Cole on Congress with Guest Rep. Will Hurd
March 27, 2018
Cole On Congress
Washington, D.C. - Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) recently filmed another episode of his television and web show, Cole on Congress for March 2018. This month’s program featured an interview with Congressman Will Hurd, who represents the 23rd District of Texas and is currently serving his second term in Congress. Before being elected in 2015, Rep. Hurd served as an undercover officer in the CIA in the Middle East and South Asia for nearly a decade. He now serves on the Committees of Oversight and Government Reform and Homeland Security. He is also a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
Hurd ran for Congress after serving in the CIA for many years and later helped start a cyber security firm. He explains how he uses his background in his current role in Congress:
“We need more people that have an expertise in a particular area in order for us to understand those unintended consequences on some of the decisions that we’re going to make. And so, I try to narrow my focus on some of those areas where I have some experience, and I think that has allowed me to be a much better legislator.”
On his role in the CIA while working in Afghanistan:
“We were able to kick out the entire Taliban out of the country, kill seventy-five percent of Al-Qaeda leadership with 400 people on the ground. So that’s the example and the model so we can help Afghanistan get under control with a small footprint.”
Hurd’s represents over 800 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border, more than any other Member of Congress. On how the U.S can solve the issue of border security:
“[We] solve this problem by utilizing technology to extend the most important resource – the human resource, the human capital – the men and women in border patrol. The technology exists today where we can determine the difference between a bunny rabbit and a person. We can deploy a small drone to track that individual, until we’re able to deploy our men and women in border patrol. Eighty percent of that can be done with artificial intelligence, machine learning. And it’s a fraction of the cost.”
Hurd also offered his thoughts on how Congress can serve the people despite the differences that the country has:
“As I’ve crisscrossed my district, I’ve learned way more unites us, than divides us. And often times we’re up here, we focus on that twenty percent that divides us, rather than the eighty percent that we agree on. And I also think most folks want us to disagree without being disagreeable. The competition of ideas is what made this experiment called America work, and when we engage in that, and we end up coming out with something that is supported by both sides, that’s the kind of stuff that usually sticks.”
To watch the full show of Congressman Cole’s conversation with Congressman Hurd, please click here.