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ENG: William McClellan Thornberry, known as Mac Thornberry (born July 15, 1958), is the U.S. Representative from the Texas Panhandle. He has served since 1995, when the House seated its first Republican majority in forty years. The Republican Thornberry represents Texas's 13th congressional district, a GOP stronghold which stretches between the Oklahoma and New Mexico borders. It winds across the Panhandle into the South Plains, then runs east across the Red River Valley. Covering over 40,000 square miles (100,000 km2), it is the second-largest district geographically in Texas and one of the largest (excluding at-large districts in Wyoming, Montana, and Alaska) in the country. It is even larger in area than thirteen states. The principal cities in the district are Amarillo and Wichita ...
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Texans oppose insurance mandate

Wichita Falls Rep. Mac Thornberry said he hopes the Supreme Court agrees with him that President Barack Obama's 2010 health care overhaul is unconstitutional. Thornberry and other Republicans have long taken issue with the law's individual mandate requiring Americans to buy health care insurance, starting in 2014, or pay a penalty. "For the federal government to require everybody in the country to purchase a commercial product — and you will be fined and what not if you don't, I think is unconstitutional and a vast overreach of federal power," Thornberry of Clarendon said. The Supreme ...

Ambassador meet Congressmen Mac Thornberry and Devin Nunes

Ambassador Nirupama Rao met Congressmen Mac Thornberry of Texas and Devin Nunes of California on November 1, 2011 on the Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. Congressman Thornberry, widely regarded for his expertise on national security issues, is the Vice Chairman of the U.S. House of Representative's Armed Services Committee and a senior Member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Congressman Nunes comes from a Congressional district in California which has a large Indian community presence. He is a Member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence as well as a ...

Thornberry talks defense budget cuts at Bell Helicopter

After President Obama released a new strategy last week in a proposal to cut the nation's defense budget by almost 500 billion dollars, there have been a lot of questions about how that strategy is going to be implemented. Wednesday, Congressman Mac Thornberry paid a visit toBell Helicopter and spoke about that strategy and what that could mean for Bell, and our area. One thing the congressman really wanted to emphasize was that the new strategy is just that -- a strategy. "Remember, the administration budget is just a proposal. They don't decide it, Congress decides it. And the President ...

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H.R. 601, The READ Act (Hurricane Supplemental, Debt Limit, Continuing Appropriations, and Flood Insurance Package)
H.R. 601, The READ Act (Hurricane Supplemental, Debt Limit, Continuing Appropriations, and Flood Insurance Package) WASHINGTON- Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) released the following statement after the House passedH.R. 601, The READ Act (Hurricane Supplemental, Debt Limit, Continuing Appropriations,andFlood Insurance Package). "Disaster assistance should be considered on its own – not to advance another agenda. I voted on Wednesday for a clean emergency disaster funding bill for Hurricane Harvey that passed the House with overwhelming support. Those affected by disasters need help from Washington, they do not need more of the same political games." For Congressman Thornberry's full statementclick here. ###
Good news from our nation's capital
Dear Friend,    After seven months of the 115th Congress, I want to provide a status report on where the major legislative issues stand.  While some in the media may be telling a different story, we have seen a lot of progress on many of the issues important to our area and to our country.      As an overview, the charts below show how many bills have passed the House and how many bills have been signed into law this year as compared with the same period in prior administrations.  As you can tell, this year is well above average.
House passes Make America Secure Appropriations Act, 2018
WASHINGTON- U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) voted yesterday in support of H.R. 3219, “Make America Secure Appropriations Act, 2018,” which passed the House by vote of 235-192.This Act includes four individual appropriations bills - Defense, Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction/Veterans Affairs, as well as funding for tighter border security. “It is the first responsibility of the federal government to make sure that Americans are safe,” said Thornberry. “This Act is another good step in making sure that our military is supported and prepared, our Capitol police officers are fully funded, our veterans are taken care of, and that our country is secure.” Highlights: National Security –Funds Department of Defense (DOD) and National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) at levels consistent with the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 (NDAA), pas
Thornberry statement on the Senate's failure to repeal and replace Obamacare
WASHINGTON-U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) released the following statement after it was announced that the latest Senate efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare was not successful: “I am extremely disappointed that the Senate has been unable to pass any version of a health care bill. The House passed a bill to repeal and replace the worst parts of Obamacare in May, and the Senate should do the same. Obamacare is simply not working as promised. It will get worse. We must continue to work to stop the harmful effects of this law, control costs, and put patients in charge of their health care.” ###

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