The Hill Report: Week of August 27 - August 31, 2018
Today, I join a grateful nation in honoring the life of U.S. Senator John McCain, a true American hero. His service to our country will never be forgotten. Please join me in taking a moment to pause and reflect on this patriot.
As the August state work period comes to a close, I am thankful for the opportunity I had to hear from folks across our community and sit down with them face-to-face to learn more about the issues most important to North Texans. From manufacturing facilities to small businesses to community groups, I have appreciated the chance to participate in almost 80 official events just this month. I look forward to bringing each of your thoughts and ideas back with me and translating them into action in Washington.
Monday, we recognize the diligent American workforce and all your contributions to our nation. From main street to the manufacturing line, each and every worker makes an incredible impact on the prosperity of our country. Thank you, for all that you do and have a happy and safe Labor Day.
Meetings in the District
Meeting with Secretary Perry
This week, Secretary Perry and I were able to sit down with local leaders to have a productive and free-flowing discussion on regulations impacting the energy industry and how emerging markets, like China and India, will impact the U.S. As America’s leading energy producer, Texas sets the pace for our nation’s efforts to become energy independent. I look forward to continuing to work closely with the Secretary and our energy producers to support our oil, gas, and alternative energy fields and advance efforts to ensure our continued leadership and economic security. Read more on this productive discussion here.
Congressman Sessions with Rick Perry, U.S. Secretary of Energy.
Mothers Advocating Medical Marijuana for Autism (MAMMA)
Over the past few months, I have had the distinct honor to work with three remarkable mothers who work tirelessly every day to advocate for their children as a part of the national organization, Mothers Advocating Medical Marijuana for Autism (MAMMA). As parents of children with disabilities, our conversations have centered around how we can best work together to find solutions for our children to help improve their quality of life when nothing seems to help.
I was pleased to get to continue our conversations together in my Dallas office on Monday because I believe that by working together, real progress can be made. I look forward to continuing my journey with parents like Amy, Thalia and Mayra as we look to find the best solutions for our children.
Congressman Sessions meeting with three remarkable mothers from MAMMA.
Faith Community Roundtable on Mental Health
This week I led an important roundtable discussion about mental illness and suicide prevention with various faith leaders from across North Texas. Experts from the Veterans Resource Center as well as counselors from Highland Park High School joined us to discuss practices that work within their communities. Mental illness and suicide are national issues that impact everyone and I am pleased we could bring together important community figures to address this critical issue and save lives.
Congressman Sessions talking to leaders of the Faith Community.
On Tuesday, I had the privilege of joining my friends at PepsiCo. headquarters. During our tour of the facility, I was able to see firsthand how Frito-Lay products come to life. Following the tour I participated in a productive roundtable discussion with community leaders and business members hosted by the National Association of Manufacturers. They informed me how the reinvestments in their companies made possible by the Tax Cut and Jobs Act are impacting their business operations. I am proud that Republicans in Congress were able to come together to pass such vital legislation that allows American businesses to not just succeed, but thrive.
Congressman Sessions touring PepsiCo headquarters in Plano, Texas.
This week, I was delighted to visit the Richardson offices of State Farm, an insurance company with over 65,000 employees, many of whom live in our congressional district. As a leading-edge company with a variety of product offerings, the company shared their views on federal policies related to automated vehicle technology, the National Flood Insurance Program, and insurance generally. In addition to discussions with leadership, I had the pleasure of meeting with employees to hear their concerns. I look forward to visiting their offices again in the future.
Congressman Sessions speaking to employees from State Farm insurance company.
Birth Choice of Dallas
This week I was delighted to meet with leaders of the pro-life community in North Texas to ensure we as a nation cultivate a culture that values all life. As a father, I believe life is precious at all stages and should never be undermined because it is considered inconvenient or unwanted. Throughout my time in Congress, I have actively engaged in efforts to protect the unborn as Chairman of the House Rules Committee, in speeches on the House Floor, and through my support for legislation to advance the pro-life cause. As your Congressman, I will always support the sanctity of life and believe that every effort should be made to protect and honor life.
Congressman Sessions meeting with Joe Pojman, Ph.D., the Executive Director of Texas Alliance for Life.
Have a great weekend,