The Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce hosted Congressman Kenny Marchant, Congressman Marc Veasey, Congressman Pete Sessions, and Bill Hammond with Texas Association of Business (TAB) at its inaugural Congressional Roundtable on Monday, August 18.
The Irving Chamber’s 2014 Congressional Roundtable was held at the Omni Mandalay Hotel – Las Colinas. Texas Association of Business CEO, Bill Hammond, moderated the panel discussion with key members of the North Texas Congressional Delegation and discussed federal public policy impacting the business community this year.
More than 200 members of the North Texas business community, as well as elected officials from the local, county, and state level were in attendance.
Policy issues discussed by the panel included transportation and infrastructure funding, health care policy, immigration and border security, reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank of the United States, the federal budget, entitlement reform, and an outlook on the upcoming midterm elections.
Congressman Marchant, Congressman Veasey, and Congressman Sessions talked about the recent passage of legislation to extend federal surface transportation programs and provide a short-term solution for the Highway Trust Fund Shortfall. All Member of Congress agreed that stable, long-term transportation funding is a priority for North Texas.
The issue of reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank, one of the Irving Chamber’s top legislative priorities in 2014, was also discussed as an issue that Congress is likely to act on when they return to Washington, DC next month. Social Security reform, the border crisis, and the impact of the health care law on the business community were also addressed.
Linda McClung of CHRISTUS Health, the event’s presenting sponsor, and Ed Dolanski of Aviall Services, Inc., also spoke at the event.
The 2014 Congressional Roundtable was sponsored by: CHRISTUS Health, TXU, Lockheed Martin, Children’s Hospital, Cotton, Schmidt & Abbott, and Flowserve Corporation.