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Congressman Pete Sessions

Representing the 32nd District of Texas

The Hill Report: Week of April 16 - 20, 2018

April 23, 2018
Weekly Newsletters

This week marked the last time that Americans will have to file their taxes under an outdated, complicated system. Now, Americans have a new pro-growth tax code that will alow them to keep more of their hard earned money, encourage job creators to hire new employees, and grow our economy. With this new tax code, Americans also deserve a new IRS. An IRS that is focused on working on behalf othe taxpayer. 

The IRS is notorious for their continued failure to adequately serve the American people. Well, that also ends this week. I proudly joined my colleagues in passing a package of legislation that makes bold reforms to this broken agency. This package aims to improve customer service, strengthen their outdated technology systems, prevent fraud, and increase accountability. I strongly urge my friends in the Senate to quickly consider this important measure so we can refocus this agency and finally put American taxpayers first.

Meetings with Texans
Richardson Chamber of Commerce
Earlier this week, I was delighted to spend time with North Texans representing theRichardson Chamber of Commerce. On Sunday night, I was able to spend time with thedelegation at the Capitol and receive feedback on some of the important advocacy and legislative issues constituent companies face back home. Tuesday morning, I invited a number of my colleagues to participate in a roundtable discussion with the chamber to talk about the continued work that is needed to capitalize on major legislative wins, such as the tax reform bill, in order to further promote economic growth for our country. Simply put, cities like Richardson and the businesses that call North Texas home are some of the best examples of the economic powerhouses that grow our state. I look forward to continuing to work with Texans and my colleagues in Congress to promote policies that unleash our free enterprise system.

 
Congressman Sessions leading members of the 
Richardson Chamber of Commerce on a night tour of the U.S. Capitol

Texas Rail Advocates and Rail Passengers Association 
On Tuesday I met with North Texans representing the Rail Passengers Association. Asthe largest and one of the oldest national membership advocacy organizations for train and rail transit passengers, the group has worked to expand the quality and quantity of passenger rail in the United States. Specifically, we discussed the Texas Central high-speed passenger rail system and the continued work that is occurring at the Department of Transportation to get this project underway. As Texas continues to grow, I am proud to support Texas Central and see this privately funded transportation project take shape under the leadership of native Texans.

 
Congressman Sessions meeting with Texas Rail Advocates and Rail Passengers Association

American Association for the Study of Liver Disease
Hepatologists are medical doctors that specialize in the liver. I was delighted to meet with hepatologists from UT Southwestern and Baylor to discuss the importance of funding medical research at the NIH, Centers for Disease Control, Veterans Affairs, and Department of Defense. We are moving toward finding cures to many illnesses, and we must support scientific development to continue our progress. For example, there is now a drug that will cure Hepatitis C. We also discussed the explosion of hepatitis tied to the opioid crisis---Those who become addicted to opioids can move on to IV drugs. This is just another reason we need to combat our nation's addiction epidemic.

 
Congressman Sessions met with members of the 
American Association for the Study of Liver Disease

Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses 
We are blessed to have leading-edge health care facilities in North Texas, such as Methodist Richardson Medical Center, with excellent health professionals. I had an informative discussion with a nurse from women's services at Methodist Richardson regarding the opioid crisis and maternal mortality. It is important that we address our nation's opioid epidemic, especially as it affects the children of addicted mothers. I continue to work with the National Institutes of Health to better understand how my colleagues and I can help address the issue.

 
Congressman Sessions meeting with Megan Raleigh R.N. from the 

Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses 

National Restaurant Association 
On Tuesday I was delighted to meet with North Texans representing the Greater Dallas Restaurant Association to discuss their ongoing work to combat childhood obesity through the Kids Fit Menu Program. Based on input from Medical City Children's Hospital nutritionists and a number of local small business restaurants, the program works to add healthy choices to kids menus in many local restaurants. In the meeting, I offered my strong support for this program and look forward to working with restaurant businesses, local government leaders, and our schools to ensure we remain proactive as we address the growing obesity epidemic.

 
Congressman Sessions with North Texans from the Greater Dallas Restaurant Association
 

Toyota Motor Corporation
This week I met with Toyota North America to receive an update on the now finalized transition to their new North America headquarters in North Texas. Since the move, Toyota has hired an additional 1200 North Texans to supplement their established team and is looking to expand even further. We also discussed their concerns surroundingthe potential for further damaging tariffs that could harm their Texas and US operations by raising the price of some of the main components and cars they build inthe United States. Ultimately, I am proud that Toyota chose to move their headquarters to North Texas and now look forward to working with them to ensure Texas remains thebest possible place to live and do business.

 
Congressman Sessions with executives from the Toyota Motor Corporation 

American Association of Ophthalmology
I was happy to meet with friends from the American Association of Ophthalmology to discuss a variety of issues related to eye health. From veterans services to federally-funding medical research, these doctors advocated for policies that benefit their patients. I was delighted to see many medical residents take part in the meeting. In learning the importance of communicating their concerns to their lawmakers early, these future medical leaders can better help to formulate solutions to the issues that will arise later in their careers. 

 
Congressman Sessions meeting with members of the American Association of Ophthalmology 

Goodwill 
It was great to see friends from Goodwill to discuss issues that affect their organization, such as charitable giving, workforce funding, and the SNAP program. It is critical that policymakers stay informed about how their ideas impact their constituents, especiallythe most vulnerable among us. 

  
Congressman Sessions meeting with executives from Goodwill

News in the District 
M
obile Office Hours
In order to provide my constituents with the opportunity to meet with my staff in an area most convenient for them, I am pleased to hold preset office hours in four areas throughout the District. During mobile office hours, my staff can assist you with Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Veterans Affairs (VA), U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services and Internal Revenue Service as well as acquiring flags flown over the U.S. Capitol and several other constituent services.

Appointments are not necessary. To learn more or if you would prefer to set up a pre-arranged time to meet, please call my District Office at 972.392.0505.

 

 

Monday, April 23, 2018

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM 
Wylie City Hall
300 Country Club Drive #100    
Wylie, Texas 75098

 

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Sachse City Hall
3815 Sachse Road
Sachse, Texas 75048

 Tuesday, April 24, 2018

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Rowlett City Hall
3901 Main Street
Rowlett, Texas 75088

 

1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Garland City Hall
200 N. 5th Street
Garland, Texas 75040