Hurd Continues Efforts to Strengthen National Security

January 22, 2019
Press Release
It’s imperative that we play nice with nice guys and tough with tough guys

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representative Will Hurd (TX-23) proudly joined his House colleagues on both sides of the aisle to pass two important national security bills to make clear that the United States stands with our allies and holds our enemies accountable for their actions.

“When it comes to maintaining our national security, it’s imperative that we play nice with nice guys and tough with tough guys,” said Hurd, a former undercover CIA officer who served alongside NATO forces in Afghanistan and has been a national security thought leader in the House since 2015. “These recent votes show that there is overwhelming bipartisan support from Congress, a coequal branch of government, to value our allies and stand up to our enemies. I’ll continue to work hard with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to find ways to keep Americans safe from foreign threats.”

Last week, Hurd joined his colleagues to introduce the NATO Support Act, which reinforces Congress’s support for the North Atlantic treaty organization (NATO), the largest and most successful military alliance in the world. The bill supports NATO member efforts to increase defense spending and promotes robust funding for the European Deterrence Initiative to counter Russian aggression.

Hurd urged his colleagues to support this bill. Watch the full remarks, here.

Hurd is also an original co-sponsor of the Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act of 2019, which furthers Congress’s efforts to support a peaceful, prosperous Syria and hold the Assad regime accountable for their blatant disregard for human life and basic decency. The bill imposes sanctions on individuals and organizations who have provided support to the Assad Regime or conducted business with Russia and Iran’s proxy forces in Syria. Over 500,000 people have been killed since the beginning of the Syrian Civil War, many at the hands of Bashar Al-Assad’s forces.

A former undercover CIA officer, entrepreneur and cybersecurity expert, Hurd has long been a national security leader in Congress, serving on the Homeland Security and Intelligence Committees and the IT Subcommittee. He has written dozens of bills since his first term in 2015 to help keep Americans safe.