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  • Thornberry welcomes Panhandle veterans to Washington
    Posted in Press Releases on October 2, 2015 | Preview rr

    More than 40 Panhandle veterans, family members, and volunteers traveled to Washington this week to tour Congress and the memorials that commemorate their service and sacrifice. U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) hosted the group today for a special tour of the Capitol where he had the opportunity to speak to them on the Floor of the House. “I consider it a great privilege each year to meet with veterans from our area that visit Washington as a part of the Texas Panhandle Honor Flight... Read more

  • Thornberry’s defense bill approved
    Posted in Press Releases on October 1, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security, District Defense

    The first National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to be passed during U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry’s (R-Clarendon) chairmanship of the House Armed Services Committee is headed to the Senate for approval and then to the President’s desk. The bill includes funding for Sheppard Air Force Base, the Pantex Plant, and the V-22 Osprey program at Bell Helicopter’s Military Aircraft Assembly Center in Amarillo. The bipartisan legislation passed the House 270-156. “This year’s NDAA provides the resou... Read more

  • Thornberry statement: Funding the government, defunding Planned Parenthood
    Posted in Press Releases on September 30, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Budget

    U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) issued the following statement after voting for a government funding measure that passed the House by a vote of 277-151 and the Senate 78-20: "This afternoon, I voted in support of a temporary funding bill that will allow the federal government to meet its fiscal responsibilities – including funding our military and pay for the troops. We simply cannot ask men and women to risk their lives on behalf of our nation all around the world while they wonde... Read more

  • Federal Spending & Defunding Planned Parenthood
    Posted in Mac's Columns on September 29, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Budget

    Dear Friends, The federal government’s fiscal year ends on September 30, and, as usual, there are a number of controversial issues related to federal spending. The following chart summarizes how the federal government spent your money during the last fiscal year. Here is another look at the different categories of spending over time. As you can see, a large majority of federal spending – about two-thirds – is spent in mandatory programs, also known as entitlements and interest on our national de... Read more

  • Thornberry statement on Speaker Boehner resignation
    Posted in Press Releases on September 25, 2015 | Preview rr

    U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) released the following statement on Speaker John Boehner's (R-OH) resignation: “As Speaker, John Boehner has made our nation’s security a top priority and been the key leader in Congress working to ensure that America and American interests are protected. I am very grateful for his service to our country.” Read more

  • Thornberry votes to defend life
    Posted in Press Releases on September 18, 2015 | Preview rr

    U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) voted today in support of two pro-life bills, one that would strip all federal funding from Planned Parenthood and the other would ensure babies born alive following an abortion receive the proper care provided to other newborns. “The possibility that someone would intentionally take the life of a baby in order to sell his or her organs and tissue is abhorrent,” said Thornberry. “The investigations into these practices now underway must be vigorously... Read more

  • Thornberry hosts House Majority Leader McCarthy during visit to Pantex and Bell Helicopter
    Posted in Press Releases on September 14, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security

    U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) hosted Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-California) in Amarillo to discuss national security and the contributions the Panhandle makes to this effort. As part of their trip, the congressmen toured the Pantex Plant and Bell Helicopter facilities today. At Pantex, Thornberry and McCarthy viewed the locations where nuclear weapons are assembled, disassembled, and stored. It is home to the only such facility in the United States. During their visit to B... Read more

  • Thornberry's Red River bill advances out of Committee
    Posted in Press Releases on September 10, 2015 | Preview rr

    A bill to protect private property along the Red River was approved by the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee Thursday, moving the legislation one step closer toward full consideration by the House of Representatives. The “Red River Private Property Protection Act,” H.R. 2130, introduced by U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon), seeks to settle all federal ownership claims by providing legal certainty to landowners along the Red River. “I’m very pleased that the Natural Resources Com... Read more

  • President signs Thornberry's natural gas provision in to law
    Posted in Articles on August 10, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Energy

    The President has signed in to law legislation that included a provision that makes the excise tax on liquefied natural gas (LNG) and diesel comparable on an energy-equivalent basis. The provision was introduced earlier this year by U.S. Congressmen Mac Thornberry (TX-13) and John Larson (CT-01) as the “LNG Excise Tax Equalization Act of 2015,” H.R. 905. The federal excise tax on LNG and diesel has been set at 24.3 cents per gallon. Because it takes 1.7 gallons of LNG to produce the same amount ... Read more

  • Thornberry aims to crack down on synthetic drugs
    Posted in Press Releases on August 5, 2015 | Preview rr

    U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) introduced legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives that will help law enforcement officials combat the growing problem of synthetic drugs. The “SALTS Act,” H.R. 1186, would make it easier for law enforcement officials to take action against synthetic drug manufacturers, distributors, and sellers by closing a loophole that makes it difficult to prosecute them because they label packages as “not intended for human consumption.” Current law all... Read more