Congresswoman Johnson Hosts Business Roundtable

image003DALLAS, TX – On the evening of Wednesday, April 6, 2016, Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson hosted U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Penny Pritzker, and local business leaders for another installment of her business roundtable series.
Congresswoman Johnson hosts the “Eddie Bernice Johnson Business Roundtable Series” as informational meetings that connect small and large business owners in North Texas with officials from various federal agencies with the goal of creating lasting business relationships and increasing awareness of federal programs, grants, and services that support businesses and business owners.
This roundtable meeting was attended by Mayor Mike Rawlings and local Dallas business leaders, including executives from Mary Kay, Texas Instruments, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and several other local companies.
During the discussion, Secretary Pritzker shared valuable insight into the programs and opportunities put forth by the President’s administration that are designed to help increase America’s manufacturing base. A large portion of the discussion focused on the benefits of trade and globalization for local businesses and job markets.  “Representative Johnson has been a great friend to the administration as a member of Congress,” said Secretary Pritzker. “We will continue to work diligently with Congresswoman Johnson to ensure that our trade policies work for our country and its citizen.”
Congresswoman Johnson highlighted the opportunities that globalization and fair trade would bring to Texas. She concluded the meeting by stating:  “it is important to me that business owners in North Texas have the opportunity to benefit from free and fair trade and to become true benefactors from this emerging global economy,” said Congresswoman Johnson. “Trade creates jobs. International trade is a major engine, of not only America’s economy, but of the Texas economy. It is imperative that we take the necessary steps to balance the playing field by establishing rules to enhance fairness without geographical limitations, encourage innovation and improve consumer value in the global commerce ecosystem.”
U.S. Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson is the ranking member of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology and the highest-ranking Texan on the House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure. She represents the 30th Congressional District of Texas, which includes Downtown Dallas, Fair Park, Kessler Park, Old East Dallas, Pleasant Grove, South Dallas & South Oak Cliff; all of Cedar Hill, DeSoto, Duncanville, Hutchins, Lancaster & Wilmer and parts of Ferris, Glenn Heights, South Grand Prairie, Oak Lawn, Ovilla, Uptown/Victory Park and West Dallas.