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Thornberry Votes to Approve Federal Land Bill

Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) voted on Tuesday to approve a bill regarding federally owned lands.

On Tuesday, Thornberry joined a majority of House of Representatives members in voting to approve a bill regarding a federal land exchange in Minnesota. According to provisions, the bill, Representative Richard M. Nolan (D-Minnesota), would create a land exchange involving Federal land in the Superior National Forest in Minnesota acquired by the Secretary of Agriculture through the Weeks Law.

Thornberry joined with the majority in seeing the bill's 309-99 bipartisan passage. Four Republicans voted against the bill, joining 95 Democrats who voted against the bill's passage. Republicans who voted against the bill include: Justin Amash (R-Michigan), Tom Cole (R-Colorado), Morgan Griffith (R-Virginia) and Thomas Massie (R-Kentucky).

Jodey Arrington, a Republican who represents part of the Texas Panhandle and the Lubbock area, joined Thornberry in voting for the bill's approval.

The bill will now head to the U.S. Senate.

Photo by Military Times

Photo by Military Times

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