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."
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.
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."
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.
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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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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Heading to the @RulesReps hearing on H. Res. 676, the resolution to authorize a lawsuit against the President and H.R. 935.
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Heading to the @RulesReps hearing on H.R. 4315, the 21st Century Endangered Species Transparency Act: Watch here:http://t.co/k8JDYAVxtA
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At 2:00 PM CST the House Rules Committee will meet on House Resolution 676, the resolution that would provide the authority to initiate a lawsuit
I'm heading to the House Rules Committee hearing on H.R. 4315, the 21st Century Endangered Species Transparency Act. Watch the hearing live here:
Here is this week's House Floor schedule: http://majorityleader.gov/floor/weekly.html
Here is my weekly newsletter - The Hill Report: http://sessions.house.gov/index.cfm/weekly-newsletters?ID=A235B435-34A1-443F-A380-DDCEBFD84140
Today I joined my fellow Texan Republican colleagues in sending a letter to the President urging him to enforce our immigration laws and restore