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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 »

New funding bill again prevents closures of Border Patrol stations in Texas

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The Obama Administration’s plan to close six interior Border Patrol stations in Texas has hit another roadblock. The government funding bill passed by both the House and the Senate specifically prohibits the closures at least through September 30, 2013. “We have continued to work on this issue, and we are very pleased that our concerns about the immigration enforcement gaps these closures could cr... Read more »

House passes spending bill to protect national defense and veterans

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In an effort to help provide the Pentagon budget flexibility as it faces across-the-board cuts under sequestration, the House today passed a spending bill to continue government operations until the end of the fiscal year on September 30, 2013 (H.R. 933) by a vote of 267-151. Area Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) supported its passage. The legislation includes a full-year Defense Appropria... 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 proposes bill to delay Obamacare and stop across-the-board defense cuts

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With across-the-board sequestration cuts set to take place on March 1, Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) introduced a bill today to replace those arbitrary cuts for the rest of the fiscal year by delaying the full implementation of Obamacare until 2016. “This bill pays for the cost of one year of the automatic cuts by delaying the expensive implementation of Obamacare,” said Rep. Thornberry... Read more »

"No Budget, No Pay" bill passes the U.S. House

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Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) made the following comments after the House passed the “No Budget, No Pay Act" with a bipartisan vote of 285-144: "Today the House passed a bill to extend the debt limit until May 18, 2013, and to withhold the pay of members of either the House or Senate if that body does not pass a budget resolution by April 15 as required by law. The bill will force both ... 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 »

House passes bills in an effort to prevent looming tax increases

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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 struggl... Read more »

COLUMN: The looming tax and regulatory threat

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The American people have always been resilient, especially during tough economic times. Our nation’s small business owners always find new and innovative ways to create and grow our private sector. The products and services they produce and the jobs they create are what drive our economy to prosper in good times and to recover in times of recession. In order to power our economy, though, our small... Read more »

POLITICO: Sequester's dire effect on our security

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This article first appeared in Politico on 7/26/12 There are a variety of opinions about the appropriate level of defense spending in the years ahead. Regardless of those differences, however, anyone who has examined the consequences of sequestration should agree that it would do severe damage to our security and must be stopped. The across-the-board cuts in every “program, project, or activity” w... Read more »