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Congressman Marc Veasey

Representing the 33rd District of Texas

Marc's Memo - February 2017 Updates

Mar 6, 2017
Marc's Memo - E-Newsletter

Dear Friends,

The month of February marked Black History Month. We took time to pause and honor our origins and the many contributions made by the African-American community. We also recommitted ourselves to remembering those who came before us and the work that remains to be done to ensure the pursuit of life, liberty, and happiness is guaranteed to every American.

In this month’s issue of ‘Marc’s Memo,’ you’ll get a first-hand look at the work I’ve been doing across the DFW Metroplex and in Washington, D.C. to blaze a path forward for our community and to shed light on the long journey to Texas for Bothina Matar and Tamam Al Sharaa, two Syrian refugees seeking peace in their new home.

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.

Sincerely,

Marc Veasey
Member of Congress

Black History Month

During the month of February, we celebrated Black History Month. Together, we took the time to highlight the diverse voices of the African American community and their contributions to our nation’s history.

To watch my video commemorating Black History Month, please click here.

African Americans in the Energy Industry

In observation of Black History Month, I hosted a panel entitled, “Closing the Gap: African Americans in Energy” to discuss the challenges and opportunities for African Americans in the growing energy sector.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are now approximately 5 million job openings in the U.S., the most in more than a decade. However, many businesses are unable to find qualified workers to fill the positions that they have available. Energy jobs are in high demand and it is predicted that 1.3 million jobs will be available by 2035. Despite this growth, African Americans remain underrepresented in the industry.

During the panel, we heard from expert panelists about the challenges Africans Americans face in the energy sector and how we can work to increase diversity in this crucial field.

To view the discussion, go to my Facebook video page.

Taking a Shift at Local Black-Owned Business

This month, I worked alongside the black-owned business, Kemp & Sons General Services, for my February ‘Marc Means Business.’ I took the morning shift and worked alongside Lorena, who has been with Kemp & Sons for 11 years, to clean the VA Outpatient Clinic in Fort Worth.

Kemp & Sons General Services is a successful business that has grown to serve nearly $22 million in contracts in Texas and Alabama for airports, corporate office buildings, healthcare facilities, municipalities and more while employing more than 200 workers.

Since the launch of “Marc Means Business” in March 2014, I have worked at 35 small and large businesses across the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. This monthly constituent outreach series connects me with 33rd Congressional District residents at their place of employment to better understand the challenges they face in their work and daily lives.

Congressman Marc Veasey sweeps the floor of the VA Outpatient Clinic during his shift at Kemp & Sons General Services.

To invite me to work a shift at your place of business, please contact my District Director, Anne Hagan, via email at anne.hagan@mail.house.gov.

Welcoming You to Our New Fort Worth Office

It was a pleasure meeting so many of you at the open house of my new Fort Worth Office on Saturday, February 11.  I am grateful to have the opportunity to answer your questions, listen to your feedback and provide you more information about the services our office can provide to you.

Congressman Marc Veasey welcomes DFW Metroplex residents to his new Fort Worth District office during his open house event.

Congressman Veasey greets a 33rd Congressional District resident in his new Fort Worth District office.

If you missed out on the event, feel free to stop by Monday through Friday during business hours to check out our new home in Fort Worth.

“Coffee with Your Congressman”

I was pleased to meet so many 33rd Congressional District residents during my last ‘Coffee with Your Congressman’ at Tia Dora’s in Dallas. I take great pride in meeting each and every one of you, as you play a critical role in our country’s democracy.

Congressman Veasey answers questions on current legislation and other issues that affect 33rd Congressional District residents.

Congressman Veasey listens to DFW Metroplex residents during his ‘Coffee with Your Congressman’ at Tia Dora’s in Dallas, Texas.

To keep up-to-date on future events, please stay tuned on my official website. I hope to see you at my next event! 

Welcoming Syrian Refugees as my Joint Address Guests

President Trump has been the “Divider in Chief” as he continues to use divisive and dangerous language to paint an untrue picture of immigrants and refugees in this country. That is why I was proud to invite Bothina Matar and Tamam Al Sharaa to Washington, D.C. to be my guests for the President’s joint session address to detail the positive contributions refugees make in their adopted home.

Congressman Marc Veasey meets with Syrian refugees, Bothina Matar and Tamam Al Sharaa,  to learn more about their long journey from Syria to Dallas, Texas, prior to the joint session of Congress.

As President Trump continued calls for an unconstitutional travel and refugee ban, my guest Bothina Matar listened in the gallery. Despite Trump’s claims that our refugee vetting process needs serious reevaluation, Bothina and her family can attest to the significant security measures they passed before they were allowed to finally resettle their family in the United States.

As President Trump implements a new travel ban effective on March 16, please rest assured that I will continue to be a voice for immigrants, no matter their faith.

Calling all TX33 High School Students!

My office is now accepting submissions to compete in my 4th Annual Congressional Art Competition! This competition is open to any high school student who resides in Congressional District 33. The winning artist will receive a round trip flight to Washington, D.C., to see their artwork in the U.S. Capitol, where it will be on display for one year. Submissions are due April 5, 2017. Details on how to enter can be found on my website.

Congressional Youth Advisory Council

In an effort to promote community engagement, develop student leadership and engage our youth in issues affecting the DFW Metroplex, our office is now accepting Congressional Youth Advisory Council (CYAC) applicants for the 2017 Fall Semester! Deadline to submit application is April 10, 2017. For more information on how to apply, please visit my website.