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Congressman Pete Sessions

Representing the 32nd District of Texas

The Hill Report: Week of April 9 - 13, 2018

April 16, 2018
Weekly Newsletters

During this D.C. work period, I was delighted to welcome multiple constituents to my office. I had the pleasure of meeting with bright young North Texas students, discussing regulatory reform with job creators, and working through important healthcare issues with medical leaders from the district. Read more to learn all about these meetings and events in the district this weekend.

Meeting with North Texas Students 
Congressional App Challenge Winners
I was pleased to see Andre Williams and Davis Okuzor from Wylie High School again. They were in Washington D.C. for the celebration of the Congressional App Challenge winners from each district across the nation. I am proud to have such smart, innovative students in my district. Their mobile application, “Closing Intelligence,” helps alert friends and family when the user’s cellphone battery expires. I also applaud the efforts of their teacher, Chris Bogle, for introducing his students to STEM education and allowing them to pursue opportunities within those fields. Congratulations again to these young men, I can’t wait to see what else they accomplish in the future.

 
Congressman Sessions with the winners of the 
2018 Congressional App Challenge
 

Meeting with Medical Leaders 
NIH Breakfast with Texas Scottish Rite 
As a strong advocate of federal funding of medical research, I regularly host breakfast meetings at my office at the Rules Committee with my dear friend the Director of theNational Institutes of Health, Dr. Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D. This breakfast was special because I had the opportunity to invite my friends from Texas Scottish Rite Hospital to participate in the conversation. We had a robust discussion about theimportance of researching mental illness, combating the opioid crisis, and ensuring theNIH has the resources it needs to continue their exemplary work. It is always a pleasure to discuss these important topics with them and I am delighted that I got to share this experience with my friends from Scottish Rite.

 
Congressman Sessions with representatives from 
Texas Scottish Rite Hospital 

American Dental Association 
This week I was delighted to meet with future dentists to discuss issues important to dental students. We engaged in a discussion about the opioid crisis and the cost of higher education. I also discussed with them the importance of seeking mentors in their field so they can better understand their business and avoid potential pitfalls. As thefather of a future physician, I understand well the challenges our future medical providers face and believe that it is critical we support them. 

 
Congressman Sessions meeting with the American Dental Association

Independent Community Pharmacists from Texas
I was delighted to meet representatives from the Independent Community Pharmacists of Texas to discuss price transparency in the supply chain. Like community banks, our local pharmacists provide services tailored to their local area. They develop relationships with their customers and use their extensive knowledge to improve their quality of life. As the federal government crafts policies, it is important that we understand how they will impact small businesses, including community pharmacies.

 
Congressman Sessions with Independent Community Pharmacists of Texas

Meetings with Job Creators 
Independent Bankers Association of Texas  
Community banks are central to our local economies. They understand the needs of thefamilies and businesses in their community. This week, I met with over 20 representatives from the Independent Bankers of Texas who work for banks from Dallas and all over Texas. I have worked diligently with my friend and colleague, Chairman Jeb Hensarling of the House Committee on Financial Services to roll back theonerous regulations imposed by Dodd-Frank. It is imperative that we reform this system and provide community banks with much needed regulatory relief.

 
Congressman Sessions meeting with the Independent Bankers Association of Texas

North American Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce 
On Wednesday I met with my close friend and local leader in the Taiwanese-American community Charles Ku to discuss our country's important relationship with the country of Taiwan. Since my first years in Congress, I have been delighted to work with theTaiwanese-American community in North Texas to ensure that the United States and Taiwan maintain strong ties and work together in the region. Additionally, I was glad to be able to address key leaders from the North American Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce and discuss Congress and the Administration's continued work to strengthen our countries relationship on trade, defense, and within important international organizations such as the World Health Organization and theInternational Civil Aviation Organization. Simply put, the country of Taiwan is a critically important partner for the United States and I look forward to working to further strengthen U.S.-Taiwan relations.

 
Congressman Sessions with the North American Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce

Meetings in Washington 
NDSS Champion of Change Award 
On Wednesday I was honored to once again receive the 2018 Champion of Change award from the National Down Syndrome Society at the annual Buddy Walk on Washington Luncheon. I was proud to speak to the families and advocates about thenew trans-NIH initiative included in the recent Fiscal Year 18 Omnibus that will help support research for the improvement of health for individuals with Down syndrome.

 
Congressman Sessions receiving the National Down Syndrome Society's 
 2018 Champion of Change Award

 

Texas Access to Justice 
This week I was delighted to meet with folks from the Texas Access to Justice to discussthe importance of civil legal aid, including Legal Services Corporation (LSC) funding. As former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Scalia once said regarding LSC, the LSC "pursuesthe most fundamental of American ideals" for "without access to quality representation, there is not justice." I am proud to continue to work in Congress to ensure that these resources are provided so that our nation's attorneys and judges can continue to provide justice for all.

 
Congressman Sessions meeting with Texas Access to Justice

News in the District
Service Academy Forum

Each year I am pleased to join my North Texas colleagues in hosting a Service Academy forum for middle and high school students, and their parents, interested in learning more about the US Service Academies.  This year the hosts include: Senator John Cornyn, Senator Ted Cruz, Congresswoman Kay Granger  (TX-12), Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-3), Congressman Kenny Marchant  (TX-24), Congressman Jeb Hensarling (TX-5), Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (TX-26), Congressman Marc Veasey (TX-33), Congressman Roger Williams (TX-25), Congressman John Ratcliffe (TX-4), and Congressman Joe Barton (TX-6).

Saturday, April 14, 2018
8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

Registration Begins at 7:30 a.m.
 Download the event flyer here.

Mansfield ISD Center for the Performing Arts
1110 W. Debbie Lane
Mansfield, Texas 76063

If you have any questions regarding the appointment process or the forum this process, please feel free to contact Erin Hansen in my Dallas office at 972.392.0505.

Mobile 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.

City of Wylie

Date:Monday, April 23, 2018

Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

LocationWylie City Hall
300 Country Club Drive #100
Wylie, Texas 75098

 

City of Rowlett

Date: Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Location: Rowlett City Hall
3901 Main Street 
Rowlett, Texas 75088

 

City of Sachse

Date: Monday, April 23, 2018

Time: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Location: Sachse City Hall
3815 Sachse Road
Sachse, Texas 75048

 

 

City of Garland

Date: Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Time: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Location: Garland City Hall
200 N. 5th Street
Garland, Texas 75040