The Chamber's 2020-21 federal legislative priorities include:
The need for federal data privacy legislation is growing as our country relies more heavily on data for all aspects of business and why the Chamber supports:
Increased protections via a nationwide consumer data privacy framework.
Education & Workforce
To ensure our students are college or career ready, grow our skilled workforce for business industry and continue to stay competitive into the future, the Chamber supports:
- School district’s ability to allocate federal funds to their greatest needs; oppose measures that restrict local control.
- Enhancement of financial aid programs and private sector financial options that improve access and affordability to higher education options.
- Pledge to America’s Workers encouraging employer-led earn and learn, apprenticeship opportunities.
Reasonable policy promotes the production of more American energy and in an environmentally responsible manner and driving job growth. The Chamber supports:
- Required public review and comment periods for regulatory policies created under the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), prior to implementation.
- Limiting further attempts by the EPA to impose more stringent ozone or pollutant National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) until existing standards are met.
Improving and streamlining the permitting process for energy infrastructure.
To provide a regulatory environment that lowers costs, improves access and enhances care, the Chamber supports:
Reforming the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act.
- Expanded access to Health Savings Accounts.
- Cost containment of Medicaid & Medicare.
- Improving and increasing access to mental health treatment programs and coverage of these programs through insurance
Sensible immigration reform allows Texas to supplement vital workforce needs and while also allowing us to continue to compete globally. The Chamber supports:
- Protection of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA) and Temporary Protected Status recipients.
- Increased access to H-1B Visas, STEM Visas and EB-5 program.
- A workable national employment verification system.
Improved border security.
Comprehensive immigration reform.
To ensure a dedicated and sustainable source of revenue for infrastructure projects the Chambers supports:
- Innovative solutions including Public-Private Partnerships.
- Additional revenue sources including vehicle miles traveled, electric car tax, user fees.
Long-term reauthorization of federal transportation programs.
Privatized high-speed rail in Texas.
Long-term reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program.
To ensure the free-flow of commerce and retaining Texas’ tools, resources and competitive edge in the international market, the Chamber supports:
- The United States Mexico Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA).
- A fully operational United States Export-Import Bank.
Fair trade practices while opposing non-tariff barriers (NTB).
A Message from Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce:
The Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce represents seven Fortune 500 and five Fortune 1000 global headquarters, 10,000 businesses, large and small, local and multinational, as well as innovators and entrepreneurs. We serve as the key conduit to the Irving-Las Colinas diverse business community fueling business growth, promoting capital investment, creating high-quality jobs and improving the quality of life.
To ensure Irving-Las Colinas remains economically prosperous, we need sound policies that support employers and invest in our city. Our 2020 Federal Priorities were developed from discussions with business executives, policy committees, Board of Directors and outreach to our key advocacy partners around the state of Texas. These priorities focus on a variety of issue areas including building a stronger and more prepared workforce, sensible immigration reform, improved affordability and access to health care, fair trade policies, and long-term infrastructure funding solutions.
Our team at the Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce will continue to work over the coming year with our Congressional members advocating for business industry, their employees and our community. Together we can create economic activity, advance business interests and enhance the quality of life for those who call Irving-Las Colinas home.