Jun 14 2013
This week, the House approved the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2014 in an overwhelmingly bipartisan manner. I was proud to support this responsible bill that gives our troops the resources they need and deserve. In addition to funding our armed services, the NDAA ensures adequate levels of military preparedness, takes meaningful steps to address sexual assault in our military, and provides our servicemen and women with a pay increase.
I’m also pleased to report that the House approved my amendment to the NDAA with Congressman Mike Thompson (D-CA-01), which expedites new and innovative treatments to those suffering from Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). My amendment creates a five-year pilot program that allows military patients to receive care from private physicians who provide treatment options not currently available within military medical facilities. Physicians qualify for payment from the Department of Defense through a “pay-for-performance” plan, meaning that they must prove that a patient has experienced demonstrable improvement in order to get paid.
I am delighted that my House colleagues have joined me in supporting this initiative to ensure that our troops have access to the most effective treatments available. By prioritizing treatment results over treatment location, our nation’s heroes who return from combat with TBI and PTSD will have the option to utilize an array of leading-edge therapies. To learn more about NDAA, click here.
Southern Methodist University
On Wednesday, I met with the Vice President of Research, the Dean of Graduate Studies, and the Dean and Senior Associate Dean of the Lyle School of Engineering from Southern Methodist University. During our meeting, we discussed the progress of their high performance computing center and their interactive prosthetics research initiative.
Congressman Sessions with SMU Senior Associate Dean Volkan Otugen
I look forward to seeing the future developments of these two important projects that will be beneficial to the 32nd District and I greatly appreciate them taking the time to give me an update on their work. To learn more about SMU, visit their website.
Congressional Collegiate Intern Program
Today in between votes on the House floor, I had lunch with several college students participating in my Congressional Collegiate Intern Program (CCIP) this summer. During their first few weeks on Capitol Hill, they have already started learning how our federal government operates and have assisted my staff in completing daily office duties. I greatly appreciate their hard work to help me serve my North Texas constituents.
Congressman Pete Sessions with CCIP Participants
Each semester and summer, college students have the opportunity to intern in either my Dallas or DC offices. Students who are interested in participating in CCIP may contact my Washington, DC office at 202.225.2231 or email Leigh Young at Leigh.Young@mail.house.gov. To learn more about interning in my Dallas office, contact Rachel Wong at 972.392.0505 or at Rachel.Wong@mail.house.gov.
Citizen Cosponsor Project
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor recently launched the website Cosponsor.gov as part of the “Citizen Cosponsor Project.” This new website brings the legislative process online to the American people by allowing them to be a Citizen Cosponsor of legislation that has been introduced in the House. I encourage all of my constituents to become a Citizen Cosponsor and to track the status of legislation important to you. In addition to this new website, you can always follow my work in Congress on Twitter, Facebook, and my website.