«Will Hurd (TX-23) Research Report The following report contains research on Will Hurd, a Republican member of Congress in Texas’ 23rd district. ...»
Commended Local Church Groups that “Don’t Rely on Government.” “I learned about the Bethel Center, where local churches have joined together to feed needy families. They don’t rely on the government—it’s truly about people helping people,” the post said. [Hurd for Congress Facebook, 2/12/14] Voted For Blocking Consideration Of Allowing Workers In Businesses With 15 Or More Employees To Accrue Up To Seven Sick Days A Year Voted For Blocking Consideration Of Allowing Workers In Businesses With 15 Or More Employees To Accrue Up To Seven Sick Days A Year. In October 2015, Hurd voted for consideration of H. Res. 491, an ordering of the previous question on HR 1090 to call for an immediate vote on the Healthy Families Act. “The Democratic Previous Question on the Rule providing for the consideration of H.R. 1090, So-Called ‘Retail Investor Protection Act,’ would call for an immediate vote on the Healthy Families Act, which would allow workers in businesses with 15 or more employees to earn up to seven job-protected sick days each year.” The previous question carried 242 to 185.
Voted against protecting Native American sacred lands Voted against granting Native American Tribes the right of first refusal on purchasing federal lands along the Red River before voting to sell the land in question In 2015, Hurd voted against a motion to protect Native American sacred lands from adverse impact. Later that year, while Hurd supported requiring the Bureau of Land Management to sell roughly 30,000 acres along the Red River, he voted against granting Native American tribes the right of first refusal.
Voted Against Protecting Native American Sacred Lands
Voted Against Protecting Native American Sacred Lands. In October 2015, Hurd voted against a motion “that would ensure that nothing in the bill would contravene the authority of the president to avoid adversely affecting the physical integrity of any site identified as sacred by virtue of established religious significance to, or ceremonial use by, and Indian religion.” The motion failed 184-239. [HR 538, Vote #543; CQ Floor Votes, 10/8/15] Voted Against Native American Tribes Having The Right Of First Refusal On Purchasing Land Along The Red River Voted Against Native American Tribes Having The Right Of First Refusal On Purchasing Land Along The Red River. In December 2015, Hurd voted against an amendment “that would allow Indian tribes to have the right of first refusal on purchasing lands. The amendment would require land to be sold at fair market value instead of $1.25 per acre as under the bill.” The amendment passed 246-183. [HR 2130, Vote #684, 12/8/15; CQ Floor Votes, 12/9/15] Voted For Selling 30,000 Acres Of Federal Lands Along The Red River Voted For Selling 30,000 Acres Of Federal Land Along The Red River. In December 2015, Hurd voted for a bill “that would require the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to sell roughly 30,000 acres of federal land along the Red River on the border between Texas and Oklahoma to current and adjacent landowners. The bill would require the BLM to sell at $1.25 per acre, with no cap on the amount an individual can buy. After the boundary between public and private land is settled, BLM would be required to sell the remaining federal land along the Red River at no less than fair market value, with adjacent landowners given the right of first refusal.” The bill passed 253-177. [HR 2130, Vote #686, 12/8/15; CQ Floor Votes, 12/9/15] Voted For The Native American Energy Act Which Would Reduce Federal Regulations On The Development Of Native American Land Voted For The Native American Energy Act Which Would Reduce Federal Regulations On The Development Of Native American Land. In October 2015, Hurd voted for a bill that “would reduce federal regulations on the development of Indian lands to expedite the development of energy. As amended, the bill would allow state, tribe, and local governments in an affected area to continue to comment on an environmental impact statement. Further, the bill would create a demonstration project with Indian tribes to perform administrative, management, and other functions of programs of the Tribal Forest Protection Act.” The bill passed 254-173. [HR 538, Vote #544; CQ Floor Votes, 10/8/15] Republicans Argued That The Bill Would Allow Native Americans To Develop Reservations Easier. “Young says the bill would cut red tape to help Native people develop their own resources.
On the House floor before the vote, the Alaska Republican argued the bill would also deter frivolous lawsuits, in part by shortening the timeline for legal challenges. ‘The judicial review provision is crucial for Alaska natives, whose ability to develop their own settlement lands has been abused by special interest groups filing lawsuits,’ he said.” [Alaska Public Radio Network, 10/9/15] The White House Issued A Veto Threat And Democrats Argued That The Bill Would Weaken A “Bedrock” Conservation Law. “The White House issued a veto threat this week. In a memo, President Obama’s advisors said the bill would undermine public oversight and set unrealistic deadlines…conservation law, the National Environmental Policy Act. And, Grijalva says, it could apply on non-Indian lands, too. ‘If an energy company is developing natural resources anywhere in the United States and they get a tribal partner they could fall under this provision,’ he said. ‘This could incentivize energy companies to partner with tribes simply for the benefit of skirting NEPA and profiting from restricted judicial review.’” [Alaska Public Radio Network, 10/9/15] Voted For Prohibiting Any Tribal National From Operating Bingo Or Las Vegas-Style Gaming In The Phoenix Area Through January 2027 Voted For Prohibiting Any Tribal Nation From Operating Bingo Or Las Vegas-Style Gaming In The Phoenix Area Through January 2027. In November 2015, Hurd voted for a motion to suspend the rules and pass a bill that would “prohibit any tribal nation from operating bingo or Las Vegas-style gaming in the Phoenix metropolitan area through Jan. 1, 2027.” The bill, which required a two-thirds majority, failed 263 to 146. [H R 308, Vote #626, 11/16/15; CQ, 11/16/15] Voted For Consideration Of A Constitutional Amendment To Bring Increased Transparency To Outside Spending In Elections Voted For Consideration Of A Constitutional Amendment To Bring Increased Transparency To Outside Spending In Elections. In November 2015, Hurd voted for a motion to consider “a constitutional amendment to bring increased transparency to outside spending in our elections.” The previous question passed, 245 to 178. A vote against the previous question would have allowed the amendment to be considered. [H Res 526, Vote #629, 11/17/15; DemocraticLeader.gov, 11/17/15] Voted For Legislation To Exempt Tribal Governments And Tribally-Owned Gaming Facilities From The National Labor Relations Act Voted For Legislation To Exempt Tribal Governments And Tribally-Owned Gaming Facilities From The National Labor Relations Act. In November 2015, Hurd voted for legislation that would exempt tribal governments and tribally-owned gaming facilities from the National Labor Relations Act, thus preventing tribal employees from organizing labor unions. “The Act would insulate tribes from union organizing efforts by providing tribes with the same exemption from the NLRA that state and municipal governments enjoy.” The bill passed the House, 249 - 177. [HR 1694, Vote #633, 11/17/15; National Law Review, 6/16/15] Science and Technology Issues
Voted to eliminate mandatory funding for the NIH’s Innovation Fund, making it discretionary Voted to cut scientific and climate change research and bill to restore the previous funding cuts Voted against allowing the Department of Energy to verify results of climate change research with additional study Hurd has repeatedly sided against funding for scientific research, voting to eliminate mandatory funding for the NIH’s innovation fund, leaving it open to fights over discretionary spending. He also voted to cut funding for climate change research and opposed efforts to restore it. Additionally, he voted against allowing the Department of Energy verify the results of previous climate change research with additional study.
Voted For An Amendment Which Would Make NIH And Cures Innovation Fund Discretionary Voted For An Amendment Which Would Make NIH And Cures Innovation Fund Discretionary. In July 2015, Hurd voted for an “amendment that would change the mandatory funding for the new National Institute of Health and Cures Innovation Fund to an authorization of discretionary appropriations.” The amendment failed, 141 to 281. [HR 6, Vote #431, 7/10/15; CQ Floor Votes, 7/10/15]
Voted For Bill That Contained Cuts For Scientific And Climate Change Research
Voted For Department Of Energy Cuts Aimed At Limiting Scientific And Climate Change Research. In May 2015, Hurd voted for the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2015, which contained targeted cuts for Department of Energy funding aimed at limiting scientific and climate change research. “On Wednesday, the House passed a new iteration of the COMPETES Act that’s nearly unrecognizable from its original version. Overall spending remains the same, but under Science, Space and Technology Chairman Lamar Smith, R-Texas, the 2015 reauthorization carries the imprimatur of the Republican Party, with targeted cuts the GOP calls ‘fiscally responsible’ and Democrats decry as ‘draconian.’ The new version contains language that would bar some Department of Energy climate science research, dictate research priorities to entities that have typically had more autonomy and ban certain federally-sponsored research from influencing policy decisions. With passage of the bill Wednesday night, 217-205, legislation that was once a Democrat-touted achievement has become a potential selling point for the GOP — transformed so thoroughly that President Barack Obama promised to veto the latest version and no Democrats supported it.” The bill passed 217 to 205. [HR 1806, Vote #258; Roll Call, 5/20/15] Bill Cut Programs To Modernize Energy Grid And Funding For Alternative Fuel Research.