“We need to do something about the lack of civility in Washington." Congressman Donald McEachin addressed the Hampton Roads Chamber at the annual Congressional Forum on November 22. McEachin and his colleagues, Congressman Bobby Scott, Congressman Rob Wittman, and Congresswoman Elaine Luria, delivered compelling messages for the business leaders. All four mentioned the good work our Hampton Roads Delegation has done while working together. McEachin laid it on the line by saying, "We are reflective of our district. The lack of civility starts at home. We do what we believe our constituents like. I want to suggest to you lack of civility is a problem in this country. We all want a more perfect union.”
The Hampton Roads Chamber works to be an impactful advocate for the region. Bringing the four Congressional Representatives together gives members a chance to learn first-hand what is happening in Washington and how it affects Hampton Roads. As the Chair of the Committee on Education and Labor, Congressman Scott said that he has focused on "keeping the economy afloat and people afloat. "
All four Representatives agreed there is a strong need to improve the childcare system so people can get back to work. Congressman Scott wants all the schools to reopen. "If we don’t open the schools, we can never get the economy back on track.” Congressman Wittman wants to see the education system emphasize career and technical education. Wittman wants to get people back to work and fix the supply chain problems. “We need to manufacture items like semi-conductors for cars here in Virginia.”
Congresswoman Luria works closely with Congressman Wittman on the House Armed Services Committee. Together they are ensuring Virginia does not lose ships and shipbuilding contracts. "The original defense budget was only going to build one cruiser instead of two and was going to decommission seven ships. The one we passed has three new destroyers and saves three ships."
All four mentioned the need to grow offshore wind and manufacturing to support this burgeoning industry. The Congressional Representatives stressed multiple times that the discord seen on television does not apply to our members. They work together, across party lines, in the best interest of Hampton Roads.
Thank you to the sponsors for the Hampton Roads Chamber Congressional Forum. Presenting Sponsor: Bon Secours; Member Spotlight Sponsor: Dominion Energy; Gold Sponsor: The Port of Virginia; Silver Sponsor: Clark Nexsen; Silver Sponsor: Newport News Shipbuilding; Bronze Sponsor: Clark Nexsen; Media Sponsor: WTKR-TV3; Platinum Legislative Affairs Partner: Chesapeake Regional Healthcare; Gold Legislative Affairs Partner: Sentara Healthcare, Optima Health; Silver Legislative Affairs Partner: Clark Nexsen.