Pete Sessions

Pete Sessions

TEXAS' 32nd DISTRICT

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

2014/09/22

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

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

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

Congressman Sessions with representatives from the International Franchise

Association

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

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

 

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

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

2014/09/18

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), Chairman of the House Rules Committee, today released the following statement regarding House passage of H.R. 2, the American Energy Solutions for Lower Costs & More American Jobs Act and H.R. 4, the Jobs for America Act:

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

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

2014/09/17

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

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

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Pete Sessions Statement on National Hispanic Heritage Month

2014/09/15

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX-32), Chairman of the House Rules Committee and a Member of House Republican Leadership, today released the following statement regarding the commencement of National Hispanic Heritage Month, which is honored from September 15 – October 15:

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

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

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

2014/09/12

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

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

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

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

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

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

2014/09/11

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), Chairman of the House Rules Committee, today released the following statement regarding House passage of H.R. 3522, the Employee Health Care Protection Act:

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

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

2014/09/09

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), Chairman of the House Rules Committee, today released the following statement regarding House passage of H. Res. 644, condemning and disapproving of the Obama Administration’s failure to comply with the lawful statutory requirement to notify Congress before releasing the Taliban Five:

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

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

2014/09/08

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

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

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

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

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

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Pete Sessions Statement on August Jobs Report

2014/09/05

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

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

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

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

2014/09/02

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



Congressman Sessions with representatives from the National Utility Contractors Association


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



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



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



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

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



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

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



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

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

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. 

border bills
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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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 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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A conservative community leader, United States Congressman Pete Sessions has combined hard work, innovative thinking, and common-sense principles to successfully represent the 32nd Congressional District of Texas.

Congressman Sessions was born on March 22, 1955 and grew up in Waco, Texas.  He graduated from Churchill High School in San Antonio and went on to graduate from Southwestern University in 1978, where he now serves on the Board of Trustees. He worked for then-Southwestern Bell Telephone Company for 16 years, retiring as District Manager for Marketing in Dallas. As a businessman, he served as Chairman of the Northeast Dallas Chamber of Commerce.

Thanks to this private sector experience, Congressman Sessions understands the need to fight bureaucracy and to utilize market-driven solutions to effectively solve problems in our communities and in government.

In 1996, the people of Dallas and the 5th Congressional District sent Congressman Sessions to Washington, DC to represent them in the United States House of Representatives. In 2002, Congressman Sessions began representing the 32nd Congressional District, created from redistricting. In 2012, the people of the 32nd Congressional District called him back to Congress for his ninth term.

Congressman Sessions is a stalwart defender of U.S. homeland and national security interests, as well as the men and women who defend them. As the parent of a child with Down syndrome, he is a passionate advocate for people with disabilities. Congressman Sessions also believes that taxpayers deserve results from their government, and he has pursued common-sense, market-based reforms to help government operate more efficiently.

Congressman Sessions pursues his goals on these and other issues through his work on various Congressional committees and caucuses. He serves as the Chairman of the powerful House Committee on Rules, which is best known for its role as the legislative gatekeeper. In 2008 and 2010, he was elected by the House Republican Conference as Chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee.

Congressman Sessions is an Eagle Scout and a former Scout Master for 13 Eagle Scouts. He is a recipient of the National Distinguished Eagle Scout Award and is a member of both the National Eagle Scout Association’s national committee and the Executive Board of the Circle Ten Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

Congressman Sessions is married to Karen Sessions.  He is the proud father of two sons, Bill and Alex, and three stepsons, Conor, Liam and Nicholas. Congressman Sessions resides in Dallas, Texas and continues to be active in his community where he is an Adopt-A-Shoreline Team Leader in the effort to maintain White Rock Lake in Dallas and an Advisor to the President of Special Olympics Texas.


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Louie Gohmert

TEXAS' 1st DISTRICT

Ted Poe

TEXAS' 2nd DISTRICT

Sam Johnson

TEXAS' 3rd DISTRICT

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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