The Hill Report: Week of June 11 - June 15, 2018
Last week I was delighted to welcome North Texans to our nation’s capital to discuss important issues facing our community and nation. I had the opportunity to engage with constituents advocating for mental health, members from Boeing to discuss bolstering our national defense, and more.
Meetings in Washington
Mental Health America of Greater Dallas
Last week, I was delighted to meet with mental health professionals from North Texas. Good mental health is critical to overall well-being, and counselors play a key role in identifying and addressing mental health issues. From preventative programs to responses to community crises, mental health professionals provide services that better our communities. As an advocate of healthcare providers, I am happy to work with mental health professionals to help their patients. In case you missed it, click here to view a clip from our NBC-5 discussion on mental health in Washington.
Congressman Sessions meeting with individuals from Mental Health America of Greater Dallas.
Cancer Support Community of North Texas
Cancer affects not just those who are diagnosed, but also their loved-ones, families and friends. I was pleased to meet with the Cancer Support Community of North Texas last week to discuss a variety of issues important to them and the people they serve. We discussed the difficulties surrounding recruitment and retention of participants in clinical trials and how trials can be improved. I continue to work with physicians, the FDA, and other stakeholders to move us closer to solutions.
Congressman Sessions meeting with Michelle Louis and Elizabeth Franklin from the Cancer Support Community of North Texas.
Meeting with the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC)
Last week, I met with North Texans representing the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) to discuss the positive impacts the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has had on the retail industry. As one of the largest trade associations for the shopping center industry, the ICSC represents the shopping center owners, developers, managers, marketing specialists, investors, retailers, and brokers who all work to support the critically important small businesses where many Texans shop, dine, and work. Furthermore, not only does this industry directly support 34.8 million U.S. jobs, business conducted at these centers also contribute almost $3.9 trillion to our nation’s GDP. Thanks to the Republican tax bill ICSC members are now investing even more into the businesses and properties they own and manage to provide for a better consumer experience. Ultimately, while there is still work to be done to further unleash our free enterprise system, I am glad to see that legislation passed by this Republican Congress is having a direct positive impact for Texans and our economy.
Congressman Sessions with representatives from the International Council of Shopping Centers.
Meeting with Dallas Safari Club
On Wednesday, I met with the Dallas Safari Club to receive an update on their continued actions to protect, conserve, and enjoy wildlife and wilderness lands across our country. Specifically, we discussed the ongoing work to pass H.R. 3668. This legislation, also known as the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act, promotes a number of policies that increase opportunities for those who enjoy our natural beauty by eliminating burdensome regulations and guaranteeing future generations ample access to federal lands to safely hunt, fish, and shoot. As Congress continues to address environmental and conservation policy, I look forward to working with my colleagues to promote outdoor sporting activities and find effective solutions to address the challenges threatening wildlife and the environment.
Congressman Sessions with the Dallas Safari Club.
I hope you had a great weekend,