This week I had the opportunity to engage in a number of discussions with business leaders and meet with constituents around the 32nd Congressional District. I always value receiving feedback from members of the community and discussing issues that affect the lives and businesses of North Texans.
Roundtable Discussions With Business Leaders in the District
On Monday I joined Congressman Kenny Marchant and Congressman Marc Veasey at the Irving Chamber Congressional Roundtable to discuss important issues facing the North Texas business community. We had a robust conversation on our efforts to secure the border, the effects of ObamaCare, Social Security reform, and a variety of other issues. I always enjoy talking through important issues with fellow Members of Congress from Texas and I believe that our discussion helped North Texans learn more about our views and work on these critical policy issues.
Congressman Sessions participating in the Irving Chamber Congressional Round Table
On Wednesday I met with the regional executive team of New York Life to discuss current concerns facing the insurance industry and steps being taken by Congress to provide relief from burdensome regulations imposed by the Obama administration. After meeting with the executives, I sat down with the entire DFW New York Life team for an employee town hall to discuss a wide variety of issues that affect each of them. I was delighted to answer all of their questions and engage in a thoughtful discussion about issues concerning their company and the business community at large.
Congressman Sessions talking with employees at
New York Life
CITI Meeting and Site Visit
On Monday afternoon I met with the CITI Executive Team and visited their facility in Irving. I enjoyed learning about their increased presence in the DFW area and their role in employing more than 5,000 North Texans. I also had the opportunity to tour the Security Operations Center, Command Center Operations, and the “HIVE” – the Hub for Innovation, Visualization & Engineering. I was very impressed by their state of the art campus and I am proud to have such a wonderful and innovative company in North Texas.
Congressman Sessions and Congressman Marchant with the
CITI Executive Team
Park Cities YMCA Disability Program
On Tuesday Wells Fargo donated $10,000 to the Park Cities YMCA Disability Program and I was honored to speak at the presentation of the donation. Wells Fargo’s generous contribution will help support the adaptive aquatics program as well as Ability Connections Texas, a non-profit that helps provide a range of services for people with physical and intellectual disabilities as they strive to achieve their highest level of independence. Thanks to this donation, the Park Cities YMCA will be able to provide swimming lessons for children and adults with special needs. I deeply appreciate the generosity of Wells Fargo and their leadership in giving back to the community.
Congressman Sessions with John Palms, Chairman of the Board of the Park Cities Family YMCA, Roger Moon, Executive Director of the Park Cities Family YMCA, and John Reniger, Senior Vice President for Wells FargoRead More
This week I spent time in North Texas visiting local businesses and meeting with young leaders in the 32nd Congressional District. Additionally, on Wednesday I hosted a Town Hall meeting at which I had the chance to listen to constituents as they discuss the important issues facing our nation today.
DART Orange Line Grand Opening Ceremony
This afternoon I participated in the grand opening ceremony of the Dallas Area Rapid Transit’s (DART) new Orange Line. The new extension of the Orange Line will go to the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport and is part of an expansion that will increase the DART’s rail network to cover 90 miles. I am very pleased that DART has continued to expand and increase public transportation options in the Dallas area in order to provide affordable and energy-efficient transportation to North Texans.
Congressman Sessions participating in the grand opening ceremony of the Dallas Area Rapid Transit's new Orange Line.
General Dynamics Meeting
On Wednesday I visited the General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems facility in Garland. While I was there I met with the General Manager and learned about the products that General Dynamics provide the U.S. military for all levels of strategic and tactical operations. They shared with me their concerns regarding regulations that strain their business and hinder them from being able to plan their finances for the future. Businesses need laws that give them the certainty they need to grow their businesses, which is why I proudly support legislation that will permanently extend bonus depreciation to ensure that American companies can more easily plan for the future. I will continue to support these common sense solutions to ensure that businesses like General Dynamics will continue to thrive, create jobs, and serve as an integral part of the North Texas economy.
Texas Leadership Forum's Star Reception
On Monday I was delighted to recognize ten young men and women who achieved “Star Alumni” status for their exceptional work with the Texas Leadership Forum (TLF). These students served as mentors for the students who participated in this year’s TLF program and immensely contributed to the development of their leadership skills. I commend these individuals on their accomplishments and acknowledge their efforts to positively influence the young leaders of our community.
Congressman Sessions with alumni of the Texas Leadership Forum, Today Foundation President Gary Griffith, and Today Foundation Program Director Debbie Horres
Town Hall Meeting
On Wednesday, I held a Town Hall meeting where I had the opportunity to discuss my efforts to get Americans back to work, hold the Obama Administration accountable, and secure our borders. During the meeting I answered questions from constituents about border security, tax reform, the negative effects of ObamaCare, the unconstitutional acts of this Administration, and a myriad of other topics. I sincerely value the opinions of each of my constituents and always enjoy listening to the concerns of North Texans regarding issues that are impacting their families and businesses.
Congressman Sessions at the Town Hall Meeting in Dallas
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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. 5230, Making Supplemental appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2014, and H.R. 5272, To prohibit certain actions with respect to deferred action for aliens not lawfully present in the United States:
"The United States is facing an unprecedented crisis on our southern border. In recent months, nearly 60,000 unaccompanied children have entered the United States illegally, most of whom have come into our country through the Texas-Mexico border. This dire situation threatens the rule of law.
"That is why the House passed legislation today that would immediately provide targeted funding to help our law enforcement officials deal with our existing problems on the border. Additionally, I am glad that the House approved a measure that would stop the President from using taxpayer dollars to expand the DACA program.
"As a Texan, I recognize the stress that the border crisis is placing on our cities, schools, and hospitals. While it is vital that we address the humanitarian issues that have come with this crisis, we must secure our borders and halt the flow of illegal immigrants into our country. I believe that the two bills that passed the House today are a good first step, and I call on the Senate to vote on these bills to help secure our border."
The Border Crisis
Our nation is currently facing an unprecedented border crisis. Yesterday the House acted to address the urgent needs of our law enforcement personnel to strengthen our border security, enforce our law, and help stem the tide of illegal immigration in the future.
Congressman Sessions managing the rule on the House Floor for the two border security bills
The two bills that the House passed on Friday would ensure that we provide the resources necessary to put an end to this crisis while changing the policies that are leading more and more people to come into our country illegally. Specifically, the legislation would provide $659 million for border security, the enforcement of existing laws, illegal immigration prevention, and humanitarian assistance. Another $70 million would be available to bolster National Guard resources at the US-Mexico border. The money for these funds would be cut from other programs in the federal government, meaning that this plan does not add a dollar to the deficit. Additionally, the legislation would make important changes to a 2008 trafficking law and would halt the President’s DACA policy. To listen to my remarks on the House Floor, click here.
My House Resolution to Authorize a Lawsuit Against the President
At the beginning of this Congress, I took an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States. This week the House of Representatives took an important step in fulfilling our oath when we passed the House Resolution that I authored to authorize a lawsuit against President Obama for failing to faithfully execute the law.
Congressman Sessions managing the debate on House Resolution 676
This lawsuit seeks to ensure that Congress is able to continue to play its role in writing the laws that govern our nation. Unfortunately, the President has ignored the Congress and changed the law without following the constitutional process. That is why the President’s system of unilateral governance must be stopped. I am very pleased that the House of Representatives has taken action to defend the Constitution to ensure that the laws on which our nation was founded are protected.
ABLE Act Update
On Thursday the House Committee on Ways and Means held a hearing on the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (ABLE) where it passed with a bipartisan vote. This is a critical step forward for this important legislation that will help families with children with disabilities save for their long-term care. Ensuring a sound financial future for our loved ones with disabilities is of the utmost importance and I strongly believe that we should allow them to have the same tax-free savings accounts as others in order to plan for their future.
I am delighted that the ABLE Act has gained the momentum and attention that it deserves. My colleagues in the House of Representatives and the United States Senate have worked fervently for the past eight years to pass this legislation that will achieve our common goal of providing individuals with disabilities a better way to plan and save for their future.Read More
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 July unemployment report:
“While it is always welcome news when additional Americans are able to find work, all Americans deserve the opportunity to find good-paying, full-time jobs. The Obama Administration has repeatedly promised a big economic recovery, but it has taken six years to see any real signs of reliable economic growth. The American people should not have to wait more than half of a decade for consistent job creation and growth.
“House Republicans understand what it takes to create a robust economy. We have sent dozens of pro-growth jobs bills to the Senate where they remain buried on Harry Reid’s desk. The Senate’s inaction on the priorities of the American people is simply unacceptable. I remain committed to fighting for common sense solutions that will reinvigorate the economy and give Americans access to the jobs that they need and deserve.”
Washington, DC – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX-32), Chairman of the House Rules Committee, today released the following statement regarding House passage of the Conference Report to Accompany H.R. 3230, the Veterans’ Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014:
As we continue to uncover the truth surrounding all of the allegations against the VA, the House of Representatives recognizes that this is a critical issue that requires our immediate attention. That is why we have agreed upon a solution that will provide timelier health care to veterans, hold the VA accountable for their actions, and help the department recruit more doctors and health care professionals to provide our veterans with the care that they deserve. I proudly supported this bipartisan legislation to ensure that our veterans, who have selflessly fought to protect our nation, have the services that they need and the benefits that they deserve.
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), Chairman of the House Rules Committee, today released the following statement applauding the decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit on President Obama’s executive overreach regarding the Affordable Care Act:
"I applaud today’s D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that the Obama Administration cannot unilaterally ignore or change the plain wording of laws passed by Congress. This ruling is a blow to the Administration, and it reflects the President’s repeated failure to faithfully execute the law.
"This President and future presidents must not be allowed to circumvent the Congress and our constitutional lawmaking process. As a Member of Congress, I swore an oath to protect and defend our Constitution. That is why I look forward to chairing a Rules Committee meeting this week in which we will consider authorizing a lawsuit to defend our Constitution and protect against further executive overreach."
This week the House Rules Committee held a hearing on the draft resolution that would provide authority to initiate a lawsuit on behalf of the House of Representatives against the President for failing to carry out his constitutional duties. All elected federal officials take an oath to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution and it is our duty to ensure that it is vigorously protected. I believe that authorizing this lawsuit is a necessary step to hold the President accountable for failing to faithfully execute the law. Our Constitution requires that the Congress write the law and the President execute the law. Instead of following the requirements of the Constitution, this President, on a number of issues, has tried to combine the power to write the law with the power to execute the law in his hands and his hands alone. This executive overreach cannot stand.
Congressman Sessions delivering his opening statement during the House Rules Committee hearing on the GOP lawsuit against President Obama
Upholding our system of laws and separation of powers is not a partisan issue. If Congress doesn’t act now, I fear the damage to our Constitution and to our Republic will be irreversible. I will continue to defend the ideals and values penned by our Founding Fathers and ensure that each branch of government stays within the parameters of their constitutional powers. To watch my opening statement from this week’s hearing, click here.
Legislation Passed This Week
On Wednesday the House of Representatives passed the 2015 Financial Services Appropriations Act. This common-sense legislation prioritizes effective financial programs, streamlines funding for the federal government, and reigns in the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). It cuts total funding for the IRS by $341 million, prohibits the IRS from targeting Americas for exercising their First Amendment rights, and stops funding for further implementation of ObamaCare. I proudly supported this pro-growth legislation because it efficiently invests in programs essential to the financial health of our country and enforces regulations on government agencies that continue to work inefficiently and unlawfully such as the IRS.
On Thursday the House passed H.R. 4719, the America Gives More Act. Americans have a long history of giving back to their communities and helping those in need. This legislation reaffirms that tradition by permanently codifying provisions in the tax code that encourage and promote charitable giving. Each of these provisions will help philanthropic organizations continue to serve their communities, this nation, and the world. I believe it is imperative that we continue to give private charities the opportunity to provide for those in need instead of putting their care solely in the hands of the federal government.
National Down Syndrome Society Caring for Congress Event
Wednesday night I was delighted to attend the National Down Syndrome Society’s 10th Annual Caring for Congress event. This event brought Members of Congress and advocates from across the nation together to celebrate the passage of the ABLE Act and to discuss the ongoing initiatives of NDSS to ensure individuals with disabilities have the best quality of life possible.
Congressman Sessions with Congressman Ander Crenshaw, Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers, and Senator Richard Burr at the Caring for Congress event
As the proud father of a young man with Down syndrome, I am pleased to support such a wonderful organization and I will continue to ensure these individuals have the opportunities they deserve to grow and develop to the best of their abilities.
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), Chairman of the House Rules Committee, today released the following statement regarding the unveiling of a draft House resolution to authorize a lawsuit on behalf of the House of Representatives regarding the President’s refusal to abide by his oath of office and faithfully execute the law as required by the Constitution:
"Today we released a draft resolution to authorize the initiation of a lawsuit on behalf of the House of Representatives for the President’s refusal to faithfully execute the law with respect to the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. We do this in order to uphold our oath to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution. It is the same oath the President has taken, and yet, time and again he has circumvented the American people and their elected representatives.
"The President’s failure to uphold his oath dangerously shifts the balance of power away from what the Founding Fathers intended and the Constitution requires. Congress’ ability to effectively represent the American people is severely restricted when the executive unilaterally chooses to create its own laws. Further, the President’s actions undermine the rule of law which enables a fair and functioning society in which individuals may invest and businesses may create jobs that help our economy grow.
"Upholding our system of laws and separation of powers is not a partisan issue. Anyone who believes in checks and balances should be concerned with the President’s unconstitutional exercise of power.
"That is why the Rules Committee will take a thorough, deliberative approach when considering this resolution to ensure that we hear all sides of the issue, engage in vigorous debate, and help the House of Representatives as it moves forward to defend the Constitution. If Congress doesn't act now, the erosion of legislative power will continue, and the damage to our Constitution and to our Republic will be irreversible."
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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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Today I met with the regional executive team of New York Life to discuss current concerns facing the Insurance industry, and steps being taken