Scott DesJarlais

Scott DesJarlais

TENNESSEE's 4th DISTRICT

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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Oped at The Federalist: Trump Is Right... Our Border Is In Crisis, And Congress Is Ignoring It

2019/03/27

Since the National Emergencies Act became law in 1976, U.S. presidents have declared more than 50 emergencies. More than 30 are ongoing. In the past, presidents of both parties have used their emergency powers to reallocate federal funds, reassign government employees, and build infrastructure to protect Americans from terrorist attacks, weapons of mass destruction, and drug cartels.

Our country has been in a continuous state of emergency for nearly four decades, not that Congress ever noticed. Not once has Congress reviewed a single declaration in a timely manner, as the law requires. Not a single time have members, who routinely vote to fund all sorts of unauthorized, constitutionally questionable federal programs, voted to terminate one of these declarations.

Congress originally granted presidents broad authority to declare emergencies undefined in legislation because emergencies are unpredictable by nature. As our Founders understood, the idea that Congress should forever deliberate over a possible military action could leave our country defenseless in the face of immediate danger.

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GOP Doctors Caucus Applauds Trump Administration Rebate Proposal

2019/03/05

GOP Doctors Caucus Applauds Trump Administration Rebate Proposal
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Reps. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN), Buddy Carter (R-GA), Andy Harris, M.D. (R-MD), Ralph Abraham, M.D. (R-LA), Larry Bucshon, M.D. (R-IN), Scott DesJarlais, M.D. (R-TN), Neal Dunn, M.D. (R- FL), John Joyce, M.D. (R-PA) released the following statements after sending a letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) applauding the agency’s proposed rule to limit the use of rebates: 
 
“I am pleased the Trump administration has taken action to ensure the over 43 million Americans enrolled in Medicare Part D will be seeing lower out-of-pocket costs on their prescriptions thanks to the recently announced rebate rule. For too long, prescription rebates have not gone to the patients; and it is time for this to change,” said Roe. “These reforms will replace the current system of middleman kickbacks with transparent, point-of-sale discounts that will lower the cost of prescriptions for Part D enrollees. It is estimated that this plan will reduce Medicare spending by over $100 billion over 10 years, and I want to thank HHS Secretary Alex Azar and President Trump for their tireless efforts to lower prescription drug costs for America’s seniors.” 
 
“I am very glad that President Trump and the administration have taken on this issue in a serious way,” said Carter. “The proposed rule will eliminate backroom deals and help to ensure discounts are actually passed to patients. These changes will increase transparency and rein in the middlemen, pharmacy benefit managers, who are driving up prescription drug prices. As I always say, sunlight is the best disinfectant. I am committed to continuing this important work with my colleagues in Congress and with the administration to lower drug prices for all Americans.” 
 
“I applaud Secretary Azar and this Administration for making the reduction of patients’ prescription drug costs a priority. The most recently proposed rule eliminates the ‘rebate wall’ that many patients face when purchasing needed medication, and passes savings directly to consumers. I support the Administration’s efforts to reduce out-of-pocket costs for patients,” said Harris.
 
“As a doctor, I see how patients can struggle to afford their medicine because drug prices are just too high, particularly for those on Medicare with fixed incomes. Patients, not pharmacy benefit managers, should benefit first from prescription rebates,” said Abraham. “This new proposal will help patients better afford their medicine and save the taxpayers billions of dollars in the process.”
 
“Far too many American seniors struggle to afford high out-of-pocket costs for their prescription drugs, and efforts like the Administration’s proposed rule will help lower costs at the pharmacy counter for a majority of seniors. I support this effort and look forward to continuing to find ways to lower the out-of-pocket health care costs of patients,” said Bucshon.
 
“When we talk about patient-centered health care, this is what we mean: a rebate system in which patients themselves, not pharmacy benefit managers, receive rebates that lower their prescription costs,” said DesJarlais. “This change will also increase efficiency in the Medicare Part D program, saving taxpayers money. It is another reform, in addition to Association Health Plans, flexible short-term insurance, and a speedier FDA approval process, that is helping to lower Americans’ health care costs and improve quality. Republicans have also led the effort to eliminate Obamacare’s individual mandate, the medical device tax and other taxes driving up the costs of care.”
 
“I am proud to join with my fellow Doc Caucus Colleagues in supporting the President Trump’s proposal to lower prescription drugs prices for America’s seniors. No longer will pharmacy benefit managers reap the benefits of drug rebates at the expense of patients. For far too long seniors have faced increasing drug prices, leaving some to even make the hard decision of foregoing medication because of costs. I applaud the Trump Administration in their efforts to lower drug costs for seniors, while cracking down on the unfair practices of pharmacy benefits managers,” said Dunn.
 
“In my 25 years as a physician I have seen first-hand that a major reason why drug prices continue to rise each year is because of the lack of incentives that companies have to lower them. The Trump administration’s innovative approach to encourage drug manufacturers to pass their savings on to their consumers should be commended and I look forward to continuing to work with Secretary Azar and the entire administration on other initiatives to reduce what Americans are paying at their pharmacy counters,” said Joyce.
 
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U.S. HOUSE MEMBERS JULIA Brownley and SCOTT DesJarlais RE-Launch Congressional Range and Testing Center Caucus

2019/03/01

U.S. HOUSE MEMBERS JULIA Brownley and SCOTT DesJarlais RE-Launch Congressional Range and Testing Center Caucus

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Today, Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-CA) and Congressman Scott DesJarlais (R-TN) announced the formation of the Congressional Range and Testing Center Caucus (CRTCC). The bipartisan representatives, who represent large military communities in their districts, will serve as co-chairs of the forum to educate fellow Members of Congress about Department of Defense range and testing facilities, such as Naval Base Ventura County in California and Arnold Air Force Base in Tennessee.

    They released the following statements about their common agenda in the current 116th Congress:

    “As the proud representative of Naval Base Ventura County and the more than 19,000 personnel who work hard there every day to keep our nation safe and secure, I know how critical range and testing centers are to ensure our troops have the best technology available to help defend our country,” said Rep. Brownley. “I am looking forward to continuing to work with Congressman DesJarlais and other members of the Caucus to ensure our military has the resources needed to support our major range and test facility bases, which play a critical role in protecting the U.S. military’s technological advantages.”

    “Tennessee’s Fourth District lies at the heart of the Aerospace and Defense Technology Corridor spanning several states. It includes public and private enterprises developing cutting-edge technology to protect our country: unmanned aircraft, hypersonic flight and more. These facilities, such as Arnold Air Force Base, University of Tennessee’s Space Institute and Redstone Arsenal in Alabama, are crucial defense assets and economic resources, reliant on a high-skilled workforce,” said Rep. DesJarlais. “Congresswoman Brownley and I are helping to generate more public understanding and support for their work.”

    The CRTCC is comprised of bipartisan members from across the United States, representing an array of Air Force, Army, and Naval installations. As it did in the previous 115th Congress, the Caucus will continue its efforts to educate elected officials and their constituents about range and testing centers’ capabilities, their infrastructure, budgetary and workforce needs.

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THE TENNESSEE STAR: Scott DesJarlais Introduces Bill to Fund Defense, Reduce Non-Essential Federal Spending

2019/02/19

NASHVILLE, TN -- Various national security departments would stay open during a government shutdown under new legislation that U.S. Republican Rep. Scott DesJarlais of Tennessee’s Fourth Congressional District submitted this week.

    The Department of Defense, Homeland Security, and Veterans Affairs are among the agencies that would continue to receive funding. This, according to a press release DesJarlais’ office released this week.

    But, as Desjarlais’ spokesman Brendan Thomas told The Tennessee Star in an emailed statement, Congress must pass the bill first.

    “As things currently stand, a government shutdown would disrupt funding for DHS, responsible for elements of national security. Under Rep. DesJarlais’ bill that would never happen,” Thomas said.

    “Instead of zero, DHS would receive 100 percent of its current funding. It could continue normal operations. But some agencies would receive only 95 percent of funding.”

    The press release quoted DesJarlais as saying he supports “building additional physical barriers on the U.S.-Mexico border to deter illegal immigration, drugs and gang crime.” His legislation would pressure negotiators to fulfill promises both parties have made for decades, according to the press release.

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2019-04-03 16:52:47


Range and Testing Caucus Chairman DesJarlais Boosts Hypersonic at Committee Hearing

2019-04-02 18:09:37


NUCLEAR CAPABILITIES MOST IMPORTANT TO U.S. MILITARY, JOINT CHIEFS CHAIRMAN REPORTS TO CONGRESS

2019-04-02 15:26:59


COUNTERING THE RUSSIAN NUCLEAR THREAT

2019-03-06 20:57:01


REP. SCOTT DESJARLAIS SUPPORTS PRESIDENT'S SOUTHERN BORDER EMERGENCY DECLARATION

2019-03-01 21:24:30


Food Stamp Reforms Would Improve Employment for Millions of Americans

2019-03-01 20:15:30


Biased FBI Official Had an "Insurance Policy" to "Stop Trump"

2018-07-17 17:10:25


Celebrating Director Mark Gwyn's 30-Year Law Enforcement Career

2018-06-18 18:14:46


Democrat Amendment Would Gut U.S. Nuclear Security, Says Scott DesJarlais on House Floor

2018-05-23 20:10:52


Rep. DesJarlais Supports Tennessee Cattlemen on House Floor

2018-05-23 19:55:13


House Oversight & Government Reform Committee Examines Rural Opioid Epidemic

2018-05-18 14:41:02


Dunlap PD in Tennessee Finalist for DOD Award, Supports National Guard and Reserves

2018-05-17 15:13:36


Rep. DesJarlais Explores Improvements to Food Stamp Program

2018-05-16 15:18:51


HOUSE PASSES REP. SCOTT DESJARLAIS' BILL TO HELP PRESERVE JAMES K. POLK HOME IN COLUMBIA

2018-04-16 21:47:12


Agriculture Committee Reforming Food Stamp Program to Help Americans Find Employment

2018-04-16 17:45:23


Hypersonic Weapons Development in Middle TN is Crucial to National Security

2018-04-12 17:57:07


House Armed Services Committee Focuses on "Special Materials" Production in Tennessee

2018-03-23 15:45:48


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

2018-03-07 20:01:34


HASC: DesJarlais on Air Force Budget and Readiness

2018-02-14 22:46:32


Preparing for the Next Farm Bill

2017-09-11 16:51:10


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.


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Phil Roe

TENNESSEE's 1st DISTRICT

Tim Burchett

TENNESSEE's 2nd DISTRICT

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