Marc's Memo - January 2016 Updates
I hit the ground running when Congress returned for the second session of the 114th Congress. January proved another busy month in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex and in Washington, D.C. Take a moment to see how I spent the month fighting for women’s reproductive healthcare, hosting Gloria Fuentes, a CD33 business owner, for this year’s State of the Union address, and recognizing the talented students who won this year’s Congressional App Challenge.
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 fellow community members 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
Fighting for Women’s Healthcare in Texas and Beyond
On January 5th, 2016, I was proud to join my colleagues, Representatives DeGette, Slaughter, and Chu, along with Senators Murray and Blumenthal, in filing an amicus brief in support of Whole Woman’s Health v. Cole urging the Supreme Court to strike down HB2, Texas’ anti-abortion law. For decades, the Supreme Court has affirmed that the U.S. Constitution protects every woman's right to make her own healthcare decisions in consultation with her physician and her family. If the courts allow this dangerous law to stand, an insurmountable barrier to access would be created, which is why my colleagues and I are committed to continuing the fight for women’s rights across Texas and the nation.
CD33 Business Owner Joins Me as State of the Union Guest
I was honored to have CD33 business owner, Gloria Fuentes, join me as my guest during this year’s State of the Union Address. As a proud owner of Gloria’s Latin Cuisine, a growing restaurant chain with 15 locations across Texas, Gloria is one of the approximately 34,000 Hispanic business owners and 64,000 female business owners in Dallas County. Gloria’s story exemplifies that with the right support and access to resources, women and immigrant entrepreneurs can both follow their passion and provide for their families. As a Member of Congress, I will continue to fight for the resources that small business owners need, so they can also find the success that Gloria did.
Caption: Gloria Fuentes shares with Congressman Veasey about the late nights she worked when she first opened the original Gloria’s Restaurant in Oak Cliff.
Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King’s Life with Continued Action
The third Monday of every year, we recognize the life of one of the most inspiring leaders of our time, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Although, Dr. King is best known for his 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech, he dedicated his life to fighting for equality and justice for all long before he spoke in front of the Lincoln Memorial. From protecting the right to vote to ending discrimination in our criminal justice system, we can best honor Dr. King’s life by answering his call to action and ensuring that no matter the color of one’s skin, all are given a fair chance to fulfill their goals and dreams.
Learning Firsthand about the Business Aviation Industry
On Wednesday, January 28th, I joined the hard-working furniture assembly team at Gulfstream Aerospace for my first ‘Marc Means Business’ workday of 2016. During my workday, I sanded wood for conference tables, assembled furniture, and learned firsthand about the business aviation industry.
Caption: Master Craftsman Roger supervises Congressman Veasey as he assembles a conference table that will be installed in one of Gulfstream’s G280 aircraft.
Do you have suggestions for my next ‘Marc Means Business’ workday? Please feel free to contact my district offices at 817-920-9086 or 214-741-1387.
Dallas Students Recognized During Congressional App Challenge Reception
I was excited to announce the winners of this year’s Congressional App Challenge during a reception at El Centro College. Townview School of Business and Management students, Raymond Hernandez, Cesar Escobedo and Lisette Benavides composed the winning “Dark Matter” team that created the innovative app, “Accountability Tracker”. The app was developed to help other students establish and track personal and professional goals. Hosting the competition is part of my ongoing effort to encourage more young people to develop skills in the STEM fields, so they can be prepared to meet the needs of the 21st century economy.
Caption: Congressman Veasey honored Townview School of Business Management students during the second annual Congressional App Challenge reception.
Resources for North Texas Residents Affected by Devastating Tornadoes
My thoughts remain with the North Texas families affected by tornadoes during the holiday season. Below are some resources available for residents that are still recovering and need further assistance.
Need help?: A Disaster Distress Helpline is now available to North Texas tornado victims.
The State Bar of Texas is offering a bilingual, toll-free hotline for low-income residents who have insurance questions or need assistance with misplaced loan and housing documents and other related problems. Call 1-800-504-7030 to find a provider in the area. Questions can be answered in English and Spanish. More information, texaslawhelp.org.
For CD33 residents who would like to donate to help those in need, please visit:
1. The American Red Cross
4. Mercury One
Save the Date
Future Forum – Friday, February 5, 2016
Join me and my special guests Congressman Eric Swalwell (CA-15) and Congressman Ruben Gallego (AZ-7) for the second stop of Future Forum's 2016 listening tour to voice YOUR thoughts on how Congress can support millennials and future generations of Americans during TWO town halls in Dallas and Fort Worth.
Friday, February 5th, 2016
STUDENT TOWN HALL
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Tarrant County College - South Campus
Center of Excellence for Energy Technology
5301 Campus Drive, Fort Worth, Texas, 76119
Friday, February 5th, 2016
ENTREPRENEUR TOWN HALL
4:00 - 5:30 PM
Dallas Entrepreneur Center
311 N. Market Street #200, Dallas, Texas, 75202
For more information call 214-741-1387 or 817-920-9086
For more information on Future Forum, visit: Future Forum's Medium page
Additional Resources for #TX33 residents
Veterans Bankruptcy Clinic
Attorneys will provide free legal counsel and advice for bankruptcy and consumer rights to low income, disabled, unemployed, or homeless Veterans. Veterans MUST REGISTER ON-LINE PRIOR TO THE CLINIC AT METROPLEX.VETERANSLEGALSERVICES.US and bring DD 214 form or VA ID card.
Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016
2711 N. Haskell Avenue
Dallas, TX 75204
LatinoCLD & Mexican Consulate Launch DACA Cultural Exchange Program
The DACA Cultural Exchange Program is open to immigrant students of Mexican origin currently studying or who have recently graduated from a U.S. college or university and who have received deferred action under the Differed Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The summer abroad program seeks to provide students an opportunity to learn about Mexican history and Mexico-US relations through courses offered in Spanish during a five-week session at El Colegio de Mexico (COLMEX), a highly prestigious academic institution in Mexico City that has international recognition, accredited by Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnologia (CONACYT).The program begins on June 6, 2016 and ends on July 8, 2016.
Application Deadline: February 15, 2016 at 11:59PM - To learn more visit: Latinocld.com/DACA