The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is an unprecedented global health crisis that has reached the United States. This epidemic and the recent news that two health care professionals in Dallas have tested positive for the disease deserves a serious and immediate response.
That is why I find it shameful that an organization has decided to run television ads across the country accusing myself and other Members of Congress of being responsible for cutting funding for Ebola research. It’s just not true and yesterday the Washington Post took issue with the false claims by rating it “Four Pinocchios” in the most recent article in their Fact Checker series.
Sincerely, Kay Granger
P.S. Last week, I sent letters to both Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Tom Frieden asking them to add Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and George Bush Intercontinental Airport to the list of airports providing advanced screening for the Ebola virus. Click here to read the letters.Read More
Washington Post - Fact Checker
The absurd claim that only Republicans are to blame for cuts to Ebola research
By Glenn Kessler, October 15, 2014
“Republican cuts kill”
– new Web ad by the Agenda Project Action Fund
This ad is simply a more extreme version of a new Democratic talking point — that GOP budget cuts have harmed the nation’s ability to handle the Ebola outbreak. It mixes statistics — the budget for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) “cut” $585 million (the ad offers no date range) — with disturbing images of the outbreak and various Republican leaders saying variations of the word “cut.”
A slightly more nuanced version of this theme was launched by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which in online advertising began to equate a congressional budget vote in 2011 with a vote for the House GOP budget in 2014 that supposedly protected special interests.
This line of attack was prompted by remarks by National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Francis Collins, who told the Huffington Post that the agency has been working on an Ebola vaccine for more than a decade but was hampered by shrinking budgets. “Frankly, if we had not gone through our 10-year slide in research support, we probably would have had a vaccine in time for this that would’ve gone through clinical trials and would have been ready,” Collins said.
So what’s actually going on here?
Budget numbers are especially susceptible to manipulation in political rhetoric because they are often confusing. A presidential administration will propose a budget number for an agency, and then the House and Senate will haggle over the numbers. So politicians can pick and choose the numbers they want to highlight. The big boost in spending under the 2009 stimulus law and then the automatic “sequester” budget cuts in the 2011 budget agreement have further juggled the statistics.
For the purposes of this fact check, we are going to rely on the historical numbers in official budget documents submitted to Congress by the NIH and the CDC. We double-checked a couple of years with NIH, and the differences amounted to rounding errors. This way, readers can examine the documents themselves.
For NIH (see page 11), since 2006, there has been relatively little change in the size of the budget, going from about $28.5 billion in 2006 to $30.14 billion in 2014. That’s a slight increase, but in real terms that’s a cut given the impact of inflation. (The agency also received a $10 billion windfall in 2009 from the stimulus law.) Here’s an illustration of the budget in real terms by our colleague Josh Hicks.
Generally, Congress gave the NIH about what the president requested — sometimes more, sometimes less. In 2013, for instance, Congress gave the NIH more than what the White House had requested, but then $1.5 billion was taken away by sequestration. Whose idea was sequestration? It was originally a White House proposal, designed to force Congress to either swallow painful cuts or boost taxes. The law mandating sequestration passed on a bipartisan vote — and then Republicans embraced it even more strongly when they could not reach a grand budget deal with President Obama.
For fiscal year 2015, the documents show, it was the Obama White House that proposed to cut the NIH’s budget from the previous year. Moreover, we should note that President George W. Bush, a Republican, is responsible for significantly boosting NIH’s funding in the early years of his presidency.
The high point for the Obama administration’s request for NIH funding was in 2011, when the White House was seeking a budget fight with Republicans who had just taken control of the House. (No surprise that’s also the year that the DCCC chooses to highlight a budget vote.)
In the specific case of the NIH branch that deals with infectious diseases, funding jumped from $1.8 billion in 2000 to $4.3 billion in 2004 — but funding has been flat since then. Funding in 2014 was again $4.3 billion. So that’s effectively a cut over time.
As for the CDC, you will see (page 46) a similar pattern. The numbers have bounced around $6.5 billion in recent years. (CDC receives both an appropriation from Congress and, since 2010, hundreds of millions of dollars from the Prevention and Public Health Fund established by the Affordable Care Act.) Before 2008, the agency received less than $6 billion a year. In fiscal year 2013, the White House proposed a cut in CDC’s funding, but Congress added about $700 million. In 2014, the administration again proposed reducing the budget, but Congress boosted it to $6.9 billion, (Note, as this Congressional Research Service report documents, CDC also is funded by nearly $4 billion in mandatory fees. The numbers above refer only to congressional appropriations.)
The Pinocchio Test
On many levels, this line of attack is absurd.
Obama’s Republican predecessor oversaw big increases in public-health sector spending, and both Democrats and Republicans in recent years have broadly supported efforts to rein in federal spending. Sequestration resulted from a bipartisan agreement. In some years, Congress has allocated more money for NIH and CDC than the Obama administration requested. Meanwhile, contrary to the suggestion of the DCCC ad, there never was a specific vote on funding to prevent Ebola.
There’s no doubt that spending has been cut, or at least failed to keep pace with inflation, but the fingerprints of both parties are on the knives. This blame game earns Four Pinocchios.Read More
Washington, D.C. – The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) has awarded Rep. Kay Granger (TX-12) the NAM Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence. The award is based on her votes in the 113th Congress on issues that are critical to manufacturing in the United States.
“Manufacturers in Texas and throughout the United States are making a comeback, creating jobs, making more products and making them better than ever before,” said NAM Senior Vice President of Policy and Government Relations Aric Newhouse. “However, manufacturers are often disproportionately impacted by decisions made by policymakers in Washington. The NAM is proud to stand with lawmakers like Rep. Granger who understand what is at stake and seek to implement policies that will foster innovation, growth and competitiveness.” Key Votes included in the Voting Record are selected by small, medium and large manufacturing executives who serve on the NAM’s Key Vote Advisory Committee. Additional information on the NAM Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence can be found here.Read More
Today, Congresswoman Kay Granger (TX-12), chairwoman of the State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee, sent letters to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Tom Frieden urging the Administration to consider adding Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) and George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston (IAH) to the additional Ebola airport screening list.
In her letter, Granger cites that DFW airport serves over six million travelers and IAH serves over eight million travelers. In addition, there is daily nonstop service between Lagos, Nigeria – in West Africa – and Bush Intercontinental Airport.
Dallas, Texas is also the site of the first Ebola case in the United States. Mr. Duncan arrived in Dallas on a flight that landed at the DFW International Airport.
Attached are the letters to Director Frieden and Secretary Johnson.Read More
I was recently contacted by a Fort Worth constituent about a disturbing new telephone scam and I wanted to make you aware of it. The scammers have targeted residents in North Texas, including those in my district.
The scammers are targeting U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) applicants. The scammer uses a “spoofing” technique that displays an inaccurate USCIS phone number on your Caller ID. When the fake USCIS official calls, they have been known to ask for personal information, immigration status, and then demand payment to correct the records under threat of deportation. The scammers have encouraged the recipient to make an electronic funds transfer or to purchase a money order or voucher.
USCIS is aware that this fraudulent activity is taking place and advises anyone receiving this type of phone call to hang up immediately. Do not disclose any personal or payment information because the scammers are attempting to gain access to credit card information. USCIS will never ask for any form of payment or personal information over the phone.
If you think you have been a victim of this telephone scam USCIS recommends reporting the incident immediately to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) at https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/. You can also contact the FTC Dallas Regional office at 1-877-382-4357 for assistance.
These types of scams, along with continued company data breaches, have become more sophisticated. It’s critical that everyone remains vigilant against these attempts to steal your identity and personal information.
Sincerely, Kay GrangerRead More
Ebola Fact Sheet from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
Information from the Texas Department of State Health Services regarding the Texas patient who tested positive for Ebola.
Texas hospital patient tested positive for Ebola, making the patient the first case diagnosed in the United States. Ebola is a severe and often fatal disease caused by the Ebola virus.
Ebola is spread through direct contact with blood, secretions or other bodily fluids or exposure to contaminated objects, such as needles. It cannot be spread simply by being near someone who is infected. People only become contagious after they begin to have symptoms.
Symptoms of Ebola include sudden fever, sometimes with a headache and joint and muscle aches. Other symptoms may include:
Some patients may also experience rash, red eyes, hiccups, cough, sore throat, chest pain, problems breathing, problems swallowing, or bleeding inside and outside the body.
Symptoms usually appear 8 to 10 days after exposure, but may appear anywhere from 2 to 21 days after exposure.
The severity of the disease varies, but more than 50% of patients with Ebola have died during past outbreaks. There is no cure or vaccine; however, some people can recover with intensive treatment in a hospital setting.
Following are some resources on Ebola:
To visit the Texas Department of State Health Services website, click here.Read More
Last week, before Congress adjourned, the House overwhelmingly passed the bipartisan Federal Reserve Transparency Act, H.R. 24, which would open up the Federal Reserve to more Congressional oversight and scrutiny of its activities.
The legislation specifically instructs the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to complete an audit of the Federal Reserve within one year of the passing of the bill, and to submit to Congress a detailed report of the findings, conclusions, and recommendations for legislative action.
The Federal Reserve is not dependent on appropriations from Congress, and its actions do not have to be approved by the president or Congress. These actions include monetary policy decisions, loans to financial institutions and dealings with foreign governments and other central banks. This means that unelected bureaucrats, who are not accountable to the American people, conduct the Federal Reserve’s most important business behind closed doors. This is why I believe Congress should maintain stronger oversight over the Federal Reserve’s actions.
The current bill, which I also co-sponsored, has been sent to the Senate, but as with hundreds of other pieces of the legislation, the Senate is not expected to even hold a vote even though over 100 Democrats supported the House measure.
This is a commonsense bill that would open up the books of the Federal Reserve and shine much needed light on the inner workings of the monetary decisions that are made by our federal government. Sincerely, Kay Granger Member of CongressRead More
Today, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed a resolution, authored by Representatives Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Peter Roskam (R-IL), Nita Lowey (D-NY), and Kay Granger (R-TX), condemning the rising tide of anti-Semitism abroad.
“Today’s unanimous passage of our resolution sends a clear and strong message that we condemn the rising tide of anti-Semitism throughout the world and that we will do all we can to prevent its spread. In 2014 alone, we have seen increased incidents of murder at Jewish sites, violent attacks and death threats against Jews, as well as violence, arson, graffiti, and other instances of vandalism at Jewish places of worship,” the lawmakers said. “We must ensure the world views such actions for what they are, the vile and hate-fueled persecution of an entire people, rather than an acceptable expression of frustration with political events in the Middle East or anywhere else. The United States must continue to play an essential role in shining a spotlight on the ugly resurgence of anti-Semitism, as well as all forms of religious discrimination.”
“Tonight, Congress sent a resounding message to the world about America's resolve to confront this ugly and dangerous hatred. We commend Reps. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Peter Roskam (R-IL), Nita Lowey (D-NY), and Kay Granger (R-TX) for their leadership mobilizing action against the upsurge in anti-Semitic attacks in Europe, Latin America, and even in the United States,” said Abraham H. Foxman, National Director of the Anti-Defamation League. “We hope world leaders will echo Congress’s call and will demonstrate the will to ensure that anti-Semitism has no place in their country and that Jews have the right to live in security and free of harassment and the fear of violence solely because they are Jewish.”
The resolution was cosponsored by 174 House Members, including House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) and Ranking Member Eliot Engel (D-NY), and Middle East Subcommittee Chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) and Ranking Member Ted Deutch (D-FL); and House Appropriations Subcommittee on State & Foreign Operations Chairwoman Kay Granger (R-TX) and Ranking Member Nita Lowey (D-NY).
The following groups supported the resolution: AJC, Anti-Defamation League, American Israel Public Affairs Committee, Association of Jewish Family & Children’s Agencies, Christians United for Israel, J Street, Jewish Council for Public Affairs, Jewish Federations of North America, Jewish United Fund to Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago (JFMC), Lantos Foundation for Human Rights & Justice, National Coalition Supporting Eurasian Jewry, and the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA).Read More
The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is a brutal terrorist organization that poses a real and credible threat to the United States and our allies. The Administration must have a bold strategy to respond quickly and decisively to address this threat.
As Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in August, “ISIS is an imminent threat to every interest we have. They are as sophisticated and well-funded as any group that we have seen. They’re beyond just a terrorist group. This is beyond anything we’ve seen. We must prepare for everything.”
ISIS can be defeated, but it will require this Administration to demonstrate that attacks on Americans, and our ideals, will lead to strong repercussions by the U.S. Last week, the Administration asked Congress for broad authority to train and equip the moderate Syrian opposition and requested $500 million for this effort. However, the request lacked the level of detail I needed in order to vote to give the Administration such broad authority. I personally support a strategy that provides the Administration with limited authority that includes strong accountability and oversight of the actions taken.
This week Congress voted to provide limited authorization for the Administration to train and equip appropriately vetted Syrian rebels. To ensure that proper oversight and accountability is occurring, we require the Administration to submit to Congress a description of the plan for providing assistance, the process used to vet aid recipients, procedures that will be used to monitor the use of U.S. equipment our government provides and a description of how the aid fits within a larger regional strategy to defeat ISIS.
We require that Congress receive a progress report within the first 90 days of the mission and every 90 days thereafter, on any changes to the plan, statistics on violence against U.S. forces by the Syrian rebels and an assessment of the effectiveness of U.S. assistance. Additionally, Congress did not authorize the Administration to put U.S. soldiers on the ground. We did not provide any of the additional funding the Administration requested, but allowed the Defense Department to use existing funds and use contributions from foreign countries supportive of the U.S. strategy. This Congressional authorization expires no later than December 11, 2014.
With these changes, I was able to vote yes on the amendment overseen by Congressman Buck McKeon, Chairman of the House Armed Services committee.
ISIS represents an extreme vision of the world that has no place in modern day society. While it is not up to the United States alone to defeat this terrorist organization, we have the responsibility to protect our citizens, and ensure this group does not continue to grow stronger and threaten our way of life. Sincerely, Kay Granger Member of CongressRead More
Today, U.S. Representatives Kay Granger and Nita Lowey were honored for their strong support for U.S. programs that help solve the global safe drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) crisis. The WASH Advocate award was given today to recognize the Congresswomen for their strong leadership in improving U.S. efforts to efficiently provide safe and affordable WASH to impoverished regions around the world.
“As Chair of the State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee, I am acutely aware of the positive impact these programs have had on the poorest in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, noted Rep. Granger. “I am not alone, however: across Texas, thousands of church groups, Rotary Club members and schoolchildren are working as I speak to help solve this global crisis once and for all.”
Rep. Lowey, who is Ranking member of the State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee and full Appropriations Committee, added, “WASH is important in its own right but in particular for its enormous positive impact on women throughout each stage of their life – from empowering girls to get an education, to providing wider job opportunities for women. This issue cuts across health, gender, and economics and its benefits cannot be overstated.”
Former Congressman Jim Walsh and president and CEO of InterAction Sam Worthington presented the WASH Advocate award. Both credited the bipartisan effort in supporting increases in water and sanitation funding year after year, helping drive the effort that led to FY14’s historic funding levels.
John Oldfield, CEO of WASH Advocates, noted, “We are honored to present these well-deserved awards. Our awardees work hard to save and improve the lives of millions of people through the provision of safe drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene across Africa, Asia, and Latin America. The 2014 WASH Advocate Awards honor their current leadership, and the WASH community looks forward to continuing to work together to save and improve millions more lives over the coming years.”
Every year, U.S. WASH programs bring better WASH access to millions of people across Africa, Asia, and Latin America. In FY11 and FY12, USAID provided almost 7 million people with improved access to drinking water supply, and almost 3 million with improved access to sanitation. This work is now supported and reinforced by USAID’s first-ever Water and Development Strategy, launched in October 2013.Read More
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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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The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is an unprecedented global health crisis that has reached the United States. This epidemic and the recent news
On Friday Congresswoman Kay Granger sent letters to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and the Centers for Disease Control
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