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2021 FEDERAL Legislative Agenda

For 43 years, the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce has traveled to Washington, D.C., to promote and drive important initiatives that benefit San Antonio’s business community and ensure the city remains the best place to live, work, and play.

During the 117th Congress, the Chamber will support legislation and appropriations for: improved infrastructure; public and higher education; improved access and affordability of healthcare, as well as sustaining and growing military missions.

Additionally, the Chamber will support direct, flexible funding assistance to cities dealing with the ongoing health response and economic community impacts and relief assistance for small businesses and hard-hit industries, such as restaurants and bars, tourism and hospitality businesses, healthcare providers and schools.

General Business


  • Supports legislation that addresses businesses' and other affected entities' concerns about liability protections while operating during a pandemic. Any such liability protections should be retroactive to December 2019 so long as reasonable efforts were taken to comply with applicable government standards and public health guidance.Supports continued CARES ACT funding through 2022 to help businesses through COVID-19 relief.
  • Supports continued CARES ACT funding through 2022 to help businesses through COVID-19 relief.
  • Supports funding to expand broadband infrastructure and increased access for all residents to affordable internet services, devices, and digital literacy.
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Aerospace


The Chamber supports one of the top priorities of the National Defense Strategy, as echoed by senior military officials, to rebuild military readiness, which involves Congress encouraging the Department of Defense (DoD) to continue to seek new Public Private Partnerships and protect existing ones. Additionally, we support Congress prioritizing infrastructure, and workforce and training programs that enhance aerospace companies’ ability to successfully partner with DoD and commercial companies to modernize global fleets and continue to incentivize industry investment in San Antonio becoming a global expert in aircraft and engine modernization.

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Cybersecurity


The Chamber supports federal programs that benefit the existing public, private, and non-profit cybersecurity-related organizations in San Antonio. This includes legislation and funding increases for growing federal cyber partners located in San Antonio and increased programs for education and training secondary, post-secondary, and professional curricula. Also, initiatives are needed that provide additional emphasis and funding for securing infrastructure and facilitating vital information sharing. Finally, we support the further implementation and enforcement of recent acquisition and supply chain reform legislation.

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Education & Workforce Development


Public Education The Chamber supports federal programs that benefit the diverse population of 5.4 million students in the Texas public school system including funding for early learning programs, full access to services for students with special educational needs, sufficient grant funding, and adequate resources to support school safety initiatives. -- Higher Education

The Chamber supports legislation that will help increase post-secondary education attainment through affordable, flexible access to high quality degrees and credentials aligned with workforce needs. Additionally, we support legislation that can facilitate collaborative partnerships to increase the number of post-secondary degrees and high- quality certificates in the community.

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Workforce Development

The Chamber supports legislation that will help sustain an existing skilled labor pool, develop a talent pipeline of the future, and provide for the ability for industry partners and educators to collaborate on these issues that are critical to the success of the business community. This will allow key stakeholders in workforce development to create solutions for today’s challenges and strategize for tomorrow’s needs to ensure the business community has access to world-class talent.

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Energy and Sustainability


The Chamber supports legislation that provides guidance and additional funding for nonattainment areas to reach and maintain attainment, as well as financial assistance to our San Antonio community members unable to pay their energy bills. Additionally, we support Congressional efforts and proposals to incentivize research, demonstration and deployment of evolving advanced technologies that will promote innovation and assist with net emissions reductions.

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Healthcare


The Chamber supports legislation to increase access to healthcare, including Congressional action for telehealth, promotion of vaccinations and immunizations, the protection of the 340B Drug Pricing Program, and extension of the 1115 Texas Transformation Waiver. Additionally, we support education and policies and program funding to effectively address health concerns in our community.

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Military Affairs


The Chamber supports legislation that sustains military missions, enhances military value and resiliency, as well as supports quality of life efforts for service members and families, such as: extending the term of Intergovernmental Support Agreements (IGSA) between installations and communities; supporting our critical military medical missions; and funding military construction and facilities sustainment projects prioritized by the Joint Base San Antonio Commander. Such legislation reduces the cost of doing business for the military, provides important partnership opportunities, and ensures our community remains attractive for mission retention and growth.

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Tourism and Hospitality


The Chamber supports long-term investment in promoting and revitalizing the hospitality and tourism industry to create jobs and boost economic activity. More specifically, we support federal assistance for travel and tourism businesses to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, funding for U.S. Interstate Highway System, funding for maintenance of the national park system, and the protection of tourism and travel interests.

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Transportation


The Chamber supports robust and sustainable funding levels for both highways and transit, as well as a correction to Texas’s donor state status. With regard to transit, we support increases in various grant and formula programs for capital and operational costs, as well as additional assistance in addressing the challenges of the pandemic. In aviation, we support assistance related to COVID-19, increases in various grant programs, an increase in the Passenger Facility Change (PFC), and legislation to secure direct, non-stop service to Reagan National Airport to/from San Antonio. See more on Transportation




Water


The Chamber of Commerce supports water resource policies that help improve resiliency, including restoring the ecosystem of urban creeks, which provides greenspace in the urban core. Additionally, we support legislation to assist with economic recovery from the pandemic, including financial assistance for low-income utility customers, incentives for water conservation, and federal investments in water infrastructure are critical to support our economic recovery from the pandemic.

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Housing


The Chamber supports increased and/or maintained federal funding to promote affordable housing through key housing and community development programs as well as the expansion of federal housing tools, such as the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit program and Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD).

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International Trade


The Chamber supports legislation that promotes increased trade, partnerships, and infrastructure investment to facilitate implementation of the USMCA and to reduce any barriers to trade.

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