Representative William 'Mac' M. Thornberry's Political Positions

Biographical

Full Name: William 'Mac' M. Thornberry
Current Office: U.S. House - District 13, Republican
First Elected: 11/08/1994
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House - District 13
General Nov. 4, 2014
Primary March 4, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Sally; 2 Children: Will, Mary Kemp
Birth Date: 07/15/1958
Birth Place: Clarendon, TX
Home City: Clarendon, TX
Religion: Presbyterian
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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Vote Smart's Research

  • Mac Thornberry. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Mac Thornberry voted Yea on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Mac Thornberry. HR 3682. 106th Congress. Child Custody Protection Act. Mac Thornberry voted Yea on 07/15/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Mac Thornberry supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Mac Thornberry. H Amdt 156. 106th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Mac Thornberry voted Nay on 06/09/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Mac Thornberry. H Amdt 1017. 106th Congress. Abortion Funding Amendment. Mac Thornberry voted Nay on 07/20/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Mac Thornberry. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Mac Thornberry voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Mac Thornberry. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Mac Thornberry voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Mac Thornberry. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Mac Thornberry voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Mac Thornberry. HR 3660. 106th Congress. Ban on Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion. Mac Thornberry voted Yea on 04/05/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Mac Thornberry. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Mac Thornberry voted Nay on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Mac Thornberry. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Mac Thornberry voted Yea on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Mac Thornberry supported the interests of the Family Research Council 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Mac Thornberry supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Mac Thornberry. Thornberry Votes to Repeal New Health Care Law. 19 January 2011. "The Speaker of the House John Boehner and the Republican majority have scheduled a vote for Thursday to instruct the committees to begin working on replacement reform bills. These alternative proposals contain a number of options, including creating lower health care premiums through increased competition and choice; providing access to affordable health care for people with pre-existing conditions; providing greater Medicaid flexibility for states; eliminating waste in the health care system; and banning federal funding for abortions." (votesmart.org)
  • Mac Thornberry. H Amdt 643. 106th Congress. Abortion Private Funding Restoration Amendment. Mac Thornberry voted Nay on 05/20/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Mac Thornberry. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Mac Thornberry voted Yea on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • National Organization for Women. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, the National Organization for Women attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2008, the National Organization for Women gave Mac Thornberry a rating of 13 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Mac Thornberry. H Amdt 187. 105th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Mac Thornberry voted Nay on 06/19/1997. (votesmart.org)
  • Mac Thornberry. H Amdt 882. 106th Congress. Prison Abortion Funding Amendment. Mac Thornberry voted Nay on 06/22/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Mac Thornberry supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Mac Thornberry. H Amdt 722. 106th Congress. Oversea Military Abortions Amendment. Mac Thornberry voted Nay on 05/18/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Mac Thornberry. H Amdt 436. 104th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Mac Thornberry voted Nay on 06/15/1995. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Mac Thornberry supported the interests of Peace Action West 13 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Mac Thornberry. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Mac Thornberry voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Mac Thornberry. Issue Position: Afghanistan. 8 November 2011. "Afghanistan remains important to the safety and security of America and our allies. It is critically important that no one doubts our resolve and determination to succeed in this mission. Doubts only increase the danger to our troops and make it more difficult for them to gain the cooperation they need. I believe if you are going to send troops to do a mission, then you back up those troops and what the commander requests 100 percent. That is why I support President Obama's decision in 2009 to send additional U.S. combat and training forces to Afghanistan. Even though his decision was slow in coming, I am encouraged there is a strategy to move forward. I do remain concerned, however, that the President has put a deadline on our involvement there. I fear that putting a timeline on our efforts could encourage the enemy and discourage potential friends and allies from working with us. If so, it will increase the dangers that our troops face." (votesmart.org)
  • Mac Thornberry. Issue Position: Terrorism. 8 November 2011. "We must never forget September 11, 2001. Since then, the U.S. has thwarted a number of additional attacks against our homeland. But we cannot just play defense. We have to be on the offense, too, as we have been in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and elsewhere. Leading the charge in this War on Terror are America's special operations forces and intelligence community." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Mac Thornberry supported the interests of the Peace Action 13 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Mac Thornberry. HR 2561. 106th Congress. Defense Department Appropriations bill, FY2000. Mac Thornberry voted Yea on 07/22/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Mac Thornberry. HR 3222. 110th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008. Mac Thornberry voted Yea on 08/05/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Mac Thornberry. HR 4939. 110th Congress. Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006. Mac Thornberry voted Yea on 06/13/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Mac Thornberry. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Defense Department FY2007 Appropriations Bill. Mac Thornberry voted Yea on 06/20/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Mac Thornberry. Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2005. 24 March 2004. "This budget allocates the resources needed to fight the global war on terrorism; secondly, to prepare for future security challenges; and, third, to protect our homeland. In national defense, this budget provides $419.6 billion. As the chairman noted, over the past few years, we have had to address both a defense deficit and a homeland security deficit. After the Cold War, defense spending declined, eventually reaching the lowest percentage of GDP since World War II. Infrastructure was deteriorating. We were not taking good care of our people. We had what some people described as a hollow force, as we had to cannibalize airplanes and other systems just to keep others operating. But we have provided significant increases in defense over the last few years. Personnel funding is up 59 percent, operations and maintenance is up 55 percent, procurement is up 43 percent, and R&D is up 76 percent. This budget provides an additional 7 percent increase for fiscal year 2005 to meet the security challenges of our time and to be better prepared for the security challenges that the future may hold. And may I clarify, Mr. Chairman, that this budget funds dollar for dollar exactly what the President requested for the Department of Defense. Any change in the defense function is for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and some others that are under that old 5-0 function, but it fully funds the Department of Defense." (votesmart.org)
  • Mac Thornberry. House Approves Budget Resolution for FY '06. 17 March 2005. "'We are faced with significant challenges as we work on the budget this year. While it is critical that we rein in spending, we must make sure we provide sufficient funding for our men and women fighting the War on Terrorism,' said Thornberry. Thornberry noted that while the budget does provide an increase of 4.8 % for defense spending, discretionary spending in non-security areas receives an overall reduction of 0.8 %." (votesmart.org)
  • Mac Thornberry. Senate Delivers Reprieve For Taxpayers. 6 March 2009. "The Senate's action is a welcome, albeit temporary, reprieve for America's hard-pressed taxpayers. With close to 9,000 earmarks, a cut in defense spending, and a $30 billion increase in overall federal spending, the Omnibus as proposed certainly does not represent a bipartisan consensus on how to get our economy growing again." (votesmart.org)
  • Mac Thornberry. Annual defense bill headed to U.S. House floor. 12 May 2011. "In April, I again visited with our Armed Forces on the ground in Iraq and Afghanistan. They continue to perform their duty remarkably well as evidenced by the great strides I witnessed in both places. It is critical to our national security to keep this progress going. Even in a time of tight budgets, this defense legislation provides significant support for our fighting forces, offers additional resources for other national security efforts, and helps us prepare to deal with national security threats that are still emerging -- all in a fiscally responsible way." (votesmart.org)
  • Mac Thornberry. Letter to the Honorable Robert Gates, Secretary of Defense, U.S. Department of Defense. 30 September 2010. "Recently Secretary Gates announced broad plans to reduce costs in the Department of Defense and re-appropriate those savings throughout the Department. As part of this plan, the Secretary announced three longer term projects and eight initiatives that he plans to begin implementing immediately. These eight initiatives have the ability to affect the Department, its ability to effectively fulfill its mission, and the security of the nation. A decision of this magnitude should not be made without careful reflection, supported by rigorous analysis. We have been told by the Department that the Secretary had several meetings and reviewed these decisions carefully. However, it seems clear that this decision did not carefully consider the national defense implications of such a change, nor is the decision substantiated with any sort of calculation of the direct and indirect costs to our national defense structure. In addition, no information has been provided by the Department to demonstrate any level of analysis, either financial or strategic, to determine what risks are being introduced into our national security strategy and how we are to mitigate these new risks." (votesmart.org)
  • Mac Thornberry. HR 5010. 108th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2003. Mac Thornberry voted Yea on 10/10/2002. (votesmart.org)
  • Mac Thornberry. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Mac Thornberry voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Mac Thornberry. HR 4200. 108th Congress. Defense Department FY2005 Authorization Bill. Mac Thornberry voted Yea on 05/20/2004. (votesmart.org)
  • Mac Thornberry. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. Mac Thornberry voted Yea on 01/16/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Mac Thornberry. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Mac Thornberry voted Yea on 06/19/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Mac Thornberry. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Mac Thornberry voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Mac Thornberry. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Department Defense Appropriations Act, FY 2007. Mac Thornberry voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Mac Thornberry supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Mac Thornberry supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 90 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Mac Thornberry. HR 1836. 107th Congress. Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act, 2001. Mac Thornberry voted Yea on 05/16/2001. (votesmart.org)
  • Mac Thornberry signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayers Protection Pledge. "I pledge to the taxpayers of the state of Texas and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." (www.atr.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Mac Thornberry supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 95 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Mac Thornberry. Congressman Thornberry Says Massive Spending Bill Won't Rebuild Economy. 12 February 2009. "The economic stimulus bill agreed to in the Conference Committee Report is a compromise, not between Republicans and Democrats, but between the Democratic President and the Democratic House and Senate leadership. Thus, it reflects their belief that government knows best and that taxing or borrowing money for pork barrel government spending is the best way to help turn back this recession." (votesmart.org)
  • The Club for Growth. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, The Club for Growth attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2010, The Club for Growth gave Mac Thornberry a rating of 95 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Mac Thornberry. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Mac Thornberry voted Yea on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Mac Thornberry supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Mac Thornberry. Thornberry Votes No on Massive Spending Bill . 28 January 2009. "All of us are very concerned about the state of our economy. It is appropriate, in my view, for Congress and the Administration to take action that will encourage job creation and economic growth, but we will not borrow and spend our way back to a growing economy." (votesmart.org)
  • Mac Thornberry. Issue Position: Debt Ceiling. 8 November 2011. "The President is also resisting the spending cuts which many of us believe are necessary. During President Obama's first year in office, spending increased dramatically and the federal deficit more than tripled from the year before. The Stimulus Bill, the Health Care Bill, various bail-outs all cost enormous sums of money. The President is reluctant to agree that these measures significantly contributed to the problem." (votesmart.org)
  • Mac Thornberry. Massive Spending Bill Passes - $787 billion. 13 February 2009. "Congress today passed the largest spending bill in the history of our country with only 90 minutes of debate and with very little time to review the 1,000 plus pages in the bill. The bill does very little to help small businesses create jobs, but it does a lot to grow the size and intrusiveness of government." (votesmart.org)
  • Mac Thornberry. Smith: Federal Government is Not Santa Claus. 2 February 2009. "As the federal government prepares to deliver billions of dollars in gifts to state and local governments across the country. Some would have you believe that the $825 billion economic stimulus is the equivalent of a Christmas present. Unfortunately, the federal government is not Santa Claus. Elves are not making this money. This money isn't free and the American people will pay the bill. This unprecedented deficit spending will inevitably hike inflation and lead to increased taxes. I did not support this bill, nor did any House Republican. In fact, it had bipartisan opposition. Eleven Democrats voted against it because it is a bad bill." (votesmart.org)
  • Mac Thornberry. Thornberry Statement On Passage Of Massive Omnibus Spending Bill. 25 February 2009. "The House has once again passed a massive spending bill with little time to debate it. Combined with the stimulus bill, it puts us at an 80% increase over last year's budget. It makes no sense to increase spending exponentially, greatly adding to the debt burden placed on our economy." (votesmart.org)
  • Mac Thornberry. Issue Position: Spending and Debt. 8 November 2011. "In addition to being too heavy-handed, for the past two years the government has been on a spending spree with few results to show for it. The 2009 stimulus, which I voted against, is a good example. While President Obama claimed the stimulus bill would create 3.5 million jobs, the nation has lost a total of 2.7 million since it went into effect. In fact, according to White House data, 49 states and the District of Columbia have lost jobs since the stimulus was enacted." (votesmart.org)
  • Mac Thornberry. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Mac Thornberry voted Nay on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Mac Thornberry. HR 2. 108th Congress. Jobs and Economic Growth bill. Mac Thornberry voted Yea on 05/23/2003. (votesmart.org)
  • Mac Thornberry. HR 2488. 106th Congress. Financial Freedom Act of 1999. Mac Thornberry voted Yea on 08/05/1999. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Mac Thornberry. HR 2300. 106th Congress. Academic Achievement for All Act. Mac Thornberry voted Yea on 10/21/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Mac Thornberry. Issue Position: Education. 1 January 2012. "Assuring the best education for our children with decisions made locally by parents, teachers, and local school boards." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Mac Thornberry supported the interests of Environment America 13 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Mac Thornberry. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Mac Thornberry voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Mac Thornberry. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Mac Thornberry voted Yea on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Mac Thornberry. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Mac Thornberry voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Mac Thornberry supported the interests of Environment America 13 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Mac Thornberry supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Mac Thornberry. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Mac Thornberry voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Mac Thornberry. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Mac Thornberry voted Nay on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Mac Thornberry. Issue Position: Second Amendment. 8 November 2011. "I have never supported efforts to remove firearms from the hands of law-abiding citizens and believe attempts to do so only aids those who violate our laws and prey on society. I will continue to push for legislation that will protect the Second Amendment rights of all of our citizens and oppose any attempts to infringe on those rights." (votesmart.org)
  • Mac Thornberry. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Mac Thornberry voted Yea on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Mac Thornberry. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Mac Thornberry voted Yea on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Mac Thornberry. HR 125. 104th Congress. Gun Ban Repeal Act of 1995. Mac Thornberry voted Yea on 03/22/1996. (votesmart.org)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Mac Thornberry in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Mac Thornberry. Thornberry Supports Bill Preventing Abusive Lawsuits Against Gun Industry. 20 October 2005. "There has been a serious effort to bypass Congress and the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution through lawsuits against manufacturers and businesses. This practice is an abuse of our legal system and an abuse of the right to keep and bear arms." (votesmart.org)
  • Mac Thornberry. Statement on DC Gun Ban Ruling. 26 June 2008. "This is one of the most significant victories for the Second Amendment in American history, and I am pleased that the Court reaffirmed each citizen's constitutional right to keep and bear arms. The right to bear arms and defend oneself now clearly applies to every law-abiding American, even those who live in Washington, D.C." (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Mac Thornberry supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 10 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • Mac Thornberry. HR 2122. 106th Congress. Mandatory Gun Show Background Check Act. Mac Thornberry voted Nay on 06/18/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Mac Thornberry. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Mac Thornberry voted Yea on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Mac Thornberry a grade of 64." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Mac Thornberry supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Mac Thornberry. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Mac Thornberry voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Mac Thornberry. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Mac Thornberry voted Nay on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Mac Thornberry supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 20 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Mac Thornberry. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Mac Thornberry voted Yea on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Mac Thornberry. Issue Position: Immigration. "One place to start is the border and other points of entry. Mac supports a crash effort to put more people and technology into controlling our borders. He also supports development of methods to ensure that those who enter the country legally do not overstay their visas and return home when their visas expire. Mac also believes that it is essential for the federal government to be able to efficiently and effectively implement the law. It is unacceptable for the federal government to take years to process an application for someone who is trying to follow the law. He also believes it is wrong to reward those who have violated our laws by coming here illegally by giving them preference over those who have waited patiently and followed our laws to enter legally. Mac supports a guest worker program so that workers who want to come to the U.S. for limited time to work and support their families may do so in a way that we know who enters the country, where they are, and can ensure that they return at the expiration of the allotted time. Mac does not favor allowing illegal immigrants to receive federal benefits -- as in now the law -- and supports measures to reduce fraud and to ensure that the law is fully enforced." (votesmart.org)
  • Mac Thornberry. Issue Position: Immigration. "Our challenge is to deal in a fair, common sense, and compassionate way with the many issues raised by our border security and immigration policies. A comprehensive solution must address at least these four issues: 1. Border security and enforcement; 2. The government process for coming here legally and the government process for employers to check on an applicant's status has to work; 3. A way for people to come here legally to work and help support their family, in which we know who comes here, where they go, and know they go back home at the end of their time; 4. Then dealing with the approximately 12 million who are already here illegally in a fair and compassionate way. I prefer Senator Cornyn's proposal that they have five years to go home where they can then apply to come back." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Mac Thornberry in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Mac Thornberry supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Mac Thornberry supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Mac Thornberry supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Mac Thornberry. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Mac Thornberry voted Yea on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Mac Thornberry supported the interests of the Family Research Council 85 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Mac Thornberry. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Mac Thornberry voted Nay on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Mac Thornberry supported the interests of the American Family Association 94 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Mac Thornberry. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Mac Thornberry voted Nay on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Mac Thornberry supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 85 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Mac Thornberry. Hearing of the Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee - The Future of U.S. Special Operations Forces: Ten Years After 9/11 and Twenty-Five Years After Goldwater-Nichols. 22 September 2011. "Looking back on the past decade, my strongest impression is of the incredibly talented, committed, hard-working individuals who serve our country in SOCOM [Special Operation Command] units [¦] Some of that capability was on display to the world in the Osama bin Laden raid. But SOCOM does much more --often with little or no fanfare, as it should be. It may well be that the future of the Command will require greater emphasis on some of those other mission areas, such as unconventional warfare and foreign internal defense." (votesmart.org)
  • Mac Thornberry. MSNBC "Hardball With Chris Matthews" “ Transcript. 7 October 2009. "Well, we need to make the commitment to defend the country, whatever time it takes. And whether that is in Afghanistan, Pakistan, or Yemen or Somalia, wherever al Qaeda may squirt (ph) out to, we have to have the commitment to defend ourselves." (votesmart.org)
  • Mac Thornberry. Thornberry Reacts to President's 2012 State of the Union Speech. 24 January 2012. "One thing I did agree with, and I think most Americans would as well, is the success of the military--whether it be the Osama bin Laden raid or the daily defense of our freedoms." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Mac Thornberry supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 20 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Mac Thornberry. Thornberry Previews Agenda for the New Congress. 4 February 2005. "Any changes would be only for younger workers. Even then, it should be their option on whether to direct a portion of their payroll taxes into personal investment accounts." (votesmart.org)

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