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U.S. Congressman Scott DesJarlais

Representing the 4th District of Tennessee

National Security

I believe in peace through strength, the idea that America's military is essential to our protection against foreign enemies, and projecting power prevents threats from materializing in the first place. On the House Armed Services Committee, I am a proud member of the Subcommittees on Seapower and Projection Forces, as well as Readiness, overseeing many advanced weapons systems and troop preparedness. Tennessee's Aerospace and Defense Technology Corridor, including Fort Campbell, Arnold Air Force Base, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and even Redstone Arsenal in Alabama, is a high-tech research center and important job engine. Making sure brave Tennesseans have the best tools to defend our country is my mission in Congress.

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Jan 23, 2018 In The News
U.S. Rep Scott DesJarlais (R-4th District) said Thursday if shutting down the U.S. government is down to a debate between keeping the military adequately funded or allowing illegal immigrants to remain in the country, the defense of the country is the paramount priority.
Dec 6, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Army veteran Taylor Force served two tours of duty in Afghanistan and Iraq, before enrolling at Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management. In 2016, on a trip to study international business, the Texas native became the latest victim of Islamic extremism in Israel, where the Palestinian government pays terrorists to murder Americans and Israelis.
Nov 30, 2017 In The News
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D., a member of the House Armed Services Committee, responsible for drafting the annual NDAA, which sets military policy and spending levels, described today’s ceremony in the Capitol as a major step towards fulfilling his, and the Commander-in-Chief’s promise, to “Make America Strong Again.”
Nov 14, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D., a member of the House Armed Services Committee, voted today for the House-Senate Conference Report on the National Defense Authorization Act of 2018, a bipartisan, bicameral agreement to improve troop numbers, pay, training and equipment, after years of budget cuts.
Nov 1, 2017 Press Release
“I’m very saddened when these attacks occur. My prayers are with the victims and their families. Emergency personnel again ran toward danger. Most shocking is that our country continues to ignore threats of Islamic terror. Federal authorities were aware of the attacker’s terrorist connections, before he rammed his truck into a peaceful crowd. The Orlando and San Bernardino killers also displayed clear warning signs. But open-borders zealots and radical judges deny Americans our most basic right to security... "
Sep 19, 2017 Press Release
"I'm heartened to see President Trump reasserting American values and strength. The days of apologizing for our country's greatness and leading role in the world are over. The United States will protect itself and our allies and hold the United Nations to the same promise."
Sep 14, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the House of Representatives passed the Criminal Alien Gang Member Removal Act (H.R. 3697). Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D., voted for the legislation to bar foreign nationals with gang ties from entering the United States and to speed deportation of illegal alien gang members.

Sep 8, 2017 In The News

At a House Armed Services Committee hearing, Navy admirals described a dire picture of military readiness to Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D., and other committee members.

Sep 8, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – At a House Armed Services Committee hearing today, Navy admirals described a dire picture of military readiness to Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D., and other committee members.

Sep 7, 2017 In The News

NASHVILLE - U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, R-Tenn., warned Thursday that the deaths of 17 U.S. service members in two recent Navy ship collisions represent "more warning signs that our military readiness crisis is deepening."