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WASHINGTON, DC—U.S. Representative Will Hurd (TX-23) joined fellow Texas Rep. Kevin Brady (TX-08) last week to fight for benefits for our Texas retired public servants by introducing the Equal Treatment of Public Servants Act of 2019. This bipartisan bill makes fairer the Social Security benefits for our retired workers by repealing the modified benefit formula known as the Windfall Elimination Provision.
Originally published in the Washington Post on July 1, 2019.
Each year as July 4th approaches it is so easy to get caught up in the fireworks, barbecues and parades around us. There’s no shame in doing so – as a nation we have a lot to celebrate as we reflect on the founding of our great nation 243 years ago. As you sing along with your friends and family about how the stars and stripes remained gallantly streaming through the perilous fight, I encourage you to also think about the values that this great nation was founded on.
Our South and West Texas communities are bearing the brunt of the immigration crisis. When crisscrossing the 23rd District of Texas, I consistently hear that folks I represent are concerned about the influx of migrants and subsequent releases by the Customs and Border Protection. Residents are rightfully concerned about this issue, and the ramifications for public safety and the drain on taxpayer resources. That’s why I took two actions in Congress recently to immediately address these concerns.
DEL RIO, TEXAS – Today, U.S. Representative Will Hurd (TX-23) and Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) continued their push to reopen the Amistad Dam Port of Entry in Del Rio by penning a letter to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Acting Commissioner John Sanders urging CBP to act quickly on this important matter. Their action comes after an announced thirty-day closure of this port of entry, which has caused increased wait times and significant delays at the Del Rio-Acuña Port of Entry point of crossing.
SAN ANTONIO, TX – Today, U.S. Representative Will Hurd joined his colleagues and San Antonio elected officials at the Groundbreaking Ceremony for the City’s Federal Courthouse. This historic occasion comes after years of ongoing efforts by Hurd and others to secure federal funding to relocate the Court from its current location in a former HemisFair ’68 Pavilion to a more suitable facility that meets 21st Century security and employee health standards.
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Representative Will Hurd (TX-23) introduced the Border Patrol Agent Pay Reform Amendment Act of 2019 (H.R. 1392) with fellow border Reps. Xochitl Torres Small (NM-02) and Henry Cuellar (TX-28). This bipartisan bill streamlines and amends the overtime payment process so that the hardworking men and women in border patrol have the flexibility to be properly compensated for the dangerous jobs they perform.
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representative Will Hurd (TX-23) proudly joined his colleagues this week to support the Recognizing Achievement in Classified School Employees Act (H.R. 276), which creates an award program for the contributions of school support staff, such as bus drivers, secretaries and school nurses who keep our schools running.
Originally published in the Houston Chronicle
Significant uncertainty exists about the future of the trilateral trade relationship between the United States, Mexico and Canada. NAFTA created one of the world’s largest free trade areas and has had undeniable benefits to the U.S. Unfortunately, we should be prepared for President Donald Trump to make good on his promise to pull out of the agreement.
I have always said that my philosophy is simple: the only way we can get big things done in Congress is by working together. That is why over the last four years as your Representative I have been able to get 14 pieces of legislation signed into law. This term, I am excited for the opportunity to fight for South and West Texans in a new way: as a member of the House Appropriations Committee.