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  • 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 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 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 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 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

  • A Victory for All American Private Property Owners
    Posted in Mac's Columns on December 13, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture, Executive Overreach

    U.S. Rep. Mac Thornberry Sen. John Cornyn Wichita Falls Times Record News http://www.timesrecordnews.com/opinion/national/a-victory-for-all-american-private-property-owners-26a1fdc8-e081-3877-e053-0100007f6c98-361683461.html Imagine that you had worked hard to purchase a piece of property, pay your taxes on the land, and plan to pass it along to your children for their use and enjoyment. All seems well until an agency of the federal government decides that it really owns your land and swoops in ... Read more

  • Bill to protect Red River landowners from Obama Administration passes House
    Posted in Press Releases on December 9, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture, Executive Overreach

    The “Red River Private Property Protection Act,” H.R. 2130, introduced by U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon), today passed the House of Representatives. The bill, which passed by a vote of 253-177, would provide legal certainty to landowners by ending any questions about the federal government's ownership of disputed land along the Red River. “This is a big victory for the landowners along the Red River and also for property owners everywhere who deserve to know that the federal gover... Read more

  • 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 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