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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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“H.R. 3716 would improve the ability of States to identify health care providers who have been terminated from participating in Medicare or in another State's Medicaid or CHIP program. The Affordable Care Act requires that State Medicaid programs terminate participation of health care providers that have been terminated by Medicare or another State Medicaid program. This legislation would improve States' ability to fulfill this requirement by codifying this requirement in CHIP, requiring providers participating in Medicaid and CHIP managed care to enroll with the State, and increasing required reporting, sharing of information, and standardization of documentation of reasons for termination.” [Statement of Administration Policy, Executive Office of the President, 3/01/16] Bill Would Save $28 Million Over Ten Years. “The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that the bill would reduce direct spending by $28 million over the next ten years.” [Office of the Democratic Whip, 3/02/16] Homeland Security and Intelligence

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 Touts CIA background in approaching intelligence and cyber security issues, chairing newly formed Information Technology Subcommittee  Voted to block consideration of a bill to protect veterans’ personal information from cyber-attacks through promoting voluntary sharing of information about cyber threats between the private sector and federal government  Despite giving lip service to privacy concerns and NSA programs, Hurd voted against ending warrantless surveillance and said he would not modify the Patriot Act  Voted ten times to block votes on legislation prohibiting suspected terrorists from buying guns Due to his CIA background and general fluency on intelligence and cyber security policy, Hurd is generally treated with a great deal of deference by both colleagues on the media on such issues. However, he voted to block consideration of a bill to protect veterans’ personal information from cyber-attacks through private-public information sharing. Though Hurd frequently expresses concerns about civil liberties and NSA surveillance operations, he also voted against ending such warrantless “backdoor” operations and does not believe the Patriot Act should be modified. Despite his claimed dedication to fighting terrorism and improving homeland security, Hurd has voted ten times to block votes on legislation prohibiting suspected terrorists of buying guns.

Chosen By Incoming Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz To Chair New Subcommittee On Cyber Security, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies Chosen By Incoming Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz To Chair New Subcommittee On Cyber Security, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies. “Hurd is in charge of the IT Subcommittee -- a new panel created by incoming Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz of Utah.” [Dallas Morning News, 1/07/15] Involved In Inspecting Procurement Policies For $80 Billion Federal IT Equipment Budget. “As part of the Oversight Committee, Hurd’s job will also involve inspecting how the federal government procures and uses IT equipment. The government budgeted over $80 billion for IT in fiscal year 2014, according to the Government Accountability Office.” [Dallas Morning News, 1/07/15]

Said His CIA Experience Prepared Him To Deal With Security and Privacy Issues

Said His CIA Experience Prepared Him To Deal With Security and Privacy Issues. In March 2014, Hurd said that, based on his experience running the CIA’s secret operations in Afghanistan, he believes he knows more about security than many members of Congress. “There’s no one in that body who has my foreign policy and national security experience,” Hurd said. [El Paso Times, 3/31/14] Highlighted Need For Investment In Cybersecurity At First Hearing Of IT Subcommittee Highlighted Need For Investment In Cybersecurity At First Hearing Of IT Subcommittee. “Hurd, R-San Antonio, was conducting his first hearing as chairman of the Government Oversight Committee’s subcommittee on information technology, a plum assignment handed to the freshman by Republican leaders eager to keep him in their ranks. Hurd reminded the audience that he worked for nine years as an undercover CIA operative, helped build a cyber security business and can ‘bang out’ basic computer code.

He has noted previously that cyber security is a growing public and private industry concern in his district, which includes the Air Force Cyber Command and one of the National Security Agency’s largest operations outside Fort Meade, Md.” [Houston Chronicle, 3/18/15] GOP House Budget Did Not Mention Cybersecurity – “Somewhat Surprising Given The Amount Of National Attention Paid To Threats From Russian And Chinese Hackers Against Government Agencies.” “Cybersecurity received no mention in the House Republican budget released Tuesday, a stark contrast with President Obama’s spending proposal, which increased funding for cyber defenses by $14 billion.... The omission of cybersecurity as a budget item is somewhat surprising given the amount of national attention paid to threats from Russian and Chinese hackers against government agencies.

Federal entities and critical infrastructure are under constant siege online, a situation illustrated by the presence of hackers inside the State Department’s email network months after a breach was first discovered.” [The Hill, 3/17/15] Headline: The Hill: “House budget silent on cybersecurity.” [The Hill, 3/17/15] Emphasized Need To Preserve Civil Liberties In Op-Ed Addressing Threat Of Cyber Attacks Emphasized Need To Preserve Civil Liberties In Op-Ed Addressing Threat Of Cyber Attacks.





“Cybersecurity is not just a buzzword. Cyber-attacks are real and they can affect you. If you are fortunate enough to have avoided one so far, do not let that lull you into a false sense of security. You could easily be next….As a nation, both in the private and public sectors, we are going to have to work together to find the answer. We need to be nimble, creative and vigilant. We need to be just as relentless as they are. One thing we must always remember as we do this is that we have to uphold the constitutionally protected civil liberties that help ensure the privacy of every American.” [Hurd Op-Ed, Red Alert Politics, 4/22/15]

Voted For Allowing DHS To Share Cyberthreat Information With Private Entities

Voted For Allowing DHS To Share Cyberthreat Information With Private Entities. In April 2015, Hurd voted for a rule to allow consideration of a bill “that would promote voluntary sharing of information about cyberthreats among private companies and between the private sector and federal government and the bill (HR 1731) that would allow the Homeland Security Department to share the cyberthreat information it gathers with private sector entities.” The resolution passed, 238-182. [HRes 212, Vote #164, 4/22/15; CQ News, 4/22/15] Voted Ten Times To Block Consideration Of Bills Prohibiting Suspected Terrorists From Buying Guns Voted For Blocking Consideration Of Bill To Close Terrorist Gun Loophole And Prevent People On Terrorist Watchlist From Buying Firearms. In January 2016, Hurd voted for consideration of a vote to “call for an immediate vote on Republican Congressman Peter King’s Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act, H.R. 1076, to protect the American people by closing the terrorist gun loophole and preventing people on the terrorist watchlist from buying firearms.” The previous question carried, 236-176. A vote against the previous question would have allowed the bill to be considered. [HRes 581, Vote #21, 1/07/16; Democratic Leader – Previous Questions, 1/07/16] Voted Against Exempting Claims By Gun Owners Seeking Monetary Relief On Defective Firearms.

In January 2016, Hurd voted against an amendment that “amendment that would exempt claims brought by a gun owner seeking monetary relief involving the defective design or manufacturing of a firearm.” The amendment failed, 163-232. [HR 1927, Vote #25, 1/08/16; CQ Floor Votes, 1/08/16] Voted For Blocking Consideration Of Legislation To Close Terrorist Watchlist Gun Loophole. In January 2016, Hurd voted for blocking consideration of legislation that would deny the purchase of a firearm or explosive to know or suspected terrorists. The previous question carried, 241-176. A vote against the previous question was to force the vote on closing the loophole. [H Res 580, Vote #4, 1/06/16;

Democratic Leader – 114th Previous Questions, 1/06/16] Voted For Blocking Consideration Of Legislation To Close Terrorist Watchlist Gun Loophole. In January 2016, Hurd voted for blocking consideration of legislation that would deny the purchase of a firearm or explosive to know or suspected terrorists. A no vote would have The previous question carried, 239-175. A vote against the previous question was to force the vote on closing the loophole. [H Res 579, Vote #2, 1/06/16; Democratic Leader – 114th Previous Questions, 1/06/16] Voted For Blocking Consideration Of A Bill To Close The Terrorist Gun Loophole. In December 2015, Hurd voted for blocking consideration of the Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act, a bill “to protect the American people by closing the terrorist gun loophole and preventing people on the terrorist watchlist from buying firearms.” The previous question carried, 236-177. A vote against the previous question was to force the vote on closing the loophole. [H Res 560, Vote #690, 12/11/15; Democratic Leader – Previous Questions, 12/11/15] Voted For Tabling The Appeal Of The Chair Which Ruled Against Scheduling Vote On A Bill To Prohibit Those Listed On The Terror Watch List From Purchasing Firearms. In December 2015, Hurd voted for a motion to table the appeal of the ruling of the Chair that the “Pelosi privileged resolution is out of order. The Pelosi privileged resolution would direct the Speaker to place on the calendar the Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act (HR 1076), which would allow the Attorney General to deny the sale or transfer of firearms to individuals suspected of engaging in or assisting terrorist activities. The motion failed 242-173. [Motion to Table, Vote #688 12/8/15; CQ Floor Votes, 12/10/15] Voted For To Block Consideration Of A Bill Allowing Those Listed On The Terror Watch List To Own Firearms. In December 2015, Hurd voted for blocking a measure to prohibit an “immediate vote on Republican Congressman Peter King’s Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act, H.R. 1076, to protect the American people by closing the terrorist gun loophole and preventing people on the terrorist watchlist from buying firearms. The previous question failed 242-178. [H Res 556 Vote #682 12/8/15; Democratic Leader – Previous Questions, 12/9/15] Voted For Blocking Consideration Of Bill To Close Terrorist Gun Loophole And Prevent People On Terrorist Watchlist From Buying Firearms. In December 2015, Hurd voted for to block consideration of a vote to “call for an immediate vote on Republican Congressman Peter King’s Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act, H.R. 1076, to protect the American people by closing the terrorist gun loophole and preventing people on the terrorist watchlist from buying firearms.” The previous question carried, 243-179. A vote against the previous question was to force the vote on Rep. Peter King’s bill. [H Res 546, Vote #666, 12/03/15; Democratic Leader – Previous Questions, 12/03/15] Voted For Blocking Consideration Of Bill Stopping Suspected Terrorists From Buying Firearms. In December 2015, Hurd voted for to block consideration of a vote “to protect the American people by closing the terrorist gun loophole and preventing people on the terrorist watchlist from buying firearms.” The previous question carried, 243-179. [Democratic Leader – Previous Questions, 2/03/15; H Res 542, Vote #653, 12/02/15] Voted For Blocking Consideration Of Bill Prohibiting Suspected Terrorists From Buying Guns. In December 2015, Hurd voted for a motion to order the previous question (thus ending debate and possibility of amendment) on the rule H Res 539. “The Democratic Previous Question would call for an immediate vote on Republican Congressman Peter King’s Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act, H.R. 1076, to protect the American people by closing the terrorist gun loophole and preventing people on the terrorist watchlist from buying firearms.” [H RES 539, Vote #646, 12/1/15;

Democratic Leader – Previous Questions, 4/14/15] Voted To Block Consideration Of A Bill To Protect Veteran’s Personal Information From Cyber Attacks.

Voted For Blocking Consideration Of Bill Protecting Veterans’ Personal Information From Cyber Attacks. In April 2015, Hurd voted for blocking consideration of a bill to protect veterans’ personal information from cyber-attacks. The bill “would promote voluntary sharing of information about cyberthreats among private companies and between the private sector and federal government and the bill (HR 1731) that would allow the Homeland Security Department to share the cyberthreat information it gathers with private sector entities.” The previous question passed, 237-179. A vote against the previous question would have allowed the bill to be considered. [HRes212, Vote #163, 4/22/15; CQ News, 4/22/15]

Voted Against Increasing Airport And Cyber Security

Voted Against Motion To Require Communication Across The National Intelligence Community To Increase Airport And Cyber Security. In June 2015, Hurd voted against a motion that would add language to the Intelligence Authorization Act to “deter terrorist attacks, and strengthen America’s cybersecurity by requiring intelligence agencies to share with the Transportation Safety Administration the latest info on terrorist attempts to thwart airport security and who’s on the terrorist watch list; and foil and counter state-sponsored cyberattacks by China, Russia, and others that resulted in OPM hacks, and theft of personal health information of 80 million Americans from Anthem Health and Blue Cross Blue Shield.” The motion failed 183 to 240. [HR 2596, Vote #368, 6/16/15; Democratic Leader, 6/16/15]

Voted Against Ending Warrantless “Backdoor” Surveillance



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