Hurd on the Hill Columns
To fully understand American history, we have to understand all our history, which must include the contribution of the American Latino.
Up until I was 20 years old, the only thing that came to my mind when I thought of nature was a painful jellyfish sting I received as a kid during my family’s only summer vacation. It was our first time heading to the beach. Needless to say, I stayed away from the ocean for some time after that experience.
Many of us are learning to adapt to our new normal during this pandemic, including Congress. Unfortunately, the appropriations process doesn’t get talked about nearly enough because it’s not an exciting topic, however, it’s one of the main reasons constituents put us in office. I flew into DC last week and since then have been heads down ensuring we are doing our best with your tax dollars.
From San Antonio to Del Rio, from Marfa to El Paso and many places in between, our communities have shown the outrage we feel about another black man dying in police custody.
As the COVID-19 pandemic began to spread from outside our borders into the contiguous United States, there was a lot of uncertainty about the characteristics of the virus. After studying trends from other countries who were largely hit with the virus before we were, it was clear that, like many other viral diseases, COVID-19 disproportionately affects our senior citizens.
This time of year is always filled with excitement and celebration because we take the time to reflect on graduates from high school, technical school, trade schools, community colleges, universities and other types of educational institutions.
The power of a library is immeasurable because it is not just a repository of books but an access point to new ideas and sources of inspiration. While National Library Week was in April and it is now May, the incredible importance of libraries is something that extends beyond one commemorative week. We should appreciate and advocate for libraries each and every day.
I cannot remember a time in my life when our country was faced with a struggle like it is today. Coronavirus has changed everything from our work environment, to errand running, to family time. While a lot has changed, and, as this virus has waged a war on our economy and our health, it hasn’t hurt America’s spirit or her heart.
The American people can and will survive this pandemic. This crisis has affected every single person in our American family, which is why on March 27, 2020 my House colleagues and I passed the bipartisan Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
Small businesses feed, clothe and provide services to our community. They help us thrive, and they employ our friends, family and neighbors. But, today, so many of our small businesses are facing a challenging time because COVID-19 has and will continue to wreak havoc on our entire economy.