(TRENTON) – Assemblyman Carmelo G. Garcia was one of a select group of New Jersey Latino Leaders to recently participate in a conference call with the U.S. Secretary of Labor Tom Perez.
The conference calls are organized for community leaders and lawmakers to discuss President Obama’s 2014 priorities with senior Obama Administration officials.
“Participation in these discussions with senior White House officials are a crucial part of keeping up with national policy and understanding how it may impact New Jersey,” said Garcia (D-Hudson).
Secretary of Labor Tom Perez was joined on the call by Felicia Escobar, Senior Policy Advisor on Immigration for The White House Domestic Policy Council and representatives from the White House Office of Public Engagement. Topics of the discussion included increasing minimum wage, the Affordable Care Act, comprehensive immigration reform, helping small businesses and job creation for veterans and people of color.
“Our discussion was informative,” said Garcia. “The topics were very relevant to the issues we are currently facing in my district and statewide. We were able to ask questions and get answers on healthcare, the national minimum wage and the future of small business in the country. It was a privilege to be a part of the conversation.”
Garcia represents the 33rd Legislative District includes the Hudson County municipalities of Union City, Hoboken, Weehawken, and parts of Jersey City. He serves on serve on the Assembly Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee, Human Services, and Transportation, Public Works and Independent Authorities committees.