Congressman Will Hurd was among 13 Republicans to vote Tuesday, Feb. 26 for a Democratic-backed resolution to block President Donald Trump's bid to use a national emergency declaration to fund a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border.
Rep. Hurd represents Pecos County within the 23rd District that sprawls 800 miles between San Antonio and El Paso. He is the only Republican Congressman to have a district bordering Mexico.
“I have more border than any member of Congress, I have more Border Patrol than any member of Congress, and I have spent a decade of my life chasing bad guys all across the world,” Hurd was quoted as saying in national media reports.
Hurd narrowly won re-election for a third term in November by defeating former Air Force intelligence officer Gina Ortiz Jones.
On Feb. 19, Hurd meet privately in the Pecos County Court House with nearly a dozen GOP county chairmen over their unhappiness with his views on border security. A letter signed by 17 of the 29 district chairmen was sent to Hurd expressing concern with his votes in Washington.
Hurd recently appeared on CBS’ Face the Nation, and said that Trump's emergency declaration would set a dangerous precedent and erode the rights of ranchers and farmers in Texas.
Tuesday's resolution passed the House by a vote of 245-182, with almost every Democrat and the 13 Republicans voting in support of the measure. Trump declared a national emergency two weeks ago when Congress failed to allot his border wall plan the $8 billion the President requested. Lawmakers did include $1.4 billion for 55 miles of barriers in its continuing budget resolution.
Three Republicans and two Democrats did not cast votes.
Republicans joining Hurd in support of the resolution were: Michigan Rep. Justin Amash, Pennsylvania Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, Wisconsin Rep. Mike Gallagher, Washington Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, South Dakota Rep. Dusty Johnson, Kentucky Rep. Thomas Massie, Washington Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Florida Rep. Francis Rooney, Wisconsin Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, New York Rep. Elise Stefanik and Michigan Rep. Fred Upton, Oregon Rep. Greg Walden.