Weekly Newsletters

This week in Washington, I attended the President’s State of the Union address – a speech heavy with rhetoric and light on real solutions to the problems facing our nation. In his address to the American people, President Obama once again touted his so-called commitment to job creation and fiscal responsibility. Unfortunately, we’ve heard these empty campaign promises for the past four years and have yet to see them turn into responsible action. Instead, his tax-and-spend policies have burdened our economy with unprecedented levels of spending, record deficits and debt, and predictably high unemployment. 

House Republicans are committed to addressing our nation’s spending crisis and have offered real solutions to tackle our deficits and encourage economic growth. Instead of continually proposing job-destroying tax hikes on hardworking families to pay for Washington’s unrestrained spending, the President should chart a new course for his presidency and promote pro-growth policies that will ultimately balance our budget and get Americans back to work. 

I stand ready to work with the President on policies that will make life better for the people of Texas and urge him to finally turn his rhetoric into reality. I will continue to stand up for my constituents by fighting to get our nation’s spending under control in order to provide certainty in the marketplace and to create a brighter future for generations of Texans to come. 

Freezing Federal Pay 

On Friday, the House passed H.R. 273, legislation that overturns the President’s December 2012 executive order giving non-military federal employees an across-the-board raise. President Obama’s proposed non-merit-based pay raise would go to bureaucrats—many of whom are already receiving boosts to their pay in the form of performance-related bonuses. According to the Congressional Budget Office, federal workers make an average of 16 percent more in total compensation than their private sector peers. H.R. 273 will save taxpayers more than $11 billion over ten years.

This legislation is not an effort to unduly target or punish federal workers, but is simply a part of the essential belt-tightening that we all must do to rein in federal spending and get our fiscal house in order.  Our federal workforce has many hardworking civilian employees, including those who operate our border patrol, our national parks sytsem and our federal law enforcement agencies. However, until we can get our economy back on track and restore discipline to our federal budget, it is simply irresponsible to give federal workers arbitrary pay increases.

Meetings with Higher Education Groups 

American Society for Engineering Education 

On Tuesday, I had the opportunity to meet with higher education administrators from multiple Texas universities, including: Southern Methodist University, LeTourneau University, University of North Texas, Texas A&M University- Texarkana, The University of Texas at Arlington and The University of Texas at Tyler. These administrators were in DC with the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), a nonprofit organization committed to furthering education in engineering and fostering the technological education of society.

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Congressman Pete Sessions with the American Society for Engineering Education

During our meeting, we discussed the negative effects that the President’s across-the-board sequestration cuts would have on education and job creation in the state of Texas. I strongly believe we must get government spending under control, but believe it must be done in a more responsible manner than the sequester. That is why I have voted twice to replace the arbitrary sequester cuts with measured spending reductions and reforms.

Dallas County Community College District Representatives 

Also on Tuesday, I was pleased to welcome representatives from the Dallas County Community College District to the nation's capital. The North Texas delegation consisted of Chancellor Dr. Wright L. Lassiter, Vice Chancellor Justin Lonon,  and students Fabiola Resendiz and Floricel Castaneda. 

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Congressman Pete Sessions with representatives from Dallas County's Communtiy College District  


Over the past week, they participated in the 2013 Community College National Legislative Summit. This annual event is hosted by the non-profit higher education advocacy organization, The Association of Community College Trustees. 

Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy 

This week, I was pleased to meet with Texas representatives from the Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy, an organization that focuses on advancing research that will lead to treatments, and ultimately a cure, for Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophy. Duchenne muscular dystrophy is the most common fatal genetic disorder diagnosed in childhood. Although medical treatments exist that may help slow its progression, there is currently no cure for Duchenne.

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Congressman Pete Sessions with the Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy group  

As the proud father of a young man with Down syndrome, I know how important it is to act as an advocate on behalf of your child. I was delighted that this group took the time to visit with me and my staff during their visit to DC, and I look forward to working with them in the future. 

To learn more about Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy, visit http://www.parentprojectmd.org/

Have a good weekend. 

Sincerely,

 

Pete Sessions

 

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