The Chamber was honored to host U.S. Congressman Will Hurd at a Legislative Breakfast this week. Congressman Hurd was recently re-elected in Texas’ 23rd District and was eager to hear from the business community on the issues most important to San Antonio.
Those in attendance were representatives from the Chamber’s councils and committees, the North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and other community and business leaders. Congressman Hurd kicked off the meeting with a legislative update on the lame-duck session. He also gave insight as to what issues will be top priorities in 2017 with the new administration.
Hurd touched on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), specifically the efforts to separate the National Security Agency (NSA) and U.S. Cyber Command which he described as having long-term implications to San Antonio. He stressed the importance of bringing more cyber security jobs and NSA offices to the city which would strengthen the cybersecurity sector by encouraging private and public sector expansion.
Hurd also mentioned that a continuing resolution will go until March, which is important to San Antonio, since many of the city’s projects and programs receive appropriations, including the $5 million reimbursement for the Mission Reach.
He emphasized two specific efforts that will be of extreme importance very early in 2017, including a potential repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and changes to the tax code, which is projected to increase economic growth by 9%. Hurd highlighted two components from the ACA that are important and will be included: no denial of coverage for pre-existing conditions and coverage for children up to the age of 25.
Hurd closed by addressing questions related to immigration, sequestration, transportation and NAFTA. He stressed the importance of staying informed for both the Chamber and business leaders and that working with his office will help our community’s voice be heard.
Congressman Hurd currently sits on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform as well as the House Committee on Homeland Security.