January 24, 2019 600 AM
WASHINGTON, DC – After a successful four years securing big wins for South and West Texans and leading many conversations in Congress on national security and technology issues, U.S. Representative Will Hurd (TX-23) was chosen by his colleagues to serve on the prestigious House Appropriations Committee. This committee decides public funding amounts across the federal government, including for many important projects across the 23rd District of Texas, including but not limited to:
Funding our national defense, including the military bases in and near TX-23 at Del Rio’s Laughlin Air Force Base, El Paso’s Fort Bliss and Joint Base San Antonio;
Keeping Americans’ precious online information safe from hackers by incentivizing our federal agencies to update their digital infrastructure;
Ensuring TX-23’s eight national parks and historic sites, including Big Bend and the San Antonio Missions, are cared for; and,
Providing grant funding for many local healthcare, energy and infrastructure projects, from repairing West Texas roads along the Permian Basin to helping our community health centers.
“The House Appropriations Committee funds efforts that not only are crucial to our national security, but also impact the everyday public health and safety of communities I represent and fight for each day in Congress,” said Hurd, the first Representative in over a decade to serve the 23rd District of Texas for three consecutive terms. “I am humbled to be able to bring a South and West Texas perspective to this powerful committee, and I look forward to continue working with my colleagues on both sides of the political aisle to secure even more wins in Congress for my District, the great state of Texas and the nation.”
“Will is one of the most innovative and entrepreneurial members in Congress. He has a proven track record of passing legislation that brings our government into the 21st century, saving billions of dollars, and delivering better results for the American people. As our government faces unique challenges in a changing world, Will’s creative approach will be called upon as we work for a more effective, efficient, and accountable government,” said House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23).
“I am excited to welcome my friend and fellow Texan Rep. Will Hurd to the Appropriations Committee,” said Committee Ranking Member Kay Granger (TX-12). “Rep. Hurd is an authoritative voice in the House, especially on national security and technology, and is a tireless advocate for his constituents. I look forward to working with him and the rest of the Committee to secure funding for important priorities for our state and the nation.”
The Appropriations Committee has stood as one of the most prestigious committees in Congress since the Civil War in 1865, directly executing the “power of the purse” authority granted to Congress in Article I, Section 9, Clause 7 of the U.S. Constitution.