Jan 25 2013
This week, the House passed the No Budget, No Pay Act, legislation that requires both the House and Senate to pass a budget by April 15th or its respective members’ pay will be withheld. As you may remember, the Senate has failed to pass a budget in nearly four years. Texans in the private sector face consequences for failing to do their jobs, and I strongly believe that we should impose the same accountability on Members of Congress. That is why I am pleased that the House passed this common-sense legislation which obligates the Senate to finally join the House in confronting the government's spending problem – the first step in addressing our impending debt crisis and reversing the current course of our economy.
In addition to requiring the Senate to pass a budget, this bill temporarily raises the debt ceiling for three months in an order to set up a broader debate about responsible spending. By taking this temporary action, we are keeping the focus where it needs to be: resolving the upcoming debates on sequestration and the expiring Continuing Resolution. The No Budget, No Pay Act will allow us to use these looming deadlines as a means to enact meaningful reforms that will help to restore fiscal discipline to our bloated budget.
I will continue to update you in the coming weeks about the House’s work to get our economy back on track and to restrain the government’s unsustainable levels of spending. For the most up-to-date information on my work in Congress, please visit my Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages.
Texans Participate in Inaugural Events
Also this week, I was delighted to welcome several of my constituents to our nation’s capital for the Presidential Inauguration. Every inauguration allows us to take a moment to reflect on how, despite different opinions on policy, Republicans and Democrats can unite around the fundamental foundations of our nation and celebrate democracy. It is my hope that in this new Congress and term, the President and Senate will join House Republicans in working to responsibly tackle the challenges facing our economy and to efficiently serve the hard-working American taxpayers.
Congressman Pete Sessions visiting with Keith and Crystal Miller from North Texas
The inauguration also served as a reminder at the important task at hand – ensuring that future generations can live and prosper in the best Texas and America possible. I stand ready to once again fight for the people of the 32nd Congressional District by making tough decisions to get our economy back on track and reenergize the free-enterprise system.
The Lake Highlands Wranglers
In addition to meeting with families and individuals from North Texas during their visit to Washington, I was delighted to welcome student groups to the U.S. Capitol. Last Friday, I enjoyed the opportunity to talk with the Lake Highlands Wranglers during their trip to D.C. I am always pleased to be a part of any school group’s visit and enjoyed discussing the significance of our nation’s history with these young Texans.
Congressman Pete Sessions addressing the Wranglers on the Capitol steps
SMU Hilltop on the Hill Participants
On Tuesday, I had the pleasure of spending time with 21 communication studies and journalism students from Southern Methodist University. The students were in Washington for the inaugural events and as participants in the Meadows School of the Arts’ Hilltop on the Hill program. I greatly enjoyed answering their thoughtful questions and look forward to more opportunities to speak with SMU students in the future.
Congressman Pete Sessions with Southern Methodist University Students
To view more photos from Inauguration Weekend, visit my Facebook page.
Passport Day in the USA
On Saturday, March 9th, the Dallas Passport Agency will be hosting “Passport Day in the USA 2013.” If you plan to travel outside of the U.S., the agency will provide all of the relevant information you need to know regarding travel requirements and how to apply.
Passport Day in the USA 2013
Saturday, March 9, 2013 from 10:00am – 3:00pm
Dallas Passport Agency
Earle Cabell Federal Building
1100 Commerce Street, Suite 1120
Dallas, TX 75242
For more information regarding passport information, fees and forms, please visit http://travel.state.gov.
Have a good weekend.