The Hill Report: Week of March 5 - 9, 2018
After the tragic event in Parkland last month, I immediately called the FBI’s Special Agent in Charge in Dallas to discuss the situation and we agreed to coordinate a meeting with local officials, law enforcement, and school leaders. This afternoon I was pleased to welcome these community leaders to my office to discuss how we can work together to keep our schools safe and protect North Texas students. I believe the most important things that we need to do is keep our lines of communication open, understand our role and responsibility in protecting our communities, and work together to ensure our schools are safe. Like most issues facing our nation, there is no quick fix or one size fits all solution to address this problem. As a father of five boys, I understand what it’s like to hug your kids as they leave for school and pray that they return safely home. I know thoughts and prayers are not enough to put an end to violence, and that is why I will do my part to ensure our schools have the resources they need to protect our students and teachers.
Response to President Trump's Announcement Regarding Steel Tariffs
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act helped unleash the free enterprise system, reinvigorate our economy, and created thousands of jobs across the country. While I understand theneed to make sure we are engaged in trade deals that put Americans first, a broad set of tariffs on would roll back the progress we have made, make American businesses less competitive internationally, and raise prices on American consumers. As an ardent free trader, I firmly believe that we must minimize unintended negative consequences on American businesses, consumers, and our economy no matter our intentions.
Yesterday I joined 106 of my colleagues in sending a letter to President Trump to urge him to reconsider his approach and work with Congress to implement a workable, targeted approach to achieve our shared goal of making our country better, stronger, and more prosperous.
Meeting with North Texans
AIPAC Policy Conference
As part of the 2018 AIPAC Policy Conference I was delighted to meet with North Texan representing AIPAC to discuss the importance of United States assistance to Israel and our efforts to contain the world's leading state sponsor of terrorism, Iran. Earlier this year, I was proud to support strong funding for security assistance for Israel as thecountry continues to face the threat of incoming missile attacks and greater uncertainty in the region. Furthermore, I will continue to strongly support strict sanctions on Iran as long as the country works to provide assistance to terrorist groups in the Middle East. Throughout our history, the United States has always come to the aid and defense of our allies, and we will do the same for Israel. As your Member of Congress, I will continue to work tirelessly to ensure that the United States remains committed to thesecurity of the Israeli people.
Congressman Sessions with Joshua Rajunov and Kenneth Goldberg at theAIPAC event in Washington, D.C.
SMU Cox School of Business
This Wednesday I met with bright young graduate students from the SMU Cox School of Business. These individuals are all full-ride MBA students and I couldn't be more proud to represent them in my district. A large part of the American dream is achieving a quality education, including graduate school, which is why I spearheaded an effort to protect graduate students from a completely misguided proposal in H.R. 1 that would have imposed a substantial tax on graduate students. Through engagement with my colleagues, I was pleased that the harmful provision was taken out of what is now thenew tax law. Discouraging our future generations from pursuing higher education is notthe answer and I was happy to support keeping opportunities for graduate students readily available. To learn more about the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, click here.
Congressman Sessions with the students from the SMU Cox School of Business
American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association
On Wednesday, I met with Texans representing the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association to discuss our ongoing work to provide for a permanent short line railroad tax credit. As a cosponsor of the bipartisan Building Rail Access for Customers and the Economy (BRACE) Act, I strongly support giving railroads increased opportunity to reinvest in the infrastructure that supports our critical rail industry and nation's economy. As Congress continues to debate tax credit legislation in the coming weeks, please know that I will continue to support bipartisan initiatives that allow our nation's transportation sectors to provide for efficient and smart upgrades to our infrastructure.
Congressman Sessions talking with Texans from the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association
This week I was pleased to meet with folks from the Humanities Texas. Humanities play an important role in our society in preserving our nation's heritage and expanding access to America's diverse cultural and historic treasures. Public investment in programs like the National Endowment for the Humanities is so important and I look forward to seeing the capabilities of the great programs created by Humanities Texas.
Congressman Sessions meeting with representatives from the Humanities Texas
National Fragile X Foundation
This week, I met with constituents from organizations that advocate for the treatment of various illnesses, including Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy, the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance, and the National Fragile X Foundation. Duchenne muscular dystrophy occurs primarily in males and causes progressive weakness and loss of skeletal and heart muscles. Tuberous sclerosis is a multi-system genetic disease that causes benign tumors to grow in the brain and on other vital organs, resulting in seizures. Fragile X results from mutations on the X chromosome and is the most commonly inherited form of developmental and intellectual disability. I am proud to support strong funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which works with our brightest minds to discover treatments and cures for illnesses such as these.
Sports and Fitness Industry Association
The obesity epidemic in our country is a problem we must solve. I was delighted to meet with the Sports and Fitness Industry Association who advocated for solutions such asthe PHIT Act, which will allow Americans to use Pre-Tax Medical Accounts to pay for physical activity expenses. I am proud to cosponsor this bill.
Congressman Sessions with representatives from the Sports and Fitness Industry Association
Paralyzed Veterans of America
Veterans and service members have paid an invaluable debt to our country and I am incredibly grateful for the sacrifices of those that have given so much to us. I always enjoy meeting with Veterans groups, and this week was no exception as I had theprivilege of meeting with Patricia LaBar and Stephen Smith from the Paralyzed Veterans of America Lone Star Chapter. We discussed better ways that Congress can work to ensure better holistic care for our Veterans. It was truly an honor to be among these two incredible individuals.
Congressman Sessions thanking paralyzed veterans from the Paralyzed Veterns of America Lone Star Chapter for their service to our great nation
National Down Syndrome Society
This week I was delighted to meet with individuals in town for the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) Science and Clinical Advisory Board meetings. As a lot of folks know, I am the proud father of a young man with Down syndrome, which is why organizations like NDSS are very important to me. While tremendous strides have been in the past few years, it was great to be able to hear from community advocates as well as researchers on the new studies being done today to further our knowledge on Down syndrome.
Congressman Sessions with Dr. Bill Mobley, Vince Randazzo, Sarah Weir, David Egan, and Kayla McKeon
American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association
As a strong supporter of our country's vets, small businesses, and health care community, I was delighted to meet with a Dallasite and co-owner of company that provides prosthetic products. We discussed issues impacting the industry and how her family business is helping to provide quality care for veterans.
General Tim Haake and Congressman Sessions