Scott DesJarlais

Scott DesJarlais

TENNESSEE's 4th DISTRICT

REP. SCOTT DESJARLAIS: FAR-LEFT JEOPARDIZES NATIONAL SECURITY WITH POLITICIZED NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION

2019/07/15

REP. SCOTT DESJARLAIS: FAR-LEFT JEOPARDIZES NATIONAL SECURITY WITH POLITICIZED NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Democrat infighting nearly prevented passage of the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) in the House of Representatives today.

    The annual defense policy bill, which for 58 years has passed with bipartisan support, instead passed on a party-line vote, surviving only because of concessions to far-left socialists, insisting on the elimination of programs critical to defending the United States from Russia, China, Iran and other adversaries, said Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D.

    A member of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC), Rep. DesJarlais is a strong supporter of improved border security and nuclear technology. He voted against the bill, which would undermine both, he said. “The Senate, as the House usually does, passed this year’s defense authorization by a wide bipartisan margin. In past years, when Republicans held the majority, we’ve offered Democrats abundant opportunities to voice concerns and add amendments. However, with Nancy Pelosi in charge, our colleagues across the aisle have behaved differently, shutting us out of the process.

    “As a result, Congress’ first responsibility, protecting national security, has become another partisan exercise, a product of bitter animosity towards the President, which reverses the progress we’ve made to rebuild the military after years of neglect.”

    Rep. DesJarlais (TN-04) is a member of the Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, as well as the Subcommittee on Intelligence, Emerging Threats and Capabilities. In an address to Congress this week, he pointed out provisions in this year’s NDAA that would prevent the deployment of low-yield nuclear weapons to counter Russian technology; force the U.S. to abide by outdated nuclear treaties our adversaries ignore; prohibit military support at the southern border; and release terrorists from Guantanamo Bay military prison.

    The Congressman offered amendments to fix such problems in the legislation. “Amazingly, Democrat leaders rejected these measures, because they would likely pass with bipartisan support, displaying the kind of cynical partisanship that has prevented good legislation from passing the House this term,” said Rep. DesJarlais, who joined HASC Ranking Member Mac Thornberry and every Republican House member in voting no.

     “I’m disappointed we lost an opportunity to work together, and I could not support this NDAA.”

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HOUSE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE MEMBER REP. SCOTT DESJARLAIS VOTES AGAINST WEAK DEFENSE BILL

2019/06/14

HOUSE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE MEMBER REP. SCOTT DESJARLAIS VOTES AGAINST WEAK DEFENSE BILL

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Tennessee Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D., a member of the House Armed Services Committee, early today voted against the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act, citing major flaws in the Democrat-produced legislation. Rep. DesJarlais (TN-04), who has steered nuclear security and other improvements in past authorizations, issued the following statement:

“This legislation would reverse the gains we have made to rebuild the U.S. military after years of neglect. It cuts nuclear and missile defense, hindering modernization programs to secure our country against advanced adversaries, and cuts defense overall, because of some misguided notion that our country’s strength is the source of all the world’s problems. No, the United States is a force for good, our allies are depending on us, and weakness invites aggression, as we saw during the prior administration, when China, Russia, Iran and ISIS expanded their influence across the globe.

“Provisions preventing the military from protecting our southern border reflect the same ‘Blame America First’ mentality.  The United States is defined by our borders, and we have a military to defend them, not just faraway places. The President’s authority to declare an emergency is clear, and so is the crisis at the border, which we must address immediately, but members of the majority seem to believe their open-borders agenda is more important than our country’s sovereignty and security. I support a strong defense that includes strong borders.”

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REP. SCOTT DESJARLAIS: AMNESTY BILL FAILS TO ADDRESS BORDER SECURITY, ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, FUELS CURRENT CRISIS

2019/06/10

REP. SCOTT DESJARLAIS: AMNESTY BILL FAILS TO ADDRESS BORDER SECURITY, ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, FUELS CURRENT CRISIS

WASHINGTON, D.C. –   Legislation granting amnesty to millions of illegal aliens passed the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives today. Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D., voted against the bill, the American Dream and Promise Act, releasing the following the statement:

“Already this week, the House passed a disaster aid bill without a single dime to alleviate the disaster at the border. Today, Nancy Pelosi and her caucus passed a bill providing amnesty and a path to citizenship, as well as Medicaid, food stamps, and other welfare benefits, to millions of illegal aliens, but no resources to prevent more than a hundred thousand from crossing the southern border every month. It would encourage legal aliens to break the law, to receive the same preferential treatment, and reward repeat criminals, including gang members.   

“Bad laws like this are fueling the border crisis, reaching far into the U.S. Fortunately, despite misleading media coverage, Americans are beginning to understand the problem and effective solutions. We need to build a wall and end legal loopholes drawing enormous migrant caravans. Open borders are destructive.”

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REP. SCOTT DESJARLAIS FIGHTS SOCIALIST AGENDA IN CONGRESS

2019/05/24

RSC FIGHTS SOCIALIST AGENDA IN CONGRESS,

CHAIRMAN INTRODUCES RESPONSE RESOLUTION TO GREEN NEW DEAL

WASHINGTON – Republican Study Committee Chairman Mike Johnson (LA-04) introduced a resolution to expose the Socialist policies of Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal and to prove that fully implementing the proposal is clearly impossible.

    The chairman’s resolution highlights the exorbitant costs of the plan, the harm it would actually cause the environment, the exponential increase in energy costs that would be required of all U.S. households and businesses, and the Green New Deal’s attempts to impose socialized medicine, public funds for those “unwilling” to work and big government provisions like “free” college for all.

    The chairman’s resolution has more than 50 original cosponsors.

CHAIRMAN JOHNSON RELEASED THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT:

“When we began the 116th Congress, most Americans had no idea how far to the radical left the new Democrat majority would attempt to push the country. The ‘Green New Deal’ may be the most outrageous set of proposals ever presented in the U.S. Congress, and we have an obligation to expose this dangerous agenda for what it is and what it would mean for every American. Turning to full government control would erode our most fundamental freedoms, devastate our nation’s economy and cause serious hardships for every person in this country. Conservatives simply will not allow that to happen.”

REP. SCOTT DESJARLAIS (TN-04) RELEASED THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT:

“Although almost all of them will tell you they support the Green New Deal, a plan to socialize America’s economy, no Senate Democrat voted for it when Mitch McConnell gave them the chance, and Democrats have so far refused to advance legislation in the House, where they’re in charge for the time being. Their reluctance to embrace their own bad ideas is the perfect illustration of what would happen in reality. Political insiders and cronies would be exempt, while working Americans would bear the brunt of devastating taxes and regulation. Domestic energy, manufacturing jobs, economic growth and optimism are finally returning because of tax cuts and lighter regulation. We cannot allow an extreme, far-left agenda to destroy the progress this country is making.”

REP. RALPH ABRAHAM (LA-05) RELEASED THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT:

“The Green New Deal is a socialist’s wish list of absurd proposals rooted in fantasy and funded by raising your taxes. It deserves to be defeated.”

REP. TONY BALDERSON (OH-12) RELEASED THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT:

“Simply put, the Green New Deal is unfeasible. We need to work to find real solutions, not a farce like the Green New Deal that doesn’t fix the problems it tries to tackle, and instead harms Americans in the process.”

REP. BRADLEY BYRNE (AL-01) RELEASED THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT:

“Despite running on kitchen table issues and moderate policy reforms, the new Democrats have swarmed to the left and embraced a radical socialism that would empower the government, not the people. Americans see through the Green New Deal and other Democrat proposals that foolishly promise the world if we would only give up some of our liberties and embrace radical environmental socialism. These policies must be exposed and rejected.”

REP. ANDY BIGGS (AZ-05) RELEASED THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT:

“There is nothing green about the Green New Deal; instead, it should be called the ‘Green Socialist Manifesto.’ The Green New Deal is an attempt by the radical left to convert America’s booming economy – where people have choice and freedom – into government coercion at every level of our lives. I thank Chairman Johnson for leading this resolution and for highlighting the importance of free market capitalism and private property rights.”

REP. JOHN CARTER (TX-31) RELEASED THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT:

“Not only is the Democrats’ Green New Deal an unreasonable pipedream, it also saddles the American people with a $93 trillion price tag. People deserve to know where their representatives stand on this proposal that will greatly expand the federal government’s role in their lives.”

REP. MICHAEL CLOUD (TX-27) RELEASED THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT:

“In order to face the environmental challenges that the future may bring, we need a thriving economy. The Green New Deal would cost trillions of taxpayer dollars and potentially devastate our economy. Simply put, it is not a good deal for the American people. Instead of socialist policies, we in Congress should look to states like Texas, where American companies are mindful of environmental impact while at the same time providing jobs for workers and families. We can and must advance protections to our environment while continuing to boost our economy.”  

REP. JEFF DUNCAN (SC-03) RELEASED THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT:

“The Green New Deal is a dangerous agenda that would have the government dictate every moment of our lives through a massive takeover of sectors of the economy. It’s a socialist Trojan Horse, chock-full of programs that would cost $93 trillion and surely bankrupt our country. It’s one disastrous leap towards limiting the freedom of the American people, and I’m glad the Republican Study Committee has been committed to exposing the truth of the Green New Deal.” 

REP. RON ESTES (KS-04) RELEASED THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT:

“The $93 trillion Green New Deal would be a massive government takeover of how we eat, travel and live. It would also bankrupt our country and decimate jobs in two of the largest industries in Kansas: agriculture and aviation. We need innovation and a thriving economy to protect our environment and climate, not government control and crushing tax increases. I support this resolution to highlight just how radical the Green New Deal really is.”

REP. CHUCK FLEISCHMANN (TN-03) RELEASED THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT:

“The American economy is thriving under conservative, pro-growth policies, but would become crippled under big government, socialist proposals. That is why I cosponsored legislation led by my colleague, Chairman Johnson, to rebuke the socialist agenda masquerading as policy, also known as the Green New Deal. The goal of the Green New Deal, zero-emission energy production in 10 years, is not feasible. The Green New Deal would send American jobs overseas, threaten private property rights, and pass the onus of a $93 trillion price tag to the American taxpayers. In the midst of record-low unemployment and unprecedented economic growth, the last thing our nation needs is to erode this progress through a Green New Disaster.”

REP. BILL FLORES (TX-17) RELEASED THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT:

“The United States has become the world’s largest energy producer, and is already leading the world in carbon reduction, thanks to the principles of innovation, conservation and adaptation. When the Green New Deal was introduced, it was hailed as a ‘major watershed moment’ to fix climate change. In reality, it is a package of unrealistic, job-killing, far-left policies that even Speaker Pelosi will not bring up for a vote. Hardworking American families must know the true cost of these socialist programs, many unrelated to climate change, and the damage these programs will inflict on our economic opportunity and national security.”

REP. BOB GIBBS (OH-07) RELEASED THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT:

“I would never have thought American policymakers would be extolling the virtues of socialism, yet here we are. Like the socialists of history’s failed states, the proponents of the Green New Deal want to wield the power of government to control nearly every aspect of our economy, whether it is related to the climate or not. The Green New Deal ignores human nature and the value of the individual in a free economic system. The United States has led the world in reducing greenhouse gas emissions since 2000. It wasn’t done through heavy-handed government mandates or international treaties. It was driven by the innovation of new technologies. The provisions of the Green New Deal expose the root of the socialist agenda: that government is superior to the individual. Conservatives cannot allow that idea to be cemented in our culture.”

REP. PAUL GOSAR (AZ-04) RELEASED THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT:

“Let’s call the Green New Deal what it is — a socialist manifesto masquerading as a pro-environment proposal that seeks to fundamentally transform America. Included in the Green New Deal is a job guarantee, a housing guarantee, a healthcare guarantee and an education guarantee. We all want to protect the environment, but this expensive, soviet style takeover of our entire economy goes too far. I applaud Republican Study Committee Chairman Mike Johnson for his leadership and thank him for introducing a bill that spells out the costs and dangers associated with this flawed proposal estimated to cost hard-working families $650,000 per household in the first 10 years alone.”

REP. MARK GREEN (TN-07) RELEASED THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT:

“If passed, the Green New Deal would cause Americans’ electricity bills to skyrocket -- up to 286% more per month. For some families, utilities and gas already take up 22% of their budget. 23% of Americans keep their home at a temperature unsafe or unhealthy to lower energy costs, and 19% of families had one of their members become sick as a result. Not to mention that the price tag of this legislation is $93 trillion dollars. Divided equally, that’s $600k per household. Even if the top 1% paid that entire tab (they can’t – not even close), most American couldn’t afford their electricity bills. We need more serious thinking in Congress.”

REP. JODY HICE (GA-10) RELEASED THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT:

“There are two competing approaches in addressing our country’s challenges when it comes to climate change. In one approach, as designed by the Green New Deal, the federal government asserts control over most of our economy, passing along massive costs and bureaucratic inefficiencies to everyday Americans. In the other, our robust system of free enterprise rises to the challenge, tapping into our deep well of independence, ingenuity, and creativity. This is the approach that built our Nation and made us a land of opportunity for all, which stands in stark contrast to the failed socialist policies that have plagued other countries throughout history. I stand firmly behind the power of free enterprise, and I encourage a vote to let the American people know where their Members of Congress stand on such a radical policy.”

REP. CLAY HIGGINS (LA-03) RELEASED THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT:

“The Green New Deal would destroy American jobs and economic prosperity. It’s a socialist takeover of American society, and the underlying proposals have no basis in reality. Democrats are calling for total government regulation of the economy, elimination of the oil and gas industry, and restrictions on agricultural production. Those policies would cripple our economy and wipe out millions of American jobs. The Green New Deal is a dangerous plan, and it’s reflective of the Democratic Party’s shift toward socialism.”

REP. DOUG LAMALFA (CA-01) RELEASED THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT:

“The Green New Deal is the latest, most dangerous attempt to impose radical socialist ideology on the American people. It’s an affront to the very principles upon which our great nation was founded upon and has flourished under. It’s a $93 trillion fantasy that no serious legislator would ever propose or consider. It would devastate our economy, handcuff American innovation, and destroy jobs in every state in America. We should be focusing on legislation that is actually grounded in reality and solves problems instead of this colossal waste of time.”

REP. DEBBIE LESKO (AZ-08) RELEASED THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT:

"The notorious Green New Deal will change nearly every aspect of Americans' lives at an exorbitant cost estimated at $93 trillion. The American people deserve to know if their representatives stand with this far-left, socialist proposal that will devastate our economy and burden our children and grandchildren. That is why I am standing in strong opposition to the radical Green New Deal and cosponsoring Rep. Johnson's resolution that exposes the truth about what the Green New Deal really is."

REP. ROGER MARSHALL (KS-01) RELEASED THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT:

“Rather than setting realistic goals to reduce carbon emissions and incentivize clean energy development, the Democrat’s ‘Green New Deal’ is nothing more than a rebranding of Socialistic control of every aspect of American life under the guise of ‘environmental responsibility.’ This socialist proposal that Democrats are championing claims to create economic prosperity for all, but in reality, this ‘deal’ would stick hardworking families with a dramatic increase in taxes, burdens, and government involvement in everyday life.”

REP. PAUL MITCHELL (MI-10) RELEASED THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT:

“The Green New Deal is an unrealistic and unworkable proposal that stands in stark opposition to the economic freedom and pro-growth policies that have enabled the United States to thrive. It would impose an immense burden on taxpayers and would lead to significant job loss due to its massive overhaul or elimination of entire sectors of the economy. We can and must advance protections for our environment but pursuing increased government control over nearly every aspect of our lives is an absolute nonstarter. I stand with my colleagues in strong and adamant opposition to the Green New Deal.”

REP. DAN NEWHOUSE (WA-04) RELEASED THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT:

“The Green New Deal refuses to acknowledge the success of existing renewable energy resources, like hydropower and nuclear. It also ignores the progress our nation is already making to reduce our carbon footprint. Instead, it proposes widespread detrimental ‘reforms’ to U.S. industries that ignore our country’s free market principles, threatening jobs and innovation. I am proud to join my colleagues in cosponsoring this resolution to declare – once and for all – that Congress will not allow the United States to become a socialist country or succumb to misguided, socialist agendas like the Green New Deal.”

REP. DENVER RIGGLEMAN (VA-05) RELEASED THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT:

“I am proud to co-sign Chairman Johnson’s Green New Deal response resolution.  The American people deserve to know where their representatives stand on this extreme and unreasonable environmental plan. It spends trillions of dollars on ‘planting trees’ and ‘eliminating air travel.’ This bill will make clear my opposition to the Green New Deal.”

REP. PHIL ROE (TN-01) RELEASED THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT:

“I strongly support commonsense reforms that will leave our children and grandchildren a healthier planet. I’ve worked as Mayor of Johnson City, TN on solutions that improve the environment, save taxpayers money and help create jobs. Unfortunately, the Green New Deal isn’t about helping the environment – it is a rejection of capitalism and a true embrace of socialism. The so-called ‘Green Dream’ guarantees everyone a job regardless of willingness to work, forces people into labor unions, and requires us to rebuild perfectly sound buildings and infrastructure. I am proud to be a cosponsor of Chairman Johnson’s resolution to rebuke these nonsensical socialist ideas.”

REPUBLICAN WHIP STEVE SCALISE (LA-01) RELEASED THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT:

“The Green New Deal is openly hostile to the American way of life. There must be a thorough accounting of the costs and dangers hidden in this radical legislation. Democrat proponents make plenty of empty promises, but will only deliver widespread unemployment, shockingly high consumer costs, and complete government dependence. We cannot allow this to become America’s future. Rep. Mike Johnson is right to oppose the Green New Deal and I am proud to be an original cosponsor of his resolution.”

REP. CHRIS STEWART (UT-02) RELEASED THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT:

“The Green New Deal is an attempt to restructure our form of government, not an environmental plan. We all know we can’t afford it. We all know it won’t solve any problems. The only thing the Green New Deal would accomplish would be a shift toward socialism. Focusing on government funded health care, housing and higher education without a plan to pay for any of it proves that this idea is a fantasy. Pretending it is about protecting the environment is dishonest. If you buy the line that the Green New Deal will cure the world and make us all happier, I have some prime oceanfront property in Utah’s 2nd district I would like to sell you.” 

Original cosponsors include Representatives Ralph Abraham (LA-05), Robert Aderholt (AL-04), Brian Babin (TX-36), James Baird (IN-04), Troy Balderson (OH-12), Jim Banks (IN-03), Andy Barr (KY-06), Andy Biggs (AZ-05), Mo Brooks (AL-05), Ted Budd (NC-13), Bradley Byrne (AL-01), John Carter (TX-31), Michael Cloud (TX-27), Michael Conaway (TX-11), Warren Davidson (OH-08), Scott DesJarlais (TN-04), Jeff Duncan (SC-03), Neal Dunn (FL-02), Ron Estes (KS-04), Chuck Fleischmann (TN-03), Bill Flores (TX-17), Bob Gibbs (OH-07), Paul Gosar (AZ-04), Mark Green (TN-07), Glenn Grothman (WI-06), Vicky Hartzler (MO-04), Kevin Hern (OK-01), Jody Hice (GA-10), Clay Higgins (LA-03), Bill Huizenga (MI-02), Trent Kelly (MS-01), David Kustoff (TN-08), Doug LaMalfa (CA-01), Debbie Lesko (AZ-08), Barry Loudermilk (GA-11), Roger Marshall (KS-01), Tom McClintock (CA-04), Paul Mitchell (MI-10), Alexander Mooney (WV-02), Dan Newhouse (WA-04), Ralph Norman (SC-05), Pete Olson (TX-22), Steven Palazzo (MS-04), Denver Riggleman (VA-05), Phil Roe (TN-01), David Rouzer (NC-07), Steve Scalise (LA-01), Gregory Steube (FL-17), Chris Stewart (UT-02), Tim Walberg (MI-07), Mark Walker (NC-06), Steven Watkins (KS-02), Randy Weber (TX-18), Ron Wright (TX-06) and Ted Yoho (FL-03).

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CONGRESSMAN SCOTT DESJARLAIS SUPPORTS PRESIDENT TRUMP’S IMMIGRATION PLAN

2019/05/16

CONGRESSMAN SCOTT DESJARLAIS SUPPORTS PRESIDENT TRUMP’S IMMIGRATION PLAN

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D., issued the following statement supporting President Trump’s plan to solve the border crisis and reform U.S. immigration laws, which the President presented at the White House today:

“The President’s plan is a well-thought-out, sensible one that would end the chaos at the border and across the United States, because of weak border security, bad laws and judicial decisions. As opposed to the random lottery we have right now, we need a merit-based immigration system that attracts high-skilled workers who will not displace American citizens or become a public burden, and to close legal loopholes incentivizing dangerous illegal immigration, including migrant caravans overwhelming our facilities. The status quo is unacceptable. There is a crisis. Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress know exactly what our country must do to fix it.”

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LYNNE DAVIS JOINS REP. SCOTT DESJARLAIS' MURFREESBORO OFFICE AS FIELD REPRESENTATIVE

2019/04/23

LYNNE DAVIS JOINS REP. SCOTT DESJARLAIS' MURFREESBORO OFFICE AS FIELD REPRESENTATIVE

MURFREESBORO, TENN. –  Lynne Davis, a lifelong resident of Rutherford and Bedford Counties, whose family has farmed the area for generations, has joined Congressman Scott DesJarlais’ Murfreesboro office as Field Representative to the two counties, he announced today.  

    Davis will help Tennesseans seeking social security, veterans benefits and other assistance from federal agencies to navigate often complex rules, as well as document their comments and concerns about local and national issues. Before joining Rep. DesJarlais’ staff, Davis was an award-winning realtor with her own small business. “Her history in Middle Tennessee and passion for our people and great state make Lynne a perfect addition to the team,” said Rep. DesJarlais (TN-04). 

    “She has experience serving clients and a strong desire to continue Tennessee’s amazing progress,” he said. “Everyone who meets her will instantly understand why we wanted Lynne to join our staff, working hard to improve Tennesseans’ lives.”

    Rep. DesJarlais’ Murfreesboro office is located at 305 W. Main Street. Constituents with questions or requests should call (615) 896-1986 for assistance. 

    Today at his Winchester office, Rep. DesJarlais will award Congressional Commendations to Hannah Bailey, a McMinnville student who completed advanced outdoors training with the Boy Scouts and Girls Scouts and organized community service efforts. At Magnolia Hill Manor in Winchester, he will announce the winner of the 2019 Congressional Art Competition for high school students in Tennessee’s Fourth District. 

    During a congressional recess, Rep. DesJarlais has been touring the large district. Last week, he visited NHC Healthcare in Dunlap to congratulate staff for their Award for Excellence for improving rural health care. 

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REP. SCOTT DESJARLAIS ISSUES STATEMENT ON SPECIAL COUNSEL REPORT FINDING NO COLLUSION OR OBSTRUCTION

2019/04/18

REP. SCOTT DESJARLAIS ISSUES STATEMENT ON SPECIAL COUNSEL REPORT FINDING NO COLLUSION OR OBSTRUCTION

SOUTH PITTSBURG, TENN. –  Congressman Scott DesJarlais (TN-04) issued the following statement today, after Attorney General William Barr released Robert Mueller’s Special Counsel report to the public:

“This investigation has been a political one from the start, which makes it all the more remarkable that a team of mostly Hillary Clinton supporters could produce no evidence for her claim that Donald Trump colluded with Russia to win the 2016 election. There was no obstruction. The truth about the President’s victory is that he and Republicans have a positive vision for our country’s future. Tennesseans want a growing economy, national security, and justice. We want to know more about the Clinton Campaign’s and the Obama Administration’s abuse of intelligence agencies to harm a political opponent. I’m working to make sure it never happens again.”

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NATIONAL PARKS CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION AWARDS REP. SCOTT DESJARLAIS 2019 NATIONAL PARK HERITAGE AWARD FOR POLK HOME EFFORTS

2019/04/03

NATIONAL PARKS CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION AWARDS REP. SCOTT DESJARLAIS 2019 NATIONAL PARK HERITAGE AWARD FOR POLK HOME EFFORTS

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Today, the National Parks Conservation Association awarded Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D., its 2019 National Park Heritage Award for his work to preserve the James K. Polk Home and Museum in Columbia, Tennessee. His James K. Polk Presidential Home Study Act became part of the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act, which President Trump signed into law this year.

    Rep. DesJarlais (TN-04), who represents the Columbia area in Congress, is working to make the Polk Home a unit of the National Park Service (NPS) to ensure the Tennessee landmark’s preservation. His legislation requires the Department of the Interior to study placing the Polk Home under NPS protection, a necessary step before it could receive its designation as a National Park. Currently, a non-profit organization maintains the museum and grounds with limited state assistance.

    Rep. DesJarlais thanked Senators Marsha Blackburn and Lamar Alexander for their support.  “James K. Polk was a President who kept his promises. Without him, the United States would not be the continental nation, spanning from coast to coast, that it is today,” he said. “In an age when too few are learning our history, taking the United States’ good fortune for granted, it is important to remember one of the great statesmen who made it possible.

    “I hope more Tennesseans, as well as visitors from across the country, will learn about the important role Tennessee has played in U.S. history. It is a proud legacy that has helped our state to become an economic, political and cultural leader in the 21st Century. Columbia is a vibrant small town.”

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THE SHELBYVILLE TIMES-GAZETTE: Equine bill reintroduced by DesJarlais

2019/03/27

Equine bill reintroduced by DesJarlais

Shelbyville, TN -- As in the past, two competing bills have been introduced in Congress concerning the Horse Protection Act and the Tennessee Walking Horse industry.

    U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, whose district includes Bedford County, has reintroduced H.R. 1157, which DesJarlais told the Walking Horse Report would make the horse inspection process less subjective and rely more on science-based techniques.

    "That's what my horse protection amendments would do," he said, in an interview with Sadie Fowler of the Walking Horse Report Thursday. "(They would) create a new organization including equine experts appointed by agriculture commissioners who know the industry best and could improve animal inspections."

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THE DAILY SIGNAL: These 3 Doctors in Congress Diagnose the Problems With Medicare for All

2019/03/27

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Few issues have animated conservatives as much as Obamacare. But there’s a new threat on the horizon. It’s called Medicare for All—and it would be a massive government takeover of your health care.

The Daily Signal spoke with three medical doctors who are serving in the U.S. House—Reps. Scott DesJarlais, Paul Gosar, and Andy Harris—to talk about Medicare for All and their solutions for a patient-centered alternative. Listen to the podcast or read the transcript below.

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Eliminating Pentagon Bureaucracy Tops Rep. DesJarlais' Agenda at Military Hearing

2018-03-07 20:01:34


Contact Information

413 Cannon HOB
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

Tim Burchett

TENNESSEE's 2nd DISTRICT

Chuck Fleischmann

TENNESSEE's 3rd DISTRICT

John Rose

TENNESSEE's 6th DISTRICT

Mark Green

TENNESSEE's 7th DISTRICT

David Kustoff

TENNESSEE's 8th DISTRICT

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