Out-of-Touch Republican Will Hurd Votes Against DREAMers

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Remember Will Hurd? The Republican SUV aficionado who narrowly defeated Pete Gallego in the race for CD-23 in 2014. Gallego has already announced that he’ll square off against Hurd once again in 2016.

While the race is no sure bet for Gallego, Hurd’s accomplishments in the House thus far have been so slim that the DCCC has already dubbed him “One Term Wonder Will Hurd.” And Hurd’s votes in the House continue to be so out of touch with the voters needs’ in his district that that nickname may soon become reality.

Hurd’s latest misstep came on Thursday when he voted for an amendment that would keep young immigrants from serving in the military. The legislation he voted for removed a bipartisan compromise that would have directed the Pentagon to consider allowing young immigrants who are qualified for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, also known as DREAMers, to serve in the U.S. military. Thanks to Will Hurd, young adults who were brought into this country as children, through no fault of their own, will not have the opportunity to serve the country they’ve been raised in all their lives.

Gallego for Congress spokesman Anthony Gutierrez was quick to point out how wrong Hurd was to vote in favor of such an amendment:

“Young immigrants who want to repay America through service and who are willing to put their lives on the line for our country deserve our respect – though Congressman Will Hurd apparently disagrees. Less than 1% of our country serves in uniform, but Rep. Hurd would prefer a weaker military over giving immigrant kids a shot at defending the country that has already given them so much.”

A great many immigrants have served in our military – and their service has been much appreciated by their brothers and sisters in uniform – even if it’s not appreciated by Congressman Hurd.”

Then, just one day later, Hurd voted against even more measures that would have helped those who serve our country in the military. On Friday, Hurd voted against a motion that would have given a 2.3% pay raise to members of the uniformed services. The measure would sought to guarantee a paycheck to those in the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps, even if a government shutdown were to occur.

Gutierrez continued:

“Not only does Congressman Hurd oppose a pay raise for our country’s service members – he doesn’t even want to guarantee them a paycheck in the event of a government shutdown.

The men and women who put their lives on the line for our country deserve far better than the blatant disrespect they’re getting from Rep. Hurd.”

CD-23 is home to over 46,000 veterans–it’s unclear why Hurd is continuing to vote in for measures that disrespect the profession where thousands of his constituents have honorably served. But it’s acts like these that will likely make his “One Term Wonder” moniker stick.

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Katie Singh

Katie grew up in Austin and has been involved in Texas politics since 2004. She has been a part of several campaigns, from state house races to working at President Obama's campaign headquarters in 2012. She loves public policy, public health, and tacos. Katie tweets from @kasingh19.

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