Marc has a proven track record of bringing good-paying jobs to North Texas families. As a state legislator, Marc established an annual job fair for thousands of North Texas job seekers. The community support and appreciation for those early fairs inspired Marc to continue the tradition as a Congressman. His annual job-fair has grown each year, helping job seekers and employers alike.
Marc was a leading voice in favor of the American-Airlines/U.S. Airways merger. When opponents tried to prevent the merger before it got off the ground, Marc, along with Arizona representative Ed Pastor, authored a letter signed by 66 of their Democratic colleagues to urge the Department of Justice to allow the merger to go forward. Since then, the merger has successfully gone forward and has already proven a benefit to our local economy.
As a member of Congress, Marc is a leading voice for raising the minimum wage and putting more money into the pockets of hard-working families. He will continue to fight hard for the economic success of every North Texan.
More from Marc on Jobs and the Economy:
– Since joining Congress in 2012, Marc has secured over $11 million in job training grants for our region, including funding for training for healthcare professionals, AIDS research and treatment, and financial education programs.
- Annual Job Fair: Marc’s annual event connects more than 80 actively seeking employers to DFW Metroplex with over 1,000 job seekers and provides free services including interview strategies seminars and resume writing workshops.
- Small Business Forum: Marc has invited the Small Business Administration and federal procurement agents to help Metroplex small business owners, local Chambers of Commerce, and other stakeholders become certified for federal agency contracts.
- H.R. 2000, Bridge to Manufacturing Act: Marc introduced a bill that provides incentives for manufacturers to create internships and apprenticeships to expose Texas school-children to jobs they never knew existed.
- Business Roundtable: Marc created a taskforce with over a dozen Metroplex CEOs to provide their input and advice about what resources area businesses need to succeed.
- “Marc Means Business” Initiative: Marc created this program to better understand the lives of North Texas workers by working at an area business one day each month. To date, Marc has shadowed employees at dozens of local businesses, including Del Norte Bakery, UPS Delivery, Odom’s Barbeque, Kroger, Home Depot, Mary Kay, the Fort Worth Fire Department, and the Dallas Department of Parks and Recreation.
As a former teacher, Marc knows that a great education is the key to opportunity for our families – and to economic growth for our region. He has championed our public schools since the very beginning of his career, fighting billions of dollars in education cuts as a State Representative. As a member of Congress, he has continued the fight for educational opportunity by championing initiatives to strengthen STEM instruction, to expand college financial aid to more families, and to end bullying.
More from Marc on Education:
- H.R. 1833, FAFSA for All Act: Marc introduced this bill that ensures equal access to federal financial aid for all American students, despite the immigration status of their parents.
- Annual Teen Summit & Job Fair: Marc is proud to host this yearly event to educate North Texas students on financial aid and scholarship opportunities, internships and apprenticeships, military academy appointments, and job interview strategies, and to introduce students to potential summer employers.
- Education Task Force: Marc has convened a regional task force of area education leaders to develop strategies for improving education for all of our students, and to connect educators to new programs and initiatives.
Marc is a longstanding supporter of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which to date has provided quality, affordable health coverage to more than 300,000 North Texans. As a state legislator, Marc fought to expand Medicaid coverage in Texas under ACA, which would have closed the health coverage gap and brought billions of Texas taxpayer dollars back home to support our state economy. As a member of Congress, he has continued the push to expand access to affordable medical care for Texas families by hosting enrollment workshops to help people get the coverage they need.
Marc has also been a longtime champion of women’s health care. In the state legislature, he fought to block Republican proposals to cut funding for women’s health and force women to submit to invasive vaginal ultrasound examinations. He knows how important it is for women to be empowered to make their own healthcare decisions.
More from Marc on Healthcare:
- Since joining Congress, Marc has brought over $61 million in federal grant funding to North Texas, including funds for ACA enrollment, new health care centers, and expanded children’s healthcare.
- H.RES.249, May is Health & Fitness Month: Marc introduced this resolution to encourage all Americans take a pledge to make healthier lifestyle choices.
- Community Walk & Health Fair: Marc organizes annual events each May in Washington and here in North Texas to motivate people to embrace healthy, active lifestyles. These events have included health fairs, community walks,community fitness days, and a healthy cooking class.
- ACA Enrollment: Marc has consistently participated in local events to get residents here in the Metroplex to enroll in quality, affordable healthcare.
Marc believes that every Texan – and every Texas family – deserves the same fundamental rights and protections. That is why he has led the fight to protect the Voting Rights Act, serving as the named plaintiff in litigation against Texas’s unconstitutional voter ID law, which was specifically designed to prevent African- American and Latino Texans from exercising their right to vote. Marc has also been a consistent supporter of equality for Texas families. He is proud to stand by this year’s Supreme Court ruling declaring marriage equality a constitutional right.
More from Marc on Civil Rights and Equality:
- H.R. 2867, The Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2015: Marc is proud to be an original co-sponsor of this bill, which restores the protections of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 by extending federal oversight to jurisdictions with a history of voter suppression and protecting vulnerable communities from discrimination.
- Veasey v. Abbott: As the lead plaintiff in Veasey v. Abbott, Marc challenged the state of Texas in a lawsuit proving that Texas’ voter photo ID requirements discriminate against minority voters. He is proud that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit agrees, and has taken the first steps towards ensuring that all Texans have unfettered access to the ballot box.
Marc knows that our country is strongest when every community has access to opportunity. That is why, as a member of Congress, he is fighting to implement comprehensive immigration reform that will allow hard-working immigrants to earn citizenship and continue contributing to our economy. Marc has been a strong advocate for immigrant communities throughout his public service career. As a state legislator, he fought against Republican attempts to repeal the Texas DREAM Act, which protects the opportunity for immigrant children to attend college. Today, he is a leading advocate for the DACA program, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which similarly protects children brought to the United States through no fault of their own. Marc is the right choice for TX-33 because he will continue to fight for the rights of all Texas families.
More from Marc on Immigration:
- H.R. 15, Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act: Marc is proud to be an original co-sponsor of this comprehensive immigration reform proposal that would defend U.S. borders, protect workers, strengthen the economy and reduce the deficit by $850 million, unite families that are separated by our current dysfunctional system, and offer hard working immigrants a path to citizenship.
- H.R. 3069, Notario Victim Relief Act: Marc introduced this bill that would allow victims of notario fraud to reopen their cases and immigrate lawfully into the United States.
- Notario Fraud Workshop: Marc launched this effort to educate immigrants about immigration services fraud, including such critical information as who can and cannot provide immigration services, what rights individuals have and what resources exist to prevent immigration scams.
- DACA/DAPA Forum: Marc hosted an informational forum with local immigration law experts to prepare DFW residents for deportation relief and to detail the changes associated with the most recent executive action on immigration.
Marc understands the importance of a strong defense to both our national security and our local economy. As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, he is a consistent champion of our military and the North Texas defense community. He has passed legislation to increase funding for both the V-22 Osprey and the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, and he will continue to ensure that our military is prepared for today’s challenges and tomorrow’s.
More from Marc on Defense:
- Since joining Congress, Marc has brought over $18 million in federal defense and security grants to the Metroplex, including funding for training and recruitment for firefighters and police officers.
- National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA): As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, Marc has been a key author of the bipartisan National Defense Authorization Act, which sets the budget and priorities for the United States Department of Defense.\
- Marc is proud to have passed six bipartisan amendments to the FY16 National Defense Authorization Act, including: his effort to advance immigration reform by requiring the Department of Defense to evaluate how Executive Actions regarding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program and prosecutorial discretion for undocumented immigrants currently residing in the U.S. would impact our nation’s military readiness if these individuals are made eligible for enlistment. Marc is also proud to have passed on a bipartisan basis an amendment to increase digital upgrades to the V-22 Osprey by seventy five million dollars. Marc led the fight to increase funding for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, successfully adding funding for at least six additional aircraft to House appropriations legislation.
Marc understands that a strong transportation system that keeps pace with our population growth is essential for the Metroplex to stay competitive in today’s economy. Without effective transportation infrastructure, North Texas businesses are at a competitive disadvantage and local families will suffer increased traffic jams, vehicle damage and unsafe roads. That is why Marc has fought to bring much- needed federal transportation funding home to Texas. He will continue to fight for the resources to improve the highways, bridges and transit systems we rely on.
More from Marc on Transportation:
- Since being elected to Congress in 2012, Marc has fought to bring over $5 million in federal transportation and infrastructure grants home to North Texas. These grants have funded new roads, bridges, and tunnels; airport upgrades; and lighting and safety updates for our highways.
Marc believes that we owe a commitment to our friends, neighbors and family members who have sacrificed to fight for our country. To ensure that our fellow Texans in uniform receive the support they need when they come home, Marc has proposed legislation to provide veterans access to education and to help welcome them back into the workforce. As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, Marc will continue to fight for those who fought for us.
More from Marc on Veterans:
- H.R. 1816, Veterans’ STEM Education Program: Marc introduced this bill to provide funding to post 9/11 veterans seeking to obtain a degree in STEM fields.
- Congressional Veterans Commendation: Marc is proud to host this annual event to honor distinguished veterans of the 33rd Congressional District of Texas, and to preserve their stories for future generations.
- Veterans Forum: Marc hosts an annual forum where veterans and other concerned residents can ask questions and share their ideas about how Congress can best meet the needs of America’s veterans.
The parents, grandparents and neighbors who built our communities deserve our support and care as they age. Marc understands this and has fought throughout his career to preserve Social Security, Medicare, and other benefits that so many of our Seniors seniors depend on. As a member of Congress, he has fought hard against proposed budget cuts that would deprive Texas seniors of the security they have earned.
More from Marc on Seniors:
- H.R. 1645, Transportation for Elderly and Disabled Individuals Act: Marc introduced this bill that would allow cities such as Arlington, Grand Prairie, and Mesquite to use federal transit funding to provide transit services for the elderly and disabled.
- H.R. 2051 Grandparent Tax Credit: Marc authored this bill that would give a $500 refundable tax credit to grandparents living in the same home of a grandchild they help raise. Senior Forum: Marc hosts this regular event to engage seniors on topics of importance to them, touching on everything from government benefits to fitness to fraud prevention.