Pete Sessions

Pete Sessions

TEXAS' 32nd DISTRICT

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

2014/08/25

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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August Town Hall Meeting Presentation

2014/08/14


The Hill Report: Week of August 4 - 8, 2014

2014/08/08

This week marked the beginning of a month-long recess in the House of Representatives, which means that I will be able to spend August back home meeting with constituents in the 32nd District. I look forward to visiting local businesses and talking with North Texans about the issues that are most important to them.

Town Hall Meeting
Next Wednesday, August 13th, I will be holding a Town Hall Meeting at 7:00 pm at the Fellowship Bible Church of Dallas. I am looking forward to updating North Texans on my efforts to secure our border, bolster our economy, create more jobs, and hold the Obama Administration accountable. Town hall meetings are always a wonderful way for me to engage in robust conversations with my constituents and listen to their thoughts on the important issues facing our community and our nation. If you would like to attend the meeting, please RSVP here.

Dallas Town Hall Meeting
Wednesday, August 13th at 7:00 pm
Fellowship Bible Church of Dallas
9330 North Central Expressway
Dallas, TX 75231-5010

Congressional Collegiate Internship Program
This week was the last week of my summer internship program for college students. I was delighted to have 36 interns in my Washington, D.C. office over the course of the summer. I appreciated their hard work and dedication as they assisted my staff, led tours of the US Capitol for constituents, and attended House and Senate Committee hearings. These extremely bright and motivated students were an asset to my team and I am very grateful for all of their hard work.
Congressman Sessions' 2014 summer interns

If you or someone that you know is interested in participating in next year’s summer internship program, please contact my Intern Coordinator, Genevieve Bresnahan, or visit my website for more information.

Office Services
As your Member of Congress, I am committed to serving and assisting you with various issues that may arise between you and the federal government. My staff and I are here to ensure that we act as a liaison between the citizens of Texas and the federal government. My office provides several resources for you, such as assisting you with any difficulties with a federal agency, providing constituents with United States flags for special occasions, and giving tours of the United States Capitol. If you are interested in any of these services please visit my website or call my Dallas office at 972.392.0505.
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Sessions: House Approves Legislation to Alleviate Border Crisis

2014/08/04

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. 5230, Making Supplemental appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2014, and H.R. 5272, To prohibit certain actions with respect to deferred action for aliens not lawfully present in the United States:

"The United States is facing an unprecedented crisis on our southern border.  In recent months, nearly 60,000 unaccompanied children have entered the United States illegally, most of whom have come into our country through the Texas-Mexico border.  This dire situation threatens the rule of law.

"That is why the House passed legislation today that would immediately provide targeted funding to help our law enforcement officials deal with our existing problems on the border.  Additionally, I am glad that the House approved a measure that would stop the President from using taxpayer dollars to expand the DACA program.

"As a Texan, I recognize the stress that the border crisis is placing on our cities, schools, and hospitals.  While it is vital that we address the humanitarian issues that have come with this crisis, we must secure our borders and halt the flow of illegal immigrants into our country.  I believe that the two bills that passed the House today are a good first step, and I call on the Senate to vote on these bills to help secure our border."

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The Hill Report: Week of June 28 - August 1, 2014

2014/08/04

The Border Crisis
Our nation is currently facing an unprecedented border crisis. Yesterday the House acted to address the urgent needs of our law enforcement personnel to strengthen our border security, enforce our law, and help stem the tide of illegal immigration in the future. 

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Congressman Sessions managing the rule on the House Floor for the two border security bills

The two bills that the House passed on Friday would ensure that we provide the resources necessary to put an end to this crisis while changing the policies that are leading more and more people to come into our country illegally.  Specifically, the legislation would provide $659 million for border security, the enforcement of existing laws, illegal immigration prevention, and humanitarian assistance.  Another $70 million would be available to bolster National Guard resources at the US-Mexico border.  The money for these funds would be cut from other programs in the federal government, meaning that this plan does not add a dollar to the deficit.  Additionally, the legislation would make important changes to a 2008 trafficking law and would halt the President’s DACA policy. To listen to my remarks on the House Floor, click here

My House Resolution to Authorize a Lawsuit Against the President
At the beginning of this Congress, I took an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States.  This week the House of Representatives took an important step in fulfilling our oath when we passed the House Resolution that I authored to authorize a lawsuit against President Obama for failing to faithfully execute the law. 

lawsuit                     Congressman Sessions managing the debate on House Resolution 676

This lawsuit seeks to ensure that Congress is able to continue to play its role in writing the laws that govern our nation. Unfortunately, the President has ignored the Congress and changed the law without following the constitutional process.  That is why the President’s system of unilateral governance must be stopped.  I am very pleased that the House of Representatives has taken action to defend the Constitution to ensure that the laws on which our nation was founded are protected. 

ABLE Act Update
On Thursday the House Committee on Ways and Means held a hearing on the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (ABLE) where it passed with a bipartisan vote. This is a critical step forward for this important legislation that will help families with children with disabilities save for their long-term care. Ensuring a sound financial future for our loved ones with disabilities is of the utmost importance and I strongly believe that we should allow them to have the same tax-free savings accounts as others in order to plan for their future. 

I am delighted that the ABLE Act has gained the momentum and attention that it deserves. My colleagues in the House of Representatives and the United States Senate have worked fervently for the past eight years to pass this legislation that will achieve our common goal of providing individuals with disabilities a better way to plan and save for their future. 

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Pete Sessions Statement on July Jobs Report

2014/08/01

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:

“While it is always welcome news when additional Americans are able to find work, all Americans deserve the opportunity to find good-paying, full-time jobs. The Obama Administration has repeatedly promised a big economic recovery, but it has taken six years to see any real signs of reliable economic growth. The American people should not have to wait more than half of a decade for consistent job creation and growth.

“House Republicans understand what it takes to create a robust economy. We have sent dozens of pro-growth jobs bills to the Senate where they remain buried on Harry Reid’s desk. The Senate’s inaction on the priorities of the American people is simply unacceptable. I remain committed to fighting for common sense solutions that will reinvigorate the economy and give Americans access to the jobs that they need and deserve.”


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Pete Sessions Applauds Bipartisan Legislation that Improves Veterans' Care

2014/07/30

Washington, DC – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX-32), Chairman of the House Rules Committee, today released the following statement regarding House passage of the Conference Report to Accompany H.R. 3230, the Veterans’ Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014:

As we continue to uncover the truth surrounding all of the allegations against the VA, the House of Representatives recognizes that this is a critical issue that requires our immediate attention. That is why we have agreed upon a solution that will provide timelier health care to veterans, hold the VA accountable for their actions, and help the department recruit more doctors and health care professionals to provide our veterans with the care that they deserve. I proudly supported this bipartisan legislation to ensure that our veterans, who have selflessly fought to protect our nation, have the services that they need and the benefits that they deserve.

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Sessions Applauds Legislation to Expand the Child Tax Credit for Middle Class Families

2014/07/25

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. 4935, Child Tax Credit Improvement Act of 2014:

"Over the last ten years, the average annual cost of raising a child has increased dramatically, yet the child tax credit has not increased one dollar. That’s why today the House passed legislation to provide commonsense reforms to ensure that the child tax credit keeps up with the rising cost of living.  The legislation also smartly eliminates the current marriage penalty within the credit. As real wages continue to fall, House Republicans will continue to fight to ensure that American families can keep more of their hard-earned paychecks."

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The Hill Report: Week of July 21 - 25, 2014

2014/07/25

This week the House of Representatives passed two pieces of legislation that would strengthen higher education and make college more affordable.  H.R. 4984, the Empowering Students Through Enhanced Financial Counseling Act, and H.R. 3136, the Advancing Competency-Based Education Demonstration Project Act, will bolster our education system by bringing clarity to the process of paying for college and updating our education policies to prioritize what students learn instead of how much time that they sit in class.  

Texas Delegation Letter to President Obama
On Thursday I joined my fellow Texas Republican colleagues in sending another letter to the President urging him to enforce our immigration laws and restore order on the Southern Border. As this border security crisis continues to unfold it is imperative that President Obama starts enforcing our immigration laws in order to put a stop to the influx of illegal children and criminal aliens flooding our borders.

Texas Republicans understand what it takes to secure our borders. That is why we suggested measures such as suspending any Executive Orders that weaken enforcement of our immigration laws, ending the President’s catch-and-release policy, improving cooperation with local law enforcement, and expediting the processing and deportation of illegal immigrants. I remain committed to supporting legislation that ends the President’s ineffective policies, such as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, and enforcing common sense solutions that will secure our borders.

International Management Facility Association
Thursday morning I participated in the International Management Facility Association’s 9th Annual Public Policy Forum. I had the opportunity to speak with individuals from across the country about the necessity of getting Washington out of the way of the free market so that it can thrive and grow. It is critical that we reduce onerous regulations that hinder job growth and promote policies, such as a permanent extension of bonus depreciation, that allow businesses to flourish. I understand the importance of giving companies the certainty that they need so that they can manage their finances and plan for the future. I will continue to fight for measures that will provide our nation’s job creators with the policies that they need to expand their businesses and create new jobs for the American people.

Congressman Sessions talking at the International Management Facility Association's 9th Annual Public Policy Forum

Texas Leadership Forum
This week 21 exceptional students from the 32nd District participated in the Texas Leadership Forum in Washington, D.C.. This program gives select students from the Dallas area an opportunity to spend a week in Washington to learn about the inner workings of the federal government so that they can better understand the importance of leadership, personal development, and community involvement.

Congressman Sessions discussing important policy issues with participants of the Texas Leadership Forum

I had the pleasure of spending the evening with these students and discussing a variety of issues ranging from foreign policy to my role as Chairman of the House Rules Committee. I always enjoy robust discussions about current events with students and discovering the perspectives and aspirations of young citizens in my district. I applaud their achievements and commend them on participating and completing the Texas Leadership Forum.

To learn more about the Today Foundation and the Texas Leadership Forum, visit http://todayfoundation.org/

The Pete Sessions Leadership and Growth Program
For the past 17 summers, I have welcomed North Texas students to Washington for the Pete Sessions Leadership and Growth Program (PSLGP). This summer more than 160 students from 28 area high schools participated in the program. The summer is one of my favorite times of the year because it gives me a chance to meet with young Texans participating in PSLGP and learn about their goals as future leaders of our community.

During the four summer sessions, students research and discuss policy issues while taking time to visit the Capitol, the Library of Congress, and the various museums and monuments that Washington has to offer. The students also met with some of our nation’s leaders, including Congressman Louie Gohmert (TX-1), Congresswoman Kristi Noem (SD-AL), and Colonel Dan Greenwood of the United States Marine Corps.

Congressman Sessions with students from the 32nd District

If you know of a student in the 32nd Congressional District that would be interested in participating in the 2015 PSLGP program, please have them contact my Washington, DC office at 202.225.2231 or email Genevieve Bresnahan at Genevieve.Breshnahan@mail.house.gov
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Sessions Praises Bipartisan Legislation to Strengthen Higher Education

2014/07/24

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), Chairman of the House Rules Committee, today released the following statement regarding this week’s House passage of H.R. 3136, the Advancing Competency-Based Education Demonstration Project Act, and H.R. 4984, the Empowering Students Through Enhanced Financial Counseling Act:


"The United States is home to the best higher education system in the world.  However, too many young Americans face unnecessary hurdles when it comes to the ever-increasing cost of college, the weight of student loan debt, and other complexities that act as barriers to higher education.  This week I was proud to support bipartisan legislation to help more Americans overcome these burdens and pursue a college education.


"The bills passed this week will provide students and their parents with the tools and information that they need to make informed borrowing decisions.  In addition, this legislation would deliver flexibility to higher education institutions that want to provide students with a more personalized and affordable education experience."
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Sessions: Court Agrees the President Cannot Unilaterally Change the Law

2014/07/22

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), Chairman of the House Rules Committee, today released the following statement applauding the decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit on President Obama’s executive overreach regarding the Affordable Care Act:

"I applaud today’s D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that the Obama Administration cannot unilaterally ignore or change the plain wording of laws passed by Congress.  This ruling is a blow to the Administration, and it reflects the President’s repeated failure to faithfully execute the law.  

"This President and future presidents must not be allowed to circumvent the Congress and our constitutional lawmaking process.  As a Member of Congress, I swore an oath to protect and defend our Constitution.  That is why I look forward to chairing a Rules Committee meeting this week in which we will consider authorizing a lawsuit to defend our Constitution and protect against further executive overreach."

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The Hill Report: Week of July 14 - 18, 2014

2014/07/21

This week the House Rules Committee held a hearing on the draft resolution that would provide authority to initiate a lawsuit on behalf of the House of Representatives against the President for failing to carry out his constitutional duties. All elected federal officials take an oath to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution and it is our duty to ensure that  it is vigorously protected. I believe that authorizing this lawsuit is a necessary step to hold the President accountable for failing to faithfully execute the law.  Our Constitution requires that the Congress write the law and the President execute the law.  Instead of following the requirements of the Constitution, this President, on a number of issues, has tried to combine the power to write the law with the power to execute the law in his hands and his hands alone.  This executive overreach cannot stand.


Congressman Sessions delivering his opening statement during the House Rules Committee hearing on the GOP lawsuit against President Obama

Upholding our system of laws and separation of powers is not a partisan issue. If Congress doesn’t act now, I fear the damage to our Constitution and to our Republic will be irreversible. I will continue to defend the ideals and values penned by our Founding Fathers and ensure that each branch of government stays within the parameters of their constitutional powers. To watch my opening statement from this week’s hearing, click here.

Legislation Passed This Week
On Wednesday the House of Representatives passed the 2015 Financial Services Appropriations Act. This common-sense legislation prioritizes effective financial programs, streamlines funding for the federal government, and reigns in the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). It cuts total funding for the IRS by $341 million, prohibits the IRS from targeting Americas for exercising their First Amendment rights, and stops funding for further implementation of ObamaCare. I proudly supported this pro-growth legislation because it efficiently invests in programs essential to the financial health of our country and enforces regulations on government agencies that continue to work inefficiently and unlawfully such as the IRS. 

On Thursday the House passed H.R. 4719, the America Gives More Act. Americans have a long history of giving back to their communities and helping those in need. This legislation reaffirms that tradition by permanently codifying provisions in the tax code that encourage and promote charitable giving. Each of these provisions will help philanthropic organizations continue to serve their communities, this nation, and the world. I believe it is imperative that we continue to give private charities the opportunity to provide for those in need instead of putting their care solely in the hands of the federal government.

National Down Syndrome Society Caring for Congress Event
Wednesday night I was delighted to attend the National Down Syndrome Society’s 10th Annual Caring for Congress event. This event brought Members of Congress and advocates from across the nation together to celebrate the passage of the ABLE Act and to discuss the ongoing initiatives of NDSS to ensure individuals with disabilities have the best quality of life possible.

Congressman Sessions with Congressman Ander Crenshaw, Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers, and Senator Richard Burr at the Caring for Congress event


As the proud father of a young man with Down syndrome, I am pleased to support such a wonderful organization and I will continue to ensure these individuals have the opportunities they deserve to grow and develop to the best of their abilities.

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Sessions Supports Legislation to Boost Charitable Giving

2014/07/17

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. 4719, the America Gives More Act:

"The United States has a long history of helping those in need. Whether working with civic organizations, volunteering their time with local groups, or donating their money to support charities, Americans have always made helping others a priority. Today I was proud to support legislation that reaffirms that long-held tradition by permanently codifying provisions in the tax code that encourage and promote charitable giving.

"Each of these provisions has proven to increase charitable contributions and will greatly help philanthropic organizations continue to serve their communities, this nation, and the world.  I have long believed that private charities do a better job than the federal government in providing for those in need.

"I want to thank the Members of the Ways and Means Committee for their diligent work on this important legislation and I look forward to continuing to work with them on future initiatives that help more Americans give freely to their fellow citizens."
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Pete Sessions Statement on Permanently Extending Bonus Depreciation

2014/07/11

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. 4718, To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modify and make permanent bonus depreciation:

"One of my top priorities in Congress is to provide our nation’s job creators with the policies that they need to expand their businesses and create new opportunities for American workers.  Bonus depreciation is an important tool in spurring this economic growth, yet its temporary status in the tax code creates needless uncertainty for American companies.  Today the House passed legislation to alleviate this burden.

"By making bonus depreciation permanent, American companies can more easily plan for the future and manage their finances.  Additionally, by incentivizing the purchase of new equipment, this policy encourages domestic investment, which will in turn increase productivity, create new jobs, and grow the economy.  With unemployment at stubbornly-high numbers, and record-low participation in the workforce, Congress should take every action possible to boost private-sector investment and job growth."

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The Hill Report: Week of July 7 - 11, 2014

2014/07/11

This week the House passed legislation that will ease the burden on American businesses, give people more opportunities to find employment, and put our economy on the fast track to full recovery. House Republicans remain committed to giving the American people the robust economic growth that they need and deserve.

Legislation Approved This Week
On Thursday the House passed H.R. 803, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, which will reform our nation’s current workforce training system in order to make it more effective, modern, and accountable. At a time in which Americans are having trouble finding work, it is crucial that opportunities be available for individuals to improve themselves and remain competitive in the ever changing workforce. This legislation will promote the training programs necessary to help place American workers in American jobs, and take an important step towards increasing job opportunities for all Americans – especially those with disabilities. I proudly joined my colleagues in the House in supporting this legislation and will continue to support the development of all Americans.

On Friday the House passed another piece of pro-business legislation that makes bonus depreciation permanent. Bonus depreciation encourages companies to purchase new equipment and make domestic investments that will in turn increase productivity, spur GDP growth, and create new opportunities for millions of Americans. A permanent extension of bonus depreciation would make it easier for American companies to plan for the future and responsibly manage their finances. This common sense legislation will allow American companies to become more competitive and create more good-paying jobs. To read more about this bill, click here.

The President’s Visit to Texas
On Wednesday the President came to Dallas to meet with Governor Perry to discuss his so-called solutions for our current border crisis. Unfortunately, the problem is one of the President’s doing and his policies will not put an end to this crisis. Instead of proposing productive solutions, President Obama has requested $3.7 billion dollars to enforce policies that have not worked.

Unfortunately, the President’s refusal to enforce the law has encouraged immigrants to unlawfully seek refuge in our country. That is why I remain committed to ensuring that our borders are secure by supporting thoughtful legislation that guarantees efficient use of taxpayer dollars and repairs our severely broken immigration system.

Boy Scouts of America Leadership Conference
This week I welcomed more than 80 scouts from around the nation to the Capitol for their annual leadership conference. These young men and women come to Washington, DC each year to learn more about service to their country, leadership, and personal growth. As a proud Eagle Scout, I am always delighted to mentor and talk with these young individuals about the importance of service, character and courage. I am confident they will grow in their roles as scouts and serve their communities with distinction.
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Sessions: House Will Defend the Constitution Against Presidential Overreach

2014/07/10

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), Chairman of the House Rules Committee, today released the following statement regarding the unveiling of a draft House resolution to authorize a lawsuit on behalf of the House of Representatives regarding the President’s refusal to abide by his oath of office and faithfully execute the law as required by the Constitution:

"Today we released a draft resolution to authorize the initiation of a lawsuit on behalf of the House of Representatives for the President’s refusal to faithfully execute the law with respect to the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. We do this in order to uphold our oath to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution.  It is the same oath the President has taken, and yet, time and again he has circumvented the American people and their elected representatives.  

"The President’s failure to uphold his oath dangerously shifts the balance of power away from what the Founding Fathers intended and the Constitution requires.  Congress’ ability to effectively represent the American people is severely restricted when the executive unilaterally chooses to create its own laws. Further, the President’s actions undermine the rule of law which enables a fair and functioning society in which individuals may invest and businesses may create jobs that help our economy grow.

"Upholding our system of laws and separation of powers is not a partisan issue.  Anyone who believes in checks and balances should be concerned with the President’s unconstitutional exercise of power.  

"That is why the Rules Committee will take a thorough, deliberative approach when considering this resolution to ensure that we hear all sides of the issue, engage in vigorous debate, and help the House of Representatives as it moves forward to defend the Constitution. If Congress doesn't act now, the erosion of legislative power will continue, and the damage to our Constitution and to our Republic will be irreversible."

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Pete Sessions Statement on President Obama's Visit to Dallas

2014/07/10

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX-32), Chairman of the House Rules Committee, today released the following statement regarding President Obama’s visit to Dallas:

Yesterday President Obama stopped in Dallas where he discussed the ongoing crisis at the border and his ideas for how to solve it.  Unfortunately, the problem is one of his own doing and his so called solutions are not sufficient to put an end to this crisis.  Instead of proposing productive solutions, President Obama has requested $3.7 billion dollars to enforce policies that have not worked.  Instead of throwing more money at the problem, we should solve our underlying problems at the border and put an end to this crisis once and for all.

The President’s refusal to enforce the law and his unilateral changes to existing law have encouraged immigrants to unlawfully seek refuge in our country.  As a Texan, this issue hits very close to home as our state is left to deal with the ramifications of this Administration’s irresponsible actions.  I remain committed to ensuring that our borders are secure by supporting thoughtful legislation that guarantees efficient use of taxpayer dollars and repairs our severely broken immigration system.  

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Pete Sessions Applauds the Passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

2014/07/09

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX-32), Chairman of the House Rules Committee, today released the following statement regarding the passage of H.R. 803, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act:

“I am extremely pleased with the bi-partisan passage of H.R. 803, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, which will reform and streamline our nation’s current workforce training system in order to make it more effective, modern, and accountable.  This legislation will promote the training programs necessary to help American workers acquire the skills that they need to compete for in-demand jobs, reduce unnecessary bureaucracy and streamline government programs in order to help place American workers in American jobs, and take an important step towards increasing job opportunities for all Americans - especially those with disabilities.

“As the father of a young man with Down syndrome, I understand the importance of providing individuals with disabilities opportunities in the workplace.  The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act will advance employment options for these individuals and give them the opportunity to receive the training necessary to succeed in today’s economy.  I proudly joined my colleagues in the House in supporting this job-creating legislation and will continue to support the development and advancement of individuals with disabilities.”
 
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The Hill Report: Week of June 30 - July 4, 2014

2014/07/07

Today families and friends across America gather in celebration of our country’s independence. This is a special day to reflect on the freedoms that we enjoy day in and day out and the brave men and women who safeguard these liberties and fight to protect and defend our great nation.

Congressman Sessions talking with constituents at the Sachse Red, White, and Blue July 4th Parade.

On Thursday I was delighted to participate in the 7th Annual Sachse Red, White, and Blue July 4th parade.  As the celebration continues today, I will attend the Park Cities Rotary Club 4th of July Parade, City of Garland’s 4th of July Celebration, the Downtown Rowlett 4th of July Celebration, and the City of Richardson ‘Family 4th Celebration.

I am looking forward to seeing the constituents of the 32nd District at these celebrations and thank you to all of the outstanding volunteers who made these special events possible. To view all of my pictures from today’s 4th of July celebrations, please visit my Facebook page.
 
Hobby Lobby Case
This week the Supreme Court’s decision in the Burwell v. Hobby Lobby case was a victory for the American people and yet another rebuke of the Obama Administration. The case addressed whether the ObamaCare “contraceptive mandate” infringes on Americans’ rights under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act – bipartisan legislation that has been in place for the past 20 years to protect the religious freedom of all Americans. This ruling reaffirms the principles of the First Amendment and safeguards religious liberty by exempting closely held corporations from mandates that violate their religious beliefs. I am pleased that the Court ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby and took a stand against the Administration’s blatant disregard for the law. To read more about the Supreme Court’s decision, click here.

Immigration
Our nation is currently experiencing an influx of unaccompanied alien children into our country due to the Obama Administration’s refusal to enforce our nation’s border security laws. The number of minors illegally entering our country has grown from 20,000 in 2009 to an expected 70,500 in 2014 due to President Obama’s failed immigration policies. As Texans, this issues hits very close to home as our state is left to deal with the ramifications of this Administration’s irresponsible actions.

This week Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins announced plans to accommodate up to 2,000 illegal unaccompanied minors. While my heart sincerely goes out to these children, I believe that we need to find permanent solutions to repatriate these individuals back to their home countries. That is why I joined 33 of my colleagues in the House of Representatives in sending  a letter to President Obama calling on him to put an end to his Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program as well as other policies that reward individuals who come into our country illegally. This crises deserves our immediate attention and America deserves a thorough and productive solution to securing our border and guaranteeing the enforcement of our immigration laws.I remain committed to putting forth common-sense solutions to mitigate this crisis and repair our broken immigration system. 
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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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