«Will Hurd (TX-23) Research Report The following report contains research on Will Hurd, a Republican member of Congress in Texas’ 23rd district. ...»
Voted Against FY16 Congressional Black Caucus Budget. In March 2015, Hurd voted against the Congressional Black Caucus budget that “focuses on increasing economic opportunities through robust investments in education, infrastructure, affordable housing, domestic manufacturing, small businesses, and job training. It also protects and enhances social safety net programs…” The amendment failed 120 to 306. [H Con Res 27, Vote #137, 3/25/15; Congressional Black Caucus Website, 3/23/15] Voted Against FY16 Republican Study Committee Budget That Balanced In Six Years, Cut Retirement Programs, And Called For A Balanced Budget Amendment Voted Against FY2016 Republican Study Committee Budget. In March 2015, Hurd voted against the Republican Study Committee budget that would cut spending by $7.1 trillion over 10 years. “A conservative budget released by the House Republican Study Committee (RSC) on Monday would balance in five years by cutting $7.1 trillion in spending over the next decade. The cuts are much more than the $5.5 trillion in proposed cuts included in the main House GOP blueprint unveiled last week by Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price (R-Ga.). The RSC budget, prepared by RSC and Budget Committee member Marlin Stutzman (R-Ind.), would increase spending for the Pentagon.” The amendment failed 132 to 294.
RealClearPolitics, 3/23/15] Would Not Vote To Increase the Debt Ceiling Would Not Vote To Increase the Debt Ceiling. In 2014, Hurd said he would not vote to increase the debt ceiling. [KLRN, 17:00, 1/31/14] Failing to Raise the Debt Ceiling Would Lead to $120 Billion Per Month Shortfall. In 2011, The Hill reported that if the debt ceiling was not raised, Congress would be left with a $120 billion per month shortfall, leading to draconian cuts that could threaten a tenuous economic recovery. [The Hill, 4/14/11] Voted For Amendment Allowing Republican Leaders To Fast-Track Stopgap Spending Bill Voted For Amendment Allowing Republican Leaders To Fast-Track Stopgap Spending Bill. In September 2015, Hurd voted for consideration of an amendment to H.Res.420. “CR Could be FastTracked Under Rule Passed by House …. The House Thursday quietly granted itself a method for speeding consideration of legislation after the papal visit next week, presumably for a must-pass stopgap spending bill. The chamber approved an amendment to a rule (H Res 420) that waives the requirement that two-thirds of lawmakers vote to allow the House Rules Committee to bring a report to the floor the same day it is advanced out of the panel.” The amendment passed 237 to 187. [H.Res. 420, Vote #498, 9/17/15; CQ News, 9/17/15]
Voted For Short-Term Continuing Resolution To Prevent Government Shutdown.
Voted For Short-Term Continuing Resolution To Prevent Government Shutdown. In September 2015, Hurd voted for a motion to concur in the Senate amendment to the bill that would continue funding the government through Dec. 11, 2015 at an annualized rate of $1,017 trillion, the top-line post-sequester discretionary spending level for FY 2016 set by the Budget Control Act. It also would fund for Overseas Contingency Operations at a rate of $74.8 billion, roughly equal to the FY 2015 level. Under the bill, most programs would be funded at a rate that is 0.21 percent less than their FY 2015 funding level, although the measure would include increases for certain activities including $700 million in emergency funding for fighting fire in western states; it would give the VA budget flexibility in constructing a facility in Denver, and would not defund Planned Parenthood. Further, the measure would extend through Dec.
11 the ban on state taxation of Internet access and the E-Verify employment verification system. The motion was agreed to by a vote of 277-151. [HR 719, Vote #528, 9/30/15; CQ Floor Votes, 9/30/15] Voted For Blocking Consideration Of A Clean Debt Limit Extension That Would Avoid A Government Default Voted For Blocking Consideration Of A Clean Debt Limit Extension That Would Avoid A Government Default. In October 2015, Hurd voted for blocking consideration of a clean debt limit extension that would avoid a government default and an increase of interest rates on mortgages, student loans, credit cards, and car payments. The previous question passed, 241 to 181. A vote against the previous question would have allowed the bill to be considered. [H.Res. 480, Vote #553, 10/21/15;
Democratic Leader – Previous Questions, 10/21/15] Voted For Debt Limit Bill Forcing Gov’t Shutdown By Only Paying Nation’s Creditors And Social Security Recipients, Ignoring Military Members And Medicare Recipients Voted For Debt Limit Bill That Would Only Allow Payments For The Nation’s Creditors And Social Security Recipients. In October 2015, Hurd voted for the Default Prevention Act, a bill that would force a partial government shutdown by only funding payments towards the nation’s creditors and Social Security recipients. “With less than two weeks until the federal government is expected to reach its borrowing limit, House Republican leaders are readying a vote on legislation intended to avoid a financial meltdown should that ceiling be reached. … The Default Prevention Act … would allow the federal government to keep borrowing above the statutory debt limit for the sole purpose of paying principal and interest on debt held by the public or the Social Security Trust Fund.” The bill passed, 235 to 194. [HR 692, Vote #557, 10/21/15; Washington Post, 10/16/15] Bill Criticized For Being A “Cop-Out” And Prioritizing Foreign Bondholders Over Military Members, Medicare, And Medicaid Recipients. “Democrats oppose the bill, calling it a cop-out that would pave the way for a partial government shutdown where military members and federal workers would go without paychecks, doctors and hospitals would go without Medicaid and Medicare payments, and federal contractors would be hung out to dry. Rep. Sander M. Levin (D-Mich.), ranking member of Ways and Means, called the bill ‘reckless and indefensible’ last month and doubted whether the bill could even be implemented under current Treasury systems and procedures. ‘Even if such prioritization were possible, it would put China and other foreign bondholders before our own citizens at a time when they can least afford it,’ he said.” [Washington Post, 10/16/15] Bill Falls “Far Short Of The Needed Debt-Limit Increase.” “With the potential for an unprecedented federal default two weeks away, House Republicans on Wednesday plan to pass legislation not to avert disaster, but rather to manage it… Yet with time running out, what the House will vote on Wednesday and send to the Senate falls far short of the needed debt-limit increase. … Privately, some Republicans concede the vote is a way for members to seem to oppose default.
Douglas Holtz-Eakin, an economics adviser to Republicans and the former director of the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, called it ‘political cover but not a solution of any type.
There’s no way that you can pretend that taking out the Pentagon budget and a huge chunk of the domestic budget is not going to be damaging,’ he said.” [New York Times, 10/20/15] HEADLINE: “House GOP Brings Back Debt Ceiling Cop-Out Bill For A Floor Vote This Week” [Talking Points Memo, 10/19/16] Voted For Blocking Consideration Of A Clean Debt Limit Extension Voted For Blocking Consideration Of A Clean Debt Limit Extension. In October, 2015, Hurd voted for blocking consideration of a vote on “a clean debt limit extension.” The previous question carried, 244A vote against the previous question was to force the vote on a clean debt limit bill. [HR 3762 Vote #566, 10/22/15; Democratic Leader – Previous Questions, 10/22/15] Voted For Motion That Would Have Replaced HR 1314 With Bill Suspending Debt Limit Until March 2017 And Increasing Discretionary Spending Cap Voted For Motion That Would Have Replaced HR 1314 With Bill Suspending Debt Limit Until March 2017 And Increasing Discretionary Spending Cap. Hurd voted for “motion to concur in the Senate amendment to the bill with a modified Boehner amendment that would replace the bill with legislation that would suspend the debt limit until March 15, 2017 and increase the discretionary spending cap for fiscal 2016 by $50 billion and for fiscal 2017 by $30 billion, with the increases split equally between defense and non-defense spending.” The motion passed 266 to 167. [HR 1314, Vote #579, 10/28/15; CQ Billtrack, 11/04/15] Motion Included The Sale Of Oil From The Strategic Petroleum Reserve. “Offsets through mandatory spending cuts and revenue increases would include increasing premiums companies pay to the Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation to insure private pension plans, the sale of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, and changes to the federal crop insurance program. It would prevent an estimated 52 percent premium increase for certain Medicare beneficiaries and instead provide for a lower increase, and would make changes to keep the Social Security disability insurance trust solvent until 2022. Motion agreed to 266-167. Note: A ‘yea’ was a vote in support of the president's position.” [CQ Billtrack, 11/04/15] Voted For Amendment Liquidating The Federal Reserve’s Surplus Funds, Redirecting $59.5 Billion Over Ten Years To The General Fund Voted For Amendment Liquidating The Federal Reserve’s Surplus Funds, Redirecting $59.5 Billion Over Ten Years To The General Fund. In November 2015, Hurd voted for an amendment to the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act introduced by Representatives Randy Neugebauer (R., Texas) and Bill Huizenga (R., Mich.) which would “liquidate the Fed’s surplus account and transfer it to the Treasury. Aides to both lawmakers said the provision would generate about $59.5 billion over 10 years.” The amendment passed 354 to 72. [H R 22, Vote #622, 11/05/15; Wall Street Journal, 11/05/15] Voted For $1.1 Trillion Bipartisan Budget Agreement To Keep Government Open Through September 2016 Voted For $1.1 Trillion Overwhelmingly Bipartisan Budget Deal To Keep Government Open Through September 2016. In December 2015, Hurd voted for the omnibus spending package. “The House on Friday overwhelmingly approved a $1.1 trillion spending package that includes the first major change approved by Congress to ObamaCare, and keeps the government open through September 2016 … In the end, there was no drama in the 316-113 vote … Only 18 Democrats voted against the spending bill, while 166 supported it.” [HR 2029, Vote #705, 12/18/15; The Hill, 12/18/15] Omnibus Bill Would End U.S. Ban On Crude Oil Exports. According to Congressional Quarterly, “The measure would end the U.S. ban on crude oil exports and would reauthorize health care and victim compensation programs for 9/11 first-responders.” [CQ, 12/18/15] Omnibus Bill Would Reauthorize 9/11 Responder Compensation Program. According to Congressional Quarterly, “The measure would end the U.S. ban on crude oil exports and would reauthorize health care and victim compensation programs for 9/11 first-responders.” [CQ, 12/18/15] Voted For Blocking Consideration Of Holding A Hearing For The President’s FY16 Budget Voted For Blocking Consideration Of Holding A Hearing For The President’s FY16 Budget. In March 2016, Hurd voted for blocking consideration of holding a hearing for the Obama Administration’s fiscal year 2017 budget proposal. “The Democratic Previous Question gives Republicans a third chance to call for an immediate vote on Budget Committee Ranking Member Chris Van Hollen’s H.R. 624 to demand a fair hearing on the President’s Budget by demanding that House Republicans hold a Budget hearing with the Director of the Office of Management and Budget.” [H Res 635, Vote #106, 3/03/16;