U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke named to House Armed Services Committee

January 9, 2015
In The News

By Daniel Borunda / El Paso Times

U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke has been named to the House Armed Services Committee, an important appointment because the committee oversees military installations such as Fort Bliss.

O'Rourke, D-El Paso, who is starting his second term in Congress, said he will also remain on the House Veterans' Affairs Committee.

"My priorities on the House Armed Services Committee will be to maintain and improve the mutually beneficial relationship between Fort Bliss and El Paso, to ensure our service members and their families have the resources they need and deserve, and to ensure an honest and thoughtful debate about how and when we use our military," O'Rourke said.

O'Rourke said that the committee appointment "will afford me the opportunity to better ensure that my colleagues and other key decision-makers within our government understand the unique advantages that Fort Bliss, White Sands Missile Range, and Holloman Air Force Base have, and how important they are for our national security."

The Armed Services Committee has a vital roles in overseeing counterterrorism, military readiness and the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process.

O'Rourke said that being on the Armed Services and Veterans' Affairs committees will allow him to continue to be an advocate for Army families at Fort Bliss and for quality care for veterans.

O'Rourke said he will remain involved in Homeland Security issues but will give up his seat on the Committee on Homeland Security.

First-time U.S. Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas, was named to House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and the Homeland Security Committee, his office said. Hurd will be chairman of the OGR subcommittee on information technology. Hurd will be on Homeland Security subcommittees on border security and counterterrorism.

Hurd defeated former Rep. Pete Gallego in a district stretching from San Antonio to part of east El Paso County.