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Congressman Will Hurd

Representing the 23rd District of Texas

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February 17, 2017 In The News
Worried about the future of US cybersecurity under President Trump? Don't panic, say current and former government officials. 
Although Mr. Trump hasn't offered policy specifics, some former Obama administration officials said a draft executive order on cybersecurity, which has circulated in Washington, could offer welcome improvements on the technology front.
February 11, 2017 In The News

El congresista Will Hurd, republicano por El Paso, fue nombrado al Grupo Interparlamentario México-Estados Unidos, donde participará en el diálogo legislativo para mejorar la seguridad, el comercio y la cooperación binacional.

El presidente de la Cámara de Representantes Paul Ryan dijo que nominó a Hurd por su conocimiento de la frontera y su experiencia en temas de seguridad y relaciones exteriores.

February 10, 2017 In The News

Republican Congressman Will Hurd - whose district spans 800 miles (1,290 km) of the Texas-Mexico border - on Friday criticized plans under consideration by the Trump administration to build walls and fences costing an estimated $21.6 billion to deter illegal immigration.

Reuters on Thursday revealed details of an internal report by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that estimated the cost of covering the entire border. It called for the first phase of construction to begin in San Diego, California; El Paso, Texas and the Rio Grande Valley.

February 10, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today Speaker of the House Paul Ryan recognized Representative Will Hurd’s leadership on border security, trade, and transnational cooperation, by appointing Hurd to the U.S.-Mexico Interparliamentary Group (IPG) for the 115th Congress.  The IPG is responsible for fostering dialogue between members of the United States and Mexican legislative bodies on issues of bilateral importance.

February 10, 2017 In The News

Even though there is a law designed to give Cabinet-level IT heads control over their departments’ tech spending, people working on the law’s implementation told FedScoop it hasn’t been powerful enough yet to fix the problem at every agency.

While a private-sector chief information officer is typically responsible for managing his or her company’s information technology investments, that authority in government is decentralized into different components, said Frank Baitman, former chief information officer of the Department of Health and Human Services.

February 9, 2017 In The News

John F. Kelly, the new U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, says securing the Southwest border starts with drug demand reduction in the United States.

It also requires the U.S. helping Central American countries socially and economically, Kelly said, at a congressional hearing earlier this week.

U.S. Rep. Filemon Vela of Brownsville, who quizzed Kelly at the hearing, was pleased with these remarks. However, he was less pleased that Kelly also supports a border wall.

The hearing was held by the House Homeland Security Committee.

February 7, 2017 In The News

Congressman Will Hurd is feeling a little more at ease with the Trump administrations border security plan.

The Congressman heard from Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly on Tuesday.

Heard says he came away from the hearing relieved that John Kelly understands border security isn’t going to be fixed with a big wall. Hurd feels a wall running the entire length of the border isn’t cost effective at all.

The Congressman says Kelly recognized a couple of natural barriers along the border with Mexico.

February 6, 2017 Hurd on the Hill

The last thing my constituents want is more vague and confusing government regulations that come at the expense of hardworking families and small businesses. But a punishing, ever-increasing morass of red tape forces small and family-owned businesses to spend countless hours, dollars and resources on compliance, instead of doing what they do best – build their business. This means fewer jobs for American workers and slower growth for our economy.

February 3, 2017 In The News

A cohort of Texas politicians have drafted a bipartisan stand-alone bill — to be introduced soon — that would fund the San Antonio-based North American Development Bank, according to a copy of the bill obtained by the Business Journal.

January 30, 2017 Editorial

By Will Hurd as published in the Washington Post on January 30 at 2:11 PM

Will Hurd, a Republican, represents Texas’s 23rd Congressional District in the House.