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Congressman Will Hurd

Representing the 23rd District of Texas

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April 20, 2017 In The News

Durante la visita que el procurador general, Jeff Sessions, y el secretario de Seguridad Interna, John Kelly, harán este jueves a El Paso, funcionarios electos de la región buscarán convencerlos de que la construcción del muro fronterizo será una estrategia costosa y poco efectiva.El alcalde Oscar Leeser confirmó que solicitó y le fue programada una reunión con los dos oficiales del Gobierno federal con mayores competencias en política migratoria, quienes visitan juntos por primera vez esta región, como parte de un recorrido que incluirá también San Diego, California.

April 19, 2017 In The News

The Trump administration should revamp the way the government hires, pays and retains cybersecurity talent, a major information security accrediting organization said Wednesday.

That includes expanding a pay incentive program within the Homeland Security Department’s cyber operations division that offers a 20 to 25 percent pay bump for new cyber hires across the federal government, according to the cybersecurity workforce recommendations from (ISC)², a membership organization that offers accreditations for digital security specialists in a variety of fields.

April 19, 2017 In The News

There’s a major overlooked challenge in the government’s struggle to shore up its cybersecurity, experts say: the location of the nation’s capital.

April 19, 2017 In The News

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and John Kelly, the head of DHS, will be in El Paso on Thursday, U.S. Rep. Will Hurd told ABC-7.

The Republican congressman, who was in the Lower Valley for several groundbreaking events Wednesday, said he will not be in attendance when Sessions and Secretary Kelly tour the border.

Still, Hurd said it's important for Washington lawmakers to check out the border themselves.

April 16, 2017 In The News

The next casualty of the perennial budget wars in Congress could be the first installment on President Donald Trump’s border wall.

The initial down payment on the wall, the centerpiece of Trump’s 2016 campaign, was supposed to be tucked into a stopgap funding measure to avoid a potential government shutdown April 28, a few days after lawmakers return from Easter recess.

April 14, 2017 In The News

After watching Orlando just miss the cut for federal counter-terrorism grants the past two years, Orlando’s Democratic U.S. Rep. Val Demings is putting together a bipartisan push to get such money increased to help mid-sized cities.

Demings and U.S. Rep. Will Hurd, a Texas Republican whose hometown of San Antonio also got passed over for the most recent grants, claim 19 other members of Congress, in a bipartisan group, calling for an increase in counter-terrorism funding for the nation’s at-risk cities.

April 13, 2017 In The News

North Korea has issued a forceful response to the deployment of a US naval strike group to the region, saying it would counter "reckless acts of aggression" with "whatever methods the US wants to take."

April 12, 2017 In The News

As the Trump administration's trade policies continue to take shape, two Texas politicians on opposite sides of the aisle visited Laredo on Wednesday to continue making the case that the North American Free Trade Agreement helps both the U.S. and Mexico.

Sen. John Cornyn, the state’s senior Republican, and Rep. Henry Cuellar, a Laredo Democrat, met with Mayor Pete Saenz and business leaders in the area to see how the 23-year-old pact among the U.S., Mexico and Canada is affecting South Texas.

April 12, 2017 In The News

It has long been a commonly held view in federal IT circles that legacy systems are inherently insecure, largely because they do not receive regular security patches for outdated software and code. That’s one of the reasons why the Obama administration pushed so hard on IT modernization, and why the Trump administration will likely embrace that approach.

April 11, 2017 In The News

Experts and officials are warning of the negative effects that another stopgap funding bill would have on cybersecurity as Congress finds itself embroiled in another budget showdown.

Lawmakers are expected to pass a continuing resolution (CR) later this month to avoid a shutdown and fund the government past April 28, when the last spending deal expires.

Analysts and officials say the use of a continuing resolution hinders the federal government’s cybersecurity efforts, delaying and damaging the work that is being done across various government agencies.