Every summer during the months of June and July I am delighted to welcome North Texas high school students to Washington to participate in my Pete Sessions Leadership and Growth Program.
My summer leadership program provides North Texas students with the opportunity to expand their horizons and prepares them to consider, challenge and thoughtfully articulate the issues currently facing our nation. PSLGP participants 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.
Congressman Sessions talking with North Texas students on the steps of the U.S. Capitol
During their week in Washington, the students visit a number of historical sites including educational tours of the National Portrait Gallery, the Library of Congress, and the Newseum. In addition each program has the opportunity to participate 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 Congressman Woodall, Congressman Stivers, Colonel Joe Jones, Neil Bjorkman and Judge William Sessions.
I value the opportunity to welcome students from the 32nd District to our nation’s capital each year. I always enjoy learning about young Texans aspirations and goals as future leaders of our community. If you would like to participate in the PSLGP program next year, please contact Katherine Runkle at Katherine.Runkle@mail.house.gov or call my Washington office at 202.225.2231.
Texas Leadership Forum
In addition to PSLGP, I also welcome North Texas students from the American Leadership Institute for a week-long conference in Washington for members of the Today Foundation’s Texas Leadership Forum (TLF).
Congressman Sessions with TLF Coordinators Gary Griffith and Debbie Horres
The Texas Leadership Forum is an outstanding program for talented students in North Texas and I am honored to once again serve as Co-Chairman. It was a pleasure to welcome this year’s American Leadership Institute participants to Washington 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 and encourage them to continue to engage in their communities.
Congressman Sessions with students participating in the Texas Leadership Program
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.Read More
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions, Chairman of the House Committee on Rules, released the following statement after supporting a bill to establish a coherent national labeling standard for bioengineered food:
“Our current patchwork system for GMO labeling has created confusion and uncertainty for small businesses, producers and other individuals in the agriculture and food industry who operate across state lines. Today’s passage of the Senate amendment to S.764, GMO Labeling Requirements, is a positive step toward streamlining regulations while ensuring Americans know more about where their food comes from and how it is produced. This free marketplace solution creates a uniform national policy that creates more opportunities for producers and processors to continue to innovate and grow their businesses, and ensures Americans have access to accurate and necessary information about what they are feeding their families.”
To learn more about Senate amendment to S. 764, GMO Labeling Requirements, click here.
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions, Chairman of the House Committee on Rules, released the following statement applauding the passage of three measures that hold Iran accountable for their criminal actions:
“Today marks one year since President Obama agreed to the irresponsible nuclear deal with Iran against the counsel of Congress and the will of the American people. Despite the President’s grand promises, our world is more dangerous and Iran is more defiant, yet this administration's foreign policy strategy remains nonexistent. Instead of vowing to defeat terrorism, Obama’s White House has been relentless in their mission to provide Iran with the tools necessary to breach the laws of the international community, violate basic human rights, and illegally grow their nuclear capabilities. To negotiate with a nation that shouts "death to America” at the top of their lungs, threatens our friends and allies in Israel, and demonstrates daily a complete lack of respect for all humanity is unjustifiable. We must take a strong stand against this dangerous nation and show them that America will not waiver and we will not condone their criminal terrorist behavior. I proudly supported all three measures that the House passed this week to hold Iran accountable for their dereliction of the law, prevent American tax dollars from subsidizing their illegal actions, and protect the global financial system from funding Iran’s acts of terrorism.”
To learn more about H.R. 5631, Iran Accountability Act of 2016, click here.
To learn more about H.R. 5119, No 2H20 from Iran Act, click here.
To learn more about H.R. 4992, United States Financial System Protection Act of 2016, click here.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), chairman of the House Rules Committee, today issued the following statement after voting in favor of a bill making appropriations for the Department of the Interior, environment, and related agencies for fiscal year 2017:
“The bill that passed the House today strikes a balance between ensuring sacred natural resources in the United States are protected and reducing the amount of red-tape harming our struggling economy. It is of great importance for Congress to provide funding for fighting wildfires and addressing lead in drinking water, yet still rein in the bureaucratic overreach all too common under this administration. I proudly voted to prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from overstepping its bounds by implementing more job-killing regulations, and supported holding the agency at its lowest staffing levels since 1989. This legislation would responsibly reduce spending from the last fiscal year and preserve America’s natural and cultural heritage.”
For more information on H.R. 5538, Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017, click here.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), chairman of the House Rules Committee, today issued the following statement after voting in favor of a bill that reaffirms the protections found in the Weldon amendment and opens the courts to discriminated individuals and entities to obtain necessary legal relief. The bill amends the Public Health Service Act (PHSA) to stop the Federal Government, and any State or local government that receives Federal funds from penalizing, retaliating against, or otherwise discriminating against a health care provider on the basis that the provider does not participate in abortion:
“Today I voted to stand with the health care professionals who are unconstitutionally forced to violate their personal beliefs and provide abortions. A person’s conscience dictates who they are, how they act and what they think is right and wrong, and the founding document of our country – the Constitution – has always provided a protection for Americans to act in line with the guiding principles they hold deeply in their hearts. The Office of Civil Rights at the Department of Health and Human Services has recently acted to prove that individuals have no legal recourse to protect their rights if they are forced to participate in an abortion. This bill would provide Americans with their day in court in the unfortunate circumstance they would need it. We must not lose respect for freedom and conscience protections in health care.”
For more information about S. 304, Conscience Protection Act of 2016, click here.
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions, Chairman of the House Committee on Rules, released the following statement applauding the passage of a measure that provides police officers with more flexibility to use grants for necessary active shooter training:
“Last week in my hometown of Dallas police officers were put in a deadly situation when what started out as a peaceful protest turned to the deadliest day for police officers since the tragic events on September 11th. After meeting with the Police Chief and other members of the law enforcement community, I learned that while our officers followed protocol they need more resources to prepare for such attacks. We cannot let the men and women who selflessly put their lives on the line stand in the face of danger without every possible advantage. I am pleased that the House passed a measure from the Senate that enables policemen to provide officers with more flexibility to use funds from the Office of Community Oriented Policing Service for active shooter response training. Our law enforcement officers bravely defend us day in and day out and we must do our part to ensure we protect those who protect us.”
To learn more about the Protecting Our Lives by Initiating COPS Expansion Act of 2016, click here.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), chairman of the House Rules Committee, today issued the following statement after voting in favor of a bill to stop this Administration’s continued overreach and reassert Congress’ constitutional authority:
“The Framers of our Constitution thoughtfully and deliberately designed our system of government, creating three separate branches to maintain a system of checks and balances and prevent a centralization of power. Unfortunately, this system is being threatened and abused by a Supreme Court decision that empowered unelected bureaucrats to interpret the laws that we as lawmakers, the representative voice of the American people, have passed. This decision violated the intent of our framers by allowing federal agencies to make their own rules, including the Environmental Protection Agency justifying their egregious overreach with the Clean Power Plan, to the Federal Communication Commission’s regulatory power grab in net neutrality rules, and most recently, the guidance from the Department of Education and Department of Justice’s locker room decision.
“The facts of the case are plain and simple, unelected bureaucrats should not have the authority to interpret the law as they wish. This common sense bill will ensure that Congress, not faceless unelected bureaucrats, write the law in order to protect congressional intent, reassert our Article 1 legislative authority and rebalance the scales of power back to how the framers intended.”
For more information on H.R. 4768, Separation of Powers Restoration Act of 2016, click here.
On Thursday, July 7, 2016, the people of Dallas were shaken to the core with the tragic shooting and deliberate targeting of our local law enforcement officials. During a peaceful protest in downtown Dallas, police officers who were supporting and protecting members of the community who were peacefully assembling were met with unwarranted, deliberate violence. I am deeply saddened by these events and find it disheartening to know that there are people who want to bring harm to the men and women who selflessly put their lives on the line to protect our families and communities.
Congressman Sessions on CNN discussing the shooting in Dallas. Click here to watch the clip.
As we continue to learn more about these vicious acts, I pray that the Dallas community joins together to work through this difficult time. I know that we have a vibrant, loving community across North Texas who will join together in support of the men and women in blue. While these horrific acts have left inerasable scars, we will not rest until we bring to justice the criminals who tried to destroy the values and spirit of our community.
This weekend I will be meeting with city officials, local leaders, and local law enforcement agents to learn more about this devastating situation. I applaud the leadership of Dallas Police Chief David Brown, Mayor Mike Rawlings, and all of the Dallas city officials and leaders who have remained steadfast and strong throughout this entire situation.Read More
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions, Chairman of the House Committee on Rules, released the following statement in response to the ongoing active shooter situation in Dallas, Texas:
“Tonight I join the people of Dallas, Texas, in praying for the safety of the Dallas Police Officers and all who are in the downtown are this evening. Our police officers selflessly put their lives on the line every single day to vigilantly protect our families and communities and it is devastating to think that someone deliberately targeted our law enforcement. I will continue to monitor this situation as it continues to unfold and pray for the Dallas Police Department and the North Texas community.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), chairman of the House Rules Committee, today issued the following statement after voting in favor of a bill to provide for enhanced security of Federal information systems:
“It is an unfortunate reality that Americans have to worry about how their hard-earned tax dollars are being used by the federal government. American families deserve oversight and accountability rather than federal overreach and abuse. There are far too many stories of federal employees performing poorly but still keeping their jobs, or of taxpayer dollars being used to implement onerous and unnecessary regulations. Not one tax dollar should be wasted, and the bill that passed the House today holds the executive branch accountable, providing an important protection from waste, fraud and abuse.”
For more information on H.R. 4361, Federal Information Systems Safeguards Act of 2016, click here.
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A conservative community leader, United States Congressman Pete Sessions has combined hard work, innovative thinking, and common-sense principles to successfully represent the 32nd Congressional District of Texas.
Congressman Sessions was born on March 22, 1955 and grew up in Waco, Texas. He graduated from Churchill High School in San Antonio and went on to graduate from Southwestern University in 1978, where he now serves on the Board of Trustees. He worked for then-Southwestern Bell Telephone Company for 16 years, retiring as District Manager for Marketing in Dallas. As a businessman, he served as Chairman of the Northeast Dallas Chamber of Commerce.
Thanks to this private sector experience, Congressman Sessions understands the need to fight bureaucracy and to utilize market-driven solutions to effectively solve problems in our communities and in government.
In 1996, the people of Dallas and the 5th Congressional District sent Congressman Sessions to Washington, DC to represent them in the United States House of Representatives. In 2002, Congressman Sessions began representing the 32nd Congressional District, created from redistricting. In 2012, the people of the 32nd Congressional District called him back to Congress for his ninth term.
Congressman Sessions is a stalwart defender of U.S. homeland and national security interests, as well as the men and women who defend them. As the parent of a child with Down syndrome, he is a passionate advocate for people with disabilities. Congressman Sessions also believes that taxpayers deserve results from their government, and he has pursued common-sense, market-based reforms to help government operate more efficiently.
Congressman Sessions pursues his goals on these and other issues through his work on various Congressional committees and caucuses. He serves as the Chairman of the powerful House Committee on Rules, which is best known for its role as the legislative gatekeeper. In 2008 and 2010, he was elected by the House Republican Conference as Chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee.
Congressman Sessions is an Eagle Scout and a former Scout Master for 13 Eagle Scouts. He is a recipient of the National Distinguished Eagle Scout Award and is a member of both the National Eagle Scout Association’s national committee and the Executive Board of the Circle Ten Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
Congressman Sessions is married to Karen Sessions. He is the proud father of two sons, Bill and Alex, and three stepsons, Conor, Liam and Nicholas. Congressman Sessions resides in Dallas, Texas and continues to be active in his community where he is an Adopt-A-Shoreline Team Leader in the effort to maintain White Rock Lake in Dallas and an Advisor to the President of Special Olympics Texas.
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