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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.
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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.
Last week, Carlos Curbelo ventured across the Capitol to see his hero, Arizona Sen. John McCain, speak about the need for compromise in Congress.
The moderate from Miami listened intently as the maverick from Arizona, who was recently diagnosed with brain cancer, chided colleagues from both parties on the Senate floor about the dangers of naked partisanship.
“Just had the special privilege of being in the Senate Chamber to welcome John McCain back to D.C.,” Curbelo tweeted. “He's a national hero & one of my heroes.”
The Big Bend Regional Hospital District board informally agreed last week to contribute water to Terlingua and Study Butte after a major water pump failed, causing serious water supply problems.
Executive Director Quinton Sledge told the board the district learned of the problem too late to get an item on the agenda, which has to be published at least 72 hours before the meeting.