Hurd on the Hill Columns
A few weeks ago, my Democratic Colleague from Massachusetts, Seth Moulton, posted a video on Facebook that went viral. One of his staffers, who is also a Veteran, tried for several minutes to make an appointment with this local VA medical center on the phone, only to be pushed through a never-ending cycle of prompts that kept taking him back to the beginning.
It all started with chutney. Lori Krieger, from Castroville, Texas, was a busy mom of three who was working full-time in marketing for a San Antonio law firm. Though already on the path to success in her corporate job, Lori was dissatisfied with the lack of time she had to spend with her family. “I never saw my kids. Every night was homework, dinner, brush teeth and then bed. I was miserable.
Black History Month gives us an opportunity to highlight contributions made by African Americans to the greatness of the United States. One of the hallmarks of our country is our strong military tradition.
ObamaCare was passed amidst a lot of promises – lower premiums, smaller out-of-pocket costs, claims that the average family would save about $2,500 a year, and maybe most famously, the President’s pronouncement “That if you like your health care plan, you can keep it,” which went on to become Politifact’s
My folks didn’t mess around. Charley, Liz and I were many times discouraged from pursuing certain antics, high-jinx and tomfoolery, because we knew the negative consequences that would result from Mom and Dad enforcing the rules. As parents, they knew that rewarding their children’s bad behavior would ensure more of it. We knew they meant business.
There is an epidemic in our country that can impact anyone, regardless of race, gender, location and socio-economic status. It is called Human Trafficking and it is a modern day form of human slavery.
I was in the CIA when the 9/11 terrorist attacks shook America. Like most of you, I watched in horror as events unfolded, wondering if the friends I had in the area were safe. As the dust settled and it became clear who was behind the attacks, our military and intelligence agencies mobilized to hunt down those responsible and bring them to justice. And they have not stopped since.
I love coffee. Especially when that cup of joe comes from a local coffee shop in one of our rural Texas towns. I put hundreds of miles on my car every week traveling the district and one of my favorite things to do is use Google to find a new place to grab some coffee.
One thing we can all agree on is that when it comes to our nation’s Veterans, we can and must do more.
When the wait-list scandal at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) rocked the country, one of the laws that Congress passed in response was the Choice Card Program.