The Hill Report: Week of July 16 - July 20, 2018
In the U.S. there are more than 4 million adults and almost half-a-million children who are blind or have severely impaired vision. Causes of blindness and vision impairment are extremely diverse, ranging from conditions such as diabetic retinopathy, sickle-cell retinopathy, and age-related macular degeneration to injuries sustained during combat in defense of our nation. The Department of Veterans Affairs estimated in 2016 that over 1 million U.S. veterans are blind or visually impaired. This week, I introduced the bipartisan Faster Treatments and Cures for Eye Diseases Act, H.R. 6421, a bipartisan bill to fund translational research and advance treatments and cures for blindness and other causes of severe vision impairment.
Additionally, this week I joined 24 of my colleagues in expressing our support for the long-standing Parsonage Allowance, to support our religious leaders. These men and women play an invaluable role in our communities in North Texas and around the country and it is critical that these men and women, many of whom receive very modest compensation, have access to housing within the neighborhoods they help to lead and develop spiritually.
This week, the House passed two Fiscal Year 2019 appropriations bills to fund the Interior and Environment and Financial services and General Government. Appropriating funds is a principal role of Congress and I am glad to see these two critical packages move through regular order in the House, ensuring a more transparent and responsible use of taxpayer dollars. The FY '19 Interior & Environment Appropriations Bill will reduce regulatory red tape and rolling back overreaching Environmental Protection Agency regulations that hamstrung America's workers. In addition, the FY '19 Financial Services Appropriations Bill will provide funding to prioritize law enforcement and the safety of the American people by directing funds to beef-up national security efforts. The bill also brings us one step closer to our goal of keeping more of your hard-earned dollars where they belong, in your pocket, by working to further implement the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act.
Meetings in Washington
Texas Corn Producers
This week, I met with Texans representing the Texas Corn Producers to discuss the important trade policy issues that are affecting the Texas agricultural community. Specifically, we discussed the importance of NAFTA, which is one of the largest economic drivers for farmers in Texas. Since the implementation of NAFTA in 1994, both Texas and our country have greatly benefited from the free trade agreement. As Congress works with the Administration and NAFTA stakeholders, please know that I will continue to support a strong NAFTA that protects American interests and is for the ultimate benefit of all Texans.
Congressman Sessions with Robert Gordon from the Texas Corn Producers.
Paragon Healthcare is a leading-edge Dallas-based company that improves patients’ lives by allowing them to receive specialty infusion treatments in the comfort of their own home. I was delighted to meet with representatives from this company to discuss how federal policy impacts their ability to serve patients and potential solutions. I work with the medical community every day to improve health care in North Texas and our country, and I will continue to do so.
Congressman Sessions meeting with representatives from Paragon Healthcare.
Independent banks are critical to communities across the country. Their bankers develop deep relationships with local customers and are well-positioned to understand the needs of their communities. I was happy to meet with friends from the Independent Bankers Association of Texas to discuss how recent developments in federal policy are improving their ability to serve their customers. I listen and learn from Texas businesses daily to understand the issues impacting them.
Congressman Sessions talking with individuals from the Independent Bankers Association of Texas.
Remembering Mr. James Edward Wiley Sr. of Dallas, TX
Mr. James Edward Wiley Sr., the second son of A.P. and Florence Wiley, was born in Dallas, Texas on September 16, 1925. In 1942, he graduated from Adamson High School and entered the Corps of Cadets in August later that year. After completing Armor Officer Commissioning School at Fort Knox, KY, James went to the Pacific Theater with the Army Corps of Engineers and assumed command of a Japanese POW Camp before he was even twenty years of age. Once he returned to College Station, he successfully completed his engineering degree in May of 1948.
Immediately following graduation from Texas A&M, James obtained a job with Robert E. McKee in their Dallas office. He helped construct many prominent additions to Dallas after the war, including the Federal Reserve Bank, Moody Coliseum, in addition to the “new” Parkland Hospital, just to name a few. However, in 1960, he left McKee to join his loving father and brother at Wiley Brothers General Contractors and Investment Builders where they adopted the popular model of building long-block warehouses and sub-dividing them for multi-tenant occupancy in the fast-expanding industrial parks in what became the Stemmons Corridor.
On Sunday, July 8, 2018, Mr. James Edward Wiley Sr., passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loved ones. James is survived by his wife Virginia, his four sons, eight grandchildren, and seventeen great grandchildren. In honor of his memory, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr. James Edward Wiley Sr. for his service to our country and his dedication to the city of Dallas.
James Wiley, wearing the number 80, in his sophomore year was part of the Kiddie Korps squad. Playing against true Varsity competition due to World War II draining Aggie’s Varsity ranks, the Kiddie Korps went undefeated until losing a close game to rival UT in Austin.
Meetings in the District
Meeting with the Asian 100 Organization
This morning, I had the privilege of meeting with several Board Members of the Asian 100 organization started here in Dallas, Texas almost 2 years ago. This incredible organization works hard to bring together Asian business women to foster leadership and mentoring, networking, and charitable giving, bringing prosperity to North Texas. I am thankful to have such great leaders in the community, and I look forward to continuing to work together to make the 32nd Congressional District of Texas a wonderful place to live.
Congressman Sessions with leaders from the Asian 100 Organization back home in Dallas.