The Congressional Baseball Game is one of the oldest traditions in Congress that transcends party lines and allows Members of the House and Senate to enjoy America’s favorite pastime together. This week, an individual tried to mar this tradition and use it as a mechanism to violently express their anger, frustration, and contempt with our federal government. Beyond the horrific nature of the individual's violent action against the lives of many, I am deeply saddened that an event historically facilitating unity and bipartisanship was used to hurt Members of Congress, our staffs, and our very institution. I understand that many are frustrated and that the rhetoric on both sides of the aisle has only stoked the flames of anger and resentment. But this has to stop.
|Congressman Sessions at theCongressional Baseball Game with his summer interns|
This event has caused all of us to take a pause and take stock of what is important. It has made me take a cold hard look in the mirror and learn how I, as a leader, can make a difference. We have to stop stoking these flames and put an end to the fear mongering that has taken hold of our country. This is a critical moment in our nation’s history and I truly hope that we can use this senseless act of violence to turn the tides and work to make our country better through strength, leadership, and unity.
Supporting our veterans
For far too long employees and administrators at the VA have turned a blind eye to the systemic failures in the organization. As a result of layers of red tape and the long, arduous dismissal process, bad actors continue to taint the well which has only caused the problems to get worse and worse.The men and women who selflessly served our great nation deserve better than that much better than that.
This week the House sent a bill to the President’s desk that makes it clear we are serious about reforming the VA and showing our veterans that we are working to make sure they have the care they need and deserve. This legislation is critical to doing right by our veterans in North Texas and across the nation. I’m proud this bill will imminently be signed into law and remain committed to fighting for our Veterans who have so bravely fought to preserve our freedom.
Meetings with Texans
AIPAC National Council
International Academy of Compound Pharmacists
This week I had the opportunity to meet with local community compounding pharmacists in theNorth Texas area. I would like to thank them for their dedication to the true craft that is compounding pharmaceuticals. So many individuals rely on their services to treat rare diseases with no other therapies. With so many restrictions being place on their ability to coordinate with physicians, these compounding pharmacists are faced with cost increases and limited access for patient care. I look forward to working with them to ensure federal bureaucracy does not interfere with their ability to treat patients.
|Congressman Sessions, Senior Legislative Assistant Ryan Ethington and intern Jacob Fishman with Allyn and Susan Kramer, Kenny Goldberg and Cecily Cox of the AIPAC National Council.|
I was delighted to meet with representatives from IBM to discuss important issues affecting thetechnology industry. I have always believed that we need to implement common sense solutions to ensure the United States continues to lead the charge in the world of innovation. In order to do that we need to continue to invest in educational programs and reform our tax code to encourage research and development. The world of technology continues to evolve at a rapid pace and I look forward to continuing to work with partners in this industry to ensure we remain at the forefront.
|Congressman Sessions and Policy Assistant Ron Donado with Gilbert Molinar, Joe Stiglmeier, Michael Oppenheim and Tanya Bubash of IBM|
Dallas Builders Association
On Wednesday it was a pleasure to welcome the Dallas Builders Association to Washington and sit down with North Texas home builders. The DFW Metroplex has grown immensely in the past five years which has provided homebuilders with the opportunity to grow and expand their businesses. These job creators came to Washington to discuss solutions to address the labor shortage in theresidential home construction industry and stress the importance of trade deals to help make homes affordable for North Texas families. This was a wonderful meeting and I look forward to continuing to work with them on these important issues.
|Congressman Sessions in a meeting with members of the Dallas Builders Association|
Texas Business Leaders
This week I had the opportunity to sit down with key North Texas business leaders for a strategic discussion on tax reform. Specifically, devastating impact that the proposed "Border Adjustment Tax" would have on our local economy and the families in our community. We need to focus on growing our GDP, not inflicting financial hardship on consumers. Some studies indicate that theproposed Border Adjustment Tax would put 42 million American jobs at risk. I am committed to advancing the policies that are best for North Texas, and working to block those that will harm our job creators and our neighbors. I thank the North Texas leaders who joined me in Washington to discuss our shared concerns and vision for the future of tax reform, and look forward to continuing those conversations in Dallas in the days ahead.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), Chairman of the House Committee on Rules, released the following statement applauding the passage of a critical measure to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs:
“For far too long employees and administrators at the VA have turned a blind eye to the systemic failures in the organization. As a result of layers of red tape and the long, arduous dismissal process, bad actors continue to taint the well which has only caused the problems to get worse and worse. The men and women who selflessly served our great nation deserve better than that – much better than that.
“Today the House sent a bill to the President’s desk that makes it clear we are serious about reforming the VA and showing our veterans that we are working to make sure they have the care they need and deserve. This legislation is critical to doing right by our veterans in North Texas and across the nation. I’m proud this bill will imminently be signed into law and remain committed to fighting for our Veterans who have so bravely fought to preserve our freedom.”
To learn more about S. 1094, Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017, click here.
Dallas, Texas – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX-32) today announced that 11 students in the 32nd Congressional District have accepted appointments to the United States Service Academies as members of the class of 2021.
Luke Blanton of Dallas and Coleman Everett of Dallas have been appointed to the United States Military Academy (West Point). Samuel Olden of Dallas and Zachary Raybourn of Dallas have been appointed to the United States Naval Academy. Charles Broad of Richardson, Tyler Davis of Rowlett, Vance Holub of Dallas, Caleb Richardson of Rowlett, Preston Semenuk of Richardson, and Rhiannon Townsend of Dallas, have been appointed to the United States Air Force Academy. Broder Jackson of Dallas has been appointed to the United States Merchant Marine Academy.
Congressman Sessions, who represents the 32nd Congressional District, supports maintaining a strong and agile national defense and has taken a special interest in the appointment of Texas students to the nation’s finest Service Academies. Each year, numerous applicants request appointments to the Academies, but only a select few are appointed. Students requesting a nomination from Sessions are evaluated on a variety of criteria including academic background, physical ability, personal recommendations, and an evaluation and ranking by the Academy Selection Board.
“These young men and women set themselves apart from their peers through their rigorous dedication to high academic performance, personal fitness, and moral character,” Sessions said. “I am confident that they will make our community proud as they represent North Texas in our nation’s finest academic institutions.”
Sessions considers the nomination of selected students to our nation’s Service Academies to be among his most important congressional responsibilities. Service Academy graduates will lead efforts to maintain the strength and commitment of America’s Armed Forces, which ensures our nation’s security and prosperity in the future.
“I congratulate them on their accomplishment and am extremely proud of these outstanding North Texas students,” said Sessions. “I am delighted to join their families, teachers, and friends in giving them our unwavering support as they commit to promoting America’s security and freedom.”
Residents of the 32nd Congressional District who are interested in seeking a nomination to a Service Academy may contact Rachel Wong with Congressman Sessions’ Dallas office at 972.392.0505.
For the past eight years Democrats forced Americans to comply with hundreds of new regulations that strained our economy and decimated job creation. One of the most egregious examples of the Obama-era’s regulatory agenda was Dodd-Frank. Dodd-Frank was nothing short of a complete disaster that shackled our economy to the chains of bureaucracy. It produced thousands of pages of rules and regulations that forced community banks to shutter their doors, saddled small businesses with costly compliance regulations, and put all Americans at a severe disadvantage.
This week the House turned the page on the era of onerous regulations and passed a measure to create real economic growth that allows our free-enterprise system to thrive. Under the leadership of Chairman Jeb Hensarling, the Financial CHOICE Act responsibly rights the wrongs of Dodd-Frank by bringing accountability to the financial services industry, stopping taxpayer bailouts, and providing all Americans, regardless of their circumstances, the opportunity to achieve financial independence. Importantly, this legislative package also repealed the misguided and flawed Department of Labor Fiduciary Rule. I proudly supported this measure to unleash our economic prowess and reinvigorate our American economy.
Voting to Bolster Border Security
This week the House also passed H.R. 2213, Anti-Border Corruption Reauthorization Act of 2017, a bill to responsibly streamline the hiring process for United States Customs and border Protection agents. Under President Trump's leadership, Secretary Kelly has made a concerted effort to provide the necessary resources to secure our porous borders and uphold our rule of law. However, our border patrol - the most critical resource we have on the ground - is severely understaffed. This bill appropriately addresses this problem by allowing already thoroughly vetted candidates to expeditiously go through the hiring process and begin their important duties of protecting our borders. These individuals are critical to the safety and security of our nation and we must responsibly ensure we have enough officers on the ground to protect our borders.
Meetings with Texans
On Monday I hosted a congressional briefing with former Secretary of the Navy John Lehman, North Texans representing the Navy League, and policymakers to discuss vital role the United States Navy plays in our national security and why we must seize the opportunity to grow the fleet. Having served as Secretary of the Navy under President Reagan, Secretary Lehman provided insight as to how the Navy is working around hurdles including steep funding cuts and material shortages. As Congress continues to address military funding levels and sequestration, I look forward to continuing to work with my House colleagues to ensure our service men and women have all the tools they need to protect our country.
|Congressman Sessions with John Douglas Crawford, Secretary Lehman, and John Ritter at the Navy League Briefing|
American Jewish Committee of Dallas
On Tuesday I met with students from North Texas to discuss the importance of the US-Israel relationship and how we can work together to combat hate, promote Israel's security, and counter the spread of radicalism and extremism. Simply put, the United States cannot step back from its role as a global leader when it comes to protecting civil liberties and freedom. As a beacon of freedom in a region plagued by strife, the United States must also continue to support our ally Israel and advance Israel's security and global standing as a democracy. Throughout our history, the United States has always come to the aid and defense of our allies, and we will do the same for Israel. As your Member of Congress, I will continue to work to ensure that the United States remains committed to the security of the Jewish people.
|Congressman Sessions with Adam Carter and Margot Carter of the American Jewish Committee of Dallas|
On Wednesday, I was delighted to meet Julie Van Haren, the Senior Vice President of Communications & Investor Relations for Texas Instruments. As one of the leading edge companies headquartered in Dallas, T.I. continues to serve as a shining example of a Texas company that can operate on a global scale but also give back to the local and regional community. As a Texan, I am proud to represent the hard working business men and women who continue to grow our economy and create jobs, and look forward to working with them to make Texas an even better place to live and do business.
|Congressman Sessions with Julie Van Haren, Steve Bonner, Paula Collins and Gene Irisari of Texas Instruments|
This week I was pleased to meet with members of the Experian team to discuss the growing identity theft crisis, as well as the need for new credit education tools. I believe that Congress needs to reform the outdated Credit Repair Organizations Act to enable the development and delivery of new credit education tools. These pro-consumer reforms are supported by the National Bankers Association; the US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; the US Black Chambers; and the National Baptist Convention of America, among many others. It's important to note that you can take steps to protect yourself from credit fraud and identity theft. Here are some tips that Experian shared with me that I thought you may find useful:
To identify fraud, you should carefully review your credit report:
Accounts: If you see a newly opened account that you don’t recognize, this could be a sign that a criminal obtained a line of credit using your identity.
Inquiries: In the “Requests viewed by others” section of your credit report, review the list of creditors for any names you don’t recognize.
Addresses: If you discover an address you’ve never lived at on your credit report, this could be a sign that someone has tried to obtain credit in your name.
|Congressman Sessions with Murray Johnston, Joseph Manna, and Lee Lundy in a meeting with Experian|
Texas representatives from JPMorganChase shared some exciting news with me this week! They have contributed $459,100 to nonprofits in the 32nd Congressional District of Texas, of which I am proud to represent, in support of Workforce Readiness in our community in 2016 alone. They also employee 1,600 of our North Texas neighbors and provide almost $2 billion in financing to Texas small businesses. I'm also proud to say that their employees donated 1,500 volunteer hours to nonprofits in our community. Thank you JPMorganChase for the contributions you are making to economic opportunity and growth in our North Texas home.
|Congressman Sessions with David Emerick, Michael Lister, David Nolet, and Jennifer Lackey in a meeting with JP Morgan|
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), Chairman of the House Committee on Rules, released the following statement applauding the passage of a package to make critically needed reforms to Dodd-Frank:
“For the past eight years Democrats forced Americans to comply with hundreds of new regulations that strained our economy and decimated job creation. One of the most egregious examples of the Obama-era’s regulatory agenda was Dodd-Frank. Dodd-Frank was nothing short of a complete disaster that shackled our economy to the chains of bureaucracy. It produced thousands of pages of rules and regulations that forced community banks to shutter their doors, saddled small businesses with costly compliance regulations, and put all Americans at a severe disadvantage.
“Today, the House turned the page on the era of onerous regulations and passed a measure to create real economic growth that allows our free-enterprise system to thrive. Under the leadership of Chairman Jeb Hensarling, this package responsibly rights the wrongs of Dodd-Frank by bringing accountability to the financial services industry, stopping taxpayer bailouts, and providing all Americans, regardless of their circumstances, the opportunity to achieve financial independence. Importantly, this legislative package also repealed the misguided and flawed Department of Labor Fiduciary Rule. I proudly supported this measure to unleash our economic prowess and reinvigorate our American economy.”
To learn more about H.R. 10, Financial CHOICE Act, click here.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - U. S Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), Chairman of the House Committee on Rules, released the following statement applauding the passage of a measure to responsibly streamline the hiring process for United States Customs and Border Protection agents:
"Under President Trump's leadership, Secretary Kelly has made a concerted effort to provide the necessary resources to secure our porous borders and uphold our rule of law. However, our border patrol - the most critical resource we have on the ground - is severely understaffed. Today's bill appropriately addresses this problem by allowing already thoroughly vetted candidates to expeditiously go through the hiring process and begin their important duties of protecting our borders. These individuals are critical to the safety and security of our nation and we must responsibly ensure we have enough officers on the ground to protect our borders."
To learn more about H.R. 2213, Anti-Border Corruption Reauthorization Act of 2017, click here.
The Hill Report
A Weekly Newsletter from Congressman Pete Sessions
Week of May 29 June 2, 2017
This Memorial Day I had the distinct honor of leading group of my colleagues overseas to visit our troops. We visited bases in Spain, Bahrain, Kuwait, Germany, and Norway, and had the opportunity to shake the hands and personally thank our constituents who serve our great nation. These young men and women have made immense sacrifices in the name of our country and I could not be prouder to have such fine men and women protecting our freedom.
|Click here to listen to Congressman Sessions Memorial Day message from Moron Air Force Base|
Summer Internship Program
Every summer I host a robust internship program for college students from the 32nd Congressional District to work in my office in Washington, D.C. This week marked the first week of the program and we welcomed 15 new interns to the office. They are joining us from schools across the country with a wide range of academic backgrounds. This is the first group of the 52 college interns who will be working in our office this summer. These students will be in our nation’s Capital throughout thesummer in order to learn more about how Congress operates and gain real-world experience in American politics. I am delighted to have all these great students working with us throughout thesummer, and I look forward to helping them learn and grow into their professional lives. If you are interested in learning more about my internship program, click here.
|Carly from the University of Virginia teaching Caroline from Texas A&M and Mason from West Point how to use theoffice database|
|Zach from Appalachian State and Houston from Baylor researching upcoming legislation|
|Mallory from Texas A&M and Keagon from UT Dallas learning the history ofthe Capitol building|
|Mendel, Max, and Jacob from Binghamton, Caroline from Texas A&M, Mason from West Point, and Keagon from UT Dallas preparing mail to send|
This Saturday the Veterans Land Board is hosting a free veterans benefits fair for veterans, active military personnel, and their families. See the flier below for more details.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), Chairman of the House Committee on Rules, released the following statement in support of a measure to return the state of pesticide regulation to the status quo of a 2006 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rule:
“With more than 5,000 cases of Zika reported last year in the United States, families across the country are taking the necessary precautions to protect themselves from this devastating virus. However, an Obama-era court decision created a swath of red tape that has forced mosquito control and other pest control programs to reduce operations and redirect their resources to comply with these new onerous regulations. Now is not the time to let bureaucratic regulations impede our response to this deadly virus. I proudly voted to eliminate these unnecessary hurdles and ensure communities have the ability to protect our families from the Zika virus.”
To learn more about H.R. 953, the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act, click here.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), Chairman of the House Committee on Rules, released the following statement in response to President Trump's 2018 budget proposal:
"As a fiscal conservative, one of my top priorities has always been to scale down our bloated budget and get our fiscal house in order. While I agree with some of the over-arching principles of President Trump's budget proposal - balancing in ten years, increasing spending for our men and women on the front lines, and reducing the deficit - the Constitution squarely places the power of the purse within the control of Congress.
"My colleagues are already hard at work to put forth a budget that stimulates economic growth and eliminates wasteful programs. We must pass a budget that ensures our military has the resources they need to protect our nation both at home and abroad as well as fund programs that are critical to our communities. I look forward to working with my colleagues in Congress to responsibly fund our government and wisely use taxpayer dollars to put our nation back on the path towards fiscal stability."
As we celebrate National Police Week I would like to extend a special thank you to the men and women in the law enforcement community who make endless sacrifices to protect our families and neighborhoods. Last July, in my home city of Dallas, the men and women of the Dallas Police Department were mercilessly targeted and killed as they defended North Texans from a lone shooter. Countless lives could have been lost if these officers did not stand strong in the face of terror and vigilantly protect the people of Dallas. It is because of their bravery and professionalism that no civilians were killed. The sacrifice that these fallen officers made will forever be honored and serve as a resounding reminder of our endless gratitude to the men and women of the police force.
|Congressman Sessions with Richardson Police Officers last week at lunch and during his ride a long with the officers on Friday night|
To show our support for the men and women in blue, the House passed two measures that will provide our local officers with greater protection from those who violently target them and ensure probation officers have the authority to make necessary arrests or restraints if they are in danger. Our police officers are the cornerstone of our communities and I will continue to protect them just as they protect us.
|Congressman Sessions with two Dallas Police Officers|
This week I was honored to welcome a Texas family in my office to their experiences with receiving a diagnosis of ALS. I have worked closely with this community to improve both research and quality of life, so I was very pleased to hear of a new treatment just coming to market this month. I look forward to continuing this relationship with the community to bring more treatments to market and to ensure individuals and families have the support they need to deal with this disease.
|Congressman Sessions with ALS representatives from Texas|
Eugene McDermott Scholars Program at University of Texas at Dallas
I was pleased Tuesday to meet with the Eugene McDermott Scholars from the University of Texas at Dallas. We had a very fruitful discussion about Congress' current policy initiatives, particularly health care and education reform. They were very interested to learn about life on Capitol Hill andthe functions of a congressional office. I wish them all a very bright future after graduation and throughout their careers.
American Organization of Nurse Executives
Nurse executives from the North Texas area stopped by my office Wednesday to discuss ongoing issues in nursing, especially the shortage our country is currently facing. Nursing students in Texas particularly rely on Nursing Workforce Development Programs. I am excited to be a member of theimportant Congressional Nursing Caucus and support the many facets of our medical community.
Our neighboring city of Plano is the soon-to-be home to the Headquarters of Toyota. I was pleased to discuss this exciting news with members of this great company. I was pleased to learn that this brand new North American Headquarters is expected to bring 18,220 tons of steel and limestone, and over a thousand jobs. In fact, the new Headquarters is expected to have a $7.2 billion dollar impact on the neighboring areas. What an incredible opportunity for North Texas.
|Congressman Sessions with Sandra Phillips Rogers the Group Vice President of Toyota Motor North America Inc.|
Dr. Arthur Laffer is rightly known as “The Father of Supply-Side Economics.” His distinguished service in the field of economics has guided Congressional deliberation and policy. I had theopportunity to speak to Dr. Laffer and a number of key conservatives about the pro-growth movement and the opportunity to overhaul our nation’s tax code in a way that reflects our economic principles. Economic prosperity and growth remains top in my mind, and in the House Republicans' legislative agenda. I'm looking forward to the opportunities we have ahead to make live better for Texas families and small businesses.
National Association of Realtors
A highlight of my week was spending time with over a dozen North Texas realtors talking about issues of great importance to our community. Housing sustainability and preserving the mortgage interest deduction are two key policies that are critical to our North Texas home. Thank you to Mary Poss and all the other men and women who take such pride in helping us find the perfect homes for our families.
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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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