Pete Sessions

Pete Sessions

TEXAS' 32nd DISTRICT

The Hill Report: Week of November 17 - 21, 2014

2014/11/24

Last night President Obama announced plans to use an executive fiat to grant blanket amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants.  The President’s unilateral action is a blatant abuse of power that disregards the Constitution.  Remarkably, the President is acting in a way that he himself admitted he could not do just a few years ago.  In refusing to work with Congress, the President has poisoned the well for any opportunity for real reform, undermined the rule of law, and ignored the wishes of the American people.

As a proud Texan, I understand the need to reform our broken immigration system. However, the President’s plan will only make a dangerous situation at the border worse. Individuals who have followed the law and gone through our immigration system the right way deserve better than this.  If the President wants real reform, he should listen to the voice of the American people through their elected representatives in Congress and follow the constitutional law making process instead of unilaterally ruling behind the guise of executive power.

I believe for true immigration reform to be effective we must first and foremost secure our borders, strengthen interior enforcement, and prosecute and deport criminal aliens who are currently in the United States. I remain committed to vigorously working with my colleagues in the House of Representatives and the Senate to offer real meaningful solutions that address the problems of our severely broken immigration system.

Legislation passed this week in the House of Representatives
This week the House of Representatives acted to pass legislation that would provide much needed reform to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and that would help spur robust job growth in our manufacturing sector. 

On Tuesday the House passed H.R. 1422, the EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act, to ensure unbiased and balanced participation on the panel that provides the foundation for costly EPA regulations. On Wednesday the House passed H.R. 4012, the Secret Science Reform Act, which would require the EPA to base its regulations on science that is available to the public and subject to independent review. These two bills would serve as a critical step to create greater transparency in the federal government and ensure that taxpayer dollars are being used efficiently and effectively.

On Thursday the House passed H.R. 4795, the Promoting New Manufacturing Act. Recently our country has seen a historic expansion in our energy sector, which has created a historic opportunity for a manufacturing boom. Increased manufacturing projects would generate much-needed economic investment and create thousands of good-paying jobs for hard-working Americans. However, investment in such projects has been hindered due to burdensome regulations and unnecessary red tape imposed by the EPA’s lengthy preconstruction permitting process. H.R. 4795 would cut through the red tape, create a more efficient and transparent process, and get government out of the way  in order to jumpstart new manufacturing projects and create much-needed jobs.

Meetings with Students
On Tuesday I met with North Texas students participating in AIPAC’s Schusterman Advocacy Institute High School Summit in Washington, D.C. Each year AIPAC selects student leaders from around the country to participate in a national leadership conference. Students learn about the American political process and interact with Washington policy makers. I was impressed with the student’s articulate questions and delighted to see their interest in actions that the House of Representatives has taken which would support our ally, Israel. As we move forward in the fight against terrorism both in the Middle East and around the world please know that I remain a steadfast supporter of the Jewish State and committed to maintaining and protecting our nation’s ties with Israel – our strongest ally in the Middle East.

Congressman Sessions meeting with students participating in AIPAC's Shusterman Advocacy Institute High School Summit in Washington, D.C.

Wednesday afternoon I had the opportunity to meet with students from universities across the nation participating in the Washington Semester Program at American University. I enjoyed speaking with them about my role as Chairman of the House Rules Committee and explaining the Committee’s role in the legislative process. It is always a pleasure to hear the perspectives of the young leaders in our communities and to see their enthusiasm to participate in our nation’s democratic process.

Congressman Sessions talking with students from the Washington Semester Program at American University

North Texas Crime Commission
Monday night I had the pleasure of taking members of the North Texas Crime Commission on a tour of the Capitol. After the tour the group visited my office and we had a very productive discussion about the importance of law enforcement and the initiatives which keep the North Texas community safe. I always enjoy their annual visit and discussing their noteworthy work in the 32nd Congressional District. To learn more about their efforts, click here.

Congressman Sessions meeting with the North Texas Crime Commission in a hearing room in the Capitol

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Sessions: House Acts to Jumpstart New Manufacturing

2014/11/20

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. 4795, the Promoting New Manufacturing Act:

“Due to the historic expansion of American energy in recent years, the U.S. manufacturing sector is poised for a robust resurgence.  A manufacturing boom would generate much-needed economic investment and create thousands of good-paying jobs for hard-working Americans. Unfortunately, onerous federal policies and regulations have slowed potential economic growth.  Specifically, the Environmental Protection Agency’s lengthy preconstruction permitting process is filled with red tape that creates unnecessary burdens on American businesses and keeps them from hiring new workers. 

“Today the House passed a bill to reform the EPA’s broken permitting process that is holding back our economy.  H.R. 4795 would make this process more efficient and transparent in order to help facilitate the creation of manufacturing projects.  By helping to get government out of the way of an oncoming manufacturing boom, House Republicans will continue the fight to jumpstart new manufacturing projects and create good-paying jobs sooner rather than later.” 

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Pete Sessions Responds to President Obama's Use of Executive Fiat to Grant Blanket Amnesty

2014/11/20

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), Chairman of the House Rules Committee, today released the following statement in response to President Obama’s plan to unconstitutionally use executive fiat to grant blanket amnesty:

“President Obama’s decision today to unilaterally grant blanket amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants is an egregious abuse of power that blatantly disregards the Constitution. Blanket amnesty by executive fiat sets a dangerous precedent by encouraging those who have knowingly broken the law while ignoring Congress’ role in fixing it. 

“As a proud Texan, I understand the need to reform our broken immigration system. However, the President’s plan will only make a dangerous situation at the border worse while illegally circumventing the constitutional lawmaking process.  If the President were serious about immigration reform, he would allow the American people to work their will through their elected representatives in Congress and give us the time necessary to pass legislation to his desk.  Instead, he has chosen to set our nation further back from achieving meaningful reform based upon the rule of law.

“For true immigration reform to be effective we must first and foremost secure our borders, strengthen interior enforcement, and prosecute and deport criminal aliens who are currently in the United States.  Next, we should establish a true guest worker program that adequately safeguards our nation’s social programs. I remain committed to diligently working with my colleagues in the House of Representatives and the Senate to offer real meaningful solutions that address the problems of our severely broken immigration system and are supported by the American people.”

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Sessions Applauds Passage of EPA Reform Bills

2014/11/19

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. 1422, the EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act, and H.R. 4012, the Secret Science Reform Act:

“This week the House passed important legislation that would ensure that environmental regulations are crafted by unbiased experts who rely upon publicly available scientific data.  In order to reform the Environmental Protection Agency and prevent unnecessary regulations, this package would improve the process for selecting its expert advisors, expand transparency requirements, and require the EPA to show the work that serves as the foundation of its scientific findings.

“Currently the EPA does not disclose the data that inform federal regulations, many of which cost billions of taxpayer dollars, destroy jobs, and stifle economic growth.  If the EPA is relying upon sound science, it should have nothing to hide.  House Republicans have worked tirelessly to create greater transparency in the federal government and this legislation helps solve some of the shortcomings within the EPA.”

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The Hill Report: Week of November 10 -14, 2014

2014/11/17

While the House of Representatives has worked tirelessly to advance the Keystone XL Pipeline over the last four years, President Obama and Senate Democrats have imposed unnecessary burdens and roadblocks at every turn that have delayed approval of this shovel-ready jobs project.  Today the House of Representatives passed H.R. 5682, a bill written by Dr. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, that would provide approval for construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline. The Senate has yet another chance to pass this legislation and send it to President Obama for his signature. It is time for the House and the Senate to work together to implement solutions that create thousands of American jobs nationwide, inject billions of dollars into our economy, and put us on a path towards energy independence. This has been a long and arduous approval process, and the time for excuses and unnecessary delay is over.

Click here to watch Congressman Sessions managing the rule for H.R. 5682

Veterans Day
On Tuesday I joined Americans across the country to honor our nation’s retired and active duty servicemen and women for their unwavering service to our nation. Our nation was built upon, and has been sustained through, their valiant efforts to protect and preserve the freedoms that we hold near and dear to our hearts. 

Congressman Sessions at the Dallas Veterans Day Parade

I was honored to participate in the Dallas Veterans Day Parade and meet with local veterans to express my sincere gratitude for their service. After the parade I had the opportunity to meet with US Army Staff Sergeant Travis Mills and to attend the viewing of Travis: A Soldier’s Story. This documentary tells the inspiring story of Staff Sgt. Mills’ experience after he was severely wounded during his third tour of duty in Afghanistan. It is a touching film that provides a glimpse into the life of a wounded soldier as well as the physical and emotional challenges that injured soldiers and their families face. Travis’ story serves as an important reminder of the many sacrifices our men and women in uniform have made for our freedom, and I am forever grateful for their commitment to protecting our great nation.

Congressman Sessions talking with  U.S. Army Staff Sergeant. Travis Mills

Texas Department of Transportation Hearing
Next Thursday, November 20, 2014, at 6:00 pm the Texas Department of Transportation will hold a public hearing to discuss the proposed implementation of the I-635 Express/HOV lanes from US 75 I-30 in the cities of Dallas, Garland, and Mesquite. This hearing gives North Texans the opportunity to voice their opinions and get more information about the proposal. To learn more about the hearing, click here.

Texas Department of Transportation Hearing
Thursday, November 20, 2014
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Highland Oaks Church of Christ
10805 Walnut Hill Lane
Dallas, Texas 75238

Rowlett Mobile Office Hours
On Tuesday, November 18, 2014, from 9 am CST–5 pm CST a member of my staff will be at Rowlett City Hall holding Mobile Office Hours. My office is more than happy to answer any questions you may have regarding problems with a federal agency, issues in North Texas, or any other concerns or suggestions. 

Rowlett Mobile Office Hours
Monday, November 18, 2014
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM CST
Rowlett City Hall
4000 Main Street
Rowlett, Texas 75088

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Sessions on Keystone XL Pipeline: It's Time to Act

2014/11/14

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. 5682, To approve the Keystone XL Pipeline:

"For more than six years the American people have waited for President Obama, Secretaries Clinton and Kerry, and Senate Democrats to approve construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline.  During that time, House Republicans fought endlessly to begin construction on this shovel-ready, job-creating project.  Today, House Republicans passed a bill written by Dr. Bill Cassidy to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline, allowing the Senate to quickly pass the same bill and send it to the President’s desk.  The time for excuses and unnecessary delays is over.  The Keystone XL Pipeline will create tens of thousands of jobs, bolster energy security, and inject billions of dollars into our economy.  It is time for the Senate and the President to act on this important bill."

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Speaker Boehner Names Pete Sessions Rules Chairman for 114th Congress

2014/11/14

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) selected Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX) to continue to serve as Chairman of the House Committee on Rules for the 114th Congress.


Speaker Boehner issued the following statement:


"No one has worked harder to make the people’s House more open and accountable than Pete Sessions.  As Rules Chairman, he has seen to it that members of both parties have a genuine opportunity to contribute to the legislative process.  In this Congress, nearly 1,500 amendments have been offered on the House floor, nearly half of which were offered by the minority.  Greater openness and more scrutiny means better legislation, which is why Pete’s leadership will be even more vital in the months ahead as we work to address the people’s priorities.  Beyond all that, it remains a privilege to call Pete a friend and advisor.  He brings good cheer and resolve to his work, and enjoys the trust and confidence of his colleagues."

Rules Chairman Sessions issued the following statement:
"It is such an honor to continue serving as Chairman of the House Rules Committee for the 114th Congress.  I want to thank Speaker Boehner and my Republican colleagues for this tremendous privilege.

"My objective as Rules Chairman remains clear—to enact legislation that will get Americans back to work and to do it in accordance with the highest standards of fairness, openness, and accountability.  As in the 113th Congress, I will seek to provide all Members ample opportunity to present their ideas and debate the important issues before us.

"The American people expect action combined with integrity and transparency.  I am eager to work with my colleagues from both sides of the aisle in the House and Senate to implement a pro-growth agenda that will benefit all Americans."

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Pete Sessions Statement on Veterans Day

2014/11/11

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 Veterans Day:

“Today I proudly join Americans across the country in thanking the brave active duty and retired servicemen and women who have selflessly protected our great nation. Our nation's veterans have made endless sacrifices to ensure that the freedoms that we enjoy day in and day out are preserved. We are forever indebted to them for their service.

“Our country has thrived and prospered because of  the willingness of our servicemen and women to tirelessly defend and protect the values and the freedoms that we hold near and dear to our hearts. Today and every day, let us pause to pay tribute to the men and women in uniform for their unwavering commitment to protecting American security and prosperity.”

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Pete Sessions Opposes Unprecedented Government Regulations on the Internet

2014/11/10

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX-32), Chairman of the House Rules Committee and a Member of House Republican Leadership, today released the following statement on net neutrality:

"I strongly oppose President Obama’s efforts to impose strict and unprecedented regulations on the Internet. The implementation of “net neutrality” by reclassifying the entire broadband network as a public utility would suppress the very innovation that has led to the successful and rapid development of high-speed Internet connectivity that serves the vast majority of Americans. Such unwarranted and overreaching government intrusion into the broadband marketplace would harm consumers, halt job creation, curtail investment, stifle innovation, and set the government on a dangerous path of micromanaging the Internet. Instead of encouraging additional regulations even more extreme than those the FCC has recently proposed and giving Washington bureaucrats excessive control over the Internet, President Obama should encourage more competition in the broadband market to ensure that the Internet is open, available, fast, and reliable for all Americans."

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The Hill Report: Week of November 3 - 7, 2014

2014/11/07

This morning the Department of Labor released the October jobs report. While I am always pleased to hear that some people were able to find employment, this week people across the nation made it very clear they are frustrated with the status quo and upset with the direction of our economy and the slow job growth that has come with it. Americans knows that there is still much more work to be done to ensure that all individuals have the opportunities to find good-paying, full-time jobs. 
 
As this year comes to a close and the 114th Congress begins, I look forward to working closely with my colleagues in the House of Representatives and the Senate to implement common sense, pro-growth policies that Harry Reid ignored for years. It is time for both bodies of Congress to effectively work together and get Americans back to work. 
 
AIPAC National Summit
On Monday I was honored to deliver the opening remarks at AIPAC’s National Summit. This event gives AIPAC members the opportunity to meet with members of Congress, American and Israeli policy makers, and leading Middle East experts to discuss ways to strengthen, protect, and promote the U.S.-Israel relationship. Throughout my time in Congress, I have continued to support our ally Israel, and I remain committed to working towards advancing a safer and more open Middle East. To learn more about AIPAC, click here.  

Congressman Sessions delivering the opening remarks at AIPAC's National Summit

Richardson High School students
On Wednesday I had the opportunity to meet with a group of students from Richardson High School and discuss a variety of issues facing our nation. We had an in-depth conversation on the role of the federal government in reforming our immigration policies as well as my continued efforts on ensuring our borders are secure.  

Congressman Sessions meeting with students from Richardson High School

I always enjoy meeting with young men and women from the 32nd Congressional District and listening to their concerns about the problems facing our nation both at home and abroad. I am proud to represent such an exceptionally intelligent group of students and I have no doubt that they will make immense contributions to our communities and be the future leaders of our nation.
 
Stay Connected
In addition to my weekly newsletter, there are many ways to stay connected with me to learn more about my work on behalf of the 32nd Congressional District of Texas. Please visit my Facebook, Twitter, FlickR, and YouTube pages to stay up-to-date on my activities in North Texas and my work in Congress. It is an honor to serve the people of the 32nd District and I hope you that you will stay connected with me during this critical time that will shape our nation’s future. 

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Pete Sessions Statement on October Jobs Report

2014/11/07

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 October unemployment report:

“Although I am pleased to learn that some people were able to find employment last month, this week the American people made it very clear that they are upset with the direction of our economy and the slow job growth that has come with it. They know that there is still much more work to be done to ensure that all individuals have the opportunities to find good-paying, full-time jobs.

“As the 113th Congress draws to a close and the 114th Congress begins, I look forward to working with my colleagues in the House and the Senate on common sense, pro-growth policies that Harry Reid ignored for years. It is time for both bodies of Congress to work together and help get Americans back to work.”

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The Hill Report: Week of October 27 - 31, 2014

2014/11/03

On Wednesday I learned that the U.S. Department of State is considering a plan to transport and admit Ebola-infected non-U.S. citizens into the United States for treatment. This plan calls for the Department of Homeland Security and the State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs to allow non-U.S. citizens who are infected with Ebola to enter the United States even though under existing law non-U.S. citizens with communicable diseases of public health significance are not allowed to enter the country. The Administration has repeatedly refused to enforce common sense measures such as restricting travel visas from Ebola affected countries in order to prevent future infections. Now, instead of acting in the best interest of Americans, the Administration is contemplating a policy that would pose an unnecessary health risk to the American people. 
 
The Administration has not been transparent and forthright with this proposed plan.  Instead of announcing their intentions in a forthright manner to the American people, the plan was hidden in a State Department memo that only came to light after it was discovered by the media.  In response to the Administration’s utter lack of transparency and poor decision making, this week I wrote a letter to President Obama requesting that he cease consideration of this proposal immediately.  If the President truly believes that Ebola-infected non-US citizens should be allowed into our country for treatment, he should share this idea with the American people and seek the approval of Congress before moving forward.
 
The United States has always led the world in response to humanitarian disasters and we will continue to work thoughtfully and thoroughly to contain this terrible disease at its source. The military and civilian personnel participating in Operation United Assistance have made great strides building infrastructure and providing ground support in the affected zones. Their continued efforts have made a huge impact on these communities and I am confident that their work will continue to have a strong impact mitigating this dangerous disease.  While our nation plays an active role in working to stem this growing problem and helping those who have been affected abroad, we also have a duty to protect our citizens here at home. The Administration should immediately cease consideration of any plans that would unnecessarily put U.S. citizens in danger of contracting Ebola.
 
American Bakers Association
On Tuesday I was delighted to serve as the guest speaker for the Joint Board of Directors meeting of the American Bakers Association and the Allied Trades of the Baking Industry. I discussed my work in the House of Representatives to control soaring costs caused by ObamaCare as well as my efforts to reduce burdensome regulations that prevent businesses from expanding. The federal government must get out of the way so that businesses have the ability to succeed. In addition to explaining my pro-business initiatives in Congress, I also explained how House Republicans plan to spur sustainable economic growth in the 114th Congress. To read more about House Republicans’ plan to give businesses the relief that they need to create more American jobs, click here.
 
Turtle Creek Breakfast Club
On Wednesday morning I had the opportunity to deliver the opening remarks and participate in a question and answer session at the Turtle Creek Breakfast Club. I discussed my leadership role as Chairman of the House Rules Committee and my work on behalf of the 32nd Congressional District of Texas. I explained that our great nation is facing many obstacles both at home and abroad and that in order to put America back on the right track, the Democrat-controlled Senate should consider the dozens of pieces of legislation that the House of Representatives has passed that are languishing on Majority Leader Reid’s desk waiting for a vote.


Congressman Sessions talking with members of the Turtle Creek Breakfast Club

Webelos Citizen Badge
On Wednesday afternoon I had the pleasure of meeting with young Cub and Boy Scouts from the 32nd Congressional District to discuss the importance of being active citizens and young leaders in the community. These young scouts met with me to earn their Citizens Badge in order to complete the requirements for their Webelos Badge.  As a proud Eagle Scout, I always enjoy meeting with scouts, serving as a mentor throughout their scouting journey, and discussing the importance of service, character, and courage.

Congressman Sessions meeting with Cub and Boy Scouts to help them earn their Webelos Badge

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The Hill Report: Week of October 20 - 24, 2014

2014/10/27

During this District Work Week I had the opportunity to meet with local businesses and participate in events around the 32nd Congressional District. I enjoyed meeting with constituents and discussing important issues facing the North Texas business community.
 
Update on the Ebola Crisis
Monday marked the end of the 21 day monitoring period for 43 of the 48 people on the original “watch list” from being exposed to Thomas E. Duncan, the first patient diagnosed with Ebola in Dallas. I commend the coordinated efforts of local health and city officials in actively monitoring these individuals and protecting the North Texas community from further infection. As we move forward, I believe it is imperative that we take all preventative measures necessary to stem the threat of future infections. To learn more about my thoughts on how we can protect Americans from Ebola watch my interview with CNN here.

Congressman Sessions on CNN New Day discussing common sense solutions to combat Ebola in America


Earlier today the first nurse who contracted Ebola from Mr. Duncan was declared Ebola free. I am extremely pleased to hear that she is healthy and I commend the healthcare workers who diligently treated her. The second nurse who contracted Ebola is still being treated at Emory Hospital in Atlanta and is in stable condition. My thoughts and prayers go out to her and her family and I remain hopeful that she makes a full recovery from this disease.
 
Meetings with Businesses in TX-32
Aluma Graphics
On Monday I spent the afternoon in Wylie and visited Aluma Graphics. Aluma Graphics was founded in Garland in 1973 and has held offices in Plano and Wylie, where the manufacturing plant currently operates. Throughout their forty-one years of business they have provided the 32nd Congressional District with quality products, a variety of printing capabilities, and exceptional service. I am extremely proud to have such a wonderful company in North Texas.

Congressman Sessions touring Aluma Graphics with Randal Williams

Encompass Home Health and Hospice
On Wednesday morning I visited Encompass Home Health and Hospice in Dallas. I had the opportunity to learn more about the home health care model and listen to the challenges that their business has faced because of ObamaCare. It is always difficult to hear the negative implications of this law on the businesses in North Texas. I will continue to fight to dismantle, repeal, and replace this disastrous law to protect businesses like Encompass Home Health and Hospice from experiencing the devastating effects of ObamaCare.

Congressman Sessions talking with health care workers at Encompass Home Health and Hospice

Microtex Electronics
On Thursday I met with Microtex Electronics, a local boutique engineering firm that focuses on building a broad base of computer, industrial, and utility related American made products. During the visit they unveiled some of their new projects that will help revolutionize American electronics by creating more energy efficient models. Currently, their industry faces a variety of challenges from unfair foreign competition because of onerous taxes and regulations imposed on companies in the United States. As a staunch advocate for the free enterprise system I believe that innovative companies such as Micrtoex should be encouraged to thrive and be rewarded for their ingenuity, not strapped with burdensome regulations that strain their business. That is why I have proudly supported legislation such as the American Research and Competitiveness Act of 2014 that incentivizes innovative ideas and gives companies the certainty they need to expand their businesses and be competitive in the global marketplace.

Congressman Sessions with Mark Siegall, the Director of Engineering and COO, and Dave Nickles the President of Microtex Electronics

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
This week I was delighted to sit down with representatives from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). This organization works hand in hand with representatives from the healthcare industry, the government, clinicians, healthcare insurers, and various foundations to work towards the common goal of discovering a cure for type 1 diabetes. As a member of the Congressional Diabetes Caucus, I enjoyed learning about their efforts to support diabetes research in order to better treat, prevent, and eventually cure this disease.

Congressman Sessions with Dr. Steve Newman, Debbie Newman, Kim Roosevelt, and Dick Agnew

Dallas Builder’s Trade Show
Thursday Evening I had the opportunity to kick off the Dallas Builder’s Trade Show with a question and answer session with my friends, T. Boone Pickens and Chairman Kent Conine. We had a robust discussion about issues currently impacting the housing development industry such as tax reform, healthcare reform, and the EPA’s unnecessary burdensome regulations. I always value discussing these issues in an open forum and explaining my continued efforts to cut taxes, reduce regulations, and support measures that promote economic growth.

Congressman Sessions participating in a Q&A with Chairman Kent Conine

Mobile Office Hours Announcement

City of Sachse
Location: Sachse City Hall
3815-B Sachse Road
Sachse, TX 75048
Date: October 27, 2014
Time: 9am – 5pm

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

2014/10/17

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



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

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


Congressman Sessions meeting with the Dallas Alumnae Panhellenic Association



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


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

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


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

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

2014/10/14

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

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

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

 


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


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

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


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

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

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


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


Congressman Sessions meeting with employees at
Guardian Packaging Industries

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

Congressman Sessions addressing the North Texas Crime Commission

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


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

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Pete Sessions Statement on the September Jobs Report

2014/10/10

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX-32), Chairman of the House Rules Committee and a Member of House Republican Leadership, today released the following statement regarding the September unemployment report:

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


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

2014/10/06

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

 

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

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

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

2014/09/30

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

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


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

Contact information for local and national health officials

Center for Disease Control and Prevention

1-800-232-4636

Texas Department of State Health Services

1-888-963-7111

Dallas County Health and Human Services  

214-819-2000

 

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

2014/09/26

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


Meeting with the Military Officers Association of America

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



employAbility Information

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

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

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

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Letter to the U.S. Government Accountability Office

2014/09/23


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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.


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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