There is high energy on Capitol Hill, especially coming out of a government shutdown. The shutdown began after a failure to pass legislation to fund government operations and agencies, all stemming from disputes over the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) immigration policy and Childhood Healthcare Insurance Program (CHIP) – both top priorities for the Chamber in 2018.
The shutdown ended Monday when the Senate voted to reopen the federal government, passing a continuing resolution to fund the government until February 8, 2018. CHIP was funded for six years, and an agreement was made to pass a permanent solution to DACA by the time the continuing resolution expired. Chamber staff will monitor progress closely.
The SA to DC trip is timely, as our program includes panel discussion on immigration reform as well as various other issues at the forefront on Capitol Hill, including: Trade, Cybersecurity; Workforce Development and Housing; Transportation and Infrastructure; and Immigration.
Attendees will also hear from some key legislators such as Senator John Cornyn (R-TX); Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX); Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV); Rep. Ruben Kihuen (D-NV); and Political Commentator Ana Navarro. Attendees will also get a chance to hear remarks from Speaker Paul Ryan, Leader Kevin McCarthy, and San Antonio representative Congressman Lamar Smith.
We are excited to be working together with our more than 150 attendees, the largest delegation we have ever had join us in Washington, D.C. Active participation and involvement from the business community has had a tremendously positive impact on our City over the past 40 years.
We appreciate our partners, the Free Trade Alliance of San Antonio, the North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the South San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, and our newest partner the San Antonio Mobility Coalition, and all of our members who have committed to advocating for the needs of San Antonio.