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.
A study released Tuesday by the government's Bureau of Justice Statistics found that gun-related homicides dropped from 18,253 in 1993 to 11,101 in 2011. That's a 39 percent reduction.
ederal employees are feeling the effects of the mandatory spending cuts, but not as many as you may think.
Even the thought of unpaid days off from work can send shivers down a lot of people's spines, but a New York Times poll says most Americans believe the forced budget cuts don't affect them.
Representative Mac Thornberry says those cuts are still in effect, but Congress passed a bill last week to allow the Federal Aviation Administration to move money around to pay air traffic controllers, so the FAA wouldn't have to furlough people.
AMARILLO - The two year civil war in Syria is a main concern on U.S. House Armed Forces Committee Member Mac Thornberry's mind.
"Syria is the most dangerous place in the world right now," Thornberry said.
Thornberry told NewsChannel 10 Thursday that the Syrian government is using chemical warfare against their own people. Something President Obama has openly stated would be crossing a red line.
House Republicans are going to continue investigating what happened in Benghazi to hold those responsible for the attacks accountable. Four Americans lost their lives. We need to honor them and make sure it does not happen again.
U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) has asked the House Appropriations Committee to delay funding of any further efforts by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services to list the Lesser Prairie-Chicken as a threatened or endangered species under the Endangered Species Act.
In 1998 I had the privilege to introduce Margaret Thatcher on a visit she made to Texas. Her courage and commitment to freedom are as relevant today as they were during the Cold War.
I am sharing my words then with you in tribute to her.
With Congress in recess this week, Thornberry does get a bit of a reprieve. But instead of taking a vacation, he is taking time to touch base with his constituents and hear concerns first hand.
Thornberry (R-Clarendon) was in Childress Wednesday at a joint meeting of the Childress Rotary and Lions Clubs.
Thornberry's primary topic was something at the forefront of most Americans' minds - the federal budget and deficit.
Congressman Mac Thornberry started out discussing jobs and how to bring more manufacturing to the United States with Pratt & Whitney employees.
The Pantex Plant and Bell Helicopter expect to avoid worker furloughs this year due to sequestration, despite the ongoing fiscal debate in Washington, U.S. Rep. Mac Thornberry said Tuesday.
U.S. Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Clarendon, the Vice Chairman of the Armed Services Committee, provided the chairman an up-close and personal look at what has become a major part of the Amarillo economy, if not national security.
U.S. Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon, R-Calif., toured Bell Helicopter with Thornberry, seeing firsthand how aircraft such as the V-22 Osprey are designed, created and assembled.
The defense budget has $50 billion less this year to protect everyone in the US. District 13 Congressman Mac Thornberry, also Vice Chair of the House Armed Services Committee, says he supports bills that would not cut from national defense. He says, "Give more flexibility on how that lesser amount of money would be spent. And generally that has worked to help at least to not make the effects quite as traumatic."
U.S. Congressmen Mac Thornberry, Bill Flores, John Carter, Mike Conaway and Steve Pearce introduced legislation, H.R. 1314, in the House last week to prevent costly lawsuit abuse related to the Endangered Species Act (ESA).
The bill would help protect American taxpayers from the expensive regulatory impact of closed-door litigation settlements between environmental organizations and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The ESA would be amended to give local governments and citizens a say in ESA settlements that affect them.
"We are working through serious spending and budget issues, and no federal agency should be immune. But, it makes no sense whatsoever to be pennywise and pound-foolish when it comes to controlling who and what comes across our borders."
Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, says President Obama's nomination of Gina McCarthy to be administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency will damage the nation's economy.
U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry announced this week that he will hold regional town hall meetings in the district on Friday, March 8.
Congressman Mac Thornberry, R-Clarendon, has announced a number of regional town hall meetings scheduled March 9.
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We’ve benefited from Thornberry’s tenure in Washington, D.C., as his longevity places him increasingly in positions of power on critical issues, such as the Armed Services Committee, as its vice chairman, and the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.