Scott DesJarlais

Scott DesJarlais

TENNESSEE's 4th DISTRICT

DesJarlais Votes Against Omnibus Appropriations Agreement

2014/12/11

Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D. (TN-04) released the following statement after voting against HR 83, the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act for FY 2015, commonly referred to as the cromnibus: “This 1,603-page bill was released just the other day. There is absolutely no conceivable way any member of Congress had time to properly review this $1.1 trillion piece of legislation. Have we not learned the lesson that having to pass a bill to find out what is in it results in bad policy? “One thing we do know is that this legislation provides funding for President Obama’s unconstitutional executive order on immigration. As the representative for Tennessee’s Fourth District, I swore an oath to uphold the Constitution. This is something I will not compromise on. Congress has the power of the purse and it is incumbent upon us to use this power to prevent the White House from violating the separation of powers. “If the president wants immigration reform, then he should present his ideas to Congress and work within the proper constitutional framework. But he does not have the authority to disregard existing law – laws that he is constitutionally bound to execute. If Republicans won’t step up and hold this president accountable, who will?” Read More

DesJarlais Statement on President Obama’s Immigration Speech in Nashville

2014/12/10

Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D. (TN-04) released the following statement regarding President Obama’s immigration speech in Nashville: “While I am sure this scripted event in Nashville will attempt to present the president in the best possible light, I would encourage him to travel a few miles to the south to Tennessee’s Fourth Congressional District and speak with real folks from all walks of life who continue to voice their concerns over his unilateral action on immigration. Although President Obama might wish otherwise, our Constitution does not give him the authority to circumvent Congress simply because existing laws conflict with his particular ideology.  Fortunately, Congress maintains the power of the purse and it is incumbent upon us to use this power to put a stop to this flagrant usurpation of power.” Read More

DesJarlais Statement on President Obama’s Immigration Announcement

2014/11/21

Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D. (TN-04) released the following statement in response to President Obama’s announcement on immigration: “President Obama’s decision to act unilaterally on immigration shows a blatant disregard for the constitutional checks and balances upon which our government was founded and sets a troubling precedent for the use of executive power.  Congress has the sole authority to create and amend laws, with the president’s duty being to faithfully execute those laws. Although he might wish otherwise, the Constitution does not give President Obama the authority to circumvent Congress simply because existing immigration laws conflict with his particular ideology. My colleagues and I will be reviewing all available options afforded to Congress to prevent this usurpation of power and preserve our rule of law.” Read More

Rep. DesJarlais Statement on Voting to Approve Keystone XL Pipeline

2014/11/14

Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D. (TN-04) issued the following statement after voting in favor of H.R. 5682, a bill to approve the Keystone XL pipeline: “Although 59 percent of Americans support building the Keystone XL Pipeline, partisan politics in Washington have prevented this job creating proposal from moving forward. Despite bipartisan support in Congress, the Obama administration and his far left allies have actively worked time and time again to prevent its construction. The Keystone Pipeline represents new jobs for countless Americans and a reliable energy source from a trusted ally. Republicans in the House have sent bill after bill approving the Pipeline over to the Senate, where Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has consistently blocked them. With the election season over, it is beyond time for Senate Democrats and President Obama to do the right thing and allow us to move forward with this project.” The Keystone pipeline would create over 42,000 jobs nationwide and reduce American dependency of foreign oil by 40%. Read More

Rep. DesJarlais Statement on Supreme Court Agreeing to Hear Case on Federally-Run Exchanges

2014/11/07

Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D. (TN-04) issued the following statement after the Supreme Court of the United States announced they will hear a case challenging the distribution of tax subsidies in Obamacare through federally-run exchanges: “I have said from the beginning that this issue presents the best chance of finally abolishing President Obama’s health care law. It is beyond clear that the Internal Revenue Service violated our Constitution’s separation of powers by re-writing a major portion of the Affordable Care Act – an action reserved exclusively for Congress. This goes beyond health care to the very heart of our nation’s democratic system of government. I hope the justices will rule accordingly by striking down this unconstitutional power grab by the Obama administration.” Congressman DesJarlais previously introduced legislation that would nullify this rule by the IRS. Read More

Congressman DesJarlais Statement on Release of USMA Sgt. Tahmooressi

2014/11/03

Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D. (TN-04) issued the following statement on the release of United States Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi after 214 days of imprisonment in Mexico: “After seven months, I am overjoyed to hear the long-awaited news that Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi is finally heading home. While I am disappointed his release did not take place much sooner, I am thankful he will now be able to recover from this traumatic situation surrounded by family and friends on American soil. Sgt. Tahmooressi served his country with honor as a United States Marine, and we owe him nothing less than our full support as he transitions back to life at home. I know that folks across the Fourth District have kept Sgt. Tahmooressi in their thoughts and prayers and I am thankful those prayers have finally been answered. ” For more information on the detainment and release of Sgt. Tahmooressi click here. Read More

Congressman DesJarlais Statement on Dismissal of Lawsuit Against the IRS for Targeting Conservatives

2014/10/29

Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D. (TN-04) issued the following statement regarding last week’s decision by D.C. District Judge Reggie B. Walton to dismiss all counts brought against the IRS by True the Vote for its targeting of conservative tax-exempt groups: “The fact that this court was willing to let the IRS off the hook after the agency flagrantly abused its power sends a troubling message. Throughout our nation’s history, Americans have looked to the court to protect our First Amendment rights. Sadly, this ruling does the complete opposite. Our country holds no tenet more sacred than the belief that the American people have the right to speak freely without fear of government retaliation. The victims of the IRS targeting scandal deserve justice for the federal government’s actions to silence their political speech. Failure to deliver that justice will undoubtedly diminish the very principles this country was founded on.  U.S. District Court Judge Reggie Walton’s opinion was delivered on October 23, 2014.  Read More

DesJarlais, Graves Call For Restrictions On Travel To U.S. From West Africa In Wake Of Ebola Threat; Fleischmann Says Keep As Option

2014/10/17

Rep. Scott DesJarlais and Rep. Tom Graves have called for restrictions on travel to and from West Africa in order to prevent the spread of the Ebola virus in the United States. Rep. DesJarlais said, "There is understandably serious concern about a potential Ebola epidemic here in the United States. While the possibility of an outbreak of this deadly virus is minimal at this time, it is critical we take appropriate measures in order to protect public health. As we have already witnessed, lax restrictions on international travel from countries laden with the disease have resulted in the infection of two American citizens on U.S. soil.  “In order to prevent any further spread of the Ebola virus here in the United States, it is critical we restrict all travel to and from the countries currently experiencing large-scale Ebola outbreaks with the exception of medical aid workers. I call on the president to move swiftly and without hesitation in placing travel restrictions between the United States and the West African Nations plagued by this infectious disease.”  Rep. Graves said, “My prayers today are with the two Dallas nurses who put themselves at risk in order to help a patient with Ebola. They represent the best of America’s dedicated health care professionals. “Now, Americans are asking how Ebola could spread in our country, why a nurse with symptoms was given permission to board a commercial flight, and why the strictest, safest protocols were not followed. It is disturbing to consider that it only took one Liberian, without symptoms when he arrived in the United States, to start this dangerous chain of events. That fact raises questions about the effectiveness of entry screening and should cause the president to seriously consider banning travel to the United States by non-U.S. citizens from the affected Western African countries. I would support that action, in addition to other aggressive measures, if it means keeping Americans safe from Ebola.” Rep. Chuck Fleischmann said, “Ebola is a serious crisis and calls for a serious response, which is why the House appropriated more money for the CDC than requested.  I urge the President to keep all options on the table, including a travel ban.  My heart goes out to the Americans and all people who have been impacted by Ebola, and I will implore the administration to use every tool possible to combat this virus and keep Americans safe." Read More

Rep. DesJarlais Calls for Travel Restrictions to and from West Africa to Help Prevent Spread of Ebola Virus

2014/10/16

Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D. (TN-04) issued the following statement calling for travel restrictions to and from West Africa in order to prevent the spread of the Ebola virus in the United States: “There is understandably serious concern about a potential Ebola epidemic here in the United States. While the possibility of an outbreak of this deadly virus is minimal at this time, it is critical we take appropriate measures in order to protect public health. As we have already witnessed, lax restrictions on international travel from countries laden with the disease have resulted in the infection of two American citizens on U.S. soil. “In order to prevent any further spread of the Ebola virus here in the United States, it is critical we restrict all travel to and from the countries currently experiencing large-scale Ebola outbreaks with the exception of medical aid workers. I call on the president to move swiftly and without hesitation in placing travel restrictions between the United States and the West African Nations plagued by this infectious disease.” Read More

DesJarlais criticizes attempt to redefine Clean Water Act

2014/10/15

The Environmental Protection Agency is overstepping its bounds with the agency's efforts to implement a new rule that would expand regulatory authority over many of the nation's streams and wetlands, U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, R-South Pittsburg, said Tuesday. "EPA is trying to expand its reach through the rules-making process and do an end-around around Congress," DesJarlais said during the 2014 Tennessee Agriculture Leadership Forum at Embassy Suites, which was his first public appearance since the primary win. DesJarlais explained the EPA is seeking to expand the Clean Water Act of 1972 by issuing a rule clarification. "But that rule clarification is 11,000 words long," a visibly thinner DesJarlais said. The representative was diagnosed with neck cancer in July and has been undergoing treatment. House Republican leaders, like the 4th District's DesJarlais who serves on the House Committee for Agriculture, have said the rule would extend the EPA's power to include streams, ponds, ditches and even stormwater runoff, with economic consequences for everyone from farmers to homeowners to small businesses. The same point was emphasized at Tuesday's forum in Murfreesboro. Chuck Conner, president of the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, told the audience that 7,000 streams would become tributaries of the Mississippi River under the rule change. Conner was one of several speakers who focused on transitions in agriculture in Tennessee at the forum presented by Farm Credit Services of Mid-America. The morning session was about the global impact on the local food supply and how affects local farmers. The mid-morning panel discussion was about how changes in the field impact farmers. The afternoon focused on legislation and regulations facing farmers, like the proposed EPA rule change. "Farm Credit started this a few years ago because we felt as a company that it was important to get others involved in agriculture and its impact on Tennessee, Tennessee's economy and our customers and consumers," said David Lynn, senior vice president, Financial Services, Farm Credit Services of Mid-America. He added the forum is an opportunity to connect farmers with commodity groups, customers and leaders in the state. One of those leaders was State Rep. Sheila Butt, R-Columbia, who was a vocal opponent of the EPA's rule change during Tuesday's forum. She explained the public comment period is open until Friday, Nov. 14. "My hope is that enough farmers and landowners comment on the broad reach of the rule that the EPA will not implement it," Butt said, calling the rule change an attempt at more regulations from the Obama administration. The EPA has a different view of the proposed change. Agency administrator Gina McCarthy said in September she's not backing down despite criticisms that it amounts to a federal water grab. The U.S. House approved a bill that would block the agency from moving forward with the rule, which aims to clarify the streams and waterways that could be protected from development under the Clean Water Act. McCarthy denied the rule would expand the jurisdiction of the act, but she said it's time — given drought pressures in the West and the effects of climate change — to clarify some of the act's provisions to make them more understandable and to establish regulatory certainty when it comes to drinking water supplies. "We've seen some things happen with water that made us realize we need to do better and work together," she said. "But one of the most important things is, as you take a statute that's over 40 years old and say what it means, that you look at the science and the law and you stay within your boundaries." DesJarlais said the EPA needs to stay within its own boundaries and not bypass Congress to get what should be legislation passed. The Associated Press contributed to this report. Read More

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Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-6831
Fax 202-226-5172
desjarlais.house.gov

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.


Serving With

Phil Roe

TENNESSEE's 1st DISTRICT

John Duncan

TENNESSEE's 2nd DISTRICT

Chuck Fleischmann

TENNESSEE's 3rd DISTRICT

Diane Black

TENNESSEE's 6th DISTRICT

Marsha Blackburn

TENNESSEE's 7th DISTRICT

Stephen Fincher

TENNESSEE's 8th DISTRICT

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