The Hill Report: Week of October 29 - November 2, 2018
This November, we recognize the sacrifices made by the families of our men and women in uniform as we observe Military Family Month. As the son of an Air Force veteran, I have seen the many difficulties faced by the selfless families of our military members. From small things like a missed birthday or holiday, to the constant concern for a loved ones’ safety, the families back home supporting our troops truly are serving our nation. We can never do enough to repay our brave patriots and they deserve our deepest appreciation and respect. This is why I have continuously backed legislation to provide our troops, and their families, the support they need. Most recently, I voted in support of the Department of Defense Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2019, which will provide our war fighters with a 2.6% raise – their largest pay increase in nine years – and supports our military families by including $34.4 billion for the Defense Health Program. Our service members and their families make daily sacrifices that the rest of us cannot begin to comprehend, all to the benefit of our way of life and our cherished freedom. Join me in thanking our military families this month.
Mental Health Breakfast
On Tuesday morning, I was honored to speak at a breakfast hosted by my dear friend, Dr. Carla Russo, about the importance of suicide prevention and mental health awareness. I was glad to see other community leaders who have a vested interest in not only stopping the stigma associated with mental health but finding real world solutions. As your representative, I have been actively engaged with several mental health professionals from North Texas, I have been in touch with leadership at the Dallas VA, and I have hosted two round table discussions to help address the needs of those living with mental illness. I look forward to continuing discussions with my colleagues to find solutions to improve mental health care and delivery of services to those in need.
Congressman Sessions with Dr. Carla Russo.
North Texas Crime Commission Gala
On Tuesday evening,
Congressman Sessions speaking at the North Texas Crime Commission Gala.
On Thursday morning, I was delighted to visit with my friends at the UPS Dallas facility. It was great to talk with the drivers and support workers who ensure the on-time deliveries across North Texas that keep our economy and our country moving forward. During our conversations, I was struck by how our booming economy translates into more work, more jobs, and more opportunity for these hard-working men and women, and I could not be more proud of Republicans' work in Congress to ensure continued success and economic growth right here in North Texas.
Congressman Sessions visiting the UPS Dallas Facility.
Benjamin Waggoner Eagle Scout Presentation
As a proud Eagle Scout, I was honored to attend the Eagle Scout Presentation of Benjamin Waggoner at Lake Highland United Methodist Church this week. I am so proud to see individuals, like Benjamin, overcome such tremendous challenges and achieve this prestigious award. For his Eagle Scout project, he raised funds and built a Frisbee golf course at a camp that specializes in helping children with unique medical and physical challenges. Again, I was pleased to meet with this bright young leader and I applaud his commitment to service, loyalty to his country, and dedication to the values of scouting.
Congressman Sessions with Benjamin Waggoner at his Eagle Scout Presentation.
Friends of Dallas Police 2018 Awards Banquet
This week I was glad to meet with the men and women who selflessly serve and protect our community day in and day out. Over the summer, I also had the opportunity to visit the Dallas Police Department (DPD) Fusion Center to better understand our local law enforcement's efforts to detect and analyze criminal activity. Our police officers are the cornerstone of our communities and I will continue to protect them just as they protect us.
Congressman Sessions with Officer Mike Williams at the Friends of Dallas Police 2018 Awards Banquet.
Have a great weekend,