Hurd on the Hill Columns
When not working in DC, you can find me traveling to one of the communities in the twenty-nine counties across the 23rd Congressional District of Texas, to meet with constituents and learn about the issues most important to you. Sometimes I stop in half-a-dozen or more towns before flying back to DC on Monday.
The last thing my constituents want is more vague and confusing government regulations that come at the expense of hardworking families and small businesses. But a punishing, ever-increasing morass of red tape forces small and family-owned businesses to spend countless hours, dollars and resources on compliance, instead of doing what they do best – build their business.
“What’s the point of having health insurance anymore?”
I’m often asked this question by constituents who are pummeled by out-of-pocket costs under Obamacare.
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.