In a wide-ranging interview with RealClearDefense, Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX) said if there’s a vacancy for the HASC chairmanship, he will be ready to make his case. “Whenever the time comes, I’ll be ready,” said the Texas Republican.
The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 would set overall discretionary spending for the current fiscal year at $1.012 trillion.
The agreement would provide $63 billion in sequester relief for discretionary spending over two years, split evenly between defense and non-defense programs. It more than offsets that two-year sequester relief with long-term cuts to a different type of spending – mandatory spending that happens automatically under current law.
The agreement includes dozens of specific deficit-reduction provisions, with mandatory savings and non-tax revenue totaling approximately $85 billion. The agreement would reduce the deficit by $23 billion more than current law.
Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) made the following comments after formally filing his candidacy to represent the 13th congressional district of Texas during the 114th Congress:
Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Clarendon, was tapped Tuesday to spearhead the effort to take an in-depth, detailed look at how the Pentagon buys goods and services, and then reform the Defense Department’s acquisition practices.
“Basically nothing was solved, which was part of the reason I voted ‘no’ (Wednesday) night,” the Republican representative from Clarendon said. “If you’re going to have these issues come up and you’re just going to put it off, I don’t see how that helps very much.”
Visiting with folks in our area always provides me with fresh evidence of some exceptional Americans working in our communities, serving those less fortunate. And, last month I met with a number of people who help provide energy for the nation, and the jobs and economic growth that go with it.
But a lot of folks are also frustrated and frightened -- understandably, in my view. They are afraid that this "last best hope on earth," as Lincoln put it, may be slipping away. Or at least they worry that some part of what has made us exceptional in world history is being shoved aside and that our children and grandchildren will not know as much freedom or as much opportunity as we have known.
Like many Texas lawmakers, Rep. Mac Thornberry hasn’t made up his mind yet on Syria.
He called the chemical attacks launched last month against rebels a “terrible atrocity, no doubt.” But the Clarendon Republican said he’s not sure it’s a U.S. responsibility to retaliate.
“I’m still grappling with what’s in the national security interest of the United States,” said Thornberry, a senior Republican on the Armed Services and Foreign Affairs committees, adding that he sees a significant risk of escalation. “I worry about the cons of doing nothing. I also worry about the consequences of a limited action.”
WASHINGTON (AP) — The debate is on as congressional lawmakers begin considering President Barack Obama's request that they authorize a military strike on Syria to punish the Assad regime for an alleged chemical attack on its own people.
The House and Senate could move ahead with tax reform this year, but lawmakers have to head off a second possible sequestration and avert another possible crisis over the nation’s debt ceiling, Rep. Mac Thornberry said
Washington, D.C.-- U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry, the Vice Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, announced the appointment of four area high school graduates to U.S. Service Academies, including the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the Naval Academy at Annapolis, and the Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs.
Recent polls suggest that trust in the federal government remains near a historic low, while frustration with government remains high.
These sentiments have been fueled by the 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, the Justice Department’s investigation of reporters and the IRS scandal. Coming on the heels of these troubling headlines are leaks about national security programs aimed at preventing terrorist attacks.
However, it would be wrong to lump all of these controversies into one bucket. There are important differences.
House Intelligence Committee Member Mac Thornberry (R-TX) talked about the G8 Summit in Northern Ireland, leaks from the National Security Agency surveillance program and a range of foreign policy issues, including Syria’s civil war. He also responded to telephone calls and electronic communications
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More than a decade after Sept. 11, 2001, it is clear that the terrorist threat has changed and so have the tools and approaches to countering it. In particular, the menace of al Qaeda's affiliates across the Middle East and North Africa has increased.
As national-security threats evolve, the government is constantly challenged to update its authority and oversight in a way that is consistent with the Constitution yet also relevant to modern technologies and its uses. Recently, for example, much has been written about the use and oversight of armed drones in counterterrorism.
Even as the government works to keep Americans safe from evolving terrorist threats, it must also ensure that every action is taken in a manner consistent with the nation's civil liberties and freedoms. This balance can be achieved only with proper oversight and accountability. It is Congress's job to provide both.
"Wishing the defeat of terrorists does not make it so," said Rep. Mac Thornberry, a Texas Republican who is vice chairman of the House Armed Services Committee and a member of the House Intelligence Committee.
Two Republican lawmakers introduced a bill Tuesday that would require the Defense Department to offer the Tricare Prime managed health care option in places where the department plans to discontinue the program on Oct 1.
The “Keep Faith with Tricare Prime Act,” sponsored by Rep. John Kline of Minnesota and Texas Rep. Mac Thornberry would provide a one-time choice for affected military retirees and their families to stay on Prime or choose Tricare Standard.
Representative Mac Thornberry (R-TX) talked about Defense Department issues. Topics included the previous week’s Defense Department report on sexual assaults in the military, defense spending and the fiscal year 2014 budget, U.S. options regarding Syria, the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Guantanamo Bay prison, Afghanistan, and more.
A leading House Republican said Wednesday that he wants to require the U.S. military to “promptly” inform Congress about every drone strike it conducts outside Afghanistan as well as other military operations to kill or capture suspected terrorists outside declared war zones.
Rep. Mac Thornberry (Tex.), the chairman of a House Armed Services subcommittee, said his panel already receives regular reports on counterterrorism operations from the Defense Department. But he said he will introduce a bill Thursday that would codify the practice into law to reassure the public that Congress is providing adequate oversight of drone strikes and other sensitive military operations.