All federal employees grappling with migrant crisis should get COVID vaccine, former GOP lawmaker says
A former House representative who was once the only Republican whose district included part of the Southern border is calling for immediate action to grapple with the worsening migrant crisis. "First and foremost, make sure every official that is dealing in these situations has had the vaccine" Will Hurd said on "CBSN" Wednesday. The moderate Republican, who represented Texas' 23rd district from 2015–2021, believes the unfolding crisis is not a novel one. "So those are some of the root causes and the fact that early on in this administration they gave a mixed message about illegal immigration, helps with that surge," Hurd said. "It's going to be a fraction of the cost to solve the problem there before it hits part of our borders."cbsnews.com
Former Texas Congressman Will Hurd on border crisis and root causes of illegal immigration
Former Texas Congressman Will Hurd on border crisis and root causes of illegal immigration CBS News got a look inside one of the holding facilities run by U.S. Border Patrol in Donna, Texas. Former Texas Republican Congressman Will Hurd joined CBSN to discuss the conditions a rising number of unaccompanied children are facing while being held there.cbsnews.com
Former Rep. Will Hurd writing book, expected in 2022
FILE - Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, speaks during a public impeachment hearing of President Donald Trump on Capitol Hill in Washington. Hurd, the Texas Republican who at times openly criticized Trump, has a book deal. Simon & Schuster announced Wednesday that his book, currently untitled, was expected to come out in 2022. (Andrew Harrer/Pool Photo via AP, File)NEW YORK – Former Rep. Will Hurd, the Texas Republican who at times openly criticized President Donald Trump, has a book deal. Simon & Schuster announced Wednesday that his book, currently untitled, was expected to come out in 2022.
Former Rep. Will Hurd on violent protests on Capitol Hill
Former Rep. Will Hurd on violent protests on Capitol Hill Former Texas Republican Congressman Will Hurd joins CBSN's "Red & Blue" to discuss the violent pro-Trump protesters who stormed Capitol Hill, and what he'd like to see from his party and the president going forward.cbsnews.com
Romney: Trump's election fraud claim wrong, 'reckless'
(AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)WASHINGTON – Key Republican lawmakers, including 2012 presidential nominee Mitt Romney, on Friday slammed President Donald Trump's unsubstantiated claim that Democrats are trying to “steal” the election. But some GOP leaders struck a more neutral tone — and others urged the White House to fight. But Trump “is wrong to say the election was rigged, corrupt and stolen,″ Romney said on Twitter. Before Trump's speech in the White House briefing room, several Republicans challenged his attempts to halt vote-counting in Pennsylvania and other battleground states. "It is critical that we give election officials time to complete their jobs, and that we ensure all lawfully cast ballots are allowed and counted,'' she said in a statement.
In blue and red states, milestone wins for LGBTQ candidates
According to the LGBTQ Victory Fund, which recruits and supports LGBTQ candidates, that leaves only Alaska, Louisiana and Mississippi as states that have never elected an LGBTQ legislator. With the addition of Jones and Torres, there will be nine openly LGBTQ members of the House as of January. Two other Democrats became the first openly transgender people to win seats in their states’ Houses: Taylor Small in Vermont and Stephanie Byers in Kansas. And in New York, Jabari Brisport, a gay math teacher, became the first openly LGBTQ person of color elected to the legislature. And in southwestern Michigan’s 6th District, Jon Hoadley, seeking to become the state’s first openly gay congressman, lost to 17-term GOP Rep. Fred Upton.
National security experts in both parties will face pressure over their impeachment votes
Her yes votes for President Trumps impeachment could leave former CIA case officer Rep. Abigail Spanberger, a Democrat from a swing district in Virginia, politically vulnerable. Spanberger cited her intelligence work on the House floor on Wednesday as she explained her support for impeachment. Several of the Democratic national security freshman members of the House played a key role in getting the impeachment process started, writing a joint op-ed article in September that said Trumps actions merited an impeachment investigation. He pointed to the effects of the presidents announcements of withdrawals from Syria and Afghanistan, which caught him and other national security advisors by surprise. But he declined to defend Trumps foreign policy or actions toward Ukraine.latimes.com
Here's how each House member voted on the Trump impeachment inquiry
Twenty-nine of those 31 Democrats voted Thursday for the resolution setting up the impeachment probe strategy. Of all House districts held by Democrats, Peterson's 7th District in Minnesota gave Trump the most support: The president carried the area by about 30 percentage points. Trump won Van Drew's 2nd District in New Jersey by fewer than 5 percentage points. All three of those GOP lawmakers, Reps. Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania, Will Hurd of Texas and John Katko of New York, voted against the measure. But both impeaching Trump and removing him from office gets less support in public opinion surveys, particularly in some electoral swing states.cnbc.com
An update on the Trump impeachment inquiry: Members of Congress weigh in
Last Wednesday, Mr. Trump doubled down on what he said in the call. President Donald Trump: Believe it or not, I watch my words very carefully. Mr. Trump was offering U.S. Attorney General William Barr to help in a foreign government investigating one of his reelection opponents. President Donald Trump: Listen. I just wanted to follow up on the one that I asked you, which was President Donald Trump: Did you hear me?cbsnews.com
Texas Rep. Will Hurd, Republican and former CIA officer, at center of impeachment fight
On a two-lane highway between Del Rio, Texas, and Eagle Pass, Republican Rep. Will Hurd shifted in the passenger seat of a small rental car. Last week, after questioning acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire, Hurd stopped short of openly supporting the impeachment inquiry, but called for further investigation. With a little more than a year left in Congress, Hurd says hes going to fight to keep national security from being subsumed by politics. Applying the same national security lens to the border as he has tried to use for impeachment, Hurd frustrates attempts at neat political categorization. Nothing.Back in Texas, Hurd seems equally comfortable with Democrats and Republicans, law enforcement and civilians.latimes.com
Republicans face a mountain of challenges with black voters in 2020 and Trump isn't helping
Hurd's departure will leave Sen. Tim Scott as the only black Republican in Congress. President Donald Trump's 2020 campaign has made efforts to reach out to black voters, hoping that highlighting its economic successes might encourage a new generation of black voters in the coming election. "There might be a lot of things that [black voters] line up for policy-wise, but at the end of the day race is always there." Today, black voters are a critical component of the Democratic Party, making up around 24% of the Democratic presidential primary voting block. I took a picture of that rally and said, 'This is the face of a successful Republican Party.'"cnbc.com
Gun control isn't as risky for Democrats as it used to be
As he prepared to retire in 2011, liberal Rep. Barney Frank reiterated a longstanding political warning: gun control is a "great loser" for many fellow Democrats. The 2010 House Republican wave had just wiped out Democrats in 51 rural House districts the places most resistant to restrictions on gun ownership. By contrast, Republicans increasingly rely on blue-collar whites who see gun restrictions as hostile incursions on the culture of their communities. In 1993, when President Bill Clinton won passage of mandatory background checks through the Brady Bill, one-third of minority Republicans voted yes while one-fourth of majority Democrats voted no. This February, when the House passed strengthened background check legislation, just two of 235 Democrats voted no.cnbc.com
After wave of GOP retirements, House Democrats look to break further into red stronghold Texas
A wave of House Republican retirements has Democrats jumping at the chance to push deeper into a GOP stronghold. Rep. Kenny Marchant, an eighth-term Texas Republican who represents Dallas suburbs, announced his retirement Monday. He becomes the 12th GOP House member to either say they will resign or not seek reelection since the current Congress started in January. Four Texas Republicans Marchant and Reps. Will Hurd, Pete Olson and Mike Conaway have announced their retirements in recent weeks. Texas GOP Chairman James Dickey said the party has "an excellent, diverse range of candidates that have stepped up to represent us in Texas."cnbc.com
Here are the 4 Republicans who voted to condemn Trump's racist tweets
(CNN) - Tuesday's vote on the House Democratic effort to condemn President Donald Trump's use of racist language ended up falling along party lines, with 240 Democrats in favor and 187 Republicans opposed. Four Republicans, however, refused to join their colleagues and decided to condemn their party's President, calling Trump's racist attacks unacceptable. Rep. Will Hurd (TX-23)In an interview with CNN's Christiane Amanpour Monday, Hurd, the sole black Republican House member, deemed Trump's tweets "racist." Rep. Susan Brooks (IN-05)Brooks, who is retiring from Congress at the end of her term, tweeted Tuesday she voted to condemn Trump's "racially offensive remarks" because they "do not reflect American values." Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01)Speaking with a Pennsylvania talk radio station ahead of Tuesday's vote, Fitzpatrick said he took issue with Trump's tone.
Migrants contemplate dangerous crossings despite border deaths and detention conditions
Cuban migrant Viviana Martinez was considering the dangerous crossing with her husband and 1-year-old son. Shes five months pregnant and has been in the northeast border city of Matamoros waiting to cross the border legally into Texas for more than two weeks. There were 160 other asylum seekers on the waiting list to cross the border, and only a handful had been allowed across since she arrived. Were so desperate here, I think about going to the river, Martinez said Saturday. Afterward, two dozen worshipers dropped wreaths bearing the names of the Guatemalan migrants, Martinez and his daughter into the Rio Grande near where they died.latimes.com