Kay Granger

Kay Granger

TEXAS' 12th DISTRICT

My Take: Keeping the Government Open

2017/04/28

The federal government’s first responsibility is to provide for our common defense. If the federal government is not open, our men and women in uniform are put at an unacceptable disadvantage.

Dear Friend,

Today I voted in favor of the one week continuing resolution to keep the government open. While not ideal, this added time will allow Congress to continue negotiating a final funding agreement for Fiscal Year 2017.

There is a chance that Congress may pass a long-term continuing resolution at the end of next week. I am opposed to long-term continuing resolutions because they do not allow Congress to evaluate current funding priorities. Instead, they simply continue previous government spending. This in turn prevents Congress from addressing current priorities.

In particular, a long-term continuing resolution is most devastating for our military. Without a new funding agreement focused on current priorities, the Navy will have to shut down half of its air wings, cancel the maintenance of 14 ships and cancel several ship deployments. The Army will have to delay critical modernization efforts and both the Marine Corps and Air Force will have to stop flying mid-summer.

We already have a readiness crisis in defense. Our men and women in uniform do not need additional challenges caused by Congress. That is why you can be certain I’ll continue working toward the comprehensive and current funding agreement our military deserves.

Sincerely,

Kay Granger Member of Congress

 

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My Take: Scenes from Around the 12th District

2017/04/21

I wanted to take this opportunity to share some of my travels throughout our community over the recent district work period.

Dear Friend,

Our community is unique because while it is vibrant and growing, Fort Worth still has its “small town” feel. The reason for this is because of our spirit of volunteerism. When there is a need, people in our community step up to take care of one another.

Local employees at U.P.S. do this by stepping up to be positive role models for children and help them shape a better future. I was pleased to take part in an event celebrating the U.P.S. Foundation’s support for Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star, and was honored to say a few words highlighting this partnership that makes our community stronger.

Although right outside of our 12th District, I also toured the Gatehouse, a new facility that will serve our community by providing protection to the most vulnerable among us. The Gatehouse is a community for women and children experiencing crisis and offers a variety of services to provide a safe place to escape abuse. This facility, funded entirely through private donations, ensures that our vibrant and growing community continues to look out for those in need.

In addition, I visited the Fort Worth Independent School District’s Young Women’s Leadership Academy to speak with junior and senior students and answer their questions. This wonderful school, which received the prestigious recognition of being named a National Blue Ribbon School, provides young women a rigorous curriculum to prepare them for college and success in life. We are fortunate to have such impressive young leaders in our community.

Sincerely,

Kay Granger Member of Congress

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My Take: America Leads

2017/04/13

With the President’s targeted military action in response to the atrocities committed by the Assad regime against innocent civilians, the United States has shown we are ready to lead again on the world stage.

Dear Friend,

When the White House made me aware in advance of last week’s targeted military action against the Assad regime, I told them they would have my full support. The regime’s use of chemical weapons against innocent men, women and children is horrific and cannot be allowed. The Syrian Government used these weapons in direct violation of international law and there needed to be an immediate, proportionate response.

The decisive action by this administration demonstrated to the American people and the world that America will lead from a position of strength. When this Administration draws a “red line” the world knows that line cannot be crossed without repercussions. 

For many years, the world and our allies have been trying to assess what they should do in the absence of U.S. global leadership. Now the world knows that the days of “leading from behind” are over and the United States is ready to act like the world power we are. 

I applaud the President for taking this necessary action and cannot overstate the impact it has on the world’s image of American strength. To be safe, we must be strong. In today’s dangerous world, that is more important than ever. 

Sincerely,

Kay Granger Member of Congress

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My Take: Advocating on Behalf of Constituents

2017/04/07

Advocating on behalf of constituents is one of the most important roles of a Congressional office. This week I want to share some of what my district office does to help constituents in their dealings with the federal government.

Dear Friend,

Federal agencies affect all of us on a daily basis. While we may have a satisfactory experience with the Social Security Administration, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Department of Veterans Affairs or other agencies, sometimes we have difficulty getting what we need accomplished.

When constituents are having trouble navigating the bureaucratic maze or getting an answer they need, my office is here to help.

A recent example of the work we do involves a constituent’s son who joined the Navy and suffered a serious medical emergency during training. Due to paperwork delays and technicalities, her son was unable to get the special treatment the military doctors recommended for his recovery. When my office was contacted about this case, we were able to get the approval he needed and he has since moved to that special treatment center – where he is showing signs of improvement which give his parents hope.

In another case, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services proposed a rule that would affect patients with prosthetic devices. After hearing from constituents who would be negatively impacted, my office contacted the agency about the proposed rule. Fortunately, the agency decided against implementing it and patients can still get the prosthetic devices they depend on.

Should you ever need assistance in dealing with federal agencies, please call my Fort Worth office at 817-338-0909. It is an honor to advocate on your behalf.

Sincerely,

Kay Granger Member of Congress

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Granger Statement on the Targeted Military Strike in Syria

2017/04/07

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Kay Granger (TX-12), Chairwoman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, released the following statement after the United States conducted a targeted military strike in Syria.

“Tonight, the White House made me aware that the United States would no longer stand idly by as President Assad slaughters his own people. I cannot more strongly applaud President Trump's decisive actions against the Government of Syria. For years we have watched as the Syrian people endured unimaginable atrocities at the hand of their own government. The world cannot allow this type of evil to go unchecked. Tonight the United States has shown we are ready to lead the fight.”

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My Take: Listening to Those Who Serve

2017/03/31

The House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee oversees more than 50 percent of discretionary funding. As Chairwoman of this Subcommittee, I am committed to rebuilding our military to keep the United States and our allies safe.

Dear Friend,

This week I chaired the first two hearings of the Defense Subcommittee in the 115th Congress. With the challenges to our military readiness and the complex and diverse threats facing our country, I appreciate the generals who came to the Capitol this week to testify in front of the Subcommittee about their commands.

Subcommittee hearings provide opportunities for Members to hear from experts who go in-depth on specific topics. In the coming weeks, there will be a number of hearings in order to help create a Fiscal Year 2018 Defense Appropriations bill that provides for our common defense and gives the men and women in uniform the training and equipment they need to do their jobs and return home safely.

Since becoming Chairwoman, I have been listening to the expertise of those serving in uniform to determine the needs of our military. It is why I have already met with over a dozen senior defense leaders outside of hearings – and will continue to do so.

I believe this is the most effective way to make informed funding decisions. After years of arbitrary and dangerous budget cuts, the decisions we make will be watched closely by our allies and adversaries alike. 

Sincerely,

Kay Granger Member of Congress

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My Take: Important Steps to Help Veterans

2017/03/17

I often hear from veterans in the 12th District about their dealings with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) – both good and bad. That is why I am proud to support legislation in the House which takes important steps to help our veterans.

Dear Friend,

While there are many hardworking and dedicated employees at the VA, including many veterans themselves, the current system makes it too hard to hold poor-performing employees accountable. The result is inadequate services for veterans and difficulty in retaining talented employees.

To address this, I supported the VA Accountability First Act, which allows the VA to fire, demote or suspend employees for poor performance or misconduct. Where similar legislation focused only on holding VA executives accountable, this legislation applies to all VA employees. In addition, I voted to empower the Secretary of the VA to better hire and retain physicians and other employees to make sure the VA can attract and keep the best talent to provide the best care for our veterans.

I also voted for the Veterans 2nd Amendment Protection Act, which ensures the freedoms granted by the Constitution apply to all Americans – especially those who defend those freedoms. Current law prohibits veterans from owning a firearm without due process if they are labeled by a VA bureaucrat as “mentally incompetent” – which can surprisingly happen when the VA appoints someone to help with the veteran’s financial affairs. This legislation requires a ruling from a judge to make that determination instead. In doing so, we can guarantee veterans the rights they defended in uniform.

Sincerely,

Kay Granger Member of Congress

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My Take: The American Health Care Act

2017/03/10

The number one concern of people in the 12th District is the future of the American healthcare system. This is a primary concern of mine, and why I wanted to give you more information on what is happening now in Washington.

Dear Friend,

This week the leaders in the House unveiled the American Health Care Act, which would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act that became law in 2010. This begins the first phase of a three part strategy to fully repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with the American Health Care Act to address the future of our healthcare system.

The first phase will be complete when Congress passes a special piece of legislation, known as a “reconciliation” bill. Congress uses reconciliation bills because they can pass the Senate with 51 votes, unlike most other bills. Since Republicans control 52 Senate seats, this is the only way to pass the American Health Care Act into law. Passing the American Health Care Act will eliminate burdensome taxes and penalties – including the individual mandate.

The second part of the strategy focuses on action from the Trump Administration. The Affordable Care Act gave lots of authority to the Secretary of Health and Human Services to implement the law. Because of this, Secretary Tom Price can fix parts of the healthcare system that Congress cannot, including undoing Obama Administration regulations that increase costs to patients.

Finally, Congress will need to pass additional legislation that improves other aspects of the healthcare system. However, this requires Democrat support, which will be difficult to obtain. As this strategy moves forward, I will continue to keep you informed.  

Sincerely,

Kay Granger Member of Congress

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Granger Speaks on the House Floor in Support of the Fiscal Year 2017 Defense Appropriations Bill

2017/03/09

Mr. Chairman, I rise in strong support of H.R. 1301, the FY17 Department of Defense Appropriations Act.

The world is more dangerous and unstable than any time is recent history. The U.S. and our allies face constant threats from countries including Iran, Russia, China, and North Korea. ISIS and other global terrorists threaten our very way of life. 

Our number one responsibility as Members of Congress is to provide for the defense of this nation. 

I commend Chairman Frelinghuysen for the outstanding job he did drafting the FY17 bill. He deserves our thanks for producing such a significant and meaningful bill.

Since becoming the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee Chairwoman, I have spent a lot of time talking to senior defense leadership to find out what they need to combat these threats.

They have unanimously stated that the only thing our adversaries respect is strength and they need this bill passed to ensure our military is as strong and effective as possible.

Sequestration and reduced budget requests have caused the military to be underfunded for too long.  This bill begins the process of rebuilding our military and giving our warfighters the resources they need to counter the numerous, complex threats around the world.  

This bill reverses the drawdown of end strength and instead increases it by 36,000 troops above the FY17 budget request.

This bill reverses steep cuts to procurement by funding additional ships and aircraft to modernize our weapons systems and address shortfalls. 

This is important because we have the smallest number of ships in the Navy since 1916 and the average age of an air force aircraft is 27 years old. Marine aviation squadrons have been forced to salvage parts from museums in order to keep planes flying.

In every meeting I have had with defense leadership, they emphasize the devastating impact both sequestration and operating under a continuing resolution have on our security. 

When asked about the impact of a full year C.R. General Goldfein, Chief of Staff of the Air Force said, “there is no enemy on the planet that can do more damage to the United States Air Force than us not getting a budget.”    

Our military is counting on us to pass this bill now. It is the only way to ensure the United States will be strong and able to lead in this very dangerous world.

I strongly urge a yes vote. 

Mr. Chairman, I yield back my time.

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The video of this statement can be viewed here.

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Granger Speaks on the House Floor in Support of the Fiscal Year 2017 Defense Appropriations Bill

2017/03/09


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A former teacher, small business owner and Mayor of Fort Worth, Congresswoman Kay Granger was first elected to represent the 12th congressional district of Texas in 1997.  Earning a reputation for pragmatic leadership and serving as a powerful voice for Texas values, Kay fervently fights for the issues that matter most to Texas’ 12th congressional district and our country.

Since arriving in the U.S. House of Representatives, Kay has distinguished herself as one of the most recognized and influential leaders on defense and foreign policy – an expertise she began developing as the Mayor of Fort Worth, which is home to the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base and Lockheed Martin.  As a senior member of the powerful Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, she has continually strengthened the 12th District’s contribution to America’s defense system and supported efforts to provide for our women and men in uniform – both on the battlefield and when they return home from combat.

In 2012, Kay stood with Governor Rick Perry and members of the 136th Airlift Wing of the Texas Air National Guard to fight a costly and unnecessary Air Force proposal that looked to move Texas’ prized C-130 squadron to Montana.  To the Air Force, Texans, and the millions of Americans who depend on the C-130 aircraft to respond to natural disaster emergencies, Kay delivered a powerful message:  C-130s will not be moved without a fight.  Thanks to her work as well as that of Governor Perry, Senator Cornyn, Senator Hutchinson and the entire Texas delegation, the C-130’s stayed where they are needed and where they belong:  Fort Worth.

Kay has long believed that national security and foreign policy go hand in hand.  As the top Republican on the State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee, she has worked to increase global stability and security as well enrich the lives of millions in the developing world through efforts that center on bettering global health, improving the lives of women and teaching emerging democracies how to sustain newly-discovered freedoms.

Kay is also a Majority Deputy Whip and serves on the Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development.

In recognition of her achievements, Kay has received the Air Force Foundation Award and the Marine Corps’ Semper Fidelis Award.  She has also been honored with the Tax Fighter Award by the National Tax Limitation Committee and the Spirit of Enterprise Award by the U.S. Chamber of Congress.  Additionally, the National Association of Manufacturers has recognized her for her pro-growth, pro-worker voting record.  For a full list of the awards she’s received, please click here.

Born in Greenville, TX, Kay was raised in Fort Worth.  Majoring in education, Kay – a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution – graduated from Texas Wesleyan University and became a high school journalism and English teacher.  In 1978, she opened her own insurance agency and operated it for over 20 years, leading her to become the first woman inducted into the Fort Worth Business Hall of Fame.  In 1991, she was elected as the first female Mayor of Fort Worth where she cut crime by 49 percent and led the city to win the coveted All-American City Award.  Kay, who attends the First United Methodist Church in Fort Worth, is a mother of three and a proud grandmother to five.


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