Pete Sessions

Pete Sessions

TEXAS' 32nd DISTRICT

Sessions Applauds Passage of Bill to Expedite Approval of American Natural Gas Exports

2015/01/28

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. 351, the LNG Permitting Certainty and Transparency Act:

“The Department of Energy’s slow approval process for liquefied natural gas export applications is threatening our opportunity to create more American jobs and is forcing our allies and trade partners to look elsewhere for their energy needs.  This common-sense bill would create 45,000 American jobs by 2018 by simply cutting through red tape and forcing the Department of Energy to issue decisions in a timely manner.  House Republicans do not want America to miss out on this incredible opportunity and urge our colleagues in the Senate to quickly pass this legislation.”

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The Hill Report: Week of January 19 - 23, 2015

2015/01/26

Tonight a group of my Republican colleagues and I will begin a tour of our southwest border. This trip is led by my friend and fellow Texan, Congressman Michael McCaul, who serves as the Chairman of the Homeland Security Committee. I’m looking forward to learning more about the problems that our law enforcement faces on our border so that Congress can learn more about what we can do to help those who help ensure the safety of our nation.

Since the House plans to consider Chairman McCaul’s Secure our Border First Act next week, our trip to the border will give us the opportunity to get a better understanding of the measures that we need to take to effectively secure our borders. I will be uploading pictures and videos throughout the weekend so please visit my Facebook and Twitter pages to receive live updates about my trip to the border.

State of the Union
Tuesday evening President Obama addressed the nation in his annual State of the Union speech. For the past six years President Obama has used the State of the Union address to repeat his worn out campaign slogans instead of putting forth common sense, realistic solutions to fix our nation’s biggest problems. This year’s address was no exception. Instead of focusing on ways to reduce our deficit, spur our economy, and get hard working Americans back to work, the President rededicated himself to the same rhetoric - higher taxes, increased spending, more debt, and additional burdensome regulations.

The President announced his plan to impose $320 billion in job-destroying taxes that will harm middle class families across the nation. President Obama fails to understand that rules and regulations do not stimulate economic growth, and higher taxes and more bureaucratic red tape do not foster job creation. This administration’s policies continue to take more money out of the pockets of middle class Americans, making it increasingly difficult for American families to keep up with the expenses of daily life.

Republicans understand what it takes to increase opportunity for all Americans – more jobs and higher wages, coupled with lower energy , health care, and education costs. It is time for the President to put away his pen and his phone, set politics aside, and work with our new Republican Congress so that we can put American families first.

Winter Meeting of the United States Conference of Mayors
Thursday evening I had the opportunity to join Mayors from North Texas at the Winter Meeting of the United States Conference of Mayors. I had the opportunity to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with Mayor of Garland, Doug Athas, regarding our work on the IH-635 East project in Dallas County. Over the past year I have been diligently working with Mayor Athas and the City of Garland to advance the IH-635 East Project. The City of Garland has been a critical leader in the development of this corridor and I am proud to lend my support to bolster their efforts as this project progresses. I look forward to continuing to work with the City of Garland to advocate for this important addition to our North Texas infrastructure.

Mayor Doug Athas and Congressman Sessions signing a Memorandum of Understanding regarding the IH-635 East project


Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce Luncheon
This afternoon I was delighted to serve as the keynote speaker for the Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce luncheon in Dallas. As the former Chairman of this organization I always enjoy meeting with the members and updating them on my work in Congress to help reinvigorate our economy and help businesses in North Texas.

Congressman Sessions delivering the keynote address at the Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

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Sessions Statement on Passage of the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion

2015/01/22

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. 7, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2015:

“For decades, Congress has acted year after year to pass an amendment – the Hyde Amendment – during the appropriations process to ban federal taxpayer funding for abortions.  A majority of Americans are opposed to federal funds being used for abortions, and today the House passed a common sense piece of legislation that prohibits the federal government’s involvement.  It is time that this long-held policy become permanent law.”

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Sessions: House Republicans Respond to Demand for Affordable Energy

2015/01/21

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. 161, Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act:|

“Today I voted to provide much-needed natural gas to many areas of the country where the demand for energy is high but pipeline infrastructure is insufficient.  Natural gas is abundant and affordable.  As a result, American families and businesses are beginning to rely on it as a primary fuel source.  Providing Americans with cheaper energy will lower home energy prices, promote domestic manufacturing, and help create good-paying American jobs.  That is why House Republicans have supported a common sense solution to modernize a permitting process that has fallen victim to big government bureaucracies.  I urge my colleagues in the Senate to pass this bill and put it on the President’s desk.”

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Pete Sessions Responds to the State of the Union Address

2015/01/20

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 six years President Obama has repeated worn out liberal campaign slogans instead of putting forth common sense, realistic solutions to fix our nation’s biggest problems. Tonight’s State of the Union Address was no exception. Instead of focusing on ways to reduce our deficit, reinvigorate our economy, and get hard working Americans back to work, the President rededicated himself to the same rhetoric - higher taxes, increased spending, more debt, and additional burdensome regulations.  His “Washington knows best” attitude continues to hold back our economy and leave hard working middle class American families behind.

“The President’s policies have burdened our economy with onerous regulations which harm middle class families across the country.  Tonight the President announced his plan to double down on his anti-family, pro-government policies by proposing $320 billion in job-destroying taxes and billions more in federal spending. President Obama fails to understand that rules and regulations do not stimulate economic growth, and higher taxes and more bureaucratic red tape do not foster job creation. Republicans understand that we need to stop growing the Washington economy and start focusing on growing America’s economy.

“While the President took credit for the increase in job growth this year, he failed to take credit for wage stagnation or the shrinking American workforce.  In fact, median household income has fallen 3.9% since he took office and the labor force participation rate remains at the lowest level since 1978.  This underscores the fact that the President is out of touch with our economic reality.  The President’s policies are taking more money out of the pockets of middle class Americans and putting it into the hands of Washington bureaucrats, which makes it increasingly difficult for American families to keep up with the expenses of daily life.

“For two disastrous years in which a Democratic-controlled Congress worked with President Obama to increase spending drastically, our economy suffered.  After Republicans won back the House in 2010, Republican spending victories in the last four years have helped lead to economic growth. In those four years, discretionary spending has been cut by nearly $400 billion annually and overall government spending has dropped from nearly 25% of our GDP to under 20%. 

“Republicans understand what it takes to increase opportunity for all Americans - more jobs and higher wages, coupled with lower health care, energy, and education costs. We have proposed numerous solutions that would inject billions of dollars into the economy, create thousands of jobs, and put our nation back on track. I have always believed that the key to a robust economy is getting Washington out of the way and letting the free-enterprise system grow and thrive. It is time for the President to put away his pen and his phone, set politics aside, and work with our new Republican Congress so that we can put American families first.”

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The Hill Report: Week of January 12 - 16, 2015

2015/01/19

As a Member of Congress I have the duty and the responsibility to work within the confines of the Constitution and protect our nation’s rule of law. When President Obama took office, he swore a similar oath that he has since failed to uphold. This week I upheld my duty to protect the Constitution by voting for legislation that funds the agencies dedicated to protecting our homeland, and supporting amendments attached to this legislation that would effectively stop the president’s unlawful executive amnesty plan. This legislation prevents the President from enforcing his executive fiat by barring any funds from being used to carry out his executive actions regarding immigration or any other related illegal executive action that the President might take in the future. I proudly supported this legislation because it enforces our nation’s laws, secures our border, and reinforces the oath that we have taken as legislators to preserve and protect the Constitution.

Congressman Sessions managing the rule for the legislation to fight against Obama's amnesty plan. To watch the video, click here.

House passes more jobs bills
In the 114th Congress we have reaffirmed our commitment to passing common sense legislation that reduces regulatory burdens, stimulates our economy, and puts more Americans back to work. This week the House has passed two more pieces of legislation that cut through unnecessary red tape and create more jobs for hard working Americans.
 
On Tuesday the House passed H.R 185, the Regulatory Accountability Act of 2015, legislation that reduces onerous regulations that continue to restrict economic growth and hinder job creation. By cutting through the red tape this bill would help small businesses invest more money in expanding their operations and give them the opportunity to hire more American workers. 
 
In addition to the Regulatory Accountability Act, the House passed H.R. 37, the Promoting Job Creation and Reducing Small Business Burdens Act. This legislation makes necessary reforms to our regulatory system and represents a response to the needs of small businesses. I believe that by implementing conservative principles and getting Washington out of the way, we can reinvigorate our economy and give the American people the employment opportunities that they need and deserve. 
 
Mobile Office Hours
In order to provide my constituents with the opportunity to meet with my staff, I am pleased to hold mobile office hours in four different places throughout the district. We have recently changed the mobile office hour schedule to better serve the people of North Texas. Due to the holiday next week, we are suspending mobile office hours for the month of January and we will resume with the new schedule in February. As always if you have any questions please visit my website for more information on these changes or you can call my district office at 972.392.0505.

 
Sachse Mobile Office Hours
Date: 2nd Monday of the Month
Time: 9: 00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: Sachse City Hall
 
Wylie Mobile Office Hours
Date: 2nd Monday of the Month
Time: 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Location: Wylie City Hall
 
Rowlett Mobile Office Hours
Date: 3rd Monday of the Month
Time: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: Rowlett City Hall
 
Garland Mobile Office Hours
Date: 3rd Monday of the Month
Time: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: TBD


 

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Sessions: House Funds Homeland Security and Defends the Constitution

2015/01/14

WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), Chairman of the House Rules Committee, today released the following statement regarding House passage of H.R. 240, Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2015:

“Today House Republicans have delivered on our promise to consider legislation that blocks and reverses the President’s unilateral executive amnesty plan.  The President’s actions on executive amnesty are unlawful, unwise, and unconstitutional.  The underlying bill provides funding for agencies that are dedicated to protecting our homeland, while amendments attached to this legislation defend the Constitution and protect the rule of law.  House Republicans have voted to prevent federal funds from being used to implement the Obama Administration’s illegal unilateral actions or any other future step that circumvents our immigration laws.  I look forward to the Senate’s careful consideration of this bill and call on them to join the House in fighting for the Constitution and the rule of law.” 

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Sessions Votes to Reduce Regulatory Burdens

2015/01/13

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. 185, The Regulatory Accountability Act of 2015:

“Today the House passed a bill to reduce harmful regulatory burdens that restrict economic growth and contribute to unemployment.  By cutting red tape and making it easier for businesses to create good-paying jobs, the Regulatory Accountability Act provides relief to families and unleashes the American economy.  Each dollar that is spent complying with rules from Washington is a dollar that businesses cannot spend on new employees, higher wages, innovation, expansion, and investment.”

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The Hill Report: Week of January 5 - 9, 2015

2015/01/12

In December I worked closely with my Republican colleagues to ensure that we had the opportunity to fight the president’s illegal executive amnesty plan in early January once Republicans controlled the Senate.  That time has come and I am glad to announce that next week the House will consider legislation that will fund the Department of Homeland Security and effectively fight against the president’s illegal, unconstitutional actions on immigration.  To read the full text of the legislation, click here.

Renewed Focus on Jobs Bills
In the first week of the 114th Congress I joined my colleagues in passing three bipartisan jobs bills. As we begin this new Congress, Republicans have a renewed focus on what is most important to all Americans - jobs and the economy. I look forward to diligently working to put forth common sense conservative solutions to give hard working Texans and Americans more opportunities to find good paying, full time jobs.
 
Hire More Heroes Act
On Tuesday the House unanimously passed H.R. 30, the Hire More Heroes Act. The president’s health care law deters many small businesses from hiring individuals due to the employer mandate. This legislation helps veterans by exempting those who are already enrolled in healthcare plans through the Department of Defense or the VA from being counted toward the employee limit under the health care law. I proudly support this legislation which will provide our small businesses with much needed relief and open more doors for our veterans to find work.
 
Save American Workers
Since the President signed his controversial healthcare law, the American people and businesses across the country have been subjected to sky-rocketing costs and burdensome regulations. On Wednesday the House voted on and passed H.R. 30, the Save American Workers Act of 2015, which would protect American workers from a particularly onerous ObamaCare regulation by restoring the 40 hour work week. The Affordable Care Act mandates that businesses provide healthcare for all full-time employees, which the law defines as those who work 30 hours a week instead of the traditional 40 hours a week. Because of the costly regulations that businesses are facing under ObamaCare, they have had no choice but to cut workers’ hours so that they do not count as full-time employees. The legislation House Republicans passed this week would protect businesses and shield millions of hourly employees from unnecessary cuts in their pay by restoring the traditional 40 hour work week.
 
Keystone XL Pipeline
For the past six years this Administration has been defiantly dragging their heels on legislation that will provide thousands of jobs for Americans, inject billions of dollars into the American economy, and put our nation further down the path of energy independence. Today the House passed H.R. 3, To approve the Keystone XL Pipeline. It has been 2,303 days since President Obama first received the application to build the pipeline. This project has been delayed for far too long and it is time for us to get to work and get this approved.
 
Congratulations Dr. Kenneth Cooper
This morning I was delighted to recognize a remarkable man from Dallas who was inducted into the National Football Foundation’s Leadership Hall of Fame last night.  Throughout his career he has revolutionized health and fitness practices and has improved thousands of lives in Texas, across the country, as well as internationally. I was honored to pay tribute to Dr. Cooper and commend him on this award recognizing his continued leadership in the health and athletic community. Click here to watch my speech on the House Floor.

Congressman Sessions recognizing Dr. Kenneth Cooper for his induction into the National Football Federation's Leadership Hall of Fame

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Members of the Texas Delegation Fight Against President Obama's Executive Amnesty Plan

2015/01/12

Washington, DC –  Sixteen members of the Texas Delegation – Congressman Brian Babin, Congressman Kevin Brady, Congressman John Carter, Congressman Blake Farenthold, Chairman Bill Flores, Chairman Jeb Hensarling, Congressman Will Hurd, Congressman Sam Johnson, Chairman Michael McCaul, Congressman Randy Neugebauer, Congressman Pete Olson, Congressman Ted Poe, Congressman John Ratcliffe, Chairman Pete Sessions, Chairman Lamar Smith, and Chairman Mac Thornberry, issued the following joint statement supporting legislation to fight against President Obama’s unconstitutional executive amnesty plan.


“As members of the Texas delegation, we will continue to stand firmly against any action that erodes our constitutional values, degrades our nation’s rule of law, and circumvents the legislative process. Since the President announced his amnesty plan, we have been vigorously fighting against his unconstitutional actions and have been working together to find effective solutions to win this battle. 


“Last December House Republicans vowed to take up legislation in the second week of the 114th Congress to fight the President’s illegal executive fiat. Today the Republicans of the Texas Delegation join together in support of legislation that is scheduled to be considered by the House this week that stops the President’s amnesty plan and reflects our conservative values.  This legislation would prevent the President from enforcing his executive amnesty plan by barring any funds from being used to carry out his executive actions or any other related illegal executive action that he might take in the future.  While we recognize the value that legal immigrants bring to our nation and the economy, we must ensure that our laws are followed. We support this legislation because it enforces the law, secures our border, and reinforces the oath that we have taken as legislators to preserve and protect the Constitution.


“As Members of Congress, we have the responsibility to effectively work within the constraints of the Constitution and the limits of the law.  As members of the Texas delegation, we have the responsibility to act in the best interest of the people of Texas. This week we will uphold both of those responsibilities by preserving our nation’s rule of law, fighting for the people of Texas, and combating the President’s unconstitutional, unilateral actions.”

 
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Chairman Sessions Votes to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline

2015/01/09

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. 3, Keystone XL Pipeline Act:

“Today House Republicans have once again passed a measure to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline, an important project that will create tens of thousands of jobs, increase American energy security and inject billions of dollars into our economy. Earlier today the Nebraska Supreme Court took even more power from President Obama and his plans to block this legislation, allowing the Governor to approve the route within the state of Nebraska.

“The 114th Congress will be a time of great collaboration with the new Republican majority in the Senate, and the passage of this legislation marks the beginning of our hard work on a shared agenda with an emphasis on jobs and the economy. It is time for President Obama to act on this significant piece of legislation and set in motion this shovel-ready, job-creating project.”

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Pete Sessions Statement on the December Jobs Report

2015/01/09

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 December unemployment report:

“While I am always pleased to learn that some Americans have been able to find work, the President’s policies continue to keep our economy from achieving the robust growth that Americans need and deserve. In the past year the President has saddled American businesses with $181.5 billion in new regulatory costs. These increased costs on businesses translate into more money being taken out of hard working Americans’ pockets. Average hourly earnings have fallen .2% and wages grew by a mere 1.7% this month- the smallest gain since October 2012.

“House Republicans understand what it takes to jumpstart our economy.  Just this week the House passed two bipartisan jobs bills to create more opportunities for our nation’s veterans to find employment and to restore the 40-hour work week. This afternoon we will also vote on the long awaited Keystone Pipeline which will create thousands of American jobs and inject billions of dollars into our economy.  As we move forward in the 114th Congress, I remain committed to putting forth common sense conservative solutions to get government out of the way, unleash our economy, and create more opportunities for all Americans.”

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Sessions Votes to Save the 40 Hour Work Week

2015/01/08

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. 30, The Save American Workers Act:

“Today the House passed a bill that would restore the 40 hour work week and protect American workers from a particularly onerous ObamaCare regulation. Currently, the Affordable Care Act mandates that businesses provide healthcare for all of their full-time employees, which they define as those who work 30 hours a week instead of the traditional 40 hours a week.  Because of the costly implications of this rule, many employers have had no choice but to cut workers’ hours so that they do not count as full-time employees, which leaves them with less take-home pay. This bill would protect businesses and shield millions of hourly employees from unnecessary cuts in their hours and pay by restoring the traditional 40 hour work week.

“The Save American Workers Act will provide much needed financial stability for American families and businesses. In the new American Congress I look forward to working with my Republican colleagues to continue to pass legislation designed to grow the economy and create jobs.”


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Sessions: An Opportunity to Deliver for the American People

2015/01/06

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), Chairman of the House Rules Committee, made the following statement today regarding the House Rules package for the 114th Congress, which passed the House today:

“The new American Congress presents a historic opportunity to deliver real solutions on behalf of those we serve. Today’s adoption of H. Res. 5—the House rules package for the 114th Congress—is a positive first step in this process. The resolution establishes the procedures of the House and encourages Members to fulfill their constitutional duties with integrity, transparency, and accountability.

“Building on the work of Republicans over the last four years, H. Res. 5 continues our efforts to streamline House operations while making a number of important reforms.  One of those reforms is the inclusion of nonpartisan macroeconomic analysis in official scores from the Congressional Budget Office and the Joint Committee on Taxation for major pieces of legislation.  This change will give Members of Congress and the American people an accurate idea of the real-world effects of proposed legislation designed to grow the economy and create jobs.  In addition, the resolution defends the House’s prerogatives within our constitutional system by providing for the continuation of legal actions against the Executive Branch.

“Overall, this package demonstrates our continued commitment to an open process whereby Members from both sides of the aisle can debate the issues of the day and vote on legislation that will make a difference in the lives of the American people.”
                                                  

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

2014/12/22

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

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

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

Congressman Sessions touring Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas

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

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

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

2014/12/18

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

2014/12/15

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sessions: House Passes Government Funding Bill

2014/12/11

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


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


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


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

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Congressional Research Service Report on the President's Executive Action

2014/12/10

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

2014/12/10

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

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

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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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