The Hill Report: Week of October 1- October 5, 2018
As the father of a son with a pre-existing condition, Down Syndrome, I know firsthand the importance of protecting patients with special medical needs from discrimination. In my healthcare plan, I made sure to preserve patient protections, especially ones to prevent anyone from discriminating against patients with pre-existing conditions. To cement these protections, I proudly introduced a resolution to ensure that patients with pre-existing conditions are protected from the erroneously high costs and the limited options they are experiencing now under Obamacare. I am glad to lead my colleagues in this effort to fight for those who need it most and ensure their access to affordable and high-quality healthcare. Read more on my widely supported resolution here.
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. More importantly, it is an opportunity to highlight breast cancer prevention, education, and individuals and groups that are working hard to find a cure. In fact, one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in their lifetime. For this very reason, we must continue to support research efforts so that one day we can finally defeat this disease and live in a cancer-free world.
For the past two years I have proudly joined my colleague Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) in leading an effort to generate funds for breast cancer research through the Breast Cancer Awareness Commemorative Coin Act (Public Law 114-148). Earlier this year, I proudly joined Congresswoman Maloney, Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) President Myra Biblowit, Acting Deputy Director of the U.S. Mint David Croft, and Breast Cancer Survivor Melissa Miller to celebrate the launch of the Breast Cancer Awareness Commemorative Coin program at the U.S. Capitol. The coin will be on sale for the remainder of 2018. If you are interested in purchasing a Breast Cancer Commemorative Coin from the U.S. Mint, click here. Again, all profits will be paid to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) for the purpose of furthering breast cancer research.
Breast cancer kills more than 40,000 women and men in the U.S. every year. This heartbreaking disease has taken the lives of far too many of our wives, mothers, sisters, family members, and friends, but with this new coin, we can hopefully raise millions of dollars for research to defeat breast cancer once and for all.
Events in the District
Episcopal School of Dallas’ AP U.S. Government Class
This week, I had the pleasure of visiting the Episcopal School of Dallas’ AP U.S. Government class to share what I do as their Congressman and as Chairman of the House Rules Committee, which is best known for establishing the terms and conditions of debate on the House floor, including most importantly determining the amendments – if any – that are made in order for a vote. Seeing the students engage with North Texas leaders is a testament to why we need to continue fighting for the best possible future for our children and future generations.
Congressman Sessions visiting an AP U.S. Government class at ESD.
National Night Out
On Tuesday night, I participated in the City of Richardson’s 28th Annual National Night Out, a national campaign designed to heighten crime prevention awareness, strengthen police-community partnerships, and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. I visited three different block parties with the Mayor of Richardson Paul Voelker and Richardson Police Chief Jim Spivey. It was a great night of backing the blue and speaking with members in the Richardson community.
On Thursday I was delighted to speak at the SoldierStrong reception in Dallas. This incredible organization has a mission to improve the lives of men and women of the United States Armed Forces through opportunities like scholarships for returning veterans and rehabilitation technology to assist the veterans with recovery. Our nation owes a great debt to our veterans and I will continue to work hard to ensure that my colleagues and I pass common-sense legislation to ensure our veterans and service members are receiving the best possible benefits and care.
Mental Health Awareness Initiative
Earlier this week, I organized a roundtable and facilitated a discussion about the mental health struggles facing the North Texas Community. This discussion originated from concerns brought to me by the Director of the Dallas VA, Dr. Stephen Holt, and the introduction of the Veteran Resource Center’s new Stop One Campaign, a suicide prevention program. I was pleased to sit down with city, state and mental health care communities leaders who have a vested interest in not only stopping the stigma associated with mental health but finding real world solutions. I found the conversation to be very helpful and informative and I look forward to a continued dialogue.
Congressman Sessions with Evelyn Mayfield and Jill Muncy.
Have a great weekend,