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The U.S. House has done its job: The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement has been passed and is on its way to the U.S. Senate. Those of us who live and work in South and West Texas know well that the United States and Mexico share a very special economic relationship. We count on cross-border commerce to serve as an economic engine across local communities. Our neighbors export goods and services or rely on imports to perfect and market to American consumers. And American companies are building in Mexico and creating jobs on both sides of the border.
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:
Artificial intelligence and the cyber workforce will be front and center when the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on IT comes back for the 116th Congress.
Both Reps. Will Hurd (R-Texas) and Robin Kelly (D-Ill.), currently the chairman and ranking member of the subcommittee, respectively, said they want to see progress across the government in both of these areas.
Texas lawmakers praised Wednesday the 2018 Farm Bill, which Congress has passed this week, and said it will help farmers and ranchers in the Lone Star state through provisions such as crop insurance programs and inspections for cattle tick fever.
The House passed the bill Wednesday afternoon. The legislation had already passed the Senate and is now headed to President Donald Trump, who is expected to sign it.
Mitchell Lake served for decades as a big, stinky holding pond for San Antonio’s sewage, but now it is considered a hidden gem on the South Side as a refuge for hundreds of bird species.
Owls, roadrunners, sandpipers, herons, hawks, pelicans and even whooping cranes, an endangered species, live at the 1,200-acre natural area or have been spotted there as they migrate.
Soon, the area will be the site of a yearlong pilot program to find out whether restoration of wetlands at the lake could improve its water quality.
A former sewage treatment facility repurposed as a bird-watching destination is poised to become bigger with $1.5 million in federal funds awarded to help add wetlands to the property.
U.S. Reps. Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo, and Will Hurd, R-Helotes, helped secured the funding to pay for a study Mitchell Lake's water quality and add wetlands to a 1,200-acre property off Pleasanton Road.
VIA Metropolitan Transit is rolling out several smart transit initiatives designed to make riding the bus easier for San Antonio residents and visitors.
VIA on Thursday demonstrated new cellphone capabilities and digital kiosks that it will deploy at 30 locations.
VIA Metropolitan Transit demonstrated a new app Thursday to promote multimodal transit, unveiled plans to roll out 24/7 customer service via a chatbot, and announced sales of its day passes have gone up 500 percent since launching a mobile payment system.
U.S. Rep. Will Hurd (R-Helotes) and Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff were on hand for the event as VIA officials ran through a list of what they touted as smart transit initiatives the transit agency has introduced in the past few years.
U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry's recent visit to San Antonio to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Eagle Ford Shale discovery also put a spotlight on cybersecurity in the energy sector.
The city of Presidio is rebuilding its international bridge to reinvigorate trade at the Mexican border.
This bridge can make all the difference for this small town.
Local leaders celebrated the groundbreaking for a new Presidio-Ojinada international rail bridge.
For Presidio, a small town of only 12,000 people, this rail line can make them a major player in the Texas economy.