Our shared values and ideas are what we use to craft the legislation that defines who we are as a nation. Our nation’s rich heritage of believing in individual rights and free markets has helped make us the envy of the world. Congressman DesJarlais believes we should not abandon these principles, but that we should again embrace them in order to put our country back on the path to prosperity and security.

Jobs – The economy works best when people and businesses get to keep more of their money and government gets out of the way. Entrepreneurs and hard-working Americans should be rewarded and not punished for their achievements. 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.

Healthcare – Americans experience the best healthcare at affordable prices when big insurance and big government aren’t meddlesome middlemen interfering in the doctor patient relationship. ObamaCare is not the answer to providing better medical care or reducing costs, but rather amplifies the problems with our current system. We can have an immediate impact on improving healthcare by removing state-by-state restrictions and encouraging national competition among insurers, implementing meaningful tort reform, and creating incentives for the use of healthcare savings account so consumers are better informed and have a financial stake in managing their health.

Energy – We have an abundance of natural and technological resources in our country and should not be held hostage by Arab Sheiks or by regulatory agencies in Washington. The process for oil exploration should be streamlined and expedited while we open up more regions of our country for domestic production. Our energy producers should not be overburdened with regulations that drive up prices and limit supply. Approve the Keystone pipeline.

Immigration – Illegal immigration burdens taxpayers, compromises national security, increases criminal activity, and erodes the significance of being an American citizen. We must secure our border and devote resources to enforcing current immigration law, which includes partnering with state and local law enforcement organizations.

Medicare and Social Security – I believe, like many folks across Tennessee’s Fourth Congressional District, that ensuring the long-term solvency of the Social Security program is an issue of the utmost importance.

Since its establishment in 1935, Social Security has provided an essential benefit to our senior citizens and many Americans depend on these payments to cover the necessary costs of daily life. However, due to changing conditions over time, issues have arisen that now threaten the programs future sustainability.

When the program was first conceived, there were approximately forty workers paying into the program for every person receiving benefits. Now, there are less than three workers for every beneficiary and, as more and more Americans retire and average life expectancy increases, we are now facing a situation where Social Security benefits paid out have already begun to exceed payroll taxes.

Now, our nation is facing unprecedented budget cuts due to a skyrocketing national debt and many individuals have proposed the idea of cutting Social Security benefits as a way of solving these problems.

While I acknowledge that many difficult cuts need to be made, I do not believe that we can undermine the obligations we have to our seniors who have paid into this system throughout their lives. As such, I have and will continue to strongly oppose any changes to the program for current retirees.

Instead, it is imperative that we examine our options in a cautious manner and look at making incremental reforms, adjustments that do not impact our current or near retirees, in order to ensure the programs viability, not only for today’s seniors, but for their children and grandchildren. Furthermore, we cannot allow politicians to circumvent budget cuts by raiding Social Security to pay for other programs.

As long as I am in Congress, I will continue fighting to protect and preserve this vitally important program.

Abortion – Congressman DesJarlais believes that all life should be cherished and protected. He has received a 100% score by the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), the oldest and the largest national pro-life organization in the United States.

2nd Amendment – The right to bear arms is a constitutionally protected right and we will fight to make sure those rights are not eroded. Congressman DesJarlais has an “A” rating from the National Rifle Association (NRA).

Marriage – Marriage is traditionally defined as being between a man and a woman and we feel this distinction is important to the wellbeing of the American family.

States Rights – 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.

Veterans – Those who serve in our armed forces should be treated with respect, dignity, and be afforded the resources commiserate with the sacrifices they have made.

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