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A package of bills to expedite veterans’ benefits and medical treatment passed the House of Representatives on Tuesday. Congressman DesJarlais, M.D., voted for the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act to speed appeals of veterans’ disability claims. “The bureaucracy is holding up veterans’ claims and care,” said Rep. DesJarlais.
A fierce internal House GOP dispute over debit-card swipe fees is threatening to delay a sweeping Republican bill to scale back banking regulations enacted after the 2008 financial crisis. The debate over what to do has already stalled the legislation, which was tentatively scheduled to come to the floor for a vote before the Memorial Day recess.
Last Week, law enforcement officers from Tennessee and across the country descended on Washington, D.C., to discuss crime and safety issues with their elected representatives, as well as to honor those who lost their lives in the line of duty. On the House Floor, Representative Scott DesJarlais, M.D., spoke to “honor the valiant men and women in blue.” In Congress, Rep.
Representative DesJarlais had questions about the Tennessee Walking-Horse industry and the poultry industry -- both relevant to Bedford County -- when Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Purdue testified Wednesday before a House Agriculture Committee hearing entitled "State of the Rural Economy." DesJarlais, who represents Tennessee's rural 4th District, is a returning member of the committee.
House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) is expected to announce Thursday that he will leave Congress by the end of June, according to a Politico report. Chaffetz’s departure will set off a race among Republicans to replace him atop the influential panel. Representative DesJarlais a member of the Oversight Committee in the Freedom Caucus, also made his preference clear.
Representative DesJarlais, who represents the 4th Congressional District, said Friday the recent health care bill passed by the House of Representatives protects the pre-existing condition protections that are part of current law. “Pre-existing conditions are covered by law and there is so much misinformation about this, it is unfortunate,” he said.
The Honorable Mayor Tom Rowland Interchange is now officially dedicated and anticipating the numerous vehicles which are anticipated to be using it as their major access to Spring Branch Industrial Park. In a ceremony filled with laughs and sentimentality, more than 50 local, state and national officials lined the new bridge to honor the nation’s longest serving mayor.
The omnibus spending legislation to keep the government funded through September passed the House of Representatives Wednesday with more nays from Republicans than from Democrats. Representative DesJarlais made the following statement, “With control of the House, Senate and White House, Republicans have an historic opportunity to enact conservative reforms, but surrendered to Democrats’ shutdo
Conservative Republicans put their moderate colleagues in the health care hot seat Wednesday. The House Freedom Caucus appears poised to put up anywhere from half to nearly all of the previously elusive votes needed to pass the GOP’s health care bill through the House.
WASHINGTON – Rep. Scott DesJarlais said Wednesday he will support a revised GOP plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act as conservatives in the House push for a new vote on their stalled health care initiative.