U.S. Representative Will Hurd (R-San Antonio, 23rd District of Texas), was chosen to serve in the House Appropriations Committee, his office announced Wednesday.
The committee, which decides over public funding across the federal government, oversees the budget of many offices, departments, and military facilities in the 23rd district, including but not limited to: Del Rio’s Laughlin Air Force Base, El Paso’s Fort Bliss and Joint Base San Antonio.
Hurd’s nomination comes after four years serving in office, and leading many conversations in congress on national security and technology issues.
“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.
“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,” Hurd said.
Other facilities within the district whose funding is approved by the committee include eight national parks and historic sites, such as Amistad National Recreation Area, Big Bend National Park, and the San Antonio Missions.
The committee, chaired by Democratic Rep. Nita M. Lowey (N.Y.), is responsible for appropriating funding for most of the functions of the federal government.
The committee’s jurisdiction includes appropriation of government revenue; rescissions of appropriations; transfers of unexpected balances; bills and joint resolutions by other committees that provide new entitlement authority.
The committee has 12 subcommittees that have jurisdiction over a specific part of the government.
Following Hurd’s nomination House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (Calif.) recognized Hurd as 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,” he said.
Appropriations Committee Republican Ranking Member Kay Granger (Texas-12) welcomed Hurd to the committee.
“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,” she said.