Pete Sessions

Pete Sessions

TEXAS' 32nd DISTRICT

Sessions Supports Transparent Insurance Standards Act of 2016

2016/12/07

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions, Chairman of the House Committee on Rules, today released the following statement in support of a measure to provide greater transparency and congressional oversight of international insurance standards setting processes, and for other purposes:

“Historically insurance companies in the United States have always operated under a state-based regulatory model. However, the international insurance community is pushing regulatory standards that are not congruent with our current model, which is forcing American companies to do business on an uneven playing field. We cannot allow the international community to dictate regulatory standards that would make the U.S. less competitive, weaken consumer protections, and drive up costs on American families.

“I have always been a fierce advocate for the free-enterprise system and regulating in a smart, effective way with responsible oversight. Today’s bill does just that. It enhances Congressional oversight of any changes to international insurance regulatory standards and creates a set of requirements that the FIO or the Federal Reserve must comply with during any negotiations. In addition, this legislation ensures transparency and public accountability by requiring the FIO and the Fed to publish any proposed changes and provide ample time for a public comment period.

“It is critical that states, Congress, and the Executive Branch work together on this issue. As a united front we will show the international insurance community that we will not be susceptible to bad deals and that we will fight to ensure any standards or agreements that we participate in are in the best interest of U.S consumers, our economy, and American families.”


To read more about H.R. 5143, the Transparent Insurance Standards Act of 2016, click here
 

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Sessions and Carter Introduce Resolution to Honor Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas

2016/12/05

Washington, DC – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions, Chairman of the House Committee on Rules and U.S. Congressman Buddy Carter (GA-01) along with twelve of their colleagues, introduced a resolution in the House recognizing the historical importance of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, and calling on the National Museum of African American History and Culture to appropriately honor his life and work:

 

“The museums of the Smithsonian Institution should highlight the historical achievements made in all areas of our nation’s rich history. The new National Museum of African American History and Culture should be no exception to this tradition of celebrating historical excellence and intellectual diversity,” said Chairman Sessions. “The sole sentence in the Museum recognizing the accomplishments of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is a disservice to history. Justice Thomas’ story epitomizes the American Dream and is a reminder that in America, no matter where or how you grow up, your highest aspirations are achievable. His immense contributions to our great nation should be celebrated and revered. I will continue to work with my colleagues in Congress and the Smithsonian Institution to ensure Clarence Thomas receives the recognition that he deserves.”

 

“Justice Thomas’ exclusion from the National Museum of African American History and Culture is a tragedy,” said Carter. “In a museum designed to highlight American values like resiliency and optimism, Justice Thomas’ background and accomplishments should be highlighted as a representation of overcoming adversity to reach great heights. It is a disservice to his legacy and to the history of this nation to mention his name in a single caption, but provide no exhibit sharing and preserving his remarkable story and critical contributions to our judicial system. Justice Thomas’ contributions to America, his unique life story, and strongly held convictions should be shared and celebrated and I will not give up until the Smithsonian properly recognizes and shares this important part of history.”


Click here to read the full text of the House Resolution 942, which was cosponsored by Dave Brat (VA-07), Mo Brooks (AL-05) ), Bradley Byrne (AL-01), Doug Collins (GA-09), Ron DeSantis (FL-06), Blake Farenthold (TX-27), Louie Gohmert (TX-01), Raul Labrador (ID-01), Mark Meadows (NC-11), Phil Roe (TN-01), Austin Scott (GA-08), and Steve Stivers (OH-15).

 

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Liberals might stomach this Obamacare repeal

2016/12/05

A big question facing Republicans next year is how to pass a national healthcare reform law without taking a beating on Election Day.

Obamacare has been implemented, and 20 million Americans have health insurance through the law. That means Republicans have to figure out how they will keep their promise to repeal Obamacare without angering the people who already receive coverage from the law.

It's a critical question for the GOP, as a matter of policy and politics, and they know from beating Democrats across the country how an unpopular healthcare bill can poison a lawmaker's re-election chances.
"We have the competing conservative value of if you like your insurance you can keep it, and we mean it," Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., told the Washington Examiner. "And the competing conservative value of the 10th Amendment, that allows states autonomy and the federal government not to tell them what to do. So, we've got to resolve those competing tensions."
  
Cassidy, a medical doctor turned congressman who denounced former Sen. Mary Landrieu's vote for Obamacare en route to defeating her in 2014, has been thinking about that problem for years. His solution amounts to a partial Obamacare repeal that targets the most unpopular aspects of the law, such as the individual mandate, and replaces them through alternative mechanisms designed to achieve the same goals.

He has already introduced legislation, co-authored by Texas Rep. Pete Sessions, and hopes it might drive the Republican healthcare debate over the next year.

The Sessions-Cassidy plan would eliminate the individual and employer mandates, as well as most of the minimum health benefits requirements that drive up the cost of individual plans. They would provide a universal tax credit that could be deposited in health savings accounts or spent on insurance policies.

It promotes price transparency and encourages doctors and patients to have a working relationship more like the relationship between consumers and providers in other industries.

It doesn't repeal Obamacare's Medicaid expansion, but it does block-grant the programs to the states and give "the option of leaving Medicaid, claiming the tax credit and purchasing private insurance," as the Goodman Institute points out.

It also allows states to establish a basic healthcare plan modeled on the plans available under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, "plus a pharmacy benefit," Cassidy said.
"You could actually keep much of what has been invested in Obamacare," he explained. "The nice thing about this, it is not nearly so prescriptive as Obamacare."

That makes it the rare GOP proposal that liberal healthcare experts don't dismiss out of hand. "[It is] a bold and unconventional proposal," Health Affairs contributing editor Timothy Jost wrote in June. "Unlike most Republican proposals, it does not purport to repeal the [Affordable Care Act].

"It would repeal the individual and employer mandates and a number of the consumer protections of the ACA, but would leave much of the infrastructure in place, including the ACA's marketplaces and income-based premium tax credits, Medicare reforms and tax increases."

Cassidy and Sessions would allow young people to remain on their parents' health insurance until the age of 26 and retain the Obamacare provision that bans health insurance from refusing to sell policies to people with pre-existing conditions.

That's popular policy, but it leads to a thorny problem for healthcare policymakers: How do you guarantee that people won't just wait until they are sick to buy a policy, which would quickly bankrupt insurance companies?
The individual mandate was Obama's solution, but that's a deeply unpopular proposal. Cassidy and Sessions get around that problem by allowing states to enroll their citizens in the basic healthcare plan automatically, unless the individuals opt out of the program.

"If they're somebody who wants to be out, absolutely you respect that, the patient has the power," Cassidy said. "Assuming the state legislature opts for this and the patient will be enrolled in the standard plan even if they do nothing, we restore what is called the law of big numbers. You have all the young invincibles enrolled and you can spread the cost of someone's illness over the many."
On the other hand, states that want to remain in the Obamacare system would be allowed to do so. "Conservatives have always said, 'If you like your insurance you can keep it,' and unlike Democrats we mean it when we say it," Cassidy said.

"There's actually some states that claim that Obamacare is working for them. God bless them. What we say is, if a majority of the state wishes to keep Obamacare, they can. They can opt to stay in Obamacare because, by golly if Californians want to keep that coercive, top-heavy system, let them do it."

Taken together, the Cassidy-Sessions plan introduces some of the traditional healthcare reforms that conservatives have rallied around, even if it stops short of the "root and branch" repeal that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., called for during the 2014 midterm elections.

Whether most Republican lawmakers, and the conservative voters who can dictate the winner of a GOP primary campaign, view that as a fulfillment of their campaign promises remains to be seen.
Cassidy feels confident that his plan can function as a blueprint for the Republicans' healthcare reform debate.

"When President Trump spoke of a full repeal, everyone knows he cannot go back in time and recover those billions that have already been lost on co-ops, and since businesses have already invested the money in figuring out how many calories are in a Five Guys double burger, that's been done," he said.

"So, within that construct of how we as conservatives approach things, we repeal and replace. My hope — because I think it's better for patients — is that every state repeals Obamacare and replaces it with the Cassidy-Sessions plan, but I'm not going to do what the Obamacare people did, which is to tell them what to do, by golly, whether you want it or not, and if not I'm sicking the law on you.
"That is not a conservative principle," Cassidy continued. "So, there are competing principles and we think we navigate it. And frankly, I think almost all end up replacing it, so we achieve it without being coercive."

 

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The Hill Report: Week of November 28 - December 2, 2016

2016/12/05

Today the House Republican Conference ratified the nominations for Committee Chairmanships and I am honored to serve as the Chairman of the House Committee on Rules for the 115th Congress. As Chairman I have strived to create a more transparent and open process that encourages all members to bring their ideas to the table. In the next Congress I will continue to hold our committee to the highest standard of transparency, fairness, and accountability.
 
In November the American people made a decision to entrust Republicans with the great responsibility of getting our country back on track. After eight years of the failed policies of President Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid, our economy, national security, and American values have been greatly compromised. Now with a unified government we have a historic opportunity to not only pass leading edge legislation but to actually have these policies signed into law. I look forward to once again leading this team and effectively working with all of my colleagues in the House to make America great again. 

Bringing Healthcare Research and Development into the 21stCentury 
Technological advancement and American innovation has unleashed new cutting edge treatments, allowed us to turn the page on cancer, and led to previously impossible medical developments that will save the lives of thousands of men, women, and children.  

For far too long red tape and unnecessary bureaucratic hurdles have stifled our ability to harness and effectively use the tools at our fingertips. Under Chairman Fred Upton's leadership and the hard work of all who have contributed to this process throughout the country, the House passed historic legislation that will launch us into the future of medical research.  

This comprehensive package of leading edge concepts will allow us to address some of the most significant health crises facing our nation and our future generations. 21st Century Cures will accelerate the development and approval of new treatments, provide communities, families, and law enforcement with the training and resources they need to combat the silent killer that is mental illness, and give long awaited hope to our children suffering from the diseases that will prevent them from reaching adulthood. Through the passage of this bill we have taken an important step toward moving miracles out of the lab and into the hands of patients.

Changing Dodd-Frank 
Washington has once again gotten in the way of legitimate business and is hurting the American people by imposing unnecessary and burdensome compliance costs on medium sized banks across the country. Asset thresholds, regardless of how high or low, are disincentives to growth. There will always be an institution that lies just above or just below a threshold. Regulation based on arbitrary numbers alone tells us very little about the risk an institution poses to the U.S. system. Systemically important financial institution designations of bank holding companies should be driven by risk, not just asset size. We have to get the American economy moving again and in order to do that, small businesses need access to capital.  This legislation will help American families and small businesses by freeing commercial banks to make loans – a critical building block to economic growth. To read more about H.R. 6392, the Systemic Risk Designation Improvement Act, clickhere

 

Experian 
This week I had the opportunity to meet with Experian to discuss the need for Congress to reassert Congressional authority and respond to the Ninth Circuit decision Stout v. FreeScore before the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) does irreparable damage to the ability of consumers to access education products and services. Congress originally passed the Credit Repair Organizations Act or “CROA” in 1996 (Title IV of the Consumer Credit Protection Act) with the goal of protecting consumers from predatory credit repair clinics. Two decades later, a combination of aggressive case law and an overactive, unrestrained agency has resulted in a misapplication of CROA that is far outside the boundaries of the law envisioned by Congress. Not only does this misinterpretation and misapplication represent a critical need for a reassertion of Congressional authority, but we are now faced with an environment where legitimate and trusted companies are deterred from doing the very thing CROA was passed do—protect consumers and provide them with the ability and resources to improve their credit situation.

 
 Congressman Sessions meeting with representatives from Experian

Texas Civil Air Patrol 
On Wednesday I was delighted to meet with Texans representing the Civil Air Patrol, also known as the CAP. As the official civilian auxiliary of the US Air Force, the CAP is an all-volunteer force that assists our nation's military with emergency services, search and rescue, disaster relief operations, aerospace education, and homeland security cadet programs for teenage youth. Specifically, we discussed the painful effects that defense budget sequestration has had on our military and how Congress can work with the incoming administration to ensure our military has the resources it needs to protect and defend our homeland. In the 115th Congress I look forward to working with my colleagues to ensure our military and civilian defense forces have the assets they need to complete their mission.

 
 Congressman Sessions with Colonel Sean Crandall
 
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Sessions Votes to Support Our Men and Women in Uniform

2016/12/02

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), Chairman of the House Rules Committee, today issued the following statement after House passage of a bill to provide necessary resources to continue essential military efforts abroad:

“One of our highest responsibilities and priorities as Members of Congress is to maintain a strong military and responsibly fund our nation’s armed forces. Now more than ever it is of the utmost importance that our men and women in uniform have the resources necessary to protect Americans both at home and abroad. I proudly supported this legislation and urge President Obama to swiftly sign this measure into law.” 

For more information on the conference report to accompany the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017, click here.

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Sessions Supports Measure to Spur Economic Growth

2016/12/01

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), Chairman of the House Rules Committee, today issued the following statement regarding passage of H.R. 6392, the Systemic Risk Designation Improvement Act:
 
"Washington has once again gotten in the way of legitimate business and is hurting the American people by imposing unnecessary and burdensome compliance costs on medium sized banks across the country. Asset thresholds, regardless of how high or low, are disincentives to growth. There will always be an institution that lies just above or just below a threshold. Regulation based on arbitrary numbers alone tells us very little about the risk an institution poses to the U.S. system. Systemically important financial institution designations of bank holding companies should be driven by risk, not just asset size. We have to get the American economy moving again and in order to do that, small businesses need access to capital.  This legislation will help American families and small businesses by freeing commercial banks to make loans – a critical building block to economic growth."

To read more about H.R. 6392, the Systemic Risk Designation Improvement Act, click here
 

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Sessions Applauds Passage of the 21st Century Cures Act

2016/12/01

Washington, D.C.— U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), Chairman of the House Rules Committee, today released the following statement after voting in favor of a monumental bill that will accelerate the development of cures and treatments:

"Technological advancement and American innovation has unleashed new cutting edge treatments, allowed us to turn the page on cancer, and led to previously impossible medical developments that will save the lives of thousands of men, women, and children. 

"For far too long red tape and unnecessary bureaucratic hurdles have stifled our ability to harness and effectively use the tools at our fingertips. This stops today. Under Chairman Fred Upton's leadership and the hard work of all who have contributed to this process throughout the country, we have passed historic legislation that will launch us into the future of medical research. 

"This comprehensive package of leading edge concepts will allow us to address some of the most significant health crises facing our nation and our future generations. 21st Century Cures will accelerate the development and approval of new treatments, provide communities, families, and law enforcement with the training and resources they need to combat the silent killer that is mental illness, and give long awaited hope to our children suffering from the diseases that will prevent them from reaching adulthood. 
 
"Passage of 21st Century Cures is a testament to the tireless work of countless of individuals on both sides of the aisle and will forever change the way that we treat patients, cure diseases, and save lives. Today we've taken an important step toward moving miracles out of the lab and into the hands of patients."


To learn more about the Senate amendment to H.R. 34 - Tsunami Warning, Education, and Research Act of 2015 [21st Century Cures Act], click here.  

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Giving Thanks

2016/11/28

During this season of thanks may we join our family, friends, and fellow Americans in reflecting upon the invaluable contributions of the men and women who serve in the United States military at home and around the world. These military heroes have selflessly sacrificed their personal liberties for the blessings that we enjoy as Americans, and they are deserving of our sincerest thanks for their service.

North Texas is home to many military heroes, and I have been privileged to meet and thank many of them while serving in Congress.  Today, I am honored to spotlight four local military heroes from the 32nd District and to express my deepest appreciation for all they have done, and continue to do, for the American people.

1LT Stephen Katrein, USAF
As a 2009 graduate from Richardson High School, Stephen went on to the United States Air Force Academy where he graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Systems Engineering.  Immediately following his graduation, Stephen attended the Air Force Institute of Technology where he earned his Master of Science in Systems Engineering in May of 2015.  He was then sent to Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas to work in a geographically separated unit from Wright/Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio.

Stephen’s first assignment was as an acquisitions program manager for the optical radiation research branch.  In September of 2016, he was assigned to be an executive officer in the human bio-effects research division. Stephen is married to fellow Air Force Academy 2013 graduate, First Lieutenant Keeley Katrein, who is also in San Antonio, studying to get her masters as a physician’s assistant.  They will both become captains in May of 2017.  Stephen is delighted to be back in Texas and grateful for the education and opportunities that come with being a graduate of the Air Force Academy. 

 
 1Lt Stephen Katrein

Captain J. Michael Eisenlohr, USA 
Michael graduated from Highland Park High School in 2003 and is a member of the West Point Class of 2007.  He was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant of Armor and his first operational assignment was as a Scout Platoon Leader and Troop Executive Officer with the 4th Squadron of the 7th US Cavalry Regiment at Camp Hovey, Republic of South Korea.  Michael was then assigned as a Headquarters Executive Officer with the 3rd Squadron of the 7th Cav at Ft. Stewart, Georgia.  In 2009, he deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, spending 12-months operating out of Mosul, Iraq.

 
 Captain J. Michael Eisenlohr

Post-deployment, Michael attended the Maneuver Captain's Career Course at Ft. Benning, Georgia and from there was assigned to the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.  There he served as a brigade assistant operations officer before assuming command of Comanche Trop, 2nd Squadron, 14th US Cavalry and, subsequently, as the Headquarters and Headquarters Company Commander for the 1st Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment.   Selsected by the Army for the Eisenhower Leadership Development Program, Michael completed graduate studies at Columbia University and is now serving as a Company Tactical Officer at West Point.  He and his wife Lindsey enjoy serving as sponsors for current West Point cadets from Congressman Sessions' district.

 
Captain Robert Malcolm, USMC 
In 2004 Robert graduate d from J. J. Pearce High School in Richardson, TX and attende the United States Naval Academy. He deployed with the 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment and with the 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment.  In May of 2013, Rob became an instructor at Tactical Training and Exercise Control Group at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, CA.  While working as an instructor, he attended the Expeditionary Warfare School (the Marine Corps' required professional military education for company-grade officers) by seminar and graduated with distinction.  While stationed in Twentynine Palms, Rob married Vanessa Malcolm (née Downs) in June of 2015. 

In May of 2016, Rob assumed the command of Weapons Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, First Marine Division stationed at Camp Pendleton, CA.  This is the most decorated infantry battalion in the Marine Corp, with a combat record stretching from Belleau Wood to Guadalcanal to Iraq and Afghanistan.  Rob is currently deployed to Okinawa with 2/5, where he continues to command the Weapons Company.  Vanessa teaches English Composition at Mount San Jacinto College in Menifee, CA and they currently live in Fallbrook, CA.

 
 Rob and Vanessa at the 
2016 Marine Corps Ball

ENS Parker Amy, USN 
ENS Parker Amy is a 2011 graduate of Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas.  He graduated from the United States Merchant Marine Academy in June 2015 with a Bachelor of Science Degree and a major in Logistics and Intermodel Transportation.  Parker is stationed on the guided missile destroyer USS Decatur DDG 73 with home port in San Diego, CA.  He recently returned from a seven month deployment to the US 7th Fleet AOR and was a part of the Pacific Surface Action Group with USS Spruance and USS Momsen.  Throughout his deployment he visited ports in Singapore, Hong Kong, Busan, South Korea, Yokosuka as Sasebo, Japan.  While on deployment, DECATUR conducted maritime security operations and theater security efforts to enhance regional security and stability and is the Main Propulsion Officer on board the Decatur.  Parker earned his Surface Warfare Officer’s pin while sailing the South China Sea and also earned his Engineering Officer of the Watch qualification.

 
 Parker on the flight deck of the USS Decatur DDG 73 during a full power run
 
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The Hill Report: Week of November 14 - 18, 2016

2016/11/21

Last week Americans across the country sent a resounding message to Washington – we need a change. North Texans and Americans are tired of lackluster economic growth, tired of hundreds of rules and regulations straining job growth,  and tired of unelected bureaucrats in Washington dictating their lives. Americans understand that Republicans know what it takes to get our country back on track and have trusted us with this critical responsibility. With our new unified Republican government, I will tirelessly work with my colleagues in the House, the Senate, and the White House to strengthen our economy, create more opportunities for all Americans, and to make America great again. 

House Passed Legislation
Stopping Last Minute Regulations
 
The Obama Administration has issued more than 229 major regulations that have burdened job creators and American families with over $108 billion of crushing costs annually. In the waning days of the this Administration Americans face an even greater threat - regulations that are estimated to cost as much as $113 billion that will be the product of political expediency rather than economic benefit and careful analysis.

As Chairman of the Article 1 Task Force I led my Republican colleagues in developing effective tools to reassert our constitutional authority and put a stop to the gross executive overreach that we have seen in the past eight years. As a direct result of our work, I joined my colleagues Chairman Bob Goodlatte and Chairman Darrell Issa in introducing the Midnight Rules Relief Act. This common sense legislation will provide relief from onerous last minute rules by allowing Congress to disapprove of any and all final attempts by this Administration to push their pro-regulatory agenda. 

We have a responsibility to the American people to ensure the Obama Administration cannot further cripple our economy by pushing through costly and political regulations at the last hour of their occupancy of the White House without reasonable and responsible oversight.

National Diabetes Clinical Care Commission Act 
At an April hearing before the Senate Health, Education Labor and Pensions Committee, outgoing FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg suggested that NIH and FDA work more closely with CMS when it comes to biomedical product development and use. Dr. Hamburg noted that each component operates in silos in spite of being interdependent.  She went on to state, “We really need to take an ecosystem approach.” I agree with Dr. Hamburg and believe that diabetes highlights the current regulatory structure’s deficiencies.  As a member of the House Diabetes Caucus, I believe diabetes, and the chronic diseases and conditions that are complications of the disease, merit urgent action. 

For this reason I cosponsored H.R. 1192, the National Diabetes Clinical Care Commission Act to create a commission for the purpose of improving the implementation and coordination of clinical care for patients with pre-diabetes, diabetes and the chronic diseases and conditions that result from diabetes.  The Commission, representing a partnership between private sector experts and specialists in the Federal agencies most active in clinical care, will bring clinical expertise and practical experience to federal decision-making, solving problems, and issuing recommendations to Congress and to the Secretary of HHS on new approaches to improve patient care. 

The Commission will look into the dissemination of information and resources to clinicians on best practices for delivering high quality care, and how best to effectively deploy new and emerging treatments and technologies, such as the artificial pancreas.  The bill requires no new money because the legislation specifies that the Commission meetings will be supported through existing HHS funds. I’m pleased the House passed H.R. 1192 this week and hope the Senate will send this bill to the President’s desk in a timely fashion. 

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Sessions Votes to Halt Obama's Year-End Regulatory Spree

2016/11/17

Washington, D.C.— U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), Chairman of the House Rules Committee, today released the following statement after voting in favor of a bill that he introduced to halt the implementation of high-cost or politically-driven regulations during the last days and months of the Obama Administration:
 
"In the past eight years, this Administration has issued more than 229 major regulations that have burdened job creators and American families with over $108 billion of crushing costs annually. In the waning days of the Obama Administration Americans face an even greater threat - regulations that are estimated to cost as much as $113 billion that will be the product of political expediency rather than economic benefit and careful analysis.
 
“As Chairman of the Article 1 Task Force I led my Republican colleagues in developing effective tools to reassert our constitutional authority and put a stop to the gross executive overreach that we have seen in the past eight years. As a direct result of our work, I joined my colleagues Chairman Bob Goodlatte and Chairman Darrell Issa in introducing the Midnight Rules Relief Act. This common sense legislation will provide relief from onerous last minute rules by allowing Congress to disapprove of any and all final attempts by this Administration to push their pro-regulatory agenda.
 
“We have a responsibility to the American people to ensure the Obama Administration cannot further cripple our economy by pushing through costly and political regulations at the last hour of their occupancy of the White House without reasonable and responsible oversight.”
 
For more information on H.R. 5982, Midnight Rules Relief Act, click here.
 

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Congressman Pete Sessions Explains the World's Greatest Healthcare Plan

2016-12-08 18:41:05


Congressman Sessions speaking in support of H.R. 6392, the Systemic Risk Designation Improvement Act

2016-12-02 14:52:35


Congressman Sessions and his wife Karen explain The World's Greatest Healthcare Plan

2016-10-17 15:23:51


Congressman Sessions speaking in support of the Lower Bois d'Arc Creek Reservoir Amendment

2016-09-29 19:12:26


Congressman Sessions managing the rule for two Financial Services bills

2016-09-09 19:37:12


Congressman Sessions talking with NBC DFW from downtown Dallas about the Dallas Police Shooting

2016-07-10 14:39:02


Congressman Sessions on Morning Joe discussing the Dallas Police Shooting

2016-07-09 15:59:32


Congressman Sessions on CBS 11 on the Dallas Police Shooting

2016-07-09 15:57:24


Congressman Sessions on Fox News discussing the Dallas shooting

2016-07-09 15:15:14


Congressman Pete Sessions talking on CNN about the shooting in Dallas

2016-07-08 19:10:25


Congressman Sessions on FOX 4 responding to the Supreme Court's decision on executive amnesty

2016-06-24 21:01:11


Congressman Sessions speaking in support of H.R. 5525, End Taxpayer Funded Cell Phones Act of 2015

2016-06-21 18:41:47


Congressman Sessions Fights to Reassert Congress' Unique Constitutional Role

2016-06-17 20:38:25


Congressman Sessions supporting Congressman Gosar's amendment to block backdoor amnesty

2016-06-17 13:39:37


Congressman Sessions on Lone Star Politics discussing his new healthcare bill

2016-05-22 14:21:24


Congressman Sessions bolsters the House's efforts to fight against the opioid epidemic

2016-05-12 15:00:07


Congressman Sessions highlighting successful startups in Dallas

2016-04-28 14:04:46


Congressman Sessions fighting to rein in the IRS' irresponsible hiring practices

2016-04-21 14:36:37


Congressman Sessions delivering the commencement speech atTexas State University

2016-04-06 17:14:41


Congressman Pete Sessions discussing his trip to the border on NBC-5 Lone Star Politics

2016-01-31 18:14:46


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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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Joe Barton

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John Culberson

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Kevin Brady

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Michael McCaul

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Michael Conaway

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Kay Granger

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Mac Thornberry

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Bill Flores

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Roger Williams

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