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Congressman Marc Veasey

Representing the 33rd District of Texas

Marc's Memo - August 2015 District Work Period Updates

Aug 31, 2015
Marc's Memo - E-Newsletter

Dear Friends,

As Congress prepares to reconvene in September, this month I hosted two town hall meetings, held a successful federal grant writing workshop, and helped serve coffee at Mama’s Daughters Diner for “Coffee with Your Congressman.” August’s “Marc Means Business” highlighted Fort Worth-based eye care company Alcon, where I learned not only about the assembly of surgical packs, but also about how Congress can better support U.S. based manufacturers.

Another major highlight of the month was the Fifth Circuit’s Court of Appeal’s ruling on the Texas Voter photo ID law. I am proud to serve as the lead plaintiff in Veasey v. Abbott, which challenges Texas’ biased photo ID law. As I await further action on this case, I will continue to fend off any attack meant to limit access to the ballot box.

This week, I’ll be heading back to Washington for a busy wrap up of the year. I’ll be working hard to represent Texas’ Congressional District 33 and prioritize the issues that matter most to our community: job creation, long-term investment in our nation’s infrastructure, and ensuring that Americans everywhere have access to the resources they need to succeed. 

As always, I invite you to connect with me through my official websiteFacebook 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 any updates on my efforts in Washington and in the Metroplex.


Congressman Marc Veasey, TX-33


Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Rules Favorably in Texas Voter Photo ID Case

On Wednesday, August 5, on the heels of the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Veasey v. Abbott. I was very pleased that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit upheld the lower court’s decision that the TX Voter ID law has a discriminatory effect on minority voters and violates section 2 of the Voting Rights Act. As Congress resumes in September, I will continue to fight to protect the right to vote and encourage my House Republican colleagues to join House Democrats to update the Voting Rights Ac. By updating the Voting Rights Act, we can ensure that future generations of voters will not have to face unnecessary barriers in order to fully participate in our nation’s democracy. 

To read my full statement on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Texas voter photo ID ruling, please click here.

To view my interview with Rev. Al Sharpton about the Texas Voter photo ID ruling, please visit my official Youtube page here


August Town Hall Meetings gave TX-33 another chance to make their voices heard

I hosted two town hall meetings in the DFW Metroplex, on Tuesday, August 11 in Dallas and Thursday, August 13 in Fort Worth, to discuss issues directly affecting residents in our community. I updated residents on the work that I’m doing in Washington, listened to their concerns, and answered questions about the upcoming issues in Congress. Residents shared a wide array of concerns from questions about the upcoming legislation concerning the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran to their thoughts on the Black Lives Matters movement and the recent ruling from the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on the Texas voter photo ID law.

Caption: Congressman Veasey listens to a TX-33 resident’s concerns at his August 11 Dallas town hall meeting at the Hampton-Illinois Branch Library.

Caption: Congressman Veasey answers questions from local Tarrant County residents at his August 13th town hall meeting at the Forest Hill Library.  

Metroplex residents learn how to bring their community based projects to life

On Tuesday, August 18, 2015, over 130 TX-33 residents attended my federal grant writing workshop at the Veteran Parks Event Center in Grand Prairie. Participants learned from professionals at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development how to apply for government agency sponsored grants that could help bring their community-based projects to life to better serve the greater TX-33 community.

Caption: Congressman Veasey gives the opening remarks for his 2015 Grant Writing Workshop encouraging TX-33 residents to take their ideas of how to help their community and put them into action.


I “Made It In America” with Fort Worth-Based Eye Care Company Alcon

On Wednesday, August 19, 2015, as part of my “Marc Means Business” initiative, I donned a white lab coat at the Fort Worth-based global headquarters of Alcon. I joined the assembly line to produce surgical packs for ophthalmologists worldwide and prepared eye care products for global distribution.

I’m always working to make sure that the Metroplex’s economy continues to thrive and that its residents have access to good paying jobs to support their families. Alcon’s growth from a small ophthalmic shop to a global leader in the eye care industry can serve as an example for other local businesses. I am proud to support businesses that work to employ our community members and I will work in Congress to support U.S. manufacturers like Alcon.

Caption: Congressman Veasey works to pack contact solution for worldwide distribution during his 'Marc Means Business' work day at Alcon Eye Care.

To view the full August ‘Marc Means Business’ work day photo gallery, visit my official Flickr page here.


Bringing DC to TX-33 with “Coffee with Your Congressman”

Each month, I work to give TX-33 residents many opportunities to speak with me face-to-face about the issues that matter most to them. One of my recent initiatives, “Coffee with Your Congressman,” targets the early birds in the Metroplex as I join them for their daily coffee run in different locations throughout the DFW area.

On Thursday, August 27, 2015, I joined the patrons of Mama’s Daughters’ Diner in Irving to refill their morning cup of coffee and speak firsthand about the issues that keep them up at night. These one-on-one interactions help me learn how I can best serve the DFW community in Congress and allows me to connect with residents who may not be able to make it to other events in the district.

Stay tuned for my next “Coffee with Your Congressman” by connecting with me through my official websiteFacebook page, and Twitter account

Caption: Congressman Veasey spent the early morning refilling coffee and chatting with TX-33 residents about a variety of topics such as voter ID requirements and job creation in the Metroplex.


2015 TX-33 Senior Seminar

On Wednesday, September 23, 2015, I will be hosting a senior seminar to help TX-33 senior residents learn more about the different resources available to them. The event will help residents avoid common mail fraud scams, learn safety tips from the Forest Hill Police Department, how to apply for Medicare, how ensure they receive their full Social Security benefits, and how to stay healthy & fit at any age.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015
8:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Forest Hill Convention Center
6901 Wichita Street
Forest Hill, Texas 76140

For more information, please contact my district offices at (817) 920 – 9086 or (214) 741-1387.


Congressional Veteran Commendation

The Congressional Veteran Commendation (CVC) is a nominations-based program designed to recognize the wartime sacrifices and peacetime community involvement of veterans of the Thirty-third Congressional District of Texas. If you would like to nominate yourself or a veteran you know for this award, contact my district offices at (817) 920 – 9086 or (214) 741-1387.

Deadline for nominations is Monday, October 5, 2015.


Annual Job Fair

On Friday, November 20, 2015, I will host my annual free job fair to connect dozens of employers with hundreds of job seekers in the Metroplex region. Featured workshops on topics such as networking and resume writing will also be available.

Friday, November 20, 2015
Forest Hill Civic & Convention Center
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
6901 Wichita St.
Forest Hill, TX 76140

For more information, please contact my district offices at (817) 920 – 9086 or (214) 741-1387.