This week in Washington, I was very pleased to welcome Special Olympics Texas athletes and advocates to my office during their annual visit to Capitol Hill. I enjoyed learning about the accomplishments of these athletes and sharing with them stories of my son Alex's experiences in Special Olympics track and swimming. Special Olympics offers a great opportunity for individuals with special needs to develop to the best of their abilities, and I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to meet with them each year.
Congressman Pete Sessions with Special Olympics Texas athletes and advocates in his Washington, DC office.
As a member of the Special Olympics Texas President's Advisory Council, I look forward to supporting Special Olympics and continuing to promote policies in Congress that will provide individuals with disabilities with more opportunities to learn, work and achieve.
Yellow Pages Caucus
On Tuesday, I was proud to join my colleagues in launching the Yellow Pages Caucus with a press conference outside of the Capitol. Currently, the Federal government owns and operates hundreds of activities that are commercial in nature and are not inherent to government.
The Yellow Pages Caucus was formed by a group of Members of Congress dedicated to empowering the private sector. The Caucus believes that if an activity is available from a private company found in the Yellow Pages, it should either not be a responsibility of the federal government, or it should be performed by a private firm under contract with the federal government.
Members of the Yellow Pages Caucus are: Congresswoman Diane Black, Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn, Congressman Bill Huizenga, Congressman Tom McClintock, Congressman John Duncan, Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins, Congressman Mike Coffman, Congressman Mo Brooks, Congressman Jeff Duncan, Congressman Richard Hanna, Congresswoman Nan Hayworth, Congressman Kevin Yoder and Congressman Todd Young.
I look forward to supporting legislative initiatives that meet the goals of this caucus, and will continue to update you on our action in Congress to fight for smaller government and a thriving free enterprise system.
On Thursday, the House passed the Stop Trading On Congressional Knowledge (STOCK) Act to increase accountability and transparency in Congress. Since the start of the 112th Congress, House Republicans have taken many legislative actions to restore the American people's confidence in our government, and I am encouraged by this latest achievement in our pursuit.
The House's version of the STOCK Act strengthens and expands the Senate legislation to ensure that it would effectively prevent all government -- Legislative, Executive and Judicial Branch -- officials and their staff from profiting from knowledge gained through their official duties. I am proud to support the STOCK Act and applaud my colleagues' efforts to bring this important legislation to the House floor this week.
Congressional Down Syndrome Caucus
As you may remember from past newsletters, I am a co-chair of the Congressional Down Syndrome Caucus. This month we have launched an exciting new "Featured Person of the Week" series on our Facebook page to highlight the many things individuals with disabilities are accomplishing across the country. If you have a family member or friend with Down syndrome that would like to share their story with us, please send an email with a photo to DSCaucus@gmail.com.