Pete Sessions

Pete Sessions

TEXAS' 32nd DISTRICT

The Hill Report: Week of August 24 - 28, 2015

2015/08/31

I was delighted to spend this beautiful week in Dallas meeting with North Texans across the 32nd Congressional District to discuss the important issues facing our communities and nation as a whole. I always value the opportunity to listen to feedback from constituents and learn how I can best represent the people of North Texas.

Town Hall Meeting
From the president’s disastrous Iran Nuclear Deal, to the horrific actions of Planned Parenthood, to our nation’s broken immigration system, our country is facing a host of issues that directly impact North Texans and all Americans. On Tuesday evening, I had the opportunity to have a robust discussion about these important issues with more than 300 North Texans at my Town Hall meeting in Richardson. We had a very productive conversation about my plans to vote against the president’s Iran Nuclear Deal, my efforts to vigorously protect all life and fight against Planned Parenthood’s appalling actions, and my new bill, the Protecting American Lives Act, to strengthen our interior enforcement and put an end to sanctuary cities.

Congressman Sessions discussing important issues with 300+ North Texans at his Town Hall Meeting

Thank you again to all of the individuals who attended and participated in the Town Hall. If you did not have the opportunity to attend, click here to receive more information on future meetings.
Texas National Guard Armory
Monday afternoon I toured the Texas National Guard Armory in Wylie and met with officers to learn more about their duties as a unit both at home and abroad.  This unit has been deployed to Afghanistan to help with the Agribusiness Development Team, to Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom, and to the Horn of Africa to assist with security and training in the area. In addition to their service abroad, these guardsmen and women were an integral component of the 2015 Operation Strong Safety to secure our southern Texas border. I thoroughly enjoyed learning more about their continued efforts in Texas and across the world and I look forward to working with them to ensure they have the resources they need to continue to succeed.
 

Congressman Sessions touring the Texas National Guard Armory in Wylie

Rowlett Lions Club
I was delighted to attend the Rowlett Lions Club meeting on Monday evening to learn more about their efforts to help kids in the North Texas community. Their chapter is focused on providing a safe, nurturing environment for the children of Rowlett and ensuring the children in our community have every opportunity to succeed and thrive.  I am extremely pleased to have such a wonderful organization in the 32nd Congressional District that is focused on strengthening our community and building our future leaders through service and leadership. 
 


Congressman Sessions with members of the Rowlett Lions Club


Visit to Texas Neurology
On Wednesday I had the opportunity to tour Texas Neurology and learn about their comprehensive care model and the work they are doing to improve the quality of life for citizens with neurological disorders not just in Dallas, but across North Texas and beyond. I am always thankful for the men and women who choose to devote their lives to caring for others, and the doctors at Texas Neurology are among those who deserve our gratitude for the services they perform. 
 


Congressman Sessions touring Texas Neurology in Dallas

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The Hill Report: Week of August 17 - 21, 2015

2015/08/21

This week I had the opportunity to travel around the 32nd Congressional District and meet with innovative North Texas companies, listen to the concerns from the business community, and discuss the important issues facing our nation with the young leaders of our community.

Zyvex Labs
On Monday I toured Zyvex Labs in Richardson. This is a groundbreaking research and development company that is working to develop atomically precise manufacturing and is currently working on an advanced prosthetic vision device to help people who are blind see again. As a staunch advocate to help those with vision impairment, I applaud this company’s commitment to creating new opportunities for those who are losing their sight.
 

Congressman Sessions listening to a presentation at Zyvex Labs

GE Business Roundtable
Tuesday morning I was pleased to participate in a roundtable discussion at the GE facility in North Texas. We had a robust discussion about my efforts to fight against onerous policies that strain their business and halt their productivity. In addition to the roundtable, I also toured the facility which produces a locomotive a day going to the BNSF and Union Pacific Railways. I thoroughly enjoyed our discussion and I look forward to continuing to working towards solutions to protect North Texas businesses from burdensome federal regulations imposed by this Administration.
 


Congressman Sessions leading a round table discussion with GE employees

IBM Tour
Tuesday afternoon I visited IBM and met with managers from several different divisions of the company to learn about how they provide solutions to businesses from small start-ups to Fortune 100s, and the challenges they face in an industry that revolutionizes itself approximately every decade. I was especially impressed with IBM’s Watson, a cognitive computer system with applications across a wide spectrum of industries, from healthcare to policing to logistics. I always enjoy learning more about the leading edge technology that is being developed and produced in North Texas.   
 


Congressman Sessions touring the IBM facility in North Texas

City of Irving Transportation and Water Summit
I believe it is critical that we continue to take care of the North Texas water supply and strengthen our infrastructure to meet the demands of our growing area. These issues are extremely important to the people of the 32nd Congressional District and I was delighted to engage in a robust discussion about these critical issues with my colleagues Congressman Joe Barton, Congressman Kenny Marchant, and Congressman Marc Veasey at the City of Irving Transportation and Water Summit.

 
Congressman Sessions participating in the City of Irving Transportation and Water Summit with Congressman Marc Veasey, Congressman Joe Barton, and Congressman Kenny Marchant

Texas Leadership Forum
As the Honorary Chair of the Texas Leadership Forum, I am always delighted to meet the new participants in the program. This program is a wonderful opportunity for young leaders to foster their leadership skills, participate in character building activities, and broaden their knowledge of our nation’s government and public policy.  I am looking forward to watching these young men and women grow as students, citizens, and leaders over the course of the next year, and hosting them in our nation's Capital next summer.

 
Congressman Sessions talking to the 2016 Texas Leadership Forum participants


REMINDER: Town Hall Meeting
Next Tuesday, August 25th, I will be holding a Town Hall Meeting at the Eisemann Center in Richardson from 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM. I look forward to listening to your opinions regarding important issues facing North Texans, and giving you an update on my new bill to strengthen interior enforcement and combat sanctuary cities as well as discuss House Republicans' efforts to balance the budget, create more jobs, and grow a healthy economy. Click here to RSVP.

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The Hill Report: Week of August 10 - 14, 2015

2015/08/17

I was delighted to meet with North Texans across the 32nd Congressional District to discuss important issues facing our economy and communities. During the August district work period I look forward to listening to constituents and learning more about how I can work on their behalves to strengthen our community and nation as a whole.

Chamber of Commerce Meetings
This week I was pleased to participate in the Richardson, Sachse, and Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce meetings. In each of these meetings I had the opportunity to discuss important issues facing the business community in North Texas. I have always been a fierce supporter of the free enterprise system and believe that we must continue to work to reduce onerous regulations on our small businesses, get government out of the way, and let the free enterprise system thrive.

Congressman Sessions participating in the Richardson, Sachse, and Dallas Regional Chambers of Commerce meetings

US Global Leadership Coalition Texas Advisory Committee
I was pleased to meet with members of the United States Global Leadership Coalition on Monday. The USGLC is a broad-based network of 400 businesses and NGOs, national security and foreign policy experts, and business, faith-based, academic and community leaders from all 50 states. They advocate for building a safer world through American leadership in diplomacy and international development in addition to defense. I appreciate the opportunity to have exchanged views with members of the USGLC’s Texas Advisory Committee.

Texas Field Manager Jonathan Fredi with Congressman Sessions

Visiting Leading Edge Facilities in North Texas
North Texas Municipal Water District Update with Congressman Johnson
Congressman Sam Johnson and I were able to visit the North Texas Municipal Water District this week to receive an update on the ongoing issues facing North Texas and many of our constituents. I have had the opportunity over the past few years to work with Congressman Johnson and the rest of the North Texas Congressional Delegation to help resolve many of these issues, including most recently the redistricting of Lake Texoma. I look forward to working with our delegation and North Texas Municipal Water District in the future.

Congressman Sam Johnson and Congressman Sessions at the North Texas Municipal Water District Water Treatment Plant

nonPareil Institute
On Wednesday I had the opportunity to tour the nonPareil Institute in Plano. Dan Selec, founder and creator of the Institute, started this program to help his son and other individuals with autism harness their technical abilities. He grew the program from an eight-person class that met in his kitchen five nights per week to a renowned program at SMU-in-Plano with 130 students. nonPareil is dedicated to providing technical training, employment, and housing to individuals diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. As the proud father of a Down syndrome young man, it was a pleasure to tour their facility and learn more about how this father developed a leading edge program to create more opportunities for his son and other individuals who have autism.

Congressman Sessions visiting the nonPareil Institute

UT Southwestern
I had the opportunity this week to tour the New Clements University Hospital at UT Southwestern Medical Center. Dr. Daniel Podolsky, M.D. and his colleagues also updated me about their proposal of a very promising form of cancer treatment: the Heavy Ion Project. I have worked with UT Southwestern during the past year to garner recognition and funding for this proposal ? one of only eight Heavy Ion centers worldwide ? and look forward to working with them on this very promising treatment in the future.

UT Southwestern staff discussing the Heavy Ion proposal with Congressman Sessions

Salesmanship Club of Dallas
The Salesmanship Club of Dallas is a service organization of more than 600 business and community leaders committed to transforming kids’ lives. For more than 90 years, the Club has powered the education and mental health programs of Momentous Institute, which works to build and repair social and emotional health for kids and families. I was delighted to discuss some of the important issues facing our country with such an outstanding group of community leaders at their lunch on Thursday.

Congressman Sessions addressing the Salesmanship Club of Dallas

RESULTS
On Tuesday, I was able to meet with members of RESULTS, a national advocacy group working to save and improve the lives of those most vulnerable in our society. I enjoyed learning about the efforts this remarkable group is undertaking in pursuit of their worthy goals of fighting poverty and reducing preventable maternal and childhood mortality.

Members of RESULTS speak with Congressman Sessions regarding maternal and child health

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The Hill Report: Week of August 4 - 7, 2015

2015/08/11

As the proud representative of the 32nd Congressional District of Texas, I am committed to serving you and assisting with various issues that may arise between you and the federal government. My staff and I are here to ensure that you have the resources you need, to act as a liaison between the citizens of Texas and the federal government, and to give you information about my work on behalf of the North Texans. My office provides several resources for you, some of which are highlighted below.

Casework
If you are encountering difficulties with a federal agency, my office can help you resolve the issue. In order to assist you, my office must have a written and signed privacy consent form from you so the federal agency we are working with can allow us to access your information.

Whether you are having a problem with Medicare, Social Security, taxes, your passport, or any other government-related issue, my office is happy to help. For more detailed information on the different casework areas, frequently asked questions, and the privacy consent form, please visit http://sessions.house.gov/index.cfm/casework or call my Dallas office at 972.392.0505.

Tours in Washington, DC
Washington D.C. is filled with many interesting and historic attractions. If you ever have the opportunity to visit the D.C. area, please feel free to contact my office so that we can arrange your visit and help make your experience in our nation’s capital memorable.

Listed below are the steps to completing a tour request form:
• Visit my website https://sessions.house.gov/index.cfm/tour-requests
• Fill in all of the required contact information and select which tours you would like to go on. Additional security information will be needed for the Pentagon tour, which you will send in after we have received your tour request form.
• In the special needs and requests box, please specify arrival and departure times, including times you are available for tours.
After we have received your tour request form, we will contact you with further instructions and information needed to secure your requested tours. We advise that you submit general tour requests at least three months in advance. If you have any questions about your visit to DC, please call my DC office at 202.225.2231.

Flag Requests
I am happy to provide my constituents with United States Flags, which are flown over the US Capitol for a special occasion. If you are interested in purchasing a flag, please visit my website at http://sessions.house.gov/index.cfm/flag-requests and follow these steps:

•Print off the Flag Request Form and fill out completely.
•Mail the completed flag request form and a check payable to “PETE SESSIONS OFFICE SUPPLY ACCOUNT” to the following address:

Congressman Pete Sessions
Park Central VII
12750 Merit Drive, Suite 1434
Dallas, Texas 75251

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Pete Sessions Statement on the July Jobs Report

2015/08/07

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 July unemployment report:

“During the first six years of the Obama Administration, federal regulators added an average of 81 new major regulations per year, saddling American families with annual costs of $10 billion a year. Just this week the President announced yet another onerous regulation that will burden businesses with billions of dollars in compliance costs, cost thousands of jobs, and raise energy prices for hard working American families. When will Democrats learn that increased regulations only stifle job creation and further harm our already struggling economy?


“While I am pleased that today’s jobs report shows that some Americans are able to find work, it is still apparent that regulatory burdens are hindering economic growth. With wages rising at the slowest pace in three decades and the labor force participation rate at the lowest points since 1977, now more than ever it is critical that we implement common sense, conservative solutions to unleash the free marketplace system and get our economy back on the right track. I remain committed to reducing unnecessary burdensome regulations and creating good paying, full time jobs for Americans across the country.”

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August Town Hall

2015/07/31

On Tuesday, August 25th I will be hosting a Town Hall Meeting in Richardson at Eisemann Center to provide you with an update on my work in Congress and to discuss House Republicans' efforts to balance our budget, hold the Administration accountable, create more jobs, grow a healthy economy. As your Member of Congress, I always benefit from hearing your thoughts on the important issues facing North Texas. If you would like to attend this meeting please fill out the form below to RSVP. Read More

Pete Sessions Congratulates Texas Leadership Forum Students on American Leadership Institute Participation

2015/07/31

Washington, DC – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX-32) joined Today Foundation President Gary Griffith in congratulating North Texas students who have participated in the American Leadership Institute, a week-long conference in Washington for members of the Today Foundation’s Texas Leadership Forum (TLF).
The American Leadership Institute provided participants with an up close look at the inner-workings of federal government operations. This year’s participants included 18 select students chosen based upon academic performance, community involvement and leadership ability.
“I’m extremely proud to once again serve as the honorary chair of The Texas Leadership Forum, which is an outstanding program for talented students in North Texas,” said Sessions. “I was delighted to get the opportunity to spend time with this year’s American Leadership Institute participants and to learn more about their interests and future goals. I am confident that their visit to our nation’s capital will help further develop their leadership skills so they can continue to positively contribute to their communities.”
The American Leadership Institute’s events included educational tours and meetings at the Capitol, Pentagon, U.S. State Department, Arlington National Cemetery, the Newseum, the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO), and Smithsonian Museums. During the week, students observed House committee hearings and attended a private speaking forum featuring several Washington leaders, including Congressman Bill Flores (TX-17), Congressman Greg Walden (OR-2), Congressman Will Hurd (TX-23), Special Agent Namon Jones of the Drug Enforcement Agency, and Colonel Dan Greenwood of the United States Marine Corp.
American Leadership Institute Participants: Ashley Ortega and Curtis Wiggins of Adamson High School; Nia Delmast and Ivan Diaz of Woodrow Wilson High School; Ruby Bui, Valeria Sanchez, and James Lopez of Irving High School; Diana Monyancha, Abighail Seghid and De’Traun Bradley of Lake Highlands High School; Cameron Ivory, Rachel Van Pamel, and Rebecca Pamel of Irving Nimitz High School; Megan Miers of of W.T. White High School; Gabriel Marez and Gaby Castillo of Molina High School; Tatyana Howard and Trevor McNeely of Jefferson High School.
The Texas Leadership Forum is a program of the Today Foundation, which seeks to foster civic involvement, leadership and character building in high school students while educating them about government and public policy. For more information about the Texas Leadership Forum and the Today Foundation, please visit www.todayfoundation.org.

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The Hill Report: Week of July 27 - 31, 2015

2015/07/31

President Obama and mayors across the country in cities like San Francisco are actively choosing to ignore our nation’s immigration laws, putting millions of American lives in unnecessary danger. In the past two years alone, this Administration has released over 70,000 convicted criminal aliens back onto the street and into our communities. This is simply unacceptable, and it needs to stop.

To fight against this growing threat to our communities, I am pleased to join my friend and colleague Senator Jeff Sessions in introducing the House companion to the “Protect American Lives Act.” This legislation would clarify state and political subdivisions requirements to communicate with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) regarding the presence of illegal aliens. Specifically, my legislation would strengthen and clarify the authority of ICE to deport illegal immigrants and prohibit Federal funds from going to State and political subdivisions who do not comply with ICE. My bill would also increase incarceration time for aliens who are deported and reenter our country and require DHS to complete an annual report determining which states and political subdivisions are “sanctuary cities.” We have seen time and time again that this president is for amnesty and supports providing legal citizenship and the rights and principles that come with that citizenship to those who have knowingly broken our nation's laws. While this legislation is a step in the right direction, please know that in the weeks and months ahead, I will continue to explore all options at our disposal that not only addresses President Obama's unilateral, unlawful, and unconstitutional actions, but also secures the border and upholds the rule of law.

REINS ACT
In the last six years, this Administration has imposed more than 180 major regulations that cost Americans an estimated $80 billion each year. These regulations have hurt American families, small businesses in North Texas and around the country, and our economy as a whole. That is why I proudly voted for H.R. 427, Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act, to ensure that no major rule or regulation becomes effective until Congress approves it. Currently, federal law allows Congress to overturn regulations with the president’s signature. This bill would empower Congress by ensuring that no major regulation can become law until Congress affirmatively approves it. This bill would strengthen the role that the American people play through their elected representatives when it comes to executive regulations that produce $100 million or more on impacts on the U.S economy, spur major increases in costs or prices for consumers, or have other significant adverse effects on the economy. Congressional oversight is essential to rein in the out-of-control Administration, eliminate unnecessary red tape, and reduce regulatory burdens on the American people.

VA Accountability Act
It has been one year since the news broke that dozens of our nation’s veterans were left to die while they waited for medical year. Since these reports have surfaced the Department of Veterans Affairs has done little to nothing to address this systemic problem and has refused to hold many of those at fault accountable. It is unacceptable that Americans who risk their lives fighting for our freedom are also at risk when they get home because of the failures at the VA. I proudly voted for the VA Accountability Act to ensure the VA has the power and ability to demote and fire employees who are underperforming or committing misconduct. The VA has an obligation to provide the best care possible for our veterans, and it is time for bureaucratic road blocks to be eliminated so that efficiency and quality of service can be improved.

AIPAC
On Wednesday I met with North Texans representing the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, also known as AIPAC, to discuss President Obama’s short-sighted nuclear agreement with Iran. Ultimately, the world becomes an unstable place when America fails to provide global leadership. In this leadership vacuum, we have seen multiple conflicts arise throughout the world that threaten our country and our allies. During this August district work period, it is imperative that we work together to halt this deal and prevent the largest state sponsor of terrorism from gaining access to nuclear weapons.

Congressman Sessions meeting with North Texans representing AIPAC

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Sessions Fighting to Protect Americans and the Rule of Law

2015/07/31

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 introducing legislation to protect Americans and our nation’s rule of law:

“President Obama and mayors across the country in cities like San Francisco are actively choosing to ignore our nation’s immigration laws, putting millions of American lives in unnecessary danger. In the past two years alone, this Administration has released over 70,000 convicted criminal aliens back onto the street and into our communities. This is simply unacceptable, and it needs to stop.

“To fight against this growing threat to our communities, I am pleased to join my friend and colleague Senator Jeff Sessions in introducing the House companion to the “Protect American Lives Act.” This vital legislation strengthens and clarifies the authority of ICE to deport illegal immigrants and prohibits federal funds from going to state and political subdivisions who do not comply with ICE. In addition, this bill would also increase incarceration time for aliens who are deported and reenter our country and requires DHS to complete an annual report determining which states and political subdivisions are “sanctuary cities.” I believe this legislation is a critical step toward ending sanctuary cities, protecting our nation’s sovereignty, and halting further illegal border crossings. I am proud to join Senator Sessions in this fight against the Administration’s lawlessness.”

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Sessions Votes to Hold the VA Accountable

2015/07/29

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), Chairman of the House Rules Committee, today issued the following statement on the House’s passage of legislation that would allow for the removal or demotion of employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs based on performance or misconduct:

“One year after news broke that dozens of our nation’s veterans were left to die while they waited for medical care, the Department of Veterans Affairs continues to refuse to hold many of those at fault accountable. It is unspeakable that Americans who risk their lives fighting for our freedom are also at risk when they get home because of the failures of the VA. The bottom line is simple: the VA should have the power and ability to demote or remove employees who are underperforming or committing misconduct. The VA has an obligation to provide the best care possible for our veterans, and it is time for bureaucratic hoops and hurdles to be eliminated so that efficiency and quality of service can be improved.”

For more information about H.R. 1994, VA Accountability Act of 2015, click here.


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Pete Sessions Congratulates North Texas Students on Leadership and Growth Program Completion

2015/07/29

Washington, DC – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX-32) today announced that 174 students from 26 area high schools have recently completed successful participation in the 2015 Pete Sessions Leadership and Growth Program (PSLGP).

Congressman Sessions, who represents the Thirty-Second Congressional District, offers the Leadership and Growth Program in Washington, DC every summer during the months of June and July. Students at the high school level participate and are given the opportunity to get an up close look at the inner workings of the federal government.

“My summer program is about engaging North Texas students and preparing them to consider, challenge and thoughtfully articulate the issues currently facing our nation,” Sessions said. “PSLGP participants have an opportunity to see Washington firsthand by observing House Committee hearings, attending program forums with government officials and Washington leaders, and touring various historical sites, memorials, and monuments around the district.”

Some of the events from the program session included educational tours of the National Portrait Gallery, the Library of Congress, and the Newseum. Students engaged in a wide range of activities, from visiting the Arlington National Cemetery and the Holocaust Museum to researching and discussing policy issues. They were also able to interact with other leaders in Washington, including

“I deeply value the opportunity to welcome students from North Texas each year to our nation’s capital,” concluded Sessions. “These young Texans are the future leaders of our great nation and I was extremely pleased to have them participate in this program.”

Students who are interested in participating in the Pete Sessions Leadership and Growth Program may contact the Congressman’s Washington, DC office at 202.225.2231 or email his Program Manager Genevieve Bresnahan at Genevieve.Bresnahan@mail.house.gov.

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House Passes REINS Act to Limit Excessive Federal Regulations

2015/07/28

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), Chairman of the House Rules Committee, today issued the following joint statement after the House’s passage of a bill requiring a joint resolution of approval by the Congress and the president’s signature before any new executive action takes effect. The bill included an amendment authored by Chairman Sessions and Congressmen Andy Barr (R-KY), Rodney Davis (R-IL) and Brad Wenstrup (R-OH) that would require analysis on the impact of federal regulations on jobs.


“President Obama’s unchecked abuse of executive power is hurting American families and our economy, and it needs to stop,” Sessions said. “Last year alone, the total cost of federal regulations are estimated to be in the hundreds of billions of hard-earned taxpayer dollars, and 72% of small businesses say regulations hurt their bottom line. It is our duty as members of the legislative branch to ensure the president’s actions do not continue to harm the country by injecting more uncertainty into the marketplace and inhibiting job growth during this time of shaky economic recovery. Our amendment takes an important step to do just that.”


“Kentucky has lost thousands of jobs due to the President’s regulatory overreach,” Barr said. “I am pleased to once again work with Congressman Sessions on this important amendment because we must hold unelected bureaucrats accountable and require administrative agencies to fully analyze the impact proposed regulations will have on jobs in the public and private sectors.”


“Constituents in my district have seen firsthand how overregulation by this administration has led to slower job growth, less full-time jobs, and fewer opportunities for Americans to get ahead,” Davis said.  “I am proud to join my colleagues in offering this amendment to put another check on federal regulations by requiring an analysis of the impact they will have on jobs.”


“Ohioans are losing jobs because of new government rules and regulations that are disconnected from the reality of our economy,” Wenstrup said. “When government bureaucrats impose new mandates on our economy, they must consider the effect on employment. I’m glad to work with Congressman Sessions to introduce this common-sense amendment.”


For more information on H.R. 427, the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act, click here.
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The Hill Report: Week of July 20 - 24, 2015

2015/07/27

This week I had the opportunity to meet with North Texans in Washington and learn more about what they feel are the most important issues facing our community and nation as a whole. Some of the issues that we discussed involved protecting our nation’s rule of law and the importance of reducing federal government overreach – which were both addressed in legislation that the House passed this week.

Upholding our Rule of Law and Reducing Regulatory Burdens
Enforce the Law for Sanctuary Cities Act of 2015
Texans and the American people are frustrated with government officials who blatantly disregard our nation’s laws. From President Obama to mayors in cities across our country, elected officials are actively choosing to ignore immigration laws, and the leaving the American people are left to shoulder the burden. Policies like executive amnesty and sanctuary cities encourage illegal immigration, and they must end.

The Obama Administration’s policies have made it easier for rogue local governments to defy federal immigration laws, which is why I proudly supported H.R. 3009, the Enforce the Law for Sanctuary Cities Act of 2015. This legislation encourages local governments to respect the rule of law as written by cutting off specific federal grants for sanctuary cities that defy immigration law. I believe that cities should not receive grants or funds from the federal government if they choose to ignore the requirements of federal law.

Improving Coal Combustion Residuals Regulation Act of 2015
I have always been a strong proponent of getting government out of the way and supporting a free enterprise system that spurs the economy through private sector job creation. Egregious government agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have placed enacted onerous regulations that have harmed job creation across the country. On Wednesday, the House passed H.R. 1734, the Improving Coal Combustion Residuals Regulation Act of 2015 that streamlines regulations and protects more than 300,000 American jobs. I proudly supported this legislation to reign in the EPA and create much needed job certainty for Americans across the country.

Welcoming Texans to the Capitol
Texas National Guard
Thursday morning I was pleased to meet with the next generation of Texas National Guard leaders, young men and women who put their lives at risk to protect American freedoms at home and abroad.  We had a robust discussion about the relationship between Congress and the National Guard and how we can best assist them as they transition from tactical to strategic leaders.  I look forward to watching these men and women continue to succeed as they continue their selfless service protecting our great nation.   

Congressman Sessions with members of the Texas National Guard

Texas Leadership Forum
This week I was delighted to welcome bright, young North Texas students to Washington D.C. who were participating in the Texas Leadership Program (TLF). TLF gives select students from the Dallas area a unique perspective of leadership, business, community involvement, and the federal government throughout the year and the ends with a conference in Washington, D.C. I always enjoy meeting with these students each year and learning more about their goals and aspirations as they continue to develop as leaders.  

Congressman Sessions with the 2015 participants of Texas Leadership Forum

Staying Connected 
In addition to my e-newsletter, you can follow me on my social media pages for the latest news about North Texas and the policy debates in Washington.  I regularly update these pages with pictures, videos, legislation the House is considering, articles, and more. 

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Sessions Applauds Passage of Enforce the Law for Sanctuary Cities Act

2015/07/23

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), Chairman of the House Rules Committee, today issued the following statement on the House’s passage of legislation which prohibits federal grants to be given to local governments unwilling to assist the federal government in enforcing measures that distinguish between residents with legal immigration status and those who lack authorization under federal law to be present in the United States:

“Laws are put in place to keep our families safe, and all Americans should be able to trust local governments to uphold the rule of law. House Republicans today passed an important piece of legislation that will cut off certain federal grants to sanctuary cities that encourage illegal immigrants to seek refuge in their communities. It is unacceptable that an estimated 350 cities across our nation are unfairly allowing illegal aliens to stay in our country, thereby completely disregarding federal immigration law, which has been weak under President Obama to begin with. I supported this bill for a simple reason - cities that choose to ignore federal immigration law should not expect to receive related federal funding.”

For more information about H.R. 3009, click here.

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Sessions Votes to Empower States, Reduce Regulatory Burdens

2015/07/22

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), Chairman of the House Rules Committee, today issued the following statement following the House’s passage of a bill to amend the Solid Waste Disposal Act allowing states to establish permit programs:

“Throughout my time in Congress, I have fought against bureaucracy and for a smaller, more streamlined government that supports private sector job creation. The legislation passed today codifies regulations put in place by the EPA and creates a more effective permitting system regarding the disposal of coal ash. This effort would create more certainty for businesses, avoid unnecessary litigation and would save approximately 316,000 jobs in the United States. Today, the House of Representatives acted to give states the ability to implement permit programs that make sense in their communities, and I applaud the passage of this important legislation.”

For more information on H.R. 1734, click here.

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The Hill Report: Week of July 13 - 17, 2015

2015/07/20

In light of yesterday's tragic shooting, I met with the following members who signed onto this letter advocating a policy change to allow our soldiers who so valiantly serve and protect us abroad to have the  capability to protect themselves at home as well. This attack highlights the growing threat of domestic terrorist attacks from what appears to be ISIS-inspired individuals on our military personnel. We must take swift action to allow our service men and women to protect themselves from increasing attacks. I would like to extend my sincere condolences to the family and friends of the four brave marines who were killed yesterday at the military service center in Chattanooga and I sincerely hope that we can prevent future tragedies by ensuring our soldiers are able to protect and defend themselves. 
Iran Nuclear Deal
I have been skeptical of President Obama's negotiations with Iran from the outset, and this week’s agreement proves that the Administration was more committed to getting any deal than they were to getting a deal that is good for the American people. I cannot support an agreement that puts our allies at risk, encourages the continued spread of terrorism, and puts the Middle East on the path towards a nuclear arms race. I will adamantly fight against this deal and any other “deal” that leads to Iran acquiring more conventional and unconventional weapons.
Legislation Passed in the House
Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2015
On Wednesday the House of Representatives passed H.R. 3038, the Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2015. I believe it is critical that we modernize and strengthen our roads, bridges, and highways to create jobs and bolster our economy. I proudly voted for this short term extension to ensure that the construction that is already in progress continues as we work towards a long term strategy that strengthens our nation's highways and public transportation programs but is also paid for in its entirety.
Providing Drought Relief to Western States
In Texas, we have been blessed with a steady amount of rain for the past couple of months. However, prior to this, drought plagued Texas as well as states across the Western United States, mainly California. This drought has had a severe impact on America's food supply, economy, and environment, which has been made worse because of bureaucratic policies based on outdated science. Our water resources have been severely mismanaged, which is why I voted for H.R. 2898, the Western Water and American Food Security Act of 2015. I am pleased that the House passed this bill in order to cut through this unnecessary red tape and provide relief to these communities.
Meetings with Texans
Wendy's
On Wednesday I was delighted to meet with small business owners who operate Wendy's fast food restaurants as a part of the quick service restaurant industry. We discussed a number of important initiatives including long-term tax reform and protecting small businesses from burdensome over-regulation. With 13 Wendy's, and thousands of quick service restaurants in the 32nd Congressional District of Texas it is vitally important to ensure these job creating engines have the certainty they need to invest, grow, and ultimately put more Americans back to work.
 
Congressman Sessions with Texas representatives from Wendy's

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
Tuesday morning I had the pleasure of meeting with two young North Texans representing the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Both girls were diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at a young age and have been actively advocating for this important cause to raise awareness and find a long term cure to diabetes.  I wholeheartedly support their efforts and applaud their enthusiasm and dedication to this critical issue.
 

Congressman Sessions with Kim and Elizabeth Roosevelt, North Texas representatives of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

National Youth Leadership Conference 
In Scouting, we learn about responsibility, duty, and aligning your actions to follow a moral code. From my days as a young Scout, to my days as a Congressman, I have always strived to practice the values that I have learned through Scouting. That is why I was delighted to speak to Scouts from across the country during their Youth Leadership Conference about the values that I hold near and dear to my heart. I have no doubt that they will continue to grow and excel in scouting and serve their communities honorably.
 
Congressman Sessions with Scouts from across the nation at the
National Youth Leadership Conference
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Letter to Secretary Ashton Carter

2015/07/17


Congress Must Act to Provide Relief to Western Communities

2015/07/16

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), Chairman of the House Rules Committee, today issued the following statement following the House’s passage of a bill to provide drought relief to states in the Western United States, mainly California:

“The historic drought across the Western United States, mainly California, has had severe impacts on America’s food supply, economy and environment. Current conditions have been made worse because of bureaucratic hurdles and policies based upon outdated science, obstructing solutions that would otherwise provide relief. Water resources have been mismanaged, and I urge the Senate take action immediately to cut through this red tape and provide relief to these communities.”

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Sessions Applauds Passage of Highway Funding Act

2015/07/15

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), chairman of the House Rules Committee, today issued the following statement following the House’s passage of a spending measure to fund federal surface and hazardous materials transportation programs through December 18, 2015:

“Strong, healthy and modern roads, bridges and highways will ensure efficiency when it comes to road travel for commuters as well as for transporting goods in order to maintain a thriving economy. With the passage of today’s bill to extend the authorization for funding this infrastructure, we will have the time we need to develop a long-term strategy that allows the construction that is already in progress to continue as we work towards a plan that and guarantees structural stability for years to come.”

For more on H.R. 3038, the Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2015, click here

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Sessions Statement on the Iran Nuclear Agreement

2015/07/14

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 on the Iran Nuclear Agreement:

I have been skeptical of President Obama's negotiations with Iran from the outset, and today's agreement proves that the Administration was more committed to getting any deal than they were to getting a deal that is good for the American people. Although I look forward to reviewing the details further as Congress gets its chance to vote on this deal, I cannot support an agreement that puts our allies at risks, encourages the continued spread of terrorism, and puts the Middle East on the path towards a nuclear arms race.

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Congressman Sessions managing the rule for the Trade

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Chairman Paul Ryan applauds Congressman Sessions' work on TPA

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Congressman Sessions introducing an amendment to cut wasteful spending in Amtrak

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

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

2015-06-03 20:06:19


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

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A Memorial Day Message from Congressman Pete Sessions

2015-05-25 15:21:02


Congressman Sessions in Turkey with the Foreign Fighter Task Force

2015-05-07 15:55:47


Congressman Pete Sessions managing the debate on the rule for two bills to reform the tax code

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Congressman Sessions talking about Texas - "The Great American Job Machine"

2015-02-06 19:25:39


Chairman Pete Sessions defending the great state of Texas

2015-02-03 18:15:08


Congressman Sessions managing the rule for H.R. 351, the LNG Permitting and Certainty Act

2015-01-30 17:45:40


Congressman Sessions on a tour of the Southwest border discussing the importance of border security

2015-01-26 15:25:51


Congressman Sessions on Inside Texas Politics discussing important issues facing our nation

2015-01-26 15:16:23


Congressman Sessions managing the rule for the legislation to fight against Obama's amnesty plan

2015-01-14 14:34:52


Congressman Sessions recognizing Dr. Kenneth Cooper for his recent accomplishment

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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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Louie Gohmert

TEXAS' 1st DISTRICT

Ted Poe

TEXAS' 2nd DISTRICT

Sam Johnson

TEXAS' 3rd DISTRICT

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

Michael Burgess

TEXAS' 26th DISTRICT

Blake Farenthold

TEXAS' 27th DISTRICT

John Carter

TEXAS' 31st DISTRICT

Brian Babin

TEXAS' 36th DISTRICT

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