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Texas Republican Rep. Will Hurd has been a regular in the headlines lately, whether it be for the conversations at his town halls at a time when some of his GOP colleagues are accused of avoiding them, or proposing the U.S. focus on creating a “smart wall” to secure the border, instead of a physical one.
If, for some unfathomable reason, you are planning to follow a congressman through a baking-hot Texas summer, I recommend you choose Will Hurd. He’s personable, mild-mannered and clearly in command of the issues. Also, he holds many of his town halls in Dairy Queens, so you can cool off with a Blizzard while you wait for the event to start.
DEL RIO, TEXAS —
President Donald Trump’s promised U.S.-Mexico border wall could trigger a budget showdown when Congress returns in September, as Democrats, and some Republicans, debate whether beginning construction on new sections of the wall would be worth the $1.6 billion expense.
But 2,700 kilometers away from Capitol Hill, in the varied border terrain of Del Rio, Texas, law enforcement and residents alike say the issue is even more complicated than is understood in Washington.
The Department of Homeland Security is led by an acting secretary and key component jobs remain unfilled, but expert observers say a lack of Senate-confirmed leaders won't be a significant obstacle to the border wall projects.
Funding for the wall is likely to be a flash point for upcoming budget discussions on Capitol Hill. Congressional Democrats say they won't budge on funding, and their votes are needed in the Senate.
JUDY WOODRUFF: We return to the president’s campaign rally last night, and get the perspective of a Republican congressman where the border debate hits home. Representative Will Hurd of Texas serves on the House Homeland Security Committee, as well as the Intelligence and Oversight Committees. Earlier this month, Hurd visited 20 different Dairy Queens for a series of meet-and-greets with constituents across his sprawling district. It stretches from San Antonio down to El Paso. That is one-third of the entire U.S.-Mexico border.
If for some unfathomable reason you are planning to follow a congressman through a baking-hot Texas summer, I recommend you choose Will Hurd. He’s personable, mild-mannered, and clearly in command of the issues. Also, he holds many of his town halls in Dairy Queens, so you can cool off with a Blizzard while you wait for the event to start.
Funding for President Trump’s proposed border wall is poised to be a central issue in this fall’s showdown over government funding.
Unless Congress approves a new funding bill, the government will shut down on Oct. 1.
Trump is demanding funds for the wall that was the centerpiece of his successful presidential campaign, but Democrats have warned they will vote en masse against any legislation that includes money for the wall.
“I don’t see Democrats going along with anything that funds the wall,” said one senior House Democratic aide.
It looks like it’s construction season in South Texas. Along a stretch of the U.S.-Mexico border, 31 miles of wall may soon be going up and companies are wading through the final paperwork for building liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminals in the Port of Brownsville.
On the second day of a weeklong, 20-event town hall tour of his massive West Texas district, U.S. Rep. Will Hurd was met by dozens of constituents packed into a lecture hall at Sul Ross State University.
The crowd in Alpine, a relatively liberal college town, had the potential to be one of the most hostile to the second-term Republican during the trip, which came as Democrats’ criticism of President Donald Trump was reaching a fever pitch and as Republicans’ frustration with congressional inaction was mounting.