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  • The Blizzard of Statistics and the “Fiscal Cliff”
    Posted in Articles on December 21, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Making Government Work Better, Economy, National Security, Social Security, Medicare, Federal Budget, Taxes, The Fiscal Cliff

    In the blizzard of statistics surrounding the “fiscal cliff,” two numbers give us the essential bottom line. They are 20.6 and 24.3. Let me explain. Since World War II, the top income tax rate has varied widely. It has been as high as 94 percent and as low as 28 percent. Usually it was somewhere in between. But in all those 67 years with all of those different tax rates, the revenue collected by the federal government was never higher than 20.6 percent of our Gross Domestic Product (GDP), the mo... Read more

  • Thornberry releases statement on Lesser Prairie-Chicken
    Posted in Press Releases on November 30, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    Today, The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) officials announced its plan to initiate the process to consider whether the Lesser Prairie-Chicken should be listed as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) made the following comments in response to the announcement: “This decision is disappointing. There is way to go before any final decision is made, but this announcement highlights, once again, that the Endangered Species Act (ESA) p... Read more

  • Thornberry votes for a first step in immigration reform
    Posted in Press Releases on November 30, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    In an effort to begin reforming the U.S. immigration system with common sense policies, area Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) joined both Republicans and Democrats in the U.S. House in voting to support the STEM Jobs Act of 2012. The bill, H.R. 6429, is designed to attract foreign graduates of U.S. universities with advanced science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) degrees into the American workforce. “We must manage immigration so that our nation benefits. That includes s... Read more

  • Thornberry stresses need for better coordination on border security
    Posted in Press Releases on November 29, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security, Immigration

    Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) continues to press the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to meet the needs of local law enforcement in dealing with illegal immigration. On Tuesday, Thornberry drew attention to the CBP station closures in an official House Floor statement supporting the Jaime Zapata Border Enforcement Security Task Force Act. The legislation, H.R. 915, is aimed at enhancing collaboration and information sharing among a... Read more

  • Federal News Radio Column: Cyber inaction may be our Achilles' heel
    Posted in Mac's Columns on October 24, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security, Cybersecurity

    By Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) Special to Federal News Radio Original column can be found here. The nature of national security challenges is constantly changing. Over the centuries, our weapons have become more advanced, the strategies we use more complex and the battlefields on which we fight more varied. However, there has been no place where that evolution has been more rapid over the last decade than in cyberspace. Recently, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warned that the cyber threat we a... Read more

  • Thornberry, Law Enforcement Pushing Border Patrol for Federal Enforcement Plan
    Posted in Press Releases on October 19, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security, Immigration

    Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) met with Texas law enforcement officials yesterday to discuss the proposed U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) station closures in Amarillo, Lubbock, San Angelo, and Abilene. Officials from about a dozen local law enforcement agencies took part in the meeting to voice their concerns over the proposed closures and to provide insight on how to ensure there is realistic coordination to fill any gaps in federal enforcement responsibilities for immigration. “... Read more

  • Thornberry: Those responsible for embassy attacks must be brought to justice
    Posted in Press Releases on September 12, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security

    Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon), Vice Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee and a member of the Intelligence Committee, made the following comments on the U.S. Embassy attacks in Libya and Egypt: "The deaths of the Americans serving our nation in Libya are tragic and unnecessary. It reminds us that duty stations in much of the world are dangerous and that most of us take that service for granted. The U.S. must insist that those responsible are brought to justice. Our prayers g... Read more

  • House passes bills in an effort to prevent looming tax increases
    Posted in Press Releases on August 3, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Federal Budget, Taxes

    In an effort to help boost economic growth and jumpstart job creation, the U.S. House passed two measures this week aimed at tax relief for individuals, families, and businesses. Area Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) joined both Republicans and Democrats in voting to support the bills. “We need to create some certainty for taxpayers, including our small businesses which continue to struggle under the weight of looming tax increases and over-regulation,” said Rep. Thornberry. “Extending a... Read more

  • The Hill: Failure to act on cybersecurity puts nation at risk
    Posted in Mac's Columns on August 3, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security, Cybersecurity

    At a time when the House, Senate, and White House have been unable to come to agreement on a host of issues, the bipartisan consensus on the need to act on cybersecurity has offered some hope for action. The inability of the Senate to proceed to debate the various proposals is thus particularly disappointing. But there is a possible path forward. In April, the House passed four cybersecurity bills by strong majorities, thanks to work by Members on both sides of the aisle. Although these bills do... Read more

  • Thornberry: Senate must take action on cybersecurity legislation
    Posted in Press Releases on August 2, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Cybersecurity

    Comment from Mac Thornberry (R-TX), Chairman of the House Cyber Security Task Force and Vice Chairman of the House Armed Service Committee: "I am disappointed that the Senate is not able to proceed on a cyber bill and am concerned that the Senate inaction may signal to others that we are incapable of taking steps toward improving our nation's cybersecurity. Our vulnerability is not a function of our adversaries' strengths; instead, it is a result of our failure to find common ground on this crit... Read more