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  • Thornberry introduces bill to rein in EPA overreach
    Posted in Press Releases on June 29, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture, Energy

    U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) introduced the Federal Regulatory Certainty for Water Act, H.R. 2705, to clarify the definition of “navigable waters” in the Clean Water Act (CWA) to help protect private property owners from regulatory expansion by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps). “Those who live and work in our part of Texas, especially the farmers and ranchers, understand the importance of clean water and work hard to be good ... Read more

  • Thornberry: Affordable Care Act anything but affordable
    Posted in Press Releases on June 25, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care Reform

    U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) made the following comments today after the Supreme Court announced its decision on the health care law: “Today’s Supreme Court decision is deeply disappointing for the rule of law in this country. The Court has now twice rewritten sections of the Affordable Care Act to reflect what it thinks Congress meant to do. This decision is judges making law, and that is not the way our system is set up. "The Affordable Care Act has proven to be anything but a... Read more

  • Thornberry supports full repeal of Country of Origin Labeling
    Posted in Press Releases on June 11, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) yesterday voted in favor of a bill to repeal mandatory country of origin labeling, also known as “COOL,” for beef, pork, and poultry. Thornberry was an original cosponsor of the Country of Origin Labeling Amendments Act of 2015 (H.R. 2393) that passed the House by a vote of 300 to 131. “After several years of implementation, this rule has done little more than increase costs and decrease profits for farmers, ranchers, and producers along the supply c... Read more

  • Thornberry responds to EPA's final water regulation
    Posted in Press Releases on May 27, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture, Executive Overreach

    U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) released the following statement after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers finalized the “Waters of the United States” regulation, which may have serious consequences for private landowners: “My staff is conducting a thorough review of the final rule, but I have little confidence that the EPA has addressed the concerns that many people, businesses, and other organizations have raised with this particular reg... Read more

  • Thornberry to deliver Republican Weekly Address
    Posted in Press Releases on May 22, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security

    Ahead of Memorial Day, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) has selected House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) to deliver the Weekly Republican Address. He will discuss the importance of honoring America’s men and women in uniform and making sure they have what they need to keep our country safe. “America is safer when our military is strong,” Thornberry said. “And our strength depends first and foremost on the men and women who serve. All Americans owe a debt to the ... Read more

  • Defense bill passes House
    Posted in Press Releases on May 15, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Sequestration

    The U.S. House of Representatives today 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 269 to 151. This is the first National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to be passed under local U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry’s (R-Clarendon) chairmanship of the House Armed Services Committee, and it includes funding for Sheppard Air Force Base, the Pantex Plant, and the V-22 Os... Read more

  • Thornberry, Larsen introduce bill to improve transportation options for rural veterans
    Posted in Press Releases on May 13, 2015 | Preview rr

    U.S. Congressmen Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) and Rick Larsen (D-Everett) today introduced “The Rural Veterans Travel Enhancement Act of 2015,” H.R. 2291, that would reauthorize the Veterans Transportation Services program for five years and provide mileage reimbursement for combat veterans traveling to receive counseling and care from veterans centers. “We have a responsibility to the men and women who sacrificed so much for our nation with their selfless service,” said Thornberry, the chairman... Read more

  • Local Student Wins 2015 National Congressional Art Contest
    Posted in Press Releases on May 12, 2015 | Preview rr

    A Caprock High School student has been selected to represent the 13th Congressional District of Texas in the nationwide 2015 Congressional Art Contest. A pastel portrait submitted by Michael Alvarez, son of Olivia Alvarado of Amarillo, will be displayed in the hallways of the United States Capitol for an entire year. The portrait of his grandfather, entitled “Tito,” was selected as the winning entry from the 13th District of Texas. "My grandfather has been an instrumental figure throughout my li... Read more

  • Thornberry, Cornyn introduce bills to resolve Red River land dispute
    Posted in Press Releases on April 30, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture, 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, H.R. 2130 and S. 1153 respectively, to protect private property rights along the Red River from federal ownership claims. By providing legal certainty to landowners, the Red River Private Property Protection Act seeks to end questions about the federal government's ownership of disputed land along the Red River. “Private landowners deserve absolute clarity fro... Read more

  • Shanna Peeples of Amarillo named 2015 National Teacher of the Year
    Posted in Press Releases on April 27, 2015 | Preview rr

    Shanna Peeples, a high school English teacher at Palo Duro High School in Amarillo, TX, was named the 2015 National Teacher of the Year by the Council of Chief State School Officers. U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) said, “Ms. Peeples is the type of educator all parents want teaching our children. She is a shining example of the best of her profession. The fact that she has already been recognized as the Teacher of the Year for Texas and has now become the Teacher of the Year for th... Read more