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  • 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

  • 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

  • Obama energy regulation will cost jobs and threaten electric reliability
    Posted in Press Releases on August 3, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy

    U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) released the following statement in response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) final rule on regulating greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants: “We have a responsibility to be good stewards of our environment, but that doesn’t mean that the federal government should be burdening the States with regulations that ultimately hurt consumers by driving up energy prices and threatening the reliability of the nation’s electric grid... Read more

  • Thornberry votes to fill VA funding gap
    Posted in Press Releases on July 30, 2015 | Preview rr

    U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) voted yesterday in support of a bill that included a provision to fill shortfalls in the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) budget and make significant changes to the Choice Program. The “Surface Transportation and Veterans Health Care Choice Improvement Act of 2015,” H.R. 3236, passed the House by a vote of 385-34. Hospital operations were at risk unless the VA was authorized to transfer funds to pay for non-VA care from the Choice Program, which ... Read more

  • Thornberry votes to end 'sanctuary city' policies
    Posted in Press Releases on July 23, 2015 | Preview rr

    U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) voted today in support of a bill that would remove key federal funding from sanctuary cities that ignore federal immigration law. The “Enforce the Law for Sanctuary Cities Act,” H.R. 3009, passed the House by a vote of 241-179. The bill would block specific federal grants from cities that prevent law enforcement officials from gathering information or communicating with the Department of Homeland Security about an individual’s citizenship or immigrat... Read more

  • Thornberry Calls On President To Lower Flags
    Posted in Press Releases on July 21, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security

    Today, Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon), Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, called on President Obama to order flags flown at half staff in honor of the fallen service members in Chattanooga, TN: "Last week, America lost five service members. They did not fall on a foreign battlefield, but were deliberately targeted and cruelly murdered here at home. Today, Speaker Boehner has ordered the flags at the Capitol to be flown at half staff. He follows the Governors of Tennessee and othe... Read more

  • Thornberry votes for education overhaul
    Posted in Press Releases on July 9, 2015 | Preview rr

    U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) voted yesterday in support of a bill that would return many of the decision-making responsibilities in education back to the states by reauthorizing and reforming the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, currently known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB). The Student Success Act, H.R. 5, passed the House by a vote of 218-213. The bill would remove one-size-fits-all federal education standards, eliminate a number of federal mandates, empower local scho... Read more

  • Thornberry on Army Reductions
    Posted in Press Releases on July 8, 2015 | Preview rr

    Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX), Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, made the following statement on Army plans to reduce the force by 40,000 Soldiers. “People who believe the world is safer, that we can do with less defense spending and 40,000 fewer Soldiers, will take this as good news. I am not one of those people.” Planned reductions in Army force levels have been public for some time and are a result of hundreds of billions of dollars in defense cuts since President Obama took office... Read more