Marc's Memo - July 2017 Updates
The collapse of the Senate’s Trumpcare legislation was a result of the American people speaking out against its devastating effects. Let me be clear, repealing the Affordable Care Act will cause irreparable harm to thousands of families in my district who already struggle to pay for a routine check-up. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) isn't perfect, but it's time that both sides of the aisle come together and work on a bipartisan fix that works for all Americans.
Although the month of July was focused on Congressional Republicans continued attacks on the ACA, the House passed the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018. I am honored to serve on the House Armed Services Committee to ensure that Congress can provide proper resources to keep our country safe from escalating global threats. For more information on what the final House version of NDAA included, please click here.
As your representative in Congress, it is important to hear directly from the residents I represent on issues like healthcare and our national security. That is why I’m proud to host two town halls on Tuesday, August 15 and Thursday, August 17 during the August District Work Period. This will be your opportunity to directly share your thoughts with me on legislation that affects you and your community. For more information on the Dallas and Tarrant County Town Halls or to RSVP, please visit my webpage.
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 DFW Metroplex.
Member of Congress
Reducing Barriers to College
After learning that students with immigrant parents, emancipated minors, homeless, and low-income students face additional obstacles when accessing FAFSA, I crafted legislation to ensure that all children have access to college no matter what your background may be.
My legislation entitled, “Reducing Barriers to College Act,” aims to prevent students nationwide from missing crucial federal and state grant opportunities that support their higher education aspirations.
Blue Collar Caucus Meeting
On Wednesday, July 19, the Blue Collar Caucus met with Richard L. Trumka, President of the AFL-CIO, to discuss the needs of blue collar workers and how House Democrats can make it clear that they will continue to serve as their champions in Washington.
AFL-CIO President, Richard Trumka, speaks with the Blue Collar Caucus on issues directly affecting working Americans.
I was eager to hear firsthand from Richard Trumka, a long-time champion for workers nationwide and a leading advocate for America’s blue collar families, to learn how Democrats can work alongside the men and women who build our nation every day to shape a future that works for everyone.
CBC Voter Suppression Panel
On July 18, 2017, ahead of the Election Integrity Commission’s first meeting, I joined members of the Congressional Black Caucus and House Judiciary Democrats in a forum on voting rights and privacy concerns.
Congressman Veasey listens closely to panel remarks during the CBC and Judiciary Democrats forum on voting rights and privacy concerns.
The panel featured voting rights advocates, Secretaries of State from Kentucky and Connecticut, and information technology advocates who focus on privacy and human rights concerns. This panel was organized to discuss the many suppressive tactics that may result from the commission and their “investigation” into voter fraud and voting irregularities.
The American Hope Act
On Friday, July 28, I was proud to stand alongside my Democratic colleagues during the introduction of the “American Hope Act,” a bill that will bring hope to the thousands of young DREAMERs who proudly call America home and want to see her prosper.
Congressman Veasey provides remarks at the press conference announcing introduction of the American Hope Act.
Undocumented immigrants need a pathway to legal status and citizenship and this bill will ensure that certain groups of immigrants who arrived as children finally have that opportunity.
#ICYMI-Teen Vogue Op-Ed on Cuts to Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program
President Trump belittled woman throughout the 2016 campaign and now that he’s in office his Administration has translated that misogyny into sexist health policies that will affect women for decades to come. Sudden grant cuts by the Trump Administration to the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program are particularly worrisome as young women should be empowered with reliable information in order to be in charge of their futures. Instead, the Trump administration has decided to funnel over $200 million dollars to support ineffective abstinence-only sex education.
In my recently penned op-ed in Teen Vogue, I outline how the Trump Administration’s grant cuts to the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program are detrimental to future generations of young women and men.
Clocking-in At Big State Fountain Grill
On Monday, July 3, I was serving up classic burgers and Blue Bell shakes at Big State Fountain Grill as part of my ‘Marc Means Business’ work day.
Congressman Veasey busses a table during his shift at Big State Fountain Grill as part of his ‘Marc Means Business’ work day.
During my shift I learned firsthand about the day-to-day responsibilities at the nostalgic 1950s diner as I helped wash dishes, clean tables, and perform daily duties as assigned.
To invite me to work a shift at your place of business, please contact my District Director, Anne Hagan, via email at email@example.com.
Congress on Your Commute
I have the privilege of representing the DFW Metroplex in Congress and chatting face to face with constituents is what motivates me to work on your behalf every day. During my 'Congress On Your Commute' on Monday, July 31, I joined residents on the Fort Worth's T Route #28 and answered many of your questions ranging from obstacles our veterans face and how the flow of jobs to North Texas is bringing folks from all over to Texas' 33rd.
Congressman Veasey chats with a DFW resident on the Fort Worth “T” during his ‘Congress on Your Commute’ event.
Grant Writing Workshop
On July 31, I hosted my Grant Writing Workshop to give grant seekers an opportunity to ask questions and get answers to help them with the grant application process. Researching, writing and applying for grants can be a daunting process, and I’m proud to have connected over 400 DFW residents with the resources and support they need to be successful.
Congressman Veasey gives opening remarks to the over 400 attendees at his Grant Writing Workshop.
August Town Halls
During the District Work Period I will host two town halls to give you a chance to share your thoughts and concerns on issues directly affecting you and our community.
Tuesday, August 15
Dallas County Town Hall
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Anita Martinez Recreation Center
3212 N. Winnetka Ave.
Dallas, Texas 75212
Thursday, August 17
Tarrant County Town Hall
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Tarrant County College Opportunity Center
5901 Fitzhugh Ave.
Fort Worth, TX 76119
Learn about different resources such as how to apply for Medicare, how to receive full Social Security benefits, and public safety tips.
Monday, September 18
Primrose Oaks Senior Apartments
2514 Perryton Dr.
Dallas, TX 75224
Tuesday, September 19
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Worth Heights Community Center
3551 New York Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Congressional Veteran Commendation Award Ceremony and Veteran Town Hall
Join me as I honor local veterans with the 33rd District Congressional Veterans Commendation (CVC) and stay for the 2017 Veterans Town Hall to share your thoughts and concerns on how I can best represent America's veterans.
Friday, November 10
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
American Legion Post 275
2804 S. Cockrell Hill Road
Dallas TX 75211
Annual Job Fair
My free job fair will connect dozens of employers with hundreds of job seekers in the DFW Metroplex and will feature workshops on topics such as networking and resume writing.
Friday, November 17
8:30am – 1:00 PM
Tarrant County College South Campus
5301 Campus Dr.
Fort Worth, TX 76119