David Kustoff visit around Tennessee

We are still not sure if we should trust this guy…..

Oh… yeah, here is why we don’t.

Congress: Tennessee, District: 8, Republican Cumulative Freedom Index Score: 53%

Here is a few reasons why!

H RES 1099: Opioid Abuse Prevention and Health Programs

Vote Date: September 28, 2018  Vote: AYE  Bad Vote.

This bill (H.R. 6), as amended by the House, would expand Medicare and Medicaid to cover medication-assisted treatment for substance abuse and would place new requirements on states regarding Medicaid drug review and utilization requirements. It would appropriate $15 million annually, from fiscal 2019 through fiscal 2023, to support the establishment or operation of public-health laboratories to detect synthetic opioids. The House amendment to the Senate-amended bill would allow Medicaid patients with opioid- or cocaineabuse problems to stay for up to 30 days per year in certain treatment facilities with more than 16 beds.

The House agreed to an amendment to the Senate-amended version of H.R. 6 on September 28, 2018 by a vote of 393 to 8 (Roll Call 415). We have assigned pluses to the nays because Medicare and Medicaid are both unconstitutional programs. The U.S. Constitution gives no authority to the federal government to pay people’s medical expenses, no matter how poor or disabled they are. Such assistance should be handled by states, charity, or the free market. Any expansion of Medicare or Medicaid, which is what this bill authorizes, should be voted against.

H R 3249: Law Enforcement Partnership Grants

Vote Date: June 6, 2018  Vote: AYE Bad Vote

This bill (H.R. 3249) would establish a Project Safe Neighbor-hoods Block Grant Program within the Of-fice of Justice Programs at the Department of Justice to foster and improve existing partnerships between local, state, and fed-eral law-enforcement agencies to create safer neighborhoods through sustained reductions in violent crimes. It would authorize $50 million a year in each of the fiscal years from 2019 through 2021.

The House concurred with the Senate version of H.R. 3249 on June 6, 2018 by a vote of 394 to 13 (Roll Call 239). We have assigned pluses to the nays because the federal government is not autho-rized by the Constitution to partner with, train, or subsidize state or local law-enforcement agencies. Too, our continued existence as a free people under the Constitution depends on the continued independence of our local police from federal and state control.

H R 2: Raw Milk

Vote Date: May 18, 2018  Vote: NAY Bad Vote.

During consideration of the farm bill (H.R. 2), Representative Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) introduced an amendment to prohibit federal interference in the interstate transportation of unpasteurized milk and milk products between states that allow for the distribution of such products for direct human consumption.

The House rejected Massie’s amendment on May 18, 2018 by a vote of 79 to 331 (Roll Call 201). We have assigned pluses to the yeas because the U.S. Constitution does not give the federal government any authority over what foods a person chooses to consume. In other words, it is illegal for the federal government to make raw milk illegal. While the federal government does have authority to “regulate Commerce … among the several States,” there is no reason for federal interference in a scenario such as this, where a product is legally sold in each of the states in question. Massie’s amendment would have limited federal overreach and should have been supported.


This week, on the 18th anniversary of September 11, 2001, we remembered the thousands of lives that were taken in one of the deadliest attacks our nation has ever experienced. While it was one of our country’s darkest days, we saw the bravery and strength of the American people shine through. Watch my full message, here.



It is important that all West Tennesseans have access to good healthcare, no matter what their income. This week, I helped secure $650,000 in funding from the New Access Point grant for the application of Christ Community Health Services Inc. in Jackson. To learn more about this funding, click here.


Over the month of August, I made over 80 stops across West Tennessee and spoke with over 3,000 West Tennesseans. To learn more about the work I did this past month while back home, and about that important votes that are coming up in Washington, click here or the photo above.


On Saturday, September 28, I will host my annual Military Service Academy Day. This event provides interested high school students and parents the opportunity to learn more about the nomination process for our nation’s military service academies. For more information, click here.

In the News

Congressman Kustoff reacts to House Judiciary Committee’s impeachment resolution.  Local Memphis 

Rep. David Kustoff sends letter of support for grant funding towards Jackson’s Christ Community Health Services. Jackson Sun

Around the Eighth District and Washington

Here’s a close look at a few of the highlights from my week:


Members from BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee


Lance and Terri Walker with the National Auctioneers Association 


Tennessee’s JPMorgan Chase & Co. leadership team


Cyrine Haidar from Memphis with the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists


Lee and Nikki Downing, owners of Aire Serv of Tipton County, visiting with the International Franchise Association


Members of the Tennessee Bankers Association


Tosh Farms Swine Veterinarian-Seth Krantz with the National Pork Producers Council


David North, CEO of Sedgwick


Harold Graeter, Associate Executive Director of the AutoZone Liberty Bowl


Dawn Graeter, CEO of Southern Security Federal Credit Union 


Mike Rhew, State Commander of the VFW 


Members of the Tennessee Hospital Association including Craig Becker, President and CEO



Wrapped up my week with my friend Vice President Mike Pence! Thank you for your incredible leadership.

Keep in Touch

As always, I am committed to working for you and the Eighth District of Tennessee.  My staff and I are always available to answer questions you may have and address any concerns about what is happening here in Washington.  Please feel free to send me an email by clicking here or visiting my website at Kustoff.House.Gov.To opt-in to my eNewsletter, click here.

Be sure to follow my work on behalf of West Tennessee on social media:

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Have a great week!


United States Member of Congress
8th Congressional District of Tennessee

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