The Hill Report: Week of September 24 - September 28, 2018
As Texans, we see firsthand the stress that the border crisis is placing on our communities. Every day, drugs, gang members, and criminals are allowed to stream across our border undetected, using whatever means necessary to enter our nation, including tunnels, to carry out illicit activities that threaten our families. This week, the House passed my legislation to establish Border Tunnel Task Forces, to ensure the brave men and women tasked with patrolling our border have the necessary resources and information to combat this threat and employ a comprehensive border security approach to finally crack-down on this dangerous loophole. Read more on the Border Tunnel Task Force Act here and watch my remarks from the House floor on this critical legislation.
Additionally, the House passed my bipartisan resolution to urge states to make sure a child's safety is the first priority in child custody cases. Over the last 10 years, 657 children have been murdered by a parent involved in a divorce, separation, custody, visitation, or child support proceeding in the U.S. Even one death of a child is too many, and the fact that several of these were preventable had the family courts been better equipped to handle these extremely sensitive cases is sickening. My resolution will ensure state courts first handle this paramount issue when processing cases, helping to prevent despicable child abuse. I spoke on the House floor about the importance of this resolution, watch here.
This week, the House also passed the Department of Defense Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2019, which included funding for the Department of Defense (DOD) and Labor (DOL), Health and Human Services (HHS), Education, and a continuing resolution to keep the government funded through December 7, 2018. Congress has now funded almost 80 percent of the government for Fiscal Year 2019 through regular order. This package provides our men and women in uniform with a well-deserved 2.6% raise - their largest pay increase in nine years. Additionally, a package of bills to build upon the accomplishments of the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act, was approved by the House this week. Known as Tax Reform 2.0, this locks in the tax-cuts for hardworking Americans to ensure more of your money stays where it belongs, in your pocket. These bills also advance our efforts to support job creators of all sizes, from small businesses to manufacturers shipping their products worldwide who suffered under our archaic tax code, we're making sure America is, and remains, open for business.
Meetings in the District
On Monday, I had the opportunity to meet and talk with representatives from Texas Neurology as well as a patient. During the meeting, they informed me of the great service they are able to provide through the research they conduct at their centers. As an avid healthcare advocate, I look forward to learning more about their efforts.
Congressman Sessions meeting with Dr. El-Feky, Colonel Henry, and David Evans, CEO of Texas Neurology.
Meetings in Washington, D.C.
On Wednesday, I was pleased to host a group of remarkable mothers representing the Domestic Violence Legal Empowerment and Appeals Project (DV LEAP) and the Center for Judicial Excellence. I have had the pleasure over the course of this past year to work with these groups on H.Con.Res. 72, which urges states to ensure that a child’s safety is the first and foremost priority in family court proceedings. Over the last 10 years, more than 650 children have been murdered by a parent involved in these types of bitter proceedings, and it is my hope that states will take this concurrent resolution to heart. We in Congress have a responsibility to ensure the safety of those we represent, and I am glad to have the support of all my colleagues for this commonsense fix to protect our children.
Congressman Sessions meeting with Kathleen Russell, Carol Lynne Morgan, Jacqueline Franchetti, and Greg Laughlin.
Cancer Action Network
This week, I was delighted to meet with friends from the Cancer Action Network to discuss the importance of funding for cancer research. I continuously work with the NIH, FDA, and my colleagues in Congress to support medical research and clinical trials.
Congressman Sessions meeting with Cindy Bedford and Barry Johnson.
Pain Management Best Practices Interagency Task Force
I was honored to speak at the second meeting of the Pain Management Task Force at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, led by my dear friend, Dr. Vanila Singh. Pain and addiction devastates so many American families, and it is critical that we come up with solutions to help patients.
Congressman Sessions speaking before the Pain Management Best Practices Interagency Task Force of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Harvey Supplemental Funding Open House
On Thursday, I was delighted to receive a status update from the Ft. Worth District, Army Corps of Engineers Project Manager for the District Dallas Floodway and Dallas Floodway Extension. Specifically, we discussed how the federal money appropriated will be leveraged to provide for the critical floodway improvements that will protect downtown Dallas and the surrounding areas. We also discussed the Lake Lewisville Safety Modification project and ongoing work being done to strengthen the dam and downstream area, so we can prevent any further issues or damage. As we continue to work together to solve these problems and build out our local infrastructure, I would like to extend my sincere thanks and appreciation to my fellow colleagues in Washington, residents of Texas, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and other officials from the communities downstream for their tremendous team effort and continued diligent work to address these issues.
Congressman Sessions talking about logistics for the Dallas Floodway Extension.
American Macular Degeneration Foundation
As your representative in Washington, I am a champion of retina research in Congress. I consider Dr. Paul Sieving of the NEI and Dr. Francis Collins of the NIH dear friends, and I speak with them often about how Congress can help advance medical research. A leading-edge researcher, Dr. Neena Haider, met with me this week to discuss the ground-breaking work she is doing on precision medicine.
Congressman Sessions meeting with optometrists and researchers.
Have a great weekend,