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Thornberry Faces Tough Questions

Texas Congressman Mac Thornberry met with the Wichita Falls Chamber of Commerce and Sheppard Military Affairs Committee Wednesday morning, to address the ongoing issues in Washington.

 "It's obviously been intense. It's obviously been very frustrating on the way things have gone in Washington," said Congressman Thornberry.

In his legislative update, Congressman Thornberry discussed topics such as the federal budget and the government shutdown. Those in attendance at the event expressed concern that yet another shutdown is inevitable, with the January 15th deadline fast approaching. That's when the current government funding expires.

 "I can't speak for the Senate or the President. All I can do is do the best I can do to see that there's not a shutdown. I know those of us in the House do not want that and will do everything we can to fund the government but also try to be fiscally responsible about it," said Congressman Thornberry.  

Another hot topic was the Affordable Care Act. Congressman Thornberry believes the troubled "healthcare.gov" website is the least of the problems.

"We're starting to see some other problems with the premium costs and the cancellations. But ya'll… this is just the beginning," he said.

Also on November 1st, billions of dollars were cut from the food stamp program under a wide-ranging farm bill. Congressman Thornberry says the cut was necessary with the U.S. debt growing every day.

"If you take a step back and look at it, the number of people on food stamps and the cost of food stamps have doubled since President Obama has been in office. We can't continue to go up at that rate. We have to slow that down," he said.

So what exactly is going on in the nation's capitol? For the first time in four years, the House and Senate Budget Committees are trying to work it out.

"They are trying to see if they can work out a joint budget that we can pass and give us the roadmap," said Congressman Thornberry.

Despite all the turmoil on Capitol Hill, Congressman Thornberry is optimistic that compromise and stability will be reached.

He was also recently appointed to lead a new initiative on the Department of Defense reform. He will be in charge of helping the Pentagon make efficient purchases of military goods and services, in order to make the most out of the nation's money.


Cynthia Kobayashi, Newschannel Six.

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