Hurd on the Hill Columns
Every day, your life is in some way impacted by a small business. Maybe it’s where you buy your coffee in the morning on the way to work or drop off your dry cleaning before taking the kids to school. The food you purchase from the local grocery store might have been produced by a local business, and a neighbor likely owns the gas station you frequent.
Cybersecurity. It’s the latest buzzword. Your colleagues worry about it. The talking heads on TV analyze it. Congress holds hearings about it. And when your credit card company sends you a letter about it, you wonder just how concerned you should be.
Family farms and ranches in our district are part of a cycle that is as sure as the rising sun. They prepare their fields, manage their livestock and crops to protect their growth and then harvest the fruits of their labor. While the crops and methods may change through the years, and the bounty may be unpredictable, harvest time arrives.
Traveling the district, I hear story after story from seniors about how difficult it has become for them to get an appointment with their Medicare doctor.
I’m not a conspiracy theorist, but the only reason that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) wants to regulate dry creek beds is because they want to get on your property. That’s unacceptable.
We were all outraged when news broke last year that some VA facilities were failing to provide the healthcare that veterans had earned and deserved and that some veterans might have actually died due to mismanagement and unethical practices.
From kindergarten through college at Texas A&M, I’m a proud product of the Texas public education system. I was fortunate to attend schools with dedicated teachers and my parents took my education very seriously. But not every child is as lucky as I was.
A little more than six years ago an application for the project known as the Keystone XL Pipeline was filed with the U.S. government. A lot can happen in six years. We’ve seen amazing and useful inventions like the iPad hit the shelves. Google introduced the driverless car and a San Diego company invented what is essentially a 3-D printer for human organs.
I firmly believe that if people in Washington are going to write the laws about securing our border, they should spend some time down here and talk to the men and women who risk their lives every day to protect our nation. That’s why I joined my fellow Texas Congressman Mike McCaul this weekend as he led a delegation of members of Congress on tours of our southwest border.