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  • 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 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, 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 small business taxpayer bill of rights
    Posted in Press Releases on April 15, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Government Overreach, Taxes

    On Tax Day, U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) and U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) introduced legislation to lessen the burden on small business owners and assist taxpayers in cutting through IRS red tape. The Small Business Taxpayer Bill of Rights Act of 2015 would lower compliance burdens for taxpayers, strengthen taxpayer protections, compensate taxpayers for IRS abuses, and improve taxpayer access to the U.S. Tax Court System. “All too often, the federal government, especially the IR... Read more

  • Thornberry receives Benjamin Franklin Award for work to repeal estate tax
    Posted in Articles on April 2, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Government Overreach, Taxes

    U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) received the Benjamin Franklin Award from the 60 Plus Association, a non-partisan seniors advocacy group, for his continued efforts to repeal the death tax. “I appreciate being recognized for my work to repeal the death tax, but, more importantly, I’m encouraged that a bill to repeal it was passed out of the Ways and Means Committee last week,” said Thornberry. “That is an important step to remove the burden the death tax places on family farms, ranc... Read more

  • Thornberry statement: A balanced budget that provides for national security
    Posted in Press Releases on March 25, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Government Overreach, Economy, National Security

    U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) released the following statement after voting in support of a House Fiscal Year 2016 budget resolution that would balance the federal budget within 10 years through responsible entitlement reforms and reductions in mandatory spending. The resolution passed the House by a vote of 228-199: “This proposal balances the federal budget and reduces government spending by $5.5 trillion over the next 10 years. It is a plan that offers solutions to some of our... Read more

  • House passes bills to make EPA more transparent and accountable
    Posted in Press Releases on March 19, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Government Overreach, Economy, Agriculture, Energy

    U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) voted this week in support of two bills to rein in overly-aggressive regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) by making the agency more transparent and accountable. Both bills passed with bipartisan support in the House. “People are sick and tired of regulations that hurt jobs and our economy, but what is more upsetting is that those regulations are often based on science and research that is never made available to the public,” sai... Read more

  • House passes annual government spending bill
    Posted in Press Releases on December 12, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Government Overreach, Economy, National Security, Agriculture, Energy, Second Amendment, Health Care Reform, Immigration, Thoughts on Government, Taxes, Executive Overreach

    The U.S. House of Representatives passed a spending bill yesterday that provides funding for nearly all of the government’s operations through the end of the fiscal year, September 30, 2015. The exception is the Department of Homeland Security, which will receive funding for less than 90 days, expiring on February 27, 2015. Under the agreement, overall discretionary spending has been reduced by $165 billion since Fiscal Year 2010. The legislation passed with a bipartisan vote of 219 to 206. Cong... Read more

  • Rep. Thornberry Selected House Armed Services Committee Chairman
    Posted in Press Releases on November 18, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Government Overreach, National Security, Cybersecurity

    WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman Mac Thornberry has been chosen to chair the House Armed Services Committee for the 114th Congress. Thornberry is the first Texan – Republican or Democrat – ever selected to lead the Committee or its predecessors. “I am grateful for the opportunity and also mindful of the responsibility it entails,” Thornberry said. “The men and women who serve our nation in the military deserve the full support and backing of the Congress and of the country. Providing that support wi... Read more