This week the House of Representatives passed five pieces of legislation that increases transparency in the VA, creates more opportunities for veterans, and encourages local businesses to hire more heroes. I proudly voted for these important bills to provide the 1.6 million Texas veterans and the additional 8.7 million veterans across the country the opportunities and the support that they deserve. I believe it is critical that support the brave men and women who have selflessly served and protected our great nation and I will continue to fight to ensure that our nation’s veterans are taken care of. Here is a list of the bills that I proudly supported:
H.R. 1382, Boosting Rates of American Veteran Employment Act
H.R. 1313, Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business Relief Act
H.R. 1038, Ensuring VA Employee Accountability Act
H.R. 474, Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Programs Reauthorization Act of 2015
H.R. 91, Veteran’s I.D. Card Act
Creating Certainty for American Businesses
As our economy continues to lurch towards a recovery, I believe it is necessary for Congress to provide relief to American businesses and give them the economic certainty they need to succeed. Research and development allows companies in North Texas and across America to innovate and become more efficient. In 2011, 47 companies in North Texas invested more than $600 million in research and development and we are still seeing the positive economic impacts of this investment. That is why I supported H.R. 880, the American Research and Competitiveness Act of 2015, to extend and make the research and development tax credit permanent so businesses will have the certainty they need to succeed and the ability to grow and create more good paying jobs.
This week the House passed two pieces of legislation that call for increasing innovation in the private sector. H.R. 1806, the America COMPETES Act is a fiscally responsible measure that prioritizes scientific programs while cutting funds to activities that should be left to private sector businesses. This bill supports the basic scientific research that cultivates private sector technological advances, increases innovation, and improves the competitiveness of the United States.
In addition to the America COMPETES Act, the House also passed H.R. 2262, the SPACE Act of 2015. This bill encourages private sector investment by reducing government regulations and creating more stable and predictable regulatory conditions. Texas has the potential to lead the commercial space industry in the United States, and that is why I supported this legislation to ensure the government won’t stand in the way of strengthening and growing space exploration programs.
Meetings with Texans
American College of Physicians
On Thursday I was pleased to meet with Texas members of the American College of Physicians. I enjoyed listening to the group’s thoughts on the most important issues plaguing our healthcare system. They shared their frustrations with the President’s disastrous healthcare law and how ObamaCare has had a significant, negative impact on their practices. I will continue to fight to dismantle this burdensome law and support effective solutions to reform our nation’s healthcare system.
Congressman Sessions with Dr. Roger Khetan from Dallas
American Association for Homecare
Thursday afternoon I was delighted to sit down with Texans from the American Association for Homecare. We had a robust discussion about their concerns with the upcoming legislation dealing with issues associated with homecare treatment as well as issues facing rural healthcare communities.
Congressman Sessions with representatives of the American Association of Homecare
National Air Traffic Controllers Association
On Tuesday I met with constituents from the National Air Traffic Controllers Association to discuss North Texas airports and the potential for a long-term Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill. The current authorization, enacted in 2012, is set to expire at the end of September 2015 and it remains vitally important that Congress find a solution before that deadline. Given the vital importance of our civil aviation infrastructure, I value the opinions of North Texans who work in the industry and will continue to seek their input as my colleagues and I work to provide that long-term solution.
Congressman Sessions with Texas members of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, Bill Dewey, Terry Donaldson, Eric Grundmann, and Ryan Holloman
Allied Pilots Association
On Wednesday I met with representatives and pilots from the Allied Pilots Association. Representing over 11,000 American Airlines pilots, the Allied Pilots Association is one of the largest pilots’ associations in the country. Additionally, as a member of the greater Airline Pilots Association, the group works to promote important aviation safety and security-related issues based on the pilot's perspective as aviation experts.
Congressman Sessions with James Albertine, Captain Bob Coffman, First Officer Shawn Gray, and Keith Wilson
National Utility Contraction Association
Wednesday afternoon I was delighted to meet with the National Utility Contraction Association to discuss the Highway Trust Fund and our nation’s infrastructure financing. Specifically, we discussed the need to provide economic certainty through a long term piece of legislation that provides funding for the critical projects that will modernize American infrastructure and promote growth and prosperity. I was glad to hear their proposals on potential streams of revenue for financing a long-term Highway Trust Fund bill and will continue to fight for a long-term Highway bill that provides certainty to those who develop and maintain our nation’s infrastructure.
Congressman Sessions with Gregory Strudwick, Dallas member of the National Utility Contractors AssociationRead More
Washington, DC – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), chairman of the House Rules Committee, today issued the following statement after passage of H.R. 2262 the SPACE Act of 2015, legislation that facilitates a pro-growth environment for the developing commercial space industry by encouraging private sector investment and creating more stable and predictable regulatory conditions:
“The burdens of government regulation should never interfere with discovery and exploration. America was once leading the space race, but that position is now being threatened by countries like China, India and Russia because these nations are making great investments in their space exploration programs. House Republicans voted to ensure American leadership in space by passing legislation that fosters a strong and vibrant commercial space industry. My home state of Texas has the potential to lead the commercial space industry in the United States, and this important piece of legislation will ensure the government won’t stand in the way.”
Washington, DC – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), chairman of the House Rules Committee, today issued the following statement after passage of H.R. 880 the American Research and Competitiveness Act of 2015, legislation that extends and makes permanent the research and development tax credit:
“During the slowest economic recovery of the last half century, it is important that Congress helps provide relief to businesses and create a stable environment for them to grow and prosper. Research and development allows companies across America to innovate and become more efficient, leading to more good paying jobs. In 2011, 47 companies in North Texas invested more than $600 million in research and development and we are still seeing the positive economic impacts of this investment. I applaud passage of this legislation and look forward to witnessing the benefits it will have on the ability of private sector innovation across America and in my home state of Texas.”
Washington, DC – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), chairman of the House Rules Committee, today issued the following statement after voting in favor of the America COMPETES Act, a fiscally responsible bill authorizing necessary scientific research while staying within the cap set in the Budget Control Act for FY16:
“Today I voted in support of a fiscally responsible measure that would prioritize scientific programs while cutting funds to activities that should be left to the free market and private sector businesses. I joined fellow House Republicans to support the basic scientific research that cultivates private sector technological advances that lead to increased innovation. Prioritizing STEM education and scientific development will have positive impacts on our economy and is critical to improving the competitiveness of the United States.”
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), chairman of the House Rules Committee, today issued the following statement on the House’s passage of an annual spending bill to fund the offices of members of the House of Representatives as well as the agencies related to its security, resources for visitors and funding to maintain its operations and infrastructure:
“By holding spending levels flat for the last two years, this spending bill represents an effort for Congress to use its resources wisely and efficiently, just as families across America do each day. Today’s vote represents a desire to maintain the hallowed structure that houses our great democracy, so that not only our actions inside the building, but the building itself, represent the ‘city upon a hill’ our founders envisioned.”
The Fiscal Year 2015 Legislative Branch Appropriations Bill includes a total of $3.3 billion while also adding $21 million above last year’s levels for Capitol Police. To read more about H.R. 2250, click here.
The House of Representatives passed three vital bills this week that respectively provided our nation’s defense policy, advanced our pro-life agenda, and made important reforms to our government’s surveillance programs. I am glad that Congress tackled these important issues this week and want to provide you with updates on all three pieces of legislation.
H.R. 1735, the National Defense Authorization Act
I proudly joined my House colleagues in voting on legislation to authorize funding to support critical military programs and the brave men and women who put their lives on the line every day to defend this great nation. This was not only a vote to support our troops but also a vote to stop an attempt to force the president’s executive amnesty agenda into the annual national defense bill. I have always been adamantly opposed to the President’s unwise, unlawful, and unconstitutional amnesty plan and this week I stood with Congressman Mo Brooks and my conservative colleagues to prevent backdoor amnesty by allowing his amendment that stripped the immigration provision from the bill to come to the floor for a vote. I was glad to work with my conservative Republican colleagues to stop the effort to put amnesty language in our defense bill and ensured that our nation’s troops receive the funding and resources that they need.
H.R. 36, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act
As a father, I have always firmly believed that every effort should be made to protect and honor the sanctity of life. That’s why this week I supported H.R. 36, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. This legislation protects unborn children by prohibiting abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy (the point at which babies can experience pain), allows exceptions for cases of rape, incest, or when the mother’s life is in danger, and provides compassionate care for families.
Ensuring Security While Maintaining Essential Liberties
On Wednesday the House also passed H.R. 2048, the USA Freedom Act, legislation that prevents government overreach and provides the tools necessary to combat threats to our national security. I believe that this legislation is a step in the right direction toward prioritizing the safety and security of our great nation while preserving freedom for all Americans.
Exotic Wildlife Association’s “Legislator of the Year” Award
This week I was delighted to receive the Exotic Wildlife Association’s Presidents Award for Legislator of the Year. Founded in 1967, the association has served the wildlife community by preserving the rights of exotic wildlife owners, and promoting the development and expansion of the exotic wildlife industry. I am proud to receive this award and will continue to fight for those who support conservation through preserving wildlife and providing suitable habitats for exotic animals.
Congressman Sessions receiving the "Legislator of the Year" from Charly Seale, the Executive Director of the Exotic Wildlife Association
American Boating Congress
On Wednesday I met with North Texans representing the American Boating Congress. Organized through the National Marine Manufacturers Association, the ABC is a comprehensive legislative conference that brings together recreational boating industry leaders to present a unified front on issues that impact marine businesses. In our meeting, we discussed a number of important legislative initiatives including reforming the Renewable Fuel Standard, Tax Reform, and the impact of aquatic invasive species in North Texas lakes. As summer is just a few weeks away, I am glad I could receive a first-hand update from constituent experts who are a part of the boating community on the issues affecting North Texas.
Congressman Sessions with Jeff Rose, the Senior Vice President of Marinas International from Dallas, TX
Celebrating the History of the Scouting Trail
Thursday evening I spoke at the History of Scouting Trail Gala honoring the launch of the James E. West Order of the Arrow Hike. As an Eagle Scout, and the proud father of two Eagle Scout’s, I was proud to recognize the work of the Boy Scouts of America Chief Scout and first Chief Scout Executive James E. West. In remembering the words of the Scout Oath, I am proud to serve the people of the 32nd Congressional District of Texas and will continue to, “on my honor, do my best, to do my duty, to God and my country.”
Congressman Sessions at the History of the Scouting Trail GalaRead More
Washington, DC – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), chairman of the House Rules Committee, today issued the following statement after voting in favor of the National Defense Authorization Act as well as an amendment to strike language that would allow illegal immigrants to serve in the U.S. military:
“Allowing illegal immigrants to serve in our military is wholly inconsistent with thoroughly vetted Republican philosophy.
“I stood with Congressman Brooks to prevent backdoor executive amnesty through our annual defense bill. With the inclusion of his amendment, the NDAA measure is a good bill that adequately funds our armed services to ensure our military has the strength and capability to execute all of its missions. There is nothing more fundamental to the United States than defending our freedom in the face of unprecedented global instability – NDAA authorizes funding for our military with this philosophy in mind.”
Washington, DC – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), chairman of the House Rules Committee, today issued the following statement on the House’s passage of legislation that would allow Congress to review any agreements relating to Iran’s nuclear program:
“The system of checks and balances instituted by our founding fathers has stood the test of time, which is why it is vital that Congress stand iron-clad to our oath to uphold the Constitution in moments like these. President Obama has proven himself to be untrustworthy time and time again, and his policies surrounding Iran’s nuclear weapons program are no different. That is why this legislation is necessary to guarantee the Congress has a key role in reviewing any potential agreement with Iran in order to ensure the country – and the radicals and terrorists who abound in the region – never gets its hands on nuclear weapons. The alternative – bad deals that could start a nuclear arms race, put our allies at risk and allow for the spread of terrorism throughout the Middle East and beyond – is not an option.”
Washington, DC – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), chairman of the House Rules Committee, today issued the following statement on the House’s passage of H.R. 2048, the USA Freedom Act:
“There is no more important a debate than the one between security and liberty. That’s why I was proud today to support the USA Freedom Act, which prevents government overreach and provides the tools necessary to combat threats to our national security. Our work in finding a balance on this issue will continue, but today’s passage of this important legislation is a step in the right direction toward prioritizing the safety and security of our great nation while maintaining freedom for all citizens.”
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 applauding the passage of H.R. 36, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act:
“As a father, I have always strongly believed that every effort should be made to protect and honor the sanctity of life. Today the House of Representatives passed legislation that protects unborn children by prohibiting abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy (the point at which babies can experience pain), allows exceptions for cases of rape, incest, or when the mother’s life is in danger, and provides compassionate care for families. I proudly supported this legislation and I call upon my colleagues in the Senate to pass similar legislation to protect our nation’s precious unborn children, empower women, and save lives.”
For more information on H.R. 36, click here.
Washington, DC – Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), chairman of the House Rules Committee, today released the following statement on the House’s passage of a bill (H.R. 1732) that restricts the administration’s efforts to expand federal jurisdiction over additional bodies of water under the Clean Water Act. The bill prohibits the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers from implementing a proposed rule that would expand the scope of waters covered by the CWA and requires them to formulate new recommendations in conjunction with state and local officials and other stakeholders.
“Today the House of Representatives took a step to limit the power of the federal government and to prevent unnecessary regulations in relation to the Clean Water Act. State and local governments should not be ignored but empowered to play a prominent role in the decisions that will impact their communities and the rules governing their water resources. The Regulatory Integrity Protection Act of 2015 requires the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers to halt the implementation of a rule that expands the power of the federal government to regulate bodies of water to make certain that state and local input is taken into consideration. I applaud the passage of this legislation and encourage the Senate to act on this important bill.”
This week I traveled throughout the Middle East with the Foreign Fighter Task Force to examine the evolving security threats facing our great nation, including the flow of foreign fighters from Western countries to Syria and Iraq and their role in recent attacks against the United States and our European allies. Throughout the week I had the opportunity to meet with Prime Minister Hairder Al-Abadi in Baghdad, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Israel, and senior officials from the Ministry of Interior and Foreign Affairs in Turkey. During these meetings we discussed how we can effectively work together to identify known or suspected terrorists and foreign fighters who pose a threat to the homeland, and how to prevent them from traveling to the United States.
In light of the attack in Garland this past weekend, learning how to identify these foreign fighters is critical to effectively protect Americans both at home and abroad. I would like to commend the Garland Police officers and other members of law enforcement for their professionalism and bravery in the face of what could’ve been a devastating situation. Their swift action saved countless innocent lives and showed terrorists that Americans will fight and defeat anyone who tries to attack our nation’s freedoms.
Small Business Appreciation Week
This week we celebrate small businesses across America. In Texas, small businesses employ approximately 4.3 million people and continue to create thousands of good paying, full time jobs annually. However, since 2008 more small businesses have been forced to close their doors than those that have opened. The root of this devastating trend stems from the Obama Administration’s increased regulations and costly mandates. Instead of saddling small businesses with these onerous regulatory burdens, we need to cut through the unnecessary red-tape, unleash businesses from the shackles of bureaucracy, and let the free enterprise system thrive.
Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and the life blood of our communities. As your Congressman, I have been a fierce advocate for the business community. In the 114th Congress, I have supported H.R. 636, the Small Business Tax Relief Act, H.R. 527, the Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act, H.R. 30, the Save American Workers Act, S.1, the Keystone Pipeline Approval Act, and H.R. 1481, the Small Contractors Improve Competition Act. These pieces of legislation reflect my commitment to reducing onerous taxes on businesses, reducing regulatory burdens, and getting government out of the way and putting business owners back in control. I will continue to fight for the small business in North Texas and provide them with the opportunities that they need to grow and thrive.
Mobile Office Hours in Sachse and Wylie
City of Sachse
Date: Monday, May 11th
Time: 9: 00 am – 1: 00 pm
Location: Sachse City Hall
3815-B Sachse Road
Sachse, TX 75048
City of Wylie
Date: Monday, May 11th
Time: 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Location: Wylie City Hall
300 Country Club Road
Wylie, TX 75098
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 April jobs report:
“Last week the U.S. Commerce Department reported that the U.S. economy slowed dramatically with GDP growing at a disappointing 0 .2 percent in the first quarter. In addition, the export of goods and services slowed to 7.2 percent with the export of goods alone slowing to 13.3 percent – the sharpest decline since the Great Recession. While today’s job report reflects positive employment news, these numbers show the fragility of our economic recovery and underscore the necessity to take bold action to get our economy back on track. Americans are fed up with big government policies that have only produced inconsistent economic growth and uncertainty. I am committed to working on real solutions that give Americans the opportunities they need and deserve.
“House Republicans understand what it takes to bolster our economy and give hard working Americans the opportunities they need to find good jobs. That is why I have been working closely with Chairman Paul Ryan on vital legislation that would reinvigorate our economy and put Americans back to work. The Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 is a key component to a free trade agenda that grows the economy, creates good paying jobs, and lowers prices for American families. With 95 percent of the world’s population and 80 percent of the world’s purchasing power outside the United States, future American economic growth and job creation depends on open markets abroad.
“My home state of Texas is the best example of how Americans can prosper through international trade. Last year, Texas led the nation for the 13th year in a row with a total of $289 billion worth of exports and 1.1 million jobs. Future trade agreements will lead to $14 billion in global investment in Texas as well create 120,000 new jobs. I believe TPA will be a catalyst for economic growth and I will continue to fight for solutions such as these that will spur robust economic growth and create good-paying, full time jobs for Americans across the country.”
This week the House passed the first joint budget with the Senate since 2001. For far too long Senate Democrats have hindered our ability to put forth common sense solutions to lower our nation’s debt, balance the budget, cut taxes for American families, and get our nation’s economy back on track. With the new Republican Congress we have managed to accomplish all of these goals. This budget balances in ten years without raising taxes, makes necessary reforms to our tax code to make it simpler and fairer, calls for a full repeal of ObamaCare, and provides for a strong national defense.
In addition to the budget, we also passed the first two appropriations bills for this year. On Thursday, we passed the FY 2016 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act. This legislation provides critical funding for our military and military bases around the world to ensure they are equipped to carry out their missions successfully, while providing housing and services for the families of our men and women in uniform. In addition, this bill also boosts funding for our nation’s veterans and provides the resources necessary to improve the unacceptable failures of the VA.
On Friday, the House passed the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Act of 2016. This legislation provides total funding at $633 million below President Obama’s requested amount and responsibly allocates the funds necessary to build infrastructure and defense programs critical to our nation’s safety.
Later on Friday, I was delighted to celebrate my dear friend and colleague Congresswoman Louise Slaugter's portrait unveiling in the House Rules Committee recognizing her service from 2007 - 2011 as Rules Committee Chairman.
Congressman Sessions congratulating Congresswoman Slaughter on her portrait unveiling
Congressional Art Competition
This week I was delighted to congratulate the winners of this year’s Congressional High School Art Competition during an awards ceremony at the Art Institute of Dallas. This year’s competition included 23 entries from students representing 5 schools in the 32nd Congressional District. Prior to the awards ceremony, the Grand Prize winner and Runners Up honors were chosen by art instructors from The Art Institute and local artists based upon their interpretation of this year’s theme, “America the Beautiful.” The “People’s Choice Award” winner was chosen by more than 500 individuals who participated in online voting through my website.
Zoe Castineiras, junior at Parish Episcopal School, was awarded the Grand Prize for her acrylic painting entitled “Desert.” Her artwork will be showcased in the corridor leading to the U.S. Capitol building for the next year. I am delighted that visitors from across the country and other Members of Congress will be able to see firsthand the exceptional talent from the students of the 32nd Congressional District of Texas.
Congressman Sessions with the winner of the Congressional Art Competition, Zoe Castineiras
Runners Up honors were presented to Becky Groves, a senior at JJ Pearce High School, for her oil painting “Something for Everyone” and to Julie Torres, a sophomore at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, for her oil pastel painting “A Day Too Long.” The People’s Choice Award was presented to Sarah Kite, a senior at John Paul II High School, for her photograph “Just a Mild Day in Texas.” The two Runners Up and the People’s Choice Award artworks will be displayed in my Dallas District Office for the next year.
Meetings with Texans in the Capitol
Texas Community Bankers
On Wednesday, I had the pleasure of meeting with numerous community bankers from the District. Community Banks provide an astounding 51 percent of small business loans throughout the country, making them integral to sustaining economic and job growth. Unfortunately, too many Community Banks are closing their doors due to increased regulatory and compliance burdens imposed by the Obama Administration. This overregulation is harming economic growth and stifling small business expansion. I will continue to advocate for a reduction of these burdensome regulations.
Congressman Sessions meeting with Texas members of the Independent Community Bankers of America
Ben E. Keith Beverages
Tuesday afternoon I sat down with North Texas beverage distributors from the Ben E. Keith Company. As leaders in the industry, Ben E. Keith employs more than 1,200 people in Texas, operates 14 operation distribution facilities, and is now in its 108th year of serving Texas. Recently, however, the industry has been under attack as federal overreach tries to excessively regulate distributors and stifle growth and job creation. While the federal government plays a role in beverage regulation and taxation, it is a state-based system that maintains an orderly marketplace and effectively controls the production and distribution. Ultimately, I remain committed to ensuring the federal government does not burden small businesses with regulations and red tape.
Congressman Sessions with Jason Bush, Don Fischer, James Hallam, and Jon Thompson from Ben E. Keith Beverages
Fraternal Government Relations Coalition
On Wednesday, I was delighted to meet with student representatives from universities across the country, including SMU and UT-Dallas, representing the Greek fraternity and sorority community. Focusing on public policy that impacts higher education, these students play a great role in keeping Congress informed of the day to day issues they face on college campuses across America. Furthermore, these young people serve as shining examples of the types of students that “go Greek”. As a member of the Alpha Omicron chapter of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity at Southwestern, I am proud of these young students and commend their service, philanthropy, and leadership.
Congressman Sessions with members of the Fraternal Government Relations Coalition
The American Lighting Association
On Thursday, I met with representatives from the American Lighting Association, based in downtown Dallas. The American Lighting Association is a trade association representing the residential lighting and ceiling fan industries in the United States and its membership includes leading lighting and fan manufacturers, retailers, and designers. As the industry grows and continues to expand its use of energy-efficient products, it is vitally important that public policy does not interfere with the business.
Congressman Sessions with representatives from the American Lighting Association
Texas Orthopaedic Association
This week I had the opportunity to meet with orthopaedic surgeons representing the state of Texas. We were able to discuss surgical regulatory issues such as ICD-10 transition, 90-day global surgery payments, and current issues with electronic medical records. I look forward to discovering solutions to these issues affecting not only these surgeons, but many physicians around the nation.
Congressman Sessions giving a night tour of the Capitol to members of the Texas Orthopaedic Association
The American College of Gastroenterology
Thursday morning I was able to spend some time with Dr. Dan Demarco from Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, representing the American College of Gastroenterology. We discussed potential improvements in colorectal cancer screenings and physician reimbursements, including the importance of regular screenings for cancer detection and prevention.
Congressman Sessions with Dr. Daniel DeMarco, Medical Director of Endoscopy at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas
Texas Tech University Health Science Center
Later on Thursday, Texas Tech Health Sciences Center met with me to confer about the growing issue of clinical research funding in the U.S. versus other countries. We also discussed potential cost-saving methods by reaching out to the FDA about longer-term prescription efficacies.
Congressman Sessions with Dr. Ted Mitchell, President of Texas Tech University’s Health Sciences CenterRead More
Washington, DC – Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), chairman of the House Rules Committee, today released the following statement on the House’s passage of a bill that provides annual funding for energy and water development related agencies, including nuclear weapons security programs, the Army Corps of Engineers, and various other programs under the Department of Energy.
“Today the House passed a piece of legislation that ensures nuclear security, prioritizes all-of-the-above energy solutions and keeps waterways open to safeguard our nation’s ability to export. The funding in this bill will ensure that the U.S. has a safe, secure and reliable nuclear stockpile to prepare for current and future nuclear threats. House Republicans have allocated $1.3 billion less than the President’s requested amount for energy programs, while prioritizing funding for all-of-the-above-energy solutions to keep energy costs down and use the resources we have here in the United States. The Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Act, 2016 provides total funding at $633 million below President Obama’s requested amount to responsibly build infrastructure and defense programs critical to our nation’s economy and safety.”
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), chairman of the House Rules Committee, today issued the following statement on the House’s passage of the first complete bicameral budget resolution since 2001:
“With Republicans in control of both houses of Congress, we were finally able to pass a bicameral budget resolution, something the Congress failed to do time and time again under Democratic leadership at taxpayers’ expense.”
Washington, DC – Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), chairman of the House Rules Committee, today issued the following statement on the House’s passage of H.R. 2029, the FY 2016 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act:
“The House today did its job by funding agencies committed to ensuring our military and military bases around the world are well equipped to carry out their missions successfully, while also providing housing and services for the families of our men and women in uniform. But today’s vote also served as an important reminder that our Veterans Affairs programs nationwide – and particularly the VA hospitals in my home state of Texas – have failed our veterans who risked their lives for our democracy. It is my sincerest hope that the resources included in today’s bill go toward improving the systemic problems that are still permeating the VA, which are not only unacceptable, but deplorable. As a Congress and as a nation, we simply must do better.”
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX-32) congratulated the winners of the 2015 Congressional High School Art Competition during an awards ceremony at The Art Institute of Dallas on Monday, April 27, 2015.
The Congressional High School Art Competition, known as “An Artistic Discovery” is an annual, nationwide art competition initiated by Members of Congress in their respective districts. The competition for the 32nd Congressional District of Texas, organized by Congressman Sessions, is open to all high school students in the district. This year the submissions were judged based upon their interpretation of the theme, “America the Beautiful.” This annual competition provides an opportunity for local students to showcase their individual talents and receive national recognition.
Zoe Castineiras, junior at Parish Episcopal School, was awarded the Grand Prize for her acrylic painting entitled “Desert.” Her artwork will be showcased in the corridor leading to the U.S. Capitol building for the next year. As the Grand Prize recipient, Zoe will travel to Washington, DC for the national Congressional High School Art Competition award ceremony in June.
Congressman Pete Sessions with Grand Prize winner Zoe Castineiras
“I commend Zoe on her artistic accomplishment and look forward to seeing her beautiful work displayed in the corridor to the U.S. Capitol,” said Sessions. “I am delighted that visitors from across the country and other Members of Congress will be able to see firsthand the exceptional talent from the students of the 32nd Congressional District of Texas.”
This year’s competition included 23 entries from students representing 5 local schools and was once again sponsored by The Art Institute of Dallas. Prior to the awards ceremony, the Grand Prize winner and Runners Up honors were chosen by art instructors from The Art Institute and local artists based upon their interpretation of this year’s theme, “America the Beautiful.” The People’s Choice Award winner was chosen by Congressman Sessions’ constituents through online voting on his website.
Runners Up honors were presented to Becky Groves, a senior at JJ Pearce High School, for her oil painting “Something for Everyone” and to Julie Torres, a sophomore at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, for her oil pastel painting “A Day Too Long.” The People’s Choice Award was presented to Sarah Kite, a senior at John Paul II High School, for her photograph “Just a Mild Day in Texas.” The two Runners Up and the People’s Choice Award artworks will be displayed in Sessions’ Dallas District Office for the next year.
Congressman Pete Sessions with Runner Up Julie Torres
Congressman Pete Sessions with Runner Up Becky Groves
Congressman Pete Sessions with People’s Choice Award winner Sarah Kite
“The award-winning art produced by Zoe, Becky, Julie, and Sarah showcased their immense talent, and I am very proud of their outstanding work,” said Sessions. “All of the pieces submitted from students in this year’s competition exhibited dedication, creativity and passion. I wish them the very best as they continue their education and further develop their artistic abilities.”
Students and schools interested in participating in next year’s Congressional Art Competition may contact Rachel Wong in Congressman Sessions’ Dallas District office at 972.392.0505 for more information.
As technology becomes increasingly important in our day to day lives, cyber espionage poses a serious threat to our government and businesses across the nation. That is why this week the House of Representatives passed two pieces of legislation that would implement effective solutions to defend and safeguard America’s vital digital networks from cyber-attacks. I was pleased to support H.R. 1560, the Protecting Cyber Networks Act, and H.R. 1731, the National Cybersecurity Protection Advancement Act of 2015 to 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.
Fighting against the Administration’s onerous regulations
During my last District Work Period I sat down with members of the Dallas Builders Association to discuss important issues facing the North Texas building community. During our conversation they relayed their frustrations and concerns over the President’s new EPA regulations that he issued through yet another executive order. This new power grab would substantially increase what constitutes a floodplain, causing many communities to be ineligible for many federal programs. This would have a severe negative economic impact on Texas communities and cause a dramatic increase in the cost of construction.
After learning more about the serious threat that these new regulations pose to construction and homebuilding projects across the state of Texas, I joined 54 of my colleagues in the House of Representatives in sending a letter to President Obama urging him to explain the Administration’s decision making process in proposing these new guidelines and the legality of this executive order. In addition to writing to the President, I also sent a letter to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to encourage them to extend the public comment period for stakeholders, constituents, state and local officials, and Congress so these interested parties can have meaningful input regarding this harmful proposal.
As the proud representative of the 32nd Congressional District of Texas, I am committed to ensuring North Texans’ voices are heard and considered as we fight the administration on this important issue.
Meetings with North Texans
American College of Surgeons
Tuesday morning I had the opportunity to meet with North Texans from the American College of Surgeons to discuss medical liability reform and access to medical databases for research. The American College of Surgeons is dedicated to improving the care of the surgical patient and to safeguarding standards of care in an optimal and ethical practice environment. I look forward to working with them to ensure physicians have the ability to provide Americans with excellent patient care.
Congressman Sessions with Dr. Mitchell J. Magee, MD, the Surgical Director of Thoracic Oncology at Southwest Cardiothoracic Surgeons in Dallas
National Coalition for Assistive and Rehab Technology
Thursday afternoon I was pleased to sit down with members of the National Coalition for Assistive and Rehab Technology to discuss complex medical therapies. I enjoyed learning more about their efforts to ensure our nation’s seniors have appropriate access to the medical technology that they require on a daily basis through Medicare.
Congressman Sessions with members of the National Coalition for Assistive and Rehab Technology
Forging Industry Association
This week I was delighted to meet with North Texans representing the Forging Industry Association. Forging is one of the key industries in our country as it creates the materials used to build everything from screwdrivers to components in the space shuttle. Since most forging plants are small businesses which generally employ a few hundred employees, it is vitally important that we ensure the industry can operate in a market free from over-regulation and unnecessary oversight.
Congressman Sessions meeting with North Texans from the Forging Industry AssociationRead More
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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 was honored to participate in events around the 32nd Congressional District to pay tribute to our nation's fallen heroes.
Today let us pause to remember the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our great nation. Here is a short Memorial
This evening I enjoyed spending time with North Texas veterans at the Carry the Load Dallas Memorial March.
Government regulations should never interfere with discovery and exploration. Texas has the potential to lead the commercial space industry in
This morning I welcomed bright, young students from the International Leadership of Texas school to the Capitol. I was delighted to meet with