The Hill Report: Week of June 25 - June 29, 2018
At a time when our world has become an increasingly dangerous place, our military needs to be robust, strong, and ready. Our military leaders have repeatedly voiced their concerns that over the past half-decade our forces have been pared down to skeletal levels which has stretched resources and personnel far too thin. As Members of Congress, we have a constitutional duty to ensure that our men and women on the front lines have the resources they need to effectively protect our citizens both at home and abroad. I am proud to say that we fulfilled that duty with the passage of the FY19 Defense Appropriations Bill on June 28, 2018. This package responsibly uses tax payer dollars to rebuild the strength of our military, ensure they have the tools they need, and makes sure that we are taking care of the men and women who serve – including a much deserved 2.6% pay raise for our troops – the largest pay raise in nine years. For more information, I have included a one-pager below from the House Appropriations Committee that details the breakdown of funding.
Meetings in Washington
Undergraduate School of Carrots
This week I was delighted to meet with team members representing The Undergraduate School of Carrots from Dallas. These young women participate in FIRST Robotics competitions and are strong advocates for STEM education, and I could not be more proud to represent these aspiring young leaders.
Congressman Sessions meeting with students from The Hockaday School in Dallas, TX.
International Academy of Compound Pharmacists
Pharmacists undergo years of training to be able to advise members of their community on medications. This week, I was delighted to meet with representatives from the International Academy of Compound Pharmacists, including a pharmacist from Dougherty’s Pharmacy at Preston Royal Village. We discussed the regulatory burden that pharmacists encounter and the impact it has on patients. It is critical that we preserve access and choice in pharmacy services, and I am actively engaging my colleagues to highlight the issues that pharmacists face.
Congressman Sessions meeting with representatives from the International Academy of Compound Pharmacists.
Children’s Medical Center of Dallas
Cancer is a devastating diagnosis. This week, I was honored to meet with a young man who survived retinoblastoma, cancer of the eye. In addition to fighting his illness, he also authored and published a book regarding tackling adversity --- and he’s only in middle school. I discussed with his mother and representatives of Children’s Medical Center the importance of access to medical care and the law that resulted from a bill I introduced to expand access to Medicaid. I continue to listen to and work with the medical community to ensure that health care providers can continue to serve the patients who need their services the most.
Congressman Sessions meeting constituents to discuss the importance of federal funding for children's health.
American Society of Plastic Surgeons
This week, I had the pleasure of meeting with plastic surgeons from around the state of Texas. We discussed my continuing support of legislation that help physicians help their patients, such as the Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act and my bill, the World’s Greatest Healthcare Plan.
Congressman Sessions meeting with plastic surgeons from Texas.
Meetings in the District
Faith Community Roundtable
This morning I had the honor and privilege to meet with several leaders of the Faith Community from difference entities within the 32nd Congressional District of Texas. We discussed a variety of topics in an engaging conversation about the current issues congregations in North Texas face today. I am committed to ensuring that this congressional district continues to be a vibrant and enriching place for worship, and I look forward to the continued conversation with these faithful leaders.
Congressman Sessions meeting with several leaders of the Faith Community within the 32nd District of Texas.
Have a great weekend,