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The Constitution & Federal Oversight

The Constitution is a truly genius document, ensuring limited government and individual rights. In Congress, I'm fighting for Tennesseans' right to bear arms, freedom of speech and assembly, and religion. Only Congress, not the courts or executive branch, make law, and states should be laboratories of democracy. Personal freedom includes free enterprise. When voting, I always consider my Oath of Office to uphold the Constitution and work to hold federal agencies to the same high standard, as a member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

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Jan 13, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D., a member of the House Armed Services Committee, released the following statement after voting against a Democrat-led resolution that could prevent the President from protecting American troops and civilians against Iranian aggression: "Today’s non-binding resolution, which will never become law, was another symbolic gesture from the Resistance. Unfortunately, it could be construed as a gesture of support for the Iranian regime which, if it did become law, would prevent the President from acting quickly to protect Americans and our allies, as he did this week, decisively..."
Dec 19, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D., represents Tennessee’s Fourth District in Congress. He issued the following statement opposing House Democrats’ vote to impeach the President today: “Today was Democrats’ fourth attempt to impeach the President, since Nancy Pelosi became House Speaker. The Radical Left may have succeeded in impeaching Donald Trump this time, on a purely partisan vote, but have failed to convince Americans this is anything other than a stunt to distract from their socialist agenda and weak presidential candidates – the real abuse of power... "
Oct 31, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D., voted against House Democrats’ resolution to protect the secret, partisan impeachment inquiry Nancy Pelosi is pursuing to distract from her party’s socialist agenda, weak presidential candidates, and a federal investigation of Obama Administration corruption. Tennessee’s Fourth District representative issued the following statement: “The story is the same as it has been since Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton fair and square. Sore losers in Congress have been desperate to change the result. They already tried the Russia Hoax. Now it appears Democrats’ leading 2020 candidate, just like Hillary Clinton at the State Department, abused his position in the Obama Administration, and Nancy Pelosi is on the defensive..."
Oct 29, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D., attended the first hearing of the House Armed Services Committee’s Future of Defense Task Force today. Committee Chairman Adam Smith (WA-09) and Ranking Member Mac Thornberry (TX-13) recently named Rep. DesJarlais (TN-04) to the bipartisan Task Force, which has a renewable three-month charter to investigate long-term Pentagon planning to counter Russian and Chinese military advancements.
Oct 18, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D., released the following statement describing his vote against House Resolution 625 that attempts to obscure former President Barack Obama's role in creating the humanitarian crisis in Syria and President Donald Trump's successful efforts to defeat ISIS and stabilize the country: "This week’s House resolution essentially blames Barack Obama’s failed foreign policy on Donald Trump, who has made major progress in Syria and elsewhere. Our former president called ISIS the 'J.V. squad' before it took over large portions of Iraq and Syria. He drew a 'red line,' which he refused to enforce, instead inviting to Russia to monitor Syrian dictator Bashar al Assad. President Obama’s 'reset' with Russia and nuclear deal with Iran, meanwhile, provided those countries with more flexibility and resources to expand in the Middle East...."
Sep 25, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced an impeachment inquiry into President Trump. Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D., released the following statement: “Before and after last year’s midterm elections, a few of us predicted Democrat leadership would fall prey to their most strident members and move to impeach President Trump. Sadly, having accomplished nothing but fruitless investigations in this Congress, Speaker Pelosi has allowed this radical element to dictate another partisan investigation..."
Jul 15, 2019 Press Release
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.
Jun 14, 2019 Press Release
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 about the Committee's mark-up: “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..."
Jun 10, 2019 Press Release
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..."
May 24, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Scott DesJarlais has co-sponsored a resolution to expose the truth about the Green New Deal, which would harm the environment, increase energy costs, impose socialized medicine, and provide public funds for those “unwilling” to work, among other Big Government provisions, such as “free” college for all.