On June 11, 2013 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, a meeting between the Korean American community leaders in New York and Representative Peter Roskam (IL-6) was held at the offices of the Korean American Association of Greater New York. Rep. Roskam is currently 4th in rank at the House Republicans and has considerable influence over politics in Washington. He is currently in the Ways and Means Committee and serves as the Chief Deputy Whip of the Republican Party. Roskam is also known for his pro-Korea stance in Congress. It is said by many that Roskam played an instrumental role in making South Korean President Park Geun-hye’s address at the U.S. Capitol a reality.
For this meeting, Rep. Roskam was invited to the Korean American community by Korean American Civic Empowerment (KACE). KACE first met Rep. Roskam in March 2013 at the Congressional Caucus on Korea’s opening meeting.
This meeting was about an hour long, and various leaders from KACE, the Korean American Association of Greater New York, Korean American Association of Queens, NY, Korean Produce Association along with the Consul General of the Republic of Korea were present. Rep. Roskam thanked the community leaders for attending and emphasized the importance of Korea-US relations.
Through a Questions & Answers session, Rep. Roskam spoke about his legislation for the E-4 visa (special visa for Korean professional workers) and stated his intent to continue communicating with the Korean American community.