Pete Sessions

Pete Sessions

TEXAS' 32nd DISTRICT

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

2014/12/22

I am extremely proud to announce that the President signed the ABLE Act into law today. This legislation will break through the financial glass ceiling for individuals with disabilities by allowing them to create tax-free savings accounts to cover expenses such as education, housing, and transportation. As the proud father of a Down syndrome young man, I am delighted that he and thousands of other individuals with disabilities now have the ability to plan and save for their future.

Fighting for American Airlines Employees
On Sunday the Senate passed legislation approved by the House earlier last week that levels the playing field for American Airlines employees by ensuring they receive the same tax treatment as employees from other domestic airlines. Since American Airlines calls the 32nd Congressional District of Texas home, I proudly supported this legislation and fought to ensure that every hard working pilot, flight attendant, and employee at American Airlines has the same opportunities as their counterparts at other airlines. To learn more about this legislation and how it impacts American Airlines employees, click here.  

Meetings in the 32nd Congressional District of Texas
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas
Friday morning I toured the ICU and Emergency Department at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. In August the hospital admitted the individual with the first diagnosed case of Ebola in the United States. That experience prompted them to improve their hospital policies and ensure that the entire staff has the capability to deal with an infectious disease - such as Ebola - should another crisis arise in the future. I had the opportunity to learn about their efforts to strengthen their admittance process in the emergency room and bolster their protocol for response to infectious disease.

Congressman Sessions touring Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas

I am proud to have such a wonderful healthcare facility in the 32nd District that provides North Texans with quality care and contributes to the overall health of the community.

True Velocity and Automatic Products Visit
This week I had the pleasure of meeting with Kevin Boscamp the President of True Velocity and Chris Tedford the President of Automatic Products at their facility in Garland.  True Velocity is a young Garland ammunition company that is helping our Armed Forces maintain their technological edge through their unique and revolutionary approach to manufacturing ammunition.  Automatic Products is a nationally recognized leader and provider of precision machined products for a broad range of industries. I enjoyed talking with these two business leaders, learning about their companies, and discussing my efforts to ensure businesses in the 32nd District have the opportunity to grow and thrive.

Passport Services
The holiday season is one of the peak travel times for Americans around the country. If you need to acquire a passport, many passport application acceptance facilities are expanding their hours during the winter months as well as offering expedited service to ensure you receive your passport on time for your trip. To learn more about applying for a passport this holiday season you can either call my District Office at 972-392-0505 or click here
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Information on 2015 Omnibus

2014/12/18

On December 11, 2014 the House of Representatives passed legislation that prevented a government shutdown and provides discretionary funding for the vast majority of the federal government through September 2015. Here are a series of letters that I sent to my constituents to explain my reasoning for supporting this government funding bill and my commitment to holding the President accountable for granting blanket amnesty through executive fiat.
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The Hill Report: Week of December 8 - 12, 2014

2014/12/15

This week the House of Representatives passed legislation that prevented a government shutdown, provided no new funding for Obamacare, and significantly gutted the EPA and IRS. While it is far from perfect, I am proud to support any legislation that Nancy Pelosi and the vast majority of her Democrat allies adamantly oppose. This legislation includes a number of long held Republican priorities and is a reflection of the leverage Republicans are beginning to gain as a result of the midterm elections.

Additionally, this bill funds the Department of Homeland Security, only through February of this coming year. In January Republicans will control both the House and the Senate and will have a much stronger position to vigorously fight the President’s unconstitutional executive overreach on immigration. That is why I fought to ensure a vote on the House floor in the beginning of January to block the President’s executive amnesty plan. I stand firmly against President Obama’s executive actions and will continue working diligently to ensure they are reversed.

Congressman Sessions voicing his support for legislation that fights against President Obama's amnesty plan. Click here to watch the video.

I have always remained firmly committed to protecting our nation’s rule of law and I look forward to strategically fighting against the President’s executive amnesty plan next month in the beginning of the new Congress.

ABLE ACT
For the past eight years I have worked with a number of my colleagues in the House and Senate on legislation that would break through the glass ceiling for individuals with disabilities and give them the opportunities that they need and deserve to financially plan for their future. I am pleased to announce that the hard work has paid off and the ABLE Act is one step closer to becoming a reality. Last week the House passed this legislation by a 404 - 17 vote and I am hopeful that the Senate will pass it with overwhelming support before they leave for the holidays. As the proud father of a 20 year old Down syndrome young man, I understand that every individual has different needs and this legislation gives all individuals the opportunities that they deserve for a bigger, brighter future.

Congressman Sessions discussing the ABLE Act with CNN Anchor, Dana Bash. Click here to watch the full interview.

TRIA
In 2002 Congress created the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA) in response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. This legislation established a risk-sharing partnership between the federal government and the insurance industry that made terrorism insurance widely available to businesses in the United States. Like many government programs, reforms need to be made in order to continue to serve its original purpose. On Wednesday the House of Representatives passed legislation that would provide a long-term extension to TRIA and make necessary reforms to protect American taxpayers.

Staying Connected
In addition to my e-newsletter, you can follow me on my social media pages for the latest news about North Texas and the policy debates in Washington.  I regularly update these pages with video, legislation the House is considering, articles, and more.

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Sessions: House Passes Government Funding Bill

2014/12/11

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), Chairman of the House Rules Committee, today released the following statement regarding House passage of Senate Amendment to H.R. 83, Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015:


“Today the House passed legislation that prevents a government shutdown and provides discretionary funding for the vast majority of the federal government through September 2015.  While it is far from perfect, this legislation includes a number of important Republican priorities, including significant cuts to the EPA and IRS.


“Additionally, this bill funds the Department of Homeland Security, which would provide for much of the President’s immigration plan, at existing levels only into the beginning of next year.  Then, Republicans will control both the House and the Senate next Congress and will be in a much stronger position to fight the President’s executive overreach on immigration.  That is why I fought to ensure that the House Rules Committee will allow for a vote on the House floor in January on a measure to block the President’s executive amnesty plan.


“I remain strongly opposed to the President’s unconstitutional executive amnesty and I look forward to strategically fighting against his amnesty plan early next month in the beginning of the new Congress.”

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Congressional Research Service Report on the President's Executive Action

2014/12/10

The Congressional Research Service provided the following report in response to inquiries regarding the funding for USCIS and President Obama's executive action. The following report states that current law provides USCIS permanent, indefinitie authority to use fees collected for immigration adjudication and naturalizaiton services. Furthermore, CRS found that only an enactment of law, legislation that passes both the House andthe current Senate that is then signed by the President, could alter these existing provisions. In other words, the only way to restrict funding for USCIS, and specifically the plans outlined in President Obama's immigration executive action, is to pass a law through the Democrat controlled Senate prohibiting the use of USCIS fees for immigration and naturalization services.
Read the full document to learn more about this issue.
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Pete Sessions Applauds Passage of TRIA

2014/12/10

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), Chairman of the House Rules Committee, today released the following statement regarding House passage of S. 2244, the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA):

"Since TRIA was signed into law in 2002, it has served as an effective means of dealing with the lack of terrorism insurance. However, like many government programs, it needs to be reformed in order to serve its original purpose. Today's legislation provides a long-term extension to TRIA and makes necessary reforms that protect taxpayers. With the program set to expire at the end of the year, it is vital that the Senate and the White House act on this bill immediately.”

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The Hill Report: Week of December 1 - 5, 2014

2014/12/08

This week my colleagues in the House of Representatives passed the ABLE Act, a bipartisan, bicameral piece of legislation that is very near and dear to my heart. As the proud father of a young man with Down syndrome, I believe that empowering individuals with disabilities to live independently is extremely important in order to maximize their opportunities for a bigger and brighter future. The passage of the ABLE Act, a top legislative priority of mine, marks a huge victory for all individuals with disabilities and their families. This legislation will help maintain the health and well-being of individuals with disabilities, by allowing private contributions to their healthcare, education, housing and transportation, so that they can achieve employment and independence while developing to the best of their abilities.

Click here to watch behind-the-scenes footage of the Weekly Republican Address

This week I had the opportunity to participate in the Weekly Republican Address with Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Congressman Ander Crenshaw to celebrate the passage of this significant piece of legislation. I sincerely thank Chairwoman McMorris Rodgers, Congressman Crenshaw and Congressman Chris Van Hollen, whose efforts have been instrumental in passing this bill, and for breaking through the glass ceiling for the disabled community to ensure that they have the opportunities they need and deserve to reach their full potential.

Legislation passed this week
In addition to the ABLE Act, the House of Representatives also passed legislation that protects our nation’s security grids, prevents onerous tax increases on millions of Americans and businesses, and holds the President accountable for his severe abuse of executive actions.  

Critical Infrastructure Protection Act
On Tuesday Congressman Trent Franks’ bill, the Critical Infrastructure Protection Act, passed by a voice vote in the House of Representatives. I proudly supported this vital piece of legislation which would protect our nation from a potentially catastrophic nationwide blackout. This legislation would direct the Department of Homeland Security to enhance our nation’s threat assessments of electromagnetic pulses (EMP) and implement plans on how to best protect and recover should an EMP event occur.  

Tax Increase Prevention Act
On Wednesday the House of Representatives passed the Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014 to prevent burdensome tax increases on millions of families and businesses across America. This legislation is vital to small businesses in the 32nd Congressional District of Texas that rely upon many of the provisions in this bill. I believe that there is much more to be done regarding tax reform, however this bill would offer relief to businesses by reducing unnecessary regulations and giving them the opportunity to grow and succeed.


Congressman Sessions discussing how the Tax Increase Prevention Act would help businesses in the 32nd Congressional District of Texas

Executive Amnesty Prevention Act
In response to the President’s proposed plans to circumvent Congress and unilaterally alter our nation’s immigration laws, the House passed the Executive Amnesty Prevention Act.  This legislation simply confirms something that the President has said himself: the President of the United States does not have the constitutional authority to unilaterally grant blanket amnesty to millions of people. I proudly supported this bill to hold the President accountable for his utter defiance of the American people, our nation’s laws, and the Constitution.  
Breakfast with Garland City Officials
Thursday I was delighted to sit down with members of the Garland City Council and discuss issues facing the North Texas community. During our meeting they updated me on current projects happening in Garland as well as their priorities for the year. It is always a pleasure to welcome fellow North Texans to my office in Washington, D.C. and I look forward to working with the council members and continuing to collaborate on initiatives to make North Texas a better place to work and live.

Congressman Sessions having breakfast with members of the Garland City Council

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Pete Sessions Statement on NDAA Passage

2014/12/04

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), Chairman of the House Rules Committee, today released the following statement regarding House passage of H.R. 3979, the Carl Levin and Howard P. ‘Buck’ McKeon National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for FY 2015:


“I’m proud to support this year’s National Defense Authorization Act, which ensures that our nation’s military is sufficiently equipped to protect us at home and abroad. The legislation provides the necessary authorities and funding for America’s military and does so in a timely fashion. The bill represents a bipartisan, bicameral agreement that ensures that our troops and their families have the resources they need to protect our freedoms in an increasingly dangerous world. At the same time, the bill makes difficult choices in order to conform to the funding levels provided in the House-passed budget. I applaud Chairman McKeon’s work on this important, bipartisan bill and urge my colleagues in the Senate to join us in supporting the brave men and women who defend our great nation.”

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Pete Sessions Votes to Block Lawless Executive Amnesty

2014/12/04

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), Chairman of the House Rules Committee, today released the following statement regarding the House passage of H.R. 5759 the Executive Amnesty Prevention Act:  

“This bill simply confirms something President Obama himself said: the President of the United States does not have the constitutional authority to unilaterally grant blanket amnesty to millions of people.  The Constitution gives Congress the exclusive power to write the law and requires that the President faithfully execute the law as written.  If the President wants to reform our immigration system, he should engage the American people through their elected representatives and follow the constitutional lawmaking process.  Unilateral executive amnesty that circumvents this process is unwise and unconstitutional. By working within the boundaries of the Constitution, we can ultimately achieve more for the American people.”

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Sessions: House Acts to Prevent Tax Increases

2014/12/03

WASHINGTON, D.C.  – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), Chairman of the House Rules Committee, today released the following statement regarding House passage of H.R. 5771, the Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014:


“Today the House acted to prevent burdensome tax increases on millions of families and businesses across America.  This piece of legislation provides much needed certainty to taxpayers as they prepare to file their 2014 tax returns and eliminates provisions in the tax code that no longer serve a purpose. I applaud the passage of this bill and look forward to continuing to work toward a simple, competitive tax code.”


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Sessions Applauds Passage of ABLE Act

2014/12/03

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. 647, the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act of 2014:

“As the proud father of a young man with Down syndrome, I believe that ensuring a sound financial future for our loved ones with disabilities is of the utmost importance.  Today’s passage of the ABLE Act, a top legislative priority of mine, is a victory for all individuals with disabilities and their families.  This bipartisan, bicameral package represents what Congress can do when it works together towards a common goal.

“This legislation will help maintain the health and well-being of individuals with disabilities, allowing private contributions to their healthcare, education, housing and transportation, so that they can achieve employment and independence while growing to the best of their abilities.  This bill is also an important achievement for the Congressional Down Syndrome Caucus, which I cofounded in 2008.  I want to thank Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Congressman Ander Crenshaw, and Congressman Chris Van Hollen, whose efforts have been instrumental in passing this bill.  I am hopeful that my colleagues in the Senate will work expediently to pass this bill and give individuals with disabilities the opportunity for a brighter future.”

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Pete Sessions Applauds the Passage of the Critical Infrastructure Protection Act

2014/12/01

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), Chairman of the House Rules Committee, today released the following statement applauding the passage of H.R. 3410, the Critical Infrastructure Protection Act:

“Today’s passage of Congressman Trent Franks’ Critical Infrastructure Protection Act is an important first step towards protecting our nation from a potentially catastrophic nationwide blackout. This legislation would direct the Department of Homeland Security to enhance our nation’s threat assessments of electromagnetic pulses (EMP) and implement plans on how to best protect and recover should an EMP event occur. I applaud Congressman Franks for his tireless work on this piece of legislation and I am proud to support this bill in an effort to secure our electrical grid, open the lines of communication to educate the public about this potential threat, and implement effective measures to protect our nation’s critical infrastructure.”

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The Hill Report: Giving Thanks

2014/12/01

Today I join my fellow Americans in giving thanks for the many blessings that we enjoy in our great nation. Each year I am honored to highlight military heroes from the 32nd Congressional District of Texas who have valiantly served our nation and have made selfless sacrifices for the freedoms that we enjoy as Americans. During this season of thanks I would like to remember our brave men and women in uniform and their families and thank them for their invaluable contribution to our nation.

1Lt. James McCarthy, USA
James is a 2007 graduate of Berkner High School in Richardson, TX.  After graduating from West Point in 2011, he remained at the Academy as a Graduate Assistant for the Army Sprint Football Team. He was then stationed at Fort Sill, OK, with the 1st Battalion, 30th Field Artillery Regiment where he graduated from Basic Officer Leadership Course in April 2012. He then joined the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division in Fort Bragg, NC, where he graduated from Airborne School.  James currently serves as the Fire Direction Officer for Battery A, 2nd Battalion 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment.  In July of 2015 he will return to Fort Sill to attend the Captain Career Course in Fort Sill, OK.

1Lt. James McCarthy

Captain Mike Koepke, USAF
Mike is a 2004 graduate of Richardson High School in Richardson, TX.  He attended the Air Force Academy Prep School before graduating from the Air Force Academy in 2009. He then became an intelligence officer stationed at Luke Air Force Base, AZ, where he served for the last four years.

Captain Mike Koepke with his wife Liliana Koepke

Mike completed his deployment to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in June of this year where he was the officer in charge of the Technical Exploitation Cell.  Last November he married Liliana Urrego, who is a 2011 Air Force Academy graduate.  Mike is currently stationed at Eglin Air Force Base where he cross-trained into acquisitions and now works in the Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM) program office. 

LT John Cavenaugh, USN
John is a 2004 graduate from Coppell High School who graduated from the US Merchant Marine Academy with a degree in Marine Engineering Systems in 2008. Upon graduation he was commissioned as an Ensign in the United States Navy and spent his first two and a half years attending flight school in Pensacola, FL, and Corpus Christi, TX. Upon completing flight school he was stationed in Norfolk, VA, where he spent the next four years flying the MH-60S Knighthawk.

LT John Cavenaugh returning from deployment last April

In July of 2013 he was deployed to the Middle East for nine months aboard the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) as a part of Carrier Air Wing Three (CVW-3). During this time, John served as an aircraft commander for missions such as Search and Rescue, Logistical Support, VIP Passenger Transfers, and Maritime Strike missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Currently, he is a Lieutenant in the Navy stationed in Austin, TX, as a Naval Officer Recruiter and Division Officer. John has recently been accepted as a student into the Class of 2017 Evening MBA Program at the University of Texas.

Academy Interviews
Last Saturday I held my annual Service Academy Interview Event where 26 candidates were interviewed by my Academy Selection Board for nominations to four of the five of our nation’s military academies. This is one of the most important responsibilities that I have as a Member of Congress as well as one of my favorites.  As I am every year, this year I was honored to meet with these young men and women to nominate them to our nation’s Service Academies. 

Each candidate was interviewed by the Academy Selection Board, which is chaired by Chad Hennings, for the opportunity to receive a nomination to the United States Air Force Academy, the United States Military Academy, the United States Merchant Marine Academy or the United States Naval Academy. If you are interested in learning more about our nation’s Service Academies and the nomination process please visit my website or contact Jennifer Lang in my District Office at 972.392.0505 or Jennifer.Lang@mail.house.gov. 

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The Hill Report: Week of November 17 - 21, 2014

2014/11/24

Last night President Obama announced plans to use an executive fiat to grant blanket amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants.  The President’s unilateral action is a blatant abuse of power that disregards the Constitution.  Remarkably, the President is acting in a way that he himself admitted he could not do just a few years ago.  In refusing to work with Congress, the President has poisoned the well for any opportunity for real reform, undermined the rule of law, and ignored the wishes of the American people.

As a proud Texan, I understand the need to reform our broken immigration system. However, the President’s plan will only make a dangerous situation at the border worse. Individuals who have followed the law and gone through our immigration system the right way deserve better than this.  If the President wants real reform, he should listen to the voice of the American people through their elected representatives in Congress and follow the constitutional law making process instead of unilaterally ruling behind the guise of executive power.

I believe for true immigration reform to be effective we must first and foremost secure our borders, strengthen interior enforcement, and prosecute and deport criminal aliens who are currently in the United States. I remain committed to vigorously working with my colleagues in the House of Representatives and the Senate to offer real meaningful solutions that address the problems of our severely broken immigration system.

Legislation passed this week in the House of Representatives
This week the House of Representatives acted to pass legislation that would provide much needed reform to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and that would help spur robust job growth in our manufacturing sector. 

On Tuesday the House passed H.R. 1422, the EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act, to ensure unbiased and balanced participation on the panel that provides the foundation for costly EPA regulations. On Wednesday the House passed H.R. 4012, the Secret Science Reform Act, which would require the EPA to base its regulations on science that is available to the public and subject to independent review. These two bills would serve as a critical step to create greater transparency in the federal government and ensure that taxpayer dollars are being used efficiently and effectively.

On Thursday the House passed H.R. 4795, the Promoting New Manufacturing Act. Recently our country has seen a historic expansion in our energy sector, which has created a historic opportunity for a manufacturing boom. Increased manufacturing projects would generate much-needed economic investment and create thousands of good-paying jobs for hard-working Americans. However, investment in such projects has been hindered due to burdensome regulations and unnecessary red tape imposed by the EPA’s lengthy preconstruction permitting process. H.R. 4795 would cut through the red tape, create a more efficient and transparent process, and get government out of the way  in order to jumpstart new manufacturing projects and create much-needed jobs.

Meetings with Students
On Tuesday I met with North Texas students participating in AIPAC’s Schusterman Advocacy Institute High School Summit in Washington, D.C. Each year AIPAC selects student leaders from around the country to participate in a national leadership conference. Students learn about the American political process and interact with Washington policy makers. I was impressed with the student’s articulate questions and delighted to see their interest in actions that the House of Representatives has taken which would support our ally, Israel. As we move forward in the fight against terrorism both in the Middle East and around the world please know that I remain a steadfast supporter of the Jewish State and committed to maintaining and protecting our nation’s ties with Israel – our strongest ally in the Middle East.

Congressman Sessions meeting with students participating in AIPAC's Shusterman Advocacy Institute High School Summit in Washington, D.C.

Wednesday afternoon I had the opportunity to meet with students from universities across the nation participating in the Washington Semester Program at American University. I enjoyed speaking with them about my role as Chairman of the House Rules Committee and explaining the Committee’s role in the legislative process. It is always a pleasure to hear the perspectives of the young leaders in our communities and to see their enthusiasm to participate in our nation’s democratic process.

Congressman Sessions talking with students from the Washington Semester Program at American University

North Texas Crime Commission
Monday night I had the pleasure of taking members of the North Texas Crime Commission on a tour of the Capitol. After the tour the group visited my office and we had a very productive discussion about the importance of law enforcement and the initiatives which keep the North Texas community safe. I always enjoy their annual visit and discussing their noteworthy work in the 32nd Congressional District. To learn more about their efforts, click here.

Congressman Sessions meeting with the North Texas Crime Commission in a hearing room in the Capitol

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Sessions: House Acts to Jumpstart New Manufacturing

2014/11/20

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. 4795, the Promoting New Manufacturing Act:

“Due to the historic expansion of American energy in recent years, the U.S. manufacturing sector is poised for a robust resurgence.  A manufacturing boom would generate much-needed economic investment and create thousands of good-paying jobs for hard-working Americans. Unfortunately, onerous federal policies and regulations have slowed potential economic growth.  Specifically, the Environmental Protection Agency’s lengthy preconstruction permitting process is filled with red tape that creates unnecessary burdens on American businesses and keeps them from hiring new workers. 

“Today the House passed a bill to reform the EPA’s broken permitting process that is holding back our economy.  H.R. 4795 would make this process more efficient and transparent in order to help facilitate the creation of manufacturing projects.  By helping to get government out of the way of an oncoming manufacturing boom, House Republicans will continue the fight to jumpstart new manufacturing projects and create good-paying jobs sooner rather than later.” 

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Pete Sessions Responds to President Obama's Use of Executive Fiat to Grant Blanket Amnesty

2014/11/20

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), Chairman of the House Rules Committee, today released the following statement in response to President Obama’s plan to unconstitutionally use executive fiat to grant blanket amnesty:

“President Obama’s decision today to unilaterally grant blanket amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants is an egregious abuse of power that blatantly disregards the Constitution. Blanket amnesty by executive fiat sets a dangerous precedent by encouraging those who have knowingly broken the law while ignoring Congress’ role in fixing it. 

“As a proud Texan, I understand the need to reform our broken immigration system. However, the President’s plan will only make a dangerous situation at the border worse while illegally circumventing the constitutional lawmaking process.  If the President were serious about immigration reform, he would allow the American people to work their will through their elected representatives in Congress and give us the time necessary to pass legislation to his desk.  Instead, he has chosen to set our nation further back from achieving meaningful reform based upon the rule of law.

“For true immigration reform to be effective we must first and foremost secure our borders, strengthen interior enforcement, and prosecute and deport criminal aliens who are currently in the United States.  Next, we should establish a true guest worker program that adequately safeguards our nation’s social programs. I remain committed to diligently working with my colleagues in the House of Representatives and the Senate to offer real meaningful solutions that address the problems of our severely broken immigration system and are supported by the American people.”

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Sessions Applauds Passage of EPA Reform Bills

2014/11/19

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. 1422, the EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act, and H.R. 4012, the Secret Science Reform Act:

“This week the House passed important legislation that would ensure that environmental regulations are crafted by unbiased experts who rely upon publicly available scientific data.  In order to reform the Environmental Protection Agency and prevent unnecessary regulations, this package would improve the process for selecting its expert advisors, expand transparency requirements, and require the EPA to show the work that serves as the foundation of its scientific findings.

“Currently the EPA does not disclose the data that inform federal regulations, many of which cost billions of taxpayer dollars, destroy jobs, and stifle economic growth.  If the EPA is relying upon sound science, it should have nothing to hide.  House Republicans have worked tirelessly to create greater transparency in the federal government and this legislation helps solve some of the shortcomings within the EPA.”

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The Hill Report: Week of November 10 -14, 2014

2014/11/17

While the House of Representatives has worked tirelessly to advance the Keystone XL Pipeline over the last four years, President Obama and Senate Democrats have imposed unnecessary burdens and roadblocks at every turn that have delayed approval of this shovel-ready jobs project.  Today the House of Representatives passed H.R. 5682, a bill written by Dr. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, that would provide approval for construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline. The Senate has yet another chance to pass this legislation and send it to President Obama for his signature. It is time for the House and the Senate to work together to implement solutions that create thousands of American jobs nationwide, inject billions of dollars into our economy, and put us on a path towards energy independence. This has been a long and arduous approval process, and the time for excuses and unnecessary delay is over.

Click here to watch Congressman Sessions managing the rule for H.R. 5682

Veterans Day
On Tuesday I joined Americans across the country to honor our nation’s retired and active duty servicemen and women for their unwavering service to our nation. Our nation was built upon, and has been sustained through, their valiant efforts to protect and preserve the freedoms that we hold near and dear to our hearts. 

Congressman Sessions at the Dallas Veterans Day Parade

I was honored to participate in the Dallas Veterans Day Parade and meet with local veterans to express my sincere gratitude for their service. After the parade I had the opportunity to meet with US Army Staff Sergeant Travis Mills and to attend the viewing of Travis: A Soldier’s Story. This documentary tells the inspiring story of Staff Sgt. Mills’ experience after he was severely wounded during his third tour of duty in Afghanistan. It is a touching film that provides a glimpse into the life of a wounded soldier as well as the physical and emotional challenges that injured soldiers and their families face. Travis’ story serves as an important reminder of the many sacrifices our men and women in uniform have made for our freedom, and I am forever grateful for their commitment to protecting our great nation.

Congressman Sessions talking with  U.S. Army Staff Sergeant. Travis Mills

Texas Department of Transportation Hearing
Next Thursday, November 20, 2014, at 6:00 pm the Texas Department of Transportation will hold a public hearing to discuss the proposed implementation of the I-635 Express/HOV lanes from US 75 I-30 in the cities of Dallas, Garland, and Mesquite. This hearing gives North Texans the opportunity to voice their opinions and get more information about the proposal. To learn more about the hearing, click here.

Texas Department of Transportation Hearing
Thursday, November 20, 2014
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Highland Oaks Church of Christ
10805 Walnut Hill Lane
Dallas, Texas 75238

Rowlett Mobile Office Hours
On Tuesday, November 18, 2014, from 9 am CST–5 pm CST a member of my staff will be at Rowlett City Hall holding Mobile Office Hours. My office is more than happy to answer any questions you may have regarding problems with a federal agency, issues in North Texas, or any other concerns or suggestions. 

Rowlett Mobile Office Hours
Monday, November 18, 2014
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM CST
Rowlett City Hall
4000 Main Street
Rowlett, Texas 75088

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Speaker Boehner Names Pete Sessions Rules Chairman for 114th Congress

2014/11/14

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) selected Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX) to continue to serve as Chairman of the House Committee on Rules for the 114th Congress.


Speaker Boehner issued the following statement:


"No one has worked harder to make the people’s House more open and accountable than Pete Sessions.  As Rules Chairman, he has seen to it that members of both parties have a genuine opportunity to contribute to the legislative process.  In this Congress, nearly 1,500 amendments have been offered on the House floor, nearly half of which were offered by the minority.  Greater openness and more scrutiny means better legislation, which is why Pete’s leadership will be even more vital in the months ahead as we work to address the people’s priorities.  Beyond all that, it remains a privilege to call Pete a friend and advisor.  He brings good cheer and resolve to his work, and enjoys the trust and confidence of his colleagues."

Rules Chairman Sessions issued the following statement:
"It is such an honor to continue serving as Chairman of the House Rules Committee for the 114th Congress.  I want to thank Speaker Boehner and my Republican colleagues for this tremendous privilege.

"My objective as Rules Chairman remains clear—to enact legislation that will get Americans back to work and to do it in accordance with the highest standards of fairness, openness, and accountability.  As in the 113th Congress, I will seek to provide all Members ample opportunity to present their ideas and debate the important issues before us.

"The American people expect action combined with integrity and transparency.  I am eager to work with my colleagues from both sides of the aisle in the House and Senate to implement a pro-growth agenda that will benefit all Americans."

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Sessions on Keystone XL Pipeline: It's Time to Act

2014/11/14

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. 5682, To approve the Keystone XL Pipeline:

"For more than six years the American people have waited for President Obama, Secretaries Clinton and Kerry, and Senate Democrats to approve construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline.  During that time, House Republicans fought endlessly to begin construction on this shovel-ready, job-creating project.  Today, House Republicans passed a bill written by Dr. Bill Cassidy to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline, allowing the Senate to quickly pass the same bill and send it to the President’s desk.  The time for excuses and unnecessary delays is over.  The Keystone XL Pipeline will create tens of thousands of jobs, bolster energy security, and inject billions of dollars into our economy.  It is time for the Senate and the President to act on this important bill."

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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.


Serving With

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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