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On April 28, student members from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, teamed with students from Lynchburg College and members of SHRM’s Central Virginia Chapter to host a public forum with Rep. Robert Hurt (R-VA). 

Hurt, pictured here with Alexander Knight and Tyler Wise (two student organizers of the event), was first elected to Congress this past November to represent Virginia’s 5th District in Congress.  The event enabled students to better understand how national issues will affect their roles as future HR professionals.                                                                    

In his opening remarks, Congressman Hurt briefed students on national economic challenges, particularly the national deficit. Other issues discussed included trends in the unemployment rate in Virginia, federal programs that have contributed to the deficit and mandatory federal spending/debt payments that account for 60 percent of the federal budget.
Responding to a question about gas prices, Rep. Hurt said, "I think there are also things that can be done in Washington, but are going to require a change of heart by our President, who has made it clear that he doesn't believe that domestic supply is an important part of the future of our energy policy."

In closing the program, he applauded the students’ interest in tackling key domestic and workplace issues, as well as actively advancing the interests of the HR profession, urging them to “stay engaged!”

Photo at the right by Caleb Hamm. 

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