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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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Voted For Amendment To Prohibit New Start Grant Funding Be Used For Upgrades To Improve Usability Of Transit Projects. In June 2015, Hurd voted for an amendment to the FY16 TransportationHUD Appropriations bill that would bar funds from being used to carry out any enrichment for any New Start grant request, including improvements to a transit project like a sidewalk, paths, plazas, lighting, and signage. The amendment was rejected by a vote of 212-214. [HR 2577, Vote #325, 6/09/15; CQ Floor Votes, 6/09/15; Congressional Record, 6/09/15] Voted For FY16 THUD Appropriations Bill Cutting Amtrak Funding, Housing Assistance & Rehabilitation Voted For FY16 Transportation-HUD Appropriations Bill That Slashed Amtrak Funding By $242 Million, Cut Housing Assistance & Rehabilitation. In June 2015, Hurd voted for the FY16 Transportation-HUD Appropriations. “[The bill] cut Amtrak’s budget by $242 million … falls short of Obama’s request for housing subsidies for the poor, which the administration says is lengthening waiting lists for rent vouchers … cut funding to rehabilitate housing projects by almost $200 million to $1.7 billion, and would offer just $20 million to Choice Neighborhoods grants to help cities rebuild poor neighborhoods, a 75 percent cut from current spending … The measure also seeks to reverse Obama administration steps to greatly ease travel restrictions to Cuba.” The bill passed by a vote of 216-210. [HR 2577, Vote #329, 6/09/15; Associated Press, 6/09/15] Voted For Baring Funds From Being Used By The FAA For Bio-Data Assessment In Air Traffic Control Specialist Hiring.

Voted For Baring Funds From Being Used By The FAA For Bio-Data Assessment In Air Traffic Control Specialist Hiring. In June 2015, Hurd voted for an amendment to a DOT and HUD appropriations bill that would “bar funds from being used by the Federal Aviation Administration for the bio-data assessment in the hiring of air traffic control specialists.” The amendment was adopted 240-186.

[HR 2577, Vote #321, 6/09/15; CQ Summary, 6/09/15]

Voted Against $3 Million In Additional Funding For Federal Railroad Safety

Voted Against Additional $3 Million In Additional Funding For Federal Railroad Safety. In June 2015, Hurd voted against an amendment that would “reduce by $3 million funding for the Federal Aviation Administration’s operations account, with the reduction targeted at funding for staff offices, and provide an additional $3 million for the Federal Railroad Administration’s safety and operations account.” The amendment failed 184 to 230. [HR 2577, Vote #308, 6/04/15; CQ Floor Votes, 6/04/15]

Voted For $8.1 Billion Short-Term Highway Funding Extension

Voted For $8.1 Billion Short-Term Highway Funding Extension. In July 2015, Hurd voted for a bill that “would reauthorize federal-aid highway and transit programs through Dec. 18, 2015 and would transfer $8.1 billion in funding from the Treasury to the Highway Trust Fund to cover projected trust fund shortfalls over that time. The measure completely offsets the cost of the proposed funding transfer by extending for two years the current budgetary treatment of Transportation Security Administration (TSA) fees as mandatory savings and through several tax compliance provisions.” The bill passed by a vote of 312-119. [HR 3038, Vote #441, 7/15/15; CQ Floor Votes, 7/15/15] Voted For Three Month Funding Patch For The Highway Trust Fund And Veterans Affairs Department Voted For Three Month Funding Patch For The Highway Trust Fund And Veterans Affairs Department. In July 2015, Hurd voted for “a three-month extension of highway funding Wednesday, just two days before the Highway Trust Fund was set to run out of money to help states build roads, bridges, and mass transit projects.” The bill “also would authorize the Veterans Affairs Department (VA) to use $3.4 billion to pay for veteran care through non-VA providers and instruct the VA to consolidate all nonVA programs into a single program.” The bill passed 385 to 34. [HR 3236, Vote #486, 7/29/15; USA Today, 7/29/15; CQ, 7/29/15]

Voted Against Authorizing $750 Million For Positive Train Control

Voted Against Amendment To Authorize $750 Million In Positive Train Control That Could Have Prevented Amtrak Collision. In May 2015, Hurd voted against an amendment to authorize $750 million in positive train control. “House Democrats wanted increased funding for an automated train control system that could have prevented last week’s deadly Amtrak crash included in a surface transportation bill being voted on Tuesday.... A spokesman for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Democrats were offering a motion to recommit on the road and transit measure that the House is voting on Tuesday that would boost the federal government’s funding for the automated train control system to $750 million.” [The Hill, 5/19/15; HR 2353, Vote #248, 5/19/15]

Voted For Increasing Safety Funding By Nearly $17 Million For Existing Rail Lines

Voted For Increasing Safety Funding By Nearly $17 Million For Existing Rail Lines. In June 2015, Hurd voted for an amendment increasing funding for the Federal Railroad Administration’s safety and operations account by $16,930,000 in order to improve safety on existing rail lines and reduce funding for FRA capital investment grants by $83 million. “The U.S. House on Thursday rejected an effort by Rep.





Scott Garrett to use some money earmarked for new transit projects to improve safety on existing lines instead. By a vote of 266-160, the House defeated Garrett’s attempt to amend the transportation spending bill and transfer $17 million to the Federal Railroad Administration’s safety account from the funds earmarked for new construction.” The amendment failed, 160 to 266. [HR 2577, Amendment #18, Vote #302, 6/04/15; NJ.com 6/05/15]

Voted For Amendment That Slashed More Than $280 Million In Funding For Amtrak

Voted For Amendment That Slashed More Than $280 Million In Funding For Amtrak. In June 2015, Hurd voted for an amendment cutting $288 million in Amtrak operating grants. “The House on Thursday rejected a conservative lawmaker’s push to impose steep cuts on Amtrak’s budget a month after a fatal derailment near Philadelphia. The annual appropriations measure for the Department of Transportation contains $1.13 billion for Amtrak, down from the current $1.4 billion level. Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) offered two amendments to slash Amtrak funding further. His first proposal, rejected 143-283 with 99 Republicans in opposition, would eliminate all $288.5 million for Amtrak operating grants.” The amendment failed, 190 to 232. [HR 2577, Amendment #20, Vote #303, 6/04/15; The Hill, 6/04/15] Voted For Decreasing Funding For Transportation, Housing And Urban Development By One Percent Voted For Decreasing Funding For Transportation, Housing and Urban Development By One Percent. In June 2015, Hurd voted for an amendment that would “reduce spending by 1 percent to all accounts,” in the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016. The amendment failed 163 to 259. [HR 2577, Vote #310, 6/09/15; CQ Floor Votes, 6/09/15] Voted For Baring Funding For Rule Meant To Reduce The Probability Of Train Accidents Involving Trains Carrying Flammable Liquids Voted For Baring Funding For Rule Meant To Reduce The Probability Of Train Accidents Involving Trains Carrying Flammable Liquids. In June 2015, Hurd voted for an amendment barring funding for a rule that is “designed to reduce the consequences and, in some instances, reduce the probability of accidents involving trains transporting large quantities of flammable liquids.” The amendment failed 136 to 286. [HR 2577, Vote #312, 6/09/15; CQ Floor Votes, 6/09/15; Federal Register, 5/08/15] Voted Against Amendment Blocking Funding For Orlando To Miami Passenger Rail Line Through Indian River County Voted Against Amendment Blocking Funding For Orlando To Miami Passenger Rail Line Through Indian River County. In June 2015, Hurd voted against an amendment to a Department of Transportation and Department of Housing and Urban Development appropriations bill that would “bar funding for the Transportation Department to finance a new passenger rail project that runs from Orlando to Miami through Indian River County, Fla.” The amendment was rejected 163-260. [HR 2577, Vote #313, 6/09/15; CQ Summary, 6/09/15] Voted Against Amendment To Expand Congestion Mitigation And Air Quality Improvement Program To Include Projects Like Bikeshare & Carpool Programs Voted Against Amendment To Expand Congestion Mitigation And Air Quality Improvement Program To Include Projects Like Bikeshare & Carpool Programs. In November 2015, Hurd voted against an amendment “that would expand the eligibility of the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement program to include projects that use innovative mobility technologies to provide alternatives to driving alone, such as bikeshare and carpool programs, that are shown to reduce vehicle miles travelled or improve air quality.” The amendment failed, 181 to 237. [HR 22, Vote #586, 11/03/15;

CQ, 11/03/15] Voted Against Amendment To Allow States To Permit 6-Axle Trucks In Excess Of 80,000 Lbs To Drive On Interstate Highways Voted Against Amendment To Allow States To Permit 6-Axle Trucks In Excess Of 80,000 Lbs To Drive On Interstate Highways. In November 2015, Hurd voted against an amendment “that would allow states to permit trucks on their interstate highways that exceed the current weight limit of 80,000 pounds.

Trucks would need to be equipped with a sixth axle and could not exceed a gross weight of 91,000 pounds.” The amendment failed, 187 to 236. [HR 22, Vote #588, 11/03/15; CQ, 11/03/15] Voted Against Amendment To Establish National Advisory Committee On Travel And Tourism Infrastructure Voted Against Amendment To Establish National Advisory Committee On Travel And Tourism Infrastructure. In November 2015, Hurd voted against an amendment “that would require the establishment of a National Advisory Committee on Travel and Tourism Infrastructure to advise the Transportation secretary on infrastructure issues and funding needs related to the use of the intermodal transportation network in facilitating travel and tourism, identify critical transportation facilities and corridors, and other duties.” The amendment passed, 216 to 207. [HR 22, Vote #589, 11/03/15; CQ, 11/03/15] Voted Against Amendment To Require Transportation Secretary To Conduct Reviews Of Pipeline Transportation Infrastructure Project If Requested By State Or Tribe Voted Against Amendment To Require Transportation Secretary To Conduct Reviews Of Pipeline Transportation Infrastructure Project If Requested By State Or Tribe. In November 2015, Hurd voted against an amendment “that would require the Transportation secretary to conduct a safety review of pipeline transportation infrastructure project if requested by a state or tribal government.” The amendment failed, 160 to 263. [HR 22, Vote #590, 11/03/15; CQ, 11/03/15] Voted Against An Amendment To Require State And Regional Transportation Proposals To Include Project Criteria And Descriptions Developed By States Rather Than Federal Government Voted Against An Amendment To Require State And Regional Transportation Proposals To Include Project Criteria And Descriptions Developed By States Rather Than Federal Government.

In November 2015, Hurd voted against an amendment to require state and regional transportation proposals to include project criteria and descriptions that states developed instead of the federal government. The “Amendment sought to require State and regional transportation plans to include project descriptions and to score projects based on criteria developed by the State or the region, not the Federal Government.” The amendment failed 171 to 252. [HR 22, Vote #599, 11/04/15; On Agreeing to the Amendment, 11/04/15] Amendment Was Part Of Transportation Bill Aimed At Improving Roadways And Infrastructure. “Congressional negotiators clinched a deal on Tuesday for a five-year, roughly $300 billion transportation bill that would inject badly needed investments into the nation’s deteriorated highways and other infrastructure and also reopen the Export-Import Bank.” [New York Times, 12/1/15] Bill Did Not Raise The Gas Tax; Used Funds From The Federal Reserve And Back Taxes.

“Instead of raising the 18.4 cents per gallon gas tax, the bill relies on a variety of short-term financing provisions, including a requirement that the federal government use private collection agencies to recoup certain outstanding taxes, a provision that would allow the government to deny new passports to individuals owing more than $50,000 in back taxes, and the sale of 66 million barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. The sale of oil is projected to generate $6.2 billion over 10 years, effectively pricing the oil at more than double the current price per barrel.



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