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  • Thornberry congratulates local schools on winning Science Bowls
    Posted in Press Releases on April 26, 2017 | Preview rr

    Students from Amarillo High School and Bonham Middle School will compete in the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2017 National Science Bowl this week in Washington, D.C. after winning the Pantex Regional Science Bowls. U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) said, “I would like to congratulate the students from Amarillo High School and Bonham Middle School who each won the Pantex Regional Science Bowl. I am proud to have these hardworking and dedicated students representing District 13 in the N... Read more

  • Thornberry responds to Trump tax reform proposal
    Posted in Press Releases on April 26, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Taxes

    U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) today responded to President Trump’s proposal to reform the U.S. tax code. “The tax reform outline that was released today by the White House is another encouraging step toward fixing our broken tax code. The proposal would simplify both individual and business taxes with the goal of encouraging economic growth,” said Thornberry. Among other provisions, the proposal would: • Eliminate the Estate Tax, commonly referred to as the “Death Tax”; • Reduce ... Read more

  • Thornberry, Military Service Chiefs warn of serious consequences without proper military funding
    Posted in Press Releases on April 6, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security

    U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, held a hearing with the Service Chiefs of all branches of the military to hear their assessments of the consequences of the failure to pass the 2017 Department of Defense Appropriations bill with supplemental funding. The appropriations bill passed the House earlier this year with strong bipartisan support, but it has stalled in the Senate. “There is widespread agreement that funding cuts under the Bud... Read more

  • Thornberry statement on BLM’s admission of error in Red River surveys
    Posted in Press Releases on April 5, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) released the following statement in response to the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) announcement that it used incorrect methodology in three surveys that are the basis for the federal government’s claims to private property along the Red River: “The BLM’s admission that it used incorrect methodology in these surveys and the decision to suspend the surveys is welcome news. “The portions of the river that the agency has surveyed strayed widely from t... Read more

  • Thornberry announces 2017 Congressional Art Competition
    Posted in Press Releases on March 28, 2017 | Preview rr

    U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) is now accepting entries for the 2017 Congressional Art Competition. The competition is open to all eligible high school students in the 13th Congressional District. The winner will have his or her art displayed in the United States Capitol for one year. The deadline for entries is April 18, 2017, and the winner will be announced April 26, 2017. “Each year, I am impressed by the talent and creativity shown by high school artists from District 13,” sa... Read more

  • Thornberry statement on House failure to pass health care bill
    Posted in Press Releases on March 24, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Government Overreach, Health Care Reform

    U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) released the following statement after it was announced that the “American Health Care Act,” H.R. 1628, would not receive a vote today in the House of Representatives: “I am incredibly disappointed that the House did not pass the bill to repeal and replace Obamacare. The bill had its flaws, but it would have been a key first step toward reducing the cost of health insurance, giving patients more say over their health care, and improving Medicaid. It ... Read more

  • Thornberry urges USDA Secretary to extend Emergency Use of CRP Lands
    Posted in Press Releases on March 22, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) today sent a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture Acting Secretary Michael Young requesting that he provide a 60-day extension of the Emergency Use of CRP Lands for the Texas Panhandle Fires. The text of the letter is below. “I am writing to respectfully request a 60-day extension of the Emergency Use of CRP Lands for the Texas Panhandle Fires. “As you are aware, many counties in the Texas Panhandle recently experienced devastating wildfires. Wit... Read more

  • Thornberry votes for Veterans Affairs reform bills
    Posted in Press Releases on March 17, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security

    U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) voted this week in support of two bills that will reform the Veterans Affairs (VA) hospital system and provide greater support for veterans. “Meeting our commitments to our veterans is one of the most important responsibilities of the federal government. These bills make important reforms to the VA system to address some of the deficiencies within the system and allow it to better serve our nation’s veterans,” Thornberry said. “These men and women ha... Read more

  • Thornberry urges action on Panhandle wildfire assistance
    Posted in Press Releases on March 9, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) is urging agriculture producers who have suffered livestock and property losses in the recent wildfires to file a Notice of Loss with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to begin the federal assistance process. A Notice of Loss must be filed within 30 days of the time of the loss by phone or in person at a local USDA county service center. County service center locations can be found on their website at https://offices.sc.egov.usda.gov/locator/... Read more

  • Thornberry statement on American Health Care Act
    Posted in Press Releases on March 8, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care Reform

    U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) released the following statement about the Republican proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act: “Obamacare is failing and is doing damage to the health care of all Americans. This is the first step in a process that will lead to patient-centered care that provides more choices and lowers prices instead of mandates. “I am sure that the plan will be improved during the legislative process, but it is important to get started and get this j... Read more