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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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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.
May 16, 2019 Press Release
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..."
Apr 18, 2019 Press Release
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... "
Mar 27, 2019 In The News
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.
Mar 5, 2019 Press Release
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: “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..."
Feb 19, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Scott DesJarlais, a conservative member of the House Freedom Caucus, has introduced legislation to continue federal operations at reduced spending levels in the event of lapsed appropriations. House and Senate negotiators are currently attempting to craft a Homeland Security funding bill that improves border security and avoids another a partial government shutdown on Friday. If negotiations fail, it would be the second partial shutdown in a month. Rep. DesJarlais (TN-04) supports building additional physical barriers on the U.S.-Mexico border to deter illegal immigration, drugs and gang crime. He said his legislation would pressure negotiators to fulfill promises both parties have made for decades. “Bad deals to end shutdowns have typically resulted in even higher levels of wasteful spending, while the border problem has become worse and worse. In Washington, supporters of the failing status quo get everything they want, while in Tennessee, my constituents continue to demand safe borders and spending discipline.
Feb 19, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Scott DesJarlais (TN-04) issued the following statement in support of President Trump’s decision to declare a national emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border, where international cartels are smuggling drugs and human beings into the United States, and large numbers foreign nationals are illegally crossing into the country: "“Sophisticated international cartels, some of the most dangerous criminal and terrorist organizations in the world, are operating just across the border from the United States in Mexico. They partner with foreign adversaries, including Cuba, Venezuela, Iran and China, and smuggle drugs as well as human beings into our neighborhoods, including in my home state of Tennessee..."