WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Kay Granger (TX-12) released the following statement regarding the Texas Delegation letter she recently co-led with Congressman Marc Veasey (TX-33) that supports the extension of the Positive Train Control (PTC) implementation deadline.
“I am pleased to join with Congressman Marc Veasey and 29 other Members of the Texas Delegation in demonstrating our support for extending the implementation deadline of Positive Train Control (PTC) technology on our nation’s railroads. As of 2012, Texas alone had 49 freight railroads, employing nearly 17,000 employees. Texas also has the most freight railroad miles in the country, which move hundreds of millions of tons of commodities each year across our state.
“If the PTC implementation deadline is not extended, we are concerned that railroads in Texas and across the country will be forced to close. This would have a crippling effect on our nation’s transportation network and severely damage our economy.
“I recognize the importance of PTC and support its implementation as soon as possible; however, it is clear that the current December 31, 2015 deadline is not realistic. Despite investing billions of dollars into PTC, unanticipated technological and regulatory delays have left railroads unable to comply with the deadline. We must prevent a shutdown of our rail network.
“I am proud the Texas Delegation is taking the lead to ensure that our nation’s railroads can continue their important role in our economy, while working to fully implement Positive Train Control technology.”
WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Kay Granger (TX-12) and Congressman Steve Womack (AR-3) yesterday sent National Commission on the Future of the Army (NCFA) Chairman Carter Ham, USA Ret., and Vice Chairman Thomas R. Lamont a letter expressing concerns over recent Army force structure decisions and their hope that the NCFA will take into account the value and capability of the National Guard as they prepare recommendations for Army force structure decisions. The letter says, in part:
“The National Guard must be recognized as a legitimate combat reserve of the Army. To relegate them to the sidelines by stripping them of assets, reducing their readiness levels, and removing combat capability is simply unacceptable. In addition, we urge you to reexamine the Department of Defense dwell time guidelines: some adjustments would make the Guard a cost-effective and viable choice for maintaining combat power. As proven over the last 14 years, the National Guard provides a significant cost-savings in dwell while providing an equal capability when deployed. The National Guard is always accessible and has never been better equipped, better led and more ready than it is right now. It is essential to build a force that embraces this unprecedented capability.”
The letter goes on to express specific concern over the Army’s Aviation Restructure Initiative (ARI), which would remove attack aviation capability from the National Guard in order to provide the active Army with additional capability, and reiterate the need for an operational reserve in attack aviation.
The full text of the letter can be found here.
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Kay Granger (TX-12) today released the following statement in support of Congressman Steve Scalise (LA-1) for Majority Leader:
"I am pleased to offer my support to Congressman Steve Scalise for Majority Leader. In Congress, my primary focus is to make sure our service men and women in uniform have the resources they need to keep our country safe. These are dangerous times; our allies need to trust us and our enemies must fear us.
“Congressman Scalise shares my belief in the importance of a strong and engaged America. Under his leadership, I am confident that national defense will be a top priority.”
WASHINGTON, DC –Congresswoman Kay Granger (TX-12) released the following statement in support of Congressman Patrick McHenry (NC-10) for Majority Whip.
"Today, I am pleased to announce my support of Congressman Patrick McHenry for Majority Whip. As a former Deputy Whip myself, I fully understand the unique nature of the Whip position and the necessary qualities needed to be effective in it.
“Congressman McHenry’s record is as conservative as any person in the race for Whip. Having served on the Whip Team since being elected to Congress, and most recently as Chief Deputy Whip, Congressman McHenry clearly understands the job. Without a doubt, he has the right qualities to effectively deliver conservative solutions that will help American families at home and protect America’s interests abroad.”
Without action from Congress, the federal government will shutdown on October 1st. I want to give you an update on this important issue and provide my perspective, as I have heard from a number of you regarding this topic over the last few weeks.
Our federal government was set up with the primary purpose to defend our country from enemies. This point is at the forefront of my mind every day I represent you in Congress, but it always seems to figure more prominently during these budget crises. When the American people’s representatives cannot govern effectively, it sends a message of vulnerability to our adversaries. There is no shortage of those who seek to do us harm in these very dangerous times.
A short-term continuing resolution is necessary to avoid a shutdown and negotiate a budget deal, but we cannot operate under one that lasts a year. The only thing worse than a continuing resolution is an outright shutdown of the government. Although essential federal employees who volunteered to defend our country such as our men and women in the military, law enforcement and border patrol would still be expected to report for duty during a shutdown, they would be working without pay. This is unacceptable.
As a government “of the People, by the People, for the People," it should be both responsive to the changes of the people and a responsible steward of our hard-earned taxpayer dollars. When Congress passes a continuing resolution, it only continues current levels of spending. This means duplicative or wasteful programs that should be eliminated continue to get funding. Likewise, important programs that need new or additional funding can’t get it.
We don’t need more spending in Washington on autopilot- it wastes taxpayer dollars, hurts small business owners and those approaching retirement, and ill-equips our men and women in uniform. Please be assured I will continue to fight for a smaller, more responsive Washington that gets back to its core principle: provide for the common defense.
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Over the summer I have watched, just as you have, the videos that raise serious questions about Planned Parenthood’s operations. I am disgusted by them. As the first and only Republican woman to represent Texas in the House of Representatives, I want to share with you my take on this very serious issue.
I strongly support a full and thorough investigation into these shocking allegations. I am pleased that House leadership announced a broad congressional inquiry that will include three House committees, and I voted in favor of a bill suspending funding to Planned Parenthood for a year while these inquiries are ongoing.
These dollars should instead be redirected to women’s health services and clinics, which currently provide robust services to those most in need. I don’t want any federal taxpayer dollars going to fund abortions, and we should not allow the deplorable actions of Planned Parenthood to further harm women and families.
I have heard from many of you regarding this issue and know how deeply affected you are by it. Your concerns are understandable - these videos are horrifying. The events depicted have only reinforced my long-held opposition to the federal funding of abortions. I have consistently voted in favor of legislation that eliminates funding for Planned Parenthood. Because of my principled leadership, I was recognized earlier this year by Family Research Council (FRC) Action for my 100 percent voting record on pro-life and pro-family legislation that they tracked during the 113th Congress.
My fellow conservative women and I in the House have an important leadership role to play on this issue. We will continue to take our responsibility seriously, and will work tirelessly to find a resolution.
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Washington, DC-Congresswoman Kay Granger (TX-12) issued the following statement regarding the four members of the Texas Army National Guard who were injured this week in an IED attack in the Sinai:
“I would like to extend my thoughts and prayers to all of the Texas Army National Guard soldiers of the 1-112th Cavalry Squadron, especially the four Soldiers recently injured in an IED attack in the Sinai.
“The National Guard is vitally important to our security both at home and overseas. They protect our nation and borders, respond to our communities and serve as citizen-soldiers, working throughout every state.
“These Guardsmen, along with those in France that prevented a terrorist attack, have again highlighted the tremendous value and importance of the National Guard.
“We stand ready to welcome these warriors of the 1-112th Cavalry home, where they will continue to serve in our communities and rise to the Texas Guard motto, ‘Texans serving Texas.’"
WASHINGTON, DC—Congresswoman Kay Granger (TX-12) issued the following statement regarding the Marine Corps announcement that the F-35B has reached initial operational capability:
“The Marine Corps announcement that the F-35B is ready to be deployed is a milestone for the defense of our country. With this plane now in their arsenal, Marine fighter pilots will have access to the most up to date equipment. I am confident that with the F-35B, Marine fighter pilots will be able to meet any challenge that they face. Today’s landmark announcement is the culmination of nearly 15 years of hard work by men and women at Lockheed Martin. Congratulations on a job well done.”
WASHINGTON, DC—Congresswoman Kay Granger (TX-12) issued the following statement regarding the Department of State’s plan to modify the U.S. diplomatic presence in Cuba:
“I am opposed to the Administration’s planned re-designation of the U.S. Interests Section as a U.S. Embassy in Cuba, which would give the Cuban regime full diplomatic recognition despite the fact that they continue to repress the Cuban people. As Chairwoman of the Appropriations Committee’s State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Appropriations Subcommittee, it is my responsibility to weigh in on how the State Department uses American taxpayer dollars, and I object to funds being used to expand U.S. diplomatic operations and facilities in Cuba.”
WASHINGTON, DC—Congresswoman Kay Granger (TX-12) issued the following statement regarding an agreement reached on Iran’s nuclear program:
“I will not support an agreement that jeopardizes the safety and security of Americans and our allies throughout the world. The goal of these negotiations was for Iran to give up the ability to produce nuclear weapons in exchange for sanctions relief. This agreement would simply delay Iran’s ability to produce a nuclear weapon, while also giving them access to conventional weapons. Furthermore, with sanctions lifted, the Iranian government will have the resources to continue to pursue its anti-American and anti-Israel agenda. This Administration was so concerned about building a legacy that it was incapable of walking away from what appears to be a bad deal.”
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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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