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Congressman Mac Thornberry's Statement for the Record on Impeachment

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Statement of Rep. Mac Thornberry (Texas – 13th) H. Res. 755 Madam Speaker, In 1998, I voted for three of the four counts of impeachment brought against President Clinton. Those votes were some of the most difficult I have cast during my 25 years in Congress. Impeachment is an extreme remedy, which, in effect, alters a decision made by the American people through an election. It was clear, however... Read more »

Thornberry introduces Waters of the U.S. bill

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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) a... Read more »

Thornberry, House continue regulatory reform effort

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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 ... Read more »

Thornberry introduces the 'Death Tax Repeal Act'

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U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) introduced his first bill of the 115th Congress. The “Death Tax Repeal Act,” H.R. 198, will completely and permanently repeal the federal estate, gift, and generation-skipping taxes. The bill already has garnered 44 cosponsors. “This simple, two-page bill would permanently and fully eliminate the death tax, which undermines one of America’s most import... Read more »

House passes annual government spending bill

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The U.S. House of Representatives passed a spending bill yesterday that provides funding for nearly all of the government’s operations through the end of the fiscal year, September 30, 2015. The exception is the Department of Homeland Security, which will receive funding for less than 90 days, expiring on February 27, 2015. Under the agreement, overall discretionary spending has been reduced by $1... Read more »

Thornberry, Texas Members Call for IG Investigation into VA

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Members of the Texas delegation today called for an Inspector General investigation into allegations that Veterans Affairs officials in Central Texas manipulated medical appointment data in order to conceal long wait times for veterans seeking care. You can see a full copy of the letter below. According to media reports, employees at the North Central Federal Clinic in San Antonio, the Austin Vete... Read more »

Thornberry: Budget agreement 'saves more, spares the military, and makes changes to automatic spending'

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Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) made the following comments after voting to support the two-year budget agreement: "This budget agreement maintains the sequester savings and then saves even more. It also spares our country’s military from bearing the brunt of deeper cuts. In 2014, all of the additional spending cuts fall on the Department of Defense, and this bill replaces those cuts with... Read more »

Thornberry Remarks at CSIS: Getting more defense for our dollar

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REMARKS AS PREPARED FOR DELIVERY House Armed Services Committee Vice Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX) addressed the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) today on the topic of Defense Reform. Below is the text of his remarks as prepared for delivery: I appreciate opportunity to be back at CSIS as well as all of the serious, important work that goes on here. In all of my interactions ... Read more »

THORNBERRY: House will keep working to do the right thing

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Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) made the following comments after the Senate refused latest offer to resolve funding differences: "In the last ten days, I voted for three different proposals that keep the government open and operating while protecting Americans from Obamacare. Each was a reasonable and responsible option and each passed the House. Then, close to midnight last night, the H... Read more »

The Importance of Congressional Oversight

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Recent polls suggest that trust in the federal government remains near a historic low, while frustration with government remains high. These sentiments have been fueled by the terrorist attack in Benghazi, the Justice Department’s investigation of reporters, and the IRS scandal. Coming on the heels of these troubling headlines are leaks about national security programs aimed at preventing terroris... Read more »