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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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According to the Small Business Administration, Texas has 2,366,053 small businesses employing 4,119,801 workers. [SBA, 2014] Voted Against Amendment Eliminating Requirement That Agencies Provide Regulatory CostBenefit Analysis At Congressional Request Voted Against Amendment Eliminating Requirement That Agencies Provide Regulatory CostBenefit Analysis At Congressional Request. In February 2015, Hurd voted against Cummings of Maryland Part C Amendment No. 2, an amendment to the Unfunded Mandates Information and Transparency Act of 2015 that would “strike section 12 of the bill, which would require Federal agencies to conduct a retrospective cost-benefit analysis of any regulation at the request of the Chairman or Ranking Member of a Congressional Committee.” The amendment failed 179 to 245. [HR 50, Vote #61, 2/04/15; Congress.gov, 2/04/15] Voted Against Exempting Rules Resulting In Net Job Creation From Significant Delays Voted Against Exempting Rules Resulting In Net Job Creation From Significant Delays. In January 2015, Hurd voted against an amendment exempting rules resulting in net job creation from the bill’s burdensome requirements. The amendment failed 247 to 178. [HR 185, Amendment No. 2, Vote #24, 1/13/15; CQ Floor Votes, 1/13/15] Voted Against Amendment Striking Provision In Bill Which Allowed SBA’s Chief Counsel Authority To Set Small Business Size Qualifications Voted Against Amendment Striking Provision In Bill Which Allowed SBA’s Chief Counsel To Set Size Small Business Size Standards.. In February 2015, Hurd voted against Schrader of Oregon Part A Amendment No. 4, an amendment to the Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act of 2015 that would strike a provision in the bill that would provide the Small Business Administration’s chief counsel with authority to set size standards for small businesses and approve such standards. The amendment failed 184 to 234. [HR 527, Vote #65, 2/05/15; CQ] Voted Against Repealing Statutory Changes Of Bill If Less Than 5% GDP Growth In First Year After Enactment Voted Against Repealing Statutory Changes Of Bill If GDP Growth Remained Under 5% First Year After Enactment. In February 2015, Hurd voted against Connolly of Virginia Part C Amendment No. 3, an amendment to the Unfunded Mandates Information and Transparency Act of 2015 that would “provide that in the event that the average annual rate of real gross domestic product (GDP) growth remains below 5 percent over the first four calendar quarters occurring after the date of enactment of H.R.

50, then the statutory changes made by the bill would be repealed.” HR 50 itself “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 amendment failed 173 to 249. [HR 50, Vote #62, 2/04/15; Congress.gov, 2/04/15; CQ News HR 50 Coverage, 2/04/15]

Boasted: I Know “What Real Small Businesses Are Having To Deal With”

Boasted: I Know “What Real Small Businesses Are Having To Deal With.” “‘I know what it’s like to live from day to day. And what real small businesses are having to deal with,’ Hurd said.” [Texas Tribune, 4/02/10] Voted Against Amendment That Allowed Government Projects To Be Combined To Meet Higher Project Threshold Voted Against Amendment That Allowed Government Projects To Be Combined To Meet Higher Project Threshold. In November 2015, Hurd voted against an amendment that “sought to allow for a program of eligible projects to count as a single project to meet the $100 million threshold of project costs. An amendment numbered 31 printed in Part B of House Report 114-325 to allow for a program of eligible projects to count as a single project to meet the $100,000,000 threshold of project costs.” The amendment failed, 174 to 248. [HR 22, H Amdt. 763, Vote #591, 11/03/15] Voted Against Amendment That Increased The Freight Program Small Project Funding Voted Against Amendment That Increased The Freight Program Small Project Funding. In November 2015, Hurd voted against an amendment that “sought to increase the freight program small project set aside from 10 percent to 20 percent” The amendment failed, 160 to 263. [HR 22, H Amdt. 764, Vote #592, 11/03/15] Transportation Bill Included Funding For National Freight Program. “Several members also praised the creation of a national freight program, funded at $725 million in fiscal 2016, $735 million in fiscal 2017 and $750 million each year thereafter. California transportation agencies, such as the Alameda Corridor-East Construction Authority in the San Gabriel Valley, supported the idea, Napolitano’s staff said. The program designates certain highways as part of a national freight network, providing $4.5 billion a year to expand the network’s capacity and reduce congestion.” [Los Angeles Times, 11/12/15] Labor and Working Family Issues

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 Voted against allowing employees to earn up to seven days of paid leave per year  Spoke out against the minimum wage, stating, “Let’s not tell y’all who you should hire and how much you should pay them”  Voted against prohibiting federal contracts with employers who have violated labor laws  Voted against prohibiting funding contractors who have violated the Fair Labor Standards Act  Voted to block implementation of union election rules set by the NLRB Hurd voted against allowing employees to earn up to seven days of paid sick leave per year and opposed the minimum wage. Hurd also voted against prohibiting federal contracts with employers who have violated labor laws and prohibiting funding for contractors who have violated the Fair Labor Standards Act. Hurd also voted to block the implementation of new union election rules set by the NLRB, which would streamline and modernize the process.





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. “Just a few weeks ago, the Healthy Families Act — which would allow employees to earn up to seven days of paid sick leave — seemed like just another White House proposal doomed to die in the newly Republican Senate. But this afternoon, it gained a surprise vote of confidence: 61 senators voted for an amendment to the budget that would do essentially the same thing.” [Washington Post, 3/26/15] RH Reality Check: “U.S. Senate on Thursday Passed A Budget Amendment To Let Workers Earn Up To Seven Days Of Paid Sick Leave Per Year. “In a surprising show of filibuster-proof, bipartisan support, the U.S. Senate on Thursday passed a budget amendment to let workers earn up to seven days of paid sick leave per year. The amendment, introduced by Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), is similar to the Healthy Families Act, which Murray and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) reintroduced this year in Congress. That measure would let workers at companies with more than 15 employees earn up to seven job-protected paid sick days per year; employees at smaller companies could earn up to seven unpaid job-protected days. Those days can be used to care for oneself or a family member during an illness, or to recover and seek assistance after an incident of domestic violence or sexual assault. The amendment received 61 votes, including 15 Republicans.” [RH Reality Check, 3/27/15] Opposed The Minimum Wage: “Let’s Not Tell Y’all Who You Should Hire And How Much You Should Pay Them” Opposed The Minimum Wage: “Let’s Not Tell Y’all Who You Should Hire And How Much You Should Pay Them.” In 2014, Hurd opposed having the government tell employers how much to pay workers. “Hurd touted a laissez-faire approach to economic issues. “Let’s not tell y’all who you should hire and how much you should pay them,” Hurd said to his audience.” [Alpine Avalanche, 4/17/14] Voted Against Prohibiting Federal Contracts With Employers Who Have Violated Labor Laws Voted Against Amendment To Prohibit Contracts Be Awarded To Employers That Have Previously Violated The Fair Labor Standards Act. In June 2015, Hurd voted against an amendment to the FY16 Transportation-HUD Appropriations bill that would bar funds from being used to enter into a contact with any individual who has willfully or repeatedly violated the Fair Labor Standards Act. The amendment was rejected by a vote of 182-243. [HR 2577, Vote #324, 6/09/15; Congressional Record, 6/09/15] Voted Against Prohibiting Funding Contractors Who Have Violated The Fair Labor Standards Act Voted Against Prohibiting Funding To Contractors Who Violate The Fair Labor Standards Act. In June 2015, Hurd voted against a prohibition on the “use of funds for contractors that willfully and repeatedly violate the Fair Labor Standards Act. The prohibition would last for five years.” The amendment failed, 187-242. [HR 1735, Vote #354; CQ Floor Votes, 6/11/15]

Voted For Blocking Implementation Of Union Election Rules Set By NLRB

Voted For Blocking Implementation Of Union Election Rules Set By NLRB. In March 2015, Hurd voted for blocking new election rules the National Labor Relations Board put in place for union elections.

“The National Labor Relations Board’s new rules governing representation elections went into effect April 14. The rules block certain litigation ahead of union certification elections, set new timelines for pre-election and postelection hearings, allow parties to file documents electronically and require employers to disclose employees’ phone numbers and email addresses to union organizers. The NLRB and unions say the new rules modernize regulations and delay frivolous lawsuits.” The resolution passed 232 to 186. [S J Res 8, Vote #128, 3/19/15; CQ News, 4/30/15] Obama Said He Would Veto Measure. The measure “is highly unlikely to become law, as the White House has vowed to veto the measure.” [International Business Times, 3/19/15] Voted For Prohibiting Enforcement Of Prevailing Wage Requirements For VA Construction Projects Voted For Prohibiting Enforcement Of Prevailing Wage Requirements On VA Construction Projects. In April 2015, Hurd voted for an amendment that would prohibit using funds for the enforcement of prevailing wage requirements laid out by the Davis-Bacon Act. The Davis-Bacon Act requires contracts working on federally funded construction projects to pay workers the prevailing wage in whichever jurisdiction a construction project is taking place. The amendment failed to pass 186 to 235.

[HR 2029, Vote #191; On Agreeing to the Amendment, 4/30/15] Voted For Preventing VA Employees From Performing Union Related Activities While At Work Voted For Preventing VA Employees From Performing Union Related Activities While On The Job. In April 2015, Hurd voted for an amendment that would prevent VA employees from performing union related activities while on the job. The amendment’s sponsor, Rep. Jody Hice (GA-10) claimed that the practice known as official time wastes taxpayer dollars and said “The Department of Veterans Affairs is one of the agencies with the most egregious use of official time. This agency is singlehandedly responsible for almost one-third of all the reported official time usage in the entire Federal Government.” The amendment failed to pass 190 to 232. [HR 2029, Vote #190; On Agreeing to the Amendment, 4/30/15; Congressional Record, 4/29/15] Voted Against Prohibiting VA Contracts With Employers Who Have Violated Labor Laws Voted Against Amendment To Prohibit Use Of Federal Funds For Contracts With Employers Who Have Previously Violated The Fair Labor Standards Act. In April 2015, Hurd voted against an amendment that would have prohibited the use of federal funds for contracts with employers who have previously violated the Fair Labor Standards Act. The amendment failed to pass 186 to 237. [HR 2029, Vote #189; On Agreeing to the Amendment, 4/30/15] Said that Welfare Recipients Had X-Boxes and Large TVs and Were Disincentivized from Working Said that Welfare Recipients Had X-Boxes and Large TVs and Were Disincentivized from Working. In January 2014, Hurd spoke at a Tea Party debate about his experience delivering Christmas gifts to the needy as a volunteer in the Elf Louise program. Hurd said that he was surprised at “the number of people who couldn’t afford to buy toys for their kids but had a 70-inch TV or the latest X-box. […] We have to stop dis-incentivizing people to work.” [saraforamerica.com, 1/17/14]

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