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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 »

Local physician to attend 2014 State of the Union with Congressman Thornberry

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Amarillo physician Dr. Richard McKay will be in the nation’s Capitol Tuesday as an attendee of the 2014 State of the Union address. He will be a guest of area Congressman Mac Thornberry. “I spent last week listening to folks share their experiences with the Affordable Care Act. I hope the President will recognize the confusion and hardship his health law is causing in our part of Texas and across ... 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 »

INFO: The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013

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The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 would set overall discretionary spending for the current fiscal year at $1.012 trillion—about halfway between the Senate budget level of $1.058 trillion and the House budget level of $967 billion. The agreement would provide $63 billion in sequester relief over two years, split evenly between defense and non-defense programs. In fiscal year 2014, defense discretio... 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 Introduces House Version of Bill to Protect Land Owner Rights

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Citing the importance of protecting private property rights and concerns over the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) aggressive efforts to expand its authority, U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) yesterday introduced the Defense of Environment and Property Act of 2013, H.R. 3377. The bill redefines the term "navigable waters" in the Clean Water Act (CWA) as waters that are navigabl... Read more »

COLUMN: Reforming a Defense Acquisition System That Costs Money, Lives

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A scan of any week’s headlines makes clear that the world is not getting any safer, nor are our security challenges getting any simpler. We face a complex array of threats, known and unknown. Yet, we will have to meet those threats with tight defense budgets for the foreseeable future. Even if Congress and the President can agree to find other savings to replace further defense cuts under sequestr... 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 »

New York Times: As U.S. Plugs Border in Arizona, Crossings Shift to South Texas

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A surge in migrant traffic across the Southwest border into Texas has resulted in a milestone: the front line of the battle against illegal crossings from Mexico has shifted for the first time in over a decade away from Arizona to the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas. This shift has intensified a bitter debate under way in the Senate over whether the border is secure enough now, or ever will be, ... Read more »

Annual Defense bill passes House

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U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon), the Vice Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, made the following comments after the House passed the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The vote was 315 to 108: “Budgets are shrinking, but the threats to our country are not. This strong, bipartisan bill reflects both of these realities, while also providing significant... Read more »