WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), Chairman of the House Committee on Rules, released the following statement in response to the inauguration of President Donald J. Trump:
“This morning I was honored to join Americans from across the country at our nation’s Capitol to celebrate the peaceful transfer of power to the 45th President of the United States of America, Donald J. Trump. With this unified government we have an historic opportunity to strengthen our great nation and get our country back on track. From fixing our broken healthcare system, to creating full time jobs, to unleashing the free-enterprise system, to reasserting our strength on the global stage – we have a lot of work to do. While the list is long, I am confident that we will work through these difficult issues thoughtfully, methodically, and effectively. I look forward to working closely with this new Administration and Members of Congress to bolster our nation’s tradition of excellence and make our country even better, safer, and stronger.”
This week House Republicans considered multiple pieces of legislation to continue our pledge to make government for transparent, accountable, and responsible. These bills address the root of the problem plaguing job creation and stifling economic growth regulations. Eight years of the Obama Administration’s overzealous rule making and regulatory agenda has taken a toll on our nation but we are here to roll that back and implement common sense regulations that protect Americans without overburdening businesses. Here are the pieces of legislation that I proudly supported:
Meetings in Washington
Pi Kappa Alpha
I had the pleasure of sitting down with two of my fraternity brothers from Pi Kappa Alpha this week. On March 1, 2017, I am helping to host an event for the Pi Kappa Alpha’s Founder Day on Capitol. We were able to discuss ways to continue to make our event the best fraternity based event on the hill. Brother Johnson, President of the National Capital Alumni Association, told me how my chapter at Southwestern University is doing. The Southwestern Pikes continue to be examples of excellence in and out of the classroom.
|Congressman Sessions with his fellow Pi Kappa Alpha brothers Philip Johnson and Adam Wassell|
Texas Alliance of Energy Producers
On Wednesday, I was delighted to meet with the Chairman of the Texas Alliance of Energy Producers to discuss the need to reform our national tax system and roll back burdensome Environmental Protection Agency regulations that hurt Texas energy producers. Based in North Texas, the Alliance represents the interests of the oil and gas industry at both the state and federal levels of government, and works to ensure that tomorrow’s energy policy will be one in which Texas energy producers can grow and prosper. Specifically, I was glad to receive feedback from the Chairman regarding Congress’ path forward on tax reform and plans to consolidate duplicative or unnecessary regulations on the federal level. As my colleagues and I continue to work on the policies that will define the 115th Congress, it is my hope that I continue to receive feedback and advice from my constituents and the American people.
|Congressman Sessions with Robert Osborne and Bill Stevens|
A formerly Texas based technology security company, now virtually based, Jericho Systems, came in to talk about the acquisition and procurement process in the federal government. I look forward to continuing working with them on these important issues and serving as an advocate for a fair and transparent acquisition process.
|Congressman Sessions with Tyler Mow-Unland, an employee at Jericho systems and a former standout Saint Marks high school wide receiver
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), Chairman of the House Committee on Rules, released the following statement after reintroducing the Safe Cosmetics Modernization Act:
“As a father I understand the importance of making sure our children are using products that are healthy and safe. As our society becomes more technologically advanced it is unacceptable that standards for healthy and safe cosmetics have not been updated since the 1960s. I believe it is critical that we provide consumers with information about what is in the products that they use on a daily basis without overburdening the small businesses and entrepreneurs who craft these products. I proudly reintroduced this measure to modernize these outdated regulations and establish a consistent, federal standard for health and safety of cosmetics. This bill will ensure Americans know what is in these products and holds companies to a proper standard of excellence.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), Chairman of the House Committee on Rules and U.S. Congressman Earl L. “Buddy” Carter (R-GA) reintroduced a resolution in the House recognizing the historical importance of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, and calling on the National Museum of African American History and Culture to appropriately honor his life and work:
“The brief mention in the new National Museum of African American History and Culture of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is a disservice to history. Justice Thomas’ story epitomizes the American Dream and is a reminder that in America anything is possible no matter what,” said Chairman Sessions. “His vast contributions to our great nation should be honored and celebrated, not hidden in a few words that make no mention of the depth and breadth of his accomplishments. I believe this is an important part of our nation’s history and I am pleased to have a partner in the Senate, my fellow Texan, Senator John Cornyn, who has introduced this resolution as well. I will continue to work with my colleagues in Congress and the Smithsonian Institution to ensure Clarence Thomas receives the recognition that he deserves.”
“I am proud to reintroduce this resolution today because the Smithsonian still has not acted to properly share Justice Thomas’ remarkable story and critical contributions to our judicial system,” said Congressman Carter. “Justice Thomas’ contributions to our nation, his unique life story, and strongly held convictions should be preserved in the National Museum of African American History and Culture and this failure to do so is a disservice to his legacy and to the history of this nation. His story is too important not to share with current and future generations, and I won’t stop this fight until the Smithsonian properly recognizes this critical part of our nation’s history."
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), Chairman of the House Committee on Rules, released the following statement in support of a measure to require the Securities and Exchange Commission to conduct enhanced economic analysis on proposed as well as existing regulations:
“Unelected federal bureaucrats should not have the authority to implement ill-conceived, unnecessary regulations without adequately understanding the potential negative impacts on hard working Americans and our economy. We have a responsibility to protect American businesses and workers from these arbitrary rules. That is why I proudly supported this critical measure to restore responsible rulemaking by holding the SEC accountable to ensure that the benefits of any proposed government rule far outweigh the costs.”
To learn more about H.R. 78, SEC Regulatory Accountability Act, click here.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), Chairman of the House Committee on Rules, released the following statement in response to the passage of a measure to reauthorize the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and make responsible reforms to the Commission to ensure transparency and accountability:
"Today I proudly voted to reauthorize the Commodity Futures Trading Commission to protect small businesses - especially farmers and ranchers – that have been strained by unnecessary compliance standards. By reauthorizing and responsibly reforming the CFTC we can get Washington out of the way and provide America’s small businesses with the tools they need to effectively manage the risks that they face in our current uncertain global economy. While we have a lot of work to do to unleash the free enterprise system, this is a step in the right direction to promote responsible regulations that won’t drive up costs on hard working Americans and will allow small businesses to grow and prosper."
To learn more about H.R. 238, Commodity End-User Relief Act, click here.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), Chairman of the House Committee on Rules, released the following statement applauding the passage of a legislative package that makes critical reforms to our regulatory system and restores integrity to the Administrative Procedure Act:
“These past eight years of overregulation and excessive overreach from unelected federal bureaucrats has taken a toll on our economy and drained our job market. That’s why in these first weeks of the 115th Congress the House has passed numerous measures to responsibly reform the regulatory process, cut through unnecessary red tape, and give small businesses and American families reprieve from the Obama Administration’s onerous regulatory agenda. I applaud the passage of H.R. 5 because I believe that reasonable, responsible regulations should compensate for the failures of markets and men, and ultimately empower society to achieve more for their citizens than they could without. Yet under the Obama Administration, regulators have disengaged when convenient and used baseball bats where a skilled hand and a scalpel would do, and our economy has paid the price.
“Today’s package takes yet another critical step to addressing the root of the issue that has held back our economy and job market – flawed regulations. Costly and poorly crafted regulations have hindered our ability to harness the ingenuity of the American worker and have created unnecessary roadblocks forcing businesses to scale back their operations. Now, we finally have the opportunity to reverse course and get our country back on track. We must ensure that our rulemaking process reflects the regulatory needs of our nation today, not as our nation was a decade ago. Regulations done well are vital for the success of the nation, but under the Obama Administration we’ve seen how regulations done poorly have crippled our economic future.
“Americans have entrusted us with the responsibility of rebuilding what has been broken over the past eight years and we have the opportunity to make critical changes that will bolster our economy and create a robust job market. I proudly voted for this important measure to put an end to job killing, costly regulations and put Americans back to work.”
To learn more about H.R. 5, Regulatory Accountability Act, click here.
WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), Chairman of the House Committee on Rules, released the following statement in support of a measure to amend the Security Act to define an "angel investor group" and to clarify the definition of general solicitation to ensure that startup companies are able to participate in events such as "demo" days:
"New start-up companies and eager entrepreneurs are fueling our job market and reinvigorating our economy. However even though these budding businesses are responsible for creating 2 out of 3 jobs across the country - including more than 1,000 jobs last year in North Texas - there are a number of unnecessary bureaucratic roadblocks hindering these job creators from growing and reaching their full potential. Today's measure cuts through some of this red tape by acknowledging the important role that angel investors play in helping start-ups get off of the ground. I proudly supported this bill to give small businesses in North Texas and across the country the opportunities they need to grow and create jobs for hard working Americans."
To learn more about H.R. 79, the Helping Angels Lead Our Startups Act, click here.
This week I was proudly took my oath of office and was sworn into the 115th Congress to continue to serve and represent the great people of the 32nd Congressional District. It has been a busy week on Capitol Hillstarting with the passage of the Rules Package for the 115th Congress, voting on important measures to restore responsible regulations, adopting a resolution to condemn the United Nations’ anti-Israel resolution, and ending with a joint session of Congress to confirm Donald J. Trump as President and Mike Pence as Vice President of the United States. I am excited to begin this year with our new unified government and I look forward to working with my colleagues in the House and the Senate as well as our new President to make America great again.
Laying the Framework for the 115th Congress
This week the House passed House Resolution 5,to adopt the rules for the 115th Congress, which lays the foundation for our work ahead while building upon our continued efforts to increase transparency, improve accountability, and streamline House processes.
As we begin the 115th Congress we know that have an important job to do, and now more than ever it is critical that we hit the ground running and get to work on behalf of the American people. I proudly brought this important measure to the House floor to provide Members on both sides of the aisle the tools necessary to represent their constituents with fairness, openness, and integrity. To read more about what is in the Rules Package, click here.
Restoring Responsible Regulations and Congressional Oversight
It is no secret that the Obama Administration has played a heavy hand in doling out thousands upon thousands of regulations that have cost American taxpayers billions of dollars. That is why we are hitting the ground running this Congress by rolling back the president’s regulatory agenda and providing American small businesses and families with the relief that they desperately need. While we still have a lot of work to do, the passage of the REINS Act lays the ground work for our regulatory overhaul that will unburden the free market from the arbitrary and unnecessary grip of federal bureaucrats.
Standing With Israel
In December the United Nations passed a resolution that completely undermines any future potential of a bilateral agreement between Israel and Palestine. Since 1972 the United States has defended the people of Israel and vetoed 42 anti-Israel resolutions. The Obama Administration’s failure to veto this measure violates our longstanding policy to protect Israel from such one-sided resolutions.
I have always stood with our friends in Israel and I will continue to fight to ensure we preserve and protect our precious relationship with them. Thankfully come January 20th we will have a unified Republican government and someone in the White House who will join Republicans in the House and Senate in reaffirming our commitment to the people of Israel.
Each year I am delighted to welcome hundreds of North Texans to our nation’s capital. My Washington, D.C. office is happy to assist you in planning your visit whether it be facilitating tours of the U.S. Capitol and other historic landmarks or providing you with other information to make your visit special. With inauguration coming up, we understand a lot of visitors will be coming from Texas so please visit my website to learn how we can help you.
|Congressman Sessions with the McKenna family from Dallas, Texas|
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), Chairman of the House Rules Committee, released the following statement expressing his support for a resolution to disapprove of the United Nations’ dangerous anti-Israel resolution:
“The UN resolution sets a dangerous precedent that completely undermines any future potential of a bilateral agreement between Israel and Palestine. Since 1972 the United States has defended the people of Israel and vetoed 42 anti-Israel resolutions. The Obama Administration’s failure to veto this measure violates our longstanding policy to protect Israel from such one-sided resolutions.
“I have always stood with our friends in Israel and I will continue to fight to ensure we preserve and protect our precious relationship with them. Thankfully come January 20th we will have a unified Republican government and someone in the White House who will join Republicans in the House and Senate in reaffirming our commitment to the people of Israel.”
To learn more about H. Res 11, Objecting to United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334, click here.
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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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