Marc's Memo - June 2017 Updates
On Wednesday, June 14, 2017, the halls of Congress were shaken when an individual committed a violent attack against my Congressional colleagues. As a nation, we must remember that violence of any kind does not solve problems. Whether we’re Democrats or Republicans, we should always conduct our debates in a civil manner. At the end of the day, we are all here to continue to give voices to the communities we represent. Whether it is ensuring our veterans have the resources they need to ease their transition into civilian life, ensuring all Americans have access to quality healthcare, or defending vulnerable refugees, I will continue to fight for you.
In this month’s newsletter, you will find a brief snapshot on how I have been hard at work on behalf of the 33rd Congressional District.
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.
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Protecting Our Care
This month, Senate Republicans introduced their own version of Trumpcare that is just as much of a disaster for hardworking Americans as the House Republicans’ ACA replacement. This bill will not only kick 22 million Americans off health insurance, but it will also cut off access to crucial family planning, impose a crushing age tax on our seniors, shred protections for individuals with preexisting conditions, and strip Medicare of critical funding. This bill takes funding away from those who need it most, and places it in the hands of the wealthy elite.
Congressman Marc Veasey speaks out against the Senate healthcare bill and the negative effect it would have on millennials at the Future Forum Press Conference.
Healthcare is a human right, not a privilege. We must continue to raise our voices on the devastating impact the Senate health care bill will have on our families. I encourage you to share your personal ACA story on my official Facebook and Twitter pages, utilizing #MyHealthMyFuture, as we continue to fight tooth and nail against this inhumane bill.
Expanding Job Opportunities
This month I was proud to vote in favor of legislation that equips DFW Metroplex residents with the skills they need for the good-paying job opportunities in defense, aerospace, and automobile industries that are right here in our backyard. H.R. 2353, The Strengthening Career and Technical Education (CTE) for the 21st Century Act, is a bipartisan bill that aims to ensure that American workers can continue to compete in today’s global economy by investing in America’s high schools and supporting CTE programs all across the country. While President Trump continues to turn his back on the American worker, I will continue to fight for working class Americans.
On June 19, 1865, news of the abolition of slavery finally reached the state of Texas two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation was declared the law of the land. To commemorate this historic day for Texas, we gather with family, friends, and our community to celebrate. It is only when we reflect on our history that we can truly begin to build a brighter future.
Recognizing World Refugee Day
On June 20, 2017, people across the globe recognized World Refugee Day. In recognition of World Refugee Day, I spoke on the House floor and shared Bothina Matar’s story. Her family’s story reminds us why it is more important than ever that the United States send a clear message of support for efforts that protect the most vulnerable populations among us.
To watch the speech, please click here.
Celebrating Immigrant Heritage Month
Congressman Veasey and his Washington, D.C. staff sport their #IStandWithImmigrants t-shirts in support of Immigrant Heritage Month.
Immigrants bring their skills and cultures and a belief in the American dream that benefits us all. They work alongside us, teach our children, and worship in our communities. They contribute to the innovation that has kept America on the cutting edge for decades. In the DFW Metroplex, it’s our rich diversity that helps us maintain our economic success. That is why #IStandWithImmigrants and will continue to fight against the Administration’s anti-immigrant agenda.
Standing Up for Our Veterans
Homeownership is a pillar of the American dream and a goal that should not be out of reach for our nation’s veterans. This is why I was proud to introduce H.R. 2777, the Veteran Home Loan Choices Act. This bill ensures that our nation’s veterans are provided all home loan options available to them, so that they can make a well informed decision when selecting a home loan for their families.
The Veteran Home Loan Choices Act has bipartisan support and is currently endorsed by several organizations, including the Veterans Association of Real Estate Professionals (VAREP), Association of the United States Army (AUSA), Association of the United States Navy (AUSN), and the National Military Family Association (NMFA), Reserve Officer Association (ROA) and American Veterans.
Taking a Shift at Lockheed Martin
This month I worked alongside Lockheed Martin’s production team, and learned firsthand how the F-35 fighter jet is made during my ‘Marc Means Business’ work day. Lockheed Martin is one of the DFW Metroplex’s largest employers, and I’m proud to serve alongside the hardworking employees in my district.
Congressman Veasey works the F-35 production line during his shift at Lockheed Martin during his ‘Marc Means Business’ work day. (Photo courtesy, Lockheed Martin)
To view additional photos of the June work day, please visit my official Flickr page.
Come and learn how to apply for public funding to support your community based project. RSVP link: http://bit.ly/2sloHxN
Monday, July 31
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
John Dubiski Career High School
2990 State Highway 161
Grand Prairie, TX 75051
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
Anita Martinez Recreation Center
3212 N. Winnetka Ave.
Dallas, TX 75212
Thursday, August 17
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 – 12:00 PM
Tarrant County College South Campus Gymnasium
5301 Campus Dr.
Fort Worth, TX 76119