Hurd on the Hill Columns
As we welcome a new year and a new legislative session, my team and I are ready for another successful term.
Coding is the language of the 21st Century economy. If our students can’t speak it, they will be left behind. We must do a better job preparing our students for the jobs that don’t exist yet—and we’ve got to start at an earlier age.
As chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, I am excited about our opportunity to finally deliver comprehensive tax reform that will empower small businesses in Texas and across the country. America's small businesses embody the best of who we are as a nation and the promise of who we can be.
During my first term, I put over 75,000 miles on my car crisscrossing the district, hosted over 400 public meetings, and helped over 1,000 individual constituents beat the federal bureaucracy. It’s been a busy two years, but I’m just getting started.
In last week’s Hurd on the Hill column, you heard from Jon Arnold, our Veterans Affairs and Military liaison staffer. For more than a year and a half, Jon has been working hard on behalf of the Veterans in the 23rd Congressional District of Texas, helping them to receive the benefits they earned while serving our nation.
Last summer was my first time staffing a town hall-type event with Congressman Will Hurd. Being a good former soldier, I showed up at the Uvalde Dairy Queen about 15 minutes before everyone else, dressed in slacks and a blazer. People started walking up to me, introducing themselves and thanking me, assuming that I was the Congressman. Since then, Will has called me his stuntman.
The United States has lacked leadership in the areas of national defense, cybersecurity, and border security for too long, creating systemic challenges to the safety of Americans. Additionally, all too often, politicians are out of reach and out of touch with those they represent.
The last Hurd on the Hill column was dedicated to the sacrifices our Hispanic-American service members have made and continue to make for our country.
September 15th marks the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month, and there certainly is a lot to celebrate. From the renowned art, music and architecture, to the Missions in El Paso and San Antonio, the Hispanic culture and community has left an everlasting impact on our state and nation.
Most students in the 23rd Congressional District of Texas headed out last week with a new outfit, fresh school supplies and a sturdy backpack, ready to start the new school year. Whether they arrived via bus or car-pool, hopefully they came excited and prepared to learn.