The Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce and its HRBizPAC hosted a U.S. Congressional Issues Luncheon on October 25 in Norfolk, attracting a crowd of 150 business leaders. As the voice of business, the Chamber strives to offer quality programs and access to elected leaders.
Speakers at the luncheon included Congressman Randy Forbes, Congressman Glenn Nye, Congressman Bobby Scott, and Congressman Robert Wittman. Shep Miller, Chair of the Chamber’s HRBizPAC emceed the discussion, which included topics such as national defense, card check, the port, transportation, the war in Afghanistan, and health care. After each speaker addressed the crowd, those in the audience had an opportunity to ask questions.
Congressman Glenn Nye told those in the room that when dealing with the possible loss of a navy carrier and the closing of US Joint Forces Command (JFCOM), Virginia’s delegation has formed a bi-partisan team, made progress and continues to “push back” because it’s important to the regional economy. He also said that he wants to help small businesses and has pushed for tax cuts that put unemployed veterans to work.
Congressman Bobby Scott also discussed JFCOM, saying that the state’s delegation has asked for data analysis regarding the closing that is dated prior to the August 9 announcement. So far, none has been provided. He said, “The economy is in free fall and we have a lot of recovery left to do.” Scott went on to say that we cannot promise tax cuts to eliminate a multi-trillion dollar deficit.
“Innovation and creation” were the themes that Congressman Rob Wittman highlighted. He said that 70% of jobs come from small businesses and we need to encourage small businesses to be created, as well as provide tax credits to these businesses. “We need to push the envelope. We can produce and manufacture a lot more than what we’re doing now,” Wittman said. He also is an advocate of Congress taking a pay cut.
Thanks to our sponsors: WorkersChoiceUSA (Presenting); Kitco Fiber Optics (Gold); BB&T; Clark Nexsen, Architecture & Engineering; Goodman & Company, LLP (Silver Legislative Affairs Partners); Verizon Communications (Bronze Legislative Affairs Partner); and Klett Consulting Group, Inc. (Program).