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House Passes Major Food Stamp Reforms

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Acting to control spending in a fast-growing program, the U.S. House today passed the “Nutrition Reform and Work Opportunity Act,” H.R. 3102. Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) voted in favor of the bill, which passed by a vote of 217 to 210. The Congressional Budget Office estimates the bill will reduce government spending by $39 billion over 10 years. Those savings are achieved through ref... Read more »

Stopping the Obamacare train wreck - Mac's Video Mailbox July 17, 2013

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Dear Friend, I continue to receive many letters, phone calls, and emails from folks about Obamacare. There are business owners, individuals, and working families all across our district worried about what is going to happen once it is implemented. In this edition of my video mailbox, I want to answer some of the questions and concerns that I have heard and read from people in our part of Texas abo... Read more »

Thornberry congratulates Service Academy appointees

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U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry, the Vice Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, announced the appointment of four area high school graduates to U.S. Service Academies, including the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the Naval Academy at Annapolis, and the Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs. The 2013 appointees from the 13th U.S. Congressional District of Texas are Derrick Siebman o... Read more »

Thornberry releases statement on Farm Bill

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U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) made the following comments after the Farm Bill failed to pass the House: “I am disappointed that the Farm Bill did not pass the House this afternoon. Our farmers and ranchers need to know what our nation’s agriculture policy is going be, especially after dealing with several years of market volatility and the effects of Mother Nature. This is especial... Read more »

Thornberry releases statement on President's national security speech

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U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon), vice chairman of the House Armed Services Committee and senior member of the House Intelligence Committee, made the following statement about President Obama's national security speech: "Most disturbing to me in the President's speech today was the idea that we can simply declare Al Qaeda beaten and go back to the pre-9/11 era. When he said that these... Read more »

Thornberry demands answers from Treasury Secretary on IRS targeting scandal

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Saying that this kind of “misuse of power cannot be tolerated,” U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) is demanding answers from the Obama Administration following the revelation that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) had unfairly targeted conservative leaning organizations for additional scrutiny over a period of a couple of years. In a strongly-worded letter to Treasury Secretary Jack Le... Read more »

Thornberry, others introduce Endangered Species Act lawsuit reform

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U.S. Congressmen Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon), Bill Flores, John Carter, Mike Conaway and Steve Pearce introduced legislation, H.R. 1314, in the House last week to prevent costly lawsuit abuse related to the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The bill would help protect American taxpayers from the expensive regulatory impact of closed-door litigation settlements between environmental organizations and ... Read more »

Thornberry again tapped to serve as Vice Chairman of Armed Services Committee

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U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) will once again serve as the Vice Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee in the 113th Congress. Rep. Thornberry was first tapped by the House Republican Conference Steering Committee on the recommendation of Speaker John Boehner to serve as the Committee’s Vice Chairman in December 2010. New House committee appointments became official last wee... Read more »

Thornberry releases statement on President Obama's gun control proposals

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U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) made the following comments in response to President Obama's gun control proposals: "No words can describe the unspeakable tragedy that occurred in Connecticut. It is not surprising that the loss of so many innocent lives, including those of the children, has people asking how we can prevent something like this in the future. I do not believe, however,... Read more »

The Blizzard of Statistics and the “Fiscal Cliff”

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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 t... Read more »