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Congressman Thornberry Takes His Bill to Washington

Congressman Mac Thornberry is in Washington D.C. this morning to speak with the House Resources Committee in hopes of resolving the land dispute with the Bureau of Land Management.


Congressman Thornberry and the House Resources Committee will be looking over his proposed bill to provide legal certainty to property owners along the Red River in Texas.

“My bill will be considered along with several other bills,” said Congressman Thornberry. “But I think it’s a great opportunity to put in front of the committee what our situation is and let them hear what my solution is.”

The BLM has been trying to take 45,000 acres of land away from land owners who pay taxes and have a deed and title to the land.

“Well I think that it is essential that the land owners know for sure, that they can prove down in the county records, is good solid and will stand up to any challenge,” said Congressman Thornberry.

After the committee holds this hearing they can report the congressman’s bill to the house floor for a full vote. If they think it’s a bad idea they can sit on it until congress ends, which is January 3rd, 2015.

The congressman is hopeful that the bill will make it to the house floor.

Pat Canan, Game Warden and Red River land owner, has been invited to Washington with Congressman Thornberry to testify on behalf of the bill.

The hearing will be held at 10 a.m. on July 29, 2014.

A live feed of the hearing can be found at, http://naturalresources.house.gov/live/.
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