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  • Thornberry votes in support of defense appropriations bill
    Posted in Press Releases on March 8, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security

    U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon), Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, voted today in support of the “Fiscal Year 2017 Defense Appropriations,” H.R. 1301, which appropriates nearly $577.9 billion in funding for national defense. The bill passed by an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote of 371 to 48. “By passing this bill with a strong bipartisan vote, Congress sent an important message to the men and women of the military as well as to allies and potential adversaries around t... Read more

  • Thornberry commends EPA for rescinding oil and gas regulation
    Posted in Press Releases on March 6, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Government Overreach, Economy, Energy, Executive Overreach

    U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) released the following statement to commend Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt for withdrawing the Information Collection Request (ICR) for the oil and natural gas industry to provide information to develop regulations for methane emissions from existing sources: “EPA Administrator Pruitt’s decision to withdraw the methane emissions ICR for the oil and natural gas industry is a welcome move away from the previous Adminis... Read more

  • Thornberry introduces Waters of the U.S. bill
    Posted in Press Releases on March 1, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Government Overreach, Agriculture, Thoughts on Government, Executive Overreach

    U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) applauded the executive order signed by President Trump to rewrite the Obama-era regulation related to “Waters of the U.S.” (WOTUS) and has introduced legislation to solve the problem permanently. Thornberry’s bill, the “Federal Regulatory Certainty for Water Act,” H.R. 1261, clarifies the definition of “navigable waters” in the Clean Water Act (CWA) as waters that are navigable-in-fact or are permanently flowing bodies of water that physically conne... Read more

  • Thornberry's Red River bill passes the House
    Posted in Press Releases on February 14, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture, Executive Overreach

    The “Red River Gradient Boundary Survey Act,” H.R. 428, introduced by U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon), today passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 250-171. The bill establishes a fair and balanced process to conduct an accurate survey of contested land along the Red River to find the proper boundary between public and private ownership. “This bill essentially requires the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to do what they should have done all along. Its passage in the House... Read more

  • Thornberry, House continue regulatory reform effort
    Posted in Press Releases on January 12, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Government Overreach, Thoughts on Government, Executive Overreach, Small Business Regulation Request

    U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) voted in support of the “Regulatory Accountability Act of 2017,” H.R. 5, which combines six previously passed or introduced House bills that will reform the federal regulatory system. The bill passed the House by a vote of 238-183. “People are sick and tired of regulations that hurt jobs and our economy, and Congressional Republicans made repealing or correcting burdensome regulations the first item on our agenda. The provisions in this bill will mak... Read more

  • Thornberry, Cornyn introduce bills to advance resolution of Red River land dispute
    Posted in Press Releases on January 10, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Executive Overreach

    U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) and U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) introduced legislation today in the U.S. House and Senate to protect private property rights along the Red River from federal ownership claims. By providing legal certainty to landowners, the “Red River Gradient Boundary Survey Act” seeks to end questions about the federal government's ownership of disputed land along the Red River. “Private property owners should never have to worry about the federal government comin... Read more

  • Thornberry introduces the 'Death Tax Repeal Act'
    Posted in Press Releases on January 4, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture, Thoughts on Government, Taxes

    U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) introduced his first bill of the 115th Congress. The “Death Tax Repeal Act,” H.R. 198, will completely and permanently repeal the federal estate, gift, and generation-skipping taxes. The bill already has garnered 44 cosponsors. “This simple, two-page bill would permanently and fully eliminate the death tax, which undermines one of America’s most important means of capital formation: building a family enterprise,” said Thornberry. “Death should never ... Read more

  • Lake Kemp provision passes U.S. Congress
    Posted in Press Releases on December 13, 2016 | Preview rr

    Congress has passed the “Water Resources Development Act of 2016,” H.R. 5303, which includes an amendment introduced by U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) that will prevent the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) from forcing the City of Wichita Falls to destroy nearly 150 Lake Kemp cabins before 2025. The issue stems from an agreement in the 1960s between the Corps, Wichita Falls, and other stakeholders when the Lake Kemp dam and spillway was reconstructed. That agreement required t... Read more

  • Thornberry's defense bill passes the House
    Posted in Press Releases on December 5, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security

    The U.S. House of Representatives passed the annual defense policy bill that authorizes spending for military personnel, weapons systems, national security programs, and foreign military operations by a vote of 375 to 34. This is the second National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to be passed under U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry’s (R-Clarendon) chairmanship of the House Armed Services Committee. “Above all else, this bill is focused on supporting the men and women who keep our nation safe. It... Read more

  • Thornberry votes for sweeping health reform and research bill
    Posted in Press Releases on December 1, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care Reform, Medicare

    U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) voted in support of the “21stCentury Cures Act,” H.R. 34, which will speed up the approval of life-saving medical drugs, increase funding for disease and cancer research, for the advancement of medical devices and drugs, for opioid prevention and treatment programs, and for mental health research and treatment. The bill passed the House Wednesday evening by a bipartisan vote of 392-26. “This bill is going to do a great deal to help millions of Americ... Read more