Weekly Newsletters

Today in Washington, the Department of Labor released its jobs report for the month of November, stating that our unemployment rate is at 7.7%.  While any decrease in the unemployment rate is welcomed news, this report serves as a reminder that far too many Americans are looking for work or have simply stopped trying.  That is why it is critical that any plan before Congress to avert the looming fiscal cliff prioritizes job creation.  

This week, House Republican leaders presented a bold offer to avoid the fiscal cliff to the White House. The plan is a responsible, balanced approach of bringing in new revenue from tax reform and significant spending cuts – an approach that begins to address the drivers of our debt.   

Instead of a balanced approach, the President insists on job-restraining tax increases that will not solve our nation’s debt crisis and that will cause our economy to lose a projected 710,000 jobs. During this time of continued economic uncertainty and high unemployment, I will continue to stand up for small businesses by supporting pro-growth policies that encourage growth and job creation.

To read the full letter from House Republican leaders to the White House, click here: http://www.speaker.gov/sites/speaker.house.gov/files/documents/letter_to_wh_121203.pdf.

Congressional Internship for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities
Each semester, my office participates in the Congressional Internship Program for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities. The program works in conjunction with George Mason University's LIFE Program, and gives the participants an opportunity to assist my staff with various office tasks.
 
Congressman Pete Sessions with Ryan Gutkowski

As the father of a young man with Down syndrome, I understand firsthand the importance of programs like this internship that provide educational and enrichment opportunities for individuals with disabilities.  For the fall semester, I was delighted to welcome Ryan Gutkowski to be a part of “Team Sessions,” and am grateful for all of his hard work to help our office run smoothly.

Charitable Giving Coalition
On Wednesday, I was pleased to meet with several representatives from the Charitable Giving Coalition, including Dallas members of the Meadows Foundation and the American Institute for Cancer Research. Formed in 2009, the Charitable Giving Coalition is comprised of over 50 nonprofit, charitable and other organizations and is dedicated to preserving the laws that encourage charitable giving. Currently, there are 104,223 nonprofit organizations in Texas that employ over 433,000 people and give $2.3 billion annually.
 
Congressman Pete Sessions with members of the Charitable Giving Coalition

As you may know, the Meadows Foundation was established in 1948 by Dallas philanthropists Algur H. And Viriginia S. Meadows and provides funds for a range of charitable programs designed to improve the quality and circumstances of life for Texans. Founded in 1982, the American Institute for Cancer Research is a holistic cancer research institute that studies the effect of diet on cancer and cancer prevention. To learn more about these organizations, visit http://www.mfi.org/ and http://www.aicr.org/

Dallas City Council
On Thursday, I met with Dallas City Councilwoman Vonciel Jones Hill in my Washington, DC office.  I was pleased to hear from her about the priorities of the Dallas City Council and to receive an update about the Trinity River Project. 
 
Congressman Pete Sessions with City Councilwoman Vonciel Jones Hill and Brett Wilkson from the City of Dallas

In the coming year, as always, I look forward to working with all of the Dallas City Council on our shared goal of making the City of Dallas a better place to work and live.  For more information on the Dallas City Council, visit http://www.dallascityhall.com/.

Washington, D.C. Office

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Washington, DC 20515-4332
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F: (202) 225-5878

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12750 Merit Drive, Suite 1434
Dallas, Texas 75251-1229
P: (972) 392-0505
F: (972) 392-0615

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