More on Health Care
Originally Published in the El Paso Times on September 11, 2019.
As the representative of the 23rd District of Texas, I’ve learned that when it comes to health care, folks want policies that increase access to, improve the quality of and decrease costs of care. I have seen firsthand how Community Health Centers do just that by delivering high-quality, affordable and accessible services.
WASHINGTON, DC – After a successful four years securing big wins for South and West Texans and leading many conversations in Congress on national security and technology issues, U.S. Representative Will Hurd (TX-23) was chosen by his colleagues to serve on the prestigious House Appropriations Committee. This committee decides public funding amounts across the federal government, including for many important projects across the 23rd District of Texas, including but not limited to:
Representative Will Hurd conducted a Town Hall meeting at the El Capitan Conference Center last Saturday. Sheriff Oscar Carrillo introduced Rep. Hurd to the compact audience of about a dozen area residents. Rep. Hurd is running for re-election for the 23rd Congressional District which covers 820 miles from Cotulla to San Elizario. Rep. Hurd noted that he plans to visit all 29 counties in five days.
PRESIDIO COUNTY, TX – This week, the Health Resources & Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced that Presidio County Health Services, Inc. has been awarded $334,618 in grant funding for the construction of new access sites and to expand the practice to include pharmacy, dental and mental health services. U.S. Representative Will Hurd, who submitted a letter of support for the project, was thrilled by the news.
MARY LOUISE KELLY, HOST:
President Trump threw a dinner party at the White House last night. On the guest list were Republicans and Democrats. And on the menu, overhauling the tax code. The president is hoping to win support for his yet to be revealed plan to rewrite tax legislation. This, of course, comes a week after Trump cut a deal with Democrats to raise the debt ceiling and fund the government into December. And that is the starting point for our conversation with Texas Republican Will Hurd. He's on the line.
Good morning, Congressman.
To House Republicans who don’t like the funding deal President Donald Trump made with Democrats, Rep. Will Hurd has a message: Get yourself together, or quit complaining.
Otherwise, get used to the feeling of watching the Republican president brag about how much he’s getting done with Chuck and Nancy.
Hurricane Harvey has left thousands of Texans in dyer situations. Many have been left without homes and are now looking for a way to rebuild. On Friday, President Donald Trump signed a more than $15 billion Hurricane Harvey relief bill into law. Congressman Will Hurd said billions more will be needed.
“Some early numbers suggest it's going to be north of $100 billion,” Hurd said.
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.
U.S. Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas) took to the road this week for his DC2DQ trek across the state, hosting town hall meetings at nearly every “Texas stop sign,” or Dairy Queen, within his district between El Paso and San Antonio – 20 stops in all.
Though opponents brought signs of their own, protesting everything from his stand on Planned Parenthood to the divisive climate in Washington, D.C., Hurd spoke of the bills he’s sponsored, made promises on tax reform, and answered a blizzard of constituent questions.
The Ella Austin Community Center’s auditorium was packed Saturday afternoon, as a crowd of about 200 filled the seats and lined the walkways, sweating in anticipation of the town hall meeting centered around health care and the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Because the air conditioning system in the auditorium was no match for the sweltering summer day and full house, Ella Austin CEO Anthony Hargrove asked the crowd to “bear with [him]” as the AC worked double-duty.