The Hill Report: Week of December 11 - 15, 2017
Over the years I have had the opportunity to spend time with high school students from across the32nd Congressional District. Through all of my interactions I truly believe that North Texas is home to some of the brightest young leaders in the country. Whether it be watching students from theWinston School build a car from scratch, welcoming North Texas students to Washington for my week long government leadership program, or encouraging healthy competition through participation in the Congressional Art and App competitions, these students have astounded me with their intelligence, drive, and ambition.
Congressman Pete Sessions congratulating Andre Williams and Davis Okuzor
from Wylie High School
This morning I was delighted to congratulate Congressional App Challenge winners Andre Williams and Davis Okuzor from Wylie High School. These two students represent the best and brightest of North Texas and I am so proud that they took the time and initiative to participate in this competition. Take a look at their app here!
Global Down Syndrome Foundation
This week I was honored to attend an event hosted by the Global Down Syndrome Foundation to celebrate the tremendous progress the Down syndrome community has made in the past few years. Global Down Syndrome Foundation has played a huge role in improving the lives of people with Down syndrome through groundbreaking research and I remain committed to working with them to ensure folks like the Foundation continue to receive proper funding to aid in helping the Down syndrome community.
Congressman Sessions with Michelle Sie Witten, Kyra Phillips, and John Roberts
The Board of the Coalition of Airline Pilots Association
Earlier this week I met with The Board of the Coalition of Airline Pilots Association to discuss legislation that would work to end foreign airlines flag of convenience practice. Specifically, H.R. 2150 would protect airlines from foreign air carries that seek to thwart the free market, fair competition, and respectable labor standards. As Congress continues to consider this legislation and possible actions to help U.S. carriers, I look forward to continuing to receive feedback and information on these important transportation and legislative issues.
On Wednesday, I met with newly appointed Chairman of the Board for Texas Central Drayton McLane Jr. to receive an update on work moving forward on this important transportation project. Specifically, we discussed ongoing work at the Department of Transportation to provide for an efficient final draft environmental impact study that would allow Texas Central to begin to break ground. As Texas continues to grow, I am proud to support Texas Central and see this critical, privately funded, transportation project take shape under the leadership of native Texans.
Congressman Sessions with representatives from Texas Central
On Tuesday, I met with the new Ambassador from the Republic of Korea, Ambassador Cho Yoon-je, to discuss the critical alliance shared by the United States and South Korea. As one of our closest friends, and an important defense and economic partner, I was proud to welcome our new Ambassador from South Korea and share a message of friendship and strength. I also hope that theSenate gets to work and quickly confirms our new Ambassador to South Korea, Victor Cha. Ultimately, the United States needs South Korea to be successful and I will continue to strongly support this important alliance.
Congressman Sessions greeting Ambassador Cho Yoon Je