Pete Sessions

Pete Sessions

TEXAS' 32nd DISTRICT

The Hill Report: Week of June 22 - 26, 2015

2015/06/30

This week the Supreme Court decided on the long awaited King vs. Burwell case. The Court’s ruling made one thing clear – words have no meaning.  The Affordable Care Act plainly says that an exchange must be established by a state for that state’s residents to receive tax credits from the federal government to subsidize their purchases of health insurance made on the exchanges. The Supreme Court chose to completely ignore the words of the law and once again bail out the Obama Administration’s disastrous health care law.   While I do not agree with the Supreme Court’s ruling, I will continue to fight to dismantle, repeal, and replace this disastrous law. I have voted more than 50 times to repeal the President’s healthcare law, and I remain committed to implementing a common sense policy that provides for patient-centered solutions that focus on the needs of seniors, small businesses, and American families. For far too long this law has wreaked havoc on the American people. The people of North Texas and across the country should be able to make their own decisions about what is right for them and their families, and that should include the right to choose affordable healthcare plans under a free marketplace system.

In addition to the King vs. Burwell case, the Supreme Court also ruled on the legality of same sex marriage. Once again, government overreach and intrusion won over 10th Amendment rights. I believe that each state should have the opportunity to choose what is best for their citizens and that the Supreme Court has no business legislating from the bench. I will continue to work to ensure that people's political conscience decisions are protected.
House Votes to Repeal Harmful ObamaCare Provision and Rein in EPA
Repeal IPAB
ObamaCare is riddled with onerous regulations and unnecessary bureaucratic red tape such as the Independent Payment Advisory Board. Unelected bureaucrats should not be making health decisions that are better left up to patients and their doctors. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what the Independent Payment Advisory Board in the Affordable Care Act would do by controlling physicians’ ability to properly care for Medicare patients. While I have voted to repeal Obamacare more than 50 times, I believe it is important to continue to chip away at the most harmful aspects of the president’s health law, which we know is bad for patients, bad for doctors, bad for insurers and bad for Americans everywhere.

Ratepayer Protection Act

The Obama administration has once again threatened to use the Environmental Protection Agency to enact a plan that would increase electricity rates for consumers without providing any actual benefit or addressing any real environmental need. The EPA has abused the lawmaking process to implement the administration’s climate agenda, which kills jobs and hurts wallets. According to the National Association of Manufacturers, the EPA’s proposed regulations could cost more than 347,000 Texas jobs and burden Texans with $376 billion in compliance costs.  This so-called clean energy plan is nothing but another executive branch power grab that will raise electricity rates on Americans across the country. I proudly supported the Ratepayer Protection Act, to provide balance and Congressional oversight to this proposed regulation in order to protect American consumers.

Meetings with Texans
Tuesday morning I was delighted to meet with Texans visiting our office on behalf of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. I enjoyed listening to the stories of hope from these pancreatic cancer survivors and their family members. I look forward to working on their behalf as a new member of the Congressional Deadliest Cancers Caucus.  

Congressman Sessions with constituents from the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network

On Thursday I was pleased to sit down with teen advocates from Texas representing the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. They came to Washington, D.C. to advocate on behalf of their siblings who are suffering from this debilitating disease. I enjoyed learning more about their efforts and the immense advances we are making thanks to research, especially by the NIH.  

Congressman Sessions with a young Texas advocate from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Reminder: Town Hall Meeting 
This Saturday, June 27th, I will be holding a Town Hall Meeting at Richland College in Garland from 10:45 AM – Noon. I look forward to discussing my work on behalf of the 32nd Congressional District and answering any questions you have about issues facing North Texans. To RSVP for the Town Hall, click here.  

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June 27, 2015 Garland Town Hall Meeting Materials

2015/06/29

This Saturday, June 27th, I was pleased to hold a Town Hall Meeting in Garland and discuss important issues facing our nation, including the positive impact of trade in Texas, Republicans work to balance the budget and cut unnecessary spending, and my efforts to fight against the Obama Administration's continued abuse of executive authority.

Here are the materials from Saturday's Town Hall Meeting.

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Pete Sessions Responds to the Supreme Court's Ruling on ObamaCare

2015/06/25

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 in response to the Supreme Court’s ruling in King vs. Burwell:
 
“If today’s Supreme Court ruling proved one thing, it is that the Court no longer believes that words matter. The Affordable Care Act plainly says that an exchange must be established by a state for that state’s residents to receive tax credits from the federal government to subsidize their purchases of health insurance made on the exchanges. Today, the Supreme Court chose to completely ignore the words of the law and once again bail out the Obama Administration’s disastrous health care boondoggle.   

“Five years ago, Obama and Democrats forced a massive 2,700 page healthcare bill through Congress - without revealing its full contents to the American people - with the promise of lower healthcare costs, increased coverage, and the ability to choose your own doctor. So far, all of these promises have been broken. Premiums have skyrocketed, millions of workers were dropped by their employer’s healthcare plans, and the President's infamous line, “if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor,” was voted the lie of the year by PolitiFact. This onerous law has wreaked havoc on the American people and our nation’s healthcare system.  It should not have withstood legal scrutiny, but the Court has chosen to dedicate itself to saving this law.
 
“While I do not agree with the Supreme Court’s ruling today, I will continue to tirelessly work to dismantle, repeal, and replace this disastrous law. I have voted more than 50 times to repeal the President’s healthcare law, and I remain committed to implementing a common sense policy that provides for patient-centered solutions that focus on the needs of seniors, small businesses, and American families. A fundamental tenant of being an American means that citizens should be able to make their own decisions about what is right for them and their families, and that should include the right to choose affordable healthcare plans under a free marketplace system.” 

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Sessions Applauds Passage of Legislation to Rein In Out-of-Control EPA Proposal

2015/06/24

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), Chairman of the House Rules Committee, today issued the following statement on the House’s passage of the Ratepayer Protection Act, legislation to protect households and businesses from significant adverse effects on electricity reliability:

“The Obama administration has once again threatened to use the Environmental Protection Agency to enact a plan that would increase electricity rates for consumers without providing any actual benefit or addressing any real environmental need. The EPA has abused the lawmaking process to implement the administration’s climate agenda, which kills jobs and hurts wallets. This so-called clean energy plan is nothing but another executive branch power grab, and its negative effects will only raise electricity rates. With today’s passage of the Ratepayer Protection Act, we are taking a step toward providing balance and Congressional oversight to this proposed regulation in order to protect the American consumer.”

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June Town Hall

2015/06/23

On Saturday, June 27th I will be hosting a Town Hall Meeting in Garland at Richland College - Garland Campus to provide you with an update on my work in Congress and to discuss House Republicans' efforts to balance our budget, hold the Administration accountable, create more jobs, grow a healthy economy. Please RSVP here.

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The Hill Report: Week of June 15 - 19, 2015

2015/06/23

On Thursday I proudly voted to give the American people a voice in trade negotiations, to create good-paying American jobs, and to continue our role as a leader in the global economy. Trade Promotion Authority will not only unleash our export power, but it also maintains the rule of law, upholds American sovereignty, and guarantees that Congress maintains its exclusive constitutional authority to change laws. President Obama has repeatedly abused his executive authority, which is why TPA is so important to ensure the president has to negotiate trade agreements according to the terms of Congress. TPA puts Congress in the driver's seat, not the president. 
 

Congressman Sessions managing the rule for Trade Promotion Authority. Click here to watch the clip.

I proudly supported this legislation to bolster the already 3 million trade related jobs in Texas and bring in thousands of new, good-paying jobs to my home state with future trade agreements. I urge my colleagues in the Senate to support our efforts by passing this critical piece of legislation to create new American jobs, maintain our nation's rule of law, and show the world that America will continue to lead the world in economic growth.                  

Voting to Repeal the Medical Device Tax
For the past five years ObamaCare has imposed numerous onerous regulations that have raised healthcare costs for Americans across the country. I proudly supported legislation to repeal the unfair excise tax on medical devices to spur medical innovation and lower health care costs. I remain committed to dismantling the President's disastrous healthcare law and putting forth common sense solutions to provide Americans with affordable health care.

Meeting with Texas Physicians
This morning I had the opportunity to speak at a Continuing Medical Education conference at Baylor, Scott and White Hospital about the current state of the health care debate in Washington, D.C. For the past five years, doctors and Americans have been forced to comply with onerous regulations imposed by ObamaCare. I have tirelessly fought against this disastrous law by working with doctors and physicians across the country to find solutions that ease the regulatory burdens on their practices. I believe it is critical that the lines of communication between physicians and legislators remain open so we can work together to create effective solutions to fix our broken healthcare system. 


Congressman Sessions speaking at a Continuing Medical Education conference at Baylor, Scott and White Hospital

Margaret McDermott Bridge
This afternoon I was delighted to join Dallas City Council Members Jennifer Staubach Gates and Lee Kleinman in signing a beam for the new Margaret McDermott Bridge, an ongoing project that will rebuild the intersection of I-35 E and I-30 in downtown Dallas. This bridge will be a wonderful addition to downtown Dallas, with two beautiful arches reaching nearly 350 feet above the water and supporting lanes for bikes and pedestrians outside of the vehicle lanes. I was honored to be a part of this project and participate in a piece of Dallas' history.
 Congressman Sessions with Dallas City Council Members Jennifer Staubach Gates and Lee Kleinman at the Martha McDermott Bridge.

Town Hall Meeting
Next Saturday, June 27th, I will be holding a Town Hall meeting 11:00 am at Richland College in Garland. I look forward to providing you with an update on my work in Congress and to discuss House Republicans' efforts to balance the budget, create more American jobs, fight against executive overreach, and grow a healthy economy. To RSVP for the Town Hall, click here.

Garland Town Hall Meeting
Saturday, June 27, 2015
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Richland College- Garland Campus 
 675 W. Walnut Street
Garland, Texas 75040 - 5023

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Sessions Votes to Repeal Provision of Obamacare That Hurts America's Seniors

2015/06/23

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), Chairman of the House Rules Committee, today issued the following statement in response to the House’s passage of legislation to repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board, a provision within the Affordable Care Act that restricts seniors’ access to Medicare and allows unelected Washington bureaucrats to make decisions about cutting Medicare payments to doctors if their spending targets are not met:

“Unelected bureaucrats should not be making health decisions that are better left up to patients and their doctors. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what the Independent Payment Advisory Board in the Affordable Care Act would do by controlling physicians’ ability to properly care for Medicare patients. While I have voted to repeal Obamacare more than 50 times, I believe it is important to continue to chip away at the most harmful aspects of the president’s health law, which we know is bad for patients, bad for doctors, bad for insurers and bad for Americans everywhere. Today’s passage of the IPAB repeal is another step to do just that.”

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Sessions Votes to Unleash America's Trade Power and Maintain Our Rule of Law

2015/06/18

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 applauding the passage of Trade Promotion Authority:

“Today's vote for Trade Promotion Authority was a vote to give the American people a voice in trade negotiations, a vote to create good-paying American jobs, and a vote to continue our role as a leader in the global economy.
 
“This legislation will not only unleash our export power, but it also maintains the rule of law, upholds American sovereignty, and guarantees that Congress maintains its exclusive constitutional authority to change laws. President Obama has abused his executive authority time and time again, which is why TPA is so important. Without TPA, the president has inherent, unilateral power to negotiate trade agreements as he sees fit. With TPA, the president has to negotiate trade agreements according to the terms of Congress. TPA puts Congress in the driver's seat, not the president. It also ensures that any provision of any trade agreement that is inconsistent with any law of the United States will have no effect. This guarantees that American sovereignty is upheld.
 
“Since the days of Ronald Reagan, Republicans have always been the party of free trade because Reagan knew that when America competes around the world, America wins. I proudly supported this legislation to bolster the already 3 million trade related jobs in Texas and bring in thousands of new good paying jobs to my home state with future trade agreements.  I call upon my colleagues in the Senate to support our efforts by passing this critical piece of legislation to create new American jobs, maintain our nation’s rule of law, and show the world that America will continue to lead the world in economic growth.”

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Sessions Supports Repeal of Medical Device Excise Tax

2015/06/18

Washington, DC – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), Chairman of the House Rules Committee, today issued the following statement after voting in favor of the Protect Medical Innovation Act of 2015, legislation that eliminates an unfair excise tax that discourages medical innovation:

“One of the many job-killing, burdensome regulations imposed by Obamacare includes a tax on important medical devices that threatens the health care industry, a staple of our economy. Today House Republicans voted to repeal this tax and support an industry that employs thousands of Americans and is a major exporter to foreign markets. I strongly support this legislation that prioritizes innovation, lowers heath care costs and takes steps to repeal this onerous  law.”

For more information about H.R. 160 click here.

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Sessions Applauds Passage of Intel Reauthorization Measure

2015/06/16

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), Chairman of the House Rules Committee, today issued the following statement after voting in favor of H.R. 2596, the Intelligence Authorization for Fiscal Year 2016 Act:

“This important measure provides our intelligence community with the resources it needs to address potential threats to our homeland and respond as needed to keep Americans safe. I am pleased this bill carefully weighs our national security needs with the necessity to spend our funds wisely. I applaud my colleagues in the House for passing this important measure with bipartisan support, and I look forward to the president’s signature.”

For more information on H.R. 2596, click here.

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The Hill Report: Week of June 8 - 12, 2015

2015/06/15

Today I proudly voted for Trade Promotion Authority to ensure that  Congress has the authority to oversee trade deals introduced by the president. While Republicans voted in accordance to our long held beliefs and support of free trade, Democrats chose to take down their own worker protection program, a policy they have strongly supported for nearly 50 years. Because of this, our work on this issue is not over, but I am proud of the work my colleagues have done to pass TPA, and I look forward to using the tools at the House’s disposal to get this important measure to the president’s desk.  

Congressman Sessions managing the rule on Trade Promotion Authority. Click here to watch the video.

I supported TPA today because I do not trust this president.  President Obama has overstepped his constitutional authority many times, which is precisely why taking up the TPA language was so important.  The president already possesses inherent authority to negotiate trade agreements with other countries on his own.  This means that without TPA, Congress and the American people would have been stuck on the sidelines. Today’s passage of the TPA portion of the bill proves we can look forward to another century led by American values, principles, practices and successes when it comes to trade.

This Week in the House
Commodity End-User Relief Act
This week the House of Representatives passed the Commodity End-User Relief Act, which is a bill to provide relief to businesses in an uncertain global economy. I strongly believe that reauthorizing and improving the Commodity Futures Trading Commission protects businesses that make up the backbone of America’s economy – farmers, manufacturers and producers – from burdensome regulations. By passing this bill, we can now cut through onerous red tape and allow for businesses to operate in an environment focused on growth and job creation, rather than even more government overreach.

Transportation Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act

On Wednesday I was pleased to vote for the Transportation Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act. I am proud to be one of the House Republicans who once again acted to protect taxpayers’ pocketbooks, while making sure the neediest among us are taken care of and our nation’s roads and infrastructure are safe. This legislation is a perfect example of what happens when we prioritize necessary programs and make cuts to frivolous spending.

FY16 Department of Defense Appropriations 

The House also passed legislation that provides necessary resources to continue essential military efforts abroad, the FY16 Defense Appropriations bill. In a world of increasing threats, this legislation makes sure that our national security programs are supported and have the resources to keep our nation safe. This was absolutely critical because protecting those who protect us is an utmost priority of mine, and I will continue to make sure our troops are well-equipped, well-trained and have the means to stay prepared and protected. I am proud to support legislation that makes sure our armed forces and their families are taken care of, and I sincerely thank our troops for the sacrifices they make.

Breast Cancer Awareness Commemorative Coin Act

On Tuesday I was delighted to join Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney on Morning Joe to announce new legislation that raises money for breast cancer research, the Breast Cancer Awareness Commemorative Coin Act. In addition to Morning Joe, we also met with Breast Cancer Research Foundation President Myra Biblowit, President and CEO of Susan G. Komen, Dr. Judith Salerno to discuss their critical role in breast cancer research and awareness.  

Click here to watch Congressman Sessions and Congresswoman Maloney on Morning Joe

I am pleased to be an original cosponsor of this legislation that would direct the U.S. Treasury to issue gold, silver, and clad coins that feature a design to symbolize the fight against breast cancer. The production cost of these coins will be completely covered within the sales prices, and the proceeds will directly benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and Susan G. Komen for the Cure, which is headquartered in Texas. I believe it is critical that we continue to support research efforts so that one day we can finally defeat this devastating disease and live in a world without breast cancer.   

Meetings with Texans
Night Tour With Members of the Greater Irving Chamber of Commerce
Tuesday evening I was delighted to give members of the Greater Irving Chamber of Commerce a night tour of the Capitol. The Irving-Las Colinas Chamber welcomes members of all shapes and sizes, ranging from Fortune 100 to small businesses. Their mission is to create, advance and promote economic growth for our investors and community. I enjoyed sharing our Capitol’s rich history with fellow Texans and discussing important issues facing businesses in North Texas.   

Congressman Sessions with members of the Greater Irving Chamber of Commerce

American Airlines
On Thursday I had the opportunity to meet with Norma Kaehler, Managing Director of Government and Corporate Affairs for American Airlines and Stephen Johnson, the new Executive Vice President of Government Affairs. Based in the DFW Texas area, American Airlines has been a longtime friend of our constituents. I look forward to working with Mr. Johnson and continuing to work together on issues facing the airline industry.   

Congressman Sessions with Stephen Johnson, the new Executive Vice President of Government Affairs for American Airlines

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Sessions: When America Competes Globally, America Wins

2015/06/12

Says While There Is More Work to Be Done, Passage of TPA Language a “Win” for America

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), Chairman of the House Rules Committee, today issued the following statement on the House’s approval of Trade Promotion Authority language to ensure the Congress has the authority to oversee trade deals introduced by the president, which he was instrumental in helping to enact:

“Democrats chose today to take down their own worker protection program, a policy they have strongly supported for nearly 50 years. Because of this, our work on this issue is not over, but I am proud of the work my colleagues have done to pass TPA, and I look forward to using the tools at the House’s disposal to get this important measure to the president’s desk.

“I supported TPA today because I do not trust this president.  President Obama has overstepped his constitutional authority many times, which is precisely why taking up the TPA language was so important.  The president already possesses inherent authority to negotiate trade agreements with other countries on his own.  This means that without TPA, Congress and the American people would have been stuck on the sidelines. Today’s passage of the TPA portion of the bill proves we can look forward to another century led by American values, principles, practices and successes when it comes to trade.

“I am also pleased that this package incorporated language I worked with Congressman Steve King to include that would ensure no trade deals require changes to current immigration law. With this language, this president – or any future president – will not be able to take yet another good bill and use it as an opportunity to insert his unlawful, unwise and unconstitutional amnesty agenda. It also includes safeguards against changes to current law in the areas of climate change, currency and American sovereignty.

“In short, TPA will ensure good trade agreements, economic prosperity, a commitment to the rule of law and good-paying jobs. At a time when our friends around the world have asked for our leadership, we have answered. At a time when our enemies want to say we are in decline, we have proven them wrong. And at a time when greater opportunities for retailers, businesses and consumers are needed, we have delivered.”

More information on the three trade bills, H.R. 1295, H.R. 644 and H.R. 1314, may be found here.

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Sessions Supports Vital Funding for US Troops

2015/06/11

Washington, DC – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), chairman of the House Rules Committee, today issued the following statement after voting in favor of the FY16 Defense Appropriations bill, legislation to provide necessary resources to continue essential military efforts abroad:

“Protecting those who protect us is an utmost priority of mine, and today I was proud to support legislation that makes sure our armed forces and their families are taken care of. In a world of increasing threats, this legislation makes sure that our national security programs are supported and have the resources required to keep our nation safe. I thank our troops for the sacrifices they make and will continue to make sure they are well-equipped, well-trained and have the means to stay prepared and protected.”

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Important Amtrak Reforms Included in THUD Appropriations

2015/06/10

Washington, DC – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), Chairman of the House Rules Committee, today issued the following statement after voting in favor of H.R. 2577, the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act:

“House Republicans once again acted to protect taxpayers’ pocketbooks, while making sure the neediest among us are taken care of and our nation’s roads and infrastructure are safe. This legislation serves as an example of the results that can be had when we prioritize necessary programs and make cuts to frivolous spending. I am especially pleased that wise reforms are made to Amtrak, including limiting employees overtime and restricting federal funds from being used on routes where Amtrak offers a 50% or more discount from normal, peak fares."

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Congressman Sessions and Congresswoman Maloney Unveil Plan to Raise Millions for the Fight Against Breast Cancer

2015/06/09

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Breast cancer has touched the lives of millions of American families, but two members of Congress are working to help change that through increased research and awareness of the disease which is now the second leading cause of cancer death in women. Today U.S. Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) and U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (TX-32) joined the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) President Myra Biblowit, President and CEO of Susan G. Komen Dr. Judith Salerno, and breast cancer survivors to announce their plan to raise millions of dollars for the fight against breast cancer. The House members will soon introduce the Breast Cancer Awareness Commemorative Coin Act, which would direct the U.S. Treasury to issue up to 50,000 $5 gold coins, up to 400,000 $1 silver coins and 750,000 half-dollar clad with a design to symbolize the fight against breast cancer in 2018. The production cost of these coins will be fully covered within the sales price, and the proceeds will benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, headquartered in New York, and Susan G. Komen for the Cure, headquartered in Texas. The bill has been cosponsored by 306 Members of the House.

“It is estimated that over 231,000 new cases of breast cancer will occur in the U.S. in 2015, and tragically 40,000 women will die from it,” said Congresswoman Maloney. “Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, and the only way for us to eradicate it is through research to find a cure and increased awareness and screenings. There are only a handful of ways Congress can raise money to assist this fight at no cost to taxpayers and creating a commemorative coin is one. If we pass this bill, we can provide millions of dollars to raise awareness and accelerate research.”

“Breast cancer is a disease that has impacted millions of individuals and families across the nation,” said Congressman Sessions. “While researchers have made great strides in early detection and treatments, I believe it is critical that we continue to support research efforts so that one day we can finally defeat this devastating disease and live in a world without breast cancer. I am proud to join Congresswoman Maloney in supporting this important initiative, and I applaud the integral role that both the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and Susan G. Komen have played in the fight against breast cancer.”  

"There are over 3.1 million breast cancer survivors in the US. These women and men are alive today in large part due to the investment BCRF has made in research and awareness. As a leading funder of breast cancer research worldwide since 1993, BCRF investigators have been deeply involved in every major breakthrough in breast cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment and survivorship," said Myra Biblowit, President of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. "The incredible bi-partisan support this bill has received demonstrates the reality of breast cancer: it impacts everyone, no matter where they are from or political party they may belong to. Funds raised from the minted coin will move BCRF closer to its goal of eradicating this terrible disease."

“The funds raised from the sale of these commemorative coins will help ensure that vital breast cancer research continues,” said Komen President and CEO Judith A. Salerno, M.D., M.S. “As the world’s largest nonprofit funder of breast cancer research, we are grateful for this commitment to women’s health and honored by the trust placed in our organization to steward these funds, as we move forward in our mission to discover and deliver the cures for breast cancer.”

The Breast Cancer Awareness Commemorative Coin Act was first introduced by Rep. Maloney in the 113th Congress. This bipartisan bill was widely supported by a total of 195 cosponsors, with 57 Republicans and 138 Democrats. Breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer among nearly every racial and ethnic group. Clinical advances resulting from research have led to increased survival rates, and death rates have dropped over 34 percent since 1990.

The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) has raised more than $500 million for research, making it one of the largest supporters of privately funded research across 25 states and 14 countries. BCRF is dedicated to keeping administrative costs low. Of every dollar donated to BCRF, $0.91 goes to research and awareness programs—$0.88 towards research and $0.03 towards awareness.

Susan G. Komen has spent over $847 million on research in 48 states and around the world. Komen’s mission is to attack the disease on all fronts: in research, community outreach, education. The organization provides peer-reviewed research grants, which have resulted in breakthrough scientific discoveries that bring us closer to eradicating breast cancer.

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Sessions Applauds Passage of Bill to Cut Red Tape and Create Jobs

2015/06/09

Washington, DC – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), Chairman of the House Rules Committee, today issued the following statement after voting in favor of the Commodity End-User Relief Act, a bill to provide relief to businesses in an uncertain global economy:

“Reauthorizing and improving the Commodity Futures Trading Commission protects businesses that make up the backbone of our economy – farmers, manufacturers and producers – from burdensome regulations. By cutting red tape, businesses will operate in an environment focused on growth and job creation, not more government overreach. Basic reforms in this bill ensure transparency and accountability, and allow businesses to control costs and better manage risk."

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The Hill Report: Week of June 1 - 5, 2015

2015/06/08

On Sunday I was pleased to go on WFAA’s “Inside Texas Politics” to discuss the influx of foreign fighters, my efforts to stop the President’s executive amnesty plan, what free trade means for the Texas economy and jobs, and other issues that impact North Texans. I was delighted to share my thoughts on these important issues and discuss my work on behalf of the 32nd Congressional District. To watch the full interview, click here.  

Congressman Sessions on "Inside Texas Politics"

This week I introduced two amendments to the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, that would cut wasteful spending and instill fiscal discipline at Amtrak. My two amendments would cut funding for the “worst-of-the worst” when it comes to Amtrak’s long-distance routes. Every single long-distance route that Amtrak provides operates at a loss every month, with eleven routes costing double the amount of revenue they create. My proposal to cut these inefficient routes will save American taxpayers $500 million. I sincerely hope that these amendments are adopted next week and I will continue to fight against Washington’s out-of-control spending and make the tough decisions necessary to cut wasteful programs such as these.  To watch my floor speech on these amendments, click here.

Congressman Sessions offering an amendment to cut millions of dollars of wasteful spending from Amtrak

Legislation this week
On Wednesday the House of Representatives passed the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2016. This bill supports federal programs that will ensure we remain globally competitive when it comes to scientific innovation, research and exploration, as well as adequately protected from criminal activity and the ever-increasing risk of cyber threats. In addition to funding these programs, this bill also stops the Obama Administration’s continued crusade against the 2nd Amendment. As a lifelong member of the NRA and a fierce defender of the 2nd Amendment, I proudly supported this legislation and will continue to fight to preserve and protect the rights afforded to us by the Constitution.

IRS Refuses to Cooperate With Republicans
In May I joined more than 50 of my colleagues in sending a letter to the IRS to ask them to review the Clinton Foundation’s tax-exempt status after recent reports that the foundation failed to report millions of dollars in grants from foreign governments while Mrs. Clinton was serving as the United States Secretary of State. These reports alleged that the Clinton Foundation was operating under the guise of philanthropy while facilitating major private business transactions between foreign entities. I believe this is a serious issue that needs to be thoroughly examined to uncover whether or not the Foundation violated the qualifications for their tax-exempt status.

On Thursday the IRS responded to our request with a form letter that signaled that they have no interest in getting to the bottom of this. It comes as no surprise since the IRS has repeatedly violated the trust of American taxpayers and acted with no sense of transparency. I will not stand by and let the IRS walk all over the American people while they protect lawless liberals who continue to break the rules that apply to everyone else. I remain committed to fighting against the IRS and supporting measures to make sure they are doing their due diligence in investigating this situation.

 

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Pete Sessions Statement on the May Jobs Report

2015/06/05

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 May jobs report:

“While today’s jobs report brings welcome news, I believe we can and must do more to expand our economy and create more good paying, full time jobs. With the GDP contracting at 0.7 percent in the first quarter, and approximately 17 million Americans still out of work, it is critical that we expand our horizons and seize on every opportunity to get the American economy back on track.
 
“The Trade Promotion Authority Act presents us with the opportunity to unleash America’s economy by breaking down trade barriers and allowing us to participate and excel in the global marketplace.  With 95 percent of the world’s population and 80 percent of the world’s purchasing power outside the United States, future American economic growth and job creation depends on open markets abroad.
 
“I have always been a fierce supporter of free trade and I believe this legislation is key to making real strides in our economic recovery. Currently, more than 38 million jobs are tied to trade, with 1.1 million of those in Texas, and 160,758 in the 32nd Congressional District. Future trade agreements will lead to approximately 120,000 new jobs and $14 billion in global investment in Texas alone.  These numbers show the true potential that free trade presents to the American economy and the American worker.  Now is the time to pass this job creating legislation to provide Texans and Americans across the country with the opportunities they need and deserve.”

 
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Sessions Applauds Passage FY 2015 Commerce-Justice-Science Spending Bill

2015/06/03

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), Chairman of the House Rules Committee, today released the following statement on the House’s passage of an annual spending bill to fund the Departments of Commerce and Justice as well as the nation’s top science programs:

“Investing wisely in law enforcement, counterterrorism, cybersecurity and scientific research is vital to the growth of the American economy at a crucial time. The federal programs that this bill supports ensure we remain globally competitive when it comes to scientific innovation, research and exploration, as well as adequately protected from criminal activity and the ever-increasing risk of cyber threats. House Republicans once again made tough choices to weed out wasteful spending and fund these programs below the president’s request, and I am happy to have supported this important measure.”

For more on H.R. 2578, the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2016, click here.


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Sessions Applauds House Passage of H.R. 1335

2015/06/01

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), Chairman of the House Rules Committee, today issued the following statement on the House’s passage of legislation to provide flexibility and stability for fishery managers and fishermen:

“I am pleased that the House acted to ensure the needs of our fisheries resources are balanced with those of our fishermen and coastal communities. The reforms in this bill provide local councils and stakeholders the flexibility they need to manage their fisheries. It also helps strengthen data collection and enhance transparency for our fishing industries and the communities they support. House Republicans are committed to promoting a successful and vibrant fishing industry in each region of the U.S., and this bill helps to do just that.”

For more on H.R. 1335, the Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management Act, 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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