ELIMINATING PENTAGON BUREAUCRACY, SPEEDING SUPPORT FOR TROOPS TOP REP. SCOTT DESJARLAIS' AGENDA AT MILITARY HEARING
CONGRESSMAN ALSO LEADS EFFORT TO BRING MEDICAL EVACUATION UNIT TO TENNESSEE AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE
WASHINGTON, D.C. — At a congressional hearing today, House Armed Services Committee (HASC) member Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D., discussed saving taxpayer money at the Department of Defense and improving the military’s ability to quickly address threats. Army, Navy and Air Force acquisitions experts testified that adopting some commercial practices could achieve those goals.
Responding to questions from Rep. DesJarlais (TN-04), an Air Force witness suggested adopting regular repair schedules, as commercial airlines do, rather than reacting to equipment breakdowns. Another from the Navy suggested that 3D-printing technology could significantly shorten equipment replacement and repair times.
Rep. DesJarlais has voted to audit Pentagon finances and for measures permitting the Defense Department to purchase items on the open market, as well as to help small, innovative companies compete with large contractors. More measures to reduce bureaucratic overlap and paperwork have become law in recent National Defense Authorizations. As a new HASC member, the Congressman helped to oversee the latest, which increased defense funding.
“My constituents know the federal government’s first responsibility is national security. Years of budget cuts have depleted the military, and I voted to restore funding. However, every dollar wasted harms our ability to supply soldiers in a timely manner with the newest hardware, from pistols to submarines,” said Rep. DesJarlais. He represents the Aerospace and Defense Technology Corridor spanning Middle Tennessee.
This week, he also led a bipartisan group of Tennessee House members in an effort to bring a National Guard Aeromedical Evacuation unit to the 164th Wing in Memphis. “With three nursing schools to recruit from in the Memphis area, a waiting list currently in the Memphis clinic for nurses and medical technicians, and C-17 aircraft already on site, the 164th Airlift Wing is uniquely situated for this role,” they wrote to the Pentagon.
“Additionally, we are proud to note that Tennessee maintains one of the largest National Guard organizations in the country, with a combined Army/Air presence of roughly 13,500 guardsmen. Furthermore, our State continues to maintain one of the Nation’s top recruiting percentages, consistently recruiting to 103% end-strength over the past five years.”
Representatives David Kustoff, Steve Cohen, Diane Black, Marsha Blackburn, John Duncan, Chuck Fleischmann and Phil Roe, M.D., signed the letter, describing taxpayer savings, in addition to Tennesseans’ preparedness for the task. View their letter here:Read More
SECRETARY OF DEFENSE AT HOUSE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE HEARING: “MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM ARE NOT BARGAINING CHIPS”
REP. SCOTT DESJARLAIS PRESSES COLLEAGUES FOR STRONGER MILITARY WITH CONSISTENT FUNDING
WASHINGTON, D.C. — At a House Armed Services Committee hearing today, Secretary of Defense James Mattis discussed combat readiness and long-term military strategy with members of Congress.
In his opening remarks, the Secretary focused on budget problems, particularly a series of short-term bills to fund the federal government. “We expect the men and women of our military to be faithful in their service, even when going in harm’s way,” said the retired Marine Corps General. “We must also remain faithful to them. As Speaker [Paul] Ryan said in January, ‘our men and women in uniform are not bargaining chips.’”
Potentially tonight, the House of Representatives will vote on a Continuing Resolution that maintains current spending levels for most domestic programs but fully funds defense this year. The bill would improve troops’ pay, benefits, training and equipment. Deploying the latest technology would deter U.S. adversaries, explained Congressman Scott DesJarlais, a Committee member who attended today’s hearing.
He emphasized Russia, China, North Korea, and Iran, and the continuing danger of Islamic terrorism, urging the Senate to pass defense measures the House has approved numerous times. Senate rules allow a few members to block important votes. Last month, to preserve an Obama-era order granting amnesty to illegal aliens, Minority Leader Charles Schumer led an effort to shut down the government.
“For the sake of political expedience, some are demanding special favors, focused on unrelated issues,” said Rep. Desjarlais (TN-04). “For the sake of national security, we must rebuild our country’s depleted military, as the vast majority of Americans are demanding.”
“The Senate will have opportunity to fulfill our most important duty, providing for the common defense.”
REP. SCOTT DESJARLAIS RESPONDS TO PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP'S FIRST STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS
WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union Address was a welcome return to a spirit of American optimism, said Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D., who attended the speech in the nation’s capital last night. “Instead of resigning ourselves to a future of economic stagnation, the New Normal, as the previous administration called it, I believe we can look forward to healthy economic growth, more jobs and rising wages,” said Rep. DesJarlais (TN-04).
“Because the mainstream media rarely credits our accomplishments, the speech presented an excellent opportunity for the President to speak directly to the public, showing more appreciation for tax cuts now that they are law, and the benefits are real.
Rep. DesJarlais voted for the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which President Trump touted in his address. “Companies across the country are paying big bonuses, 401K contributions, and higher salaries, and the best is yet to come. Billions of dollars of investment will pour into the United States, and employees will keep more of their earnings. That’s why consumer confidence and other indicators are hitting marks we have not seen in years,” said the Congressman.
He pointed to foreign policy successes that appeared in the President’s address as well. “Political leaders who refused to seriously confront ISIS insisted the U.S. must learn to live with terror. While Islamic terrorists remain a danger, and we must strengthen our borders and other security, our new Commander-in-Chief has allowed commanders and troops in the field to do what they do best – destroy the enemy.”
“The so-called ISIS caliphate in Iraq and Syria has been demolished.”
Rep. DesJarlais is a member of the House Armed Services Committee. This week, he voted for a defense appropriations bill that reforms Pentagon spending, increases soldiers’ pay, and enables the military to repair outdated equipment and acquire the latest technology. He said the President’s respect for the armed forces was evident in his address, and Republicans in Congress share it.
“Now we need to convince our colleagues across the aisle to set politics aside and help us provide for the common defense, our number-one duty.”
REP. SCOTT DESJARLAIS URGES SENATE TO SUPPORT LATEST HOUSE-PASSED DEFENSE FUNDING BILL
ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE MEMBER STRESSES MILITARY THREATS, SHORTFALLS
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D., a House Armed Services Committee member, voted for another defense funding bill today, putting pressure on the U.S. Senate to pass more funding for troops, training and equipment, and to deliver legislation to President Trump for signature.
“National security is the federal government’s first priority, clear in our Constitution,” said Rep. DesJarlais (TN-04). “With Russia, China and North Korea advancing their military capabilities, and Islamic terrorist groups active in large parts of the world, we must rebuild our forces to protect Americans, as well as brave men and women currently serving in the Navy, Army, Air Force and Marines.”
“Conflicts in Europe, the Middle East and Pacific are straining an historically small number of troops and ships. This readiness problem has been building, as global threats mount, and budget uncertainty grows in Washington.”
Rep. DesJarlais has worked to accelerate weapons development and procurement, improve nuclear infrastructure, audit Pentagon finances to save taxpayer money, and raise troops’ pay, efforts to fulfill his and President Trump’s promises to strengthen security. However, in exchange for military funding, Democrats are demanding amnesty for beneficiaries of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, in addition to domestic spending increases.
DACA, an Obama Administration order that federal courts halted, granted temporary work permits and other benefits to illegal aliens. Last week, Senate Democrats blocked a funding vote and shut down the federal government. Rep. DesJarlais warned that liberal groups are probably understating the extent of a potential amnesty, while overstating the importance of military funding would be difficult.
Tying the two issues together jeopardizes national security, said the Congressman, who plans to attend the President’s State of the Union Address tonight. “We have accomplished a lot in the last year, but need to address the crucial issue of dependable military funding. The House has sent numerous measures to the Senate, which must act soon.”
DesJarlais spoke to the Cleveland Daily Banner from the U.S. Capitol, just moments after the U.S. House approved, by a vote of 230-197, a continuing resolution to keep the government open.
Six Democrats voted for the bill and 11 Republicans voted against it.
As of press time today the measure was in the U.S. Senate, but without 60 votes to approve the bill, a government shutdown would begin at midnight Friday.
DesJarlais is a member of the House Freedom Caucus, which insisted on a separate vote for a full year of funding for the Department of Defense separate from any future spending bills.
Donald Trump’s election turned the idea of a New Normal upside-down. Since then, President Trump and Republicans in Congress have worked hard to fulfill our campaign promises and rejuvenate the economy.
We unleashed domestic fuel production, prevented a federal land-grab affecting family farms, and liberated consumer lending from the grip of Washington bureaucrats. Most importantly, we enacted major tax reform, already paying dividends for the middle class.
Virtually immediately upon passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, dozens of U.S. companies announced wage increases, bonuses, hiring plans and future investments. Two million employees have already received extra compensation.Read More
Congress members want Trump to address opioid crisis, federal regulations, other issues while he's in Nashville
It’s a safe bet that President Donald Trump will use his speech in Nashville on Monday to plug the Republican tax-reform bill that he signed into law a few days before Christmas.
But what other issues should the president address when he appears before farmers and ranchers at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 99th Annual Convention?
Sen. Bob Corker and Reps. Black, Blackburn and Scott DesJarlais all listed the rollback of federal regulations as a major issue and one that Trump should address while he’s in Nashville.
Trump promised in December that he would step up his war on government regulations, saying that his ultimate goal is to shrink the Code of Federal Regulations back to where it was more than five decades ago.
“Touring Tennessee farms, I often hear about federal overreach,” said DesJarlais, R-South Pittsburg, and a member of the House Agriculture Committee. “An egregious example was the Obama administration’s EPA rule that would have placed even rain puddles under federal control.”Read More
REP. SCOTT DESJARLAIS WELCOMES PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP TO TENNESSEE
HOUSE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE MEMBER APPLAUDS REMARKS TO FARMERS, RANCHERS AT FARM BUREAU CONVENTION IN NASHVILLE
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, at Berry Airfield, home of the 118th Wing of the Air National Guard, Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D., a member of the House Agriculture Committee, welcomed President Donald J. Trump to Tennessee, as the President deplaned from Air Force One. The President then spoke at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 99th Annual Convention in his first major speech since tax reform became law last month.
The speech took place at the Gaylord Opryland Convention Center. Rep. Desjarlais (TN-04) issued the following statement, thanking the President for lifting federal regulations harming farmers, ranchers and rural communities:
“After the Obama Administration’s record-setting regulatory regime, we needed a chief executive to rein in federal agencies and restore land rights to Tennesseans, who earn a living with their hands and feed America. Our rural Fourth District strongly supports the President’s efforts, in tandem with Congress, to lift the burden of bureaucracy and high taxation from farmers’ backs. Many family farms are small businesses that will benefit from tax cuts, dependable domestic energy and infrastructure improvements, including rural Internet. My constituents deserve the same chance to succeed as any American, as well as safety and security. As the President said, farmers settled America, expanded our frontiers, and as members of the military, have historically protected this country from harm. Today was an important reminder of their hard work and service.”
HISTORIC TAX REFORM WILL CONTINUE GROWING ECONOMIC MOMENTUM, SAYS REP. SCOTT DESJARLAIS
CONGRESSMAN VOTES FOR TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT FOR TENNESSEE FAMILIES, SMALL BUSINESS
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, legislation to reform the United States tax code for the first time in a generation, passed the House of Representatives today. Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D., voted to lower tax rates, double the standard deduction for individuals and families to save Tennesseans time and money, and to help more local businesses succeed.
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act also repatriates profits from leading American companies. “The U.S. corporate tax rate is among the highest in the world, and this country is one of just a few to tax American companies not once, but twice, driving innovation, investment and jobs overseas, explaining lackluster wage growth for many years,” said Rep. DesJarlais (TN-04).
“Another explanation is the dearth of small businesses, responsible for most job creation, which have been dying in this toxic tax and regulatory environment. Washington, especially the IRS, has suffocated entrepreneurs, including hardworking families,” he said.
“Today’s legislation reverses policies that have enriched special interests and bureaucrats at the expense of middle-class Tennesseans who pay their salaries. This is a positive, forward-looking solution to persisting economic problems that stimulus and income redistribution never solved. My constituents want to keep more of their earnings to save, spend or invest as they like.”
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act repeals Obamacare’s individual mandate. Federal fines fall most heavily on those near the median income level, unable to afford expensive government insurance plans. To spur start-ups and domestic manufacturing, the House-Senate agreement allows businesses to immediately deduct a wider range of capital expenses, as well as a higher dollar amount.
President Donald Trump has promised to sign the bill into law before Christmas.
“After a prolonged period of weak GDP and wage growth, finally beginning to recover, the country is ready for big changes. Republicans in Congress and the President are fulfilling our promise to Americans who deserve every opportunity to follow their dreams and reap the rewards. Ultimately, we all benefit from a healthy economy,” said Rep. DesJarlais.
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.
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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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