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Tennessee is a leading agricultural state, a major producer of cattle, poultry, soybeans, cotton, tobacco, and timber, among other goods. On the House Agriculture Committee, I oversee efforts to open foreign markets, enforce free and fair trade, and increase economic opportunities in rural America, including infrastructure such as broadband, and education. Crop insurance and other regulations should benefit producers, consumers, and taxpayers alike. Also overseeing food assistance programs, my job is to make sure federal policies incentivize growth and jobs, not government dependence. 

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Sep 13, 2021 Press Release


(MURFREESBORO, TN) –Congressman Scott DesJarlais (R-TN-04) voted no on the House Agriculture Committee’s passage of S. Con. Res. 14, the budget reconciliation bill for Fiscal Year 2022. 


Jan 29, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D., a strong supporter of Donald Trump’s America First trade agenda, cheered the President’s signing of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) today. The trade deal replaces the outdated North American Free Trade Agreement, fulfilling a major promise the President made to promote free and fair trade.
Dec 6, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D., a member of the House Agriculture Committee, overseeing the federal government’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), released the following statement of support, after the Trump Administration issued a final rule this week requiring able-bodied adults, ages 18 to 49, to train, volunteer or work, in order to receive food stamp benefits: “In this outstanding economy, hopeful Americans are re-joining the labor force, securing new, good-paying jobs. There are millions available, and many career paths, for those able to work. The Trump Administration’s changes to the SNAP program will help to foster a culture of achievement and success..."
Mar 27, 2019 In The News
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.
Jan 31, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Mac Thornberry (TX-13), Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee, today announced subcommittee assignments for the new 116th Congress. Congressman Scott DesJarlais (TN-04) will join the Subcommittees on Strategic Forces, as well as Intelligence, Emerging Threats and Capabilities. The former oversees nuclear weapons, missile defense and space programs. The latter oversees counter-terrorism, special operations, military intelligence and cyber issues, among others.
Dec 13, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. DesJarlais, a House Freedom Caucus member, was an outspoken proponent of changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as food stamps, which would help more Americans gain job training and employment in an economy where an estimated six million job openings outnumber unemployed.
Nov 1, 2018 In The News
While the mainstream media seems to focus on everything but Americans’ top issue, the U.S. economy is experiencing an exceptional period of gross domestic product and job growth.
Jun 22, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives made significant reforms to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in agriculture legislation that passed by a narrow margin. Congressman Scott DesJarlais, a member of the House Agriculture Committee and the Subcommittee on Nutrition, which oversees the federal food stamp program, provided a crucial vote to help farmers and ranchers in his rural district.
May 18, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D., a member of the House Agriculture Committee, voted for the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, legislation to set federal farm policy, today. However, the bill, which included reforms to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or food stamps, failed to gain a majority of votes in the House of Representatives: “Many House members, our staffs, farmers and ranchers worked hard to improve federal farm policy, as well as the food stamp program, which makes up 80 percent of agriculture funding. I voted for today’s legislation, because it would have helped healthy, able-bodied adults to train and work in a growing economy, where an estimated 6 million available jobs await them. Those jobs require skilled workers, and the bill would have created more. Our work for them and taxpayers will continue. Our work for farmers and ranchers in the Fourth District will continue. The current farm bill contains important provisions, such as rural broadband development and education, pest control and an end to federal encroachment on farmlands, among others, that deserve our attention. Tennessee farmers and ranchers have mine.”
Apr 16, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today, the House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on Congressman Scott DesJarlais’ legislation to study the feasibility of placing the James K. Polk Home in Columbia, Tennessee, under National Park Service (NPS) protection.