WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX-32), Chairman of the House Rules Committee and a Member of House Republican Leadership, today released the following statement in response to Prime Minister Netanyahu’s joint address to Congress:
“This morning I was honored to attend Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s joint address to Congress. During his address he urged Congress to support our friend Israel and to work side by side with them to ensure that Iran cannot build a nuclear weapon. Iran is the foremost state sponsor of terrorism in the world and I am disappointed that the President continues to give them the time and flexibility necessary to work toward building a nuclear bomb.
“I cannot and will not support any deal made by the Administration that threatens Israel's security. Israel is one of our nation’s strongest democratic allies and we must stand steadfast in our support for them.”
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), Chairman of the House Rules Committee, today released the following statement regarding the Department of Homeland Security bill that did not address the President’s unlawful executive amnesty plan:
“In January the House passed a bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security and block executive amnesty. The Senate has had nearly two months to debate this issue, yet Senate Democrats repeatedly obstructed the process and refused to work with the House to resolve our differences. At this point, it is my belief that Congress should resolve the differences between the House and the Senate through a conference before moving forward. Without the ability to go to conference in order to address the President’s executive amnesty, I could not support the bill.
“While I support providing critical funding for agencies that protect our national security, I cannot support this bill because it does not address the President’s unwise, unlawful, and unconstitutional executive amnesty plan. The President himself has admitted 22 times that he does not have the authority to unilaterally grant amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants in our country, yet he and Senate Democrats have continued to support this blatant, unconstitutional abuse of power. I remain deeply disappointed that the President and Senate Democrats have chosen political posturing over the security of our nation.”
For the past six years Republicans have tirelessly worked to advance the Keystone XL Pipeline, which would create more than 40,000 American jobs, put our nation on a path towards energy independence, and inject billions of dollars into our economy. Instead of embracing this jobs project that the majority of Americans support, the President surrendered to his liberal base and vetoed the pipeline. Republicans are committed to creating American jobs and bolstering our nation’s energy security and we will not let the President’s political games set us back. The fight for Keystone XL Pipeline is not over.
House Votes to Strengthen College Savings Plans
Last month the President proposed a plan to tax 529 college saving plans. These plans were designed to be tax-free to give families the opportunity to save for their children’s college expenses. The cost of tuition and other education expenses have sky-rocketed and the last thing North Texas and American families need are more taxes that chip away at their hard earned savings. I proudly supported H.R. 529 to strengthen, expand, and modernize the 529 college savings plans to ensure students and families can save for a sound education without being faced with unnecessary, burdensome taxes.
Meetings with Constituents
SMU Lyle School of Engineering
On Tuesday I had the opportunity to sit down with the Volkan Otugen, the Assistant Dean of the Lyle School of Engineering, and Edmond Richer, a professor of Mechanical Engineering at the Lyle School also serving as the Principal Investigator on the Traumatic Brain Injury Project. They gave me an update on their continued research efforts in the area of traumatic brain injury and the immense progress they have made in this field. I want to thank SMU for their continued work in this important field and I look forward to monitoring the progress of their research.
Congressman Sessions with Volkan Otugen, the Assistant Dean of the Lyle School of Engineering
Texas Broadcasters Association
Wednesday morning I welcomed members of the Texas Broadcasters Association to my office in Washington. We had a robust discussion regarding the many issues that affect the radio and broadcast industry, especially the locally owned stations. I enjoyed meeting with these fellow Texans and I will continue to work with them to ensure that North Texas stations are not subject to onerous regulations and burdensome taxes.
Congressman Sessions with Oscar Rodriguez with the Texas Association of Broadcasting, Mark Masepohl with Univision, Brian Purdy with KRLD, and Tom Ehlmann with KXAS-TV
Texas Scottish Rite Hospital
Later on Wednesday I was delighted to meet with leaders of the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital and former Congressman Pete Hoekstra (MI-2). We discussed the hospital’s great contributions to North Texas children as well as children across the nation. Texas Scottish Rite Hospital is a national leader in pediatric orthopedic surgery and research, and for 95 years, they have served the children and families of so many Dallas residents without charging any patients. I am extremely pleased to have such a wonderful medical facility that provides exceptional care to North Texans in the 32nd Congressional District of Texas.
Congressman Sessions meeting with leaders of the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital
Eagle Scouts on the Hill
Wednesday evening Eagle Scouts from across the nation came to the Capitol to deliver the 2014 Report to the Nation. Scouting is an important part of my life and I deeply value the lessons and virtues that I have learned throughout my scouting journey. I always welcome the opportunity to meet with young scouts and teach them about the importance of service, character, and courage. I am confident that these young men will grow in their roles as scouts and serve their communities with distinction.
Congressman Sessions receiving the Report to the Nation from Eagle Scouts
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), Chairman of the House Rules Committee, today released the following statement regarding House passage of H.R. 529, To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to improve 529 plans:
“President Obama recently proposed taxing 529 college saving plans – plans that were designed to be tax-free to allow families to help save for their children’s college expenses. At a time when college tuition has skyrocketed and middle-class families are struggling to pay for college, the last thing we need to do is jeopardize these important savings accounts by raising taxes on them.
“Today, the House of Representatives acted to expand these plans and provide greater flexibility to families who are saving for college. This legislation benefits all American families and helps them achieve the American dream by making college more affordable.”
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX-32), Chairman of the House Rules Committee and a Member of House Republican Leadership, today released the following statement responding to the President’s decision to veto the Keystone XL Pipeline:
“For the past six years Republicans have diligently worked to advance the Keystone Pipeline, which would create more than 40,000 American jobs, put our nation on the path towards energy independence, and inject billions of dollars into our economy. Instead of embracing this jobs project that the majority of Americans support, President Obama and Democrats have continuously hindered the process by imposing unnecessary burdens and political roadblocks.
“After Republicans won the Senate in November, this legislation finally passed Congress and was put on the President’s desk for him to sign. Instead, the President surrendered to his liberal base and environmental extremists and, today, he vetoed the bill. In doing so, he said no to creating thousands of American jobs, no to energy independence, and no to revitalizing our economy.
“Republicans are committed to creating American jobs and bolstering our nation’s energy security and we will not let the President’s political games set us back. The fight for the Keystone XL Pipeline is not over.”
Since President Obama has taken office he has repeatedly abused his executive authority, violated the requirements of the Constitution, circumvented Congress, and ignored the will of the American people. On Monday a judge in the Southern District of Texas overruled the President’s unwise, unlawful, and unconstitutional November executive amnesty plan and issued an injunction halting his actions. While this is only the beginning of the legal process, I strongly support this judge’s decision to preserve and protect our nation’s rule of law. While this case goes through the court system, I will continue to vehemently oppose the President’s unwise, unlawful, and unconstitutional amnesty plan.
On Wednesday I proudly celebrated the passage of the ABLE Act at the White House with my son Alex. For the past eight years I have worked with my colleagues in the House and Senate, advocacy groups, and hundreds of families across the country to give individuals with disabilities the opportunity to plan and save for their future. As the proud father of a Down syndrome young man, I understand the importance of securing a sound financial future for our loved ones with disabilities and ensuring they have the ability to grow to the best of their abilities. The passage of the ABLE Act gives individuals like my son Alex the opportunities that they need and deserve to achieve a bigger, brighter future.
Congressman Sessions and his son Alex at the White House celebrating the passage of the ABLE Act
Legislation passed this week
The House of Representatives passed legislation to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline for the eleventh time. The Keystone Pipeline is widely supported by the American people because it is a critical infrastructure project that will create thousands of American jobs, inject our economy with billions of dollars, and put us on a path towards energy independence. This legislation is finally heading to the President’s desk and it is my sincere hope that he keeps his veto pen in his drawer and approves this shovel ready, job creating project.
This week the House also passed two bipartisan pieces of legislation that would improve our tax code to provide greater certainty for small businesses and American families. On Thursday I supported H.R. 644, the Fighting Hunger Incentive Act of 2015. This legislation would permanently extend and expand charitable deductions for donations of food, making it easier for Americans to help those in need. On Friday I voted in favor of H.R. 636, America’s Small Business Tax Relief Act of 2015, to permanently extend tax provisions that provide small businesses with greater certainty allowing them to plan for their future and grow their business.
Dallas Fraternal Order of Police
On Tuesday I met with the President of the Dallas Fraternal Order of Police, Richard Todd and the Vice President of the Texas Fraternal Order of Police, Steven Stribley. We had a robust discussion about current legislative priorities for the police force. I believe that it is critical that we support efforts to keep our police officers safe and give them the tools that they need to properly protect our cities. I want to sincerely thank these men and women for their unwavering service and commitment to keeping our North Texas community safe.
Congressman Sessions with Richard Todd the President of the Dallas Fraternal Order of Police and Steven Stribley the Vice President of the Texas Fraternal Order of PoliceRead More
This week President Obama submitted his budget proposal to Congress. Unsurprisingly, his budget looked more like a liberal campaign proposal than a serious plan to rein in government spending and get our fiscal house in order. The President’s budget raises spending by $74 billion annually, proposes higher taxes on American families and businesses, and never balances. These are not solutions – these are worn out big government policies that will further damage any hope of a full economic recovery.
Click here to watch Congressman Sessions talk about Texas' economic success on the House Floor
I proudly represent a state that understands that high taxes and onerous regulations do not lead to economic growth and job creation. Texas has been coined the “Great American Job Machine” because it is almost exclusively responsible for the net increase in jobs in the United State since 2007. I believe that if we follow Texas’ gold standard example we will have the opportunity to get our country back on track, reinvigorate our economy, and put America’s families first.
House Votes To Repeal ObamaCare and Reduce Regulatory Burdens on Small Businesses
This week the House voted once again to repeal the President’s disastrous health care law. Repealing ObamaCare is a top priority for Republicans in Congress and we will vigorously fight against this burdensome law to protect Americans and small business from its onerous regulations. I remain committed to dismantling this liberal, big government policy and replacing it with common sense, responsible solutions.
On Thursday the House passed two pieces of legislation that would reduce costly regulatory burdens on small businesses. H.R. 50, the Unfunded Mandates Information and Transparency Act of 2015 and H.R. 527, the Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act of 2015, both aim to give small businesses a voice in the regulatory process and to increase transparency in order to provide for a more accountable, effective, and efficient government.
Constituent Meetings in Washington, D.C.
Texas Trucking Association
On Wednesday I met with North Texans representing the Texas Trucking Association to discuss the long-term solvency of the Highway Trust Fund and what Congress can do to help promote a safe, dependable, and cost-effective motor transportation system. Today’s commercial truckers face a number of regulatory burdens that stifle business, burden drivers and operators, and drive up prices for consumers.
Congressman Sessions meeting with representatives from the Texas Trucking Association
Furthermore, our infrastructure is critical to sustaining economic growth and prosperity, and it is imperative that we continue to invest in the transportation projects that build America. As we continue to address our transportation issues, I look forward to working with my Republican colleagues to provide a unified transportation vision for North Texas, our state, and our country.
Texas Water Day and North Texas Municipal Water District
On Wednesday I had the opportunity to speak at the Texas Water Day event and meet with representatives with the North Texas Municipal Water District to discuss the important water issues facing the state of Texas. I was delighted to join the individuals from the Texas Water Conservation Association and give them an update on my work to reduce federal regulations, which would give more control to local authorities to preserve Texas’ water. Since 2009 we have successfully cut approximately 45% from the EPA, including an additional $60 million cut in the December government funding bill. I remain committed to fighting against onerous regulations imposed by the EPA and giving local government more control over our water.
Congressman Sessions speaking at Texas Water Day in Washington, DC
Mobile Office Hours
Next Monday my staff will be holding mobile office hours in Sachse and Wylie. Please note the updated schedule and if you have any questions please visit my website for more information or you can call my district office at 972.392.0505.
Sachse Mobile Office Hours
Date: Monday February 9, 2015
Time: 9: 00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: Sachse City Hall
3815-B Sachse Road
Sachse, TX 75048-3893
Wylie Mobile Office Hours
Date: Monday February 9, 2015
Time: 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Location: Wylie City Hall
300 Country Club Road
Wylie, TX 75098-7137
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX-32), Chairman of the House Rules Committee and a Member of House Republican Leadership, today released the following statement regarding the January jobs report:
“I have always firmly believed that the economy does best when we get government out of the way so that the free-enterprise system can thrive. Today’s jobs report helps prove that this belief holds true today. Federal spending was 24% of GDP in 2011 when our economy was struggling and before Republicans took over the House of Representatives. Four years later and thanks to Republican spending victories, federal spending has dropped below 20% of GDP. In turn the American economy has begun emerging from the Obama-Pelosi-Reid era of massive government spending and America is finally seeing positive signs in the job market.
“However, the President’s policies continue to keep our economy from achieving the growth that Americans need and deserve. Just this week the President released his budget proposal that looks more like a liberal campaign proposal than a serious plan to rein in government spending and get our fiscal house in order. The President’s budget raises spending by 9%, or $74 billion annually, proposes higher taxes on American families and businesses, and never balances. These are not solutions - these are worn out big government policies that have proven to be ineffective and will further damage any hope of a full economic recovery.
“I proudly represent a state that understands that high taxes and onerous regulations do not lead to economic growth and job creation. Texas has been coined the “Great American Job Machine” because it is almost exclusively responsible for the net increase in jobs in the United States since 2007. Texas’ rejection of liberal Washington mandates and the belief that individual opportunity is the key to success fuels our economic success. I believe that if we follow Texas’ gold standard example we will have the opportunity to get our country back on track. With our new Republican Congress I look forward to working with my colleagues in both the House and the Senate to support solutions that reinvigorate our economy, promote job creation, and put America’s families first.”
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), Chairman of the House Rules Committee, today released the following statement regarding House passage of H.R. 50, Unfunded Mandates Information and Transparency Act of 2015 and H.R. 527, Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act of 2015:
“Small businesses are often hit the hardest by costly government regulations, which deter Americans from seeking new opportunities and keeps them from good-paying jobs. Americans deserve better than Washington-driven solutions, which is why this week the House passed two pieces of legislation, one of which was authored by Vice-Chair of the Rules Committee Congresswoman Foxx. These bills are aimed at giving small businesses a voice in the regulatory process and increasing the transparency of onerous, job-killing regulations. I applaud the actions taken by the House to increase government’s accountability, efficiency, and effectiveness which will empower small businesses, help create jobs, and stimulate the economy.”
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), Chairman of the House Rules Committee, today released the following statement regarding House passage of H.R. 596, To repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act:
“Repealing ObamaCare is a top priority for Republicans in Congress and today the House took a stand against its job killing, costly regulations by voting to repeal the law. Since the Affordable Care Act was enacted, it has failed American families and small business by raising taxes, discouraging hiring, and lowering hours and wages for employees. Millions of Americans have been forced to leave their preferred healthcare plans, pay higher premiums, and are unable to keep their doctors despite promises from President Obama. The President’s top-down, Washington-first approach to health care must be repealed.
“I will continue to fight for responsible solutions, not those that limit American’s choices and raise taxes. I urge the Senate to join House Republicans and act swiftly to repeal this disastrous law.”
“Today President Obama demonstrated once again that the Democratic Party is committed to higher taxes, more spending, and piling additional debt onto the backs of America’s children. The President’s budget violates the law by blowing through spending caps, raises spending by $74 billion annually, proposes higher taxes on American families and businesses, and never balances – not this year, not in ten years, and not at any point in the future. Unsurprisingly, his budget contains no real solutions on how to address the drivers of our debt and proposes no ideas on how to reform our uncompetitive tax code. The President’s budget reflects the priorities of tax and spend liberals in Washington, not the priorities of American families in the heartland.
“While the President’s budget is dedicated to more of the same, House Republicans look forward to delivering a serious budget proposal that tackles our nation’s fiscal problems. I look forward to supporting a budget that balances, helps promote the creation of good-paying jobs, and puts America’s families first.”
This past weekend I had the opportunity to join 21 of my House colleagues on a mission to our southern border that included stops in Texas, Arizona, and California. Throughout the weekend I met with the men and women who protect our border and learned more about the tools and technology that they need to strengthen our efforts on the ground. This trip reaffirmed my long-held belief that we must secure our nation’s borders, strengthen our interior enforcement system, and protect our nation’s rule of law. To view pictures from our visit to the border, click here.
Legislation this Week
On Wednesday the House passed H.R. 351, the LNG Permitting Certainty and Transparency Act. For far too long this Administration has hindered our nation’s ability to become energy independent. Instead of harnessing our abundance of energy, Democrats continue to impose onerous regulations such as road blocks in the approval process for liquefied natural gas export applications. I proudly voted for the LNG Permitting Certainty and Transparency Act because it cuts through unnecessary red tape and gives us the opportunity to create more American jobs while simultaneously increasing trade with our allies.
Click here to watch Congressman Sessions managing the rule for H.R. 351, the LNG Permitting and Certainty Act
Meeting with Texas Law Enforcement Officials
This week I met with numerous Texas law enforcement officials including the Arlington Chief of Police, Will Johnson. We had an in-depth discussion on law enforcement issues facing our North Texas community as well as our nation as a whole. I always enjoy listening to the thoughts and ideas of the men and women who are committed to the safety of North Texas and I remain committed to working with them to ensure the people of the 32nd Congressional District are protected.
Congressman Sessions with Arlington Chief of Police, Will Johnson
Staff Retreat in Dallas
On Thursday my Washington, D.C. based staff joined my District staff for a joint staff retreat in Dallas. During the retreat my team had the opportunity to explore the 32nd Congressional District, meet with local community and business leaders, and discuss how we can serve North Texans to the best of our abilities. If you would like to learn more about who is on my team and how they can help you, click here.
Congressman Sessions with members from his team in DallasRead More
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), Chairman of the House Rules Committee, today released the following statement regarding House passage of H.R. 351, the LNG Permitting Certainty and Transparency Act:
“The Department of Energy’s slow approval process for liquefied natural gas export applications is threatening our opportunity to create more American jobs and is forcing our allies and trade partners to look elsewhere for their energy needs. This common-sense bill would create 45,000 American jobs by 2018 by simply cutting through red tape and forcing the Department of Energy to issue decisions in a timely manner. House Republicans do not want America to miss out on this incredible opportunity and urge our colleagues in the Senate to quickly pass this legislation.”
Tonight a group of my Republican colleagues and I will begin a tour of our southwest border. This trip is led by my friend and fellow Texan, Congressman Michael McCaul, who serves as the Chairman of the Homeland Security Committee. I’m looking forward to learning more about the problems that our law enforcement faces on our border so that Congress can learn more about what we can do to help those who help ensure the safety of our nation.
Since the House plans to consider Chairman McCaul’s Secure our Border First Act next week, our trip to the border will give us the opportunity to get a better understanding of the measures that we need to take to effectively secure our borders. I will be uploading pictures and videos throughout the weekend so please visit my Facebook and Twitter pages to receive live updates about my trip to the border.
State of the Union
Tuesday evening President Obama addressed the nation in his annual State of the Union speech. For the past six years President Obama has used the State of the Union address to repeat his worn out campaign slogans instead of putting forth common sense, realistic solutions to fix our nation’s biggest problems. This year’s address was no exception. Instead of focusing on ways to reduce our deficit, spur our economy, and get hard working Americans back to work, the President rededicated himself to the same rhetoric - higher taxes, increased spending, more debt, and additional burdensome regulations.
The President announced his plan to impose $320 billion in job-destroying taxes that will harm middle class families across the nation. President Obama fails to understand that rules and regulations do not stimulate economic growth, and higher taxes and more bureaucratic red tape do not foster job creation. This administration’s policies continue to take more money out of the pockets of middle class Americans, making it increasingly difficult for American families to keep up with the expenses of daily life.
Republicans understand what it takes to increase opportunity for all Americans – more jobs and higher wages, coupled with lower energy , health care, and education costs. It is time for the President to put away his pen and his phone, set politics aside, and work with our new Republican Congress so that we can put American families first.
Winter Meeting of the United States Conference of Mayors
Thursday evening I had the opportunity to join Mayors from North Texas at the Winter Meeting of the United States Conference of Mayors. I had the opportunity to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with Mayor of Garland, Doug Athas, regarding our work on the IH-635 East project in Dallas County. Over the past year I have been diligently working with Mayor Athas and the City of Garland to advance the IH-635 East Project. The City of Garland has been a critical leader in the development of this corridor and I am proud to lend my support to bolster their efforts as this project progresses. I look forward to continuing to work with the City of Garland to advocate for this important addition to our North Texas infrastructure.
Mayor Doug Athas and Congressman Sessions signing a Memorandum of Understanding regarding the IH-635 East project
Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce Luncheon
This afternoon I was delighted to serve as the keynote speaker for the Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce luncheon in Dallas. As the former Chairman of this organization I always enjoy meeting with the members and updating them on my work in Congress to help reinvigorate our economy and help businesses in North Texas.
Congressman Sessions delivering the keynote address at the Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce luncheon.Read More
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A conservative community leader, United States Congressman Pete Sessions has combined hard work, innovative thinking, and common-sense principles to successfully represent the 32nd Congressional District of Texas.
Congressman Sessions was born on March 22, 1955 and grew up in Waco, Texas. He graduated from Churchill High School in San Antonio and went on to graduate from Southwestern University in 1978, where he now serves on the Board of Trustees. He worked for then-Southwestern Bell Telephone Company for 16 years, retiring as District Manager for Marketing in Dallas. As a businessman, he served as Chairman of the Northeast Dallas Chamber of Commerce.
Thanks to this private sector experience, Congressman Sessions understands the need to fight bureaucracy and to utilize market-driven solutions to effectively solve problems in our communities and in government.
In 1996, the people of Dallas and the 5th Congressional District sent Congressman Sessions to Washington, DC to represent them in the United States House of Representatives. In 2002, Congressman Sessions began representing the 32nd Congressional District, created from redistricting. In 2012, the people of the 32nd Congressional District called him back to Congress for his ninth term.
Congressman Sessions is a stalwart defender of U.S. homeland and national security interests, as well as the men and women who defend them. As the parent of a child with Down syndrome, he is a passionate advocate for people with disabilities. Congressman Sessions also believes that taxpayers deserve results from their government, and he has pursued common-sense, market-based reforms to help government operate more efficiently.
Congressman Sessions pursues his goals on these and other issues through his work on various Congressional committees and caucuses. He serves as the Chairman of the powerful House Committee on Rules, which is best known for its role as the legislative gatekeeper. In 2008 and 2010, he was elected by the House Republican Conference as Chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee.
Congressman Sessions is an Eagle Scout and a former Scout Master for 13 Eagle Scouts. He is a recipient of the National Distinguished Eagle Scout Award and is a member of both the National Eagle Scout Association’s national committee and the Executive Board of the Circle Ten Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
Congressman Sessions is married to Karen Sessions. He is the proud father of two sons, Bill and Alex, and three stepsons, Conor, Liam and Nicholas. Congressman Sessions resides in Dallas, Texas and continues to be active in his community where he is an Adopt-A-Shoreline Team Leader in the effort to maintain White Rock Lake in Dallas and an Advisor to the President of Special Olympics Texas.
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