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Despite spending more per student than almost every country, United States test scores lag behind international competitors. Students graduate without skills to succeed in the real world, many graduating from college with mountains of debt that prevent them from pursuing their dreams. Parents and states should have more control over what we teach our children. Increasing education options, especially Science, Math, Engineering and Technology instruction, would improve young lives, as well as our economy. Technical education should be widely available to students at every level of career development, an area where Tennessee excels.

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Sep 28, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Scott DesJarlais (TN-04) voted today to make individual and small business tax cuts, centerpieces of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which became law last year, permanent. Legislation that also passed the U.S. House of Representatives this week would increase Americans’ ability to contribute to education, health and retirement savings plans, and small businesses’ ability to deduct start-up expenses.
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.”
May 15, 2018 Press Release
WINCHESTER, TN -- At Magnolia Hill Manor in Winchester this evening, Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D., announced the winner of the 2018 Congressional Art Competition, Mary St. Clair’s “Colorless.” St. Clair’s piece will hang in the United States Capitol with winning pieces from congressional districts across the country. Second and third place went to artwork by Bradley County High School’s Kelly Maney and Warren County High School’s James Ward, respectively.
May 7, 2018 Press Release
CLEVELAND, TN -- Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D., visited major employer Wacker Chemical in Charleston, Bradley County, culminating a busy week in which the Republican representative also toured vocational programs supplying advanced manufacturers across Tennessee’s Fourth District with skilled employees. “It was a pleasure meeting the dedicated students at Warren County High School, Motlow Community College and the Tennessee College of Applied Technology, producing graduates who will find high-paying jobs in our state’s surging manufacturing sector,” said Rep. DesJarlais. “I’m thrilled so many Tennesseans are passionate about science and technology, have the knowledge to create exciting new products, and are having success in their chosen fields.”
Apr 17, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today, the House of Representatives passed Congressman Scott DesJarlais’ bill to study the feasibility of placing the President James K. Polk Home and Museum in Columbia, Tennessee, under protection of the National Park Service. An Interior Department study would be a major step towards helping the charity that maintains the property to preserve and expand it.
Dec 3, 2015 Press Release

Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D. (TN-04) released the following statement after voting against S. 1177, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA):

Jul 8, 2015 Press Release

Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D. (TN-04) released the following statement after voting against H.R. 5, The Student Success Act: