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With the release of its objectives, the Trump administration is now ready to begin negotiations to update the North American Free Trade Agreement in mid-August.
In an 18-page report released on Monday, U.S Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer highlighted the administration's objective to renegotiate the 24-year-old free trade deal between the United States, Canada and Mexico.
Republican Rep. Will Hurd of Texas said Monday that he would not have taken a meeting with a Kremlin-connected lawyer, countering President Donald Trump's claim that "most politicians" would have made the same decision as his son to attend a meeting with a Russian attorney promising information on Hillary Clinton.
Steve Inskeep talks to Republican Congressman Will Hurd of Texas, a member of the House intelligence committee, about the latest on investigations into the Trump campaigns ties to Russia.
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As the Senate grapples with health care legislation , an IT modernization bill that sailed through the House of Representative and enjoys White House support still awaits committee markup.
The Modernizing Government Technology Act, introduced by Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas) and cosponsored by 18 bipartisan lawmakers, passed the House on a voice vote in May -- within three weeks of its 2017 introduction under a slimmed-down score from the Congressional Budget Office.
In May, the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) division of the Department of Homeland Security declared that it had selected a brace of finalists in the competition to design the Trump administration’s proposed wall between the United States and Mexico. The announcement was the first sign that the project, a centerpiece of Donald Trump’s campaign for president last year, was gaining traction in the real world, with the qualifying companies slated to begin building prototype segments in a matter of a few weeks.
In 2015, during his big speech announcing his candidacy for president, Donald Trump told the (allegedly) paid actors assembled before him, “I would build a great wall, and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me, and I’ll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great, great wall on our southern border. And I will have Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words.” Yet nearly six months into his time in office, nary a fence has been built.
Many feel the 2015 data breach at the Office of Personnel Management served as a wake-up call for the federal government. In many ways, it was more of a confirmation of what many had feared would eventually happen.
Lawmakers and their staffs have been aware for years that their internet communications could be prime targets for both foreign and domestic spies.
But after last year’s hacking of the Democratic National Committee by Russian operatives, many are reassessing security protocols that once seemed sufficient — even overbearing — and finding them lacking.
A Republican lawmaker warned Thursday that drastically reducing the State Department’s budget would hurt efforts to counter disinformation worldwide.
Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas) argued during a panel discussion on disinformation that the department’s budget cannot be cut because U.S. diplomats need to be engaging with their partners abroad to counter disinformation, particularly that spread by Russia.
The federal government has been working toward finding ways to modernize its IT infrastructure for decades. The challenge has been that 75 to 80 percent of the federal IT budget is spent on operations and maintenance, leaving little for innovation and modernization.