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  • 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 votes for Veterans Affairs reform bills
    Posted in Press Releases on March 17, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security

    U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) voted this week in support of two bills that will reform the Veterans Affairs (VA) hospital system and provide greater support for veterans. “Meeting our commitments to our veterans is one of the most important responsibilities of the federal government. These bills make important reforms to the VA system to address some of the deficiencies within the system and allow it to better serve our nation’s veterans,” Thornberry said. “These men and women ha... 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 statement on American Health Care Act
    Posted in Press Releases on March 8, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care Reform

    U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) released the following statement about the Republican proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act: “Obamacare is failing and is doing damage to the health care of all Americans. This is the first step in a process that will lead to patient-centered care that provides more choices and lowers prices instead of mandates. “I am sure that the plan will be improved during the legislative process, but it is important to get started and get this j... Read more

  • Thornberry votes in support of defense appropriations bill
    Posted in Press Releases on March 8, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security

    U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon), Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, voted today in support of the “Fiscal Year 2017 Defense Appropriations,” H.R. 1301, which appropriates nearly $577.9 billion in funding for national defense. The bill passed by an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote of 371 to 48. “By passing this bill with a strong bipartisan vote, Congress sent an important message to the men and women of the military as well as to allies and potential adversaries around t... 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'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, 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 bills to advance resolution of Red River land dispute
    Posted in Press Releases on January 10, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Executive Overreach

    U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) and U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) introduced legislation today in the U.S. House and Senate to protect private property rights along the Red River from federal ownership claims. By providing legal certainty to landowners, the “Red River Gradient Boundary Survey Act” seeks to end questions about the federal government's ownership of disputed land along the Red River. “Private property owners should never have to worry about the federal government comin... Read more