“When Lance Corporal Andrew P. Carpenter lost his life in Afghanistan on February 19,2011, his family was left to pay tens of thousands of dollars in his student loans. While the debt was forgiven, the IRS claimed the loan counted as taxable income and they still owed money. Kevin and Cindy Carpenter fought back.
“‘I’ve never had to ask for help, but I had to help because it was a large amount of money,’ said Cindy Carpenter.
“She reached out to U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlias, and together they came up with the Andrew P. Carpenter Tax Act. The bill would keep student loans from being categorized as taxable income for military families.
“‘It’s important to me because it is not right for families who have sacrificed so much to pay taxes on loans that were forgiven,’ said Rep. DesJarlais.
A freshman Republican congressman from Tennessee is fighting back against anti-obesity ad campaigns initiated by the Obama administration and congressional Democrats that target sugary soft drinks and other high-calorie foods.
Rep. Scott DesJarlais, a physician, is arguing that, in the middle of difficult economic times, it’s absurd for the federal government to spend billions demonizing certain foods and trying to affect people’s personal dietary choices.
Republican U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais of Tennessee’s nearby 4th District is taking seriously his opposition to out-of-control federal spending.
You may have read a recent article in the Times Free Press noting that DesJarlais has the second-lowest staff costs of any of the 435 members of the House of Representatives.
In Tennessee, the highest-paid staffs were those of Democrat Reps. Steve Cohen of Memphis and Jim Cooper of Nashville.
Mitt Romney today announced the support of Tennessee Congressman Scott DesJarlais (TN-04).
“I’m very proud to have the support of such a principled and independent conservative as Scott DesJarlais,” said Mitt Romney. “In his time in Congress, Scott has been a real leader for balancing the budget, lowering taxes, and scaling back the size of government. I look forward to working with Scott to spread that kind of conservative message across the Volunteer State as we work to restore America’s promise.”