Congressman Sessions managing the rule on the House Floor for the American Energy Solutions for Lower Costs and More American Jobs Act and the Jobs for America Act
Congressman Sessions with representatives from the International Franchise
Asian American Hotel Owners Association
On Thursday 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, including many first and second generation Americans. 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 Texas representatives from the Asian American Hotel Owners Association
Hispanic Heritage Month
This month I join Americans across the nation in celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month, which is honored from September 15 to October 15. During this time, we have the opportunity to celebrate the rich heritage of Hispanic Americans and reflect upon the many contributions they have made to our great nation. Around the country and especially in North Texas, I join all Americans in celebrating the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our communities. To learn more about the celebrations happening in North Texas throughout the month, click here.
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), Chairman of the House Rules Committee, today released the following statement regarding House adoption of an amendment offered by Chairman Buck McKeon (R-CA) to the Continuing Appropriations Resolution addressing "train & equip" authority for our military commanders in the ongoing fight to defeat ISIL:
“This amendment is an important short-term step to protect the United States and our allies from the threat posed by the terrorist group known as ISIL. It strengthens congressional oversight of the Administration’s policies in the region by ensuring that Congress has the information it needs regarding the effort to train and equip properly vetted elements of the Syrian opposition in the fight against ISIL. I would like to thank Chairman McKeon for his leadership in helping protect the American people and our interests abroad. I look forward to continued debate about our larger policies in Iraq and Syria as Congress works with the Administration to craft a viable and sustainable strategy that will stabilize the region.”
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 commencement of National Hispanic Heritage Month, which is honored from September 15 – October 15:
“Today marks the first day of National Hispanic Heritage Month, a month-long celebration of a rich heritage that has had an immense impact on our local community and nation as a whole. This month gives us the opportunity to pause and reflect upon the many contributions Hispanic Americans have made to our great nation, ranging from the arts, service in the military, and to their strong presence in the business community.
“Around the country and especially in North Texas, Hispanic Americans have influenced our community through their strong commitment to family, hard work, and service. Their unwavering spirit exemplifies the values that encompass the American Dream and the principles upon which our great nation was founded. This month I join all Americans in celebrating the generations of Hispanic Americans whose vast experiences and accomplishments have positively influenced and enriched our communities.”
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 August unemployment report:
“Today’s weak jobs report shows that the Administration’s anti-growth agenda continues to prevent Americans from finding job opportunities that they need and deserve. According to a recent report from the Congressional Budget Office, the labor force participation rate is the lowest it has been since the late 1970’s. In addition, the U.S. employment rate of 59 percent is still lower than the prerecession level of 62.9 percent, resulting in a gap of 10 million Americans who are still jobless. But even for the Americans who are able to find employment, 58 percent of the recovery growth is attributed to lower-wage occupations resulting in a deficit of good paying, full-time jobs.
“House Republicans understand that Americans deserve better than mediocre opportunities. Yet Harry Reid continues to refuse to allow the Senate to vote on House-passed legislation, which would create thousands of jobs and reinvigorate the American workforce. As President Obama and Harry Reid dig in their heels in defiance against our common sense economic solutions, I will continue to work hard and support legislation that gives Americans the opportunities that they deserve.”
I had another excellent week in the 32nd Congressional District meeting with fellow North Texans, visiting new medical facilities, and participating in discussions with Texas business leaders.
Meeting with National Utility Contractors Association
On Tuesday I met with representatives from the National Utility Contractors Association (NUCA) to talk about the importance of improving conditions in underground infrastructures across the United States. We also discussed the negative effects of burdensome regulations to which member companies are subject and how these regulations are hindering their growth. I always value listening to the concerns of local members of the business community and discussing my efforts to ensure their businesses can grow and thrive.
Congressman Sessions with representatives from the National Utility Contractors Association
New Parkland Hospital Site Tour
On Monday morning I had the opportunity to tour the new, state of the art Parkland Hospital in Dallas. The new 2.5 million-square-feet campus is nearly twice the size of the current hospital and has been meticulously designed to meet the ever-changing needs of Dallas, since it is one of the largest, fastest-growing regions in the country. I am delighted to have a medical facility in Dallas that gives North Texans access to local medical care.
Congressman Sessions at the new Parkland Hospital with the new President of Parkland, Dr. Frederick Cerise and Louis Saksen, the Senior VP of New Parkland Construction
Discussions with TX-32 Business Leaders
Dallas Regional Chamber Congressional Forum
On Tuesday morning I was pleased to participate in the Dallas Regional Chamber Congressional Forum with my friends Chairman Jeb Hensarling and Congressman Ralph Hall. We addressed a variety of issues ranging from our current border security crisis, the disastrous effects of ObamaCare, and the Obama Administration’s policies that have harmed our country at home and abroad. I always enjoy sitting down with my colleagues and discussing important issues facing our North Texas community as well as our country as a whole.
Congressman Sessions participating in the Dallas Regional Chamber Congressional Forum with Chairman Jeb Hensarling and Congressman Ralph Hall
First North American Sustainable Economic Development Summit
On Tuesday afternoon I attended the First North American Sustainable Economic Development Summit to address multiple issues that are currently impacting our economy, including the importance of North American energy independence, infrastructure development, and border security. I addressed the critical nature of our relations abroad and protecting our trade relationships.
Congressman Sessions speaking at the First North American Sustainable Economic Development Summit
9th Annual National Tooling and Machining Association North Texas Chapter Dinner
On Thursday evening I spoke at the 9th Annual Dinner for the North Texas Chapter of the National Tooling and Machining Association. I was proud to present scholarships from the National Tooling and Machining Association to two very deserving students who have shown immense interest in the machining industry. After the scholarship presentation, I discussed the current state of our economy and my efforts to help facilitate a robust job market to ensure Americans have the opportunities they need and deserve.
Congressman Sessions with Randolph Goodman, Todd Ellard, and Wayne Applegate at the National Tooling and Machining Association North Texas Chapter Dinner
This week I had the opportunity to engage in a number of discussions with business leaders and meet with constituents around the 32nd Congressional District. I always value receiving feedback from members of the community and discussing issues that affect the lives and businesses of North Texans.
Roundtable Discussions With Business Leaders in the District
On Monday I joined Congressman Kenny Marchant and Congressman Marc Veasey at the Irving Chamber Congressional Roundtable to discuss important issues facing the North Texas business community. We had a robust conversation on our efforts to secure the border, the effects of ObamaCare, Social Security reform, and a variety of other issues. I always enjoy talking through important issues with fellow Members of Congress from Texas and I believe that our discussion helped North Texans learn more about our views and work on these critical policy issues.
Congressman Sessions participating in the Irving Chamber Congressional Round Table
On Wednesday I met with the regional executive team of New York Life to discuss current concerns facing the insurance industry and steps being taken by Congress to provide relief from burdensome regulations imposed by the Obama administration. After meeting with the executives, I sat down with the entire DFW New York Life team for an employee town hall to discuss a wide variety of issues that affect each of them. I was delighted to answer all of their questions and engage in a thoughtful discussion about issues concerning their company and the business community at large.
Congressman Sessions talking with employees at
New York Life
CITI Meeting and Site Visit
On Monday afternoon I met with the CITI Executive Team and visited their facility in Irving. I enjoyed learning about their increased presence in the DFW area and their role in employing more than 5,000 North Texans. I also had the opportunity to tour the Security Operations Center, Command Center Operations, and the “HIVE” – the Hub for Innovation, Visualization & Engineering. I was very impressed by their state of the art campus and I am proud to have such a wonderful and innovative company in North Texas.
Congressman Sessions and Congressman Marchant with the
CITI Executive Team
Park Cities YMCA Disability Program
On Tuesday Wells Fargo donated $10,000 to the Park Cities YMCA Disability Program and I was honored to speak at the presentation of the donation. Wells Fargo’s generous contribution will help support the adaptive aquatics program as well as Ability Connections Texas, a non-profit that helps provide a range of services for people with physical and intellectual disabilities as they strive to achieve their highest level of independence. Thanks to this donation, the Park Cities YMCA will be able to provide swimming lessons for children and adults with special needs. I deeply appreciate the generosity of Wells Fargo and their leadership in giving back to the community.
Congressman Sessions with John Palms, Chairman of the Board of the Park Cities Family YMCA, Roger Moon, Executive Director of the Park Cities Family YMCA, and John Reniger, Senior Vice President for Wells FargoRead More
This week I spent time in North Texas visiting local businesses and meeting with young leaders in the 32nd Congressional District. Additionally, on Wednesday I hosted a Town Hall meeting at which I had the chance to listen to constituents as they discuss the important issues facing our nation today.
DART Orange Line Grand Opening Ceremony
This afternoon I participated in the grand opening ceremony of the Dallas Area Rapid Transit’s (DART) new Orange Line. The new extension of the Orange Line will go to the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport and is part of an expansion that will increase the DART’s rail network to cover 90 miles. I am very pleased that DART has continued to expand and increase public transportation options in the Dallas area in order to provide affordable and energy-efficient transportation to North Texans.
Congressman Sessions participating in the grand opening ceremony of the Dallas Area Rapid Transit's new Orange Line.
General Dynamics Meeting
On Wednesday I visited the General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems facility in Garland. While I was there I met with the General Manager and learned about the products that General Dynamics provide the U.S. military for all levels of strategic and tactical operations. They shared with me their concerns regarding regulations that strain their business and hinder them from being able to plan their finances for the future. Businesses need laws that give them the certainty they need to grow their businesses, which is why I proudly support legislation that will permanently extend bonus depreciation to ensure that American companies can more easily plan for the future. I will continue to support these common sense solutions to ensure that businesses like General Dynamics will continue to thrive, create jobs, and serve as an integral part of the North Texas economy.
Texas Leadership Forum's Star Reception
On Monday I was delighted to recognize ten young men and women who achieved “Star Alumni” status for their exceptional work with the Texas Leadership Forum (TLF). These students served as mentors for the students who participated in this year’s TLF program and immensely contributed to the development of their leadership skills. I commend these individuals on their accomplishments and acknowledge their efforts to positively influence the young leaders of our community.
Congressman Sessions with alumni of the Texas Leadership Forum, Today Foundation President Gary Griffith, and Today Foundation Program Director Debbie Horres
Town Hall Meeting
On Wednesday, I held a Town Hall meeting where I had the opportunity to discuss my efforts to get Americans back to work, hold the Obama Administration accountable, and secure our borders. During the meeting I answered questions from constituents about border security, tax reform, the negative effects of ObamaCare, the unconstitutional acts of this Administration, and a myriad of other topics. I sincerely value the opinions of each of my constituents and always enjoy listening to the concerns of North Texans regarding issues that are impacting their families and businesses.
Congressman Sessions at the Town Hall Meeting in Dallas
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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. 5230, Making Supplemental appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2014, and H.R. 5272, To prohibit certain actions with respect to deferred action for aliens not lawfully present in the United States:
"The United States is facing an unprecedented crisis on our southern border. In recent months, nearly 60,000 unaccompanied children have entered the United States illegally, most of whom have come into our country through the Texas-Mexico border. This dire situation threatens the rule of law.
"That is why the House passed legislation today that would immediately provide targeted funding to help our law enforcement officials deal with our existing problems on the border. Additionally, I am glad that the House approved a measure that would stop the President from using taxpayer dollars to expand the DACA program.
"As a Texan, I recognize the stress that the border crisis is placing on our cities, schools, and hospitals. While it is vital that we address the humanitarian issues that have come with this crisis, we must secure our borders and halt the flow of illegal immigrants into our country. I believe that the two bills that passed the House today are a good first step, and I call on the Senate to vote on these bills to help secure our border."
The Border Crisis
Our nation is currently facing an unprecedented border crisis. Yesterday the House acted to address the urgent needs of our law enforcement personnel to strengthen our border security, enforce our law, and help stem the tide of illegal immigration in the future.
Congressman Sessions managing the rule on the House Floor for the two border security bills
The two bills that the House passed on Friday would ensure that we provide the resources necessary to put an end to this crisis while changing the policies that are leading more and more people to come into our country illegally. Specifically, the legislation would provide $659 million for border security, the enforcement of existing laws, illegal immigration prevention, and humanitarian assistance. Another $70 million would be available to bolster National Guard resources at the US-Mexico border. The money for these funds would be cut from other programs in the federal government, meaning that this plan does not add a dollar to the deficit. Additionally, the legislation would make important changes to a 2008 trafficking law and would halt the President’s DACA policy. To listen to my remarks on the House Floor, click here.
My House Resolution to Authorize a Lawsuit Against the President
At the beginning of this Congress, I took an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States. This week the House of Representatives took an important step in fulfilling our oath when we passed the House Resolution that I authored to authorize a lawsuit against President Obama for failing to faithfully execute the law.
Congressman Sessions managing the debate on House Resolution 676
This lawsuit seeks to ensure that Congress is able to continue to play its role in writing the laws that govern our nation. Unfortunately, the President has ignored the Congress and changed the law without following the constitutional process. That is why the President’s system of unilateral governance must be stopped. I am very pleased that the House of Representatives has taken action to defend the Constitution to ensure that the laws on which our nation was founded are protected.
ABLE Act Update
On Thursday the House Committee on Ways and Means held a hearing on the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (ABLE) where it passed with a bipartisan vote. This is a critical step forward for this important legislation that will help families with children with disabilities save for their long-term care. Ensuring a sound financial future for our loved ones with disabilities is of the utmost importance and I strongly believe that we should allow them to have the same tax-free savings accounts as others in order to plan for their future.
I am delighted that the ABLE Act has gained the momentum and attention that it deserves. My colleagues in the House of Representatives and the United States Senate have worked fervently for the past eight years to pass this legislation that will achieve our common goal of providing individuals with disabilities a better way to plan and save for their future.Read More
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 July unemployment report:
“While it is always welcome news when additional Americans are able to find work, all Americans deserve the opportunity to find good-paying, full-time jobs. The Obama Administration has repeatedly promised a big economic recovery, but it has taken six years to see any real signs of reliable economic growth. The American people should not have to wait more than half of a decade for consistent job creation and growth.
“House Republicans understand what it takes to create a robust economy. We have sent dozens of pro-growth jobs bills to the Senate where they remain buried on Harry Reid’s desk. The Senate’s inaction on the priorities of the American people is simply unacceptable. I remain committed to fighting for common sense solutions that will reinvigorate the economy and give Americans access to the jobs that they need and deserve.”
Washington, DC – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX-32), Chairman of the House Rules Committee, today released the following statement regarding House passage of the Conference Report to Accompany H.R. 3230, the Veterans’ Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014:
As we continue to uncover the truth surrounding all of the allegations against the VA, the House of Representatives recognizes that this is a critical issue that requires our immediate attention. That is why we have agreed upon a solution that will provide timelier health care to veterans, hold the VA accountable for their actions, and help the department recruit more doctors and health care professionals to provide our veterans with the care that they deserve. I proudly supported this bipartisan legislation to ensure that our veterans, who have selflessly fought to protect our nation, have the services that they need and the benefits that they deserve.
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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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I proudly voted for two pieces of legislation that will boost domestic energy production, jump-start the economy, and create American jobs.
Last week in the House of Representatives, we passed legislation that will create thousands of American jobs, pave the way towards energy independence,
I am very pleased with the passage of H.R. 2, the American Energy Solutions for Lower Costs & More American Jobs Act and H.R. 4, the Jobs for
This afternoon I managed the rule for two pro-growth, job creating bills that will create up to 1.2 million jobs for Americans who are out of
I will be managing the rule for H.R. 2, the American Energy Solutions for Lower Costs and More American Jobs Acts, and H.R. 4, the Jobs for America
It was an honor to receive the "Guardian of Small Business Award" from the National Federation of Independent Business. I believe small businesses