|Chair of the House Armed Services Committee|
January 3, 2015
|Preceded by||Buck McKeon|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas’s 13th district
January 3, 1995
|Preceded by||Bill Sarpalius|
|Born||William McClellan Thornberry
July 15, 1958
Clarendon, Texas, U.S.
|Education||Texas Tech University (BA)
University of Texas, Austin (JD)
When it comes to helping make the country strong, we in Congress have an important role to play.
The challenge we have in the war on terrorism is looking around for those pieces that matter and trying to fit them together.
In sum, we took energy for granted, assuming when we flipped the switch, the lights would go on and assuming that there would always be plenty of cheap fuel for our vehicles.
For more than two centuries since winning our own freedom, we the people of the United States have repeatedly answered the call to lead the quest for freedom around the globe.
I know of no serious proposals that would change the way Social Security operates for today's seniors.
We should restore a proper balance in environmental regulation and energy production that is based on common sense, not political agendas.
Now, forty years after his passing, Winston Churchill is still quoted, read, revered, and referred to as much, if not more, than when he was alive.
We should start by allowing drilling in Alaska's National Wildlife Refuge. It can provide billions of barrels of recoverable oil and trillions of cubic feet of recoverable natural gas.
No other date on the calendar more potently symbolizes all that our nation stands for than the Fourth of July.
It is very distressing that anyone would look at these matters from a political viewpoint. Core beliefs about when life begins and ends are far too important for any such calculations.
Energy is necessary for economic growth, for a better quality of life, and for human progress.
We must continue research into new forms of energy and into more efficient use of existing energy sources.
The day before the anniversary of D-Day, we lost a man who was equaled by few and surpassed by none as a leader in the cause of freedom: Ronald Reagan.
Mr. Speaker, I agree with those who say that the Global War on Terrorism is actually a Global War of Ideas and that terrorism is one of the tactics used in that War.
And to stick our head in the sand and pretend that we are somehow safer if we do not know or to pretend we are somehow safer if we limit our options seems to me not only foolish but actually dangerous.
The death tax robs parents of the opportunity to pass something along to their children, and it is responsible for destroying a lot of family-owned businesses.
In a budget this massive, there are certainly areas where I think we could do much better.