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tv   U.S. House of Representatives Rep. Hurd R-TX Farewell Speech  CSPAN  December 28, 2020 12:06am-12:11am EST

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can help change that. that we will err on the side of expansion, of inclusion, and acceptance, equity and grace. because history makes clear that the only true error is when we do the absolute opposite. our future is big and bright. but it will take everything and everyone to reach it. i hope that a new generation of americans will rise knowing that people's house stands tall for them. mr. speaker, it has been ane gentleman from the state of texas, mr. hurd, for five minutes. mr. hurd: mr. speaker, our nation is full of opportunity. how else could a young black kid from san antonio, texas, grow up to come to congress, represent a majority latino district and get 17 pieces of legislation signed into law? my mom always told me you're either part of the problem or you are part of the solution. so i ran for congress, and over
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the past six years i've done everything i can to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to get things done. during my tenure, i've had some legislative lows. being two signatures short of a successful discharge petition which would have led to back i -- daca fix being put on the president's desk. we should never stop fighting for those like john lewis who told us this kind of work may be long, it may be hard, but it is righteous. at the same time, i've had some legislative highs. being the lead republican with my friend, jose serrano, to get the national fewmuseum of the national latino act unanimously passed out of this house of representatives. after 26 years, we finally did it. modernizing i.t. procurement laws so that the government provides better digital facing services and establishing a national strategy to ensure the u.s. stays a leader in artificial intelligence are going to pay off for years.
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i came to congress to make our nation safer. when i was first elected isis was our biggest national security threat. as we look at the years ahead, the nature of the threat is distinctly different. the next generation of fighting battle, which has already begun is against the chinese communist party. china's trying to be a sole superpower in this world by 2049. every american should care about the struggle because we face a potential future where mandarin and the u.n., not english and the dollar, dominate the global economy. the winner of this generation of struggle will not only affect our economy but will shape the rest of the century for the entire world. within this context of great power competition, i urge my colleagues to confront this national security threat with the simple principle that i learned from my time in the c.i.a. be nice with nice guys. and tough with tough guys.
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back home i learned another simple principle -- show up. i was willing to shown up to -- show up to places other places weren't. listen to what other people had to say and work across the aisles. we helped by empowering people, not the government. i could not have done any of this without my staff. from day one, my team and i held a belief that no problem was too small and no goal was too big. this mentality is how we ended up helping a high schooler who had an idea of preventing her friends from distracted driving and it's how we spent a year working on a national strategy for a.i. despite these legislative successes, the thing i will remember most is helping constituents whose names folks don't know battle the federal bureaucracy, making the difference in the lives of those folks is something i'll cherish forever. to all of my staff over the years, especially nancy pack, thank you for your late hours,
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thank you for your hard work, thank you for putting up with me and thank you for your dedication not just to the folks of the 23rd congressional district of texas, but to the entire entire american family. it has been a distinct privilege to stand on this floor for the past six years to debate issues and represent the people of the 23rd. thank you for putting your faith and trust in me. serving as a member of congress has not only taught me about this incredible institution, how to legislative, it's proven a long-held belief that way more unites us as a country than divides us. my final message for my colleagues as i depart this body -- don't treat bipartisanship like a four-letter word. the only way big things have ever been done in this country is by doing them mr. lipinski: thank you, mr. speaker. when i was a


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