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“Look to your right and you’ll see snow on the ground,” the Amtrak announcer joked as the train pulled into Alpine station recently, riffing on the name of the Brewster County seat. Passengers alight on the platform while those staying on the train, heading east, take the opportunity to smoke or stretch cramped limbs.
The station at Alpine is clean and with the recent refurbishments to the station, it’s hard to imagine that it could soon see an end to its service, but a recent budget proposal from the Trump administration may make this a very real scenario.
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.
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.
Not even Donald Trump can build a wall as beautiful as what God has built here, says the GOP chairman for Presidio County, in the heart of the Big Bend, the vast, remote nook of West Texas.
The Trump administration’s transition teams are asking “all the questions” that the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has been asking for the last two years around IT, said Rep. Will Hurd in an interview with FedScoop.
During a chat with FedScoop at the SXSW Conference in Austin, the Texas Republican was optimistic about the future of government information technology and cybersecurity under a Trump administration. As chairman of the Subcommittee on Information Technology, Hurd has been pushing agencies to modernize their out-of-date and still aging IT systems.
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.
A rise in Mexican gas prices is having a ripple effect on the U.S. side of the border. The Mexican government is moving to lift price controls on gasoline. On the free market, prices are skyrocketing. Border lawmakers say this controversial decision is spilling into West Texas.
"When there’s uncertainty, you oftentimes see strife," said Congressman Will Hurd (R-TX).
Congressman Will Hurd thinks Obama is collapsing.
“Here in Texas, for this year alone, the premiums on average have increased 34%,” Hurd told KTSA News.
Deductibles are rising and exchanges are closing, he said, “that means less competition out in the marketplace and, when there’s less competition, that means prices are going to start rising.”
He said Republicans in Congress want to put healthcare back in your hands.
SAN ANTONIO - KSAT 12's Mark Austin sat down with Republicans Will Hurd and Lamar Smith as well as Democrats Joaquin Castro and Henry Cueller and asked them what they expect from Donald Trump's inauguration speech and his first 100 days in office. Here's what they had to say:
Rep. Lamar Smith