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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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Feb 6, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Scott DesJarlais (TN-04) attended the President’s State of the Union Address to Congress tonight. The member of the House Armed Services Committee, as well as the House Agriculture Committee, issued the following statement in support of conservative economic policies, stronger border security and other elements of Donald Trump’s speech: “More than 90 percent of the media coverage of President Trump is negative, despite our successful work to rejuvenate the economy, which has produced fantastic jobs reports recently. This State of the Union Address was an opportunity for him to address the American people directly, although millions, especially in Tennessee, are experiencing for themselves the power of conservative policies placing middle-class families and small businesses first..."
Feb 1, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Scott DesJarlais (TN-04), a member of the House Armed Services Committee and the Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, overseeing U.S. nuclear and other advanced weaponry programs, issued the following statement in support of President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF): "Withdrawing from the INF Treaty, another one-sided deal Donald Trump has promised to cancel, is a necessity at this point. Russia refuses to comply, and our military must have every means at its disposal to defend Americans from hostile foreign powers.”
Jan 31, 2019 In The News
CLEVELAND -- Tennessee's political representatives in Washington remain supportive of President Trump's efforts to fund the construction of a wall along the nation's southern border, stating its necessity in stemming the flow of illegal immigrants, as well as drug traffic.
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.
Jan 9, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Scott DesJarlais issued the following statement supporting stronger border and immigration security, after the President’s Oval Office address to the nation last night: “Weak border security and bad laws are causing a humanitarian crisis at the southern border and in our local communities. Erecting more effective physical barriers would prevent drug and human smuggling into the U.S. We need more border agents and ICE officers, too, but Democrats oppose a wall, a fence and even ICE itself. But over ninety percent of heroin crosses into the U.S. from Mexico, killing Americans, and cartels and gangs are also smuggling women and children. Illegal immigration is overwhelming our court system..."
Dec 7, 2018 Press Release
Congressman Scott DesJarlais: “On the one-year anniversary of President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, a momentous event, I am proud to co-sponsor this resolution affirming our support for the United States’ strongest Middle East ally, a Jewish homeland, and the Israeli people. Although Congress authorized moving the U.S. embassy more than two decades ago, only our current President, fulfilling a promise other presidents have made but broken, had the courage to act. Anti-Semitism and terrorist threats must never deter us from standing up for our principles, including a free and independent Israel with Jerusalem as its capital. In fact, standing up for our principles and supporting our allies is essential to creating peace and stability in the region.”
Sep 28, 2018 In The News
Murfreesboro -- The House of Representatives unanimously passed Rep. Scott DesJarlais’ bill to rename the Murfreesboro Veterans Affairs mental health facility to honor a veteran who killed himself, bringing it one step closer to enacting the formal name change.
Sep 25, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, in a bipartisan vote, the U.S. House of Representatives passed Congressman Scott DesJarlais’ bill to designate the Mental Health Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Facility at the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Alvin C. York Medical Center in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, as the “Sergeant John Toombs Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Facility.”
Aug 14, 2018 Press Release
SOUTH PITTSBURG – Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D., a member of the House Armed Services Committee, included measures in the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which President Donald Trump signed into law today, that will improve hypersonic flight research, reduce barriers to hiring cyber-security and other skilled personnel at the Defense Department, and help to enforce Russia’s cooperation with a nuclear arms control treaty, the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty.
May 24, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D., today helped to fulfill a core responsibility of the federal government, voting for the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), setting national security policy at the Department of Defense and the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA).