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WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representative Will Hurd (TX-23) voted with his colleagues on both sides of the political aisle today to support funding for military construction, veterans’ affairs, and energy and water related projects for the Fiscal Year 2019 (FY2019). This conference version of the funding package includes similar wins from the House version of the package which Rep. Hurd supported in June, including:
WASHINGTON, DC – The United States International Trade Commission (USITC) has reversed recent import tariffs on uncoated groundwood paper from Canada, after rejecting the Commerce Department’s argument that Canadian newsprint prices are harmful to the United States newsprint industry. The announcement comes as welcome news to newspapers across TX23 who have seen printing costs skyrocket since the tariffs were implemented.
Do you ever need to make a phone call, but can’t get cell service? Or need to see a doctor, but the closest physician who can provide the care you need is over a hundred miles away? Unfortunately, these are real burdens that hundreds of thousands of folks I represent in rural South and West Texas experience each day and the reason why I continue to fight for increased access to vital services for all constituents, no matter where they live.
LA SALLE COUNTY, TX – This week, the La Salle County Fire Department was awarded more than $1.6 million in grant funding through the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) program administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. This funding will allow for the hiring and recruiting of additional firefighters for the county. Following this great news, U.S. Representative Will Hurd (TX-23) released the following statement:
DEL RIO, TX – The Del Rio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce was recognized by the Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce as the 2018 Small Chamber of the Year. Following this great news, U.S. Representative Will Hurd released the following statement:
DEL RIO, TX – This week, the Val Verde County Commissioners Court officially approved a ride service to transport local veterans to their weekly appointments at VA facilities in San Antonio and Kerrville, at no cost to the veterans. Following this exciting news, U.S. Representative Will Hurd (TX-23) issued the following statement:
You may have heard that there’s a place in far West Texas where the night skies are dark as coal and rivers carve temple-like canyons in ancient limestone. This isn’t simply folklore and is actually located right here in the 23rd District of Texas. I have the distinct honor of representing in Congress a total of eight national parks and historic sites, including Big Bend National Park described above, and our San Antonio Missions. It is a top priority of mine to make sure our parks remain beautiful and accessible for South and West Texas families to enjoy for generations to come.
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s information technology and government operations subcommittees held a joint hearing Wednesday to key in on the most salient, persistent, and omnipresent issue in Federal agency IT: cybersecurity. On hand to testify were Federal CIO Suzette Kent, and Comptroller General Gene Dodaro, seeking to illuminate congressional inquirers on Federal agency progress to mitigate the wide range of cyber risks.
Legacy IT systems continue to limit the overall effectiveness of other cybersecurity solutions, federal CIO Suzette Kent told lawmakers at a July 25 House hearing, but she said the administration is making progress. A report to the president on IT modernization included 52 tasks for federal agencies, many of which deal with cybersecurity. Kent said 37 of those tasks have been completed, with the rest due to be closed out by the end of the year.
But Kent also noted that the deployment of detection tools was behind schedule.
The lead sponsor of the Modernizing Government Technology Act expressed confidence that congressional appropriators will eventually replenish a revolving fund for IT modernization, but unresolved issues regarding transparency need to be addressed.
Senate appropriators zeroed out a line item contained in the fiscal year 2018 omnibus spending package. The House General Government appropriation bill pays into the Technology Modernization Fund to the tune of $150 million -- the same funding level passed for 2018.