive, short-term insurance, if necessary, and take advantage of tax-free accounts to purchase better health care. But ultimately, Congress must pass free-market reforms Republicans have advocated for years. The Senate must act.”
Rep. DesJarlais (TN-04) is a member of the House Freedom Caucus and GOP Doctors Caucus, who has voted to repeal Obamacare and replace it with a variety of consumer-centric solutions, such as Association Health Plans, interstate insurance markets, health savings accounts, and generic drug reform.
DAYTON, TN – Continuing its winning streak, Tennessee’s Fourth District today celebrated the groundbreaking of the latest manufacturer to locate a large facility – and hundreds of jobs – in the region. Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D., was present at the ceremony in Dayton, Rhea County, for Finnish company Nokian Tyres.
The company’s $360 million investment follows another multi-million dollar investment in nearby Bledsoe County by a textile company, signaling a resurgence of American manufacturing, said Rep. DesJarlais (TN-04). His tour of local industry has crisscrossed the district. “Republicans in Congress and the President are working together to eliminate harmful taxes and regulations that impede job creation and economic growth,” he said.
“Tennessee, where taxes and regulations are low, and Tennesseans are especially diligent and hardworking, is providing an example to the rest of the country. Our state is also leading a return to technical education to help students and experienced workers learn new skills and find employment.”
Rutherford County in the Fourth District is one of the fastest growing in the United States. Rhea County’s economy is advancing. “I’m confident more employers like Nokian will come to appreciate the business-friendly environment and capable, eager workforce here,” said Rep. DesJarlais.
Last month, he visited HYLA Mobile, a new high-tech employer in LaVergne, which will hire an estimated 225 Tennesseans. Rep. DesJarlais recently voted to simplify federal grants for state technical education programs, as well as permits for energy and other infrastructure projects.
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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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