Marc's Memo - August 2016 Updates
During the month of August I have had the opportunity to meet many of you and listen to your concerns as I hosted my Dallas and Tarrant County town halls. It is important to hear directly from you on how the policies enacted in Washington, D.C. directly affect our community.
As Congress reconvenes in September it is my hope that House Republicans come together with Democrats in an effort to ensure the health and safety of our children by passing a bipartisan funding bill that would help fight the Zika virus and to restore full access to the ballot box for all Americans by renewing and strengthening the Voting Rights Act.
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 Metroplex.
Member of Congress
August Town Halls
Town hall meetings offer a valuable and unique perspective on how I can best represent the 33rd Congressional District in Washington, D.C. During the August District Work Period, I hosted two town hall meetings in the DFW Metroplex to update residents on the work that I’m doing in our nation’s capital and legislation I recently introduced, and answer questions about the upcoming issues the House will address upon our return in September.
August 16, 2016 — During the Tarrant County Town Hall, Congressman Veasey listens as a DFW resident inquires about the requirements for veterans enrolling Medicare and TRICARE.
August 18, 2018 — During the Dallas County Town Hall, Congressman Veasey answers a DFW resident’s question regarding home loans.
Residents shared a wide array of concerns regarding community policing, closing the education gap for our children, and the recent ruling on the Texas voter ID law and its direct effect in the November elections.
Fixing the financial aid process for U.S. citizen children
Most of the Metroplex’s kids are now back in school. While this can be a joyous time for some families, it may also be stressful. How can families secure the financial means to allow their son or daughter to achieve their higher education dreams? For some, applying for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) may be the only way to ensure their child is able to attend a college or university. However, some U.S. citizen children attempting to apply for the FAFSA program encounter unnecessary obstacles when they come from a mixed immigration status family.
In my timely opinion piece featured in the Sunday edition of the Fort Worth Star Telegram, I discuss how the Department of Education creates unnecessary obstacles for U.S. citizen children who are attempting to apply to the FAFSA program and how the introduction of my Fairness in Financial Aid Act would remove those barriers.
To read my piece, please click here.
August ‘Marc Means Business’
This month, as part of my ‘Marc Means Business’ constituent outreach initiative, I worked with R.D. Howard LLC, a Fort Worth black-owned construction company that does commercial contracting, construction management and project management in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana. I had the unique opportunity to work on their latest project, constructing a new parking garage to house approximately 4,000 cars in Terminal E of Dallas Fort-Worth International Airport.
August 30, 2016 – Congressman Marc Veasey running PT cables inside a beam that will be erected in the new Terminal E parking garage at Dallas Fort-Worth International Airport.
Since March 2014, I have worked at over 30 large and small businesses throughout the DFW Metroplex so that I can experience and understand the challenges businesses owners and employees face on a daily basis.
TEX Rail Groundbreaking
The DFW Metroplex is home to one of the largest airports in the nation which serves as a vital job and economic engine for our community. That is why I was proud to join our community at the TEX Rail groundbreaking event. The TEX Rail project will connect downtown Fort Worth to Dallas Fort Worth International Airport. This much needed transit solution will increase mobility for thousands of DFW residents and visitors.
August 24, 2016—Congressman Veasey participates in the groundbreaking ceremony for the TEX rail project.
I invite you to join me at a wide variety of events I will be hosting in the next few months. For more information on District events, please visit: www.veasey.house.gov.
Fort Worth Senior Event
Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Eugene McCray Senior Center
4932 Wilbarger Street
Fort Worth, Texas 76119
8:30 AM – 12:30 PM CT
Dallas Senior Event
Friday, October 7, 2016
Residence at the Oaks
2740 Duncanville Road
Dallas, Texas 75211
8:30 AM – 12:30 PM CT
Congressional Veteran Commendation & Veteran Town Hall
Thursday, November 10, 2016
American Legion Post 838
1250 Mansfield Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76104
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM CT
Annual Job Fair
Friday, November 18, 2016
Mountain View College - Gymnasium
4849 W. Illinois Ave
Dallas, Texas 75211
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM CT