By GREATER IRVING-LAS COLINAS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
The Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce hosted a breakfast reception for Congressman Marc Veasey, 33rd District, on Monday, July 7.
The reception was sponsored by Lockheed Martin, a global security and aerospace company.
Irving business leaders and dignitaries, including Irving Independent School District Superintendent Jose Parra and Irving Councilman Oscar Ward, attended the reception in the Chamber’s Marketing Center. Lisa Sturgeon, former chairwoman of the Irving Chamber, welcomed guests and Congressman Veasey.
Rep. Veasey, who represents a portion of Irving, serves on the United States House Armed Services Committee and Science, Space and Technology Committee. He discussed his local agenda, which included his top priority of economic development and job growth, helping cities with long-term transportation plans, and education.
“Education is a big deal. In touring varying industries, I’ve seen that businesses have retiring employees and our kids today need to be able to compete for those job openings,” Veasey said. “Many young people graduating today don’t have the skill sets in technology that they need to compete for these jobs.”
He also discussed two of his top policy goals: immigration reform and reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank of the United States.
“I think everyone has seen how immigration reform can have a positive impact on jobs,” Veasey said. “It’s good for our economy. And we need to be more concerned about our neighbors’ quality of life, especially in Mexico and Central America, because it affects the American taxpayers and these are countries closest to us.”
Rep. Veasey urged business leaders to reach out to Congress to discuss immigration reform and the Ex-Im Bank.
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Rep. Veasey, along with Rep. Kenny Marchant, 24th District; Rep. Pete Sessions, 32nd District, will make up the panel for the Irving Chamber’s 2014 Congressional Roundtable, sponsored by Texas Association of Business CEO Bill Hammond, on Aug. 18 at the Omni Mandalay Hotel. For sponsorship and ticket information, visit http://www.irvingchamber.com/congressionalroundtable/.