Led by GrayRobinson attorney Glenn Cooper, a delegation from the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce brought the “Voice of Business in South Florida” to Congress recently in Washington, D.C. The Chamber Takes the Hill event involves issue meetings with key members of Congress, congressional staffers, and agency officials.
As Chair of the Public Policy Committee in the Government Affairs Group of the Chamber, Cooper’s role is to advocate for the Miami business community on federal issues in Congress and with federal agencies.
The group met with members of the Congressional delegation including Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Senator Bill Nelson, Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, Congresswoman Frederica Wilson, Congresswoman Corrine Brown, and Congressman Joe Garcia. They also met with high-level officials from the Department of Homeland Security, specifically USCIS and USCBP, and the Department of State to focus on immigration reform, including the comprehensive immigration reform bill that deals with many immigration issues including H-1B visas, H-2 visas, and E-Verify that is currently pending in the Senate. Cooper led discussions on behalf of the Chamber and the Miami business community on such important topics as the EB-5 immigrant investor green card program, E-2 investor visas, visa processing from Latin America and Europe, and the facilitation of international travel and tourism to Florida’s airports and ports.
Meetings were also conducted with the Department of Transportation to discuss the transportation reauthorization bill and other transportation matters, including public private partnerships to handle major transportation infrastructure projects in Florida. Water management and water treatment funding and future projects were also a major topic. The delegation also had the opportunity to meet with representatives from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, as well as Governor Scott’s office in the Capitol.
Glenn M. Cooper is a Shareholder focusing on assisting U.S. companies, foreign companies, investors and professionals regarding U.S. immigration laws including helping clients secure business and investor visas as well as with the legal, regulatory and governmental aspects of doing business in Florida. Fluent in French, Mr. Cooper has lectured to business audiences in France regarding legal issues associated with setting up a U.S. company, investment or joint ventures, as well as immigration considerations. He also speaks Spanish and works with clients from Latin America and Spain. In addition to chairing the Chamber’s Public Policy Committee, Cooper is also a member of the Chamber’s Board of Directors. Mr. Cooper regularly travels to Washington, D.C. and Tallahassee to advocate for the South Florida business community regarding immigration, international trade, transportation and infrastructure issues through meetings with members of Congress, the state legislature and Federal and State agencies including the Governor. Mr. Cooper is a member of The Florida Bar including the International Law Section and is also licensed to practice before the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida.
Please click here to see a photo of the delegation at a reception hosted by Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (front row center) at the U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee Chamber.