The Hill Report: Week of May 21 - 25, 2018
As the proud father of a Navy seaman, I proudly voted to take yet another step to uphold our duty to the men and women in uniform and ensure they have the resources they need to defend our great nation. Under our Republican leadership we have made a concerted effort to increase funding, support readiness, and uphold our commitment to rebuild our military. This year’s National Defense Authorization Act of 2019 builds on our efforts by increasing the size of our forces, investing in critical missile defense systems, and makes key investments in other military capabilities to combat threats from Russia, China, North Korea and Iran. In addition to investing in resources, we are also making sure we are investing in our troops by giving them the largest pay raise in nine years. Our armed forces should never have one ounce of doubt about our support, and this package reaffirms our commitment to them.
Dismantling Obama-Era Regulations
Under the Obama Administration, unelected bureaucrats burdened American job creators with thousands of pages of regulations and millions of dollars in regulatory costs. One of the most egregious examples of these big government solutions is Dodd Frank. This law strangled economic growth with mounds of red tape causing thousands of community banks to shut their doors. It is clear that the Obama-era’s one size fits all solutions don’t work for our economy, don’t work for businesses, and don’t work for the American people.
The Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act, unhinges years of regulatory shackles and provides immediate relief to communities and small businesses. As a result of our pro-growth agenda, our economy is thriving, more than 6 million jobs are available, and American businesses and consumers have an all-time high confidence. I proudly voted for this essential piece of legislation to build upon this economic success and create more opportunities job creators and American families.
Breaking Ground at Lower Bois d’Arc Creek Resorvoir
For nearly a decade, I have been working with my friends at the North Texas Municipal Water District and my North Texas colleagues to get the permits necessary to break ground on the Lower Bois d’Arc Creek Reservoir. Our region has been exploding with new growth and in order to keep up with this new population, we need to make sure we have the infrastructure and resources to support it. I am delighted that after all of our hard work, we are finally seeing this project become a reality.
Congressman Sessions at the groundbreaking of the Lower Bois d'Arc Creek Reservoir
Meetings with North Texans
This week I met with Infosys leadership to discuss some recent updates on their efforts in Texas. Recently, the company announced its plans to create 10,000 jobs in the United States over the next two years. While Infosys already has a robust presence in the United States, I am glad to see that this leading edge technology and consulting company is working to expand their American presence and create good paying jobs for people across our country. As you are aware, North Texas also has a robust technology presence and it is my hope that Infosys considers our growing region as they look for potential homes for their expanding American presence.
Congressman Sessions meeting with Infosys
Addressing the Opioids Crisis and Meeting with Texas Physicians
Diversion of unused opioids is a problem we must tackle. I was delighted to meet with representatives of a leading-edge company that has developed a powder that, when mixed with opioid pills and water, dissolve the unused opioids and transforms them into an inert paste. Innovative ideas such as these will help reduce the harm from opioids.
Congressman Sessions meeting with DisposeRx demonstrating safe ways to dispose of unused or expired prescriptions
Texas Radiological Society
As an advocate for our physicians, I always enjoy meeting with doctors from different fields and learning their perspective about their specialties. Amongst the most leading-edge doctors are radiologists, who are medical doctors that specialize in diagnosing and treating injuries and diseases using medical imaging. I was delighted to meet with two radiologists from Dallas to discuss the issues affecting their patients. I look forward to continuing working with the medical community to improve health care policy.
Congressman Sessions meeting with Vaibhav Khasgiwala MD from the Texas Radiological Society
Direct Primary Care Coalition
I believe that the government should not make it difficult to save for medical expenses, so I have long been a supporter of Health Savings Accounts. This week, I met with two direct primary care physicians to discuss my support of a bill, H.R. 365, the Primary Care Enhancement Act, which would permit an individual to pay primary care service arrangement costs from a health savings account. Congress should continue to evaluate opportunities to help people save for their health costs.
Congressman Sessions with Staci Benson and Tom Banning from Direct Primary Care Coalition
Constituents on the Hill
The Men and Ladies of Honor Honor Academy
I was delighted to meet with representatives from the Men and Women of Honor program this past week. Their program is designed to build men and women of character who can then go be leaders into college and beyond. I believe that programs like these play an important role in preparing our children to carry America's ideals into the future. We must support programs that instill morals, ethics and discipline into our future generations, so that they can lead effectively when it is their time. I am proud of the Men and Women of Honor program and all the good that it's doing in our community.
Congressman Sessions with Tony and Melissa Rorie from the Men and Ladies of Honor
National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors
We should encourage savings for retirement. Trusted insurance and financial advisors are key members of our community who help their clients reach their savings goals. It was my pleasure to meet several of these advisors to discuss my support of RESA, a bill that will help improve retirement savings. Financial concepts can be complex, and I am happy to support efforts to better help my constituents be better prepared for retirement.
Congressman Sessions meeting with the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors
Pipe Line Contractors
This week I was delighted to meet with Beth Worrell from the Pipe Line Contractors Association to discuss the new PBGC guidance that was issued on April 3, 2018. This important guidance, which I had the pleasure of working directly with the PBGC on, will assist multiemployer pension plans that are seeking alternative payment rules for employer withdrawal liability. I believe that this guidance will play a significant role in helping stakeholders receive the clarity that they need to help avoid potential insolvency and commend the PBGC for their work on this effort.
Great to meet with Pipe Line Contractors