Marc’s Memo – November 2016 Updates
This month we reaffirmed our commitment to our nation’s men and women in uniform who bravely place their lives on the line to fight for the liberties we enjoy every day. I had the opportunity to honor local veterans for their sacrifices during my annual Veterans Town Hall and also introduced legislation to make sure our veterans, service members, and their families have the resources they need when making important financial decisions. It is our duty to ensure that our veterans are treated with the utmost dignity and respect not only on Veterans Day but throughout the year.
In this month’s issue of Marc’s Memo, take a moment to see how I’ve been working hard to support our nation’s veterans, hosted a panel to discuss how the first general election post Shelby v. Holder shaped a new era of voter suppression, where I clocked-in for this month’s ‘Marc Means Business’ work day, and how I continue to be a voice for our community in our nation’s capital.
As we march on to the month of December, there is still plenty of work to accomplish including funding the government, passing the National Defense Authorization Act, and the continuing fight to protect our nation’s hardworking families.
As always, I invite you to connect with me through my official website, Facebook page, and on Twitter @RepVeasey 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.
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Honoring Our Veterans
On Thursday, November 10th, I had the honor of presenting Mr. George Padilla with medals he earned during his service in Korea from 1967 – 1970. Mr. Padilla also accepted medals earned by his grandfather, Mr. Jose Padilla, while serving as military police with the United States Army from 1917-1918.
Congressman Veasey presented Mr. George Padilla with restored medals that he earned during his service and the medals his grandfather Mr. Jose Padilla earned for his service in the Army during WWI.
Congressman Marc Veasey poses with Ms. Rayella Boyd who accepted restored medals on behalf of her father, Mr. Cato Christopher Delley.
Later that evening, I hosted my annual Veterans Town Hall where I heard your thoughts and concerns about how I can best represent America's veterans in Congress. In addition, I had the honor of presenting Mr. Miguel Angel Buendia, Mr. Steven Nickolas Gonzalez, and Mr. Jason Simmons with the 2016 Congressional Veteran Commendation (CVC) for their service.
(Left to Right) The 2016 CVC Awardees, Mr. Steven Nickolas Gonzalez, Mr. Miguel Angel Buendia, and Mr. Jason Simmons, listen to Congressman Veasey’s welcome remarks before the award ceremony.
Helping Veterans Buy Homes
This month I introduced H.R. 6320, the Give Veterans Home Loan Choices Act, to ensure our nation’s veterans are provided all the loan options available to them so that they can make a well informed decision when selecting a home loan for their families.
The Give Veterans Home Loan Choices Act would guarantee veteran borrowers are provided with a written comparison between the Veterans Affairs Loan Program, Federal Housing Administration (FHA) Loan, and conventional loan options.
Bringing Job Opportunities to the DFW Metroplex
On November 18, 2015, over 500 job seekers from the DFW Metroplex joined me for my 4th Annual 33rd Congressional District Job fair. Attendees met face-to-face with 95+ actively hiring companies and took advantage of the free workshops hosted by Workforce Solutions of Greater Dallas to assist job seekers in marketing their skills as they look for new career opportunities.
Job fair attendees updated their resumes and had the opportunity to apply for jobs at the Internet Café hosted by Workforce Solutions of Greater Dallas.
Clocking in at Joe’s Coffee Shop
As part of my November “Marc Means Business” initiative, I rolled-up my sleeves to assist Joe’s Coffee Shop, a local Irving eatery, as they prepared all of the Thanksgiving holiday pie orders, greeted and served customers, bused tables, and learned how the 46 year old small business continues to thrive.
Congressman Veasey waits on customers at Joe’s Coffee Shop during the morning breakfast rush for his ‘Marc Means Business’ work day.
Protecting the Right to Vote
November 8, 2016, marked the first Presidential election since the Supreme Court handed down their decision in the Shelby County v. Holder case, which effectively dismantled the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (VRA). That is why I was proud to be the host of the Congressional Voting Rights Caucus’ panel to discuss the effects of voter suppression tactics during the most recent post-Shelby election and how Congress must work together to ensure the full participation of eligible voters moving forward.
(Left to Right) Reverend Dr. William Barber, President, North Carolina NAACP; Maria Urbina, Vice President of Politics and Campaigns, Voto Latino; Ari Berman, Writer and Author, The Nation; Barbara Arnwine, Esq., President and Founder, Transformative Justice Coalition; Ben Ptashnik, Executive Director, National Election Defense Coalition; Symone Sanders, Democratic Strategist and CNN Political Commentator