Kay Granger

Kay Granger

TEXAS' 12th DISTRICT

My Take: Combating Human Trafficking in Fort Worth and Beyond

2017/10/20

Earlier this week I announced a $3.3 million grant for the University of North Texas Health Science Center to combat human trafficking. 

Dear Friends,

Earlier this week I was honored to announce that the University of North Texas Health Science Center has been awarded a $3.3 million grant from the State Department to help combat human trafficking. With this funding, U.N.T. will help establish a D.N.A. database of parents and family members of missing or abducted children in Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. This database will allow us to positively identify children who have been trafficked and safely return them to their families.

The U.N.T. Health Science Center already runs the premier human identification lab in the United States. As such, they are uniquely qualified to lead this effort, which will be vital in the continuing struggle to combat human trafficking from Central America. In fact, the center has already been involved in many high-profile cases including the Amanda Knox trial and helping to identify the victims of John Wayne Gacy.  

As I’ve said before, no community in America is immune to the scourge of human trafficking, including our corner of North Texas. Sadly, the Dallas-Fort Worth area has the second-highest number of cases in Texas, and the problem is only getting worse: last year, there was a 35% spike in human trafficking cases compared to the previous year.

While no single piece of legislation will end human trafficking, Congress can act – and we have. Just this past year, the House has passed 16 bills to provide greater support for trafficking victims and additional resources for law enforcement to enable them to go after traffickers. We are resolved to act to stop this tragedy here in America and around the world.

We can all play a part in combating human trafficking and protecting the most vulnerable among us. It is my hope that with the right resources, we can end this scourge once and for all.  

Sincerely,

Kay Granger

Member of Congress

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My Take: An Update on Iran

2017/10/13

Iran continues to pose a threat to the United States and our allies. As Chairwoman of the House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee and a member of the House Intelligence Committee, I am committed to keeping Americans safe and preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon.

Dear Friends,

This week, Iran’s nuclear program is back in the news. I wanted to share some thoughts with you about why preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon is in the vital interests of the United States, and how the deal reached with Iran by the Obama Administration was fatally flawed.

After many years of sanctions, Iran was forced to come to the negotiating table. This was an opportunity for the United States and the world to ensure that Iran never developed nuclear capabilities.  Unfortunately, the Obama Administration was so focused on getting any deal they could that they did not focus on getting a good deal. In 2015, an agreement was reached that reduced economic sanctions on Iran and unfroze billions of dollars of assets in return for a temporary freeze in their nuclear program. It was clear through Iran’s rhetoric and subsequent actions that they never truly intended to abide by the deal.  They simply wanted to help their crippled economy and have access to billions of dollars that they could use to fund terrorist groups and actions. 

At the time, I expressed strong opposition to this agreement because it did not prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons; it simply delayed it, while also giving them access to conventional weapons.  As part of the deal, the Obama Administration also released more than $100 billion in previously frozen assets that Iran has since used to finance terrorist activities in the Middle East and rebuild its conventional weapons arsenal. Additionally, the deal failed to achieve “anytime, anywhere” inspections and relinquished the deterrence provided by surprise inspections. It will begin to lift key nuclear restrictions after eight years, and will grant Iran virtually instant breakout time after 15 years. In short: the agreement legitimized Iran’s nuclear program and set it on a path to become a nuclear state.

After taking office in January, President Trump tasked his national security team with conducting an Iran policy review, with the aim of developing a comprehensive strategy to address and counter all the threats Iran poses to the international community. Part of the Iran deal requires that every 90 days, the president must certify that Iran is in compliance with the agreement. Today, President Trump announced that his administration was unable to certify that the benefits Iran receives under the deal are “appropriate and proportionate to the measures Iran has taken with respect to terminating its nuclear program.” This decision means that it will be up to Congress to explore options to address the serious flaws in the Obama Administration’s nuclear agreement.

As Chairwoman of the House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee and a member of the House Intelligence Committee, I receive frequent briefings on the developments regarding the effort by Iran to acquire nuclear weapons. There is no higher responsibility I have than to keep Americans safe.  I look forward to working with my colleagues in the House to do everything possible to ensure that Iran never has the ability to use nuclear weapons against the U.S., Israel or our allies.

Sincerely,

Kay Granger

Member of Congress

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Statement on Iran Nuclear Deal

2017/10/13

Congresswoman Kay Granger issued the following statement on on the Trump Administration’s Iran strategy:

“Without a doubt, the so-called Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action was a bad agreement, and I am pleased that President Trump is taking action to reevaluate this dangerous deal. It has given Iran the green light on their nuclear program, as well as billions of dollars to prop up their crippled economy and fund terrorist organizations. As I said at the time, President Obama’s nuclear agreement with Iran jeopardized the safety and security of Americans and our allies throughout the world. I look forward to working with my colleagues in the House to do everything possible to ensure that Iran never has the ability to use nuclear weapons against the U.S., Israel or our allies.”

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Texas Delegation Secures $15 Billion in Disaster Funds in Emergency Funding Bill

2017/10/12

After a late night meeting with leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives, and consulting with Governor Abbott, members of the Texas delegation have identified nearly $15 billion of emergency funding for Texas to be included in the emergency disaster funding bill expected to be voted on later today in the House.

In a telephone call with members of the Texas Delegation, Governor Abbott expressed his commitment to continuing to work with the Texas Congressional Delegation and Congressional Leadership to ensure that Texas has the resources needed to recover and rebuild.

The measure includes $11 billion to pay anticipated claims for flood insurance for Texans who are victims of Hurricane Harvey, and an estimated $4 billion for the FEMA disaster relief fund for Texas. The new FEMA funding for Texas will provide direct housing assistance, home repairs, debris removal and public assistance grants to eligible communities to begin repairs of roads, utility work, schools and public buildings.

The flood insurance program is expected to run out of money within weeks – meaning Texas claims would not be paid – and FEMA funding will be exhausted soon due to the faster than expected drawdown to address Hurricane Maria claims.

In addition to the $15 billion, Texas cities will also have access to a $4.9 billion pool for grants for Community Disaster Loans.  These loans help communities with revenue losses due to disasters, so the communities can pay for police and fire protection and other critical local needs during their recovery.

“Our top priority is to make sure money doesn’t run out in the next few weeks for Texas homeowners eager to rebuild their homes, as well as communities counting on FEMA funding for temporary housing, debris removal and infrastructure repairs for roads and schools,” said Representatives John Culberson of Houston, John Carter of Round Rock, and Kay Granger of Fort Worth, chairmen of key Appropriations Committee panels in Congress. “These emergency needs require action right now or a lot of Texans will be hurt. We are keeping our eyes focused on the long term recovery needs for Texas, which could exceed $100 billion and we will continue to work closely with Governor Abbott and our community leaders to secure that funding in the weeks ahead.”  

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My Take: North Korea Diplomacy

2017/10/02

Dear Friend,

North Korea’s saber-rattling has many Americans understandably concerned about the prospects of nuclear war. Despite the escalation of rhetoric in the media, there are signs that the Trump administration is focused on diplomacy first. 

Last week, Secretary of Defense James Mattis said, “We maintain the capability to deter North Korea’s most dangerous threats, but we also will back up our diplomats in a manner to keep this as long as possible in the diplomatic realm.”  He also stated, “Our goal is to solve this diplomatically.”

There are many ways to influence North Korea’s actions short of going to war.  In fact, the U.S. recently spearheaded a unanimous effort in the U.N. Security Council to impose strict new sanctions on North Korea. Through diligent diplomatic work, this critical vote was supported by Russia and China.

Additionally, the Trump Administration escalated pressure on Kim Jong Un to disband his nuclear weapons program by imposing sanctions on eight North Korean banks and over two dozen North Korean nationals working in countries like China, Russia and Libya.

We have had issues with North Korea for decades, but we have not had a major conflict with North Korea since the armistice was signed in 1953. As the former Chairwoman of the State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee and current Chairwoman of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, I believe our diplomats and envoys are will do everything possible to keep our nation out of war.

Make no mistake; we cannot allow North Korea to continue to be a nuclear-capable country.  The only thing that the North Korean regime understands is strength. The strength and capabilities of the U.S. military should deter Kim Jong Un from attacking the U.S. or our allies.  However, if North Korea should launch an attack, I have full confidence that our superior military will annihilate North Korean forces.

Please know that as the Chairwoman of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, I am receiving almost constant briefings on the developments in North Korea and am closely monitoring the progress of any negotiations. While this is an especially tense time, our diplomatic and military officials are working tirelessly to keep us safe and prevent us from having to go to war.

Sincerely,

Kay Granger

Member of Congress

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My Take: Equifax Security Breach

2017/09/26

The Equifax security breach has personal implications for many of us. It is important to be careful with our personal financial decisions as a result.

Dear Friends,

As many of you already know, the consumer credit reporting agency Equifax was recently hacked from mid-May through July. During that time, the personal information of approximately 143 million people was stolen. The information that was stolen included Social Security numbers, addresses, and birth dates. In some instances driver’s license numbers and credit card numbers were also accessed. 

Criminals can use this information to commit a variety of crimes including identity theft and tax fraud. This is extremely serious as these crimes can significantly impact your personal finances. 

To find out if you were affected by the breach, you can visit Equifax’s website. If your information was stolen, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recommends you should: check your credit reports, consider placing a credit freeze on your files, monitor your existing credit cards, consider placing a fraud alert on your credit cards, and file your taxes early. You can never be too cautious to protect yourself from identify theft and fraud.

To help you navigate this complicated situation, I am providing this link to a helpful Federal Trade Commission (FTC) website. This site includes links to the Equifax website as well as detailed instructions on exactly what you need to do to protect yourself.     

I take this security breach very seriously. Next week Congress will begin holding hearings to get to the bottom of this breach. Please know that I am monitoring this situation closely and will continue to provide updates when more information becomes available.

Sincerely,

 

Kay Granger

Member of Congress

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My Take: America Can Always Count on Fort Worth

2017/09/18

Dear Friend,

We have so much to be proud of in Fort Worth.  One of the things I am most proud of is our community’s ability to step-up to provide help during times of need.  Local governments, churches, synagogues and charities represent just some of the many of the people in the area who immediately stepped up to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey and Irma.

This selfless spirit was on full display at Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base during both hurricanes. I wanted to provide you some highlights of how our base was involved. 

During Hurricane Harvey, our base welcomed military aircraft and families to provide them safety as they evacuated from the path of the storm.  Fort Worth received them with open arms giving them a safe haven and comfort during and after the catastrophic event.  Additionally, our base personnel immediately began working 24-hour operations to assist the Federal Emergency Management Agency with hurricane response including search and rescue operations.  Our Reserve fighter aircraft patrolled the skies to ensure American airspace remained safe.  The National Guard 136th Airlift Wing assisted in evacuating over 2,500 people and 20 animals from Beaumont, Houston and Galveston.

Within weeks of Harvey, the unprecedented Hurricane Irma aggressively pushed toward America.  Again, Fort Worth stepped-up to contribute, serving as a refuge for federal and state aircraft from Florida and South Carolina.  Quickly, the number of aircraft on our base tripled to over 200.  Again, base personnel and the Texas National Guard performed multiple relief missions across Florida and Puerto Rico delivering desperately needed supplies and relief.  These efforts clearly demonstrate the capabilities our base provides this nation and the resolve of our community.

I applaud the outstanding men and women of Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base for their gallant dedication to protecting our fellow Americans.  They clearly embody the values and spirit of our incredible community.  Without a doubt, American can rest assured knowing they can always count on Fort Worth.

Sincerely,

Kay Granger

Member of Congress

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GRANGER STATEMENT ON DACA ANNOUNCEMENT

2017/09/05

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  The establishment of DACA under President Obama was a clear example of the Executive Branch going around Congress to create a law.  Now is the time for Congress to work together to find consensus on a permanent legislative solution.

 

For more information about Congresswoman Granger and her work as chair of the House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee, please visit: https://kaygranger.house.gov/.

 

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EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE FOR VICTIMS OF HARVEY

2017/09/04

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Harvey caused unprecedented devastation and hundreds of thousands of people are suffering. That is why today we are announcing that the House Appropriations Committee released an assistance package to provide disaster relief and recovery funding urgently needed by the individuals, families and communities who were in Harvey’s path. This is the initial assistance package needed to address the massive destruction. Congress will act swiftly to ensure this assistance gets to those in need. It is vital that those affected by this extraordinary disaster receive the federal resources required to begin to recover and rebuild. I have been awed by the response of the State of Texas, first responders and volunteers over the past week.

Texans are strong and resilient; we will recover from this devastation.

 

 

 

For more information about Congresswoman Granger and her work as chair of the House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee, please visit: https://kaygranger.house.gov/.

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My Take: Texans Respond to Hurricane Harvey with Open Arms

2017/08/31

Dear Friends,

The images of the destruction wrought by Hurricane Harvey are heart-wrenching. Our Texas coast neighbors have lost so much – homes, possessions, and for some, family members and friends.

Thanks to the generosity of so many, though, the one thing they have not lost is hope.

The big-heartedness of Texans has been on full display in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. All across the state, people have given their time and resources to help those affected by the storm. 

Even as the waters begin to subside, volunteers and donations continue to poure in to Houston and neighboring communities from across Texas to assist with rescue efforts and to shelter wet and weary evacuees.

North Texas communities have sent first responders, equipment and other aid. Individuals and businesses alike have donated equipment, money, and time to the response effort.

The City of Fort Worth has prepared five public buildings to serve as shelters with capacity to serve thousands of evacuees from Houston and other affected areas.

The entire Texas National Guard has been mobilized to assist with search and rescue, and recovery efforts in the aftermath of the storm. About 12,000 guardsmen are conducting search-and-rescue missions from Corpus Christi to Houston.

In the wake of the hurricane, the good people of Texas have shown the world the values that make our country so special. The outpouring of generosity, kindness, volunteerism, and heroism on display this week reflects the very best of America.

Donations of clothes, diapers, water, non-perishable foods and other essentials are badly needed. If you can donate, make sure to do so to a reputable organization. 

Sincerely,

Kay Granger

Member of Congress

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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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Sam Johnson

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John Ratcliffe

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Jeb Hensarling

TEXAS' 5th DISTRICT

Joe Barton

TEXAS' 6th DISTRICT

John Culberson

TEXAS' 7th DISTRICT

Kevin Brady

TEXAS' 8th DISTRICT

Michael McCaul

TEXAS' 10th DISTRICT

Michael Conaway

TEXAS' 11th DISTRICT

Mac Thornberry

TEXAS' 13th DISTRICT

Randy Weber

TEXAS' 14th DISTRICT

Bill Flores

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Lamar Smith

TEXAS' 21st DISTRICT

Pete Olson

TEXAS' 22nd DISTRICT

Will Hurd

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Kenny Marchant

TEXAS' 24th DISTRICT

Roger Williams

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Michael Burgess

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