Mar 18 2013
This week, House Republicans continued to act on our commitment to get Americans back to work by passing two bills to help provide job seekers with a pathway to employment. I was pleased to support both of these bills, and urge the Senate to join us in our efforts to put our nation on a new path of success and increase opportunities for my constituents.
On Wednesday, the House passed H.R. 890, the Preserving the Welfare Work Requirement and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Extension Act of 2013. Last year, President Obama allowed states to waive the work requirements for welfare recipients. This bill stops the Obama Administration’s efforts to dismantle the welfare work requirements, which have been essential to decreasing welfare dependence and poverty among low-income Americans. Additionally, it extends the TANF welfare program through the end of this year.
View my remarks on the SKILLS Act here.
The House also passed H.R. 803, the Supporting Knowledge and Investing in Lifelong Skills (SKILLS) Act, which reforms our broken job training system. When meeting with small business owners in our district, I’ve learned that some businesses struggle to find workers with the skills required for their job openings – leaving them no choice but to either expend precious resources to retrain employees or simply leave jobs unfilled. The SKILLS Act provides real solutions for these companies by preparing our workforce with skills that better match the needs of employers. Watch my remarks below to learn more about this common-sense bill that cuts through bureaucracy, promotes better use of taxpayer dollars, and helps North Texans looking for work.
NDSS Buddy Walk on Washington
Congressman Sessions speaking at the ABLE Act press conference
Each year, the National Down Syndrome Society holds their annual Buddy Walk on Washington, an event that brings advocates from across the nation to the U.S. Capitol to meet with members of Congress and their staff. The purpose of their visit is to promote the advancement of education, research and healthcare for individuals with Down syndrome.
One piece of legislation that these advocates are promoting this year is the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act, which would amend the Internal Revenue Service Code to allow individuals with disabilities to have tax-free savings accounts for certain qualified expenses. This reform would allow families to plan for expenses such as education, housing and transportation – which are essential to ensuring that their loved ones have the best quality of life possible.
As the proud father of a young man with Down syndrome, Alex, and an active advocate for all individuals with disabilities in Congress, I am pleased to be an original co-sponsor of this important legislation and enjoyed attending several NDSS events this week. To learn more about my work on disability issues in Congress, visit my website.
The Path to Prosperity
One of the most basic duties of Congress is to produce a budget each fiscal year. This important responsibility provides us with the proper framework to manage our nation’s spending and to remain accountable to the American taxpayers. I am pleased that our Budget Committee Chairman, Paul Ryan, has once again unveiled a responsible budget plan that balances the budget and put our nation on a path towards economic recovery. “The Path to Prosperity” budget cuts spending without raising taxes on hardworking families and businesses.
Senate Democrats also released their budget plan this week. Although I am pleased that they have finally produced a budget for the first time in nearly four years, their plan doesn’t balance the budget – ever. It also raises taxes by $1 trillion and proposes an additional $100 billion in stimulus spending. I believe the American people deserve a better plan than one that continues the failed tax-and-spend policies that have left our economy sluggish.
Next week, we will be debating "The Path to Prosperity” budget plan in the House Rules Committee and on the House floor. To learn more about the House Republican budget plan, click here. Follow me on my social media pages for the most up-to-date information on the budget next week.
Have a good weekend.