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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 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 »

THORNBERRY: Budget and Debt Ceiling Bill Doesn't Address Key Issues

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Washington, DC -- Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) made the following comments before a vote on the Senate's budget and debt ceiling bill: "Tonight, I plan to vote against the Senate's bill that funds the government until January 15 and increases the debt limit until February 7. The last two weeks were unfortunate and unnecessary. During this time, the House has attempted to negotiate in g... 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 »

Thornberry releases statement after vote to fund government and delay Obamacare

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Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) made the following comments after the House passed a Continuing Resolution to fund the government: "On Saturday, the House passed a government funding measure with a one year delay of Obamacare, including the new taxes set to take effect, and a permanent repeal of the new tax on medical devices included in the health care act. The Obama Administration has r... Read more »

House Passes Major Food Stamp Reforms

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Tags: Economy, Taxes

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 »

Thornberry says House is passing bills, President is 'passing the buck'

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Washington, DC -- Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) made the following comments after the President's latest economic speech: "The House is passing bills while President Obama is passing the buck. The reality is the economy is still struggling in large part because of the big-government policies the President has staked his legacy on, with Obamacare leading the pack. The President’s economi... 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, House vote to delay major portions of Obamacare

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In an ongoing effort to halt Obamacare, Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) voted in favor of two bills to delay implementation of key pieces of the 2010 health reform law. The House passed both bills with a bipartisan vote of 251 to 174. “There’s more than one way to stop this train wreck of a law, and slowing major parts of it brings us much closer do doing that,” said Rep. Thornberry. “Exe... 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 »