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«Will Hurd (TX-23) Research Report The following report contains research on Will Hurd, a Republican member of Congress in Texas’ 23rd district. ...»

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Voted Against Amendment Narrowing The Exemption From XBRL Reporting Requirements To Only “Emerging Growth Companies.” In February 2016, Hurd voted against an amendment “narrow[ed] the underlying bill’s exemption from XBLR requirements to only ‘Emerging Growth Companies’ and only for a period of three years, while permitting such companies to elect to use XBLR for such reporting.” The amendment failed 173 to 248. [HR 1675, Vote #59, 2/03/16; Daily Whip, 2/03/16; CQ Floor Votes, 2/03/16] XBRL Is A Financial Reporting Language Provides Faster And More Efficient Reporting For Compliance, Performance, And Business Reports. “In a nutshell, XBRL provides a language in which reporting terms can be authoritatively defined. Those terms can then be used to uniquely represent the contents of financial statements or other kinds of compliance, performance and business reports. XBRL lets reporting information move between organisations(sic) rapidly, accurately and digitally.” [XBRL.org, accessed 3/09/16] “Emerging Growth Companies” Are Companies With Gross Annual Revenues Less Than $1 Billion. “An ‘emerging growth company’ is defined in the Securities Act and the Exchange Act as an issuer with “total annual gross revenues” of less than $1 billion during its most recently completed fiscal year.” [Securities and Exchange Commission, 12/21/15] Voted Against Limiting The Exemption From XBRL Reporting For Emerging Growth Companies To Companies That Are First Required To File With The SEC After The Bill’s Enactment Voted Against Limiting The Exemption From XBRL Reporting For Emerging Growth Companies To Companies That Are First Required To File With The SEC After The Bill’s Enactment. In February 2016, Hurd voted against an amendment that would “limit the exemption under the bill for emerging growth companies and companies with annual revenues of less than $250 million from the current requirement for companies to use eXtensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL), an interactive data format, for filing financial statements with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Specifically, the amendment would limit the exemption to issuers that are first required to file financial statements after the bill's enactment.” The amendment failed 194 to 221. [HR 1675, Vote #58, 2/03/16;

CQ Floor Votes, 2/03/16] XBRL Is A Financial Reporting Language Provides Faster And More Efficient Reporting For Compliance, Performance, And Business Reports. “In a nutshell, XBRL provides a language in which reporting terms can be authoritatively defined. Those terms can then be used to uniquely represent the contents of financial statements or other kinds of compliance, performance and business reports. XBRL lets reporting information move between organisations(sic) rapidly, accurately and digitally.” [XBRL.org, accessed 3/09/16] Voted Against Amendment Directing Securities And Exchange Commission (SEC) To Study Prevalence Of Employee Ownership Plans In Companies That Include Social Benefit Voted Against Amendment Directing Securities And Exchange Commission (SEC) To Study Prevalence Of Employee Ownership Plans In Companies That Include Social Benefit. In February 2016, Hurd voted against an amendment that would have “direct[ed] the Securities and Exchange Commission to study and report to Congress on the prevalence of employee ownership plans within companies that include a flexible or social benefit component in their articles of incorporation, as permitted by relevant state laws.” The amendment failed 180 to 243. [HR 1675, Vote #57, 2/03/16; CQ Floor Votes, 2/03/16] Voted For Preventing Bank Regulators From “Requesting Or Ordering Banks” To Close Customer Accounts Involved In Ongoing Law Enforcement Investigations.

Voted For Preventing Bank Regulators From “Requesting Or Ordering Banks” To Close Customer Accounts Involved In Ongoing Law Enforcement Investigations. In February 2016, Hurd voted for a bill to “limit regulators’ ability to request shutting off bank accounts associated with businesses suspected of fraud. Passed largely along party lines by a vote of 250-169, the bill would prevent banking regulators from requesting or ordering banks to close specific customer accounts unless the reason isn’t based solely on reputation.” The bill passed 250 to 169. [H. 766, Vote #63; The Hill, 2/04/16] Voted Against Motion Ensuring Financial Institutions Haven’t Broken The Law By Taking Advantage Of Service Members Or Abusing Mortgage Market Voted Against Motion Ensuring Financial Institutions Haven’t Broken The Law By Taking Advantage Of Service Members Or Abusing Mortgage Market. In February 2016, Hurd voted against a motion that would have prevented the Financial Institution Customer Protection Act of 2016 from taking effect until it had been certified that financial institutions covered by bill haven’t broken the law, taken advantage of service members or perpetrated abuses in the mortgage market during the previous five years. The motion failed, 177 to 240. [H.R. 766, Vote #62; Congressional Record, 2/04/16] Foreign Policy

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 Wrote op-ed opposing nuclear deal with Iran, met with Netanyahu to discuss the deal, and accused the Obama Administration of rewarding Iran instead of holding it accountable  Voted to restrict the President’s ability to lift sanctions on Iran and financial institutions, to prohibit the waiving of such sanctions, and to prevent their reduction until 2017  Supported a diplomatic solution in Syria prior to the emergence of ISIS and has since declared his support for bombing ISIS in Syria and Iraq  Repeatedly voted to continue funding, equipping, and training regional allies against ISIS  Voted against withdrawing troops from Iraq In Congress, Hurd has strongly opposed the nuclear deal with Iran, authoring multiple op-eds expressing his objections to the agreement, meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to discuss the issue, and even accusing the Obama Administration of rewarding Iran though the accord, rather than holding it accountable. Hurd voted for a series of bills intended to prevent President Obama from executing the agreement’s stipulations through restricting his ability to lift sanctions, prohibiting the reduction of sanctions until 2017, and even blocking the waiving of such sanctions until Iran pays terrorism-related legal judgements.





Hurd has a generally hawkish record. Although he initially advocated for a diplomatic solution to the Syrian civil war, he has since supported bombing ISIS and has repeatedly voted to preserve funding to equip and train regional allies to fight it. Hurd voted against withdrawing troops from Iraq.

Wrote Op-Ed Opposing Nuclear Deal With Iran Wrote Op-Ed Opposing Nuclear Deal With Iran. “The pursuit of a nuclear program by Iran is not about energy or weapons; it’s about power. Secretary of State John Kerry should have used the recent missed deadline in the nuclear negotiation between Iran and major world powers as an excuse to walk away. He could have finally heeded the advice and guidance of our partners in the region and dealt with Iran as the belligerent exporter of terrorism that it is. By agreeing to a bad deal, they are enabling Iran to use delay tactics to continue its nuclear program to flip the balance of power in the region.” [San Antonio Express s News, Hurd Op Ed, 7/23/15] Met With Netanyahu In Israel On Iran Deal Met With Netanyahu In Israel On Iran Deal. “Hurd didn’t need an icebreaker with the prime minister, describing Netanyahu as an engaging person and supportive of U.S. involvement in the Middle East. No meeting with Netanyahu would be complete without a discussion about Iran, Hurd said. ‘Iran is a clear, present danger to the U.S.,’ Hurd said Sunday to a room full of people at the Holocaust Museum.” [El Paso Times, 6/07/15] Compared Border Situation In Israel As Similar To U.S.-Mexico Border. “Also in his address, Hurd compared the border situation in Israel as being similar to the U.S.-Mexico border. The U.S. deals with illegal immigration and drug trafficking while Israel faces opposition from surrounding countries like Iran and Syria. Hurd described the Israeli borders as urban, with houses and buildings in close proximity.

Because of this, Hurd said Israel can control its borders with smaller resources than the U.S. can, which needs tech-based equipment to cover its expansive borders.” [El Paso Times, 6/07/15] Accused Obama Administration Of “Rewarding Iran By Lifting Sanctions And Allowing Them To Sell Energy On The Global Market” Accused Obama Administration Of “Rewarding Iran By Lifting Sanctions And Allowing Them To Sell Energy On The Global Market.”

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Voted For A Resolution Asserting That The President Did Not Provide Information For Congressional Review Of The Iran Nuclear Deal. In September 2015, Hurd voted for a resolution “asserting that the Obama administration did not provide information required for congressional review of the Iran nuclear deal… The measure … would find that the review period under the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act has not officially started because the president has not transmitted all so-called side deals to Congress. Conservative Republicans … assert the mandated 60-day review period cannot legally be said to have begun since Congress has not had physical access to two separate arrangements between the International Atomic Energy Agency and Tehran. Specifically, Republicans are objecting to the absence of a ‘road map’ between Iran and the IAEA that lays out commitments by Tehran to disclose past and present alleged military research with nuclear dimensions.” The bill passed 245 to 186. [H.Res.

411, Vote #492, 9/10/15; CQ, 9/10/15] Voted Against A Measure Expressing Congressional Approval Of The Iran Nuclear Deal Voted Against A Measure Expressing Congressional Approval Of The Iran Nuclear Deal. In September 2015, Hurd voted against “a measure expressing congressional approval of the Iran nuclear agreement Friday, placing a majority of the chamber on the record against the accord. The measure … states simply that Congress favors the pact. The bill was likely to fail on the House floor, but in so doing put Democrats on the record in support of the deal.” The motion failed 169 to 269. [H.R. 3461, Vote #493, 9/11/15; CQ, 9/14/15] Voted For The Bill To Prevent The President From Reducing Iran’s Sanctions Until 2017 Voted For The Bill To Prevent The President From Reducing Iran’s Sanctions Until 2017. In September 2015, Hurd voted for a bill that would suspend the President’s authority to reduce, waive, or suspend sanctions on Iran until January 21, 2017. The bill passed, 247 to 186. [HR 3460, Vote #494, 9/11/15; CQ, 9/11/15; AP, 9/11/15]

Voted For Prohibiting Waiving Iran Sanctions

Voted For Prohibiting Waiving Iran Sanctions Until Iran Pays Legal Terrorism Related Judgment.

In October 2015, Hurd voted for to “prohibit the president from waiving sanctions under the Iran Nuclear Agreement until Iran pays the legal terrorism-related judgment it owes. The president would be required to certify to Congress that the Iranian government has paid all outstanding judgments before Iran's sanctions are lifted or its assets released.” The bill passed, 251-173. [CQ Floor Votes, 10/01/15; HR 3457, Vote #533, 10/01/15] Voted For A Bill To Restrict The President’s Ability To Lift Sanctions On Iranian And Other Financial Institutions As Called For By The 2015 Iran Nuclear Agreement.

Voted For A Bill To Restrict The President’s Ability To Lift Sanctions On Iranian And Other Financial Institutions As Called For By The 2015 Iran Nuclear Agreement. In February 2016, Hurd voted for a bill to “restrict the president's ability to lift sanctions on Iranian and other financial institutions, as called for by the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement, by requiring various certifications to Congress. Specifically, it would prohibit the president from removing the foreign financial institutions from the Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Asset Control's list of blocked nationals and persons until the president submits to Congress a certification that the institutions have not knowingly facilitated a significant transaction for Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps, a foreign terrorist organization or anyone sanctioned in connection with Iran's weapons of mass destruction and ballistic-missile programs.” The bill passed 246 to 181. [H Res 3662, Vote #54, 2/02/16; CQ Floor Votes, 2/02/16]

Voted For A Motion To Continue The Benghazi Select Committee

Voted For A Motion To Continue The Benghazi Select Committee. In October 2015, Hurd voted for a motion to table the ruling of the Chair and continue the Select Committee on Benghazi, even after Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy admitted it was a partisan tactic. The motion failed, 240-183. [Motion, Vote #536, 10/07/15; Rep. Louise Slaughter, Press Release, 10/07/15; Congressional Record, 10/07/15]

Hurd Supports Bombing ISIS in Syria and Iraq

Hurd Supports Bombing ISIS in Syria and Iraq. In November 2014, Hurd said he supported bombing the so-called Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, in Syria and Iraq to stop the threat before it reaches the United States. “They pose a real threat and we need to do everything we possibly can to eliminate them,” Hurd said. “I think bombing them in Syria and Iraq is a good thing. I think we need to work more with our local partners, because ISIS is a threat to the Saudis, ISIS is a threat to the Jordanians, ISIS is a threat to the Turks, ISIS is a threat to the Emirates.” [Yahoo News, 11/18/14] Before Emergence Of ISIS, Argued For Diplomatic Rather Than Military Solution To Syrian War Before Emergence Of ISIS, Argued For Diplomatic Rather Than Military Solution To Syrian War.

In September 2013, Hurd said that the U.S. should focus on diplomatic solution to the crisis in Syria rather than a military one. “A missile strike in Syria does nothing. It doesn’t bring the regime down, it doesn’t prevent al Qaeda from coming into power,” Hurd said. “The larger question is, ‘What are we going to do to influence Russia and China to prevent the loss of these innocent lives?’” [Dallas Morning News, 9/16/13]

Voted Against Eliminating $600 Million In Funding For Syria Train And Equip Fund



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