Marc's Memo - April 2016 Updates
As I prepare to return to the DFW Metroplex for the May District Work Period, I want to share a few key highlights from the month of April. Whether I’m ensuring our youth have the tools they need to succeed following high school graduation, working to protect our families from the Zika virus epidemic, celebrating our young local artists, advocating for our service members and veterans, or walking in your shoes during my monthly ‘Marc Means Business’ initiative, I continue to listen and learn on how I can best represent the 33rd Congressional District in Washington, D.C.
As always, I invite you to connect with me through my official website, Facebook page, and Twitter account to stay informed on what I am working on in the district and in D.C. Don’t forget to remind your friends to subscribe to my e-newsletter, so they don’t miss out on any updates on my efforts in Washington and in the DFW Metroplex.
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2016 Teen Summit & Job Fair
Earlier this month, I hosted my annual Teen Summit and Job Fair where over 300 DFW Metroplex high school students learned about the application process for financial aid and scholarships to attend college, the details of joining the military through enlistment and the service academies, and the different career paths students may take after graduating high school.
High school students from across the 33rd Congressional District in Texas listen in as Congressman Marc Veasey, TX-33, provides welcome remarks during his Annual Teen Summit & Job Fair.
Following the panel discussions, Workforce Solutions of Tarrant Country provided helpful tips and interview strategies to prepare students for the on-site job and internship fair with companies located right here in the 33rd Congressional District.
Congressional Art Competition
On Saturday, April 16, 2016, Congressman Veasey honored Jose Resendiz, senior from Everman High School, as the winning artist to represent the Texas’ 33rd Congressional District in the 2016 Congressional Art Competition.
Congressman Marc Veasey, TX-33, and 2016 33rd Congressional District Art Competition winner, Jose Resendiz, pose in front of his winning art piece.
Resendiz’ winning entry, “Rancho Alegre,” will be displayed in the halls of the U.S. Capitol for a year. As the winner of the art competition, Mr. Resendiz is invited to fly to Washington, D.C. in late June to attend the winners’ reception, where he will also be able to see his artwork on display in the U.S. Capitol.
Combating the Zika Epidemic
This month, Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson and I led 8 members of Texas’ Democratic Congressional Delegation in a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan and Congressional Appropriators urging support for emergency supplemental funding to combat the Zika virus within the United States.
The CDC recently announced cuts to state and local Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP), including a 10% cut to the state of Texas, due to Republicans’ refusal to pass supplemental funding. Recently, Republican leadership redirected funds provided to fight Ebola for the purpose of combating the Zika virus.
There are currently more than 300 travel-associated U.S. Zika cases reported to the CDC with the first sexually transmitted Zika case confirmed in Dallas, Texas.
To view the full text of the letter, please click here.
Advocating for our service members and veterans
Each year, the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) is responsible for crafting our nation’s military budget in the best interests of our national security, service members, and veterans. On Wednesday, April 27, 2016, the HASC committee held a 14 hour session to review the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). I was proud to offer amendments that advocated for our immigrant service members and worked to improve care for our veterans.
To read my full statement, please click here.
Making more than a “QuikTrip”
On Friday, April 22, 2016, I joined the QuikTrip team and worked alongside Quik Trip trainer, Emily Krueger, and assisted with checking out customers, cleaning counters and mopping floors, and performing daily duties as assigned.
Congressman Veasey hands a Quik Trip patron their change after Emily Krueger, initial trainer, demonstrated how to ring up customers.
This is my fourth time “on the job” in 2016 as part of my ‘Marc Means Business’ constituent outreach initiative, where I learn first-hand the jobs that exist in the district and the challenges that my residents face at work and in their daily lives.
Please click here to view hi-resolution photos from this month’s work day.
Mark Your Calendar for Upcoming Events
April Congress on Your Corner – THIS SATURDAY!
Join me TOMORROW, Saturday, April 30th for this month’s Congress on Your Corner at the Kroger located at 515 S. MacArthur Boulevard in Irving, Texas.
As part of my monthly listening tour, my Congress on Your Corner events provide an opportunity for DFW Metroplex residents to share their thoughts and ideas on how I can best represent them in Washington, D.C.
When: Saturday, April 30, 2016, 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Where: Kroger - 515 S. MacArthur Blvd., Irving TX 75060
For more information on the upcoming Congress on Your Corner, please contact my district offices at 214-741-1387 or 817-920-9086.
Gear Up for My Hay Health Events!
Every year, I recognize the month of May as “May is Health and Fitness Month” in an effort to encourage healthy, active lifestyle choices. This year, I have scheduled FREE family friendly fitness events in the 33rd Congressional District and in Washington, D.C. to get you and your family moving!
Saturday, May 14, 2016
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
May Health & Fitness Day
Tarrant County College South Campus (track)
5301 Campus Drive
Fort Worth, TX 76119
*FREE mammogram and cervical screenings will be available on-site through the Moncrief Cancer Institute Mobile Clinic! To participate in the FREE health screening during the fitness event, you MUST call 800-405-7739 in advance to schedule your appointment.
Saturday, May 21, 2016
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Dallas County Walk & Fitness Day
Outside of Kiest Recreation Center
3081 South Hampton Road
Dallas, TX 75224
For more information on the upcoming May Health Events in the 33rd Congressional District and in Washington, D.C., please visit: www.veasey.house.gov.
Resources for our Veterans
DFW Veterans are invited to voice their concerns and have their questions answered at a town hall hosted by the Department of Veteran Affairs in May.
When: May 11, 2016, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Where: Fort Worth VA Outpatient Clinic 2201 SE Loop 820 Fort Worth, TX 76119
Attorneys will provide free legal counsel and advice for veterans to resolve outstanding City of Dallas traffic tickets.
When: May 20, 2016, 11 A.M.
Where: UNT Dallas College of Law, 1901 Main Street, Dallas, TX, 75201