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Scott DesJarlais' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (TN) - District 4, Republican

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Scott DesJarlais has failed to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2018 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart and voters like you.

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Issue Positions

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  • "Entrepreneurs and hard-working Americans should be rewarded and not punished for their achievements." (www.scottdesjarlais.com)
  • "Scott has voted against any effort to raise our nation’s debt limit, against sending taxpayer dollars to Syria and Ukraine and against any proposal that would raise taxes on hardworking Tennesseans." (www.scottdesjarlais.com)
  • "America’s tax system is broken and simply doesn't meet the needs of a 21st century economy. It is time for a simpler, fairer, flatter tax code." (www.facebook.com)
  • "The economy works best when people and businesses get to keep more of their money and government gets out of the way." (www.scottdesjarlais.com)
  • "Scott has voted against any effort to raise our nation’s debt limit, against sending taxpayer dollars to Syria and Ukraine and against any proposal that would raise taxes on hard working Tennesseans. " (www.scottdesjarlais.com)
  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
  • "Rather than continuing to tax and spend, the government needs to cut and prioritize." (www.facebook.com)
  • "Our government must live within its means and not burden future generations with debts they cannot hope to pay. Our national debt is a tremendous drag on our economy." (www.scottdesjarlais.com)
  • "That is why I HAVE NEVER voted to raise the debt limit and I WILL NEVER support legislation allowing the federal government to borrow more money from the Chinese. We must cut spending. Period." (www.facebook.com)
  • "The economy works best when people and businesses get to keep more of their money and government gets out of the way." (www.scottdesjarlais.com)
  • "Because government works best when it’s closest to the people, functions of government not enumerated in the Constitution should be returned to the states for implementation." (www.scottdesjarlais.com)
  • "Last year, Congressman DesJarlais co-sponsored and helped pass legislation in the United States House of Representatives that would prevent the federal government from coercing states into adopting education standards like Common Core." (www.scottdesjarlais.com)
  • "All, if H.R. 5, the Student Success Act is brought up for a vote, I will be voting against it. We must defund Common Core and return education back to the states. Do you agree?" (www.facebook.com)
  • "Pass an 'All-of-the-Above' Energy Policy. Authorize the exploration of proven energy reserves to reduce our dependence on foreign energy sources from unstable countries and reduce regulatory barriers to all other forms of energy creation, lowering prices and creating competition and jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • "In short, Madame Administrator, we believe this carbon dioxide regulation – whose implementation is legally questionable at best – would do untold harm to the American people and our economy for decades to come." (jeffduncan.house.gov)
  • "Reject Cap & Trade. Stop costly new regulations that would increase unemployment, raise consumer prices, and weaken the nation's global competitiveness with virtually no impact on global temperatures." (votesmart.org)
  • "Additionally, Congressman DesJarlais received an 'A' rating from the National Rifle Association (NRA) for his defense of our Second Amendment Rights." (www.scottdesjarlais.com)
  • "The right to bear arms is a constitutionally protected right and we will fight to make sure those rights are not eroded." (www.scottdesjarlais.com)
  • "Conservatives have been warning that health care premiums would skyrocket under ObamaCare. Well, it looks like that is precisely what is going to happen. This is why it is so critical that Congress defunds this government takeover of health care." (www.facebook.com)
  • "ObamaCare is not the answer to providing better medical care or reducing costs, but rather amplifies the problems with our current system." (www.scottdesjarlais.com)
  • "I support building a physical wall along the Mexican border, increasing agents and technology, and quickly arresting and deporting criminal aliens." (desjarlais.house.gov)
  • "We must secure our border and devote resources to enforcing current immigration law, which includes partnering with state and local law enforcement organizations." (www.scottdesjarlais.com)
  • "We must secure our border and devote resources to enforcing current immigration law, which includes partnering with state and local law enforcement organizations." (www.scottdesjarlais.com)
  • "We must secure our border now and send back those who came here illegally." (www.facebook.com)
  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
  • "The Obama nuclear deal with Iran was a bad deal. It was an awful deal. A dangerous deal that guaranteed Islamic radicals a nuclear bomb — and President Trump put a stop to it. I also condemned the unconstitutional action and will work with him to protect America and our allies." (twitter.com)
  • "The deal President Obama struck with Iran is one of appeasement that will only further embolden the nation’s terrorist ambitions. Allowing Iran to keep their reactors and centrifuges jeopardizes the safety of the United States and our most trusted allies in the region. We already know Iran is the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism and should be treated as such. For the president to simply take Iran at their word is not only naïve, it is dangerous. The only acceptable path forward is one where we completely eliminate Iran’s ability to obtain nuclear weapons." (desjarlais.house.gov)
  • "Rep. Scott DesJarlais said Tuesday he does not support a military strike against Syria for apparently using chemical weapons against its own people." (votesmart.org)
  • "U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais said Thursday he would vote against U.S. military involvement in the Syrian civil war next week when the question goes to the floor for a vote." (votesmart.org)

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