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January 16, 2019 Press Release

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:

January 15, 2019 Hurd on the Hill: Local Columns

Here in South and West Texas, border security is not an abstract issue. Every week meeting with folks across 29 counties of the 23rd District of Texas, securing our border and fixing our broken immigration system are frequent topics of conversation. That’s because the border is our backyard, and what happens on the border impacts the daily lives of families across TX-23 communities. Spending nearly a decade as an undercover officer in the CIA chasing bad guys, I learned to look at problems from every angle.

January 15, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – One of the first pieces of legislation to pass this year is a bill to help make sure that Americans’ online identities safe from hackers. Today the House unanimously voted to strengthen national cybersecurity by passing U.S. Reps. Will Hurd (TX-23) and Robin Kelly (IL-02)’s Federal CIO Authorization Act of 2018. Rep. Hurd spent his career in the CIA keeping Americans safe from global threats and has continued to do so in Congress by championing this bipartisan bill that helps keep Americans’ sensitive online information safe from hackers.  

January 4, 2019 In The News

Less than two months after the Senate failed to take up the Federal CIO Authorization Act, the bipartisan bill’s cosponsors reintroduced it to the House Friday.

Sponsored by Reps. Robin Kelly, D-Ill. and Will Hurd, R-Texas, the bill is unchanged from the version that passed the House unanimously on Nov. 30 but died in the Senate. The legislation’s main intent is to elevate the authority of the federal chief information officer by moving the position to a direct report to the Office of Management and Budget director.

January 4, 2019 In The News

The bill to elevate the authority of the federal CIO didn’t make it out of the 115th Congress, but that doesn’t mean its authors are giving up on it.

Reps. Robin Kelly, D-Ill., and Will Hurd, R-Texas, reintroduced legislation Friday that would make the federal CIO a presidential appointee who reports directly to the director of the Office of Management and Budget. It would also codify the federal CISO position as a presidential appointee who reports directly to the federal CIO.

January 4, 2019 In The News

Reps. Robin Kelly, D-Ill., and Will Hurd, R-Texas reintroduced today their Federal CIO Authorization Act, which is intended to elevate and reauthorize the role of the Federal CIO. A previous version of the legislation passed unanimously out of the House on Nov. 30, 2018.

December 20, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – In response to the recent announcement by the Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation to counter Chinese national security threats, former CIA undercover officer and cybersecurity entrepreneur U.S. Representative Will Hurd (TX-23), who chairs the House IT Subcommittee and serves on the Homeland Security and Intelligence Committees, issued the following statement:

December 19, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the House of Representatives passed the SECURE Technology Act, a bipartisan national security package that ensures our Department of Homeland Security (DHS) personnel have the resources needed to keep Americans safe from global threats in today’s interconnected world. The bill combines three bipartisan initiatives previously introduced in both the House and Senate that will ensure that DHS has the authorities to keep our digital infrastructure safe from cyber attacks.

December 18, 2018 In The News

Undocumented immigrant children will be released quicker from the Tornillo tent city and other shelters after a policy change regarding the fingerprinting of sponsors' households.

A backlog of FBI background checks of sponsor families had been blamed for delaying the release of unaccompanied immigrant children held in Tornillo and other government-contracted shelters across the nation.

December 18, 2018 In The News

House lawmakers announced plans to improve the use of artificial intelligence and increase the government’s cyber workforce through new bills in 2019 that would provide funding and set standards in the public and private sectors, Federal News Network reported Monday. Reps.