Pete Sessions

Pete Sessions

TEXAS' 32nd DISTRICT

Letters to the President and FEMA regarding EPA regulations

2015/04/24


Sessions: Cyber Security Bills Combat Threats, Protect Privacy

2015/04/23

Washington, DC – Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), chairman of the House Committee on Rules, today issued the following statement in response to the House’s passage this week of two bills to combat the growing threat of cyber attacks:

“Cyber threats can compromise everything from personal privacy to intellectual property to our national security, and the problem is only getting worse. These bipartisan bills allow businesses to voluntarily share information with the federal government in a timely, transparent and efficient manner, all while protecting the privacy and civil liberties of those involved. The legislation passed this week is an important first step to combat a threat that has the power to take down not just our computer systems, but our infrastructure and economy, too.

“While there is still much work to be done on this issue, the Protecting Cyber Networks Act and the National Cybersecurity Protection Advancement Act are pieces of legislation that can make a big difference in effectively monitoring the unlawful action of bad actors online. I applaud the Committees on Homeland Security and Intelligence for their hard work on this issue and urge the Senate to act swiftly to send these measures to the president’s desk.”

For more information on H.R. 1560, click here. For more information on H.R. 1731, click here.

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The Hill Report: Week of April 13 - 17, 2015

2015/04/17

This week the House passed 13 pieces of legislation to rein in the IRS, hold them accountable, and to make necessary reforms to our onerous tax code. On Wednesday, the House passed 9 pieces of common sense reform bills to prevent future abuse from the IRS and ensure honesty and accountability to the American people. I supported these bills because I believe it is critical that we require more transparency and accountability in the IRS. Additionally, the House also voted on H.R. 650, the Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act and H.R. 685, the Mortgage Choice Act. I proudly supported these bills to make it easier for hardworking Americans to purchase homes and achieve the American Dream. 


Congressman Sessions managing the debate on the rule for H.R. 650, the Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act and H.R. 685, the Mortgage Choice Act. Click here to watch the video

On Thursday, I was pleased to support two more bills that will repeal and reform parts of our tax code, H.R. 622, the Local Sales Tax Deduction Fairness Act and H.R. 1105, the Death Tax Repeal Act. Currently, taxpayers in Texas are not treated equally to taxpayers in other states because we do not have an income tax. The Local Sales Tax Deduction Fairness Act will level the playing field and make our tax code more reliable and fair for Texas business owners. I also voted to repeal the death tax because it causes irreparable harm to generations-old family farms, small businesses and locally-owned operations. I sincerely hope that my colleagues in the Senate will follow our lead and repeal this devastating tax. 
 
Meetings with Texans 
Consumer Electronics Association
Wednesday I sat down with North Texans from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). CEA unites 2,000 companies within the consumer technology industry and provides members with valuable market research, educational programs, technical trainings and exposure to leading edge programs in the consumer electronics industry. I enjoyed discussing ongoing technology policy issues and ways that America can stay at the forefront of worldwide technology innovation. 


Congressman Sessions meeting with representatives from the Consumer Electronics Association

Asian American Hotel & Lodging Association
Later on Wednesday I sat down with constituents representing the Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA). Over the past 25 years the AAHOA has represented thousands of entrepreneurs and small- business owners from the hospitality industry. Recently, many of these businessmen and women have seen their businesses suffer because of the onerous regulations of ObamaCare and I was glad to be able to hear their concerns and answer their questions. I understand the strain that this disastrous law has put on businesses and I remain committed to dismantling, defunding, and repealing ObamaCare so that small businesses can grow and succeed. 


Congressman Sessions with members of the Asian American Hotel Owners Association

Foundation Fighting Blindness 
Tuesday evening I was delighted to attend the annual Foundation Fighting Blindness Visionary Awards Dinner. As you may know, the Foundation Fighting Blindness raises awareness for visual impairments issues and funds research for prevention, treatment, and cures for people with retinal degenerative diseases. I am always pleased to participate in this event and I will continue to work with organizations such as Foundation Fighting Blindness to ensure that researchers can work together to determine successful treatments that could enhance the visual ability of millions of Americans.  


Congressman Sessions speaking at the annual Foundation Fighting Blindness Visionary Awards Dinner

American Academy of Ophthalmology
In addition to the Foundation Fighting Blindness event, I also met with Texans from the American Academy of Ophthalmology on Thursday. As a staunch advocate for eye care, I was honored to receive the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Visionary Award for my continued efforts to ensure that Americans have quality access to eye care.  


Congressman Sessions with Texans from the American Academy of Ophthalmology

NDSS Buddy Walk on Washington
Each year, the National Down Syndrome Society holds their annual Buddy Walk on Washington, an event that brings advocates from across the nation to the U.S. Capitol to meet with members of Congress and their staff. As a proud father of a Down syndrome young man, I was delighted to kick off this annual event and meet with families with loved ones with disabilities from across the country.  


Sara Weir, President of the National Down Syndrome Society and Executive Director of the Down Syndrome Association of South Texas, Terri Mauldin presenting the Champion of Change award to Congressman Sessions

Mobile Office Hours
Next week my office will be holding mobile office hours in Garland and Rowlett on Monday, April 20, 2015. I encourage you to stop by and meet with my staff if you need help with a federal agency, issues in North Texas, or any other issues that we can help you with. 

City of Garland
Location: Central Library
625 Austin St.
Garland, TX 75040
Date: Third Monday of the month
Time: 10:00 am – 11: 00 am  

City of Rowlett
Location: Rowlett City Hall
4000 Main Street
Rowlett, TX 75088
Date: Third Monday of the month
Time: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
 
 

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Sessions Applauds House Passage of Bills to Repeal, Reform Parts of Tax Code

2015/04/16

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), chairman of the House Rules Committee, today released the following statement on the House’s passage of bills that repeal the death tax and make the tax code more fair and reliable:

“Today’s vote to repeal the death tax tells us something we have known for some time: that this tax is absolutely devastating not just for Americans with large stock portfolios, but for families in rural areas running generations-old family farms, small businesses and local operations. My colleagues and I have heard stories time and time again from folks in our districts who have lost everything as a result of this tax after a family member passed away. Now it’s up to the Senate to take the same action to repeal a tax that fails to generate a significant amount of revenue, but has a lasting and shattering impact on the livelihood of so many.

“In addition, the passage of the State and Local Sales Tax Deduction Fairness Act levels the playing field for state and local governments no matter if they are states with an income tax or not. Because of this bill, taxpayers in my home state of Texas will be treated equally to taxpayers from other states. Making this deduction permanent, as this legislation does, makes our tax code more reliable and fair for individuals and business owners, which will only have a positive effect on our economy.

“I am pleased these two important bills passed the House today and am hopeful they will pass the Senate and be on their way to the president’s desk soon.”

For more information on H.R. 622, click here. For more information on H.R. 1105, click here.

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Sessions statement on TPA: House Republicans stand ready to empower American businesses

2015/04/16

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), chairman of the House Rules Committee, today released the following statement on the introduction of legislation to reauthorize Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), The Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015:

“Passing Trade Promotion Authority is a top priority for House Republicans because it is a vital part of our free trade agenda. Increased trade will help grow the economy and create good-paying jobs by giving Americans the ability to sell more goods and services to customers abroad. TPA is particularly important to Texas because our state has lead the nation in exports for more than a decade. Texas exported nearly $300 billion worth of goods in 2014, which supported 1.1 million jobs in our state alone. Furthermore, TPA empowers Congress to give the administration its marching orders as it negotiates trade agreements across the globe.

“House Republicans stand ready to empower American businesses, workers and consumers by building additional trade relationships across the globe. Without TPA, good trade agreements are not possible. I thank Chairman Paul Ryan on his leadership in securing this hard-fought agreement. I look forward to working to get this legislation signed into law so that we can break down the barriers that are standing in the way of creating more jobs here at home.”

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The Hill Report: Week of March 6 - 10, 2015

2015/04/13

This week I had the opportunity to meet with North Texans in meetings around the 32nd Congressional District as well as at my Town Hall Meeting on Thursday evening in Dallas. Whether I meet with a small group of doctors, visit a North Texas business, or talk in a large, open forum, I deeply value the conversations that I have with each of my constituents and I enjoy listening to your thoughts and concerns and learning more about what I can do to represent the best interests of the people of North Texas. 

Town Hall Meeting
Thursday night I hosted a Town Hall meeting in Dallas and talked with more than 100 constituents about issues that they felt were the most important problems facing our nation. We had a robust discussion on the importance of getting the federal government out of our children’s classrooms and restoring state control to our school systems. In addition to education, we also covered important topics such as my unwavering efforts to repeal and replace ObamaCare, the President’s unlawful amnesty plan, social security, and a variety of other issues. 

I would like to thank everyone who attended and participated in the Town Hall. I always appreciate listening to your views and learning more about the issues that are most important to North Texans. If you did not have the chance to attend this meeting, click here if you would like to be notified of any Town Hall meetings that I will hold in the future. 

Meetings With North Texans 
Retail Ready Career Center
Monday I had the opportunity to tour the Retail Ready Career Center in Garland. The Retail Ready Career Center focuses on training North Texas students in the most effective way by learning from experts in focused programs to ensure that they are prepared for a job the day they graduate. I’m happy that we have such a great institution in North Texas to provide students with the opportunity to get quality training for their future careers. 
Congressman Sessions with CEO Jonathon Davis and instructor Chuck Oxner from the Retail Ready Career Center

Dallas Builders Association
Tuesday afternoon I met with members of the Dallas Builders Association to discuss important issues facing the building community. They relayed their concerns regarding the President’s executive actions that create more stringent regulations from the EPA and how the Administration’s extreme power grab has deeply impacted their businesses. I am firmly against the EPA’s unnecessary, burdensome regulations and I will continue to fight against these costly regulations to cut through the red tape and give the building community regulatory relief. 

Congressman Sessions with members of the Dallas Builders Association

Downtown Wylie Merchant Tour 
Friday afternoon I joined Mayor Eric Hogue on a tour through downtown Wylie. We met with businesses along Main Street including Rick’s Home Store, Say it with Sugar, Wylie News, Ballard Street Café, Wylie Flowers, Carroll Jewelry, the local barber shop, and Shoemaker and Hardt Coffee Shop. I believe that small businesses are the backbone of our economy and I am delighted to have such wonderful businesses in the 32nd Congressional District. 

Congressman Sessions and Mayor Hogue meeting with local Wylie businesses

Meetings with North Texas Physicians
This week I had the opportunity to host three round table discussions with physicians regarding pressing issues that are facing the medical community. I met with physicians at Texas Health Presbyterian Dallas on Wednesday and physicians from the Texas Back Institute and Baylor Scott and White Hospital on Friday. In each of these meetings we had in depth discussions on the Sustainable Growth Rate legislation that the House passed, the disastrous impact that ObamaCare has had on their practices, and conservative solutions to give physicians the financial certainty that they need to continue to give quality care to Americans. 

Congressman Sessions meeting with physicians across North Texas

Boy Scout Meetings
This week I proudly participated in two Scouting events. Monday evening I had the opportunity to meet with Cub Scouts from Pack 713 and discuss the importance of staying in scouting. Tuesday night I met with Boy Scouts from Troop 80 and discussed the value of civic duty and leadership. During that event I also had the opportunity to present an upstanding young man with his Eagle Scout badge. As a proud Eagle Scout I am always happy to see young men achieve this goal and continue on their scouting journey. 


Congressman Sessions with Cub Scouts from Pack 713

People’s Choice Award
Thank you to all of the students who participated in this year’s Congressional Art Competition. In addition to the judging, each year I have a People’s Choice Award that gives everyone the opportunity to vote for a piece of artwork that will be featured in my District Office for the entire year. The voting for the People’s Choice Award will be open until next Friday, April 17, 2015. To view the artwork and cast your vote, click here

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The Hill Report: Week of March 30 - April 3, 2015

2015/04/06

During this District work period, I was delighted to travel around the 32nd Congressional District of Texas and meet with constituents. I had the opportunity to meet with local business leaders, talk with students, and listen to the thoughts and concerns of North Texans. I always enjoy discussing issues with my constituents and learning more about what is most important to them.   
 
Meetings Across the District
Meals on Wheels
The Volunteer Nurses Association of Texas is a nonprofit organization that helps our elderly neighbors and loved ones maintain their independence by providing the services that allow them to age where they are happiest and most comfortable – at home. In 1973, VNA Texas began participating in the Meals on Wheels program and since then they have gone from serving 125 meals a day to more than 4,000 a day. On Monday I had the opportunity to join Katherine Krauss, the President of the Volunteer Nurses Association (VNA) and help her deliver meals to North Texas seniors. Meals on Wheels is a critical program for our seniors and I am very happy that I was able to volunteer and lend a helping hand. 


Congressman Sessions with Katherine Krauss delivering meals to North Texas seniors

Sachse High School
Tuesday morning I was delighted to speak to Sachse High School’s AP Government class. I explained my role in Congress as a Representative of the 32nd Congressional District of Texas as well as my duties as Chairman of the Rules Committee. I always enjoy meeting with students to discuss the importance of being involved and understanding how our government works. These students were extremely bright and engaging and I am pleased to have such wonderful young leaders in our North Texas community. 

Congressman Sessions talking to students at Sachse High School

Micropac Industries
On Wednesday I was in Garland and visited the Micropac Industries headquarters. Micropac Industries has been providing innovative and integrated electronic product solutions for “Mission Critical” applications to the Military, space, medical and industrial markets from their headquarters in Garland for more than 50 years. From the gyro sensor used in Hellfire missile guidance systems to radiation-shielded satellite power distribution systems, and everything in between, Micropac Industries delivers the cutting edge technology that keeps our country moving forward. I was delighted to tour the facility, learn more about their operations, and see their products up close.

Congressman Sessions touring Micropac Industries in Garland

Texas Association of Business Congressional Roundtable 
On Thursday I was pleased to participate in a Congressional roundtable discussion with Congressman Michael Burgess and Congressman Marc Veasey, hosted by the Texas Association of Business, Texas Association of Manufacturers, and the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce. We discussed a variety of topics including transportation issues, onerous regulations imposed by the EPA, and other issues that affect the energy and business communities in Texas. 

Congressman Sessions participating in the Congressional roundtable with Congressman Michael Burgess and Congressman Marc Veasey

Town Hall Announcement 
Next Thursday, April 9th, I will be holding a Town Hall meeting at 7:00 pm at Highland Park Middle School. I look forward to providing you with an update on my work in Congress and discussing House Republicans’ efforts to balanace the budget, create more American jobs, and grow a healthy economy. I always benefit from hearing  from the people of North Texas and discussing the important issues facing our community and nation.  To RSVP for the Town Hall meeting, click here.

Dallas Town Hall Meeting 
Date: Thursday, April 9th
Time: 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: Highland Park Middle School Cafeteria 
3555 Granada
Dallas, TX 75205 

Academies Forum Reminder
Next Saturday a member of my staff will be representing my office at  the North Texas U.S. Service Academy Forum. The forum is an informational event for North Texas middle and high school students, and their parents, interested in learning more about the U.S. Service Academies.

Date: Saturday, April 11, 2015 
Time: 8:00 AM - 12:00 Noon; Registration opens at 7:30 AM 
Note: This is a “come & stay” event! 
Place: Lewisville High School 
1098 W. Main Street 
Lewisville, Texas 75067 

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Pete Sessions Statement on the March Jobs Report

2015/04/03

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 March jobs report:

“While I’m pleased to see that more Americans were able to find employment last month, we must do more to help create more full-time, good paying jobs. Despite the fact that our economy has added jobs, far too many American families are still struggling to make ends meet. In fact, since the president has taken office, the median household income has declined by $2,484, largely because of an increase in low paying, part-time positions at the expense of well paying, full-time jobs. Further, 8.6 million people still remain unemployed or underemployed and in need of a full-time job.  While the president and Democrats are claiming that the recent increase in job growth is good enough, I believe that we can and must do better for the American people. 

“Republicans know what it takes to unleash robust economic growth and provide Americans with the opportunities they need and deserve. Last week, House Republicans passed a budget that cuts spending by $5.5 trillion, calls for a full repeal of ObamaCare and balances the budget in less than 10 years. This plan is an example of fiscally responsible solutions that will ease the financial burden on American families and stimulate economic growth. I remain committed to fighting for solutions like these to get our economy back on track and expand opportunities for the American people.”

 
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Congressman Sessions' April 9th Town Hall

2015/03/30

On Thursday, April 9th I will be hosting a Town Hall Meeting in Dallas at Highland Park Middle School to provide you with an update on my work in Congress and to discuss House Republicans' efforts to balance our budget, create more jobs, grow a healthy economy, and ensure our borders are secure. As your Member of Congress, I always benefit from hearing your thoughts on the important issues facing North Texas. If you would like to attend this meeting please fill out the form below to RSVP.

Dallas Town Hall Meeting
Thursday, April 9, 2015 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Highland Park Middle School Cafeteria 3555
Granada Avenue Dallas, TX 75205

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The Hill Report: Week of March 23 - 27, 2015

2015/03/30

This week, the House of Representatives passed the Republican budget to serve as a blueprint for how to get our economy back on track while expanding opportunity for the American people. This budget balances in 10 years and calls for a full repeal of ObamaCare, for a simpler, flatter fairer tax code, and cuts spending by $5.5 trillion – more than any previous House Budget proposal. In addition, this plan also proposes necessary reforms to costly entitlement programs and provides ample support to bolster our national defense. In contrast to the President’s budget, which raises taxes on American families, piles more debt on the shoulders of our children, and never balances, the Republican budget offers realistic solutions. I proudly supported this budget because it makes tough but necessary proposals that spur job creation and promote the free enterprise system over the priorities of liberal Washington bureaucrats.

In addition to the passage of the Budget, the House also passed legislation to repeal the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) and replace it with a long-term solution to Medicare repayment. For far too long we have let doctors shoulder the financial burden of a deeply flawed policy which has in turn caused America’s seniors to go without the quality health care that they need because not enough good doctors could afford to treat them. Year after year we have spent money that we don’t have on patching the failings of this broken system. That is why I proudly supported this bipartisan bill to fix this broken model once and for all, to ensure that America’s seniors get the best quality care and put Medicare on a path toward solvency.

Healthcare Meetings
This week I welcomed the National Physicians Council for Healthcare Policy to my office in Washington to discuss their legislative priorities. The National Physicians Council for Healthcare Policy is made up of physicians from North Texas and across the country who work with Members of Congress to voice their concerns about current onerous regulations such as ObamaCare. I am always delighted to meet with them twice a year to learn more about their priorities and discuss my efforts in working to repeal ObamaCare, get government out of the operating room, and ensure our doctors can deliver quality care to Americans without being burdened by costly laws and regulations.

Congressman Sessions hosting a meeting for the National Physicians Council for Healthcare Policy Alzheimer’s Association

On Wednesday I had the opportunity to speak with Dallas representatives of the Alzheimer’s Association. During our conversation they talked about the stress and pain Alzheimer’s can cause for patients and families, as well as its ever-growing burden on our health care system. This devastating disease has impacted millions of Americans and I would like to commend the great strides that the Alzheimer’s Association has made in raising awareness in our communities and their efforts to bring researchers closer and closer to finding a treatment for Alzheimer’s.

Congressman Sessions with representatives of the Alzheimer's Association of Greater Dallas

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores and Walgreens
On Thursday I had the opportunity to meet with representatives from the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS). More than 90 pharmacies in the 32nd Congressional District are members of the NACDS. I was very interested in learning more about their role in increasing the availability of affordable, reliable healthcare options for North Texas seniors.

Congressman Sessions meeting with Raj Chhadua, a North Texas RX Supervisor from Walgreens

After my meeting with the NACDS, I sat down with the North Texas RX Supervisors from Walgreens. In addition to discussing access to healthcare for seniors we also talked about the importance of assisting the disability community. As the proud father of a Down syndrome young man, I understand the importance of reliable access to healthcare and I would like to recognize the important work that the pharmacy division of Walgreens plays in healthcare services.

Meetings with North Texans Texas Instruments
On Thursday I met with representatives from Texas Instruments to discuss the U.S. semiconductor industry and the challenges it faces in the global marketplace. Even though Semiconductors were invented in America and are one of the nation’s top exports today, the industry is facing a number of new and unique issues, including State-sponsored competition from abroad, soaring business and capital costs in the U.S., and outdated government policies that burden industry growth and development. As the third largest manufacturer of semiconductors worldwide, I am proud to represent Texas Instruments in the 32nd District and will continue to advocate for policies that help the United States remain on the forefront of the global semiconductor industry.

Congressman Sessions meeting with representatives from Texas Instruments

Service Academies Forum
On April 11th I am joining my North Texas congressional colleagues as well as Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz in hosting the North Texas U.S. Service Academy Forum. The forum is an informational event for North Texas middle and high school students, and their parents, interested in learning more about the U.S. Service Academies. This event is free and open to the public. The North Texas U.S. Service Academy Forum will highlight the opportunities available, the nomination process, and evaluation requirements for the nation’s five Service Academies.  For more information, please contact Rachel Wong in my Dallas District Office at 972.392.0505.

Date: Saturday, April 11, 2015
Time: 8:00 AM - 12:00 Noon; Registration opens at 7:30 AM
Note: This is a “come & stay” event!
Place: Lewisville High School 1098 W. Main Street Lewisville, Texas 75067

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2015/03/30

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Pete Sessions Introduces the Collegiate Housing and Infrastructure Act of 2015

2015/03/27

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 Collegiate Housing and Infrastructure Act of 2015 (CHIA) that he recently introduced in the House:

“At a time when college tuition has sky-rocketed and American families are struggling to ensure their children receive a sound education, it is critical that we provide families some relief to make college more affordable. That is why I have reintroduced the Collegiate Housing and Infrastructure Act of 2015. This legislation would eliminate an arbitrary distinction in existing tax law that prevents all not-for-profit entities from using tax deductible charitable contributions to build, maintain, or improve their not-for-profit student housing.   

“Currently several hundred thousand college students nationwide live in not-for-profit student housing and many of these facilities do not have the means available to make necessary safety and structural improvements. The Collegiate Housing and Infrastructure Act of 2015 has garnered strong bipartisan support for the past 12 years and I urge my colleagues to support this legislation once again to give students the opportunity to live in safe conditions and make college more affordable.”

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Sessions: Repealing, Replacing SGR a Win for Docs, Patients, Taxpayers

2015/03/26

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), chairman of the House Rules Committee, today issued the following statement in response to the House’s  passage of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (H.R. 2), which repeals the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) and replaces it with a long-term solution to Medicare repayment:

“For far too long, we have let doctors shoulder the financial burden for a policy that was well-intended, but deeply flawed. For far too long, we have forced America’s seniors to go without the quality health care they need because not enough good doctors could afford to treat them. And for far too long, we have spent money we don’t have patching the failings of the SGR formula. But finally, the House today passed legislation that would provide a long-term solution to the problem of Medicare reimbursement.

“Doctors become doctors because they want to heal their patients and eliminate human suffering, not because they want to navigate through bad policies that force them to pick and choose the patients they treat. This bipartisan bill ensures they will no longer have to do that. It also ensures America’s seniors get the best quality care, not just the only care available to them. But perhaps most importantly, it ensures American taxpayers will no longer be burdened with the high cost of short-term doc fixes thanks to real entitlement reform that will lead to long-term savings.

“I applaud my colleagues on both sides of the aisle for voting to fix this broken model once and for all and get Medicare on a path toward solvency.”

For more information on H.R. 2, to repeal the Medicare sustainable growth rate and strengthen Medicare access by improving physician payments and making other improvements, and to reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program, click here

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Sessions Applauds Passage of Republican Budget for FY 2016

2015/03/25

WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), chairman of the House Rules Committee, today released the following statement on the House passage of H.Con. Res 27, the budget resolution for fiscal year 2016 which also sets forth appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2017 through 2025:

“The House today passed a budget that is a blueprint for how to get our economy back on track while expanding opportunity for the American people. Instead of sticking to the Democrats’ plan of higher taxes, increased spending and more debt, House Republicans believe it is time to chart a new path.  Chairman Price’s budget provides for a sound fiscal future by balancing the budget in less than 10 years – without raising taxes – and cutting spending by $5.5 trillion, which is more than any previously adopted Republican budget.

“This budget also proposes necessary reforms to costly entitlement programs, calls for a full repeal of Obamacare and provides for a strong national defense. The President’s budget, by contrast, never balances, raises taxes on American families already struggling to make ends meet and piles more debt on the shoulders of our children. This is immoral and should not continue.

“I applaud the passage of the House budget because it includes tough but necessary proposals that spur job creation and promote the free enterprise system over the priorities of liberal Washington bureaucrats, which for too long have caused Americans nothing but harm.”

For more information on H.Con. Res. 27, establishing the budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2016 and setting forth appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2017 through 2025, click here

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The Hill Report: Week of March 16 - 20, 2015

2015/03/23

This week, we passed two pieces of legislation that would protect the scientific process and reform the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). It is imperative that scientific data is balanced and unbiased, however, under our current system there are no requirements to prove their findings. I believe it is irresponsible for taxpayer dollars to be used to enforce onerous regulations that are based on faulty science. Scientific developments require transparency and reproducibility, and the EPA should have nothing to hide from the American people. This is why I was pleased to support the passage of H.R. 1029, the EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act of 2015 and H.R. 1030, the Secret Science Reform Act of 2015.

Later in the week, the House of Representatives passed S.J. Res 8, legislation that expresses disproval of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) “ambush rule.” This rule expedites union elections and forces employers to give substantial personal information about their employees to unions without consent or confidentiality standards in place. This rule cripples the rights of hard working Americans to make careful, informed decisions about whether to join a union by providing them with significantly less time to decide how they will vote. These are not policies that help the American worker and bolster the economy – they are policies that are part of a culture of union favoritism that cause nothing but harm. To express my extreme disproval of this rule I proudly voted for this legislation to preserve the rights of workers to make informed and independent decisions.

Meetings with North Texans
Apartment Association of Greater Dallas
On Wednesday I was delighted to meet with North Texans from the Apartment Association of Greater Dallas. Since 1959, the Association has represented rental property owners, management companies and the professional service groups that work with these businesses. Today the group works with more than 1,930 rental properties consisting of 495,000 individual units spread over 11 North Texas counties, including both Dallas and Collin counties. Given there remains a need for Congress to create a balanced housing policy that recognizes the critical role apartments play in providing shelter for Americans and North Texans.

Congressman Sessions with members of the Apartment Association of Greater Dallas


UT Dallas Center for BrainHealth
Thursday morning I had the opportunity to speak to the Congressional Neuroscience Caucus and introduce Dr. Sandra Bond Chapman and Lt. Morgan Luttrell of the Center for Brain Health at UT Dallas. We discussed the incredible strides that they have taken to improve cognitive brain performance in former members of our military, as well as students and seniors. Their 12-session cognitive improvement techniques are working especially to help those suffering from traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder adjust to daily life as a citizen. I am proud to have such an innovate and cutting-edge facility in the 32nd Congressional District and I look forward to learning more about their work as they continue their efforts.

Congressman Sessions with Lt. Morgan Luttrell, Dr. Sandra Bond Chapman, and Congressman Blumenauer

United States Army Corp of Engineers, Southwest Division
This week I met with Brigadier General David Hill, Captain Edwin Jimenez, and representatives from the United States Army Corp of Engineers (USACE), Southwest Division to receive an update on USACE projects in North Texas. As North Texans, we have many infrastructure issues of critical importance to resolve, from water supply and drought to transportation, flood risk management and disaster response support. I look forward to working with the Army Corp of Engineers to find the right solutions to satisfy our common goals and help North Texas grow and prosper.

Congressman Sessions meeting with the United States Army Corp of Engineers, Southwest Division


Meadows Foundation
I was pleased to meet with representatives from the Meadows Foundation. The Meadows Foundation is a private philanthropic institution that assists the people and institutions of Texas to improve the quality and circumstances of life for themselves and future generations. I was delighted to learn more about the immense contributions they have made to institutions and agencies across the state of Texas.

Congressman Sessions with Deborah Fitzpatrick, the Vice President of Human Resources for The Meadows Foundation


REMINDER: Art Competition
The deadline for the Congressional Art Competition is quickly approaching. My office will be accepting submissions until March 27th from high school students from the 32nd Congressional District of Texas. Please submit your “America the Beautiful” themed artwork through my website. I look forwarded to reviewing this year’s artwork, and I wish the best of luck to all of the participants.

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Sessions Disapproves Ambush Elections Rule

2015/03/19

WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), chairman of the House Rules Committee, today released the following statement on the House passage of a measure (S.J. Res. 8) expressing disproval of the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) “ambush rule,” which expedites union elections and forces employers to give substantial personal information about their employees to unions without consent or confidentiality standards in place:

“The NLRB’s ambush rule cripples the rights of hard working Americans to make careful, informed decisions about whether to join a union by providing them with significantly less time to decide how they will vote. It virtually eliminates the possibility of an employer obtaining a labor attorney to ensure unionization efforts are done lawfully since the notification and the election could occur in as few as seven days. Even worse, it does all of this while significantly compromising the privacy of workers and their families.

“These are not policies that help the American worker and bolster the economy; they are policies that are part of a culture of union favoritism that does nothing but harm. I am pleased the House voted today to preserve the rights of workers to make informed and independent decisions and keep their personal information private.”

For more information on S.J. Res. 8, providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the National Labor Relations Board relating to representation case procedures, click here.

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Sessions Applauds Passage of EPA Reform Bills

2015/03/18

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. 1029, the EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act of 2015 and H.R. 1030, the Secret Science Reform Act of 2015:

“This week, the House of Representatives passed two pieces of legislation aimed at protecting the scientific process and reforming the Environmental Protection Agency. Scientific data must be balanced and unbiased, and taxpayers should not be responsible for regulations based on faulty science. Currently, the EPA isn’t showing its work before implementing costly regulations and the scientific data that support such regulations should be publicly available. Scientific developments require transparency and reproducibility, and the EPA should have nothing to hide from Americans. I’m pleased that the House of Representatives passed these measures, and urge Senate Republicans to send both pieces of legislation to President Obama for his signature.”

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The Hill Report: Week of March 9 - 13, 2015

2015/03/16

Two weeks ago the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) launched an assault on the Second Amendment with their proposed ban on widely used ammunition for the AR-15 rifle. As a lifelong member of the NRA and a fierce defender of the 2nd Amendment I proudly joined 278 of my colleagues in sending a letter to the BATFE to urge them to rescind their proposal. In addition to this letter, more than 80,000 Americans wrote to the BATFE to voice their concerns and strong opposition to this plan. I am pleased to announce that they have listened to the American people and have halted their plan to ban this ammunition. I remain committed to fighting against any further regulations that infringe upon our constitutional rights and I will vigilantly protect the rights guaranteed to all citizens by the Second Amendment.

Academy Forum
Next month, I am joining my North Texas congressional colleagues as well as Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz in hosting the North Texas U.S. Service Academy Forum. The forum is an informational event for North Texas middle and high school students, and their parents, interested in learning more about the U.S. Service Academies. This year the forum will be held on Saturday, April 11th from 8am – noon at Lewisville High School, 1098 W. Main Street, Lewisville, TX. This event is free and open to the public. The North Texas U.S. Service Academy Forum will highlight the opportunities available, the nomination process, and evaluation requirements for the nation’s five Service Academies.  For more information, please contact Rachel Wong in my Dallas District Office at 972.392.0505.

REMINDER: Congressional Art Competition
As you know my office is accepting submissions until March 27th for the Congressional Art Competition from high school students from the 32nd Congressional District of Texas. I am always delighted to go through the submissions and look at the immense talent of the students in North Texas. The deadline for submissions is quickly approaching so please submit your “America the Beautiful” themed artwork through my website. I look forwarded to reviewing this year’s artwork and I wish the best of luck to all of the participants.


Mobile Office Hours
City of Garland
Location: Garland Central Library 625 Austin St. Garland, TX 75040
Date: March 16, 2015
Time: 10:00 am – 2: 00 pm

City of Rowlett
Location: Rowlett City Hall 4000 Main Street Rowlett, TX 75088
Date: March 16, 2015
Time: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
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The Hill Report: Week of March 2 - 6, 2015

2015/03/06

In January the House of Representatives passed a bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security and block President Obama’s unwise, unlawful, and unconstitutional executive amnesty plan. The Senate has had nearly two months to debate this issue, yet Senate Democrats repeatedly refused to work with the House to resolve our differences. I believe it is critical that Members of Congress thoughtfully work through issues and go to a conference to reach a final decision. Because of the Senate’s continued obstruction of meaningful discussion and debate, the House passed a clean DHS funding bill that did not include language to block the President’s lawless actions. While I do believe that it is crucial that we fund necessary departments that protect our great nation, I simply could not sit by and support the President’s blatant abuse of executive power.

My vote against reauthorizing Amtrak
In addition to the DHS funding bill, the House also voted on H.R. 749, Passenger Rail Reform and Investment Act of 2015. I voted against this legislation to reauthorize Amtrak because it did not go far enough in reforming our nation’s passenger rail system. For far too long, Amtrak has counted on Americans’ hard-earned tax dollars to bankroll its inefficient and unsustainable business practices. Throughout my career I have fought against the continued waste in Amtrak and I could not support this bill because it did not do enough to force Amtrak to play by the same rules as a private business.

Fighting against the President’s assault on the Second Amendment
As a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association, I will always stand up to defend our constitutional right to keep and bear arms. President Obama’s proposed executive action to ban certain types of ammunition is yet another abuse of power and a direct assault on the rights guaranteed to all citizens by the Second Amendment. In response to this proposed ban, I signed onto a letter with more than 100 of my colleagues in the House of Representatives that warns the administration of its violation of government transparency requirements and urges the ATF to reverse its proposed regulation. In addition to this letter, I am also a cosponsor of H.R. 1180, a bill that would combat this executive fiat. I will continue to fight against the President’s unilateral actions that promote liberal policies and infringe upon our constitutional rights.

Telephone Town Hall
Wednesday evening I held a live telephone town hall meeting for constituents in the 32nd Congressional District of Texas. I was delighted to have nearly 6,000 participants on the call and enjoyed our discussions on many important issues facing our nation today. During the town hall we discussed my vote against the DHS funding bill, Obama’s lawless executive amnesty, the fate of ObamaCare in the current Supreme Court case, and Obama’s proposed ban on ammunition. I always appreciate the opportunity to hear directly from North Texans and listen to their thoughts and concerns regarding policy issues. If you would like to participate in future town hall meetings, please visit my website and sign up to be notified for the next meeting.

Meetings with Texans in Washington
National Association of Convenience Stores
On Wednesday I met with members of the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) including representatives from Texas-based Dr. Pepper Snapple Group. The NACS is an international trade association that represents more than 2,200 retail and 1,600 supplier company members. As a proud proponent of the free-enterprise system I enjoyed sitting down with them and discussing important issues that are affecting their members across the nation and in Texas.


Congressman Sessions meeting with representatives from the National Association of Convenience Stores

Service King
Later on Wednesday I met with the Chris Abraham the CEO of Service King. Service King Collision Repair Centers was founded in 1976 in Dallas, Texas and has grown to become a leader in the collision repair industry. We had a great conversation about his vision for the company and his plans for continued growth and investment in Texas.

Congressman Sessions with Chris Abraham the CEO of Service King

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Pete Sessions Statement on the February Jobs Report

2015/03/06

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 February jobs report:

“While this month's jobs report reflects encouraging signs in our economy, it also shows that there are still too many Americans who remain out of work or underemployed. The labor force participation rate is the lowest it has been since 1978 not only because of increased retirements but also because so many young adults in their prime working ages cannot find work. Further, median household incomes have fallen by $1,500 during this so-called recovery. In fact, while our economy is growing, this has been the slowest economic recovery in the last 50 years. 

“House Republicans have put forth dozens of common sense, conservative solutions that would put Americans back to work, yet Democrats and the Obama Administration have repeatedly blocked them. The latest example of this is President Obama’s veto of the Keystone XL Pipeline. In one swift motion of his pen, he said no to 40,000 American jobs, no to energy independence, and no to revitalizing our economy. Saying no won’t increase wages or create employment opportunities. It is time for this Administration to stop putting politics before the American people and work with Republicans to get our country back on track.”
 

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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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