Pete Sessions

Pete Sessions

TEXAS' 32nd DISTRICT

The Hill Report: Week of October 13 - 17, 2014

2014/10/17

This week we learned that two health care workers from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas tested positive for Ebola. My thoughts and prayers are with these two brave nurses who courageously cared for Mr. Duncan while he was combatting this disease. The news of these new cases underscores the urgency of this situation and highlights the extreme lack of leadership and preparedness by the CDC and the Administration. Instead of executing a well-constructed, thoughtful strategy, the CDC has been playing catch up and learning on the fly while treating this situation as an academic exercise instead of acknowledging the severe threat that Ebola poses to our community. Although local city and hospital officials have learned from the first patient and treated both of the cases this week expeditiously and effectively, I believe that if we do not hold the CDC and the Administration accountable for their mistakes, then North Texas will continue to suffer unnecessarily from this crisis.  



Congressman Sessions discussing travel restrictions with Lou Dobbs on Fox Business Network. Click here to view all of Congressman Sessions' interviews from this week.

On Thursday, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing to investigate the CDC’s reaction to this situation. I commend my colleagues on the Committee for holding a thoughtful hearing and attempting to gather the facts of the case so we can understand the shortcomings of the CDC’s response and learn how we can do better moving forward. During the hearing, an overwhelming majority of the Members called for travel restrictions from affected countries in West Africa to the United States. I am pleased that the Committee conveyed the urgency of this situation and the necessity of restricting travel to provide another layer of protection for Americans. This crisis requires an all-hands-on-deck approach, and I will continue to do everything in my power to ensure that we get a handle on this situation and protect the American people. 
 
Dallas Alumnae Panhellenic Association
On Wednesday, I had the opportunity to meet with the Dallas Alumnae Panhellenic Association to discuss my continued work with the fraternal government relations coalition. I have been an active participant in promoting the coalition’s goals by maintaining strong ties with the panhellenic community and supporting legislation that supports their mission. I am the proud sponsor of H.R. 1449, the Collegiate Housing and Infrastructure Act, which would make college more affordable for students, creates thousands of small business jobs nationwide, improves campus safety, and reduces long-term student debt.  I always value meeting with members of this group and discussing ways we can work together to promote and execute their goals.  


Congressman Sessions meeting with the Dallas Alumnae Panhellenic Association



Texas Association of Business Reception
On Wednesday evening, I was honored to be recognized as this year’s recipient of the Maurice Acers Champion of Free Enterprise Lifetime Achievement Award at the Texas Association of Business award reception. I have always been a fierce advocate for the business community and I remain committed to implementing real solutions to get Washington out of the way of the American people so that the free enterprise system can lead to economic growth and job creation. 


Congressman Sessions with Brint Ryan and Bill Hammond at the Texas Association of Business Reception

Garland and Rowlett Mobile Office Hours 
Next week, a member of my team will be holding Mobile Office Hours in Garland and Rowlett. 


City of Garland 
Location: Garland City Hall
200 North Fifth
Garland, TX 75040
Date: Third Monday of the month
Time: 9am – 5pm
 
City of Rowlett
Location: Rowlett City Hall
4000 Main Street
Rowlett, TX 75088
Date: Third Tuesday of the month
Time: 9am – 5pm

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The Hill Report: Week of October 6 - 10, 2014

2014/10/14

During this District Work Week I enjoyed meeting with local businesses in the 32nd Congressional District, participating in local events, and discussing important issues facing our North Texas community.

Ebola Update
On Wednesday, we learned that the first patient to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States passed away. My deepest condolences go out to the loved ones of Mr. Duncan and all of the medical professionals who diligently cared for him while he was fighting this awful disease.

As we move forward, I believe that the Administration needs to take effective measures to ensure that the American people are protected from Ebola. I am pleased that the Administration announced enhanced screening measures at five major airports, however I believe that we can and we should protect the American people by using every tool at our disposal to defuse the imminent threat that this disease poses to our great nation. To listen to my thoughts on the Administration’s response, click here.

 


Congressman Sessions on Fox News discussing his thoughts on the Administration's response to the Ebola outbreak in Dallas


On Friday, the House Committee on Homeland Security is holding a field hearing in Dallas to look into the local, state, federal, and international coordination and response efforts that took place following diagnosis. It is my hope that these Congressional hearings will help us gather the facts of the case in order to understand how we can better combat outbreaks such as this one in the future. As we continue to monitor this situation I have confidence that the hospital, local authorities, and the CDC will be open and transparent with the people of North Texas and keep us informed on any new developments. 

Meetings around the District 
National Night Out
Tuesday evening I was delighted to join constituents in Richardson, Rowlett, and Wylie to participate in National Night Out. National Night Out is a program that started in 1984 as “America’s Night Out Against Crime,” and now involves more than 37.8 million people and 16,124 communities from all fifty states. This unique night allows neighbors and members of the community to meet with local law enforcement and promotes police-community partnerships, crime prevention, and neighborhood camaraderie. I enjoyed meeting with the Mayors of the cities, Mayor Laura Maczka from Richardson, Mayor Todd Gottel from Rowlett, and Mayor Eric Hogue from Wylie, and local police officers and firemen to discuss ways to keep our communities safe. 


Congressman Sessions participating in National Night Out in Richardson, Rowlett, and Wylie

ISN Site Visit
On Wednesday I had the opportunity to visit ISN, a software-as-a-service company that helps connect companies with reliable, quality contractors, saving companies money and increasing efficiency. During my visit, they were hosting a training seminar for representatives from small, midsize, and large upstream oil companies that use ISN’s services, so I was able to address the group and listen to their concerns and issues that are affecting the business community. I appreciated our in depth discussion and I remain committed to ensuring businesses such as these are not harmed by unnecessary regulations and have the opportunity to grow and thrive.

Congressman Sessions listening to a presentation from one of the ISN team members


Guardian Packaging Industries
On Thursday I visited Guardian Packaging, a locally woman-owned small business in Garland. Guardian Packaging has been in business for more than 40 years and prides themselves on providing customers with the highest standard of customer service, reliability, and quality materials. I am proud to have such an exceptional business in the 32nd Congressional District. 


Congressman Sessions meeting with employees at
Guardian Packaging Industries

North Texas Crime Commission
Thursday morning I had the distinct privilege to serve as the keynote speaker during the North Texas Crime Commission’s monthly breakfast meeting. I always appreciate the opportunity to address local, state, and federal law enforcement officials about the importance of neighborhood security and collaborative law enforcement efforts that protect North Texans. After my remarks I was pleased to accept the Crime Fighter of the Year Award for my continued work to enforce our nation's laws and protect the American people in the 113th Congress. It’s always an honor meeting with the North Texas Crime Commission and I truly appreciate their immense contributions to ensure the safety of our community. 

Congressman Sessions addressing the North Texas Crime Commission

Mobile Office Hours
On Tuesday a member of my team will be at Wylie City Hall holding Mobile Office Hours. Please stop by with any questions or concerns you may have and they will be happy to assist you. Since Monday is a holiday, our usual Mobile Office Hours in Sachse will be moved to Monday, October 27th. I will make sure to make an announcement the week before to remind everyone of the changes.


Wylie Mobile Office Hours
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Wylie City Hall
300 Country Club Road
Wylie, TX 75098-7137

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Pete Sessions Statement on the September Jobs Report

2014/10/10

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 September unemployment report:

“While this month’s jobs report indicates some signs of job growth, the American economy is still not growing quickly enough or broadly enough.  Since President Obama took the oath of office, nearly 60% of job gains have been in low wage work, not full time, well-paying careers.  Sadly, 9.7 million Americans remain underemployed while another nearly 10 million Americans have given up looking for work altogether.  Additionally, median household income has fallen nearly $5,000 over the last seven years, which means that too many Americans have been left behind even when new jobs have been created.
 
“Two weeks ago the House of Representatives, in a concerted effort to get more Americans back to work, passed two bipartisan jobs bills to increase energy production and jump start the economy.  Unfortunately, these two bills joined a stack of over 40 other jobs bills that are sitting on Senator Harry Reid’s desk yet to be given a vote.  House Republicans understand what it takes to unshackle the economy from ineffective big government policies and implement real solutions that would unleash the free enterprise system and create more jobs.  I urge the Senate to consider and pass these jobs bills and join our effort to increase employment for all Americans.” 
 


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The Hill Report: Week of September 29 - October 3, 2014

2014/10/06

This week the first person in the United States to be diagnosed with Ebola was admitted to Texas Health Presbyterian Dallas in Dallas, TX. Before the news broke publicly, I had the chance to speak with the Director of the Centers for Prevention and Disease Control (CDC), Dr. Frieden, regarding the background of the patient, the strategy to contain the disease, and the methods they plan on using to prevent additional infections. Since we know where the source of transmission occurred, I believe that the federal government should consider using every tool at its disposal to mitigate the risk of spreading this virus to more North Texans and Americans.
 
On Wednesday, I attended a briefing with Governor Rick Perry, Mayor Mike Rawlings, Judge Clay Jenkins, Superintendent Mike Miles, and other state and local officials to receive more information from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, Dallas County Health Systems, and the CDC. As your Congressman, I remain committed to protecting the people of North Texas by closely monitoring this situation and providing information on how to keep you and your families safe.
 
Here are a few resources from the Centers for Prevention and Disease Control website:
 
•         Infographics mapping the epidemic, illustrating Ebola symptoms, and providing overall information on preventing and stopping Ebola.
 
•         Fact sheets provide guidance for health care professionals and an overview of the Ebola virus.
 
•        Videos with information about the epidemic in West Africa, how contact tracing works, and stories from CDC staff who have returned from West Africa.
 
 
EmployAbility
On Tuesday I proudly participated in the 5th Annual EmployAbility Jobs Expo in Dallas, TX. This annual event serves as a critical resource for North Texans with disabilities and provides both job seekers and employers the opportunity to network and build professional relationships with one another. More than 50 companies from the Dallas Fort Worth area came to the event and distributed information about their openings and opportunities for individuals with disabilities. I was delighted to meet with the companies and personally thank them for providing these individuals with opportunities to grow their skill sets and reach their full potential. 

 

Congressman Sessions meeting with representatives from some of the companies at the EmployAbility Job Expo

 
National Down Syndrome Awareness Month
The month of October is National Down Syndrome Awareness Month. During this time, we have the opportunity to educate the community, spread awareness, and celebrate individuals with Down syndrome and showcase their many abilities and vast accomplishments. As the proud father of a 20 year old Down syndrome young man, I understand how important it is to advocate for the Down syndrome community and increase opportunities for them to grow and thrive. I sincerely hope that during this month everyone will take the time to learn more about Down syndrome and celebrate these amazing individuals. To learn more about the events throughout Down Syndrome Awareness Month, click here.

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Pete Sessions' Statement on the First Case of Ebola in Dallas, TX

2014/09/30

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), Chairman of the House Rules Committee, today released the following statement regarding the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s announcement of the first case of Ebola in Dallas, TX:

“This afternoon the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed the first case of Ebola diagnosed in the United States in a patient who was admitted Sunday into Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas in Dallas, Texas. Before the news was official I had the opportunity to speak with Dr. Tom Frieden, Director of the CDC, and had a very informative discussion regarding the logistics of the case and the next steps the CDC is taking for containment and prevention. Since we have knowledge of the source of transmission, I have asked Dr. Frieden to thoughtfully reassess the risk of travel from Liberia in order to mitigate the threat of a future outbreak. I am confident that the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, the Dallas County Health and Human Services, the Texas Department of State Health Services, and the CDC will be thorough in their investigation of this case, provide the most effective care for the patient, and work diligently to prevent the spread of this disease to protect the people of North Texas and the United States.”


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To learn more information about this disease and preventative measures please visit the Center for Disease Control's website, www.cdc.gov

Contact information for local and national health officials

Center for Disease Control and Prevention

1-800-232-4636

Texas Department of State Health Services

1-888-963-7111

Dallas County Health and Human Services  

214-819-2000

 

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The Hill Report: Week of September 22 - 26, 2014

2014/09/26

The Hill Report
A Weekly Newsletter From Congressman Pete Sessions
Week of September 22 – 26, 2014
 
This week I enjoyed spending time in the 32nd Congressional District visiting local schools and meeting with constituents across North Texas. I always value listening to the views and concerns of North Texans and discussing important issues facing our community and country as a whole.
 
Harmony Science Academy Visit
On Monday, I was delighted to tour the Harmony Science Academy-Dallas campus and meet with teachers and students throughout the day. It was a pleasure joining the students in their classes and getting the chance to discuss their interests and learn more about their current class projects. Based in Texas, Harmony Public Schools are high performing K-12 charter schools known for their emphasis on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Last year, I was proud to join my colleagues in passing H.R. 10, the Success and Opportunity through Quality Charter Schools Act, that would strengthen the charter school program and expand access to quality charter schools by allowing replication of successful charter school models – like Harmony Public Schools – nationwide. With 11 Harmony schools in North Texas, three of which are located in the 32nd Congressional District alone, I am extremely pleased to have such a wonderful institution shaping the minds of our young North Texans.


Meeting with the Military Officers Association of America

This week I had the opportunity to meet with officers from the Military Officers Association of America. We discussed a variety of issues ranging from current legislation impacting military readiness to my commitment to ensuring our military has the resources necessary to combat the continuing threats to our security and freedom both at home and abroad. Our servicemen and women selflessly put their lives on the line to preserve our freedoms and I believe it is crucial to provide them with the means necessary to protect our great nation in an increasingly dangerous world. 



employAbility Information

Next Tuesday, the Dallas Mayor’s Committee for the Employment of People with Disabilities and I will be hosting the Fifth Annual employAbility Expo. This annual event serves as a critical resource for North Texas residents with disabilities that provides both job seekers and employers an invaluable opportunity to network with hiring representatives from more than 50 nationally recognized companies. Events such as these allow men and women with disabilities to reach their full potential and achieve their dreams. I am extremely proud to participate in this event and I have no doubt that this will be a successful event. For more information about the employability Expo, click here.

employAbility Expo
September 30, 2014
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
The Sheraton Downtown Dallas Hotel
400 N. Olive Street
Dallas, Texas 75201 - 4005
 

National Passport Awareness Month
The Bureau of Consular Affairs has deemed September “Passport Awareness Month” in order to provide helpful information and services to Americans traveling abroad. Since 2007, passport offices in the United States have been inundated with new passport applications due to the Department of State’s initiative to require passports for travel between the United States and Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Bermuda. My office is always happy to provide you with information regarding obtaining a passport or assist you with any last-minute passport problems. To learn more about how I can assist you with your passport needs, please visit my website.

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Letter to the U.S. Government Accountability Office

2014/09/23


The Hill Report: Week of September 15 - 19, 2014

2014/09/22

This week in Washington the House of Representatives passed legislation to create jobs, spur economic growth, and unleash America’s energy resources.  I proudly joined my colleagues in supporting these solutions to reignite our economy, boost job creation, and get our country back on the right track.
American Solutions: Moving towards Energy Independence and Creating Jobs
The American Energy Solutions for Lower Costs and More American Jobs Act will take major steps to expand U.S. oil and natural gas production, expedite the approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline and the export of liquefied natural gas, and prohibit the Administration from enforcing fracking regulations in states that already have their own regulations in place. This legislation also takes important steps to create an all-of-the-above American energy plan to put America on the path towards energy independence.

Congressman Sessions managing the rule on the House Floor for the American Energy Solutions for Lower Costs and More American Jobs Act and the Jobs for America Act

H.R. 4, the Jobs for America Act, is a comprehensive jobs package that combines the text of 15 House-passed bills that will restore certainty in our tax code, streamline regulations, and put Americans back to work. As our economy has been lurching towards recovery, Americans have been struggling to find good-paying jobs that gives them the financial security and certainty that they need and deserve. This bipartisan jobs bill increases employment opportunities for all Americans, provides immediate tax relief, and gives American businesses the certainty that they need to invest and grow. The House has passed over 40 jobs bills that await action in the Senate, yet the Senate has refused to vote on a single one of these measures. I call on my colleagues in the Senate to support this job creating bill and give Americans the economic relief and employment opportunities that they deserve.
 
House votes to Audit the Fed
On Wednesday the House passed H.R. 24, the Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2013. I am a proud co-sponsor of this legislation because it requires the Government Accountability Office to conduct a full audit of the Federal Reserve within one year. I join the 74 percent of Americans who are in favor of auditing the Federal Reserve and ensuring that it is being held accountable to the American people. As your Member of Congress, I remain committed to bringing much-needed transparency in our federal government, especially in regard to our nation’s monetary policy.
 
TX-32 Constituent Meetings
International Franchise Association
On Wednesday I met with representatives and constituents from the International Franchise Association to discuss important legislative initiatives to protect local small businesses from burdensome federal government regulations. Specifically, we discussed a recent National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) decision that would strip small-business owners’ autonomy to run their own franchises. This decision is concerning to me as it will ultimately change decades of established law, hurt family-owned businesses, and destroy jobs. While I recently signed on to a letter from my good friend Congresswoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC) to the NLRB urging them to reverse their decision, more needs to be done to protect American businesses and workers alike from unnecessary and intrusive government regulations designed with purely political purposes in mind.

Congressman Sessions with representatives from the International Franchise

Association

Asian American Hotel Owners Association
On Thursday I sat down with constituents representing the Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA). Over the past 25 years the AAHOA has represented thousands of entrepreneurs and small- business owners from the hospitality industry, including many first and second generation Americans. Recently, many of these businessmen and women have seen their businesses suffer because of the onerous regulations of ObamaCare and I was glad to be able to hear their concerns and answer their questions. I understand the strain that this disastrous law has put on businesses and I remain committed to dismantling, defunding, and repealing ObamaCare so that small businesses can grow and succeed.

Congressman Sessions with Texas representatives from the Asian American Hotel Owners Association

 

Hispanic Heritage Month
This month I join Americans across the nation in celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month, which is honored from September 15 to October 15. During this time, we have the opportunity to celebrate the rich heritage of Hispanic Americans and reflect upon the many contributions they have made to our great nation. Around the country and especially in North Texas, I join all Americans in celebrating the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our communities.  To learn more about the celebrations happening in North Texas throughout the month, click here

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Sessions: House Votes to Boost Energy Production & Revive Our Economy

2014/09/18

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. 2, the American Energy Solutions for Lower Costs & More American Jobs Act and H.R. 4, the Jobs for America Act:

"Today the House passed two important pieces of legislation to boost domestic energy production and jump-start the economy. The American Energy Solutions for Lower Costs & More American Jobs Act would get the federal government out of the way of our country’s energy boom. Overall, this bipartisan package of bills would lower energy prices, strengthen the economy, and reduce our dependence on foreign energy sources while paving the way toward American energy independence.

"The Jobs for America Act aims to get Americans back to work. This legislative package would restore certainty in our tax code, streamline regulations, and bring transparency to the regulatory process. The economic recovery has been too slow for too many people. At a time when American families are looking for good-paying jobs, House Republicans have put together a package of bills to help businesses begin hiring again. I urge the Senate and White House to join our effort to create jobs, cut energy costs, and reinvigorate the economy."
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Sessions: House Approves Legislation to Defeat ISIL

2014/09/17

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), Chairman of the House Rules Committee, today released the following statement regarding House adoption of an amendment offered by Chairman Buck McKeon (R-CA) to the Continuing Appropriations Resolution addressing "train & equip" authority for our military commanders in the ongoing fight to defeat ISIL:

“This amendment is an important short-term step to protect the United States and our allies from the threat posed by the terrorist group known as ISIL.  It strengthens congressional oversight of the Administration’s policies in the region by ensuring that Congress has the information it needs regarding the effort to train and equip properly vetted elements of the Syrian opposition in the fight against ISIL.  I would like to thank Chairman McKeon for his leadership in helping protect the American people and our interests abroad. I look forward to continued debate about our larger policies in Iraq and Syria as Congress works with the Administration to craft a viable and sustainable strategy that will stabilize the region.”

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Pete Sessions Statement on National Hispanic Heritage Month

2014/09/15

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 commencement of National Hispanic Heritage Month, which is honored from September 15 – October 15:

“Today marks the first day of National Hispanic Heritage Month, a month-long celebration of a rich heritage that has had an immense impact on our local community and nation as a whole. This month gives us the opportunity to pause and reflect upon the many contributions Hispanic Americans have made to our great nation, ranging from the arts, service in the military, and to their strong presence in the business community.

“Around the country and especially in North Texas, Hispanic Americans have influenced our community through their strong commitment to family, hard work, and service. Their unwavering spirit exemplifies the values that encompass the American Dream and the principles upon which our great nation was founded. This month I join all Americans in celebrating the generations of Hispanic Americans whose vast experiences and accomplishments have positively influenced and enriched our communities.” 

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The Hill Report: Week of September 8 - 12, 2014

2014/09/12

Wednesday evening President Obama addressed the nation regarding the ongoing situation with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and outlined his strategy to degrade and destroy this terrorist organization. While I am pleased that the president has finally decided to commit to attempting to destroy ISIS, his speech made it clear that he is reluctant to engage in this fight. It is vital that our president commits to doing what is necessary to protect our country.  My fear is that if our goal is to destroy ISIS entirely, our strategy needs to be more comprehensive than the strategy that the president outlined in his speech. I stand ready to work with my colleagues in the House and the President on this issue and look forward to diligently working on a comprehensive strategy to eradicate this terrorist organization and protect the American people.   
 
Congressman Sessions discussing the ongoing threat from ISIS

In my last newsletter, I asked you to share your thoughts and concerns about the growing threat of ISIS by participating in my survey. Of those of you who responded to the survey, 92% support taking action against ISIS and 88% believe that the President has not handled this situation effectively. I deeply value your feedback and like most of you, I agree that we must use the force necessary to defeat these terrorists once and for all.

This week in the House
This week in the House of Representatives, we passed legislation that holds the administration accountable for their lawless actions, reins in unnecessary regulations, and gives Americans the opportunity to keep their preferred health care plans.

House Resolution 644, Condemning the Obama Administration for releasing the Taliban Five
On Tuesday, I proudly supported a resolution that condemned the Administration for their failure to comply with the lawful statutory requirement to notify Congress before releasing the Taliban Five. Earlier this year, the Obama Administration transferred five high-level members of the Taliban from Guantanamo Bay without notifying Congress, despite the fact that the law required him to notify Congress within thirty days of releasing the prisoners. This action is another example of the President’s blatant disregard for our Constitution and his ambivalence to the rule of law. The passage of this legislation sends a strong bipartisan message that the Administration’s failure to follow the law is unacceptable. To learn more about this legislation to hold the President accountable for his lawless actions, click here.

Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act
Also on Tuesday the House of Representatives passed legislation that would stop the Obama Administration from imposing regulations over waters that are already effectively regulated at the state and local level. This executive power grab would harm local farmers and small businesses and impose unnecessary regulatory costs. I was pleased to support this legislation and remain committed to supporting bills that reduce unnecessary regulations and protects Americans from the Administration’s continued overreach.
 
Righting the President’s Wrong – If You Like Your Health Care Plan, You Should Be Able to Keep It
Thursday the House of Representatives voted to remedy the damage caused by ObamaCare. I was pleased to support H.R. 3522, the Employee Health Care Protection Act, which provides flexibility for those Americans who would otherwise be left with a health care plan that they do not want or one that they cannot afford. President Obama famously promised the American people that ‘if you like your health care plan, you can keep it.’ As we now know, that was not true and is one of the president’s many broken promises surrounding from ObamaCare. This legislation keeps that promise to the American people and protects American workers from losing their preferred health care coverage. I call on the Senate to pass this vital legislation and I remain committed to supporting measures to reduce the onerous regulations imposed by this law.  I look forward to continuing the fight to dismantle ObamaCare.  

Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce Delegation  
On Wednesday, I was delighted to meet with 15 members of the World Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce, including Chairman Emeritus Peter Ng from Dallas. We had a robust discussion about economic and trade policies and other issues of mutual importance to our two countries. Partnering with the Taipei Representative Office in Washington, the Chamber of Commerce focuses on bringing American and Taiwanese businesses together to promote bilateral trade, investment, and technology exchanges and cooperation. As the largest and most powerful economy in the world, I am pleased that the United States can partner with countries such as Taiwan to promote shared interests and economic prosperity.  
 
Congressman Sessions with Peter Ng, the Chairman Emeritus of the World Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce
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Sessions: House Votes to Help American Workers Keep Their Health Plans

2014/09/11

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. 3522, the Employee Health Care Protection Act:

"When selling his health care overhaul, President Obama famously promised the American people that ‘if you like your health care plan, you can keep it.’  That did not turn out to be true.  Last fall, millions of Americans received cancellation notices that informed them that they could not keep their preferred health care plans even if they wanted to.  This year, millions more with employer-sponsored health coverage could lose their preferred health care plans, all due to ObamaCare and its onerous regulations.    

"The Employee Health Care Protection Act would provide flexibility for those Americans who would otherwise be left with a health care plan that they do not want or one that they cannot afford.  Put simply, this bill leaves employees with a choice that ObamaCare takes away.  Under H.R. 3522, if you like your health care plan, you can keep it – just like the President promised.  I remain committed to protecting American workers from losing their preferred health care coverage and providing them with more affordable health care choices."
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Sessions: House Condemns Administration's Transfer of the Taliban Five

2014/09/09

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. Res. 644, condemning and disapproving of the Obama Administration’s failure to comply with the lawful statutory requirement to notify Congress before releasing the Taliban Five:

"The Obama Administration’s transfer of five high-level members of the Taliban earlier this year serves as another example of this President’s blatant disregard for our constitutional separation of powers. The law – passed by Congress and signed by the President – plainly requires the Administration to give Congress 30-days’ notice prior to the transfer or release of any individual detained at Guantanamo Bay. This is not a mere suggestion. The Administration is obligated by the Constitution to follow the law.  

"Further, by negotiating with terrorists, the Obama Administration has put countless American lives at risk. The House of Representatives remains committed to holding this President accountable for his lawless actions.  Today’s House vote sends a strong bipartisan message that the Administration’s failure to follow the law is not acceptable."
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The Hill Report: Week of September 1 - 5, 2014

2014/09/08

This week I was delighted to participate in events to celebrate Labor Day, meet with organizations in the district, and have thoughtful discussions with North Texans about the current issues that concern them most. Our nation is currently facing some very difficult challenges both at home and abroad and I deeply appreciate listening to the opinions and ideas of my constituents on how to best address these challenges and proceed as a country.

Labor Day
On Monday I joined fellow Texans and Americans around the country to celebrate hard working men and women for Labor Day. During this District Work Period I have enjoyed meeting with local small businesses, discussing important issues with employees from a variety of industries, and visiting the factories and manufacturing plants that are critical to our Texas economy. I am proud to represent so many hard working individuals who serve as the backbone of our community and actively strengthen our economy each and every day.

HEROES
On Tuesday, I was delighted to meet with representatives from the H.E.R.O.E.S. program to discuss their upcoming initiatives and events to promote awareness for the needs of the disability community. The H.E.R.O.E.S. program is dedicated to providing a variety of life enhancing programs to encourage and enhance vocational, social, and communications skills.

As the proud father of a 20 year old Down syndrome young man, I deeply value the efforts of these dedicated volunteers. I truly believe that this program is an excellent way to encourage these individuals to embrace and enhance their current skills and provide them with the opportunity to create a better future for themselves. To learn more about this program, click here.

The current situation with ISIS
I am closely monitoring the situation with ISIS and am deeply concerned by the atrocities this group has committed. Their horrific actions are unconscionable and we must stand strong as a nation in the face of their thuggery. I strongly urge President Obama to consult with Congress and the American people to decide the best course of action against ISIS. As we move forward on this, I will make sure to keep you updated as this situation continues to unfold.  

As your Congressman, I value the opinions of my constituents on important issues facing our community and nation. Please fill out this survey so I can learn about your thoughts on this important matter.
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Pete Sessions Statement on August Jobs Report

2014/09/05

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 August unemployment report:

“Today’s weak jobs report shows that the Administration’s anti-growth agenda continues to prevent Americans from finding job opportunities that they need and deserve. According to a recent report from the Congressional Budget Office, the labor force participation rate is the lowest it has been since the late 1970’s. In addition, the U.S. employment rate of 59 percent is still lower than the prerecession level of 62.9 percent, resulting in a gap of 10 million Americans who are still jobless. But even for the Americans who are able to find employment, 58 percent of the recovery growth is attributed to lower-wage occupations resulting in a deficit of good paying, full-time jobs.

“House Republicans understand that Americans deserve better than mediocre opportunities. Yet Harry Reid continues to refuse to allow the Senate to vote on House-passed legislation, which would create thousands of jobs and reinvigorate the American workforce. As President Obama and Harry Reid dig in their heels in defiance against our common sense economic solutions, I will continue to work hard and support legislation that gives Americans the opportunities that they deserve.”

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The Hill Report: Week of August 25 - 29, 2014

2014/09/02

I had another excellent week in the 32nd Congressional District meeting with fellow North Texans, visiting new medical facilities, and participating in discussions with Texas business leaders.
 
Meeting with National Utility Contractors Association
On Tuesday I met with representatives from the National Utility Contractors Association (NUCA) to talk about the importance of improving conditions in underground infrastructures across the United States.  We also discussed the negative effects of burdensome regulations to which member companies are subject and how these regulations are hindering their growth. I always value listening to the concerns of local members of the business community and discussing my efforts to ensure their businesses can grow and thrive.



Congressman Sessions with representatives from the National Utility Contractors Association


New Parkland Hospital Site Tour
On Monday morning I had the opportunity to tour the new, state of the art Parkland Hospital in Dallas. The new 2.5 million-square-feet campus is nearly twice the size of the current hospital and has been meticulously designed to meet the ever-changing needs of Dallas, since it is one of the largest, fastest-growing regions in the country. I am delighted to have a medical facility in Dallas that gives North Texans access to local medical care.



Congressman Sessions at the new Parkland Hospital with the new President of Parkland, Dr. Frederick Cerise and Louis Saksen, the Senior VP of New Parkland Construction



Discussions with TX-32 Business Leaders
Dallas Regional Chamber Congressional Forum
On Tuesday morning I was pleased to participate in the Dallas Regional Chamber Congressional Forum with my friends Chairman Jeb Hensarling and Congressman Ralph Hall. We addressed a variety of issues ranging from our current border security crisis, the disastrous effects of ObamaCare, and the Obama Administration’s policies that have harmed our country at home and abroad. I always enjoy sitting down with my colleagues and discussing important issues facing our North Texas community as well as our country as a whole.



Congressman Sessions participating in the Dallas Regional Chamber Congressional Forum with Chairman Jeb Hensarling and Congressman Ralph Hall

First North American Sustainable Economic Development Summit
On Tuesday afternoon I attended the First North American Sustainable Economic Development Summit to address multiple issues that are currently impacting our economy, including the importance of North American energy independence, infrastructure development, and border security. I addressed the critical nature of our relations abroad and protecting our trade relationships.



Congressman Sessions speaking at the First North American Sustainable Economic Development Summit

9th Annual National Tooling and Machining Association North Texas Chapter Dinner
On Thursday evening I spoke at the 9th Annual Dinner for the North Texas Chapter of the National Tooling and Machining Association. I was proud to present scholarships from the National Tooling and Machining Association to two very deserving students who have shown immense interest in the machining industry. After the scholarship presentation, I discussed the current state of our economy and my efforts to help facilitate a robust job market to ensure Americans have the opportunities they need and deserve.



Congressman Sessions with Randolph Goodman, Todd Ellard, and Wayne Applegate at the National Tooling and Machining Association North Texas Chapter Dinner

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The Hill Report: Week of August 18 - 22, 2014

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This week I had the opportunity to engage in a number of discussions with business leaders and meet with constituents around the 32nd Congressional District. I always value receiving feedback from members of the community and discussing issues that affect the lives and businesses of North Texans.

Roundtable Discussions With Business Leaders in the District 
On Monday I joined Congressman Kenny Marchant and Congressman Marc Veasey at the Irving Chamber Congressional Roundtable to discuss important issues facing the North Texas business community. We had a robust conversation on our efforts to secure the border, the effects of ObamaCare, Social Security reform, and a variety of other issues. I always enjoy talking through important issues with fellow Members of Congress from Texas and I believe that our discussion helped North Texans learn more about our views and work on these critical policy issues.



Congressman Sessions participating in the Irving Chamber  Congressional Round Table

On Wednesday I met with the regional executive team of New York Life to discuss current concerns facing the insurance industry and steps being taken by Congress to provide relief from burdensome regulations imposed by the Obama administration. After meeting with the executives, I sat down with the entire DFW New York Life team for an employee town hall to discuss a wide variety of issues that affect each of them. I was delighted to answer all of their questions and engage in a thoughtful discussion about issues concerning their company and the business community at large. 



Congressman Sessions talking with employees at
New York Life

CITI Meeting and Site Visit
On Monday afternoon I met with the CITI Executive Team and visited their facility in Irving. I enjoyed learning about their increased presence in the DFW area and their role in employing more than 5,000 North Texans. I also had the opportunity to tour the Security Operations Center, Command Center Operations, and the “HIVE” – the Hub for Innovation, Visualization & Engineering. I was very impressed by their state of the art campus and I am proud to have such a wonderful and innovative company in North Texas.



Congressman Sessions and Congressman Marchant with the
CITI Executive Team

Park Cities YMCA Disability Program
On Tuesday Wells Fargo donated $10,000 to the Park Cities YMCA Disability Program and I was honored to speak at the presentation of the donation.  Wells Fargo’s generous contribution will help support the adaptive aquatics program as well as Ability Connections Texas, a non-profit that helps provide a range of services for people with physical and intellectual disabilities as they strive to achieve their highest level of independence. Thanks to this donation, the Park Cities YMCA will be able to provide swimming lessons for children and adults with special needs. I deeply appreciate the generosity of Wells Fargo and their leadership in giving back to the community.  
 

Congressman Sessions with John Palms, Chairman of the Board of the Park Cities Family YMCA, Roger Moon, Executive Director of the Park Cities Family YMCA, and John Reniger, Senior Vice President for Wells Fargo

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The Hill Report: Week of August 11 - 15, 2014

2014/08/18

This week I spent time in North Texas visiting local businesses and meeting with young leaders in the 32nd Congressional District.  Additionally, on Wednesday I hosted a Town Hall meeting at which I had the chance to listen to constituents as they discuss the important issues facing our nation today.
 
DART Orange Line Grand Opening Ceremony
This afternoon I participated in the grand opening ceremony of the Dallas Area Rapid Transit’s (DART) new Orange Line. The new extension of the Orange Line will go to the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport and is part of an expansion that will increase the DART’s rail network to cover 90 miles. I am very pleased that DART has continued to expand and increase public transportation options in the Dallas area in order to provide affordable and energy-efficient transportation to North Texans.

 

Congressman Sessions participating in the grand opening ceremony of the Dallas Area Rapid Transit's new Orange Line.

General Dynamics Meeting
On Wednesday I visited the General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems facility in Garland. While I was there I met with the General Manager and learned about the products that General Dynamics provide the U.S. military for all levels of strategic and tactical operations. They shared with me their concerns regarding regulations that strain their business and hinder them from being able to plan their finances for the future. Businesses need laws that give them the certainty they need to grow their businesses, which is why I proudly support legislation that will permanently extend bonus depreciation to ensure that American companies can more easily plan for the future. I will continue to support these common sense solutions to ensure that businesses like General Dynamics will continue to thrive, create jobs, and serve as an integral part of the North Texas economy.

Texas Leadership Forum's Star Reception
On Monday I was delighted to recognize ten young men and women who achieved “Star Alumni” status for their exceptional work with the Texas Leadership Forum (TLF). These students served as mentors for the students who participated in this year’s TLF program and immensely contributed to the development of their leadership skills. I commend these individuals on their accomplishments and acknowledge their efforts to positively influence the young leaders of our community.


 

Congressman Sessions with alumni of the Texas Leadership Forum, Today Foundation President Gary Griffith, and Today Foundation Program Director Debbie Horres


Town Hall Meeting
On Wednesday, I held a Town Hall meeting where I had the opportunity to discuss my efforts to get Americans back to work, hold the Obama Administration accountable, and secure our borders. During the meeting I answered questions from constituents about border security, tax reform, the negative effects of ObamaCare, the unconstitutional acts of this Administration, and a myriad of other topics. I sincerely value the opinions of each of my constituents and always enjoy listening to the concerns of North Texans regarding issues that are impacting their families and businesses.

Congressman Sessions at the Town Hall Meeting in Dallas

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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.


Serving With

Louie Gohmert

TEXAS' 1st DISTRICT

Ted Poe

TEXAS' 2nd DISTRICT

Sam Johnson

TEXAS' 3rd DISTRICT

Ralph Hall

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

Kenny Marchant

TEXAS' 24th DISTRICT

Roger Williams

TEXAS' 25th DISTRICT

Michael Burgess

TEXAS' 26th DISTRICT

Blake Farenthold

TEXAS' 27th DISTRICT

John Carter

TEXAS' 31st DISTRICT

Steve Stockman

TEXAS' 36th DISTRICT

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