On his way to his first tour of the Wacker Chemie North America plant site, 4th District U.S. Congressman Scott DesJarlais sat down with the Cleveland Daily Banner to talk about his work in Congress.
DesJarlais said while at the plant he planned on asking what he could do as a Congressman that would help them.
New industry is usually coordinated at the region and state level.
“I think that it’s always helpful to work with local and state officials to make sure those lines of communication are open,” DesJarlais said.
Congress recently voted to send $1 billion to Ukraine in foreign loans.
“I think most Americans have a little bit of trouble with the amount of aid we send to other countries,” DesJarlais said.
He said this is especially the case when there are cuts being made to the U.S military, DesJarlais said.
“When people start realizing that we have so many domestic issues that would require funding, they don’t understand why we’re funding other countries without a good entrance plan or a plan period or exit strategy,” DesJarlais said.
He said aid needs to have a defined policy. However, DesJarlais said it is hard to make other countries follow suggestions on how money is used.
“A lot of our veterans funding is being cut, and they are closing commissaries for our troops which are often living almost in poverty. So why are we cutting aid to our own military and sending it to other countries?” DesJarlais said.
Budget talks are trying to add money back to the defense budget and cut from other areas.
While a temporary extension for signing up for health care has been passed, there are still some in Congress that hope the entire law would be delayed.
“It’s so confusing right now; people don’t know what parts of it are in effect and what parts aren’t,” DesJarlais said.
In the government oversight and reform committee, DesJarlais and other committee members continue hearings on IRS targeting of conservative groups. The committee will be figuring out what really happened and what needs to be done to those who were involved.
“If a federal agency was ordered to target a group that hindered there ability to talk freely and openly on a political candidate, which was ordered by a sitting president or sitting administration … if we can proof (sic) that that is indeed what happened, the people responsible should have to be held responsible,” DesJarlais said.
In the education workforce committee, members have discussed politicians comments in regards to the union vote at Volkswagen and the United Auto Workers comments that their should be another election. DesJarlais said he felt both sides had opportunity to express their opinion and it was a fair election.
DesJarlais said work is still being done to try to reform the tax code to provide less resrictive business taxes.
Reforms to the Sustainable Growth Rate that pays Medicare physicians could have brought Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) to Tennessee. DesJarlais said the doctors’ caucus had presented plans for reforming it, but they were not passed and a one year extension of the current law was passed. DesJarlais said Congress has passed a one-year extension for about the last 15 years.