Hurd advocates for Texas projects in House-approved funding package

U.S. Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX) worked to have several projects that benefit his home state of Texas included in a federal funding package recently approved by the U.S. House that would cover military construction, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and U.S. Department of Energy projects for fiscal year 2019.

Rep. Hurd voted to support the package on June 8 that would allocate $15 million for Mission Reach reimbursement in San Antonio, a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project designed to prevent flooding from the San Antonio River and to restore natural plant and animal habitats.

“Today’s funding package furthers Congress’s efforts to streamline the federal bureaucracy and reduce wasteful spending, while providing our veterans with the resources and care they’ve rightfully earned,” Rep. Hurd said following the House vote on the three-bill, $145.4 billion spending package, the Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act of 2019.

“I am also proud to secure funding for Mission Reach each year so that San Antonio River Authority can continue their transformative ecological, cultural and economic improvements for our city,” said Rep. Hurd, whose district includes Mission Espada, which is part of the San Antonio Missions National Historic Park.

Initially, the project funds were loaned to the Army Corps by Bexar County, Texas, which would be repaid, enabling the county to finish other community projects, according to a statement from the congressman’s staff. Mission Reach has been allocated $16.2 million in total reimbursements thus far since Rep. Hurd took office in Congress.

The House-approved package also would ensure that the Army Corps prioritizes additional resources for new-start projects, which would include San Antonio’s Mitchell Lake, a migratory bird sanctuary.

And the proposal would provide $16.7 million for the Supercritical Transformational Electric Power Project, a statewide initiative to improve the efficiency of existing and new electric power plants advocated for by Rep. Hurd.

“I will continue to work with my colleagues across the political aisle to deliver real results for the good folks of the 23rd District of Texas,” said the congressman.