Pete Sessions

Pete Sessions

TEXAS' 32nd DISTRICT

Sessions Applauds Passage of CO-OP Consumer Protection Act

2016/09/27

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S Congressman Pete Sessions, Chairman of the House Committee on Rules, released the following statement regarding the passage of a measure to protect the thousands of individuals who have lost their healthcare as a result of co-ops going out of business from incurring a penalty under the individual mandate:

"In an ultimately failed attempt to bolster his failing healthcare law, President Obama in 2014 promised his newly established co-op programs would create much needed competition in the private healthcare marketplace. As we know now, like every other ObamaCare promise, it was broken. Most co-ops had net losses of at least $15 million in their first year resulting in more than $1 billion in federal loans that will never be paid back to the American taxpayers. Now, only six of the original 23 co-ops remain forcing more than 800,000 Americans to find a new healthcare plan. To add insult to injury, when these individuals fall victim to this failure they are often blindsided by another pitfall of the law: a tax penalty under ObamaCare’s individual mandate clause, even if their plan cancels in between the enrollment periods. Americans should not be penalized for the numerous shortcomings of this disastrous law and I am pleased that the House swiftly acted to correct this injustice."

For more on H.R. 954, CO-OP Consumer Protection Act of 2016, click here.

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The Hill Report: Week of September 19 - 23, 2016

2016/09/26

This morning I sent a letter to the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson addressing the September 8, 2016report issued by the Department of Homeland Security Office of the Inspector General that documented repeated lack of coordination, information sharing, and prioritization of the security of our nation and the integrity of our naturalization process. Last week's disturbing reportshined light on the failure of this Administration to effectively enforce our immigration laws. It is completely unacceptable to fraudulently grant the rights and liberties that come with a U.S. citizenship to 1,800 virtually unknown individuals. We don't know what countries they are from, we don't have any of their biometric data, and we simply don't know anything about these individuals.  This Administration's glaring lack of judgment has made a mockery of our immigration system and jeopardized our national security. I will continue to push for answers and hold this Administration accountable for their irresponsible actions.

 
 Congressman Sessions on Neil Cavuto discussing his letter to Secretary Johnson. Watch the full clip here

Legislation in the House 
This week I joined my colleagues in supporting two measures that take a strong stand against Iran’s continued acts of corruption. The first measure H.R.  5461, the Iranian Leadership Transparency Act, would require the Secretary of the Treasury to develop and post the funds and assets held by senior Iranian political and military leaders online. As the world's largest state sponsor of terrorism, Iran’s corruption stems from the top with high level Iranian political and military leaders controlling almost one-third of their total economy. This startling reality enables their security forces, particularly the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, access to a mass amount of funds to support their terrorist activities. We cannot continue to turn a blind eye to this dangerous situation. It is imperative that we have a clear understanding of the financial status of the power players in Iran and shine the light on their continued acts of corruption.

The second measure, H.R. 5931, the Prohibiting Future Ransom Payments to Iran Act, prohibit all cash payments to Iran, and demands transparency on any future settlements with them to ensure they are not used to pay ransom. The entire world looks to the United States to be the adult in the room and to stand strong in the face of terror. That is why we have a long standing policy of never negotiating with terrorists - until now. President Obama's unilateral decision to pay ransom to the largest state sponsor of terrorism is completely irresponsible and will only embolden terrorists to hold Americans hostage. This sets a dangerous precedent that must be corrected immediately. As Americans, we will never ever negotiate with terrorists and today's bill will ensure that by prohibiting any cash payments to Iran.

Meetings with Texans  
Texas Department of Transportation 
On Wednesday I was delighted to meet with Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Commissioner Bruce Bugg to receive a briefing on the Texas Clear Lanes Initiative. One of Governor Abbott's key projects, the TCL initiative is a statewide strategic plan to provide congestion relief on our roads and highways. Specifically in Dallas, TxDOT has allocated roughly $364 million, or 28% of the overall TCL resources, toward the construction of new and improved roads and highways. As people continue to move to Texas and our region expands, it is vital we keep our highways open for business, ensure safer travel for Americans, and streamline approval for vital infrastructure projects. I am also proud to see Texas has achieved this in a fiscally responsible and fully paid for manner. As we move forward, I will continue to work with Commissioner Bugg and his TxDOT team to modernize our transportation infrastructure for the benefit of all North Texans.

Southwestern Division U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 
Later on Wednesday I met the new senior civilian for the Southwestern Division, U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, Mark Mazzanti. Based in Dallas, Mr. Mazzanti will have staff leadership over a number of important Army Corp projects currently in progress including the permitting and construction of the Bois d'Arc Creek reservoir and the Lake Lewisville Dam reinforcement. In the meeting, I passed along my concerns regarding timelines and construction costs and offered to provide any support that the USACE may need during the completion of their work. I look forward to working closely with Mr. Mazzanti and the Army Corp as we continue to deliver the vital public and military engineering services that help our region grow.

Frontier Communications 
As major employer in Richardson's high tech corridor, I was pleased to visit with Frontier Communications' Texas team in Washington this week. Frontier provides voice, data and video services to rural areas and small and medium-sized towns and cities. They play a pivotal role in expanding broadband availability and thus economic development and educational opportunities. I'm also proud of the work that Frontier is doing to support of military veterans and their spouses. Veterans, reservists, and their spouses comprise 13 percent of their workforce and they have been named a Top 100 Military Friendly Employer for the third year in a row.

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Sessions Supports Measure to Prohibit All Cash Payments to Iran

2016/09/23

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions, chairman of the House Committee on Rules, today released the following statement after voting for a measure to prohibit all cash payments to Iran, and demands transparency on any future settlements with Iran to ensure they are not used to pay ransom:

"The entire world looks to the United States to be the adult in the room and to stand strong in the face of terror. That is why we have a long standing policy of never negotiating with terrorists - until now. President Obama's unilateral decision to pay ransom to the largest state sponsor of terrorism is completely irresponsible and will only embolden terrorists to hold Americans hostage. This sets an dangerous precedent that must be corrected immediately. As Americans, we will never ever negotiate with terrorists and today's bill will ensure that by prohibiting any cash payments to Iran."

For more information on H.R. 5931, Prohibiting Future Ransom Payments to Iran Act, click here.


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Sessions Demands Answers from DHS

2016/09/23

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions, Chairman of the House Committee on Rules released the following statement after sending a letter to Secretary Jeh Johnson of the Department of Homeland Security in regard to the September 8, 2016 report issued by the Department of Homeland Security Office of the Inspector General that documented systemic and repeated lack of coordination, information sharing, and prioritization of the security of our nation and the integrity of our naturalization process:

"Last week's disturbing report from the Office of the Inspector General shined light on the failure of this Administration to effectively enforce our immigration laws. It is completely unacceptable to fraudulently grant the rights and liberties that come with a U.S. citizenship to 1,800 virtually unknown individuals. We don't know what countries they are from, we don't have any of their biometric data, and we simply don't know anything about these individuals.  This Administration's glaring lack of judgment has made a mockery of our immigration system and jeopardized our national security. I will continue to push for answers and hold this Administration accountable for their irresponsible actions."

 

  

Congressman Sessions talking with Neil Cavuto on Fox Business News about his letter to Secretary Johnson and
the recent emails from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Field Office in Houston
urging employees to process as many N-400 cases before the November election. Click here to watch the clip.

 

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Sessions Supports Measure to Prohibit All Cash Payments to Iran

2016/09/23

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions, chairman of the House Committee on Rules, today released the following statement after voting for a measure to prohibit all cash payments to Iran, and demands transparency on any future settlements with Iran to ensure they are not used to pay ransom:

"The entire world looks to the United States to be the adult in the room and to stand strong in the face of terror. That is why we have a long standing policy of never negotiating with terrorists - until now. President Obama's unilateral decision to pay ransom to the largest state sponsor of terrorism is completely irresponsible and will only embolden terrorists to hold Americans hostage. This sets an dangerous precedent that must be corrected immediately. As Americans, we will never ever negotiate with terrorists and today's bill will ensure that by prohibiting any cash payments to Iran."

For more information on H.R. 5931, Prohibiting Future Ransom Payments to Iran Act, click here

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Sessions Votes to Promote Job Creation, Reduce Unnecessary Compliance Costs

2016/09/22

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions, chairman of the House Committee on Rules, released the following statement after voting in favor of a bill to amend title 5, United States Code, to postpone the effective date of high impact rules pending judicial review:
 
“Thus far, the Obama administration has issued 21 regulations that burden Americans with more than $1 billion in yearly costs, with 79,230 pages of new regulations totaling $98.9 billion in 2015 alone. Many times these onerous rules are challenged in court, while hardworking Americans and small businesses are forced to pay the costs of increased regulations as the lawsuit continues. The important piece of legislation that today passed the House stops such rules from taking effect until all court challenges to the regulations in question have been settled. This common sense bill prevents Americans already facing financial burdens from paying large sums of unnecessary compliance costs, dollars that could be better spent investing in job creation.”
 
For more information on H.R. 3438, REVIEW Act of 2016, click here.


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Sessions Applauds Passage of Iranian Leadership Transparency Act

2016/09/22

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions, Chairman of the House Committee on Rules, released the following statement after the House passed a measure that would require the Secretary of the Treasury to develop and post the funds and assets held by senior Iranian political and military leaders online:
 
"As the world's largest state sponsor of terrorism, Iran’s corruption stems from the top with high level Iranian political and military leaders controlling almost one-third of their total economy. This startling reality enables their security forces, particularly the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, access to a mass amount of funds to support their terrorist activities. We cannot continue to turn a blind eye to this dangerous situation. It is imperative that we have a clear understanding of the financial status of the power players in Iran and shine the light on their continued acts of corruption."
 
To learn more at H.R. 5461, Iranian Leadership Transparency Act, click here.
 

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Sessions Condemns Attacks in Uri

2016/09/20

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions Chairman of the House Committee on Rules released the following statement in response to the terrorist attack in Uri:

"I strongly condemn yesterday’s terrorist attack in Uri that claimed the lives of 18 Indian soldiers and extend my most sincere condolences to the families of the fallen. The United States stands with our Indian partners as we combat global terrorism and seek to defeat those who harbor or support these terrorists groups. We will not let these attacks affect our united fight against terrorism and I remain deeply committed to our country’s strategic relationship with India and her people."

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The Hill Report: Week of September 12 - 16, 2016

2016/09/19

This week I proudly joined my colleagues in the House in passing important legislation to stop the President from transferring prisoners from Guantanamo, to create more transparency in our regulatory system, and to stop and onerous provision of ObamaCare that directly impacts seniors. In addition to this important legislative work, I also had the opportunity to meet with Texas members of AIPAC, business leaders from Dallas, as well as multiple physicians from different disciplines across the United States. 

Legislation Passed in the House 
Stopping President Obama’s Effort to Return Prisoners Back to the Battlefield 
At a time when radical Islamic terrorism is on the rise and our world is becoming an increasingly dangerous place, there is no reason for President Obama to deliberately work to send known terrorists back to the battlefield. In recent months the president has made a concerted effort to release more and more known criminals. When he first took office there were 240 detainees at Guantanamo, today there are 61. Since January, leading into his last year as president, Obama has released 44 detainees. I refuse to allow the president to jeopardize the safety and security of our families as a last ditch effort to fulfill an irresponsible and dangerous campaign promise. I proudly joined my colleagues in responsibly acting to protect Americans by prohibiting this administration from transferring any detainees out of Guantanamo for the remainder of this presidency.

Creating Transparency and Fairness in our Regulatory System 
President Obama made a promise to circumvent Congress with his pen and his phone, and he is doing just that. Agencies’ regulation surge this year is on track to meet, if not surpass, the number of regulations reviewed last year. Last year, the administration imposed $99 billion in regulatory costs and so far this year they have imposed an additional $63 billion, with potentially dozens of economically significant rules still to come before the end of the year. To make matters worse, the process is skewed in favor of backroom deals rather than an open, transparent and participatory system when impacted stakeholders can provide feedback on the regulations that could potentially cost them their jobs and their livelihoods. Regulations continue to be one of the top challenges for businesses of all sizes, and every taxpayer is paying the price. More transparency and public participation in the rulemaking process is a goal that every Member of Congress should support and I urge my Senate colleagues to swiftly consider this important measure.

Stopping Tax Increases on Middle Class and Seniors 
Under Obamacare millions of Americans have seen their premiums sky rocket, their out of pocket costs soar, and have felt the burden of unnecessary, onerous tax hikes. One of the nearly twenty tax hikes in the president's healthcare law includes increasing the income threshold from 7.5% to 10% to determine eligibility for the tax deduction for medical care expenses. This unnecessary tax hike would impact families already struggling to keep up with their rising healthcare costs. This week the House passed a common sense solution that permanently lowers the adjusted gross income threshold for all taxpayers, regardless of age, back to 7.5% to provide Americans with the relief they need. As House Republicans continue to fight to reform and improve our healthcare system, I believe this bill will bolster our efforts to create a more sustainable, affordable healthcare system without unnecessary costs and onerous tax hikes.

Meetings with Texans 
AIPAC 
On Tuesday I met with constituents from North Texas, including the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) President Lillian Pinkus, to discuss the importance of United States assistance to Israel and my strong objection to this Administration's growing relationship with the world's leading state sponsor of terrorism, Iran. Simply put, the reports of cash payments in exchange for the release of Americans detained in Iran are appalling. This money, which is now largely untraceable, will only be used to further strengthen Iran's military and embolden those who seek to do us and our allies harm. Throughout our history, the United States has always come to the aid and defense of our allies, and we will do the same for Israel. As your Member of Congress, I will continue to work tirelessly to ensure that the United States remains committed to the security of the Israeli people.

 
 Congressman Sessions with members of AIPAC from Dallas

Healthcare Meetings 
I was pleased this week to meet with two of our nation's largest physician groups, the American Academy of Dermatology Association and the American College of Cardiology. We were able to discuss some of the most pressing needs our physicians have prior to the end of this year, especially MACRA reform. Thanks to congressional pressure, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid have given their practices some relief, but I know we cannot stop fighting on behalf of physicians such as those I met this week.

 
 Congressman Sessions talking with cardiologists at the American College of Cardiology breakfast

This week I also had the opportunity to meet with the ACS Cancer Action Network and the Oncology Nursing Society. We discussed the importance of palliative care education and funding for cancer research. We all know what a priority it is for the Senate to pass 21st Century Cures this congress, and it is my sincere wish that the Senate will soon consider and pass this essential legislation.

 
 Congressman Sessions with Linda Cole from the Oncology Nursing Society

The Myotonic Dystrophy Foundation stopped by my office this week to discuss funding for research and pharmaceutical development for this debilitating disease. I appreciate having such wonderful and passionate parents share their stories and advocate for finding a cure.

Security Traders Association 
Key business leaders from Dallas took the time to join me in Washington this week as part of the Security Traders Association (STA) to discuss key legislative and regulatory issues. The STA is comprised of individuals who trade financial products from varying business models – buy-side, sell-side, hedge funds, exchange traders and market makers- dealing in equity and derivative trading. It's critical that Congress promotes policies that encourage investor confidence and reject job-killing proposals such as a financial transaction tax.

 
 Congressman Sessions with business leaders from Dallas with the Security Traders Association
 
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Sessions Votes to Prohibit Transfer of Detainees from Guantanamo Bay

2016/09/15

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions, chairman of the House Committee on Rules, released the following statement after voting in support of a measure to prohibit President Obama and this administration from transferring any detainees out of the Guantanamo Bay facility:
 
“At a time when radical Islamic terrorism is on the rise and our world is becoming an increasingly dangerous place, there is no reason for President Obama to deliberately work to send known terrorists back to the battlefield. In recent months the president has made a concerted effort to release more and more known criminals. When he first took office there were 240 detainees at Guantanamo, today there are 61. Since January, leading into his last year as president, Obama has released 44 detainees. I refuse to allow the president to jeopardize the safety and security of our families as a last ditch effort to fulfill an irresponsible and dangerous campaign promise. I proudly joined my colleagues in responsibly acting to protect Americans by prohibiting this administration from transferring any detainees out of Guantanamo for the remainder of this presidency.”
 
For more information on H.R. 5351, To prohibit the transfer of any individual detained at United States Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, click here.

 
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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


Congressman Sessions on Lone Star Politics discussing his race for Majority Whip

2015-10-05 16:26:36


Congressman Sessions managing the rule for the legislation related to the Iran Nuclear Deal.

2015-09-10 20:51:58


What TPA is, and what it is not

2015-06-26 21:07:44


Congressman Sessions managing the rule for Trade Promotion Authority

2015-06-19 18:02:13


Contact Information

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

Committee Assignments

Rules

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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