The Hill Report: Week of October 8 - October 13, 2018
As the Co-Chairman of the Congressional Down Syndrome Caucus, I am proud of the strides we have made to better the lives of disabled individuals, their families, and caregivers. One of the greatest honors in my career was The Dylan Lee James Family Opportunity Act, which was signed into law in 2006, to give states the option to create a Medicaid “buy in” for families of children with disabilities whose family income or resources were up to 300% of federal poverty level. In addition, after six long years of working with my colleagues, organizations, and families across the country, in December 2014 we also passed the ABLE Act. This nearly decade-long legislative effort has allowed families who have a child with a disability to save for their long-term care through 529-style savings accounts. These two landmark pieces of legislation are two major victories for the disability community and I am so proud that I was able to be a part of these efforts.
Last year, I was also fortunate to have had the opportunity to testify before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies as a father, as a Member of Congress, and as a fierce advocate for the disability community to discuss why I believe research in this area is critical to helping the disability community and providing them with every resource to give them the best quality of life possible.
My son, Alex, is a hardworking, fun-loving, and accomplished young man who also has Down Syndrome. Every day, he shows me and those who know him that his abilities far outnumber his disability. While we have made immense strides, we still have more work to do especially in the area of research and advocacy. As your Member of Congress, I am honored to be able to help individuals with disabilities, like Alex, have the opportunities they need and deserve to succeed.
Events in the District
North Texas Crime Commission (NTCC)
On Thursday morning, I was delighted to once again join my friends with the NTCC for their monthly breakfast. Everyday, the men and women who work in law enforcement get up and place themselves in harms way in order to protect our communities. They deserve our respect and support, and I am always proud to stand in solidarity with them.
Congressman Sessions with Commissioner Rob Kyker.
Walk to End Alzheimer’s
On Saturday morning, I participated in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. This yearly event is a meaningful gathering of folks who walk in honor of someone special in their life who may have been impacted by Alzheimer’s. In addition to walking in honor of a loved one, this is a walk in support of finding a cure in our lifetime for this disease. My job as a Member of Congress is not only to represent those in our community, but also to understand their needs. It was a delight to speak about my personal connection with Alzheimer’s and join in the fight to find a cure.
Congressman Sessions participating in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s.
Medal of Honor Foundation AFS Award Luncheon
It was a true honor to serve as the Honorary Host at the Medal of Honor Foundation’s Tribute to Valor Luncheon. Every year, this luncheon brings together members of the American military’s most exclusive fraternity, the living men who have been awarded the Medal of Honor. It is a truly humbling experience to be around so many of our nation’s heroes, and an incredible honor to be asked to help pay tribute to them and the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice and were not able to make it home.
Congressman Sessions at the Medal of Honor Foundation’s Tribute to Valor Luncheon.
Rise School Roundup
On Friday evening, I attended the Rise Roundup celebrating the 20th anniversary of The Ashford Rise School of Dallas & the TouchDown Club of Dallas. The Rise School Dallas provides the highest quality of early childhood education services to children with Down Syndrome and other developmental disabilities and to children without disabilities in an inclusive classroom setting. As the father of a son with Down Syndrome, I greatly appreciate the amazing work of the Ashford Rise School of Dallas and the The TouchDown Club of Dallas.
Congressman Sessions speaking at the 20th anniversary of The Ashford Rise School of Dallas & the TouchDown Club of Dallas.
Dallas Bathukamma & Dasara Sambarlu 2018
On Saturday evening, I attended the Dallas Bathukamma and Dasara Sambarlu 2018 celebration put on by the Telangana Peoples Association of Dallas. This family festival celebrated the rich Telangana culture as well as honoring charitable community members.
Have a great week,