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President Trump Thursday night reversed earlier White House comments that the U.S. would withdraw from NAFTA. Steve Inskeep talks to Rep. Will Hurd, R-TX, about NAFTA and the southern border wall.
STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:
President Trump called the leaders of Canada and Mexico last night to say he wanted to renegotiate that deal. This came after White House officials had said earlier in the day that the president intended to withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement. Now he says he's not doing that for now.
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Will Hurd released the following statement regarding the Administration’s notification to Congress of their intent to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement:
Washington, D.C. – In commemoration of National Police Week, the U.S. House of Representatives approved Senator John Cornyn’s and Representative Will Hurd’s American Law Enforcement Heroes Act, which will incentivize state and local governments to hire veterans as law enforcement officers.
Del Rio, TX- Commercial flights in Del Rio are taking off again. Yesterday, U.S. Representative Will Hurd celebrated the return of commercial airline service to Del Rio International Airport by taking the first flight, on what will be weekly air service, from Del Rio to Dallas on Texas Sky Airline.
President Donald Trump wants to modernize the federal government’s aging IT systems and the digital services they provide citizens, and he’s established a council of agency heads and federal executives to help him do it.
An executive order signed Monday establishes the American Technology Council to “coordinate the vision, strategy and direction” of IT across government and provide advice regarding its use.
The secret weapon to this IT modernization conundrum that the federal community has been talking about for much of the last decade may come in the fiscal 2019 budget development process.
The usually eye-glazing-over, policy-wonk concepts of capital planning and investment control (CPIC) and enterprise architecture (EA) actually hold the keys for agencies to move off legacy systems in a strategic fashion.
The policy proposals regarding a possible border adjustment tax or an abrogated NAFTA emerging out of Washington are troubling, but I also see them as an opportunity for outreach and education.
I recently joined an amazing group of community leaders, entrepreneurs, academics, and nonprofit directors from El Paso and Juárez who met with members of Congress to discuss these important issues.
Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas, reintroduced his Modernizing Government Technology (MGT) Act in the House on Friday as Congress dodged an eleventh hour budget fight that would have shut down the government. Hurd told MeriTalk that the timing is designed to get the bill through markup and onto the floor for votes as soon as possible.
A bipartisan group of lawmakers has reintroduced a bill aimed at modernizing federal information technology, returning focus to an issue Congress attempted to tackle last year.
The Modernizing Government Technology (MGT) Act provides two funding channels for the purchase of new IT equipment that would be cheaper to run and more secure.
The legislation allows agencies to borrow money from a general modernization fund that is repaid with the savings from new equipment. It also allows agencies to keep any money saved by funding new technology within current budgets.
The Modernizing Government Technology Act is back.
The bill, which gives agency CIOs access to funds to move legacy IT operations to managed services, has been revised to handle objections from the Congressional Budget Office and from some appropriators who think it risks handing over the power of the purse to unelected bureaucrats.
The bill has some high-profile support and could see action in the House in a matter of weeks.