The Hill Report: Week of June 26 - 30, 2017
For far too long our failure to enforce our nation’s immigration policies has come at a high price - the rampant spread of sanctuary cities. As a result, innocent lives have been tragically lost at the hands of criminal illegal aliens who have infiltrated our communities. We cannot afford to continue to turn a blind eye to these heinous crimes and allow these criminals to continue to walk our streets, live in our neighborhoods, and threaten our families.
|Click here to watch a clip of Congressman Sessions managing the rule for Kate’s Law.|
This week I proudly joined my colleagues in the House in passing two important measures H.R. 3003, No Sanctuary for Criminals Act, and H.R. 3004, Kate’s Law. These two bills will roll back lawless sanctuary policies across the nation by enhancing penalties for deported felons and ensure local officials cooperate and coordinate with federal officials. It is time that we stop putting politics above the safety and security of American families and start upholding our nation’s rule of law.
Honoring Korean War Veteran Heroes
This morning I had the privilege of participating in the wreath laying ceremony at the Korean War Veterans Memorial with Vice President Pence and the President of the Republic of Korea, Moon Jae-in. As the son of a Korean War Veteran it was a moving ceremony to honor and remember these brave heroes. It was particularly special because my father was the one who spoke the words enshrined in the granite at the monument. I could not be prouder to be his son and to be a part of this beautiful morning to honor the men who “answered the call to defend a country they never knew and a people they never met.”
This Week in Washington
Committee on House Administration Lecture Series
Every summer young leaders from across the country come to our nation’s capital to learn thelegislative process and work in offices across the hill. On Monday I had the opportunity to speak to a group of these interns as a part of the Congressional Summer Intern Lecture Series. I always enjoythe chance to educate young individuals on how to pursue a career path, in whatever domain they may choose and to encourage them to take advantage of the unique academic and networking opportunities that the Hill provides. In addition to the lessons interns learn throughout their time here, I also stressed the importance of developing moral courage. As a proud Eagle Scout, I believe that moral courage is the most important thing to have. You have to know what is wrong, what is right, and learn to live within the lines of declination. I am proud of each and every one of these young lions and wish them the best of luck in all of their future endeavors.
|Congressman Sessions speaking to Capitol Hillinterns at the Summer Intern Lecture Series|
Texas Association for Home Care & Hospice
On Tuesday I met with the Texas Association for Home Care & Hospice to discuss issues affecting Texas health care, particularly the federal imposition of documentation requirements that are seen as burdensome, duplicative, and costly. I remain committed to implementing sustainable solutions to better allow our health care providers to put their patients first.
|Congressman Sessions meeting with the Texas Association for Home Care & Hospice|
United States-India Business Council
On Tuesday I joined Vice President Pence as a speaker at the United States-India Business Council's 42nd Anniversary Leadership Summit. At the event, I was delighted to meet a number of Indian-American business leaders to discuss how our two countries can partner together to advance our commercial and strategic partnership, strengthen the bonds that unite our two countries, and create economic opportunity for American workers in the United States. Ultimately, the USIBC’s work in linking government and business sends a strong message to the worldthat the United States Congress supports deeper economic and business ties between our two great countries.
American Heart Association
To end the week I was also pleased to meet with representatives from the American Heart Association, including several constituents. We discussed issues such as telemedicine and cardiac rehabilitation, along with my continued commitment to funding health care research. I am proud to support measures such as an increase of at least $2 billion to the FY2018 NIH budget and will continue to fight for research funding.
|Congressman Sessions and Dr. John J. Warner, President-Elect of the American Heart Association|
Fourth of July Celebration
As a member of the Civil Air Patrol I am looking forward to marching with them in Fourth of July parades in the district. The air patrol introduces thousands of young patriots to aviation and allows them to engage in a 16-step program including aerospace education, leadership training, physical fitness and moral leadership. I am proud to be a part of this exceptional organization and march with them in uniform as we celebrate our nation. Make sure to follow my Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to see live pictures of Fourth of July celebrations across the 32nd Congressional District.