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Thornberry Doubles Down on Push Against Defense Funding for Border Wall

Local Congressman Mac Thornberry gave another interview this week, in which he once again pushed back against the idea of using defense funding to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Thornberry (R-Clarendon) told the Washington Post on Tuesday that he is against using funding for the military to fund the building of a border wall. The interview followed a recent interview Thornberry gave to CBS News, in which he echoed the same statements.

“In short, I’m opposed to using defense dollars for non-defense purposes,” Thornberry told the Washington Post.

The Clarendon Republican later went on to express the same statements in a statement to the Texas Tribune.

“It is disappointing that the best interests of the country do not seem to be everyone’s top priority," Thornberry said. "We should fund the rest of the government and improve border security, leaving the political posturing behind.”

Thornberry’s comments come as the debate over building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border has heated up. President Donald Trump has called several times for the creation of a wall, while he has received push back from some congressional leaders. It has also been noted that the wall is a key issue amid the ongoing federal government shutdown.

Thornberry/Photo by Speaker Ryan’s office

Thornberry/Photo by Speaker Ryan’s office

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