Pete Sessions

Pete Sessions

TEXAS' 32nd DISTRICT

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

2014/07/25

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), Chairman of the House Rules Committee, today released the following statement regarding House passage of H.R. 4935, Child Tax Credit Improvement Act of 2014:

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

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

2014/07/25

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Congressman Sessions with students from the 32nd District

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

2014/07/24

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


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


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

2014/07/22

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

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

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

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

2014/07/21

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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Sessions Supports Legislation to Boost Charitable Giving

2014/07/17

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), Chairman of the House Rules Committee, today released the following statement regarding House passage of H.R. 4719, the America Gives More Act:

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

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

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

2014/07/11

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), Chairman of the House Rules Committee, today released the following statement regarding House passage of H.R. 4718, To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modify and make permanent bonus depreciation:

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

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

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

2014/07/11

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

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

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

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

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

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

2014/07/10

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

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

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

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

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

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Pete Sessions Statement on President Obama's Visit to Dallas

2014/07/10

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

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

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

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

2014/07/09

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

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

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

2014/07/07

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

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

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

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

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

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

2014/07/03


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 June unemployment report:
“While I am pleased that some Americans have been able to find work in the last month, Democrat policies continue to hinder the economy from the robust growth that would lead to long term dynamic job creation. 17 million Americans are unemployed or are stuck with part time work when they would like a full time job.  Over half of recent college graduates are either out of work or have jobs that don't require a college degree.  The American people deserve better.

“Last week, the United States Commerce Department reported that our GDP shrunk 2.9 percent in the first quarter of this year, which marks the sharpest decline in five years. This steep drop underscores the necessity for Senate Democrats to act on the pro-growth, job creating bills that Republicans have passed in the House.  I will continue to fight for common-sense legislation that improves our economy, creates good paying jobs, and helps provide the American people with the opportunities that they deserve.”

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Immigration

2014/06/30

One of America's greatest strengths is that we are a nation of immigrants. The immigrants that built this country did so by working hard to contribute to the economy and by becoming productive members of American society.  It is important that we work to secure the border and end illegal immigration while benefiting from controlled and reasonable legal immigration.

The immigration debate has become highly polarized and politicized. I believe that an effective immigration plan must be straightforward, concise, thorough, and in the best interests of American citizens. I strongly oppose illegal immigration and blanket amnesty or any other reward to those who have intentionally broken our nation’s immigration laws.  Our laws should not encourage continued lawbreaking and greater illegal immigration.  Additionally, those who have worked to come here legally from other countries should not be put at a disadvantage in comparison to those who have come to the United States illegally.

It is important that any immigration reform proposal must first and foremost secure our borders, strengthen interior enforcement, and prosecute and deport criminal aliens in the United States before taking any other steps forward.  While I encourage reasonable immigration reform, I do not support S. 744 as the right path forward toward that goal.  I look forward to the House continuing to work its will by taking a thorough and productive step-by-step approach to immigration reform.

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The Hill Report: Week of June 23 - 27, 2014

2014/06/27

This week was “Energy Week” in the House of Representatives, where my colleagues and I focused our attention on passing legislation to help drive down prices at the pump. Since President Obama took office, gas prices have doubled and total natural gas production has dropped 28 percent. Unfortunately, this Administration is committed to imposing unnecessary regulations on our economy instead of dedicating itself to economic growth and job creation. House Republicans are working to cut red tape so that our nation can continue its push toward energy independence.

Legislation
The House passed three pieces of legislation this week - H.R. 6, The Domestic Prosperity and Global Freedom Act H.R. 3301, the North American Energy Infrastructure Act and H.R. 4899 Lowering Gasoline Prices to Fuel an America that Works Act – in an effort to unleash American energy in order to drive down gas prices and make our country less reliant on foreign sources of energy. Each of these bills would improve America’s energy policies by cutting through bureaucratic red tape, promoting job creation, and expanding the production of our natural resources.

I proudly supported all three of these common sense bills that will continue our commitment to an ‘all-of-the-above’ energy approach to create jobs and boost U.S. energy security. I strongly urge Senate Democrats to join us in embracing America’s energy revolution.

North Texas Municipal Water District
On Wednesday I had the opportunity to sit down with my friends from the North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) and celebrate our victory with the North Texas Invasive Species Barrier Act of 2014 as well as to discuss other water related issues facing North Texans.

Congressman Sessions talking with Mike Rickman from the North Texas Municipal Water District.

Due to a growing population in North Texas and a lack of rain our water reserves are starting to dwindle. The NTMWD understands this has the potential to become a huge problem for the people of North Texas.  That’s why I am proud to work with them to teach the public about this very important issue and to offer solutions to ensure that we have a steady stream of water for generations to come. For more information about this issue, please watch our discussion here.

Children’s Medical Center of Dallas
Wednesday afternoon I had the pleasure of meeting a very special young lady named Emmy who shared her story about overcoming Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis. This disease aggressively attacked the healthy tissue in her brain when she was three years old, which forced doctors to put her in a medically induced coma in order to treat her. Fortunately, the Children’s Medical Center of Dallas had the unique expertise and cutting-edge technology necessary to save her life. I am proud to have such a wonderful hospital in North Texas with the ability to save children like Emmy every day.

Congressman Sessions high-fiving Emmy Kaighan in his Washington, D.C. office
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Sessions: House Acts to Unleash American Energy and Create Jobs

2014/06/26

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. 6, the Domestic Prosperity and Global Freedom Act; H.R. 3301, the North American Energy Infrastructure Act; and H.R. 4899, the Lowering Gasoline Prices to Fuel an America that Works Act of 2014:

"At a time when far too many Americans are still looking for work, the federal government should promote job creation by removing unnecessary hurdles to the production and sale of domestic energy supplies.  That is why I was proud to support important legislation this week that would unleash North American energy production, lower prices at the pump, strengthen our international partnerships, and create much-needed jobs at home.  

"The Domestic Prosperity and Global Freedom Act is a bipartisan bill that expedites the Department of Energy’s slow, antiquated approval process for applications to export liquefied natural gas. This bill capitalizes on our country’s natural gas boom while supplying our allies abroad with a reliable source of energy.  

"Another bipartisan bill passed by the House this week, the North American Energy Infrastructure Act, promotes job creation by removing unnecessary government hurdles to domestic energy development and international trade.  Lastly, the Lowering Gasoline Prices to Fuel an America that Works Act eases pain at the pump by expanding the production of America’s own energy resources. Currently, President Obama has locked up over 85% of our energy-rich offshore areas from production. This bill reverses those policies and allows us to move forward with offshore energy production that will create thousands of good-paying American jobs.  

"Our work this week underscores House Republicans’ continued commitment to an 'all-of-the-above' energy approach to create jobs and boost U.S. energy security.  I urge Senate Democrats and the White House to join us in embracing America’s energy revolution."

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The Hill Report: Week of June 16 - 20, 2014

2014/06/23

This week the House passed the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, which will provide funding for vital programs for our troops and their families. This legislation plays a critical role in ensuring that our military has the resources that it needs to protect our homeland and fight those who threaten our security, all while providing support for the brave men and women who risk their lives in order to keep us safe. I am pleased that the House passed this bipartisan legislation that effectively allocates resources to ensure that programs vital to our national defense are adequately funded.

Legislative Business
On Thursday I managed the rule on the House floor for the Customer Protection and End User Relief Act. This legislation would reauthorize the Commodity Futures Trading Commission while protecting end users like farmers, ranchers, and other small businesses by eliminating burdensome and unnecessary regulations. I believe that we need to get Washington out of the way and give businesses the opportunity to grow and expand. I will continue to support policies that promote appropriate but limited regulations that ensure the stability of prices and allow Americans to thrive and prosper. To watch a clip of my floor speech, click here.

Congressman Sessions managing the rule on the Customer Protection and End User Relief Act

This week I also joined some of my Republican colleagues in cosponsoring House Resolution 621. This free speech resolution reaffirms the commitment of the House of Representatives to the First Amendment and the vital freedom of speech protections it provides for the American people. Here is the full text of the resolution.

Telephone Town Hall
On Wednesday evening I held a live telephone town hall meeting with constituents in the 32nd Congressional District. I was delighted to have more than 3,000 participants on the call and enjoyed our conversations about a variety of issues throughout the meeting, including the current unrest in Iraq, the rising costs of Obamacare, the need for transparency with the IRS and the VA, as well as my ideas on social security reform.

I always appreciate the opportunity to hear directly from North Texans regarding their views on policy and the issues facing our nation. If you would like to participate in future telephone town hall meetings, please contact my Washington, DC, office at 202.225.2231. For those of you who did not have the opportunity to join us on Wednesday evening, you can listen to the entire meeting here.

Congressional Gold Medal
On Thursday I had the pleasure of congratulating one of the recipients of the Gold Congressional Award Medal, Gabrielle Gafford of Dallas. This award focuses on volunteerism, personal development, physical fitness, and expedition and exploration. Through her participation in 400 hours of community service and 200 hours of personal and physical development, Gabrielle is extremely deserving of this award. This is an extraordinary honor and I am very proud that the 32nd Congressional District is represented by such an accomplished and ambitious young woman.

Congressman Sessions with Gold Congressional Award Medal winner Gabrielle Gafford
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Sessions Praises Defense Funding Bill

2014/06/20

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. 4870, the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2015:

"I applaud today’s passage of the fiscal year 2015 Department of Defense Appropriations bill.  This legislation plays a crucial role in providing our military men and women with the resources that they need to protect America’s interests at home and abroad in an increasingly dangerous world.  

"This bill also provides funding for vital health and quality-of-life programs for our troops and their families.  By making critical investments in a fiscally responsible manner, H.R. 4870 holds the line on spending while equipping and modernizing the greatest military in the world.  I am pleased that the House considered this bipartisan legislation under an open process that allowed for a vigorous debate on the important issues facing our military as we seek to ensure our national security."
                                                
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The Hill Report: Week of June 9 - 13, 2014

2014/06/13

This week, the House passed legislation to ensure that our veterans receive the quality of health care that they deserve. In light of recent reports of the alleged mismanagement of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the House has worked expeditiously to care for our veterans and uncover the truth behind this appalling news.

I was proud to join my colleagues in the House in supporting the Veterans Access to Care Act. This bill would give veterans the option of seeking private-sector health care if the wait time that they face at the VA exceeds 30 days. This bill would also ban bonuses for all VA employees and require the VA to submit quarterly reports to Congress to increase transparency and require accountability. I’m pleased to announce that this bill unanimously passed the House.
 
Legislation Approved this week
On Tuesday, the House passed the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2015. This legislation responsibly supports critical housing and transportation programs while spending $7.8 billion below the President’s budget request and making strides to reduce our nation’s deficit. I believe it is essential to make sensible investments in our nation’s highways, bridges, and airports to meet the needs of the American people and sustain a strong economy. To read more about THUD, click here.

The House also passed  two important measures to provide our nation’s job creators with permanent tax relief. H.R. 4457, the Small Business Tax Relief Act, provides companies with the flexibility to access capital in order to invest in their businesses and create new jobs. H.R. 4453, the Permanent S Corporation Built-in Gains Recognition Period,  provides small businesses with the fiscal certainty that they need to plan for the future, expand their businesses, and hire new workers. I was proud to support these common sense jobs bills to reduce the tax burden on our nation’s small businesses, which will spur investment, economic growth, and job creation. 

North Texas Invasive Species Barrier Act of 2014
I am very pleased to report that the North Texas Invasive Species Barrier Act of 2014 was signed into law this week. I was an original cosponsor of this bill, which ensures that more than 1.5 million customers of the North Texas Municipal Water District will continue to have access to an adequate supply of water in the future. It guarantees that water transferred from Lake Texoma will reach North Texans unrestricted while remaining in compliance with the Lacey Act by continuing to prevent the spread of invasive species across state lines. I am delighted this common sense piece of legislation was signed into law and will ensure that millions of Texans will have a steady stream of clean water for generations to come.
 
Texas Department of Transportation
On Tuesday, June 17th, the Texas Department of Transportation is holding a public meeting to discuss the proposed implementation of the I-635 Express/HOV lanes from US 75 to I-30 in Dallas, Garland, and Mesquite. The proposed project would implement tolling of single occupant vehicles on the existing express/HOV lanes from US 75 to I-30. If you are interested in learning more about this project or offering your feedback I hope that you will take part in this open forum.
 
Texas Department of Transportation public meeting
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Highland Oaks Church of Christ
10805 Walnut Hill Lane
 
To learn more about this project please visit http://www.txdot.gov/.

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House Passes Sessions' Amendment to Cut Wasteful Taxpayer-Funded Subsidies to Inefficient & Uncompetitive Amtrak Routes

2014/06/10

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX-32), Chairman of the House Rules Committee, today released the following statement regarding House approval of his amendment to H.R. 4745, the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2015:

“As a part of my commitment to cut spending and demand accountability from federal government programs, today I offered an amendment on the House floor that would eliminate funding for the Amtrak route with the highest financial loss per rider of any route.  The Sunset Limited – which runs from New Orleans to Los Angeles – costs the American taxpayer $396.31 per rider, more than any other route in the United States.  In total, the Sunset Limited loses an average of over $40 million a year.  My amendment seeks to stop the Amtrak bailout train in its tracks.”

“Amtrak has counted on Americans’ hard-earned tax dollars to bankroll its inefficient business practices without accountability for far too long.  That is why I am pleased that the House adopted my amendment that will reform Amtrak and halt funding to its worst performing line.  American taxpayers deserve better.”

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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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