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Co-Chaired Congressional Future Caucus With Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard. “With today being ‘Black Friday’ and ‘Cyber Monday’ coming after the weekend, representatives on Capitol Hill are trying to raise awareness about Giving Tuesday. ‘#GivingTuesday. Check it out,’ said Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI). In a move befitting of the Future Caucus, co-chairs Gabbard and Will Hurd (R-TX) called for the first Congressional Resolution with a hashtag in the name.” [KITV, 11/27/15] Congressional Future Caucus Consists Of Members Under 45, Focused On Finding Common Nonpartisan Common Ground. “The Congressional Future Caucus is our nation’s first and only caucus for young members of Congress (approximately under the age of 45). These members come together across partisan lines to creatively and pragmatically forge nonpartisan common ground on issues facing America’s next generation, such as enhancing American competitiveness and innovation. Future Caucus members also engage in nonpartisan outreach to Millennials and build key generational relationships across the aisle. The Caucus consists of about twenty-five Congressional members.” [MillenialAction.org, accessed 12/09/15] Voted For Blocking Requirement That Legislative Text Be Posted In Accordance With House Rules Voted For Blocking Requirement That Text Legislative Text Be Posted In Accordance With House Rules.
However, on HR 7 the Republican Leadership filed the bill late on the night before the vote the following morning, in direct violation of this Rule and their principles. The Democratic Previous Question would eliminate the waiver of this very important Rule that provides transparency for both the public and Members who must vote on legislation.” The previous question carried, 239-183. A vote against ordering the previous question would have eliminated the waiver of the House rule. [H Res 42, Vote #42, 1/22/15;
Democratic Leader – Previous Questions, 1/21/15] Voted For Delaying A Resolution That Would Require Removal Of All Confederate Symbols From The House Voted For Delaying A Resolution That Would Require Removal Of All Confederate Symbols From The House. In June 2015, Hurd voted for delaying a “privileged resolution that would require the Speaker of the House to remove all symbols of the Confederacy from the House wing of U.S. Capitol and donate such symbols to the Library of Congress.” The motion passed 240-184 [HR 341, Vote #385, 6/25/15; CQ Floor Votes, 6/25/15] The Hill: House Delays Floor Vote On Removing Confederate Symbol From Capitol. “The House referred a resolution on Thursday that would remove symbols of the Confederacy from the Capitol and adjacent office buildings to the committee level for possible later consideration. … [Democratic Rep. Bennie] Thompson’s resolution is privileged, which forces the House to expedite its consideration. The House vote on Thursday of 240-184 sends his resolution to the House Administration Committee for further review, instead of immediately voting on the measure.
Democrats uniformly opposed the move to delay consideration, while all but one Republican voted in favor. [The Hill, 6/25/15] Voted For Blocking Consideration Of Removing Any State Flag Containing The Confederate Battle Flag From US Capitol Grounds Voted For Blocking Consideration Of Removing Any State Flag Containing The Confederate Battle Flag From US Capitol Grounds. In July 2015, Hurd voted for blocking consideration of a vote to “call for an immediate vote on Leader Pelosi’s privileged resolution to remove any state flag containing the Confederate Battle flag from the U.S. Capitol grounds.” The previous question carried, 238-185. The previous question passed, 238 to 185. A vote against the previous question would have allowed the bill to be considered. [H RES 355, Vote #425, 7/09/15; Democratic Leader – Previous Questions, 7/09/15] Voted For Referring A Motion To Remove Any State Flag Containing The Confederate Battle Flag From US Capitol Grounds To The House Administration Committee Voted For Referring A Motion To Remove Any State Flag Containing The Confederate Battle Flag From US Capitol Grounds To The House Administration Committee. In July 2015, Hurd voted for a motion to refer a privileged resolution to “remove any state flag containing the Confederate Battle flag images of hate and division in our nation’s history that deserve to be stored in a museum and not displayed in a place of honor in the United States Capitol” to the House Administration Committee. The motion passed, 238 to 176. [H RES 355, Vote #426, 7/09/15; CQ Floor Votes, 7/09/15; Democratic Leader – Previous Questions, 7/09/15] Voted For Blocking Consideration On An Immediate Vote For A Resolution To Remove Any State Flag Containing The Confederate Battle Flag From The U.S. Capitol Grounds Voted For Blocking Consideration On An Immediate Vote For A Resolution To Remove Any State Flag Containing The Confederate Battle Flag From The U.S. Capitol Grounds. In July 2015, Hurd voted for blocking consideration “for an immediate vote on Leader Pelosi’s privileged resolution to remove any state flag containing the Confederate Battle flag from the U.S. Capitol grounds.” A vote against the previous question was to force the vote on removing state flags containing the Confederate battle flag from the U.S. Capitol grounds. The motion to order the previous question passed, 242 to 185.
[H Res 350, Vote #429, 7/09/15; Democratic Leader – Previous Questions, 7/09/15] January 2015: Voted For Boehner For Speaker Voted For Boehner For Speaker. “Two other freshmen from Texas - Will Hurd of San Antonio and John Ratcliffe of Heath - voted for Boehner.” [Houston Chronicle, 1/07/15] Voted For Blocking Constitutional Amendment To Overturn Citizens United Voted For Blocking Constitutional Amendment To Overturn Citizens United. In January 2015, Hurd voted for blocking a motion to require Congress to vote on a constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision and promote transparency in our political system. The previous question carried, 238-182. A vote against the previous question would have allowed the bill to be considered. [H Res 38, Vote #38, 1/21/15; Democratic Leader – Previous Questions, 1/21/15] Voted For To Block Restoration Of Federal Oversight To Protect The Right To Vote Voted For To Block Restoration Of Federal Oversight To Protect The Right To Vote. In November 2015, Hurd voted for a motion to block consideration of a vote on the “Voting Rights Advancement Act, which would restore federal oversight to protect the most sacred right and responsibility of American citizenship; the right to vote.” The previous question carried, 241-178. A vote against the previous question would call for an immediate vote on the Voting Rights Advancement Act. [H Res 507, Vote #583, 11/03/15; Democratic Leader – Previous Questions, 11/03/15]
Voted For Naming Post Office After Maya Angelou
Voted For Naming Post Office After Maya Angelou. In March 2016, Hurd voted for naming a post office after Maya Angelou. The bill would have “designate[d] the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 200 Town Run Lane in Winston Salem, North Carolina, as the ‘Maya Angelou Memorial Post Office’.” [HR 3735, Vote #104, 3/01/16; CQ, 3/08/16] Maya Angelou Won Presidential Medal Of Freedom Award, Was Praised By Presidents Obama, Bush, And Clinton. “Angelou won the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2010, and was the subject of a postage stamp after her death. She recited poetry at the inaugurations of the past two Democratic presidents: Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. Former President George W. Bush said in a statement upon her death in 2014 that her words ‘enriched the culture of our country.’” [Roll Call, 3/01/16] Voted For Rep. Paul Ryan For Speaker Of The House Voted For Rep. Paul Ryan For Speaker Of The House. In October 2015, Hurd for Representative Paul Ryan to be Speaker of the House. Paul Ryan received 236 votes, Nancy Pelosi received 184 votes, and Daniel Webster received 9 votes. [Election to the Speaker, Vote #581, 10/29/15] Consumer Protection and Regulatory Reform
Voted to dramatically restrict government’s ability to enact safety restrictions Voted against protecting Public Health And Safety Regulations From Significant Delays Hurd has firmly backed Republican legislation opening agency rulemaking up to a range of legal challenges while requiring the disclosure of cost-benefit analyses used in the development of regulations. His commitment to restricting regulatory capacity extends even deeper as he voted against exemptions from the new rulemaking limitations for the FDA and health and safety regulations.
Voted For “Dramatically” Restricting Government’s Ability To Enact New Safety Standards Voted For “Dramatically” Restricting Government’s Ability to Enact New Safety Standards. In January 2015, Hurd voted for restricting the government’s ability to enact new regulations or safety standards. “The House passed a measure Tuesday to dramatically restrict the government’s ability to enact any significant new regulations or safety standards, potentially hamstringing the efforts of every federal agency, from financial regulators to safety watchdogs. …The primary way the bill would work is by making just about every step an agency takes on a major new rule subject to numerous legal challenges. It does that by defining major rules as ones that have direct costs of more than $100 million or indirect costs above $1 billion, or would have significant costs for just about anyone, including government. Then it requires that for any such rule, agencies must make public their cost-benefit analyses of the new regulation and choose the cheapest option.” The bill passed 250 to 175. [HR 185, Vote #28, 1/13/15; Huffington Post, 1/13/15; CQ Floor Votes, 1/13/15] Law Professor: “Irresponsible Reform: The House Favors Extreme Legislation That Would Delay Public Protections by Ten Years or More.” [Center For Progressive Reform Blog, 1/13/15] Voted Against Protecting Public Health And Safety Regulations From Significant Delays Voted Against Protecting Public Health And Safety Regulations From Significant Delays. In January 2015, Hurd voted against an amendment exempting public health and safety regulations from the bill’s burdensome requirements on creating new rules. “The House has rejected an amendment sponsored by Rep. Gerald E. Connolly, D-Va., to the Regulatory Accountability Act (H.R. 185) … Connolly said the exemption was needed to ensure that regulations needed to protect food and drug safety and air and water quality can move forward promptly.” The amendment failed 242 to 177. [HR 185, Amendment No. 4, Vote #26, 1/13/14; Albany Herald, 1/16/15] Voted Against Exempting FDA Consumer Protections From Greater Regulatory Review And Legal Challenges Voted Against Exempting FDA Consumer Protections From Greater Regulatory Review And Legal Challenges. In February 2015, Hurd voted against Jackson Lee of Texas Part A Amendment No. 6, an amendment to the Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act of 2015 that “sought to exempt from the bill all regulations issued by the Food and Drug Administration relating to consumer safety, including those issued pursuant to the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act.” HR 527 was a bill under which “the SBA would have new authority to ensure agencies comply with the law’s regulatory review requirements, including by getting more directly involved with agency reviews of proposed rules.
It would expand the ability of small businesses and other small entities affected by an agency’s regulations to legally challenge those rules.” The amendment failed 184 to 234. [HR 527, Vote #66, 2/05/15; Thomas.loc.gov, 2/05/15; CQ News HR 527 Coverage, 2/05/15] Voted For Mandating Private Sector Input On Federal Agency Rules, Expand Judicial Review, And Restrict CFPB Funding Voted For Mandating Private Sector Input On Federal Agency Rules, Expand Judicial Review, And Restrict CFPB Funding. In February 2015, Hurd voted for the Unfunded Mandates Information and Transparency Act of 2015. “in a new GOP attempt to roll back federal regulations, the House passed a measure Wednesday aimed at limiting agency rules that impose unfunded mandates. Lawmakers approved the bill 250-173, after adding a provision that would restrict funding for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau…The main part of the bill (HR 50) would expand and modify the 1995 Unfunded Mandates Reform Act (PL 104-4) that requires all federal agencies to consult with the private sector when developing rules... The measure would extend judicial review of agency rules and permit a court to stay, enjoin or invalidate a rule if an agency fails to complete the required UMRA analysis or adhere to the regulatory principles.” The bill passed 250 to 173. [HR 50, Vote #64, 2/04/15; CQ News, 2/04/15] Coalition For Sensible Safeguards: “The Unfunded Mandates Information and Transparency Act Lets Big Business Write The Rules.” “But the Coalition for Sensible Safeguards (CSS) says the bill would give businesses special access to regulators and block hypothetical future rules without the public knowing. ‘The Unfunded Mandates Information and Transparency Act lets big business write the rules,’ Katherine McFate, president of the Center for Effective Government and CSS co-chair, said in a statement. ‘It doesn’t improve or streamline the regulatory process, which is already plagued by hurdles and delays. This act would make it even more difficult for agencies to implement laws enacted by Congress.’” [The Hill, 1/30/15] HR 50 Cut CFPB Funding By $36 Million. “Limits the total budget authority which the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau may request from the Federal Reserve to $550 million in FY 2016. This limitation is needed to ensure that the CFPB will comply with the requirements contained elsewhere within HR 50 without increasing their drawdown of funds from the federal reserve, which would otherwise add a direct spending cost to the bill. The limitation is set at $36 million below the CBO baseline projection for CFPB Budget Authority in FY 2016.” [HR 50, Amendment #4, 2/04/15]
Voted For Requiring Agency Rulemakers To Consider Low-Income Populations