On Wednesday, the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors approved the Chamber’s Federal Legislative Agenda. This document sets out the Chamber’s official position on a wide range of critical public policy issues at the federal level that directly impact businesses and our overall community. The goal of these priorities is to create a strong environment for job creation and business growth.
Developing the agenda was a collaborative process that began early this year. The Chamber gathered input on policy and legislative strategy through the priorities identified by the Board, Chamber council and committee meetings, and numerous calls with members of the Bexar County Delegation. This year, the development process was tweaked to include input from the newly formed Legislative Advisory Committee (LAC). The LAC was tasked with researching and analyzing all proposed federal legislative priorities and providing a recommendation to the Public Policy Council.
The Chamber’s Federal Legislative Agenda focuses on advocating for legislation and funding that will sustain the vitality of our community. Some of the key funding requests are for protection of critical infrastructure, the new Army Futures Command, recapitalization of Kelly Field, transportation and reimbursement for Mission Reach. Other top priorities include a permanent solution allowing DACA participants to receive lawful permanent status, guidance to address Bexar County’s recent non-attainment designation and congressional approval of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).
The Federal Legislative Agenda lays the ground work for the Chamber’s 41st annual SA to DC trip scheduled for February 4-7, 2019. SA to DC is a great opportunity for business and industry leaders in San Antonio to visit with key members of Congress and Administration officials. Those who participate put forth a tremendous amount of effort to bring the top priorities for the business community to the attention of lawmakers. Your presence will be invaluable as we advocate for major issues that affect the competitive future of San Antonio.
In partnership with the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, the San Antonio Mobility Coalition, and the South San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, we are already working to make this SA to DC trip the best one yet!
For any questions about the Chamber’s Federal Legislative Agenda, please contact Stephanie Reyes, Vice President of Public Policy, at 210 229 2162.
For any questions about the SA to DC trip, please contact Belinda Hartwig, Vice President of Economic Development at the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce at firstname.lastname@example.org or 210-229-2199.