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RBFCU Holds Meet-and-Greet with Rep. Will Hurd
Thursday, August 9, 2018 7:00 AM

Congressman Hurd

More than 200 RBFCU employees and board members were given the treat of hearing from U.S. Rep. Will Hurd during a morning gathering on Aug. 2 at the RBFCU headquarters in Universal City, Texas. Hurd, a congressman from the 23rd District of Texas that stretches from a line between Cotulla and San Antonio to the west near El Paso, spent much of his time at RBFCU speaking about cybersecurity issues and how they impact the financial services sector and government.

Hurd said he takes advantage of meetings like this one to learn more about credit union services and how legislation impacts processes, which directly impacts members.

"It's important to understand your industry," Congressman Hurd told staff at the RBFCU event. "When we pass legislation that we think is beneficial to the financial services sector, we need to know 'What does this mean now for your members? What tools are you able to provide because of this legislation that makes more sense?'"

Hurd assured RBFCU employees that there is a group of legislators who recognize that credit unions were not the cause of the 2008 economic collapse, and he spoke out against the subsequent laws passed, which created a bureaucracy that should not apply to credit unions.

"Credit unions are not large investment banks, and they should not be subject to one-size-fits-all regulation that doesn't make any sense," he said.

Congressman Hurd with RBFCU Leaders
RBFCU employees and board members meet with Congressman Will Hurd. Left to right: Sal Guerrero, Blake Lyons, Congressman Hurd, Mary O’Rourke, and Ed Marvin.

Before his election to the House of Representatives, Hurd was an agent in the Central Intelligence Agency. He worked in undercover operations, including the recruitment of spies, with assignments in India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and New York City. After he left the CIA, he helped form a cybersecurity company that he said could crack through the IT operating systems of organizations in an average of three hours.

Even with his expertise in this field, Hurd said legislation impacting IT policy should be drafted after input from private enterprise.

"I believe where we need to go, you at credit unions and financial services have a better idea," he said. "You create the questions, and we in Congress can go out to agencies like the CIA and the NSA and find the answers.

"This is important. It impacts my constituents, because they'll no longer have things like free checking because their financial institutions are paying for the breaches."

Far from the partisan squabbles that often dominate headlines and video news clips, Hurd sought to emphasize a positive outlook of our nation and the work done across the aisles of Congress for the betterment of our citizens.

"We need to know how to disagree without being disagreeable," he said. "If we can't be civil, our kids won't be able to do it."

For more information on RBFCU, please visit rbfcu.org.