This afternoon I was honored to serve as the commencement speaker at the Gary Jobs Corps graduation ceremony in San Marcos. The Gary Jobs Corps is the nation’s largest residential education and vocational training program for economically disadvantaged youth. The first training center opened in 1965 under the guidance of President Lyndon Johnson who he said that he wanted to create a training school that allows individuals “to contribute to the prosperity of the community, and to ultimately become leaders of their fellow men.” As I met with the graduates and congratulated them on their achievement, I can say without a shadow of a doubt that they have fulfilled their founder’s mission. These are great young leaders who have taken a positive step forward in their lives and I applaud their commitment and hard work throughout the course of their programs. It is leaders like these who will continue to strengthen our great nation by positively contributing to our community and making our world a better place.
Meetings Across North Texas
On Monday I was delighted to meet with the team at Mitchell Enterprises in Richardson to learn firsthand how the federal government has impacted their business. Small businesses are the engine driving the American economy, and we as legislators must do everything in our power to ensure that entrepreneurs like David and Patti Mitchell are able to grow and succeed and continue employing people in North Texas and across America.
Congressman Sessions with employees at
Irving Transportation Summit
Investing in transportation and infrastructure plays an integral role in creating jobs and expanding economic development. On Wednesday I was delighted to participate in the panel discussion "Why Transportation Matters for Economic Success" at the Irving Transportations Investment Summit along with my colleagues, Congressmen Joe Barton, Kenny Marchant and Marc Veasey. For the last several years this conference has brought together leaders from communities across North Texas to work together and learn from each other to develop workable solutions to the transportation issues facing our state and the country as a whole.
Congressman Sessions participating in a panel discussion with Congressman Joe Barton, Congressman Kenny Marchant, and Congressman Marc Veasey
Rotary Club of Wylie East Fork
Since its charter on March 31, 1989, the Rotary Club of Wylie East Fork has sought to positively impact the community by providing Collin County Community College scholarships, sponsoring students to attend Camp Ryla (Rotary Leadership Youth Award), and aiding in local improvement projects. On Thursday afternoon I was pleased to join East Fork members to discuss my healthcare bill, H.R. 5284, World's Greatest Healthcare Plan, and explain the positive impact it will have on individuals, families, and employers by empowering people to make their own healthcare decisions.
Congressman Sessions speaking at the Wylie Rotary Club meeting
Dallas Association of Health Underwriters
On Wednesday I had the opportunity to join the Dallas Association of Health Underwriters along with my friends, State Representative Tan Parker, and Casey Bingham of State Representative Kenneth Sheets' office for DAHU's annual Legislation Day. I was glad to participate in a spirited discussion focusing on the role of government with regard to healthcare, as well as share information about how my free market based healthcare plan would work with their industry.
Congressman Sessions participating in a panel discussion
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions, Chairman of the House Committee on Rules and member of House leadership, joined Congressman Tom Marino (PA-10) and thirty-four other Members of Congress in sending a letter to FBI Director James Comey pressing him to clarify reports from the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of an illegal, private email server while serving as Secretary of State:
“Hillary Clinton has blatantly violated the law, lied to the American people, and compromised the safety and security of Americans. It is unconscionable to turn a blind eye to her complete lawlessness and it is a slap in the face to all Americans to let her off the hook because of her name. No one is above the law, and that includes Hillary Clinton.
“I sincerely hope Director Comey heeds our call to action by providing the transcript of Mrs. Clinton’s interview with the FBI. It is of the utmost importance that we provide Americans with the truth and hold Mrs. Clinton accountable for her completely irresponsible and lawless actions.”
To read the full letter, click here.Read More
During the August Work Period I always enjoy meeting with North Texans and discussing important issues facing our communities and country as a whole. This week I had the opportunity to meet with small business owners, representatives from the healthcare industry, members of the National Tooling and Manufacturing Association and more. To learn more about my day-to-day meetings and activities in the District make sure to follow me on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
Meetings in the District
Texas Association for Home Care and Hospice
Thursday I had the honor of speaking at the annual conference for the Texas Association for Home Care and Hospice (TAHCH). The TAHCH has been an invaluable resource to the State of Texas and continues to be leading edge when it comes to caring for our loved ones. Texas continues to be one of the largest home and hospice care operators in the nation and it is extremely important that we limit federal regulations that impair their ability to operate properly to meet the needs the State’s growing population.
Congressman Sessions speaking at the Texas Association for Home Care and Hospice event in North Texas
American Diabetes Association
Since 1940, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) has worked to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by it. On Thursday I enjoyed meeting with Fred Maldonado from the ADA to discuss the Association’s legislative priorities for the upcoming year. With diabetes affecting more than 30 million Americans and more than 2 million Texans, it is important that Congress recognizes and addresses the issue to help stop this terrible disease.
Congressman Sessions with Frank Maldonado from the American Diabetes Association
National Tooling and Manufacturing Association
Thursday evening I was pleased to speak with the North Texas Chapter of the National Tooling and Manufacturing Association (NTMA) for the 11th year in a row. Since its establishment in 1943 the NTMA has sought to utilize innovation, expertise and hard work to strengthen the manufacturing industry. We had a robust discussion about legislative issues facing their industry such as regulatory burdens, onerous provisions in ObamaCare, and the importance of unleashing the free marketplace to create more jobs.
Congressman Sessions talking with members of the North Texas Chapter of the National Tooling and Manufacturing Association
Blood Cancer Conference and Cancer Expo
The 11th Annual North Texas Blood Cancer Conference will be on September 9, 2016 at the Sheraton Hotel in Dallas. This is a free, one-day educational event featuring the top oncology and hematology experts from across the Southeast. These experts will provide the most recent updates on research, breakthroughs, treatment advancements and survivorship issues. The conference is divided into a number of breakout sessions that attendees can select, based on their type of cancer as well as relationship to cancer. There are tracks for patients, survivors, caregivers and healthcare professionals. Nurses and social workers can earn 4.0 free continuing education credits for attending the conference in its entirety. The keynote speaker is Dr. Ken Anderson from Dana Farber.
Running concurrently to the conference is the inaugural North Texas Cancer Expo. This is also a free event and will feature 30+ vendors and a main stage that will host interactive presentations including a Walgreens “Ask the Pharmacist” panel, healthy eating cooking classes, fitness demonstrations tailored to cancer patients before and after treatment, authors, live music, etc. This expo is open to people who have been impacted by ALL types of cancer. Both the conference and the expo are FREE but require registration.
Both of these events are put on as a service to cancer patients in North Texas to help arm them with the best information they can find during and after their cancer treatment. The purpose of this event is to educate patients and their loved ones and give them the resources they need in order to beat their diagnosis.
National Immunization Awareness Month
August is National Immunization Awareness Month, a time to bring awareness to the importance of protecting our loved ones from serious diseases. Every year, more than 40,000 American adults are hospitalized or die due to vaccine-preventable diseases. In addition the United States spends more than $26 billion annually treating four major vaccine-preventable diseases among adults across the country. As our population gets increasingly older with 78 million baby boomers becoming seniors it is imperative that we improve adult vaccination rates to reduce clinic visits, reduce long-term disability, and create an overall healthier society. To learn more about what vaccinations are recommended for you, click here.
Before Congress left for our August District Work Period, the House passed an important measure to combat the spreading Zika virus. While the House completed its work, Senate Democrats chose to put politics above the lives and safety of pregnant American women and blocked the funding measure not once but twice. Not only does the President support the Democrats dangerous and petty actions, reports have surfaced that there are hundreds of millions of dollars in an unobligated Zika prevention fund that the Administration has not touched.
In response to these reports, I joined my colleagues in the Texas Delegation in sending a letter to the President demanding answers about this unallocated money. We must hold this Administration accountable for their reckless behavior and ensure that we address this growing threat swiftly and effectively. It is alarming to see our President put personal agenda over leadership and pride over the safety and well-being of the American people. The Zika virus has made it onto our shores. Now more than ever it is critical that the President and Democrats stop playing politics and join Republicans in stopping the spread of this deadly virus.
Summer Internship Program
As the school year approaches, I wanted to recognize the record breaking class of 54 college students who participated in our Congressional Collegiate Intern Program (CCIP) this summer. In addition to valuable work experience, our interns gained a better understanding of how the federal government functions. They were able to attend Congressional committee hearings on a variety of issues ranging from topics such as judicial branch nominations to sessions on federal land management. In addition, they assisted my team in researching and writing policy briefings, and corresponding with constituents, as well as countless other tasks. Even with all their work in my office, they still managed to find time to explore D.C. and enjoy what the city has to offer.
Congressman Sessions summer interns
at the annual Congressional Baseball Game
I am always delighted to provide college students with the opportunity to intern in either my Dallas or DC offices. Students who are interested in interning my office during the school year or summer may contact my Washington, DC office at 202.225.2231 or email Ike Crews at Ike.Crews@mail.house.gov. To learn more about interning in my Dallas office, contact Flo Helton at 972.392.0505 or at Flo.Helton@mail.house.gov.
Tours in Washington, DC
Washington D.C. is filled with many interesting and historic attractions. Over 170 families and groups from North Texas toured the Capitol with our staff this summer, making it one of our more popular services, but we can also help you arrange a tour at a number of other sites in the area. If you are ever planning a trip to visit the D.C. area, please feel free to contact my office so that we can help make your experience in our nation’s capital memorable.
Congressman Sessions with Amy and Evan Symank from Richardson
Listed below are the steps to completing a tour request form:
Visit my website: https://sessions.house.gov/services/tours-and-tickets.
Fill in all of the required contact information and select which tours you would like to go on. Additional security information will be needed for the Pentagon tour, which you will send in after we have received your tour request form. Be advised that it can be difficult to secure tours of the White House if you try to schedule one less than three months in advance.
In the special needs and requests box, please specify arrival and departure times, including times you are available for tours.
Congressman Sessions with Marley Bennett from Dallas
After we have received your tour request form, we will contact you with further instructions and information needed to secure your requested tours. We advise that you submit general tour requests at least three months in advance. If you have any questions about your visit to DC, please call my DC office at 202.225.2231.
Congressman Sessions with the Roberts family and Randy Ford from Richardson
I am happy to provide my constituents with United States Flags, which are flown over the US Capitol for a special occasion. If you are interested in purchasing a flag, please visit my website at https://sessions.house.gov/services/flags and follow these steps:
Fill out the form in its entirety and pay online OR
Print off the Flag Request Form and fill out completely. Then mail the completed flag request form and a check payable to “PETE SESSIONS OFFICE SUPPLY ACCOUNT” to the following address:
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Today’s lackluster GDP report shows that the U.S. economy grew at a sluggish 1.2 percent pace in the second quarter. This goes to show that the President’s big government liberal policies are not working. Speaking of - What does this Administration produce more than 60 of every day? Here is a hint: it’s not jobs. It’s regulations. The goal of any regulation should be to achieve a benefit that would not be possible without it, designed in such a fashion that the achieved benefit far outweighs the costs.
But our Administration has lost sight of this goal, and America’s economy is paying the price. Our current federal government designs regulations that are often unnecessary and achieve little or no benefit at very high costs. The rules have become so skewed that this Administration’s regulators are at war with America’s businesses. Industries such as manufacturing and technology are fighting to compete in a global market, but first they must survive the regulatory beast that is strangling innovation and growth.
The system is broken. The system has failed the American people. The REINS Act is the first step to restoring proper order and even sanity to our regulatory framework. I am a strong supporter of the “Regulations from the Executive In Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act”. This legislation increases Congress’s authority of the Executive Branch by changing the process for major regulation
The REINS Act requires that if a new regulation has $100 million or more in cumulative economic impact, then both the House and Senate must each vote to approve the new regulation. Under the status quo, major federal regulations are not subject to Congressional approval. The executive branch simply has to publish the new regulation, allow for a 60 day comment period, and then they can unilaterally force it upon the American people.
The FDA. EPA, FCC and virtually every other federal agency are making major policy changes that are costing American jobs, at the expense of taxpayers’ dollarsall without Congressional oversight or approval.
As I continue to identify and advance regulatory relief solutions, I’d love your input. Please share with me any examples of onerous and burdensome federal regulations that are preventing your business from growing, or are just plain ridiculous. As Chair of the Task Force on Restoring Constitutional Authority, I am committed to being a champion of regulatory reform. Until we stem the tide of overregulation, America’s manufacturing industry cannot realize it’s full potential. Any examples of regulations that need to be cleared off the books can be directed to Jennifer Lackey on my staff at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202.225.2231.
Congressional App Challenge
This year I am delighted to participate in the 2016 Congressional App Challenge, a competition aimed at encouraging U.S. high school students to learn how to code by creating their own applications. This challenge is open to all high school students in the 32nd Congressional District and will take place through November 2, 2016. Challenge participants may work individually or in teams up to four to create and submit their own app for the platform of their choice. If you would like to participate in this year’s challenge, click here for more information or you can call my District Office at 972.392.0505.
Every summer during the months of June and July I am delighted to welcome North Texas high school students to Washington to participate in my Pete Sessions Leadership and Growth Program.
My summer leadership program provides North Texas students with the opportunity to expand their horizons and prepares them to consider, challenge and thoughtfully articulate the issues currently facing our nation. PSLGP participants see Washington firsthand by observing House Committee hearings, attending program forums with government officials and Washington leaders, and touring various historical sites, memorials, and monuments around the district.
Congressman Sessions talking with North Texas students on the steps of the U.S. Capitol
During their week in Washington, the students visit a number of historical sites including educational tours of the National Portrait Gallery, the Library of Congress, and the Newseum. In addition each program has the opportunity to participate in a wide range of activities, from visiting the Arlington National Cemetery and the Holocaust Museum to researching and discussing policy issues. They were also able to interact with other leaders in Washington, including Congressman Woodall, Congressman Stivers, Colonel Joe Jones, Neil Bjorkman and Judge William Sessions.
I value the opportunity to welcome students from the 32nd District to our nation’s capital each year. I always enjoy learning about young Texans aspirations and goals as future leaders of our community. If you would like to participate in the PSLGP program next year, please contact Katherine Runkle at Katherine.Runkle@mail.house.gov or call my Washington office at 202.225.2231.
Texas Leadership Forum
In addition to PSLGP, I also welcome North Texas students from the American Leadership Institute for a week-long conference in Washington for members of the Today Foundation’s Texas Leadership Forum (TLF).
Congressman Sessions with TLF Coordinators Gary Griffith and Debbie Horres
The Texas Leadership Forum is an outstanding program for talented students in North Texas and I am honored to once again serve as Co-Chairman. It was a pleasure to welcome this year’s American Leadership Institute participants to Washington and to learn more about their interests and future goals. I am confident that their visit to our nation’s capital will help further develop their leadership skills and encourage them to continue to engage in their communities.
Congressman Sessions with students participating in the Texas Leadership Program
The Texas Leadership Forum is a program of the Today Foundation, which seeks to foster civic involvement, leadership and character building in high school students while educating them about government and public policy. For more information about the Texas Leadership Forum and the Today Foundation, please visit www.todayfoundation.org.Read More
WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions, Chairman of the House Rules Committee released the following statement after joining 64 of my colleagues in sending a letter to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) , and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) regarding the Clinton Foundations’ public corruption:
“As a result of new reports surfacing regarding the Clinton Foundation's alleged illicit activities, I joined my colleagues in urging the FBI, the IRS, and the FTC to take these allegations seriously and thoroughly look into these unsettling reports. I will not stand by and let unelected bureaucrats protect lawless liberals like Hillary Clinton. No one is above the law, not even the Clintons. We most hold them accountable and make sure they are doing their due diligence in investigating this situation.”
Read the full letter here : Clinton Foundation.pdf
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions, Chairman of the House Committee on Rules, released the following statement after supporting a bill to establish a coherent national labeling standard for bioengineered food:
“Our current patchwork system for GMO labeling has created confusion and uncertainty for small businesses, producers and other individuals in the agriculture and food industry who operate across state lines. Today’s passage of the Senate amendment to S.764, GMO Labeling Requirements, is a positive step toward streamlining regulations while ensuring Americans know more about where their food comes from and how it is produced. This free marketplace solution creates a uniform national policy that creates more opportunities for producers and processors to continue to innovate and grow their businesses, and ensures Americans have access to accurate and necessary information about what they are feeding their families.”
To learn more about Senate amendment to S. 764, GMO Labeling Requirements, click here.
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions, Chairman of the House Committee on Rules, released the following statement applauding the passage of three measures that hold Iran accountable for their criminal actions:
“Today marks one year since President Obama agreed to the irresponsible nuclear deal with Iran against the counsel of Congress and the will of the American people. Despite the President’s grand promises, our world is more dangerous and Iran is more defiant, yet this administration's foreign policy strategy remains nonexistent. Instead of vowing to defeat terrorism, Obama’s White House has been relentless in their mission to provide Iran with the tools necessary to breach the laws of the international community, violate basic human rights, and illegally grow their nuclear capabilities. To negotiate with a nation that shouts "death to America” at the top of their lungs, threatens our friends and allies in Israel, and demonstrates daily a complete lack of respect for all humanity is unjustifiable. We must take a strong stand against this dangerous nation and show them that America will not waiver and we will not condone their criminal terrorist behavior. I proudly supported all three measures that the House passed this week to hold Iran accountable for their dereliction of the law, prevent American tax dollars from subsidizing their illegal actions, and protect the global financial system from funding Iran’s acts of terrorism.”
To learn more about H.R. 5631, Iran Accountability Act of 2016, click here.
To learn more about H.R. 5119, No 2H20 from Iran Act, click here.
To learn more about H.R. 4992, United States Financial System Protection Act of 2016, click here.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), chairman of the House Rules Committee, today issued the following statement after voting in favor of a bill making appropriations for the Department of the Interior, environment, and related agencies for fiscal year 2017:
“The bill that passed the House today strikes a balance between ensuring sacred natural resources in the United States are protected and reducing the amount of red-tape harming our struggling economy. It is of great importance for Congress to provide funding for fighting wildfires and addressing lead in drinking water, yet still rein in the bureaucratic overreach all too common under this administration. I proudly voted to prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from overstepping its bounds by implementing more job-killing regulations, and supported holding the agency at its lowest staffing levels since 1989. This legislation would responsibly reduce spending from the last fiscal year and preserve America’s natural and cultural heritage.”
For more information on H.R. 5538, Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017, click here.
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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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This morning I was pleased to speak at the DFW Real Estate Breakfast Series to discuss my work to stop unnecessary regulatory burdens and create
Great morning at the Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce's Transportation Investment Summit discussing the importance of bolstering
Hillary Clinton has blatantly violated the law, lied to the public, and compromised the safety and security of Americans. Yesterday, I joined
August is National Immunization Awareness Month, a time to bring awareness to the importance of protecting our loved ones from serious diseases.