The Hill Report: Week of September 4 8, 2017
We have seen an immense amount of compassion, kindness, and bravery in this past week as countless volunteers and fellow Americans have joined together to help our neighbors in Texas and Louisiana recover from the devastation of Hurricane Harvey. I am immensely proud of my fellow Texans and Americans who have come together to address the needs of our nation and support our neighbors. This was a once in 500 year storm that will forever leave a mark on our communities. While this is still a fresh memory, our neighbors in Florida are bracing for two more storms that could potentially be as devastating, if not more devastating, than Harvey. With these natural catastrophes looming, it is even more imperative that we provide the resources necessary to ensure FEMA has what they need to help all who will be impacted by this storm. Although this is just a first step, it is a critical step. Thousands of Americans have been impacted by Harvey and unfortunately, thousands will feel the devastation ofthe storms quickly approaching our shore. I voted for the package today because I believe it will provide necessary relief and resources to help our fellow Americans as they face an extraordinarily difficult time.
Meetings with Texans
As the proud father of a St. Mark's School of Texas graduate, it is always wonderful to see my son’s classmates grow up and learn about their success. Yesterday I was delighted to welcome Emmanuel Acho to the Capitol to learn about his efforts to help VICIS, a company that develops impact reducing football helmets for the NFL, college, and youth football. Their multilayer design mitigates linear and rotational impact forces, and VICIS is exploring applications for their helmets beyond athletics. Recently, more and more stories have come out shedding light on the long term implications of football injuries and the severe effects that they have had on hundreds of players. These helmets will help protect these players while still allowing them to play to the best of their ability. It was wonderful to hear from Emmanuel as well as themother of a pro football player who both want to protect players from the risk of concussion.
Congressman Sessions meeting with Emmanuel Acho and members ofthe VICIS team to discuss innovation in football helmet technology
National Air Traffic Controllers Association
This week I was delighted to meet with the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) to discuss Air Traffic Controller (ATC) staffing issues and the 21st Century AIRR Act. Controller staffing levels have reached a critical issue as more and more ATC's are now at the mandatory retirement age and do not have a viable replacement to fill their position. This issue, combined with our outdated and antiquated national air transportation system, has placed our nation at a large competitive disadvantage when compared to other countries. Simply put, the FAA’s bureaucratic structure is failing atthe expense of our country’s commercial air travel network and it is time to fix these issues with smart policy.
Congressman Sessions with members of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA)
American Petroleum Institute
On Thursday I was delighted to speak at the American Petroleum Institute with representatives from various parts of our nation's energy sector. We discussed a number of critical policy issues including the Fall congressional agenda, tax reform, rolling back Obama-era regulatory red tape, and ways in which the private sector and government can work together to reduce energy and gas prices for the average America. As Congress continues to work on the policies that will define the 115th Congress, it remains imperative that we continue to support this vital national industry, promote American energy, and ensure the American people have the resources they need to power our country.
Congressman Sessions meets with members of the American Petroleum Institute (API) about the upcoming fall legislative agenda
Mobile Office Hours
In order to provide my constituents with the opportunity to meet with my staff in an area most convenient for them, I am pleased to hold preset office hours in four areas throughout the District. During mobile office hours, my staff can assist you with Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Veterans Affairs (VA), U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services and Internal Revenue Service as well as acquiring flags flown over the U.S. Capitol and several other constituent services.
Appointments are not necessary. Below is the September schedule, to learn more or if you would prefer to set up a pre-arranged time to meet, please call my District Office at972.392.0505.
City of Sachse
Date: Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Sachse City Hall
City of Wylie
Date:Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
LocationWylie City Hall
City of Garland
Date: Monday, September 25, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM 5:00 PM
Location: Garland City Hall
City of Rowlett
Date: September 25, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Rowlett City Hall