Pete Sessions

Pete Sessions

TEXAS' 32nd DISTRICT

Sessions Supports Bill to Make Nutrition Labeling Requirements Common Sense for All

2016/02/12

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 a measure that would revise the Food and Drug Administration’s menu labeling regulations to account for the unique requirements of certain food establishments, such as pizza restaurants that must account for a large number of variations in the composition of each pizza:

“The current rules are far too burdensome and harsh for establishments like convenience stores, supermarkets, grocery stores and pizza shops to adhere to without undue penalties. This legislation would reasonably limit calorie labeling requirements for food companies that receive more than half of their revenue from the sale of food onsite, and if they do make an error, they would be allowed 90 days to correct the violation before enforcement action is taken. I was pleased to support this common-sense measure today that does not stifle local businesses but takes into account the need to be knowledgeable about what we are putting in our bodies and in those of our children.”
For more on H.R. 2017, the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act, click here.

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Sessions: North Korea's Dangerous Acts Must End

2016/02/12

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 a measure that would strengthen and expand existing sanctions against North Korea in response to its recent nuclear weapons test and its continued efforts to build a nuclear arsenal:

“North Korea is a dangerous and rogue nation, and I stand with my colleagues in the House and Senate urging President Obama to swiftly sign into law this legislation which will cut off Kim Jong Un and his top officials from accessing the resources they need to continue these dangerous acts. The Obama administration’s tactics against the Kim regime are not working, and we can’t continue to jeopardize the safety of the United States and our allies. Instead of President Obama’s so-called ‘strategic patience’ plans, we must actually act and impose strong and strategic sanctions against this brutal dictator.”


For more information about H.R. 757, North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act of 2016, click here.

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Sessions: Obama is the '$20 Trillion Man'

2016/02/11

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 legislation that would require the current administration to appear before the Congress prior to each and every potential debt limit increase:

“As his administration comes to a close, there’s one legacy that Barack Obama is not talking about, and that’s the fact that he is the $20 trillion man. In just seven short years, our national debt has nearly doubled from just over $10 trillion when Obama took office, to nearly $20 trillion today. This is not only unfair to future generations of Americans, it’s immoral. That’s why I was pleased today to support a bill that would require a member of the current administration to come before the Congress prior to each and every potential debt limit increase to provide testimony and detailed reports on the drivers of our national debt, progress on debt reduction as well as new proposals to reduce the debt. While House Republicans have passed balanced budget after balanced budget, this president continues to propose budgets that never balance. This is not Monopoly money – these are hard earned tax dollars from average Americans, and they are who we should consider when discussing whether to raise our debt limit yet again. This bill allows us to better our communication between the branches of government and make smart choices to reduce our debt.”

For more on H.R. 3442, the Debt Management and Fiscal Responsibility Act, click here

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American Families Deserve Increased Oversight and Transparency in Federal Funding

2016/02/10

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 a measure that provides for greater accountability in federal funding for scientific research by requiring non-technical explanations of a project’s scientific merits and how it serves the national interest:

“House Republicans have made a commitment to providing greater oversight and accountability to how hard-earned tax dollars are spent, and the bill which passed the House today is a strong example of these efforts. The National Science Foundation (NSF) supports thousands of projects that aim to serve the national interest, yet a number of these projects have questionable, or at least not obvious, merits. Scientific research is important to the American economy, defense of our country and education of our children, yet the NSF itself has recognized the need for increased transparency for federally funded research. American families deserve a non-technical and clear explanation of how a project benefits the national interest, and this bill would guarantee exactly that.”

For more information about H.R. 3293, Scientific Research in the National Interest Act, click here.
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Pete Sessions Responds to the President's FY 2017 Budget

2016/02/09

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), Chairman of the House Rules Committee, today issued the following statement in response to the President’s Fiscal Year 2017 budget plan:

“The president's aggressively liberal, go-for-broke budget strategy will leave America exactly that – broke. Unsurprisingly, the president's proposed budget is simply more of the same big government liberalism we have seen out of the White House for the last seven years – massive unchecked government, higher taxes, more regulations, and less freedom. Fortunately, thanks to House and Senate Republicans, this budget is also dead on arrival.

“Instead of looking for ways to help the American people and our economy, the president's budget includes a so-called oil tax that would raise taxes on every single American family and business. The budget also doubles down on the same unnecessary regulations on businesses that have shackled our economy and once again fails to provide a real solution to shrink the deficit.

“These liberal budgetary gambles don't work for our economy, they don't work for small businesses, and they don't work for American families. I have always believed that the biggest threat to our country is a big, unchecked federal government. Republicans understand this and are working to put forth a budget that reins in out-of-control spending, cuts our deficit and balances within less than a decade, bolsters our economy, and lays the foundation to create more opportunities for all Americans. Americans deserve a more serious budget than the one proposed by the president today.”

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Sessions: Dallas County Approved for Public Assistance from FEMA

2016/02/09

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX) issued the following statement regarding the President’s disaster declaration for the State of Texas. In response to the tornadoes that struck in North Texas on December 26, 2015, Governor Greg Abbott requested a Presidential Disaster Declaration to provide public and individual assistance for 25 Texas counties including Dallas County. Today, the President and FEMA granted the request for public assistance, which provides grants to state and local governments and certain non-profit entities to assist them with the response to and recovery from disasters. Specifically, the program provides assistance for debris removal, emergency protective measures, and permanent restoration of public infrastructure.

"I am pleased to learn that the President and FEMA have granted public assistance to help cities in North Texas – including Garland and Rowlett - rebuild and restore their communities. I applaud the hard work and leadership that the local mayors and city officials have displayed during this trying time and I will continue to work with local, state, and federal leaders to ensure North Texans have access to the resources they need to help with their recovery.”

The request for individual assistance for the following six Texas counties remains under review: Collin, Dallas, Ellis, Franklin, Rockwall and Van Zandt. As FEMA reviews the request for individual assistance – assistance provided to private citizens- there are other organizations such as the Small Business Association who can assist individuals who were in the affected areas with low interest disaster loans. Click here for more information on how to apply for that process.

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Sessions to Serve on Task Force to Develop Bold Agenda for Confident America

2016/02/08

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), Chairman of the House Rules Committee, last week was named a leader of one of the six committee-led task forces announced by House Speaker Paul Ryan on February 4, 2016. The task forces will be charged with developing a bold, pro-growth agenda and will be run by committee chairs of jurisdiction, while also including input from all members to ensure broad perspectives and ideas.

Sessions will lead the task force charged with “Restoring Constitutional Authority,” with the goal of reclaiming power that has been abused by the executive branch under President Obama by reforming the rulemaking process, keeping agency authority in check, exercising the power of the purse and conducting regular and robust oversight.

“Simply put, this is about liberty and protecting the Constitution of the United States of America,” Sessions said. “This is about keeping United States representatives, who are the closest to the American people we represent and are elected every two years, in charge of the duties prescribed to us under Article I of the Constitution. Under President Obama, we have seen the basic powers of the Congress – including strong oversight of other branches of government and federal agencies, as well as maintaining the power of the purse – snatched by faceless and unelected bureaucrats who make life too hard for average Americans. I hear from my constituents on this every day, and I don’t need to remind them that it was executive branch bureaucrats who thought the Obamacare website would work just fine, who thought overregulation of private industry was a good idea, and who thought more red tape and larger government was the answer to our struggling economy. As a member of the Restoring Constitutional Authority task force, I look forward to finding the best solutions to get our branches of government balanced once again, just as our Founding Fathers intended.”

The other Committee chairmen who will head up the Restoring Constitutional Authority task force with Sessions include Hal Rogers of Appropriations, Bob Goodlatte of Judiciary, Rob Bishop of Natural Resources and Jason Chaffetz of Oversight and Government Reform.
For more information, including the content and members of the other five task forces, click here.

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The Hill Report: Week of February 1 - 5, 2016

2016/02/08

This week I proudly joined my Republican colleagues in voting to roll back the President’s liberal agenda and implement conservative solutions to streamline regulations, stop executive overreach, and stimulate job creation. In addition to these important votes, I also had the opportunity to meet with North Texans about important issues ranging from protecting our water supply to reforming our tax code.

Voting to Stop the Obama Administration’s Liberal Agenda
Last month, for the first time in five years, both the House and the Senate sent a measure to the president’s desk to repeal ObamaCare. I have heard from hundreds of North Texans who have seen their healthcare costs skyrocket, patients who have been forced off of their preferred healthcare plans, and small business owners who have been forced to shut their doors because of crushing regulatory burdens. Despite all of this, the president vetoed our repeal bill. In doing so, he has chosen to ignore the will of the American people and to continue to implement a law that is bad for families, bad for the economy, and bad for doctors and patients.

In addition, the bill that the president vetoed would have defunded Planned Parenthood. Unfortunately the president believes that taxpayers should continue to fund an organization that is notorious for its dangerous and abhorrent actions.

That’s why House Republicans voted to override the president’s veto. Unlike the president, Republicans understand that Americans deserve more than empty promises and a broken healthcare system. Unlike the president, I believe that taxpayers should not be stuck funding Planned Parenthood’s immoral practices. While we did not have the votes necessary to override his veto, this vote shows our unrelenting will to defeat this president’s liberal agenda. This fight is not over and I will continue to work tirelessly to deliver a free market based alternative to ObamaCare and stand up for human life.

Reining in the DOJ’s Overreach with Operation Choke Point
I proudly joined my colleagues in voting for H.R. 766, the Financial Institution Protection Act, legislation to rein in the Department of Justice’s Operation Choke Point initiative. The overzealous regulatory pressure that the Department of Justice under President Obama has placed on certain financial institutions and businesses they do not favor, such as the gun industry, cannot stand. Public institutions should never be used for political reasons to enact personal agendas, especially when these agendas compromise the success of certain businesses by choking-off their access to the financial services they need to survive. Picking winners and losers in the marketplace is un-American, and this legislation takes an important step towards ensuring unelected bureaucrats at federal banking agencies are not abusing their power by targeting perfectly lawful businesses they simply don’t like.

Removing Regulatory Hurdles that Stifle Innovation and Job Creation
This week the House voted to promote fairness in the marketplace, so that business owners on Main Street are not unfairly subjected to the SEC requirements given to larger public companies on Wall Street. This measure allows private companies more flexibility to reward and retain employees with a company’s securities, as well as permit private companies to keep and incentivize valuable employees without having to resort to borrowing money or selling securities. Most importantly, this package contains elements that ensure the SEC adapts to ever-changing markets by regularly reviewing its rules in meaningful and rigorous ways. Small businesses are the backbone of the American economy, and with this legislation, entrepreneurs and start-ups will be able to remain at the forefront of innovation and job creation.

Honoring Lt. Col. James Megellas
Tuesday evening I was proud to attend a ceremony recognizing Lt. Col. James “Maggie” Megellas, a North Texan veteran who heroically served in the 82nd Airborne Division during World War Two. As the most-decorated officers in the history of the 82nd Airborne, Lt. Col. Megellas fought in every major engagement from Africa to Occupied Berlin. I salute Lt. Col. Megellas for his steadfast service to our country and sacrifice to keep America safe from those who tried to do us harm.

Meetings with North Texans
North Texas Municipal Water District
I was delighted to take part in two events on behalf of Texas Water Week and the North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD), the main water provider for the 32nd Congressional District of Texas. On Tuesday, I met with representatives from the NTMWD, including the board of directors, to receive an update on the construction of Lower Bois d'Arc Reservoir and ongoing discussions with the Army Corps of Engineers and other key stakeholders in the project.

Congressman Sessions with representatives from the North Texas Municipal Water District

Additionally, on Thursday I spoke to the Texas Water Conversation Association on how the EPA under President Obama has grown further out of control through over-regulation creating unnecessary and burdensome challenges for our economy and American businesses. As your Member of Congress, please know that I will continue to work to find proactive solutions that allow for economic stability while also ensuring that we protect our environment.

Congressman Sessions talking at
Texas Water Day

The Building Owners & Managers Association of Dallas
On Wednesday I met with Dallas representatives from the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) to discuss the potential for comprehensive tax reform. As one of the largest commercial property associations in the United States, BOMA represents the owners and managers of all commercial property types including nearly 10.4 billion square feet of U.S. office space that supports 1.8 million jobs and contributes $227.6 billion to the U.S. GDP. Ultimately, comprehensive individual and business tax reform is a formidable job due to how overly complex our tax code is, but it is imperative that we address this critical issues to protect American taxpayers and encourage economic growth and prosperity.

Congressman Sessions with Bill Moebius and Jonathan Jones

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Sessions: President Obama's Liberal Agenda is Straining Job Creation and Holding Back our Economy

2016/02/05

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), Chairman of the House Rules Committee, today issued the following statement in response to the January unemployment report:

“This jobs report is another stark reminder that the President’s policies are not working. With millions of Americans still out of work and our fourth quarter GDP growth at an anemic 0.7 percent, it is clear that the President’s liberal agenda is holding back our economy, straining job creation, and killing any chance of a real recovery. What is even more astounding is that in the midst of our lack luster economic situation, the President’s new proposed budget saddles the American people with more taxes and more regulations that make it even harder for families to make ends meet.

“Republicans have real, conservative solutions that will bolster our economy, and create robust job creation. I will continue to fight against this President’s disastrous policies and work with my colleagues to give all Americans the opportunities they need to find a good-paying full time job and get our economy back on track.”
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Sessions Supports Legislation to Curb Scope of DOJ's 'Operation Choke Point'

2016/02/04

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 a measure that prevents a federal banking agency from suggesting or ordering an institution to terminate accounts or discourage an institution from relationships with specific groups of customers, which is the result of the Department of Justice’s 2013 initiative known as Operation Choke Point:

“The overzealous regulatory pressure that the Department of Justice under President Obama has placed on certain financial institutions and businesses they do not favor, such as the gun industry, cannot stand. Public institutions should never be used for political reasons to enact personal agendas, especially when these agendas compromise the success of certain businesses by choking-off their access to the financial services they need to survive. Simply put, picking winners and losers in the marketplace is un-American, and this legislation takes an important step towards ensuring unelected bureaucrats at federal banking agencies are not abusing their power by targeting perfectly lawful businesses they simply don’t like.”


For more information on H.R. 766, The Financial Institution Customer Protection Act, click here.

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Sessions: President Obama's Proposed Tax is an Assault on American Energy and American Families

2016/02/04

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), Chairman of the House Rules Committee, today issued the following statement in response to President Obama’s proposal to place a $10 tax on every barrel of oil:
“President Obama’s proposed tax on oil is an egregious tax hike on American families and an attack on American energy. This president’s liberal policies have already forced hard working Americans to tighten their budgets, which is why it is astonishing that the Administration has proposed a tax hike on every single family, business, and worker across the country.

“At a time when Americans are finally seeing some relief at the pump, the President has decided to burden families with a tax that will raise the cost of gas at least 25 cents a gallon. I refuse to let President Obama’s attempt to appease radical environmentalists come before the needs of American families. The American people can count on House Republicans to kill this absurd proposal and continue to work on real solutions to lower costs for American families, create good-paying full time jobs, and get our economy back on track.”

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Sessions Supports Measure to Amend SEC Rules that Stifle Innovation and Job Creation

2016/02/03

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 a measure that will benefit small businesses by eliminating unnecessary burdens and ensuring the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adapts to changes in the marketplace and inflation, as well as periodically reviewing its rules:

“Today’s vote represents another way House Republicans are committed to fairness in the marketplace, so that business owners on Main Street are not unfairly subjected to the SEC requirements given to larger public companies on Wall Street. This measure allows private companies more flexibility to reward and retain employees with a company’s securities, as well as permit private companies to keep and incentivize valuable employees without having to resort to borrowing money or selling securities. Perhaps most importantly, this package contains elements that ensure the SEC adapts to ever-changing markets by regularly reviewing its rules in meaningful and rigorous ways. Small businesses are the backbone of the American economy, and with this legislation, entrepreneurs and start-ups will be able to remain at the forefront of innovation and job creation.”

For more information on H.R. 1675, the Capital Markets Improvement Act, click here.

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Sessions Votes to Eliminate Red Tape, Modernize Programs

2016/02/02

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 a bill to provide housing opportunities in the United States through modernization of various housing programs:
“The massive federal bureaucracy has created numerous roadblocks for Americans truly in need and inefficient, duplicative programs have consumed already scarce resources. The House acted today to pass legislation that streamlines processes and eliminates red tape, allowing the government to be held accountable while the families who need these programs the most can continue to benefit. This legislation would create more efficiency and modernize outdated programs, saving taxpayers approximately $311 million over five years.”
For more information about H.R. 3700, Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act of 2015, click here.
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Sessions Votes to Override the President's Veto and Repeal ObamaCare

2016/02/02

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), Chairman of the House Rules Committee, today issued the following statement after voting to override President Obama’s veto on H.R. 3762, legislation to repeal ObamaCare and defund Planned Parenthood:

“Last month, for the first time in five years, both the House and the Senate sent a measure to the president’s desk to repeal ObamaCare. This vote signified the overwhelming sentiment from Americans across the country - ObamaCare is not working. I have heard from hundreds of North Texans who have seen their healthcare costs skyrocket, patients who have been forced off of their preferred healthcare plans, and small business owners who have been forced to shut their doors because of crushing regulatory burdens. Despite all of this, the president vetoed our repeal bill. In doing so, he has chosen to ignore the will of the American people and to continue to implement a law that is bad for families, bad for the economy, and bad for doctors and patients.
“In addition, the bill that the president vetoed would have defunded Planned Parenthood. Unfortunately the president believes that taxpayers should continue to fund an organization that is notorious for its dangerous and abhorrent actions.

“That’s why today House Republicans voted to override the president’s veto. Unlike the president, Republicans understand that Americans deserve more than empty promises and a broken healthcare system. Unlike the president, I believe that taxpayers should not be stuck funding Planned Parenthood’s immoral practices. While we did not have the votes necessary to override his veto, today’s vote shows our unrelenting will to defeat this president’s liberal agenda. This fight is not over and I will continue to work tirelessly to deliver a free market based alternative to ObamaCare and stand up for human life.”

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The Hill Report: Week of January 25 - 29, 2016

2016/02/01

This past weekend I had the opportunity to join the Texas National Guard and the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) on a joint mission to the Rio Grande Valley. In 2010, the National Guard began assisting CBP in support of Operation Phalanx and in 2012 the mission switched to aviation focused support, in which the National Guard provides a ‘birds eye’ view for CBP. Their mission is focused on disrupting illegal activity of Transnational Criminal Organizations and Drug Trafficking Organization in support of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The Texas National Guard is a key partner in the Department of Defense’s efforts on border security, and their operations on the border have led to the seizure of over 75,000 lbs of illegal narcotics and the apprehension of over 61,000 undocumented aliens since 2012.

Congressman Sessions getting ready for the night mission to the Rio Grande Valley

It was an incredibly informative experience to get an inside look into their efforts and learn more about how they are combatting the flow of illegal drugs and criminal illegal aliens into our country. I am deeply grateful for their service and their continued efforts to protect our borders and preserve our nation’s rule of law.


Congressman Sessions with Justin Futch, his District Outreach Coordinator,
boarding the helicopter for the night mission

UPDATE: North Texas Storms
On Tuesday Governor Abbott submitted a formal request to FEMA for public and individual assistance for the areas impacted by the North Texas storms on December 26, 2015. I applaud the Governor, the Mayors of Garland and Rowlett, and the local leaders for their collaboration and leadership during this difficult time. I will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide updates as we learn more from FEMA as they process the request.
While these storms brought great devastation to our North Texas community it is heartwarming to see the support and resolve that both of these cities have displayed. If you would like to donate your time or learn more about how you can help with the recovery efforts, please click here to help in Garland, and click here to help in Rowlett.
North Texas Legion of Valor
On Tuesday I was honored to meet with members of the North Texas Chapter of the Legion of Valor. The Legion of Valor was created in 1890 and chartered by Congress on August 4th, 1955 to honor the members of our military who have earned one of our country’s highest awards for valor in combat. Recipients of the Medal of Honor, the Distinguished Service Cross, the Navy Cross, and the Air Force Cross are eligible for membership within the Legion, making this one of the most exclusive veterans organizations in the US. The men and women who put their lives on the line for our country deserve our highest honor and respect, and I was humbled to spend time with some of North Texas’ bravest heroes.


Congressman Sessions with North Texas members of the Legion of Valor,
Dick Agnew and Bill Wilhoit

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Governor Abbott's Request for FEMA Assistance

2016/01/29


The Hill Report: Week of January 18 - 22, 2016

2016/01/25

During this district work week, I enjoyed meeting with North Texans and discussing current legislation in Washington, policies that impact small businesses, and other critical issues facing our communities and nation as a whole. In addition to my meetings this week, I will be traveling down to Texas-Mexico border this afternoon with the Army National Guard  and United States Customs and Border Patrol on an integrated mission to learn how we can secure our borders and stop criminal illegal aliens from illegally infiltrating our country. I will be posting pictures throughout the mission so make sure to visit my Facebook, twitter, and Instagram pages.

Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
On Monday Americans across the nation paused to remember the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I was honored to participate in the Garland Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade on Saturday and attend the youth choir concert. It was a wonderful event that reminded us all of the great sacrifice and contribution that Dr. King made to our great nation and his unwavering commitment to spreading his message of love and equality to all Americans.

Congressman Sessions speaking at the Garland NAACP youth choir concert

Global North Texas
This week I had the opportunity to meet with Elaine Head and Shirley Cochrane from Global North Texas and learn more about their involvement with the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). Since 1940, the IVLP has engaged more than 200,000 international visitors, including over 335 current or former Chiefs of State or Heads of Government, to help strengthen U.S. relations with countries around the world. As North Texans, we have a rich wealth of culture and experiences to share with the world, and having a top-notch partner like Global North Texas ensures that these visitors to our country leave with an understanding of what makes North Texas so special.

Congressman Sessions with Elaine Head and Shirley Cochrane from Global North Texas

Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce
On Tuesday I was delighted to present the 2015 Greater East Dallas Chamber Chairman’s Award to Denise Aver-Phillips of the C.C. Young Retirement Community and Assisted Living Center. The Chairman’s award is an annual award given to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the East Dallas community over the course of the year. Denise’s passion for and dedication to East Dallas and the GEDCC have truly made a difference in the community, and I was thrilled to help recognize her efforts.


Congressman Sessions presenting the Greater East Dallas Chamber Chairman’s Award to Denise Aver-Phillips

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The Hill Report: Week of January 11 - 15, 2016

2016/01/19

This week the President used his final State of the Union address to paint a less than accurate picture of the state of our nation and tout his “successes” during his time in office.

As I look back on his time in office, I don’t see unbridled success. I see a growing debt burdening our future generations. I see a healthcare law that has raised prices on millions of Americans, forced businesses to shut their doors, and caused more than 5.6 million individuals to lose their preferred care. I see a shrinking job market with a labor force participation rate at 62.4% - its lowest level since the 1970’s. I see our Gross Domestic Product annual growth hovering around an anemic 2%, hindered by the nearly $73 billion of regulatory burdens imposed by this Administration. I see an Administration that has treated the Constitution as a mere recommendation instead of the supreme law of the land and one dedicated to restricting our Second Amendment rights. I see a porous border, continued disregard for our rule of law, and preventable crimes committed by criminal illegal aliens. I see ISIS growing by the second and radical Islamic terrorists posing imminent danger to Americans both at home and abroad. To me, these don’t seem like examples of a successful presidency.

I have no doubt that in his last year he will attempt to circumvent the legislative process and ram through his liberal agenda like he has time and time again. However, I will not sit back and let him singlehandedly shred our Constitution and destroy our nation.

As we move forward in this year, I will continue to work diligently to provide the American people with the opportunities that they need and deserve and create a safer, stronger America.

Fighting Against the EPA’s Onerous Regulations 
President Obama has spent the past seven years implementing a vast regulatory agenda, and the so-called ‘Waters of the United States’ rule is yet another example of the excessive regulations placed on hard-working Americans. If implemented, this particular rule would put almost every body of water in the United States under Environmental Protection Agency control, placing unwarranted burdens on farmers, manufacturers and small business owners. The Obama administration failed to take the input of state and local government leaders ? those who know their communities the best ? into consideration when determining these guidelines. I am calling on the president to rethink his actions and, for a change, do something good for the American economy by halting the implementation of this rule.

Meetings with Texans in Washington, D.C.
Children’s Health System
On Wednesday I met with the Vice President Government Relations & Public Policy Children's Medical Center of Dallas of Children’s Health Systems. We spoke about the ACE Kids Act, which I proudly sponsor. This critical piece of legislation would improve access to affordable, quality care for children. We also spoke about the importance of improving Medicaid for two million of the nation’s sickest children. I enjoyed discussing these import issues and I appreciate their dedication to ensuring children in Texas and across the nation have access to quality healthcare.

Lake Lewisville Dam
On Thursday my staff received an update on United States Army Corp of Engineers (USACE) actions to secure and repair the Lake Lewisville Dam, including the final estimated cost and timeline for the repairs. Specifically, the USACE informed my office that emergency repairs will cost approximately $6.4 million, with 100% of the funds coming from money already allocated to the USACE emergency repair account, and work is scheduled to be completed by late May 2016. As the Corp continues to monitor the dam and implement their repair plan, please know that my staff and I will remain in regular contact with USACE - Fort Worth District to ensure they are taking whatever action necessary to keep North Texans safe.
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Sessions Votes to Disapprove EPA Rule

2016/01/13

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 a resolution that provides Congressional disapproval of the “Clean Water Rule: Definition of ‘Waters of the United States’”:


“President Obama has spent the past seven years implementing a vast regulatory agenda, and the so-called ‘Waters of the United States’ rule is yet another example of the excessive regulations placed on hard-working Americans. If implemented, this particular rule would put almost every body of water in the United States under Environmental Protection Agency control, placing unwarranted burdens on farmers, manufacturers and small business owners. The Obama administration failed to take the input of state and local government leaders – those who know their communities the best – into consideration when determining these guidelines. I am calling on the president to rethink his actions and, for a change, do something good for the American economy by halting the implementation of this rule.”


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Sessions Responds to the State of the Union Address

2016/01/12

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 President Obama’s State of the Union address:


“For the past seven years, we have listened to the ‘Lecturer-in-Chief’ use his State of the Union address to paint a less-than-accurate picture of the state of our nation. Tonight was no different. While we were spared the usual long list of action items on his liberal agenda, we instead were subjected to a virtual victory lap by a president who counts as ‘successes’ the very policies that have made the lives of Americans so much harder over the last eight years.


“As I look back on his time in office, I don’t see unbridled success. I see a growing debt burdening our future generations. I see a healthcare law that has raised prices on millions of Americans, forced businesses to shut their doors, and caused more than 5.6 million individuals to lose their preferred care. I see a shrinking job market with a labor force participation rate at 62.4% - its lowest level since the 1970’s.  I see our Gross Domestic Product annual growth hovering around an anemic 2%, hindered by the nearly $73 billion of regulatory burdens imposed by this Administration. I see an Administration that has treated the Constitution as a mere recommendation instead of the supreme law of the land and one dedicated to restricting our Second Amendment rights. I see a porous border, continued disregard for our rule of law, and preventable crimes committed by criminal illegal aliens. I see ISIS growing by the second and radical Islamic terrorists posing imminent danger to Americans both at home and abroad. To me, these don’t seem like examples of a successful presidency.

“This president continues to talk a big talk and cherry pick the facts, but the truth of the matter is that we have a big, unchecked federal government that has restrained job growth, blatantly ignored our nation’s laws, and failed to provide leadership in the fight against the Islamic State. I have no doubt that in his last year he will attempt to circumvent the legislative process and ram through his liberal agenda like he has time and time again. However, I will not sit back and let him singlehandedly shred our Constitution and destroy everything that this nation stands for.
“With or without him, Republicans will work to ensure a better future for all Americans. We will work to create a free-market based solution for our healthcare system and empower individuals to make the best healthcare decisions for themselves and their families, instead of having the government decide for them. We will get the federal government out of the way, reinvigorate our economy, and mirror the success that my home state of Texas has had with lower regulation and lower taxes – which has added more than 1.2 million US jobs since 2007. We will protect the right of all Americans to keep and bear arms and address the true driver of senseless violence - mental health issues. We will double down on our efforts to strengthen border security, end sanctuary cities, and protect our rule of law. We will take a strong, united front against radical Islamic jihadists, seek out these terrorists, and destroy them.

“As we move forward in this year, our country cannot afford to have another weak leader. We, as the Republican Party, will step in and be the leaders that this country needs and deserves. We have a bold agenda that will unleash the potential that the Obama Administration has stifled with its onerous liberal policies. We will work diligently to provide the American people with the opportunities that they need and deserve and create a safer, stronger America.”


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2233 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-2231
Fax 202-225-5878
sessions.house.gov

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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

John Ratcliffe

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

Will Hurd

TEXAS' 23rd 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

Brian Babin

TEXAS' 36th DISTRICT

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