Nov 25 2013
This week, the House approved three energy bills that help get Washington out of the way in order to expand much needed domestic energy production and boost our nation’s energy security. I was pleased to support these common-sense bills and remain committed to advancing an all-of-the-above energy strategy to spur job growth, lower energy costs for American families, and move America closer to energy independence.
On Wednesday, the House passed H.R. 2728, the Protecting States Rights to Promote American Energy Security Act of 2013, and H.R. 1965, the Federal Lands Jobs and Energy Security Act. H.R. 2728 prohibits the Interior Department from enforcing federal hydraulic fracturing regulations in any state that already has regulations and recognizes states’ authority to regulate this type of activity. Requiring additional federal burdens to the existing regime of state-level regulations will do little more than increase costs, decrease production, and reduce American energy independence. H.R. 1965 streamlines the leasing and permitting process for onshore oil and natural gas production by directing the Secretary of the Interior to issue Research, Development, and Demonstration leases within 180 days of the enactmentof the law.
On Thursday, the House approved H.R. 1900, the Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act of 2013. H.R. 1900 streamlines our nation’s pipeline permitting processes in an effort to allow for greater capacity and promote safe infrastructure. Specifically, the bill directs the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to approve or deny any permit application for a new natural gas pipeline within 12 months. This legislation directs the federal government to improve its permitting processes in an effort to increase natural gas transportation capacity.
While natural gas and oil production has increased recently on state and private lands, production on federal lands has decreased by 14 percent since President Obama took office. That is why I supported the above legislation to streamline our nation’s pipeline permitting process, expand onshore oil and natural gas production by removing inefficient government roadblocks, and prohibit duplicative hydraulic fracturing regulations. It is time for the Senate to join us in reversing the course of this Administration’s energy policies.
North Texas Crime Commission
During their annual trip to our nation’s capital, I was delighted to meet with the North Texas Crime Commission and to take them on a night tour of the United States Capitol. We discussed the importance of proper security and
law enforcement for North Texans as well as their contributions to our community. To learn more about the North Texas Crime Commission, visit
Congressman Pete Sessions with members of the North Texas Crime Commission
Texas Medical Association
On Tuesday, I met with members of the Texas Medical Association, including one doctor from the 32nd Congressional District – Dr. Leslie Secrest, M.D., Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. During our meeting, we discussed the need to reform the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula, which is the way doctors are currently paid for services provided to Medicare patients. We also talked about the impact new regulations and mandates are having on physician practices. As always, I greatly appreciated them taking the time to meet with me and share their thoughts on important issues facing the medical community. To learn more about the Texas Medical Association, visit http://www.texmed.org/.
Congressman Pete Sessions with members of the Texas Medical Association
JFK 50th Remembrance and Reflection Ceremony
Today we pause to remember and celebrate the life and legacy of President John F. Kennedy on the 50th anniversary of his tragic assassination. I was honored to join fellow North Texans in a day of tribute by attending the City of Dallas’ President John F. Kennedy Remembrance and Reflection Ceremony at Dealey Plaza. President Kennedy’s impact on our nation’s history through his diplomacy and leadership will forever be engrained in our hearts and minds.