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Congressman DesJarlais 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." "The USS McCain and USS Fitzgerald accidents are more warning signs that our military readiness crisis is deepening," DesJarlais said in a news release.
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. Troops are now more likely to die in "peacetime" accidents than in combat. Rep.
Several area members of Congress said they are supportive of President Trump's decision to end the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
Congressman DesJarlais stated he supports the phase-out of DACA, saying it encouraged illegal immigration across the Southern border. "Our focus should be Americans out of work, underpaid, or concerned for their safety, because of unfettered illegal immigration and related border crime," DesJarlais said in a statement.
Many Tennessee lawmakers are commending President Trump’s action because it gives Congress the option to right the wrong from Former President Obama’s executive overreach. Congressman Desjarlais stated he supports the president’s decision, “Any solution to illegal immigration must include border security and domestic law enforcement, and Congress must write the law.”
Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D., praised the announcement of a $27 million business investment and as many as 1,000 new jobs in Pikeville, Bledsoe County, an economically distressed area in Tennessee’s Fourth District, which he represents in Congress. A local entrepreneur made an investment in his community. Manufacturing jobs are coming back to the United States, especially Tennessee.
Congressman DesJarlais voted for a bipartisan bill to sanction Iran, North Korea and Russia, threatening the United States and its foreign allies. Russia continues to harass NATO allies in Eastern Europe, Iran recently took another American hostage, and North Korea test-launched another ballistic missile on Independence Day.
Representative Scott DesJarlais continued his support for domestic energy production and voted for multiple bills this week to increase American energy independence and national security, in addition to jobs and economic growth. Rep. DesJarlais praised President Trump’s “Made in America Week” initiative. “Congress is working with the President to put America First,” said DesJarlais.
Representative DesJarlais and fellow Freedom Caucus members are pushing to put a straight repeal on the House floor, identical to one passed by both the GOP-controlled House and Senate back in 2015. "I think the one thing that most people can agree on is that the ACA did not work as advertised," said DesJarlais, noting that "just sitting and waiting for it to fail is irresponsible.
At a press conference in the Capitol on Wednesday night, Congressman Scott DesJarlais and fellow Freedom Caucus members announced their introduction of a discharge petition "to force a vote on the full Obamacare repeal Republicans approved and delivered to President Obama in 2016.” President Trump has said he would sign a full repeal of Obamacare with a two-year delay to enact other reforms to