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House passes the Bipartisan Budget Act

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House passes the Bipartisan Budget Act The bill will now be sent to the President's desk WASHINGTON- The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Bipartisan Budget Act by a vote of 240 to 186. The agreement sets the level of discretionary spending for the 2018 and 2019 fiscal years. "This budget agreement begins to rebuild our military, which is one of the most important priorities of the federal... Read more »

Thornberry comments on recent military casualties

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U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) issued the following statement today on the recent crashes of Air Force Thunderbird and Navy Blue Angels aircraft, as well as the loss of life at Ft. Hood, Texas: “Just a few days after Memorial Day, we are reminded that service to our country involves risks beyond those posed by our enemies. My prayers are with those we have lost in Texas and Tennesse... Read more »

We want a confident America

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Dear Friend, As 2015 winds to a close, it is a good time to think back to what the year has brought. For our country, we face many new and growing challenges. They will not wait on us to conduct our elections; in fact, some of those who threaten us in the world may try to take advantage of the situation. In Congress this year, several important measures have been passed and signed into law. Some ... Read more »

President signs Thornberry's natural gas provision in to law

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The President has signed in to law legislation that included a provision that makes the excise tax on liquefied natural gas (LNG) and diesel comparable on an energy-equivalent basis. The provision was introduced earlier this year by U.S. Congressmen Mac Thornberry (TX-13) and John Larson (CT-01) as the “LNG Excise Tax Equalization Act of 2015,” H.R. 905. The federal excise tax on LNG and diesel ha... Read more »

Five Bonham Middle School students compete in National Science Bowl

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Five students from Bonham Middle School competed this weekend in the Department of Energy’s 2015 National Science Bowl in Washington, DC after winning the Pantex Regional Middle School Science Bowl in February. U.S Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) said, "Our area has such talented, smart students who are excelling at the national level. Their success reflects the importance that families a... Read more »

Thornberry receives Benjamin Franklin Award for work to repeal estate tax

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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 Th... Read more »

Times Record: Thornberry officially House Armed Services Committee chairman

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Rep. Mac Thornberry was sworn in Tuesday as the new chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, becoming the first Texan to lead the committee. The 13th Congressional District representative and other committee chairmen were sworn in by Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner during a ceremony in the House chambers. The Clarendon, Texas, native has been on the committee since he was elected in ... Read more »

Robert Rector in WSJ: How the War on Poverty Was Lost

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On Jan. 8, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson used his State of the Union address to announce an ambitious government undertaking. "This administration today, here and now," he thundered, "declares unconditional war on poverty in America." Fifty years later, we're losing that war. Fifteen percent of Americans still live in poverty, according to the official census poverty report for 2012, unchanged... Read more »

COPPEDGE: THE GREATEST TEXAN YOU PROBABLY NEVER HEARD OF

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Editor's note: John Coppedge is best known in political circles for his passion about Texas courts and the people who populate them. He is as responsible as any other non-professional for electing the people who populate Texas' courts. Coppedge's often thought provoking writings on Texas judicial elections have graced these pages in previous years. I thought I knew Ken Towery but found Coppedge's ... Read more »

THORNBERRY: Budget and Debt Ceiling Bill Doesn't Address Key Issues

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Washington, DC -- Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) made the following comments before a vote on the Senate's budget and debt ceiling bill: "Tonight, I plan to vote against the Senate's bill that funds the government until January 15 and increases the debt limit until February 7. The last two weeks were unfortunate and unnecessary. During this time, the House has attempted to negotiate in g... Read more »