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House Votes to Extend Payroll Tax Holiday

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U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) today voted to support the “Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act,” which passed the House with bipartisan support. The bill includes fully paid-for extensions of the payroll tax holiday and protects reimbursements to doctors under the Medicare program for two years. It also reforms the unemployment insurance program and forces action on the Key... Read more »

Thornberry Statement on Super Committee Announcement

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U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) issued the following statement after the Super Committee announced there will not be an agreement before the deadline on November 23, 2011: "I am disappointed that the 'Super Committee' was unable to agree on a deficit reduction plan. This is a lost opportunity to make the long-term, structural changes to federal spending that need to be made." "While ... Read more »

Thornberry votes for Balanced Budget Amendment

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U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) today voted to support a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution (H.J.RES.2). Even though the vote was bipartisan, it did not get the two-thirds votes required to pass (H.J.RES.2). Only 25 Democrats joined the vast majority of Republicans to support the measure. “This amendment would have forced Washington to balance its checkbook, like most Amer... Read more »

WALL STREET JOURNAL: The Budget Sequester's Silver Lining

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The Budget Sequester's Silver Lining By PHIL GRAMM AND MIKE SOLON Uniting a divided Congress around a major deficit-reduction plan was never going to be easy, but it is virtually impossible when the incumbent president campaigns instead of governs and seeks to divide the nation based on how much money people make. As markets and the media conclude that the congressional super committee on deficit ... Read more »

You're Invited to a Conversation with Mac

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U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry will be visiting with constituents across the 13th district next week. "Jobs and the economy are people’s top concern right now, and they are interested in what Congress is doing about them. They want to know what is being done about government regulation and taxes, getting spending under control, and energy production here at home, among other things. These convers... Read more »

Cybersecurity Task Force Releases Recommendations

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The House Cybersecurity Task Force today unveiled its recommendations to help guide legislative action for the remainder of this Congress and beyond. The Task Force formally delivered its report to the Speaker and Majority Leader earlier this week. “Cybersecurity attacks are a direct threat to our economy and job creation, as well as our national security. The task force has addressed this critica... Read more »

Highlights from 2011 Spending Bill and 2012 Budget

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Below and to the right you can find a summary of the 2011 Spending Bill and the 2012 Budget Bill. 2011 Spending: Net spending reduction of $39.8 billion in discretionary spending from 2010 levels. $78.5 billion reduction from President Obama’s proposed budget Guaranteed up-or-down vote in Senate on defunding Planned Parenthood Obama Health Law: Guaranteed up-or-down vote in Senate on total repeal ... Read more »

House Passes 2012 Budget

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U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry issued the following statement after the House passed a 2012 budget bill that establishes a blueprint for taxes and spending for the next fiscal year: “The budget passed by the House today is a drastic departure from spending-as-usual in Washington. It holds down taxes and reduces overall spending to a level that the economy – and the American workers – can sustain.... Read more »

House Passes 2011 Spending Bill

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U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) issued the following statement after the House passed a spending bill that funds the government through September and cuts about $38 billion from the rate of spending for the year: “Our debt and deficit problems were not created overnight and will not be solved easily or quickly. So while I am disappointed there are not more cuts in this bill, we can’t... Read more »

OP ED: Turning the page on business as usual in Washington

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Turning the page on business as usual in Washington Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) This week begins a new page. So far this year, Congress has been working primarily on last year's business. In 2010, for the first time in nearly 40 years, the House never even voted on a budget and Congress did not pass any of the 12 appropriations bills that fund government. The back-and-forth between the Repub... Read more »