The Hill Report: Week of April 23 - 27, 2018
The Hill Report
A Weekly Newsletter from Congressman Pete Sessions
Week of April 23 27, 2018
Airports across the country aren’t just a means to get from one place to another; they are a hub of economic activity and opportunity. Texas is one of themost important locations for the global aerospace and aviation industry. North Texas has been the proud home of Southwest Airlines and American Airlines for several decades. American Airlines has played a major role in the growth and strength of Texas’ economy for many years creating new opportunities for businesses across the state and thousands of jobs in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metro Area alone. Southwest Airlines has also come a long way in a relatively short period of time. Just this month, Southwest Airlines announced its plan to implement a $250 million project to expand Southwest Airline’s campus headquarters at Dallas Love Field.
This week we are took another concrete step towards improving our nation’s infrastructure and providing Americans with a first class travel system. This is the first long term reauthorization since 2012, that responsibly funds critical repairs to airports, increases transparency and accountability, and increases readiness and preparedness for natural disasters. Last year, millions of Americans were impacted by natural disasters, including my home state of Texas. By reforming federal disaster relief programs and bolstering resources for disaster mitigation, we are ensuring communities are prepared for hurricanes, wildfires, earthquakes, and other awful disasters. To learn more about this package, click here.
Meetings in Washington
Texas Association of Business
Earlier this week I was delighted to be able to speak with Texans representing the Texas Association of. As the voice for public policy issues affecting business in Texas, representing more than 4,000 members with 200 local chamber partners and $8 billion annually in business, the TAB protect and enhance the Texas business climate and strengthen our state’s economy. Of particular concern to the TAB is the ongoing NAFTA renegotiation process. Simply put, trade is one of the cornerstones of America’s relationship with other nations and it is important to ensure these agreements work toward promoting our state's businesses, reducing the U.S. trade deficit, enhancing American competitiveness, and eliminating unfair subsidies. While it remains to be seen what specifically will be included in any potential renegotiated agreement, I remain committed to supporting our nation's free trade agreements for the benefit of American workers and our state's economy.
Congressman Sessions talking with members of the Texas Association of Business
Fraternal Government Relations Coalition
This week I was delighted to meet with students from universities across the country, including the University of Texas at Dallas, representing fraternity and sorority national organizations. As a proud member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity at Southwestern, I commend these young leaders on their service, philanthropy and advocacy on behalf ofthe Greek community.
Congressman Sessions with his Pi Kappa Alpha fraterny brothers
Events in the District
Kickoff Party for Pete Sessions Leadership and Growth Program
This past Saturday, I hosted the Pete Sessions Leadership and Growth Program (PSLGP) and Texas Leadership Forum (TLF) Kick Off Party in Dallas, Texas. It was so thrilling to see so many young leaders and their parents attend the event. A big thank you goes out to former Navy Seal and my personal friend, Rob Sarver, who gave a sound message to our students about the tactical leadership skills and actions needed to be successful on a daily basis. I am excited to host PSLGP and TLF this summer in Washington, D.C. as they continue to grow, learn, and prepare themselves to go out intothe world and be successful young leaders.
I was delighted to attend the EarthX, Earth Day 2018 events at Fair Park in Dallas on Sunday. I had the privilege of speaking with the Daughters of the American Revolution about their commitment to Country and service, as well as visit with many young and eager boy scouts. In addition, several organizations were present showcasing the good work they do for our planet, including the Dallas Safari Club, Living Water International, Back Country Hunters and Anglers, Borderlands Research Institute, and Texas Parks and Wildlife. It was a pleasure to be able to attend this amazing event and celebrate Earth Day 2018.
Sunday evening, I had a wonderful time at the Dallas AIPAC Annual Event. There were several friends and familiar faces in attendance, and it is always a pleasure supportingthe great work AIPAC does in advocating for the Jewish Community here in North Texas. I enjoyed hearing the personal stories of several AIPAC members during theprogram, and I look forward to continuing to work with this incredible organization.