Hurd on the Hill
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.
This week’s Hurd on the Hill column is a truly special edition. In honor of Veterans Day, I asked one of my staffers, Jon Arnold, to tell you why he joined the U.S. Army and what motivates him to continue to serve today. I hope you enjoy his story. - wbh
Living on a budget is not easy. Every working-class family knows that. Sometimes you have to make tough decisions on how your hard-earned money is going to be spent. This requires sometimes sacrificing what you really want in order to pay for what you really need.
I think Washington should work the same way.
Over the past month many of you have heard about the circus in Washington. I am just as frustrated as you that some folks in DC are more focused on inside the beltway politics rather than doing what is best for the American people. But this is my promise to you.
If you had told me on September 12, 2001 that over 14 years would go by without us seeing another major terrorist attack on U.S. soil, I would not have believed you. That seemed unlikely the day after 9/11.
Earlier this week, I had the privilege of welcoming Pope Francis of the Holy See to the United States of America. Not only was this the Pope’s first trip to the U.S., it was also the first time in history that a Pope addressed a joint session of the United States Congress. Washington was jubilant and united, and the historic visit was symbolic for many reasons.
I’m going to share a secret with you that many folks in Congress don’t know.
Washington, D.C. is not the center of the universe.
My staff and I spent August traveling throughout the 23rd Congressional District of Texas meeting with constituents, business owners and elected officials while eating delicious frozen treats at several of our local Dairy Queens. We called it our DC to DQ tour and it was all about listening to you.