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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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“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] January 2014: Endorsed Drastic “Cuts of 16 Percent Across the Board” To The Federal Budget To Reduce Spending To 18 Percent Of GDP January 2014: Endorsed Drastic “Cuts of 16 Percent Across the Board” To The Federal Budget To Reduce Spending To 18 Percent Of GDP. “At a Tea Party Forum during the campaign, Hurd said that, ‘Congress needs to cap federal spending to a percentage of GDP- 18% is a good number because that was the number when the budget was last balanced. That would translate to cuts of 16% across the board.’” [Burnt Orange Report, 7/10/14] Repeated Support For Cutting Spending To 18 Percent Of GDP “We Need To Reduce The Entire Pie To Get There.” “We need to go to a low tax, low spend government. We need to reduce federal spending, and that’s across the board. We should fix it to a certain part of GDP. I think 18 percent makes sense; that’s what it was the last time we balanced the budget. And we need to reduce the entire pie to get to there, and then once we get there, we can start talking about each individual pie piece,” Hurd said. [KLRN, 14:00, 1/31/14] Similar Plan to Cap Federal Spending Would Force Deep Cuts in Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, the CAP Act, a proposal by Sens. Corker and McCaskill to limit federal spending to no more than 20.6 percent of GDP – a higher level than Hurd suggested – would “inevitably force enormous cuts in Medicare, Medicaid, and possibly Social Security.” [CBPP, 4/15/11; EPI, 6/22/11] Nearly Identical Plan Would Result in “Huge Cuts” to Education. According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, the CAP Act, a proposal to limit federal spending to no more than 20.6 percent of GDP – a higher spending cap than Hurd suggested – would result in “huge cuts to the social safety net for seniors, children, and the disabled, as well as to public investments such as education and infrastructure.” [CBPP, 4/15/11] 2013: Texas Would Lose More Than $1.8 Billion Of Education Funding If Hurd’s Proposed Cut Was Made. In 2013, the Department of Education provided $11.3 billion in funds to Texas. These funds included $2.3 billion in Pell Grants, $1 billion in special education grants, and $1.4 billion in Title I grants. Sixteen percent of $11.3 billion is $1.8 billion. [Department of Education, 2013 Budget History, accessed 7/09/14] Hurd’s Plan Jeopardizes Medical Care for 12,000 Veterans in the 23rd Congressional District. In 2013, the Department of Veterans Affairs provided medical care to 434,255 Texan veterans, including 12,490 in the 23rd congressional district. [Department of Veterans Affairs, 2013 Expenditures, accessed 7/07/14] Hurd’s Dangerous Plan Jeopardizes Disability Compensation and Pensions for Texan Veterans. In 2013, the Department of Veterans Affairs awarded $6 billion in compensation for service related disabilities, compensation for service connected deaths, pensions, burial and other benefits to Texan veterans and their families, including $206 million in the 23rd congressional district. [Department of Veterans Affairs, 2013 Expenditures, accessed 7/07/14] Hurd’s Dangerous Plan Jeopardizes Programs to Help Homeless Veterans in Texas. In 2014, the Department of Labor awarded $3 million in job training grants for homeless veterans to organizations in Texas.

Additionally, the Department of Veterans Affairs awarded $6.7 million in Supportive Services for Veteran Families grants to Texas programs that help prevent and end homelessness among veterans. [Department of Labor, 6/26/14; SSVF FY2013 Annual Report] Hurd’s Dangerous Plan Jeopardizes Education and Career Counseling for Texan Veterans. In 2013, the Department of Veterans Affairs directed $1.1 billion toward Education & Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment programs in Texas, including $34 million in the 23rd congressional district. [Department of Veterans Affairs, 2013 Expenditures, accessed 7/07/14] Hurd’s Dangerous Plan Jeopardizes Programs to Help Texas Veterans Start Small Businesses.





The Small Business Administration’s Office of Veterans Business Development helps veterans access and apply federally funded small business programs, including grants and loans. [US Small Business Administration, accessed 7/09/14] Voted For Blocking Consideration Of Bill To Accelerate Skills Training For US Veterans.

Voted For Blocking Consideration Of Bill To Accelerate Skills Training For US Veterans. In February 2015, Hurd voted for blocking consideration of H.R. 344, a bill to “to carry out a five-year pilot program (to be known as the Veterans Manufacturing Employment Program) to award competitive grants to three states for the establishment and administration of a State Manufacturing Employment Program to make grants to manufacturing employers and labor-management organizations that provide training, on-job training, apprenticeships, and certification classes to eligible veterans.” The previous question passed, 242 to 183. A vote against the previous question would have allowed the bill to be considered. [H.RES.78, Vote #59, 2/04/15;

CRS Summary, 1/14/15]

Voted Against Protecting Whistleblowers At The Department Of Veterans Affairs

Voted Against Protecting Whistleblowers At The Department Of Veterans Affairs. In July 2015, Hurd voted against a motion to protect VA whistleblowers “who strive to ensure public health and safety, and are willing to expose discrimination and malfeasance, from being fired at will.” The motion failed 184 to 241. [HR 1994, Vote #488, 7/29/15; Democratic Leader – 114th Congress Motions to Recommit, 7/29/15] Voted Four Times To Defund Planned Parenthood, Threatening Access To Health Services For Millions Of Women Voted For Overriding The President’s Veto Of A Bill To Repeal The Affordable Care Act And Block Funding Of Planned Parenthood For A Year. In February 2016, Hurd voted for overriding the President’s veto of a bill to “repeal portions of the 2010 health care law and block federal funding for Planned Parenthood for one year. The bill would zero-out the law's penalties for noncompliance with the law's requirements for most individuals to obtain health coverage and employers to offer health insurance. The bill would scrap in 2018 the law's Medicaid expansion, as well as subsidies to help individuals buy coverage through the insurance exchanges. It also would scrap certain taxes included in the law, including the tax on certain high-value employer-sponsored health insurance plans.” The override required a two-thirds majority to pass, but failed 241 to 186. [H R 3762, Vote #53, 2/02/16, 2/02/16; CQ Floor Votes, 2/02/16] Voted For Repealing The Affordable Care Act And Defunding Planned Parenthood For One Year. In January 2016, Hurd voted for repeal the Affordable Care Act and defund Planned Parenthood. “The House on Wednesday passed legislation that would repeal much of ObamaCare and defund Planned Parenthood for one year, sending the measure to President Obama's desk. The bill passed by a vote of 240 to 181.” [HR 3762, Vote #6, 1/06/15; The Hill, 1/06/15] Voted For Reconciliation Bill To Repeal Key Sections Of The Affordable Care Act And Defund Planned Parenthood. In October, 2015, Hurd voted for a “budget reconciliation bill that seeks to gut Obamacare by repealing key sections of the law, including the individual and employer mandate and the so-called ‘cadillac’ tax, which targets high-end employersponsored health plans. In addition, it would block funding for Planned Parenthood for one year and divert that spending to other women’s health programs.” The bill passed 240-189. HR 3762, Vote #568, 10/23/15;

Washington Post, 10/23/15] Voted For Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015. On September 18, 2015 Hurd voted in favor of the Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015 which “prohibits, for a one-year period, the availability of federal funds for any purpose to Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc., or any of its affiliates or clinics, unless they certify that the affiliates and clinics will not perform, and will not provide any funds to any other entity that performs, an abortion during such period. The restriction will not apply in cases of rape or incest or where a physical condition endangers a woman's life unless an abortion is performed.” The measure passed the House, 241 to 187, but was not taken up by the Senate. [H R 3134, Vote #505, 9/18/15; Congress.gov Summary, 9/18/15]



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