Congresswoman Veronica Escobar Delivers Update at El Paso Chamber’s “State of Congress”

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On September 23, 2020, the El Paso Chamber held the State of the City with Congresswoman Veronica Escobar. The event was the second in the Chamber’s State of El Paso series, which is taking place virtually this year. A portion of ticket proceeds from the series is going towards the Business Solution Center, a program that provides free coaching and consulting for small businesses struggling with COVID-19.

The event began with introductory remarks from David Jerome, El Paso Chamber President and CEO.

“The Chamber is here to transform business and improve lives by providing opportunities for you to connect, by helping you get coaching if you need it, by advocating for you, and by innovating where we can. This kind of event is designed to help on all those levels,” El Paso Chamber President and CEO David Jerome said before turning the virtual stage over to Congresswoman Escobar.

In a recorded message filmed in the Cannon Rotunda in Washington, D.C., Congresswoman Veronica Escobar delivered an update on her work at the federal level to support El Paso. Her remarks began by detailing her efforts around COVID-19: how she has prioritized community needs, kept science central, and held meetings with health leaders and constituents alike. Congresswoman Escobar then discussed the road ahead and the need for legislation like the Heroes Act to provide additional support as the crisis continues to unfold.

Congresswoman Escobar echoed concerns over a post-pandemic economy and emphasized the need for El Paso to increase wages and have a comprehensive economic strategy to move the region forward. She pointed to the University of Texas at El Paso and Fort Bliss as two regional strengths whose momentum can help propel the region’s economic development.

“Those of you who have lived in El Paso for some time, or who have studied the evolution of our local economy, have seen the success that comes with being honest about our challenges and bold about our future—creating a shared vision informed by community voices,” Congresswoman Veronica Escobar said.

The Congresswoman then discussed some of the year’s biggest national topics like climate change, racial justice, and immigration reform. She finished by emphasizing that across all of these issues, her priority is to get El Paso the resources it needs.

“I am so incredibly proud of our community: resilient, generous, kind, and filled with good will. In the face of every challenge, El Pasoans take care of one another, and in my office, we will always work to take care of you,” the Congresswoman said.

The event concluded with remarks from El Paso Chamber Board Chairman VJ Smith, who closed by reminding viewers to register to vote.

The State of Congress was sponsored by Workforce Solutions Borderplex and Dannenbaum Engineering. The State of El Paso series continues with the State of Education (9/28) and State of the County (9/30). For more information, visit