Pete Sessions

Pete Sessions

TEXAS' 32nd DISTRICT

The Hill Report: Week of May 16 - 20, 2016

2016/05/24

For the past 18 months I have worked with Senator Cassidy and Dr. John Goodman, doctors and healthcare providers, and hundreds of business owners in North Texas and across the country to discuss ways that we can improve and reform the unsustainable policies in ObamaCare. I am proud to announce that after all of our hard work we dropped a bill that represents the best conservatives ideas and principles to strengthen our healthcare system. H.R 5284, The World’s Greatest Healthcare Plan, isn’t full of onerous regulations, unnecessary mandates, or discriminatory policies. This bill empowers all Americans to make their own healthcare choices, save money in an account that is not use-it-or-lose-it, and ensures that not one more American will be forced onto ObamaCare.

This plan offers a unique, free-marketplace alternative that unleashes doctors, patients, and all individuals from the constraints of ObamaCare, and gives them the opportunity to be in charge of their own healthcare. I believe this is more than a bill- it is a solution that will provide an affordable, predictable, competitive marketplace that will create a healthier society and a stronger economy. 

Supporting our Men and Women in Uniform 
One of my most important duties as a Member of Congress is to ‘provide for the common defense.’ This week I proudly fulfilled this duty and supported the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017, which will help guarantee that our men and women in uniform have the tools and resources necessary to protect us at home and abroad.

In addition to restoring troop readiness, providing quality care for our service members, and prioritizing critical policies, this bill also contains many important provisions, including an amendment that I submitted that protects young women from being mandated to submit their personal information to the federal government to sign up for the selective service. We currently operate with a purely volunteer military and I have no doubt in my mind that should a time come where our country needs men and women to defend our great nation, patriots from across the country will voluntarily heed that call. I see no reason to further the Selective Service, let alone expand it to eighteen year old women. That is why after close consultation with my colleagues I ensured that this reckless policy was not put forward. 

Constituent Highlights 
This week I would like to take a moment to recognize two North Texans for gaining national recognition for their service to their community. While these individuals serve in different capacities, their contributions to the overall wellbeing of our community is immense and I am proud to represent such honorable individuals. 

Garland Police Officer Gregory Stevens 
Earlier this week Garland Police Department, Officer Gregory Stevens was honored at the White House and received the Medal of Valor. On May 3, 2015, two domestic terrorists opened fire at an event in Garland with the sole intent of harming and taking the lives of every single person inside.  Luckily, Officer Stevens was standing guard that night. As the shooters opened fire on the auditorium, Officer Stevens swiftly acted to protect the people Garland from what could have been a devastating situation. His actions not only saved countless innocent lives, it also sent a clear message that Texans will not stand down in the face of terror. 

I am extremely proud to have such exceptional men and women in blue who faithfully serve and protect our communities. Officer Stevens, thank you for your selfless service and your unwavering commitment to protecting the wonderful people of North Texas. 

Assistant City Manager of Rowlett Jim Proce 
Each year the American Public works Association recognizes 10 outstanding individuals who have made an indelible mark on their communities through their commitment to public service. This year, Jim Proce, the Assistant City Manager of Rowlett is was awarded this honor.


 Assistant City Manager, Jim Proce receiving the 2016 Public Works Leader award

Jim’s commitment to his community and dedication to service has not gone unnoticed throughout his 32 years of service. During his career, he has earned many honors and awards including the National Community Involvement Award by the American Public Works Association, was named the State Public Works Employee of the Year by FACERS in 2010, is a Designated Public Works Leadership Fellow by the Donald C. Stone Center for Leadership through the American Public Works Association, and is a member of the International City Management Association. 

In his role as Assistant City Manager of Rowlett, Jim has excelled as a community leader and worked to implement strategic goals to strengthen the city and best serve the citizens of the Rowlett. Throughout Jim’s years of service he has displayed an unwavering commitment to community and proved to be a distinguished leader in all of his endeavors. 

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Media Advisory: Background Briefing and Joint Press Conference with Congressman Pete Sessions and Senator Bill Cassidy, MD on The World’s Greatest Healthcare Plan

2016/05/20

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions and Senator Bill Cassidy, MD will hold a joint press conference to discuss their bicameral free marketplace healthcare plan. Before the press conference, Dr. John C. Goodman and the healthcare Legislative Aids from Congressman Sessions and Senator Cassidy’s offices will hold a background briefing session to give an overview of the bill before the press conference with the Members. This plan is a sustainable alternative to ObamaCare that empowers Americans to make their own healthcare decisions without discriminatory mandates and onerous regulations. During their discussion they will explain how The World’s Greatest Healthcare Plan will provide an affordable, predictable, competitive marketplace that will create a healthier society and a stronger economy.

Background Briefing
Who:      Dr. John C. Goodman, The Goodman Institute
                Charles Sauer, The Goodman Institute
                Elle Ross, Congressman Pete Sessions Legislative Counsel
                Robb Walton, Senator Bill Cassidy, MD, Senior Healthcare Advisor

What:     Background Briefing

When:    Monday, May 23, 2016

   10:30 AM – 11:00 AM

Where:   HC-8

Contact: Caroline Boothe

                 Caroline.Boothe@mail.house.gov

                 202.495.9337 (cell)

Joint Press Conference

Who:      U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions and Senator Bill Cassidy

What:    Joint Press Conference

When:    Monday, May 23, 2016

   11:30 AM

Where:  Capitol Visitor Center HVC Studio A, HVC 114

Contact: Caroline Boothe

                 Caroline.Boothe@mail.house.gov

                 202.495.9337 (cell)

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Chairman Sessions Applauds Passage of Zika Response Appropriations Act

2016/05/20

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), Chairman of the House Rules Committee, today issued the following statement on the House’s passage of a bill to fund international and domestic efforts to combat Zika:
 
“Zika is a real and devastating threat to the United States and nations abroad, and today the House acted to fund efforts to fight and prevent the spread of Zika. Immediate action is necessary to protect the most vulnerable among us, pregnant woman and infants especially, from contracting this virus. Funding in this bill is available immediately, and would support the development, testing and distribution of a vaccine or treatment for Zika.
 
“This bill is fully offset by using unobligated funding from the Ebola outbreak and unused administrative funding for the Department of Health and Human Services. By ensuring a responsible and effective use of taxpayer dollars, the House has paved a path toward stopping the spread of this virus and protecting American families.”
 
For more information on H.R. 5243 – Zika Response Appropriations Act, 2016, click here.

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Sessions Votes to Take Care of Nation's Troops and Veterans

2016/05/19

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), Chairman of the House Rules Committee, today issued the following statement on the House’s passage of H.R. 4974, the FY 2017 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act:
 
“Today the House acted to make sure the brave individuals who take care of us, our nation’s troops and veterans, are taken care of themselves. Members of our nation’s military make selfless and incredible sacrifices and it is our duty to make sure they have the services and benefits they have earned. This bill addresses shortages and management problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs in order to provide more efficient and effective service to veterans, and also cuts unnecessary military construction by $305 million from FY16. I thank our nation’s troops for their service, and applaud passage of this bill.”

For more information on H.R. 4974 – Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act 2017, click here.

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Sessions and Cassidy Introduce Free Market Alternative to ObamaCare

2016/05/19

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions and U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, MD released the following joint statement announcing their new healthcare alternative to ObamaCare, H.R. 5284, The World’s Greatest Healthcare Plan:

“For the past 18 months I have worked with Senator Cassidy and Dr. John Goodman, doctors and healthcare providers, and hundreds of business owners in North Texas and across the country to discuss ways that we can improve and reform the unsustainable policies in ObamaCare. The World’s Greatest Healthcare Plan isn’t full of onerous regulations, unnecessary mandates, or discriminatory policies. This bill empowers all Americans to make their own healthcare choices, save money in an account that is not use-it-or-lose-it, and ensures that not one person will be forced onto ObamaCare,” said Congressman Sessions. 

Under this bill, every American citizen is eligible to claim a $2,500 tax benefit as well as a $1,500 tax benefit per dependent minor. This benefit can be assigned to an employer, transferred to a Roth Health Savings Account, or advanced for annual distribution. With this benefit, individuals and families now have the freedom to use pretax dollars to plan and save for their health care futures. 

“I’ve treated uninsured and underinsured patients in Louisiana’s charity hospital system for nearly 30 years, helping families have access to quality healthcare has been my life’s work. Drawing on this experience, we’ve crafted a plan that puts patients first, not bureaucrats,” said Senator Cassidy.

“This plan offers a unique, free-marketplace alternative that unleashes doctors, patients, and all individuals from the constraints of ObamaCare, and gives them the opportunity to be in charge of their own healthcare,” said Congressman Sessions. “We believe this is more than a bill- it is a solution that will provide an affordable, predictable, competitive marketplace that will create a healthier society and a stronger economy.”

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Sessions Votes to Support our Men and Women in Uniform

2016/05/19

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), Chairman of the House Rules Committee, today issued the following statement on the House’s passage of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017: 

“One of my most important duties as a Member of Congress is to ‘provide for the common defense." Today I proudly fulfilled this duty and supported the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017, which will help guarantee that our men and women in uniform have the tools and resources necessary to protect us at home and abroad.

“In addition to restoring troop readiness, providing quality care for our service members, and prioritizing critical policies, this bill also contains many important provisions, including an amendment that I submitted that protects young women from being mandated to submit their personal information to the federal government to sign up for the selective service. We currently operate with a purely volunteer military and I have no doubt in my mind that should a time come where our country needs men and women to defend our great nation, patriots from across the country will voluntarily heed that call. I see no reason to further the Selective Service, let alone expand it to eighteen year old women. That is why after close consultation with my colleagues I ensured that this reckless policy was not put forward.

“I would like to thank the Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Chairman Mac Thornberry, for his commitment to working with all of the Members of his committee to pass this bipartisan bill and to the all of the Members who testified at the Rules Committee for engaging in this deliberative process. This bill is the product of hours of thoughtful debate between Members on both sides of the aisle, after which the Rules Committee made in order 181 amendments. I sincerely hope that our Commander in Chief puts politics aside to join us in supporting the brave men and women who serve our country and sign this bill into law.”
 

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The Hill Report: Week of May 9 - 13, 2016

2016/05/16

Last year I proudly authorized a resolution to initiate a lawsuit on behalf of the House of Representatives against the Obama administration because it failed to faithfully execute the law with respect to the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. This week the District Court of the District of Colombia ruled not only in favor of our lawsuit, but in favor of our constitutional system and the American people who are represented by Congress.
 
Judge Collyer’s decision confirms exactly what the House set out to prove nearly two years ago - that the President does not have the constitutional authority to ignore the will of the people, unilaterally rewrite our nation’s laws, and spend money that Congress never appropriated. I applaud the court’s decision and will continue to vigorously protect our Constitution, preserve the balance of power, and hold this Administration accountable for their lawless actions.

House Republicans Combat the Opioid Epidemic 
Every 19 minutes a person in the United States dies from an overdose on opiates, and the average time between taking that first prescription and death is only 31 months. Just as there is no single source of blame, there is no single solution. House Republicans made a promise to address the growing opioid epidemic in the United States, and this week passed 18 bills that take important steps to conquer this widespread problem. 


Click here to watch the full clip of Congressman Sessions explaining his amendment on the House Floor

Action is necessary to save our friends, family members and children who are a part of this shocking statistic and I was happy to see an amendment I submitted to H.R. 4641 pass the House. I am pleased that the House adopted my amendment to H.R. 4641 to ensure that the interagency task force reviews existing programs in the private sector and state and local governments that address these issues. The drug crisis in our country has become an increasingly alarming problem and I am pleased that my colleagues took a positive step in the right direction to combat drug abuse in our communities.. This bill establishes an interagency task force to review, modify and update best practices for acute and chronic pain management. My common sense amendment ensures the task force takes into consideration already existing private sector, state and local government efforts related to pain management. I look forward to continued discussions about helping those battling opioid addiction during the House and Senate conference.”

Meetings with Texans
Texas Association of Realtors 
It was a pleasure visiting with North Texas realtors as part of their annual visit with the Texas Association of Realtors. From overregulation, to the job-killing Waters of the U.S. EPA rule, to healthcare, there are a number of important issues facing these job creators and I appreciated the opportunity to speak with them about my efforts to grow the North Texas economy through strong limited government, pro-growth economic policies. 


Congressman Sessions speaking with members of the Texas Association of Realtors

American College of Rheumatology 
This week I was pleased to meet with the American College of Rheumatology representatives from Dallas and throughout the State of Texas. We were able to discuss their vast concerns with the new Medicare proposal to cut reimbursement rates for biologics and other specialty drugs essential for their patients’ care. I have already advocated on their behalf to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and look forward to working with them to correct this wrongdoing in the future.


Congressman Sessions with Texas representatives from the American College of Rheumatology

ALS Association 
Tuesday I had the opportunity to meet with the Texas Chapter of the ALS Association, especially the Worth family, who were such incredible advocates for the disease. Their story was so touching and I truly appreciate them sharing their experiences and their hopes for research for ALS. I sincerely hope to be able to work with them to treat and conduct research on this debilitating disease.


Congressman Sessions with the Worth family

Walgreens 
I was delighted to meet with Walgreens and learn more about their efforts to reduce the opioid epidemic and combat prescription drug abuse. They have committed to installing secure, monitored disposal stations at many locations nationwide, including one in our district. This should serve as a shining example of how the private sector is taking initiative to combat these issues. I look forward to working with them even further as we work to solve this nationwide epidemic.


Congressman Sessions with CEO of Walgreens, Stefano Pessina

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Sessions Supports Package of Bills to Combat the Opioid Epidemic

2016/05/13

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), Chairman of the House Rules Committee, today issued the following statement after the House this week passed 18 pieces of legislation to address the growing opioid addiction crisis in the United States, and offer solutions to this problem:
 
“Every 19 minutes a person in the United States dies from an overdose on opiates, and the average time between taking that first prescription and death is only 31 months. Just as there is no single source of blame, there is no single solution. House Republicans made a promise to address the growing opioid epidemic in the United States, and this week passed 18 bills that take important steps to conquer this widespread problem. 
 
“Action is necessary to save our friends, family members and children who are a part of this shocking statistic and I was happy to see an amendment I submitted to H.R. 4641 pass the House. This bill establishes an interagency task force to review, modify and update best practices for acute and chronic pain management. My common sense amendment ensures the task force takes into consideration already existing private sector, state and local government efforts related to pain management. I look forward to continued discussions about helping those battling opioid addiction during the House and Senate conference.”
 
A list of bills which passed the House this week can be found here

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Sessions Fights Against the President's Unlawful Directive

2016/05/13

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX-32), Chairman of the House Rules Committee, today released the following statement in response to the Obama Administration’s coercive bathroom directive:

“Today’s announcement is yet another example of President Obama’s unwarranted and excessive use of federal power. While I believe that we must make reasonable accommodations for all individuals, I do not believe that President Obama has the authority to coerce states and schools into succumbing to his demands by revoking federal dollars – dollars appropriated by Congress. 

“In response to the Administration’s unlawful directive, I wrote a letter to the President, requesting that they suspend their demands until this issue receives thorough judicial review. This directive is a direct violation of the separation of powers and I will not let President Obama trample on our Constitution and unfairly coerce states to adopt his liberal agenda”

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Letter to the President Regarding Unlawful Directive

2016/05/13


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Congressman Sessions on Lone Star Politics discussing his new healthcare bill

2016-05-22 14:21:24


Congressman Sessions bolsters the House's efforts to fight against the opioid epidemic

2016-05-12 15:00:07


Congressman Sessions highlighting successful startups in Dallas

2016-04-28 14:04:46


Congressman Sessions fighting to rein in the IRS' irresponsible hiring practices

2016-04-21 14:36:37


Congressman Sessions delivering the commencement speech atTexas State University

2016-04-06 17:14:41


Congressman Pete Sessions discussing his trip to the border on NBC-5 Lone Star Politics

2016-01-31 18:14:46


Congressman Sessions on Lone Star Politics discussing his race for Majority Whip

2015-10-05 16:26:36


Congressman Sessions managing the rule for the legislation related to the Iran Nuclear Deal.

2015-09-10 20:51:58


What TPA is, and what it is not

2015-06-26 21:07:44


Congressman Sessions managing the rule for Trade Promotion Authority

2015-06-19 18:02:13


Congressman Sessions managing the rule for the Trade

2015-06-12 00:31:22


Chairman Paul Ryan applauds Congressman Sessions' work on TPA

2015-06-10 21:50:49


Congressman Sessions with Congresswoman Maloney on Morning Joe to discuss breast cancer awareness

2015-06-09 16:08:32


Congressman Sessions discussing how TPA will lead to more jobs for Texans

2015-06-04 21:38:43


Congressman Sessions introducing an amendment to cut wasteful spending in Amtrak

2015-06-04 21:14:51


Congressman Sessions offering an amendment to cut millions of dollars of wasteful spending

2015-06-04 18:34:31


Congressman Sessions participating in the Homeland Security hearing on the attacks in Garland

2015-06-03 20:08:00


Congressman Sessions on "Inside Texas Politics" discussing trade, executive amnesty, and more

2015-06-01 15:38:49


A Memorial Day Message from Congressman Pete Sessions

2015-05-25 15:41:36


Congressman Sessions in Turkey with the Foreign Fighter Task Force

2015-05-07 19:35:16


Contact Information

2233 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-2231
Fax 202-225-5878
sessions.house.gov

Committee Assignments

Rules

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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TEXAS' 1st DISTRICT

Ted Poe

TEXAS' 2nd DISTRICT

Sam Johnson

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John Ratcliffe

TEXAS' 4th DISTRICT

Jeb Hensarling

TEXAS' 5th DISTRICT

Joe Barton

TEXAS' 6th DISTRICT

John Culberson

TEXAS' 7th DISTRICT

Kevin Brady

TEXAS' 8th DISTRICT

Michael McCaul

TEXAS' 10th DISTRICT

Michael Conaway

TEXAS' 11th DISTRICT

Kay Granger

TEXAS' 12th DISTRICT

Mac Thornberry

TEXAS' 13th DISTRICT

Randy Weber

TEXAS' 14th DISTRICT

Bill Flores

TEXAS' 17th DISTRICT

Randy Neugebauer

TEXAS' 19th DISTRICT

Lamar Smith

TEXAS' 21st DISTRICT

Pete Olson

TEXAS' 22nd DISTRICT

Will Hurd

TEXAS' 23rd DISTRICT

Kenny Marchant

TEXAS' 24th DISTRICT

Roger Williams

TEXAS' 25th DISTRICT

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TEXAS' 27th DISTRICT

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