Mac Thornberry

Mac Thornberry


Thornberry on the shooting in Dallas


U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) released the following statement after Thursday's shooting in Dallas that killed four Dallas police officers and one Dallas Area Rapid Transit officer:

"Our hearts go out to the families of the police officers and the other victims of the ambush shooting in Dallas. After the deadliest day for law enforcement since 9/11, it is especially important for all of us to express our support and gratitude for all of the law enforcement officers who help keep us safe."

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Thornberry on President's New Afghanistan Troop Cap


Today, U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon), Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, released the following statement in response to the President's announcement that new troop levels in Afghanistan will be set at 8,448.  

“The precision of the President’s new Afghanistan troop cap would be comical were its consequences not so tragic for our mission and military readiness.  It is time that the President level with the American people about what it will really take to achieve our goals in Afghanistan, and how much it will cost. The truth is that many thousands more Americans are performing military functions in Afghanistan - than even the current troop cap authorizes.  The President refuses to pay for them, and his budget does not have room for the troops he is committing.  For all of the bluster about funding troops in harm's way, it is the President who proposes to extend the vital mission without any resources behind it.  The White House must submit a supplemental funding request to accommodate troop levels in Afghanistan immediately.”

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Thornberry statement on Supreme Court's immigration ruling


U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) released the following statement after the Supreme Court announced its decision on President Obama's executive action on immigration in the case of United States v. Texas:

"Today's Supreme Court decision stops the President's attempt to rewrite immigration laws on his own. That is not the way our Constitution works, as the courts have again made clear. I hope the President is listening." 

You can download video interview footage for news purposes by clicking here.

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Thornberry statement on the Amarillo Walmart shooting


"I want to commend the Amarillo Police Department, other law enforcement officers, and first responders for their handling of today’s incident. While further information is sure to come, what we know is that no one other than the suspect was injured. Every day law enforcement officers stand ready to protect the public, even at the risk of their own lives. Especially in recent months, I do not believe they get the thanks they deserve. Today we have all been reminded."

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Thornberry statement on the attack in Orlando


U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) issued the following statement on the attack in Orlando:

"The victims of this morning's horrific shooting in Orlando are in my prayers, as are their families. Early news reports indicate that the terrorist who committed this act may have been compelled by radical Islam. Law enforcement and the intelligence community will make that determination. In the meantime, this attack is a sobering reminder of the lethal reach of a murderous ideology - one we must fully confront if we hope to defeat it."

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Thornberry comments on recent military casualties


U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) issued the following statement today on the recent crashes of Air Force Thunderbird and Navy Blue Angels aircraft, as well as the loss of life at Ft. Hood, Texas:

“Just a few days after Memorial Day, we are reminded that service to our country involves risks beyond those posed by our enemies. My prayers are with those we have lost in Texas and Tennessee this week, as well as their families.

"We do not yet know all the details of these incidents, but they are the latest in an alarming increase of significant military accidents. Those who have died and their families deserve a full, objective, complete look at the circumstances and any deeper causes that should be addressed."  Read More

Thornberry's defense bill passes House


The U.S. House of Representatives today passed the annual defense policy bill that authorizes spending for military personnel, weapons systems, national security programs, and foreign military operations by a vote of 277 to 147. This is the second National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to be passed under local U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry’s (R-Clarendon) chairmanship of the House Armed Services Committee.

“This bill stops cuts to our Armed Forces, provides a pay raise for our troops, and makes major reforms in several critical areas including military health care, the commissary system, the Uniform Code of Military Justice, and the acquisition system,” Thornberry said. “The legislation seeks to ensure that we do not deploy troops who are not fully trained, whose equipment is worn out, and who did not get the resources they needed back home to be ready to face our enemies overseas.”

The bill authorizes nearly $610 billion in spending for national defense. Locally, the bill also includes funding for national security facilities including training missions at Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, about $2.8 billion total for Bell’s V-22 Osprey and helicopter programs including the procurement of 18 new Ospreys and 26 new AH-1Z / UH-1Y helicopters for the Marine Corps. Much of the work for those aircraft will be performed in Amarillo.

It also provides $9.6 billion in funding for nuclear weapons activities—including those performed at Pantex—which is a $316 million increase to the budget request. To help address the severe backlog of maintenance on physical infrastructure across the National Nuclear Security Administration, the bill provides $120 million specifically for recapitalization projects and an additional $30 million for preventative maintenance. The bill also includes $717 million for defense nuclear security, an increase of $60 million to the budget request, to recapitalize aging physical security equipment located at Pantex and Y-12. 

The NDAA improves access to quality care for service members, retirees, and their families, while enhancing medical readiness. Reforms ensure that the generous benefit our troops deserve and have earned is sustainable for generations to come. These reforms make no changes for the current force or retirees.

Other Highlights

  • Military Personnel and Pay: The bill supports a 2.1 percent pay raise for service members, which is higher than the President’s proposal of 1.6 percent.
  • BRAC: Prohibits another round of base closings.
  • Commissaries: Reforms the commissary system to preserve the benefit, while also making improvements to ensure continued saving for shoppers, a good
  • Strengthens Military: Reverses cuts to troop strength; increases investments in training and maintenance programs; and rebuilds crumbling facilities like barracks, hangars, and airfields.
  • Readiness: Makes vital investments in maintenance by including an increase of $597 million for the Navy and Marine Corps, $312 million for the Army, and $430 million more for the Air Force to ensure next-to-deploy units are mission capable.
  • Deterring Russia: Provides funds for more troops and equipment in Europe to deter Russia, as well as additional funds to assist Ukraine.
  • Fighting ISIS: Provides funds to train and equip Syrian fighters and assist Iraqis in re-taking Mosul, and adds funds to make sure that Kurdish and Sunni allies are able to stay in the fight.
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Thornberry, House tackle U.S. opioid abuse


This week the House passed, and U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) supported, a series of 18 bills to address the nation’s growing opioid abuse epidemic. The bills were combined to become the “Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act,” which passed the House by a vote of 400-5.

Opioids, often used to suppress pain, can become addicting for many Americans, including adolescents, veterans, and pregnant women. The number of deaths related to opioid overdose quadrupled to 28,647 between 2000 and 2014. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, an estimated 15 million Americans abused prescription drugs during the past year.

“This abuse of opioids has really become epidemic,” said Thornberry. “Statistics show that one in five Americans have a family member who has become dependent upon these pain killers, both prescription and illegal narcotics. With strong bipartisan support, Congress voted to remove bureaucracy and provide more tools to deal with this crisis.”
You can download video interview footage for news purposes on this issue by clicking here.

The bills passed this week that were combined into a final package include:

·         H.R. 4063, the “Jason Simcakoski PROMISE Act,” would improve opioid management in treating veterans;
·         H.R. 4985, the “Kingpin Designation Improvement Act of 2016,” would target international drug trafficking in the U.S.;
·         S. 32, the “Transnational Drug Trafficking Act of 2015,” would provide the Department of Justice with additional tools to target extraterritorial drug trafficking activity;
·         H.R 5048, the “Good Samaritan Assessment Act of 2016,” would protect first responders from liability law that could interfere with emergency treatment of opioid overdoses;
·         H.R. 5052, the “OPEN Act,” would require an evaluation of the effectiveness of grant programs that address opioid abuse;
·         H.R 4843, the “Improving Safe Care for the Prevention of Infant Abuse and Neglect Act,” would strengthen safeguards and state abuse programs as a condition of receiving a federal grant for child abuse or neglect prevention; 
·         H.R. 4978, the “NAS Healthy Babies Act,” would require the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to submit a report to Congress on neonatal abstinence syndrome in the U.S. and its treatment under Medicaid;
·         H.R. 3680, the “Co-Prescribing to Reduce Overdoses Act of 2016,” would allow the Secretary of HHS to carry out a five-year grant program for co-prescribing opioid overdose reversal drugs;
·         H.R. 3691, the “Improving Treatment for Pregnant and Postpartum Women Act of 2016,” would reauthorize residential treatment programs for pregnant and postpartum women and establish a pilot program to develop models for treating women with substance abuse;
·         H.R. 1818, the “Veteran Emergency Medical Technician Support Act of 2016,” would streamline the process for veterans with military emergency medical training to become civilian emergency medical technicians;
·         H.R. 4969, the “John Thomas Decker Act of 2016,” would direct the Centers for Disease Control to provide educational materials to help prevent addiction in adolescents who are injured playing sports;
·         H.R. 4586, “Lali’s Law,” would increase access to the lifesaving opioid antidote;
·         H.R. 4599, the “Reducing Unused Medications Act of 2016,” would permit partial fillings of certain prescriptions;
·         H.R. 4976, the “Opioid Review Modernization Act of 2016,” would require new opioids to be referred to an advisory committee at the Food and Drug Administration prior to approval;
·         H.R. 4982, the “Examining Opioid Treatment Infrastructure Act of 2016,” would require a GAO report on the inpatient and outpatient treatment capacity in the U.S.;
·         H.R. 4981, the “Opioid Use Disorder Treatment Expansion and Modernization Act,”would increase the number of patients a qualified practitioner could treat for opioid use disorder;
·         H.R. 4641 provides for the establishment of an inter-agency task force to review, modify, and updated best practices for pain management and prescribing pain medication, and for other purposes; and
·         H.R. 5046, the “Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Reduction Act of 2016,” would establish grants awarded to state and local governments to provide opioid abuse services.

The House and Senate will now move to a conference to negotiate the differences between their respective versions of the bill.

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Local student wins national art contest


A Kelton ISD student has been selected to represent the 13th Congressional District of Texas in the nationwide 2016 Congressional Art Competition. A drawing submitted by Felicia Butler, daughter of Jovita Butler of Shamrock, will be displayed in the hallways of the United States Capitol for an entire year. 

The drawing of a bison, entitled “Movement on the Plains,” was selected as the winning entry from the 13th District of Texas. "One of my inspirations stems from a field trip I took to the Wichita Mountains,” Felicia said of her winning artwork. “I was drawn to the flourishing nature and the wildlife that roamed so freely around me. The buffalo is an inspiration because it is a true American icon.”

Winners of the competition are invited to Washington, D.C., for a special reception to honor the winners. Felicia plans to attend the event this year and visit with U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) while she is there. 

“We had many impressive pieces of art submitted by students from across our part of Texas for this year’s Congressional Art Competition,” Thornberry said. “Felicia’s piece of the bison is representative of the Texas panhandle and demonstrates a great deal of artistic talent. I am proud to have it represent our district in the Capitol building for the next year.”

Felicia’s art teacher, Sarah Harless, said, “Felicia is a very talented young lady who is disciplined and dedicated to everything she does.” She continued, “I feel very blessed to be her art teacher.” Felicia is a senior at Kelton ISD. 

The Congressional Art Competition is a national competition that selects one piece of artwork from each of the 435 U.S. congressional districts and territories for a year-long exhibit in Washington, D.C. The annual contest for high school students has taken place since 1982. Read More

Thornberry recognized for strong support of military and service members


The Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) presented U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) with its highest annual award Tuesday during a ceremony on Capitol Hill. The Col. Arthur T. Marix Congressional Leadership Award was given to Thornberry, who serves as the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, for his strong leadership and support of the uniformed services community.

“I am very grateful for this award, but the real credit belongs to the men and women who serve or have served and their families,” Thornberry said. “Our job is to support them, and I appreciate MOAA’s role in advocating for our people and our national security.”

MOAA is the nation's largest and most influential association of active duty, National Guard, Reserve, retired and former military officers and their families and survivors. The association annually recognizes individuals or organizations that strongly support service members and their families.

“As chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Rep. Thornberry has shown consistent, strong leadership in supporting personnel, compensation and healthcare programs for the military community,” said retired Air Force General Tony Robertson, MOAA chairman of the board.  “He is a true champion for those that wear and have worn the uniform, and their families.”

Col. Arthur T. Marix founded MOAA in 1929 and served as the association's first president until 1944. MOAA has awarded the Marix award since 1997.

You can download photos of the event by clicking here.

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A fifth generation Texan, Mac Thornberry has strong ties to the people he serves in the U.S. House of Representatives. Mac is a lifelong resident of the 13th District of Texas. His family has been ranching in the area since 1881 – a family business in which Mac remains actively involved.

Mac shares the values of the people he represents and continues to fight for the things that are important to them. He is a longtime advocate of lower taxes and limited government. Boosting domestic energy production, protecting private property rights, and reforming health care are top priorities for Mac. He strongly supports cutting government spending and creating the kind of policies that encourage economic growth, rather than suffocating it.  Additionally, as one of the few Members of Congress personally involved in agriculture, Mac understands the challenges agricultural producers face and has been a key player in efforts to support producers in the 13th District.

Mac has established himself as a leader in national security, an area in which he continues to be given new responsibilities and opportunities to help advance the security of our nation.  He serves as the Vice Chairman of the Armed Services Committee where he also leads the Subcommittee on Intelligence, Emerging Threats, and Capabilities.  He also continues to serve on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
In early 2011, Mac was tapped by the Speaker of the House and Majority Leader to spearhead a Cybersecurity Task Force to guide House legislative action on this growing national security and economic threat. Well-respected by Members on both sides of the aisle for his insight and leadership, they asked Mac to chair a group of lawmakers representing nine major committees of jurisdiction. The charge was to make recommendations in a number of areas including updating existing laws, protecting critical infrastructure, and sharing cybersecurity information. On October 5, 2011, the Task Force released its recommendations, which have received a favorable response from Republicans and Democrats in the House and the Senate, as well as the White House, private businesses, and other outside organizations.
Mac is also widely respected as an innovator and strategic thinker.  He was one of the first in Congress to recognize the need to confront the threat of terrorism. Six months before the tragic events of September 11, 2001, Mac introduced a bill to create a new Department of Homeland Security, which formed the basis of legislation signed into law by President Bush 20 months later. He has also played a major role in shaping national policy on transformation of the military and strategic nuclear issues. In addition, he is at the forefront of efforts in Congress to protect the country from threats ranging from terrorist attacks to nuclear proliferation.
Born in Clarendon and raised on the family ranch in Donley County, Mac graduated from Clarendon High School before continuing his education at Texas Tech University. After obtaining a B.A. in history from Tech in 1980, he went on to the University of Texas Law School where he graduated in 1983. For the next several years, he worked in Washington, including serving as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs in the State Department under President Reagan.In 1989, Mac joined his brothers in the cattle business and practiced law in Amarillo.  He was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1994.

Mac’s wife, Sally, is also a native Texan. They have two children.

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