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U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry
Dear Friends,

The new 116th Congress has been sworn into office.  The next two years will be very different from the last two as Democrats won a majority of the seats in the U.S. House while the Senate retains a Republican majority.  Looking back over the last two years, a lot was accomplished.  Here are a few highlights: 

Tax Reform:  In December of 2017, President Trump signed the tax reform bill into law.  Since then, our economy has grown, and hardworking Americans are keeping more of the money they earn. 

National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) FY18 and FY19: We have made a good start in repairing our military and reforming the Pentagon.  In 2017 and 2018, we increased the defense budget to make sure that our warfighters have what they need, when they need it.  In addition, our troops got a pay raise two years in a row.  In 2018, the military was fully funded on time for the first time in a decade. 

Regulatory Relief:  In the 115th Congress, reducing overly burdensome regulations was a major focus.  For example, the President signed S.2155, the "Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act," into law.  This bill relaxes certain provisions of the Dodd-Frank regulatory law for community banks, credit unions, and mortgage lenders.  It also eased regulations related to manufactured homes, municipal bonds, mortgage data reports, rural appraisals, securities exemptions, brokered deposits, and custodian banks.

Opioid Epidemic:  The opioid epidemic is something that Congress has taken seriously over the past two years.  H.R. 6, the "Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities Act," was passed into law along with other bills to fight this crisis.  

Legislation Important to the District: I worked on a number of other provisions are important in the lives of people in our area. 

  • With help from fellow republicans and folks in the district, I authored legislation included in the 2018 Farm Bill (signed into law) that addresses the need for access to broadband infrastructure in rural America and to establish “Cattle and Carcass Grading Correlation and Training Centers.” 

          To read more click here. 

  • The “Red River Gradient Boundary Survey Act,” H.R. 428, which passed the House, establishes a fair and balanced process to conduct an accurate survey of contested land along the Red River to find the proper boundary between public and private ownership.  Funding to conduct the Red River survey was included in the Fiscal Year 2018 Interior Appropriations Bill that was signed into law.  Additionally, language was included in the House-passed Fiscal Year 2019 Interior Appropriations Bill to ensure that the Red River survey is conducted by independent, third-party surveyors who are chosen by the states and licensed and qualified to conduct official gradient boundary surveys.  This bill is still pending as part of the dispute over government funding.

Although there will be significant changes in Washington, I will continue to focus on trying to make life better for the people in our district and for the country.  

Thank you for the chance to serve.

As always, I appreciate hearing from you.

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