114th Congress House Republican Texas
Last Updated on: 06/29/15  

Rep. Pete Sessions

(R) TX     DISTRICT 32

Rep. Pete Sessions
80%
HOUSE REPUBLICAN AVERAGE
68%

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Rep. Sessions Lifetime Average: 71%

VOTES (17 of 21)

TITLE DESCRIPTION HA POSITION REP POSITION
KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE ACT The 1,200 mile pipeline, which enjoys broad bipartisan support, would transport 380,000 barrels of oil daily from Alberta, Canada to the Gulf Coast and would create an estimated 15,000 jobs. The State Department conducted numerous reviews of the project's environmental impacts on soil, wetlands, water resources, vegetation, fish, wildlife, and endangered species and repeatedly confirmed it would be safe.
Amnesty-Stopping DHS Appropriations Bill When President Obama took action to, as he said "change the law", the outcry from Congress was widespread. Republicans and Democrats alike took issue with the President on the process and the policy. The half-measures and strongly worded statements that followed have been insufficient given the magnitude of the challenge. The only way Congress can retain its constitutional authority — and fight for hardworking Americans all across the country — is to swiftly deny funding and resources for the program.
NO TAXPAYER FUNDING FOR ABORTION The House voted on the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2015 (H.R. 7). The bill, sponsored by Rep. Christopher Smith (R-NJ), would establish a permanent, government-wide prohibition on federal taxpayer funding of abortion and health benefits plans that include coverage of abortion, as well as prevent federal tax dollars from being entangled in abortion coverage under Obamacare.
FULL REPEAL OF OBAMACARE This vote would fully repeal of Obamacare. This is an important, but not sufficient vote: it forms the beginning of a multi-month effort that should culminate with the House and Senate using the reconciliation process to send a bill that fully repeals Obamacare to the President’s desk.
DHS FUNDING BILL AS AMENDED BY THE SENATE The House voted on the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act (H.R. 240), as amended by the Senate. The Senate amendment, offered by Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) removed essential language included by the House. As amended, H.R. 240 does nothing to prevent the President Obama's unconstitutional amnesty.
AMTRAK REAUTHORIZATION Introduced by Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA), Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Rep. Jeffrey Denham (R-CA), and Rep. Michael Capuano (D-MA), the Passenger Rail Reform and Investment Act of 2015 (H.R. 749) authorizes $7.2 billion in spending for Amtrak and other rail programs through 2019 and claims to make numerous reforms, though those reforms are suspect.
TABLE SENATE AMENDMENT TO DHS FUNDING The House voted to table the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act (H.R. 240), as amended by the Senate, after the bill had been brought to the floor via House Rule 22. The Senate amendment, offered by Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) removed essential language included by the House. As amended, H.R. 240 does nothing to prevent the President Obama's unconstitutional amnesty. A vote against tabling the bill was an affirmative vote in favor of the legislation.
RE-AUTHORIZE DISCRIMINATORY HOUSING PRACTICES IN HAWAII The House voted on the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Reauthorization Act of 2015 (H.R. 360). Introduced by Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM), the bill would reauthorize the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act of 1996. In doing so, it would re-authorize the discriminatory housing policies implemented in Hawaii by the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands.
RSC BLUEPRINT FOR A BALANCED BUDGET The House voted on the Fiscal Year 2016 Budget offered by the Republican Study Committee. The RSC's Blueprint for a Balanced Budget, introduced by Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-IN) and Rep. Bill Flores (R-TX), would balance in six years, reduce non-defense discretionary spending, reestablish national defense spending to support the military, repeal and replace Obamacare, reform Medicare and Medicaid, safeguard Social Security, and enact pro-growth tax reform.
$500 BILLION DOC FIX DEAL The House voted on the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (H.R. 2). The bill, negotiated by Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) and Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), would permanently repeal Medicare's Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) while making some small-scale reforms to the entitlement program and extending other programs such as the Clinton-era Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The package will likely increase America's debt by $500 billion over the next two decades.
DEATH TAX REPEAL ACT This bill would repeal the estate and generation-skipping transfer taxes, as well as cut the top gift tax rate. Collectively, these measures repeal the pernicious double tax known as the “death tax,” and result in a tax cut of $269 billion over 10 years, according to the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT).
KING AMENDMENT TO STOP DAVIS-BACON An amendment offered by Steve King (R-IA) to the FY16 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act (H.R. 2029). The amendment would prohibit any funds in the Act from being used to carry out Davis-Bacon wage requirements.
HICE AMENDMENT TO STOP ABUSES OF “OFFICIAL TIME” The amendment would prohibit any funds in the act from going to pay federal employees for union activities.
HUDSON AMENDMENT TO TAKE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY SPENDING DOWN TO 2008 LEVELS The amendment would take spending back to pre-stimulus FY 2008 levels with an across the board cut of 11.2 percent. The cuts would not apply to defense accounts.
DISAPPROVAL RESOLUTION OF DC’S ABORTION BILL The House is voted on a disapproval resolution (H.J. Res. 43) related to the Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act of 2014, which was passed by the District of Columbia Council in January. Introduced by Diane Black (R-TN), the resolution would ensure pro-life individuals and organizations in the District of Columbia would not be forced to violate their religious beliefs or organizational missions.
PAIN-CAPABLE UNBORN CHILD PROTECTION ACT This legislation will protect unborn children by preventing abortions five months after fertilization, at which time scientific evidence suggests the child can feel pain.
REMOVE AMNESTY FROM NDAA Introduced by Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) and 31 additional members, the amendment would strip language added to the Nation Defense Authorization Act during the committee markup by Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) that would encourage the Pentagon to consider allowing deferred action for child arrivals (DACA) recipients to enlist in the military.
REDUCE NUMBER OF AIRCRAFT CARRIERS Introduced by Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO), the amendment would reduce “from 11 to 10 the statutory requirement for the number of operational carriers that the U.S. Navy must have.”
MCCLINTOCK AMENDMENT TO ELIMINATE ESSENTIAL AIR SERVICES PROGRAM An amendment offered by Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA) to the FY 16 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act (H.R. 2577) would save $155 million by eliminating funding for the Essential Air Services (EAS) program.
TRANSPORTATION, HOUSING, URBAN DEVELOPMENT APPROPRIATIONS The House will vote on the FY16 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act (H.R. 2577). The bill, commonly referred to at T-HUD, provides $55.3 billion in discretionary budget authority, which is a $1.5 billion increase above the current funding.
TRADE ADJUSTMENT ASSISTANCE H.R. 1314 combines President Obama’s request for fast track authority or Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) with a stimulus-level extension of the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program. The vote for this bill was spilt into two parts, one on TAA, and the other on TPA.
TRADE PROMOTIONAL AUTHORITY H.R. 1314 combines President Obama’s request for fast track authority or Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) with a stimulus-level extension of the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program. The vote for this bill was spilt into two parts, one on TAA and the other on TPA.
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CO-SPONSORSHIPS (1 of 2)

TITLE DESCRIPTION HA POSITION REP POSITION
END THE EXPORT/IMPORT BANK The U.S. Export-Import Bank’s charter is scheduled to expire on June 30, 2015, at which point the taxpayer-backed bank will begin winding down its operations. Because there is no House vote scheduled before the bank’s expiration, Heritage Action will reward members publicly opposed to the bank’s reauthorization with a favorable key vote on the legislative scorecard.
THE FIRST AMENDMENT DEFENSE ACT The First Amendment Defense Act (H.R. 2802), introduced by Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID), would prevent the federal government from discriminating against any individual or group, whether nonprofit or for-profit, based on their beliefs that marriage is the union of a man and woman or that sexual relations are reserved for marriage. That protection would extend to tax policy, employment, licensing, accreditation, contracting and grants.
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