Hurd on the Hill Columns
The best part of my job is meeting with families across the district. Each town, from San Antonio to El Paso, and every place in between, has their own flavor and charm, not to mention, some of the hardest working people I’ve ever met.
To those who are using fear and terror to try and divide our country, I have a message.
You will not win.
When tragedies such as the ones that played out in Dallas and across the country this week happen, the reactions from across the political spectrum are for people to retreat to their corners and pull out their same, tired talking points.
That has to end.
If you have ever tried to get an answer from a federal agency such as the Social Security Administration or Veterans Affairs, you know just how frustrating it can be. Long lines, a maze of auto-responses on the phone, and never-ending red tape often stands between Americans and the benefits they have earned and need.
People in Texas are understandably concerned about Zika and the fever that victims can contract when exposed to the virus. The impact it can have on unborn babies is especially distressing, as it can lead to birth defects that can be physically and cognitively debilitating.
“It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived.” – George S. Patton
The 23rd Congressional District of Texas has a very special relationship with the U.S. Military. With Fort Bliss on the western edge, Joint Base San Antonio on the East and Laughlin Air Force Base in between, soldiers and airmen are as ubiquitous to our district as breakfast tacos and beautiful sunsets.
Castroville small business owner, Lori Krieger, recently shared a thought with me via Twitter – “When you buy from a small business, you’re not helping a CEO buy a 3rd holiday home. You’re helping a little girl get dance lessons, a little boy his team jersey, moms & dads put food on the table.”
Making plans for summer vacation? It’s a beautiful world and there are many options, but sometimes the real adventure can be found in your own backyard.
The “primary cliff” being faced by the more than three dozen community health clinics in our district was first brought to my attention by Nora Tellez, CEO of the Vida y Salud Health Clinic in Crystal City.
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.