May 30 2014
This week, I was proud to join the American people in honoring the brave men and women in uniform who have selflessly sacrificed their lives to defend our great nation. I had the honor of participating in several events across the 32nd Congressional District, including the Spring Creek Memorial Day Parade, the University Meadows Memorial Day event, and the 73rd Annual Restland Memorial Day Service. It was a privilege to meet with veterans from our community and to hear stories about their service to our country.
Congressman Pete Sessions with constituents at the University Meadows Memorial Day event
Memorial Day is a special time to come together and honor our veterans and active duty service members who protect our liberties and defend our freedoms. It is important that we remember the sacrifices of these brave men and women each and every day and show them our deepest gratitude for their dedication to our country.
Congressman Pete Sessions at the 73rd Annual Restland Memorial Day Service
TX-32 Academy Appointments
Each year, I have the distinct opportunity to nominate students to our nation’s Service Academies. Students requesting a nomination are evaluated on a variety of criteria including academic background, physical ability, personal recommendations, and an evaluation and ranking by the Academy Selection Board. I’m delighted to announce that 14 students in the 32nd Congressional District have accepted appointments to the United States Service Academies as members of the class of 2018.
• Aaron Garrett of Dallas and Maché Mason of Garland have been appointed to the United States Merchant Marine Academy.
• AB Bustamante and David Portner of Dallas and Nicholas Padgett of Richardson have been appointment to the United States Naval Academy.
• Alicia Reese and Traian Pop of Dallas, Katie Miller of Wylie, and Sam Eckholm of Richardson have been appointed to the United States Air Force Academy.
• Cory Hazelbaker, Mason Conine, and Nicholas Grant of Dallas and Eli Eichenberger of Richardson have been appointed to the United States Military Academy (West Point).
• Laurent Njiki of Wylie has been appointed to the Naval Academy Preparatory School.
These young men and women set themselves apart from their peers through their rigorous dedication to high academic performance, personal fitness, and moral character. 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 Jennifer Lang in my Dallas office at 972.392.0505.
Legislation Approved in the House this week
On Thursday, I voted in favor of H.R. 4660, the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2015. This bill provides funding for vital law enforcement, national security, and public safety efforts while promoting initiatives dedicated to economic growth, innovation, and job creation. H.R. 4660 prioritizes funding for the most critical programs, but also eliminates waste and duplication to reduce spending by nearly $400 million from FY 2014 levels.
On Friday, the House passed H.R. 4681, the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Years 2014 and 2015, to authorize the national security functions performed by the U.S. Intelligence Community. The United States Intelligence Community serves an increasingly important role in protecting the American people and our national interests at home and abroad. Unfortunately, our enemies are committed to using every resource available at their disposal to harm Americans and disrupt our economy. I supported the Intelligence Authorization Act because I believe that it is imperative that we provide the men and women in our intelligence community with the resources and capabilities necessary to effectively assess potential threats and respond accordingly.