I am disappointed and deeply concerned with President Obama’s decision to take executive action to change our nation’s immigration laws. This is an unprecedented abuse of the executive authority for which there is no basis in the rule of law. President Obama has even stated in the past that such actions would not be an appropriate use of constitutional authority.
A decision to affect immigration reform via executive action circumvents the legislative process and ignores the framework our founders set up. By taking the actions that he outlined last night, President Obama has already placed in jeopardy his relationship with the newly elected Congress before it has been sworn-in and just weeks after the November elections.
It is absolutely necessary for President Obama to work with the new Congress to address the issue of immigration reform. We need real solutions, not a quick fix. The president’s plan to take unilateral action is not an effective, long-term solution to our broken system.
I believe any discussion about immigration reform has to begin with border security and enforcement of current immigration law. One of the fundamental responsibilities of the federal government is to protect the homeland and that begins with knowing exactly who is coming in and out of the country.
Sincerely, Kay Granger
By the way, earlier this week, I signed a letter to President Obama urging him to work with the newly elected Congress on immigration reform instead of taking executive action. To read the full letter, click here.Read More
Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY), Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Committee and State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee, Congressman Harold Rogers (R-KY), Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, and Kay Granger (R-TX), Chairwoman of the State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee, today wrote Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to urge decisive and constructive actions to stop incitement of terrorist attacks against Israel.
November 20, 2014
His Excellency Mahmoud Abbas Chairman of the PLO Executive Committee President of the Palestinian National Authority Al Muqata'a, Ramallah West Bank
Dear Mr. President:
We write regarding the recent series of deplorable terrorist attacks against innocent Israelis. We are profoundly concerned that the cycle of violent behavior threatens to spiral even further out of control. The situation clearly demands leadership, and we implore you to take decisive steps to stop the incitement and spread of violence.
For more than two decades, the U.S. Congress has been a strong partner in building the institutions that will someday govern an independent Palestinian state, existing side-by-side, in peace and security, with Israel. That is why we have supported billions of dollars in assistance for technical training on security matters, economic development, and humanitarian needs of the Palestinians. However, this aid is predicated on the Palestinian Authority’s commitment to countering terrorism and pursuing a comprehensive peace with Israel. U.S. law also clearly stipulates that the Palestinian Authority must act to counter the incitement of violence against Israelis in order to continue receiving U.S. assistance.
The recent attacks against Israelis raise serious concerns that the Palestinians are not prepared to coexist peacefully with their neighbor Israel. In addition, the use of degrading images in Fatah or PA produced media as well as inflammatory language used by you and other Palestinian leaders undermine the objectives of our support and threaten to further destabilize an already highly volatile situation.
As the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Committee and the Chairwoman of the State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee, we remain resolute in our commitment to these conditions. That is why we urge you to take constructive actions and return to direct negotiations with Israel, which will provide the only path to a viable and durable two-state agreement resulting in security, prosperity, and peace for both sides.
Thank you for your attention to this critical matter, and we look forward to your response.
Nita Lowey Ranking Member, Committee on Appropriations
Harold Rogers Chairman, Committee on Appropriations
Kay Granger Chairwoman, Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations & Related ProgramsRead More
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Kay Granger (TX-12) issued the following statement regarding President Obama’s planned immigration executive actions that he outlined in a speech this evening.
“I am disappointed and deeply concerned with President Obama’s decision to take executive action to change our nation’s immigration laws. This is an unprecedented abuse of the executive authority for which there is no basis in the rule of law. President Obama has even stated in the past that such actions would not be an appropriate use of constitutional authority.
“A decision to affect immigration reform via executive action circumvents the legislative process and ignores the framework our founders setup. By taking the actions that he outlined tonight, President Obama has already placed in jeopardy his relationship with the newly elected Congress before it has been sworn-in and just weeks after the November elections.
“It is absolutely necessary for President Obama to work with the new Congress to address the issue of immigration reform. We need real solutions, not a quick fix. The president’s plan to take unilateral action is not an effective long-term solution to our broken system. I believe any discussion about immigration reform has to begin with border security and enforcement of current immigration law. One of the fundamental responsibilities of the federal government is to protect the homeland and that begins with knowing exactly who is coming in and out of the country.”
On Wednesday, November 19th, Granger signed a letter to President Obama urging him to work with the newly elected Congress on immigration reform instead of taking executive action. To read the full letter, click here.Read More
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Kay Granger (TX-12) will remain the Chairwoman of the House State and Foreign Operations Appropriations subcommittee. Today, the House Republican Steering Committee released the names of the Members who will lead the Appropriations subcommittees for the 114th Congress. Granger will also remain vice-chair of the Defense subcommittee. In January, when the new Congress convenes, she will become the 4th highest ranking Republican on the committee and the highest ranking Republican woman on the committee. “I am honored to have the trust and support of Chairman Rogers and of my colleagues. I look forward to continuing the vital work of overseeing all U.S. foreign investments and working to ensure we maintain a robust national defense to meet the needs of the United States and our allies. Over the last four years as the chair of the subcommittee, I am proud of our efforts to prioritize the programs that have worked efficiently, while making cuts to inefficient or redundant programs. In the process, we have made the State and Foreign Operations budget leaner, but more effective.
“The world is a very complicated place today and the U.S. faces some of the most difficult foreign policy and national security challenges in our history. Our investments in our defense and foreign policy must reflect the seriousness of these challenges and exhibit strong U.S. leadership aboard. We must continue to have aggressive oversight and constantly assess the success of our foreign assistance. Additionally, we must continue to make smart investments and be responsible stewards of taxpayer funds.” The State and Foreign Operations subcommittee plays a critical role in U.S. national security policy. From supporting key allies like Israel, funding embassy security, addressing the spread of Ebola, and stopping the spread of global terrorism, Granger oversees many of the key programs that invest in the protection of the homeland. As the Chairwoman, she has cut spending while prioritizing programs that have proven results. The Defense subcommittee ensures the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force has the resources they need to provide all the resources our service members need and to ensure our defense supremacy in the world. With the Naval Air Station-Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, the development of Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the building of Bell Helicopter’s V-22 Osprey, and many other important defense companies based in the 12th District and throughout North Texas, the communities Granger represents makes enormous contributions to America’s security at home and abroad.Read More
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswomen Kay Granger (R-TX) and Nita Lowey (D-NY), Chairwoman and Ranking Member of the State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee, issued a joint statement on the status of the P5+1 negotiations with Iran regarding its nuclear program.
“Congress imposed tough sanctions on Iran which resulted in severe economic consequences. The sanctions are what brought Iran to the negotiating table. This is the most significant progress the U.S. has ever made in confronting Iran on its nuclear program.
“As the Chairwoman and Ranking Member of the State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee, we remain firmly opposed to scaling back or removing the bipartisan sanctions placed on Iran before the international community is able to verify that Iran is dismantling its nuclear program. In addition, long-term monitoring of Iran’s future activities is essential to ensure full compliance. Iran has not proven itself to be a trustworthy member of the international community in the past, and there must be serious consequences for failure to meet the terms of any agreement.
“Ultimately, we believe that Congress has an indispensable role to play in this matter, and we expect continued full consultation from the Administration as the deadline for these talks approaches.”Read More
Stepping carefully around the muddy freight railroad tracks near downtown, dozens of federal, state and local officials gathered Friday to celebrate the completion of a $104 million project known as Tower 55.
The project, partly funded with $65 million from Fort Worth-based BNSF Railway and Omaha, Neb.-based Union Pacific Railroad, included the addition of a third north-south rail line running down the eastern edge of downtown.
Also, several pedestrian and car crossings near downtown were revamped, including crossings near Nash Elementary School. Just a few years ago, children on their way to class had to climb between rail cars blocking their neighborhood streets.
Tower 55 is the traditional name for where freight tracks heading north-south and east-west intersect. The intersection is in the shadow of the Interstate 35W/I-30 Mixmaster.
Federal Railroad Administrator Joseph Szabo attended the ceremony, which included a ribbon-cutting in front of a pair of BNSF and Union Pacific locomotives parked nose to nose.
The project was partly funded by a $34 million federal grant, and Szabo said it shows that trains aren’t just part of the country’s past.
“It’s also a visual reminder of the growing importance of rail in our country,” Szabo said. “Americans are recognizing the importance of passenger rail and freight rail.”
Szabo also noted that getting trains through North Texas quicker will leave fewer idling engines at railroad crossings.
The project is expected to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 95,000 tons per year, said Lance Fritz, Union Pacific president and chief operating officer.
U.S. Rep. Kay Granger, R-Fort Worth, was widely credited with pressing federal officials to help fund Tower 55. She said Fort Worth leaders have historically stepped up to ensure that transportation projects are built — including in the city’s earliest days, when residents rolled up their sleeves and helped build the Texas & Pacific tracks to bring jobs to the area.
Michael Morris, transportation director for the North Central Texas Council of Governments, even thanked the Fort Worth Transportation Authority for its little-known role in the project.
The T loaned $2.5 million to Tower 55 so the project could beat a deadline to qualify for a federal grant, Morris said. Without the loan, Tower 55 wouldn’t have been “shovel-ready” and likely would have been passed over for the grant, he said.
Morris also described Dallas-Fort Worth as the largest metro area in the U.S. without direct access to a seaport. He said the region’s rail yards and corridors are “our docks and piers.”
The work on Tower 55, which was mostly completed in August, comes as the nation’s railroads are enjoying a bit of a resurgence.
BNSF plans to spend $240 million on maintenance and capacity projects in Texas and to expand its headquarters along Western Center Boulevard in far north Fort Worth.
About 90 trains a day pass through the Tower 55 intersection, officials from the railroads have said.Read More
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Kay Granger (TX-12), chairwoman of the State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee, sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry denouncing the Obama Administration’s reprehensible statements towards Israel. Granger’s strongly-worded letter to Secretary Kerry follows the reports of disparaging comments made by senior Administration officials aimed directly at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the State of Israel.
Attached is a copy of the letter Congresswoman Granger sent to Secretary Kerry today.Read More
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
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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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My response to President Obama’s planned immigration executive actions that he outlined in his speech this evening. I am disappointed and
This week, the USS Fort Worth deployed from San Diego on its way to Singapore. Here is an article about the deployment.
On Friday, I participated in the ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of the Tower 55 project in Fort Worth. Completion of Tower
Today, I visited with the Greater Fort Worth Association of Realtors and stopped by Evergreen at Hulen Bend to tour their community.
My office is now accepting intern applications for the Spring Semester. If you are interested in interning in my Washington or Fort Worth office,