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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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 Repeatedly voted to block consideration of long-term transportation legislation that would prohibit corporations from moving overseas to avoid taxes and would reinvest the resulting revenue into infrastructure projects  Voted for five-year comprehensive highway bill that reauthorized the ExportImport Bank and Amtrak  Voted for short-term highway transportation bill that could undercut $78.9 million in funding received by Texas for transit programs  Voted for amendment to bar funding on the Amtrak route with the highest loss per rider, New Orleans To LA, despite it passing through TX-23 Hurd repeatedly voted to block consideration of long-term transportation legislation that would fund infrastructure projects through revenue generated by prohibiting corporations from moving overseas to avoid taxes. In December 2015, Hurd finally backed an infrastructure bill, voting for a five-year comprehensive transportation bill that also reauthorized the Export-Import Bank and Amtrak. Additionally, Hurd voted for a short-term highway bill despite its potential to undercut $78.9 million already received by Texas in federal transit funding. Despite the train route passing through TX-23, Hurd voted to bar funding for the Sunset Limited, the Amtrak route with the highest per rider loss rate.

Voted Twice To Block Consideration Of Long-Term Transportation Bill That Would Fund Domestic Infrastructure By Prohibiting Corporations From Moving Overseas To Avoid Taxes Voted For Blocking Consideration Of Long-Term Transportation Bill That Would Fund Domestic Infrastructure By Prohibiting Corporations From Moving Overseas To Avoid Taxes. In July 2015, Hurd voted to block consideration of 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.” The previous question carried, 240-167. A vote against the previous question was to force the vote on long-term transportation funding. [H Res 380, Vote #470, 7/28/15; Democratic Leader – Previous Questions, 2/03/15] Voted For Blocking Consideration Of A Long Term Transportation Bill. In July 2015, Hurd voted for to block consideration of 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 previous question carried, 239-167. A vote against the previous question was to force the vote on a long term transportation bill. [H Res 369, Vote #450, 7/22/15; Democratic Leader – Previous Questions, 7/22/15] Bill Would Also Target Corporations Moving Abroad To Avoid Paying Taxes, Instead Reinvest Money In Transportation Improvements. The bill also intended to ”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 a bill to stop corporations moving abroad to avoid paying taxes. [H Res 369, Vote #450, 7/22/15; Democratic Leader – Previous Questions, 7/22/15] Voted For Five-Year Comprehensive Highway Funding Bill That Reauthorized Export-Import Bank And Reauthorized Amtrak Voted For Five-Year Comprehensive Highway Funding Bill That Reauthorized Export-Import Bank And Reauthorized Amtrak. In December 2015, Hurd voted for adopting the conference report to “accompany the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act (HR 22) that would reauthorize federal-aid highway and transit programs for five years, through FY 2020, at increased funding levels.

The bill would transfer over $70 billion from the Treasury's general fund and other funds to cover projected shortfalls in the Highway Trust Fund and to fully fund the measure's estimated $305 billion cost. Further, the bill would reauthorize Amtrak, renew the charter for the Export-Import Bank, and roll back a reduction in the crop insurance program used as an offset in last month's two-year budget deal.” The conference report was adopted, 359-65. [HR 22, Vote #673, 12/3/15; CQ Floor Votes, 12/3/15] May 2015: Voted For Short-Term Highway Transportation Bill That Could Undercut $78.9 Million In Funding Received By Texas For Transit Programs Voted For Short-Term Highway Transportation Funding Bill. In May 2015, Hurd voted for H.R.

2353, the Highway and Transportation Funding Act. “The comments come as lawmakers in the House are preparing to vote Tuesday on a two-month extension of a transportation bill that is scheduled to expire next week. Lawmakers attempted for months to find with a way to pay for a longer extension that would have lasted at least until the end of the year, but they struggled to come up with the approximately $10 billion that would have been needed to pass such a measure.” [HR 2353, Vote #249, 5/19/15; The Hill, 5/19/15] Texas Received $78.9 Million For Transit Programs That House Republican Funding Bill Could Undercut. According to the White House Office of Management and Budget, “over the past three years, Texas received $78.9 million for transit projects, including the competitive TIGER grant program. The House mark would slash TIGER grant funding to nearly 80 percent below its lowest

level ever, despite the fact that the program is vastly oversubscribed.” [The White House, Fact Sheet:





House Republicans Shortchange Critical Domestic Priorities in Texas, 5/13/15] In Texas 18 Percent Of Bridges Were Found To Be Deficient. In Texas, 18 percent of the bridges are deficient. Out of 52,937 bridges in the state, 1,127 bridges are structurally deficient and have been rated to be in poor condition through inspection and 8,872 are functionally obsolete bridges that do not conform to updated design standards. [CQ, National Bridge Inventory, 12/14] Fifteen Percent of Texas’ Major Roads Reported In Poor Condition. According to the latest numbers available from the Road Information Program, “Fifteen percent of Texas’ major roads are in poor condition. Driving on roads in need of repair costs Texas motorists $7.7 billion a year in extra vehicle repairs and operating costs – $505 per motorist.” [TRIP, Key Facts About Texas’s Surface Transportation System and Federal Funding, 4/15] Voted For Amendment To Bar Funding On The Amtrak Route With The Highest Loss Per Rider— New Orleans To LA Voted For Amendment To Bar Funding On The Amtrak Route With The Highest Loss Per Rider— New Orleans To LA. In June 2015, Hurd voted for an amendment to a Department of Transportation and Department of Housing and Urban Development appropriations bill that would “bar funding for Amtrak on the route with the highest loss, measured by the loss per rider. It would eliminate the ‘Sunset Limited’ line from New Orleans to Los Angeles” The amendment was rejected 205-218. [HR 2577, Vote #314, 6/09/15; CQ Summary, 6/09/15] The New Orleans To LA Route, “The Sunset Limited”, Passes Through TX-23 Including Near Big Bend National Park. “While onboard the Sunset Limited, settle back and watch the Bayou Country, Mexican border, southwestern deserts and California mountains pass by your window. Three trains depart weekly in each direction with an enhanced schedule and departure times for westbound trains. Services on the Sunset Limited include Superliner Sleeping and Dining Car accommodations and spectacular views from the renowned Sightseer Lounge Car. You can also make connections to additional Amtrak services including the Texas Eagle, Coast Starlight, Pacific Surfliner and San Joaquin. Deboard in Alpine, Texas to visit Big Bend National Park.” [Amtrak.com, accessed 12/13/15] Voted Against Increasing Insurance Requirements For Commercial Vehicles To Guard Against Worst Case Scenario Incidents Voted Against Amendment Increasing Insurance Requirements For Commercial Vehicles. In June 2015, Hurd voted against an amendment that would remove a section of the bill that would bar funds from being used to develop, issue or implement regulations that increase the minimum financial responsibility for transporting passengers or property by commercial motor vehicles. The amendment failed, 176 to 247.

[HR 2577, Amendment #16, Vote #301, 6/04/15; CQ, 6/04/15]

Voted For Eliminating Discretionary Funding For Essential Air Service Program

Voted For Amendment Eliminating Discretionary Funding For Essential Air Service Program. In June 2015, Hurd voted for an amendment that would eliminate discretionary funding for the Essential Air Service (EAS) program and increase the spending reduction account by $155 million, the amount that the underlying bill would provide in discretionary funding for the EAS program. The amendment, failed 166 to 255. [HR 2577, Amendment #8, Vote #298, 6/04/15; CQ, 6/04/15] Voted For Preventing Local Officials From Working With The Department Of Transportation To Reduce Motorcycle Fatalities Voted For Preventing Local Officials From Working With The Department Of Transportation To Reduce Motorcycle Fatalities. In June 2015, Hurd voted for an amendment to the Transportation And HUD Appropriations Bill that would remove language from the bill that would allow the Transportation secretary to engage in activities with states and state lawmakers to consider proposals related to reducing motorcycle fatalities. The amendment passed, 235 to 189. [HR 2577, Amendment #9, Vote #299, 6/04/15;

CQ, 6/04/15]

Voted Against Funding For Positive Train Control

Voted Against Motion Authorizing $6 Million For Positive Train Control Systems, Technology That Could Have Prevented Deadly 2014 Amtrak Crash. In June 2015, Hurd voted against a motion to recommit the FY16 Transportation-HUD Appropriations bill. “[The motion] intended to help give Amtrak funds to pay for positive train control technology, a safety upgrade that the National Transportation Safety Board said could have prevented the May 12 derailment of a passenger train near Philadelphia that killed 8 and injured more than 200. The motion offered a $6 million increase in capital and debt service grants to Amtrak, offset by a decrease in the Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes Information Technology Fund.” The motion was rejected by a vote of 181-244. [HR 2577, Vote #328, 6/09/15;

Congressional Quarterly News, 6/09/15] Voted For An Amendment To Bar Funding For Any Amtrak Route With Operating Costs Exceeding Twice Its FY 2014-18 Five Year Plan Funding Voted For An Amendment To Bar Funding For Any Amtrak Route With Operating Costs Exceeding Twice Its FY 2014-18 Five Year Plan Funding. In June 2015, Hurd voted for an amendment to a Department of Transportation and Department of Housing and Urban Development appropriations bill that would “bar funding for Amtrak to operate any route for which the operating costs exceed two times its revenues based on Amtrak’s FY 2014-18 Five Year Plan from April 2014.” The amendment was rejected 186-237. [HR 2577, Vote #315, 6/09/15; CQ Summary, 6/09/15]

Voted Against Requiring The FAA To Allow Bob Hope Airport To Impose Curfew

Voted Against Requiring The FAA To Allow Bob Hope Airport To Impose Curfew. In June 2015, Hurd voted against an amendment to a Department of Transportation and Department of Housing and Urban Development appropriations bill that would “require the Federal Aviation Administration to allow the Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, Calif., to impose a curfew on flights.” The amendment was rejected 157-266. [HR 2577, Vote #316, 6/09/15; CQ Summary, 6/09/15] Voted Against Blocking DOT From Financing Rail Projects With Top Speeds Under 150MPH Voted Against Blocking DOT From Financing Rail Projects With Top Speeds Under 150MPH. In June 2015, Hurd voted against an amendment to a DOT and HUD appropriations bill that would “bar funding for the Transportation Department to authorize exempt facility bonds to finance passenger rail projects that cannot attain the speech[sic] of 150 mph.” The amendment was rejected 148-275. [HR 2577, Vote #317, 6/09/15; CQ Summary, 6/09/15] Voted Against Blocking DOT Funding For Making Loans Over $600 Million For Rail Projects Voted Against Blocking DOT Funding For Making Loans Over $600 Million For Rail Projects. In June 2015, Hurd voted against an amendment to a DOT and HUD appropriations bill that would “bar funding for the Transportation Department to make a loan under the Railroad Revitalization and Regulatory Reform Act that exceeds $600 million.” The amendment was rejected 134 to 287. [HR 2577, Vote #318, 6/09/15; CQ Summary, 6/09/15]

Voted For Providing Preferential Funding To East Coast Transit Projects

Voted For Amendment Requiring Grant Funding To The Northeast Corridor Match The Line’s Prior Year Profits Before Amtrak Funding Can Be Distributed To Other Parts Of The Country. In June 2015, Hurd voted for an amendment to the FY16 Transportation-HUD Appropriations bill that prohibit the use of funds for Amtrak capital grants may be used for projects off the Northeast Corridor until the level of capital spending by Amtrak for capital projects on the Northeast Corridor during fiscal year 2016 equals the amount of Amtrak’s profits from Northeast Corridor operations during FY 2015.

The amendment was rejected by a vote of 199-227. [HR 2577, Vote #322, 6/09/15; Congressional Record, 6/09/15]

Voted For Prohibiting Transit Grant Funding Be Used For Usability Upgrades



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