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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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Sep 30, 2021 Press Release

(WASHINGTON, DC)– Congressman Scott DesJarlais (R-TN-04) today questioned Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and 
Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley regarding the U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan and Milley’s conversations with Speaker Pelosi and China about President Trump during a House Armed Services Committee hearing.

 

Sep 2, 2021 Press Release

(WASHINGTON, DC) –Congressman Scott DesJarlais (R-TN-04) delivered the following remarks upon withdrawing his amendment, Log 844, from the National Defense Authorization Act during last night’s House Armed Services Committee.

 

Aug 26, 2021 Press Release

MURFREESBORO, TN)– Congressman Scott DesJarlais (R-TN-04) released the following statement regarding today’s deadly attacks at the Kabul airport in Afghanistan.

 

Aug 6, 2021 Press Release

(Murfreesboro, TN)–Congressman Scott DesJarlais (R-TN-04) released the following statement on his opposition to any COVID-19 vaccine mandate for military service members. 

 

Numerous reports indicate that Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin is set to implement a coronavirus vaccine mandate for active-duty United States Armed Forces members soon.

 

Jun 23, 2021 Press Release

(Washington, D.C.)– Congressman Scott DesJarlais questioned Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Mark A. Milley and Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III during a House Armed Services Committee hearing.

 

DesJarlais focused his questioning on whether the DoD officials agreed with No First Use (NFU) policies. 

 

NFU is a pledge by a nation to not use nuclear warfare unless first attacked by nuclear weapons. 

 

May 28, 2021 Press Release

(MURFREESBORO, TN)– Congressman Scott DesJarlais (R-TN-04) released the following statement regarding President Joe Biden’s proposed budget. 

 

“President Biden has once again proven that his administration is committed to putting the American people last. This administration has created a socialistic spending package that will cause inflation to rise and our national defense to suffer. 

 

Apr 28, 2021 Press Release

(MURFREESBORO, TN)– Congressman Scott DesJarlais (R-TN-04) released the following statement at the conclusion of President Joe Biden’s joint address to Congress. 

 

“Tonight, President Joe Biden stood before the American people and unveiled his radical socialistic agenda. Promises of mass spending, a higher tax burden and weakened national security were made. 

 

Feb 6, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D., who voted against President Trump’s impeachment in the House of Representatives, released the following statement after the Senate acquitted him of Abuse of Power and Obstruction of Justice: “In the midst of Democrats’ latest impeachment charade, their fourth since taking the House majority, Donald Trump is experiencing his highest personal approval ratings and highest ratings of any president in the last 20 years for his handling of the economy..."
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 12, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D., a member of the House Armed Services Committee, cheered passage of the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), after a long period of negotiations among the House and Senate, Democrats and Republicans, to reverse harmful military cuts under the Obama Administration.