El Paso rep goes on bipartisan roadtrip after cancelled flights
Day Two (Wednesday, March 15)
Two Texas representatives took to the road after canceled flights to east coast. El Paso Congressmen Beto O’Rourke and Will Hurd drove Tuesday from San Antonio to Washington, D.C.
Along the way, O’Rourke, a Democrat, and Hurd, a Republican, are giving people a unique opportunity to hear their take on various issues.
"Show them that you're wearing a seat belt. I'm wearing a seat belt,” O’Rourke said.
It's been dubbed a bipartisan road trip town hall. The U.S. representatives took all sorts of questions about issues such as the GOP’s health care plan.
“This does lower premiums and it's going to increase choice of options,” Hurd said. “I think increasing choices is one of the best ways to drive down the cost of health care.”
Also being discussed: border security and immigration.
“Into this administration, I have seen far more aggressive policy that has increased the ranks of undocumented immigrants who are prioritized for removal,” O’Rourke said.
“Building a wall from sea to shining sea is the most expensive and least effective way to do border security,” Hurd said.
They also agreed on other issues such as STEM jobs.
“We've got to get more folks interested on these technology degrees,” Hurd said.
“Coding is a profession where they simply cannot hire quickly enough,” O’Rourke said.
The representatives even made time to name their road trip mascot - a donkey pinata.
"This is a mascot that we picked up at ‘Mi Tierra’, in San Antonio, who has been named willie-berto," O’Rourke said.