«Will Hurd (TX-23) Research Report The following report contains research on Will Hurd, a Republican member of Congress in Texas’ 23rd district. ...»
It denies the National Park Service, or any other executive agency, any say in where or how this new infrastructure will be installed. Forget the legal protections provided to our National Park, such as the Antiquities Act, the Historic Preservation Act, Wilderness Act, the Endangered Species Act, etc., as they are waived. The result is that the Department of Homeland Security can come into Big Bend National Park and bulldoze archeological sites, endangered wildlife zones and destroy view shed and the dark skies for which this park is internationally famous, in order to build the infrastructure required by HR399.
[Alpine Avalanche, 2/18/15] Voted For Anti-Immigrant Amendment That Would Discourage Victims From Reporting Abuse Voted For Anti-Immigrant Amendment That Would Discourage Victims From Reporting Abuse. In January 2015, Hurd voted for an anti-immigrant amendment that purports to prioritize immigration enforcement actions against illegal immigrants convicted of violent or sexually-oriented offenses.
However, the Conference of Catholic Bishops stated that this amendment “would discourage many [domestic violence] victims from reporting abuse.” The amendment was adopted 278-149. [HR 240, Amendment No. 3, Vote #31, 1/14/15; Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Floor Remarks, 1/14/15; CQ Floor Votes, 1/14/15] Opposed Amnesty for Undocumented Immigrants Opposed Amnesty for Undocumented Immigrants. In 2014, Hurd opposed amnesty for undocumented immigrants and supported a guest-worker program. [San Antonio Express-News, 1/30/14] “I’m against the idea of amnesty “One of my cover jobs, when I was in the CIA was stamping visas. So during the day I stamped visas and at night I went out and collected intelligence against threats to our homeland, so I can talk about the immigration process all day long.” [KLRN, 1/31/14] Said He Would Chase Border Drug Cartels Like He Did the Taliban Said He Would Chase Border Drug Cartels Like He Did the Taliban. In 2010, Hurd said that he would “chase [the drug cartels] like he did the Taliban and al-Qaida” and develop a border caucus to handle the narcotics trade with Mexico. [Texas Tribune, 4/02/10] “We need to start treating the narcotraficantes, the coyotes, like we treat the Taliban and al-Qaida - as an intelligence problem not just a law enforcement problem,” Hurd said. [San Antonio Express-News, 1/30/14] Clarified that He Opposed Invading Mexico. In 2014, Hurd was asked if that position meant he supported invading Mexico. “No, absolutely not, I am against invading Mexico. I think what we need to do is work more in cooperation with the Mexican authorities in taking out some of these groups […] when I talk about treating them like the Taliban and al Qaida, I’m talking about making them a national intelligence priority…” Hurd said. [KLRN, 1/31/14] Rejected Republican Characterization Of The Border Rejected Republican Characterization Of The Border. In March 2014, Hurd said that he disagreed with some Republicans who have characterized the border region as a “war zone.” “You can have security without turning it into a demilitarized zone,” Hurd said. [El Paso Times, 3/31/14] Hurd: “Border Security Is An Intelligence Problem” Hurd: “Border Security is an Intelligence Problem.” In January 2014, Hurd said in a Tea Party forum that the current immigration system needed to be streamlined and that the fact that drug traffickers earn $50 billion means that we need to “treat them as the Taliban.” “I’ve spent a lot of time between nasty borders,” Hurd said. “Border security is one of the biggest issues in our national infrastructure. […] It’s an intelligence problem, not just a law enforcement problem.” [saraforamerica.com, 1/17/14] Voted For Blocking Consideration Of Homeland Security Bill Without Stopping Immigration Changes Voted For Blocking Consideration Of Homeland Security Funding Bill Without Language Stopping Immigration Changes. In January 2015, Hurd voted for blocking consideration of a bill that “would prevent Republicans from endangering national security and fund the Department of Homeland Security for the rest of the year, bringing forward the bipartisan Homeland Security appropriations bill for a clean vote without Republicans’ anti-immigrant amendments.” The motion failed 242 to 181. A vote against the previous question would have allowed the bill to be considered. [H Res 27, Vote #20, 1/13/15; 114th Previous Questions] Voted For Anti-Immigrant Amendment Putting Interests Of Legal Aliens Above Undocumented Immigrants Voted For Anti-Immigrant Amendment Putting Interests Of Legal Aliens Above Undocumented Immigrants. In January 2015, Hurd voted for an anti-immigrant amendment imploring the Obama Administration to stop putting the interests of legal aliens behind those who arrived illegally. It also encouraged the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to use available funds to improve services and the benefits application process for legal immigrants. The amendment was adopted 260 to 167. [HR 240, Amendment No. 5, Vote #33, 1/14/15; CQ Floor Votes, 1/14/15] Voted For Anti-Immigrant Amendment Discouraging Policies To Promote Hiring Of Undocumented Immigrants Voted For Anti-Immigrant Amendment Discouraging Policies To Promote Hiring Of Undocumented Immigrants. In January 2015, Hurd voted for an anti-immigrant amendment imploring the Obama Administration not to pursue policies making it economically advantageous to hire illegal immigrants. The amendment was adopted 253-171. [HR 240, Amendment No. 4, Vote #32, 1/14/15; CQ Floor Votes, 1/14/15] Voted For Amendment Blocking Funding For Cities That Neglect To Fully Participate In Reporting Names To Federal Immigration Officials Voted For Amendment Blocking Funding For Cities That Neglect To Fully Participate In Reporting Names To Federal Immigration Officials. In June 2015, Hurd voted for an amendment to the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2016 blocking funds to cities “The House also voted 227-198 for an amendment that would block certain federal funds to localities that refuse to report names to federal immigration authorities. That’s become an issue in recent months as localities refused to participate in a federal program that turns over the names of people picked up for crimes to federal immigration authorities.” the amendment passed, 227 to 198. [HR 2578, Amendment #84, Vote# 294, 6/03/15; AP 6/03/15] Voted For Amendment To Prevent DOJ From Using Its Funds To Defend President Obama’s Executive Orders On Immigration In Pending Legal Battle Voted For Amendment To Prevent DOJ From Using Its Funds To Defend President Obama’s Executive Orders On Immigration In Pending Legal Battle. In June 2015, Hurd voted for and amendment preventing the Department of Justice from using its funds to defend President Obama’s executive orders on immigration in a pending legal battle. “House Republicans just went after President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration – again. The GOP-led chamber voted Wednesday to block the Justice Department from being able to defend itself in a legal battle that has put Obama’s sweeping and controversial immigration actions on hold. The measure, written by conservative immigration firebrand Rep. Steve King of Iowa, was an amendment to the overall funding bill for DOJ.
As he spoke about his measure, King noted that the House has voted multiple times to restrain Obama’s legal authority on immigration and dismissed the actions as ‘unconstitutional executive amnesty.’ Obama’s directive was the epicenter of a battle over Homeland Security, pushing the department’s funding to the brink before Republicans capitulated on their demands to defund Obama’s actions.” The amendment passed 222 to 204. [HR 2578, Vote #293, 6/03/15; On Agreeing to the Amendment, 6/03/15;
Politico, 6/03/15] Voted Against Prohibiting Reduction In Federal Law Enforcement Grant Funding If It Would Result In Increase In Crime Or Decrease In Law Enforcement Officers Voted Against Prohibiting Reduction In Federal Law Enforcement Grant Funding If It Would Result In Increase In Crime Or Decrease In Law Enforcement Officers. In July 2015, Hurd voted against a motion that would “prohibit the Attorney General from reducing federal law enforcement grants to states or local governments if the Attorney General determines that such reductions would result in an increase in the overall crime rate of the state or a decrease in the number of law enforcement officers in that area.” The motion failed 181-239. [HR 3009, Vote #465, 7/23/15; CQ Floor Votes, 7/23/15] Voted For Withholding Federal Law Enforcement Grant Funding From State And Local Governments That Do Not Comply With Federal Immigration Laws Voted For Withholding Federal Law Enforcement Grant Funding From State And Local Governments That Do Not Comply With Federal Immigration Laws. In July 2015, Hurd voted for a bill that would “withhold certain federal law enforcement grants to state and local governments that bar their officials from taking certain immigration-related actions, such as gathering or maintaining information on the immigration or citizenship status of individuals or sharing such information with federal immigration authorities.” The bill passed 241-179. [HR 3009, Vote #466, 7/23/15; CQ Floor Votes, 7/23/15] Headline: The Hill: “Democrats slam sanctuary city legislation, labeling it ‘The Donald Trump Act.’” [The Hill, 7/22/15] Headline: Politico: “GOP picks a fight over immigration.” [Politico, 7/23/15] Claimed He Would Chase The Drug Cartels Like He Did The Talban And Al-Qaida Claimed He Would Chase The Drug Cartels Like He Did The Talban And Al-Qaida. “Hurd said he would ‘chase [the drug cartels] like he did the Taliban and al-Qaida’ and develop a border caucus to handle the narcotics trade in Mexico.” [Texas Tribune, 4/02/10] Voted For Including Border Security Activities In Preferred Applications For Defense Department Property Transfers Voted For Amendment To Include Border Security Activities In Preferred Applications For Defense Department Property Transfers. In May 2015, Hurd voted for an amendment that would “amend current law to include border security activities to the list of preferred applications the Defense Department considers when transferring excess property to other federal agencies.” The amendment was adopted, 253 to 166. [H.R. 1735, Vote #232, 5/14/15; CQ Floor Votes, 5/14/15] Jobs and the Economy
Voted for Republican Budget, which would cut job training and employment services for 163,900 Texans Voted to block consideration of a bill to provide career education in manufacturing Resigned from Small Business Committee after serving on it for less than two months Hurd has not made jobs a priority while in office as he’s voted for a Republican budget that would cut job training and employment services for 163,900 Texans and to block consideration of legislation to provide career education in manufacturing.
Hurd even resigned from the Small Business Committee less than two months after being appointed to it in order to focus on other committee assignments.
Voted For FY16 Budget Cutting Job Training And Employment Services For 163,900 Texans
Voted For FY16 Republican Budget Cutting Job Training. In March 2015, Hurd voted for the FY16 Republican House budget that would repeal the Affordable Care Act, slash Pell grants and alter Medicare.
“Special education, Pell Grants, job training and housing assistance would all be cut. Medicare would transition to a system where future seniors would be encouraged to use government-funded vouchers to purchase insurance in the private market.” The resolution passed 228 to 199. [H. Con Res. 27, Vote #142, 3/25/15; New York Times, 3/25/15] House Republican Budget Would Make It So 163,900 Fewer Texans Have Access To Job Training & Employment Services. The House Republican budget proposal, which maintains sequestration levels for domestic discretionary spending, would deny job training and employment services for 163,900 Texas residents. [White House, 3/24/15] Voted For Blocking Consideration Of Bill To Provide Career Education In Manufacturing Voted For Blocking Consideration Of Bill To Provide Career Education In Manufacturing. In February 2015, Hurd voted for to block consideration of a vote to provide career education in manufacturing to help students prepare for 21st century manufacturing jobs. The previous question carried, 242-176. A vote against the previous question was to force the vote on career education in manufacturing. [H Res 70, Vote #54, 2/03/15; Democratic Leader – Previous Questions, 2/03/15] 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.