This week, our nation was shocked by yet another tragedy as a devastating tornado swept through Moore, Oklahoma. I join my fellow Americans in sending my condolences to all who lost loved ones, and I stand with the people of Oklahoma as they work to rebuild their community.
Also this week, North Texas lost a true hero. Stanley Wilson was a firefighter from Station 53, a leader in Boy Scout Troop 890 and an outstanding member of the Lake Highlands community who selflessly put himself in harm's way for the sake of others. I send my thoughts and prayers to Stanley's family and friends during this difficult time. He will be greatly missed.
Town Hall Meetings
Next week, I will be holding two Town Hall Meetings in North Texas during the District Work week. In addition to updating you on my work in Congress, I look forward to hearing your opinions and answering your questions regarding current legislation, the recent IRS scandal, the House's work to get answers about Benghazi and more.
North Dallas/Richardson Town Hall Meeting
Tuesday, May 28th from 7:00 to 8:00 PM
Bank of America Theatre at The Eisemann Center
2351 Performance Drive
Richardson, Texas 75082
Garland, Sachse, Rowlett and Wylie Town Hall Meeting
Wednesday, May 29th from 7:00 to 8:00 PM
Sachse High School Auditorium
3901 Miles Road
Sachse, Texas 75048
I look forward to seeing you there.
Keystone XL Pipeline & Student Loans
As a part of our plan to help get Americans back to work, the House approved a bill to eliminate the need for presidential approval for construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline this week. For more than four years, President Obama has unnecessarily delayed this project that would create tens of thousands of jobs, reduce our dependence on foreign oil, and inject billions into our economy. It's time for the President to stop playing politics and finally allow construction of the pipeline to begin.
On Thursday, the House passed the Smarter Solutions for Students Act of 2013 to remove the government's role in determining student loan interest rates. By tying student loans to market rates instead of short-term political fixes, we can provide long-term predictability to students, borrowers, and taxpayers. I was proud to support this common-sense solution to a government-created problem and will continue to work to ensure that all North Texans have access to quality and affordable education.
Meeting with Constituents
This week, I was pleased to welcome several constituent groups to the Capitol to discuss a variety of issues facing North Texans.
On Tuesday, I met with Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and other city officials to discuss the progress being made on the Trinity River Corridor Project and how we can work together to make life better for the people of Dallas. I also met with Mark Gunder, owner of Sachse-based Heating, Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI), to discuss the impact of government regulations and federal tax policies on North Texas businesses.
Congressman Pete Sessions with Sachse-business owner Mark Gunder
On Thursday, I was delighted to welcome fifth-graders from Lakewood Elementary in Dallas to Washington. I always enjoy visiting with North Texas students and sharing with them the rich history of our nation's capital. If you are planning a trip to Washington, please let me know by calling my DC office at 202.225.2231.
Have a good weekend.