«Will Hurd (TX-23) Research Report The following report contains research on Will Hurd, a Republican member of Congress in Texas’ 23rd district. ...»
corporations from moving overseas to dodge taxes. “The second is an infrastructure bill that would stop corporations from relocating abroad and redirect tax money lost through these so-called inversions to infrastructure projects in the U.S. That money would be sent to the highway trust fund.” The previous question passed, 239 to 168. A vote against the previous question would have allowed the bill to be considered. [H Res 5, Vote #4, 1/06/15; Politico, 1/05/15; Congressional Record, 1/06/15] Voted For Blocking Consideration On A Vote To Re-Authorize A LongTerm Transportation Bill And To Crack Down On Corporations That Avoid Taxes By Moving Overseas Voted For Blocking Consideration On A Vote To Re-Authorize A LongTerm Transportation Bill And To Crack Down On Corporations That Avoid Taxes By Moving Overseas. In July 2015, Hurd voted for blocking consideration on “a vote to re-authorize a long-term Transportation Bill that provides 6 years of funding so states and localities can address critical infrastructure needs. The bill would also stop corporations that seek to move abroad to avoid paying their taxes and use that money for transportation improvements here in America.” A vote against the previous question was to force the vote on the long-term Transportation bill and the crackdown on corporations that move overseas to avoid paying taxes. The motion to order the previous question passed, 245 to 182. [H Res 362, Vote #438, 7/15/15;
Democratic Leader – Previous Questions, 7/15/15] Voted Against Closing Corporate Inversion Tax Loophole To Fund Investments In U.S. Transportation Infrastructure Voted Against Closing Corporate Inversion Tax Loophole To Fund Investments In U.S. Transportation Infrastructure. In July 2015, Hurd voted against a motion to recommit that “would help improve America’s roads, bridges, and highways by stopping corporations that seek to avoid paying their fair share of taxes by moving their business address to another country. Instead, those reclaimed resources will be invested in much-needed American transportation infrastructure improvements.” The motion was rejected by a vote of 185-244. [HR 3038, Vote #440, 7/15/2015; Democratic Leader – Motions to Recommit, 7/15/15] Signed Pledge To Oppose All Tax Increases And Tax Breaks For Outsourcers 2015: Listed As Active Congressional Pledge Signer In ATR Database.
As of June 2015, Hurd was listed as an active member of the ATR Pledge Database. [Americans For Tax Reform, accessed 12/08/15] Washington Post: ATR Pledge “Sometimes Means Protecting Tax Breaks That Republicans View As Bad Policy.” “On Capitol Hill, Norquist has admonished Coburn (Okla.), Crapo (Idaho) and Chambliss (Ga.) for suggesting a tax option for tackling the debt: reducing credits and deductions worth an estimated $1 trillion a year. Although most of the cash would be used to lower tax rates for everyone, a portion would be dedicated to restoring national solvency. No good, says Norquist’s group, Americans for Tax Reform. Under the pledge, raising revenue in any way requires an equal tax cut elsewhere to avoid expanding the size of government. And, yes, that sometimes means protecting tax breaks that Republicans view as bad public policy, Norquist and his supporters say.” [Washington Post, 6/05/11] Signers Of ATR’s Pledge Are Committed To Protecting Tax Breaks For Companies Outsourcing American Jobs. In 2010, Democrats advanced a proposal that would “eliminate tax breaks for some multinational corporations based in the United States that have operations abroad -- a centerpiece of a House Democratic campaign to promote domestic manufacturing and discourage companies from shipping jobs overseas.” In a statement explaining their opposition, ATR wrote that “Because this bill is a NET INCOME TAX HIKE, it violates the Taxpayer Protection Pledge that 174 Congressmen have made to their constituents and the American people. H.R. 1586 violates the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. ATR will be key-voting against it. The tax increases in question are all tax hikes on U.S. employers doing business overseas.” [Washington Post, 8/05/10; Americans for Tax Reform, 8/09/10] Voted Against Extension Of Trade Adjustment Assistance Voted Against Extension Of Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA). In June 2015, Hurd voted against a “motion to concur in the Senate amendment to the bill that would provide Trade Promotion Authority for trade agreements negotiated by the administration, under which they would be considered by Congress under expedited procedures without amendment, and would extend Trade Adjustment Assistance programs to help displaced U.S. workers. The portion of the Senate amendment covered by the division would reauthorize, through June 30, 2021, trade adjustment assistance programs and alternative trade adjustment assistance for workers laid off because of the impact of foreign competition. Offsets would include an extension of certain customs fees and prevention of certain taxpayers with high levels of foreign income from receiving the refundable portion of the child tax credit.” The motion failed 126-302. [HR 1314, Vote #361; CQ Floor Votes, 6/12/15] NYT: TAA Failing Would Cripple President Obama’s Trade Agenda.
“Hours after President Obama made a dramatic, personal appeal for support, House Democrats on Friday thwarted his push to expand trade negotiating power — and quite likely his chance to secure a legacydefining accord spanning the Pacific Ocean. In a remarkable blow to a president they have backed so resolutely, House Democrats voted to end assistance to workers displaced by global trade, a program their party created and has supported for four decades. That move effectively scuttled legislation granting the president trade promotion authority — the power to negotiate trade deals that cannot be amended or filibustered by Congress.” [New York Times, 6/12/15] Texas Received $38,666,669 In Trade Adjustment Assistance In FY2014 To Carry Out Training And Other Activities. For FY 2014, Texas received $38,666,669 in federal payments for “funds to provide training, job search allowances, relocation allowances, employment and case management services to trade-affected workers, and for related state administrative costs.” [Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration, FY 2014 Annual Report] Resigned From Small Business Committee Less Than Two Months After Joining, Saying He Wanted To Focus On IT Subcommittee Work March 16, 2015: Hurd Resigned From House Small Business Committee – “Appreciated The Honor Of Being Appointed,” Said He Wanted To Focus On IT Subcommittee. In March 2015, Hurd resigned from the House Small Business Committee. “I write today to resign from the House Small Business Committee. While I appreciate the honor of being appointed, in order to best serve the constituents of Texas’ 23rd Congressional District, I believe I must focus on my existing committee assignments. With my background in the intelligence community, cybersecurity and representing the district with the largest length of U.S.-Mexico border, my ability to focus on my information technology subcommittee chairmanship and border and maritime subcommittee vice chairmanship is where I believe I can be most valuable to the constituents and colleagues in the House. I appreciate your timely consideration of this request. Signed, sincerely, Will Hurd, member of Congress.” [CSPAN, 3/16/15] [Congressional Record – House Of Representatives, 3/16/15] January 21, 2015: House Small Business Committee Put Out Press Release Announcing Hurd As Majority Member. “The House Small Business Committee today announced its Republican Members for the 114th Congress. Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH) said, “With half of all working Americans going to work at a small business every day, and 7 out of every ten new jobs coming from our small businesses, the work of the Small Business Committee helps all American families. Each of these members understands the challenges and the unlimited potential of American small business, and we’re ready to get to work.’ House Committee on Small Business Majority Members for the 114th Congress:... Rep. Will Hurd (TX-23).” [House Small Business Committee, 1/21/15] Texas Has More Than 4 Million Workers Employed By More Than
2.3 Million Small Businesses. According to the Small Business Administration, Texas has 2,366,053 small businesses employing 4,119,801 workers. [SBA, 2014] Voted Against Allowing Employees To Earn Up To Seven Days Of Paid Sick Leave Per Year Voted Against Amendment That Would Agree With Senate Budget Amendment To Allow Employees To Earn Up To Seven Days Of Paid Sick Leave Per Year. In April 2015, Hurd voted against a motion to “to instruct House conferees to recede from disagreement with the Senate with respect to a section in the fiscal 2016 Senate budget resolution relating to paid sick time, and recede from a provision in the House amendment that would assume changing Medicare to provide premium support.” The motion failed 187 to 239. [S. Con Res. 11, Vote #153, 4/14/15; CQ Floor Votes, 4/14/15] Amendment Passed By Senate Would Establish A Deficit-Neutral Reserve Fund For Legislation To Allow American To Earn Paid Sick Time. On March 26, 2015, the Senate voted on an amendment “to establish a deficit-neutral reserve fund for legislation to allow Americans to earn paid sick time.” The Senate agreed to the measure by a Yea-Nay vote of 61 to 39. [S. Con Res 11, S.Amdt.798, 3/26/15] Washington Post: Amendment Passed By Senate Would Allow Employees To Earn Up To Seven Days Of Paid Sick Leave Per Year.