Mar 08 2013
Today, the Department of Labor released its unemployment report for the month of February, which stated that the unemployment rate lowered slightly to 7.7 percent. While any sign of job creation is welcomed news, the jobless rate is still unacceptably high and far too many Americans are unable to find work in the Obama economy.
Despite the President’s claim that job creation is a top priority, his tax-and-spend policies and failure to produce a responsible budget plan has stifled our economic recovery. House Republicans have led the fight in Washington to make the difficult but necessary decisions to reduce spending and put our nation on a path towards fiscal solvency. In the 113th Congress, I will continue to stand up for the people of the 32nd Congressional District by supporting policies that will reenergize our economy and get North Texans back to work.
On Wednesday, the House passed H.R. 933– a continuing resolution (CR) that will fund the government until September 30 and prevent a government shutdown. This CR locked in a portion of the $1.2 trillion in sequestration spending cuts for this year, while allowing us to fulfill our obligations to the brave men and women who defend our country and to ensure that the seniors who paid into Social Security will receive the benefits they have earned.
As always, I value the opinions of my constituents and greatly appreciated those who called my office to express your concerns regarding funding for ObamaCare in this bill. While it does not directly allocate funding for ObamaCare, it does lock-in the sequestration cuts to eligible ObamaCare programs in an attempt to stop its implementation. In addition to the sequestration cuts, the continuing resolution goes one step further to deny the $949 million that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services say they need to implement the state insurance exchanges. Please see my video statement below that further explains my reasoning for supporting the CR and confirms my commitment to fully defund and dismantle the harmful health care law.
View the video here.
On Monday evening, I attended the American Israel Political Action Committee’s (AIPAC) annual gala in Washington. I was pleased to be joined by a number of constituents and Texans at the event, and I enjoyed hearing from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as he addressed the crowd gathered for the annual celebration of the U.S.-Israel relationship.
Congressman Pete Sessions with AIPAC members
I also had the opportunity to meet with AIPAC members on Tuesday to discuss their legislative priorities and our shared goal of strengthening the critical relationship between America and Israel. I have unequivocally supported our ally Israel in Congress, and I will continue to work towards advancing a safer and open Middle East. For more information about AIPAC, click here.
Texas Special Olympics
This week in Washington, I was very pleased to welcome Special Olympics Texas athletes and advocates to my office during their annual visit to Capitol Hill. I enjoyed learning about the accomplishments of these athletes and sharing with them stories of my son Alex’s experiences in Special Olympics track, swimming and basketball. Special Olympics offers a great opportunity for individuals with special needs to develop to the best of their abilities, and I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to meet with them each year.
Congressman Pete Sessions with Special Olympics Texas athletes and advocates
As a member of the Special Olympics Texas President’s Advisory Council, I look forward to supporting Special Olympics and continuing to promote policies in Congress that will provide individuals with disabilities with more opportunities to learn, work and achieve.
If you are interested in volunteering at Special Olympics Texas events or to learn more about Special Olympics Texas, visit their website.
As you may remember, I recently asked for your input regarding the issues currently facing our nation and Congress. I wanted to take this opportunity to share with you the results of the survey question, which are listed below:
Have a good weekend.