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U.S. Rep. Mac Thornberry addresses national concerns

U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) was awarded the 'Texas State Council Legislator of the Year' by Vietnam veterans organization Tuesday. U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) was awarded the 'Texas State Council Legislator of the Year' by Vietnam veterans organization Tuesday.

Amarillo, TX - Concerns regarding national security and the nation's defense against terrorism were a couple of the topics discussed with U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry today.

There are many areas of concern for Rep. Thornberry, but one that affects us all is our safety and well-being.

It's a big deal...the Iran Nuclear Deal to be exact. The U.S. along with five other world powers have agreed to limit Iran's nuclear programs, however not get rid of them completely.

Thornberry, who's Chairman of the Armed Service Committee said there's a lot of skepticism coming from both Republicans and Democrats, and a majority of both parties disagree with the deal.

"With all this money that Iran will get, they're going to admittedly cause more trouble funding terrorism, provoking the Sunnis and further sectarian violence so how are we going to deal with that," Thornberry said. "That's a whole other area that comes with this deal."

The House and Senate will vote on this deal by mid September and half of the House has co-sponsored a bill to get rid of it, however the president is expected to veto that bill.

Thornberry has also been working on a bill to increase defense spending. However, the said President Obama has threatened to veto this bill and wants to issue the money to the IRS and the EPA.

"Now I can't believe he would do that, national security should be above political games but we need to pass the bill, send it to him and see what he does," Thornberry said.

If passed, the bill would give more money to the front line troops who are risking their lives to save ours, and also give more opportunity to those who work at Bell Helicopter or Pantex.

Another area of concern involving our nations safety is Thornberry's take on sanctuary cities.

"It is not good for the country to have these cities where people violate our laws but then go to and get a free ride," Thornberry said. "So it attracts people who may be in the country for the wrong reason."

He said no city or individual should be above the law and America was founded on equality and should uphold that promise for everyone.

Thornberry also spoke about tonight's GOP debate and said people watching should look for a candidate that can speak constructively about the future of our country rather than tear down the other candidates.

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