The bipartisan bromance between Texas Reps. Beto O’Rourke (D) and Will Hurd (R) continues, with the road-tripping pair swapping signatures on legislation and exchanging a few quirky gifts.
The duo — who made headlines this week when they hopped in a rental car and drove 1,600 miles from San Antonio to Washington after a snowstorm canceled their flights — reunited at the Capitol on Friday.
“One of the things that Will and I talked about on the road trip was legislation that we were working on,” O’Rourke, who, along with Hurd, live streamed much of their journey, said during a Facebook Live video.
The Lone Star State Republican then signed on as a co-sponsor of the bill.
Hurd, 39, then announced that his Democratic colleague would be adding his signature on another bipartisan bill. Hurd’s legislation, he said, makes “it easier for local police departments to hire veterans.”
“It allows Department of Justice funds to be prioritized to local police departments that are hiring veterans,” Hurd said, as O’Rourke signed on as a co-sponsor on H.R. 1428.
The two congressmen then decided to rib one another by taking part in a gift exchange.
“The wider viewing audience in the United States and, importantly, in Ireland will note the color of Will’s tie,” O’Rourke said, as he pointed to Hurd’s gold-striped neckwear. “And no offense, Will — I mean this now as a good friend who shared a car with you for 31 hours — totally inappropriate, given the fact that today is St. Patrick’s Day.”
O’Rourke, 44, gifted Hurd with a “green St. Patrick’s Day tie” that his colleague vowed to sport as it coordinated with his outfit.
It was then Hurd’s time to present a gift to his road trip pal.
“Everybody laughed at this, but this is the inaugural map that got us from San Antonio, Texas, all the way to Nashville,” Hurd said as he gave O’Rourke a framed napkin featuring a hand-drawn route.
When O’Rourke inquired as to why their final destination of Washington wasn’t drawn on the map, Hurd said, “I was planning on dumping the body somewhere between Nashville and Atlanta, but too many people were watching.”
“This shows y'all that we really didn’t have a plan,” Hurd told viewers of the epic adventure. “You can see the folds” on the iced cappuccino-stained map, Hurd said. “It was in my pocket the entire time.
“It will hang in a place of honor in this office to remind us of the trip we had together.”