Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Meetings With Capitol Hill Offices Successful
by Adrianna Garcia
Eddie Aldrete, 2011 SAHCC Chair and Trey Jacobson, SAHCC Executive Board Member led visits to Capitol Hill offices. The Hispanic Chamber and the Greater Chamber held meetings with Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison's office, and Juan Sepulveda, Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Education Excellence for Hispanics. These resulted in productive discussion that generated further interest in issues that pertain to credit unions, TARP funding, additional access to capital, and more transparency in government contracts resulting from the stimulus package. Increased lending to small businesses was advocated for and encouraged by all offices. Constant communication between small business, proposals for solutions and options, and comments on laws are encouraged from all Chamber members. Comprehensive Immigration Reform and educating a more prepared workforce were two other important topics of discussion.