The House of Representatives on Wednesday approved final passage of the United States-Jordan Defense Cooperation Act of 2015. The bill now goes to the President's desk.
Chairman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) and Ranking Member Ted Deutch (D-FL) of the Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee and Chairwoman Kay Granger (R-TX) and Ranking Member Nita Lowey (D-FL) of the State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee, made the following statements after Congress passed H.R. 907, the United States-Jordan Defense Cooperation Act of 2015 – a bill they authored. This legislation seeks to strengthen military and economic ties between the United States and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.
Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa: “I’d like to thank my congressional colleagues Ted, Kay, Nita, Marco and Ben for working together in a bipartisan and bicameral manner to strengthen our relationship with the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. By passing this legislation and sending it to the President’s desk, Congress is sending an important message to our ally Jordan that we will continue to support the Kingdom as it faces potential threats by ISIL and a serious strain on its resources and its economy as a result of the challenges stemming from an influx of Syrian refugees. Jordan has been on the front lines in the coalition fight against ISIL and in the response to the Syrian humanitarian crisis, but we must ensure that Jordan has the resources and support it needs to remain stable and secure.”
Congressman Ted Deutch, Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa: “Jordan has been a steadfast ally of the U.S. and a critical partner in the fight against ISIS. The U.S. must continue to support those in the region who are committed to fighting terrorism and who seek to provide refuge for those fleeing violence. This bipartisan legislation will ensure that Jordan can continue to play an important role in the international coalition to counter ISIS and to defends its borders from external threats.”
Congresswoman Kay Granger, Chairman of the State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee: "Jordan is a very important partner to the U.S. and we must do everything possible to support King Abdullah II and the Kingdom. The United States-Jordan Defense Cooperation Act of 2015 is key to that support and ensuring Jordan will have the resources they need to protect the Kingdom and to fight ISIS and other extremist organizations. Jordan continues to provide stability in a turbulent region. It is vital that the United States maintain the closest possible relations with Jordan, and I believe this legislation is a strong step forward.”
Congresswoman Nita Lowey, Ranking Member of the State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee: “During such a tumultuous time in the region, with the rise of ISIL and the unprecedented humanitarian needs of millions of refugees, stability and security in Jordan remain vital to U.S. national security interests. As the Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations, I remain committed to our strategic partnership with Jordan, and I will continue to work as hard as possible to promote stability, economic growth, and prosperity for the Jordanian people.”
H.R. 907 - the United States-Jordan Defense Cooperation Act of 2015 would:
NOTE: Chairman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Ranking Member Deutch, Chairman Granger, and Ranking Member Lowey are the authors of H.R. 907, the United States-Jordan Defense Cooperation Act of 2015. Senators Marco Rubio and Ben Cardin were the Senate authors of S. 1789, which passed February 3, 2016. The final version of the bill passed the House of Representatives on February 10, 2016.Read More
With 46 million Americans living in poverty, we need to get government out of the way of people looking for work and empower them with the tools needed to achieve upward mobility.
This week, I want to share my thoughts with you on another pillar of the House Republicans’ pro-growth agenda: Poverty and Opportunity. House Republicans are committed to making sure the American ideal of upward mobility is there for everyone.
In the fifty years since President Johnson declared a “War on Poverty,” the federal government has created a variety of programs to provide assistance to those who have little to no income - through monetary payments, subsidies and vouchers, health services, and housing.
However, 46 million Americans currently live in poverty. These federal assistance programs have done little more than convince people to tolerate poverty, instead of helping them escape it. In fact, people who are born poor are just as likely to remain poor as they were before we began these programs.
This is a tragedy and shouldn’t be happening in America. It’s past time for a new approach, and both parties bear responsibility for our failure to properly address this issue.
In order to lift people out of poverty, our country needs to ensure everyone has access to a quality education and an opportunity for a good paycheck. If upward mobility and opportunity no longer exist for all of our people, then the American Dream itself can no longer exist.
If we are to remain an exceptional nation, we must ensure that all Americans believe they can work towards a better life for themselves and their families.
Kay Granger Member of Congress
The Republicans in Congress are focused on laying out an agenda to show the American people policies that will get our country on the right track.
Coming out of our annual retreat, the Republican Conference announced the five pillars of this agenda: National Security; Jobs and Economic Growth; Health Care; Poverty and Opportunity; and Constitutional Authority. Over the course of this year, each Member of Congress and their constituents will provide input for policy solutions dealing with these topics.
I want to share my thoughts with you today on the national security piece of this agenda as I continue to hear from many of you regarding your anxiety about recent world events. I understand, and share, your concerns with the growing threats posed by North Korea, Iran, Russia, China, ISIS and radical Islamic terrorists. In order to make the world safer for you and your family in the 21st Century, the United States needs to continue to modernize and grow our military, protect our homeland and reengage in world leadership.
Furthermore, the rapid advance in technology and communication creates a new set of challenges. Our enemies are no longer limited by their physical location - their reach is now global with a few clicks of a button. Our military must be agile enough to confront multiple threats, even as they evolve. Outdated and ineffective policies that hinder the Pentagon’s ability to respond rapidly should be eliminated or revised.
Congress has an important role to play in finding solutions to our national security challenges. In doing so, we’ll work to make the United States strong and confident on the world’s stage, and safe and secure at here at home.
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House Republicans are continuing to offer a bold, pro-growth agenda to help Americans hurt by the overregulation coming out of Washington, D.C. That is why I want to highlight the passage of a resolution this week to nullify the Obama Administration’s “Waters of the United States” rule that expands federal control over water nationwide.
The Administration went too far when it developed a rule to significantly extend its control over water, such as small streams and ponds on private land. This rule would subject more water to burdensome federal regulation by the Environmental Protection Agency, which would increase costs and uncertainty for businesses and prohibit routine farming practices like protecting crops from pests.
I’ve long been concerned about the rule and its costly impact on private landowners and businesses. It burdens farmers and ranchers and other small businessmen and women across the 12th District and our nation. That is why I was proud to vote for this resolution to block the rule, and continue to support our state’s efforts to stop it in the courts.
Harmful overregulation has real consequences for real people. Times are hard enough already without the “help” of federal agencies. This week’s resolution disapproving and nullifying the Administration’s rule is a win for the American people, and another step in the right direction.
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WASHINGTON, DC- Congresswoman Kay Granger issued the following statement in support of the House vote Wednesday to defund Planned Parenthood and repeal Obamacare mandates:
“We kept our promise to the American people by eliminating funding for Planned Parenthood within the first week of the New Year. I was disgusted by the videos revealed last year about Planned Parenthood’s practices, and I have consistently supported cutting federal funding for this abortion provider. The funding will instead go to community health centers.
“At the same time, we voted to repeal many burdensome provisions of Obamacare. Most importantly, individuals and small businesses will no longer face IRS penalties for not complying with Obamacare mandates. Furthermore, by passing these reforms, we will cut the deficit by $516 billion over the next 10 years.”
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Kay Granger (TX-12) Monday issued the following statement strongly opposing the president’s proposed executive action restricting firearm sales and impinging on Second Amendment rights:
“President Obama sees himself as a Constitutional lawyer, but he has never recognized that it is Congress that makes laws. It is particularly important when we are dealing with something as heated and emotional as gun control. He needs to make some attempt at getting people to come together when he is dealing with the Second Amendment, which is one of the most important freedoms we have. I believe the enforcement of existing laws and rigorous prosecution of criminals is the best way to protect Americans – not more gun control.”
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Kay Granger (TX-12) traveled last week to the Costa Rica - Nicaragua border area to gain an understanding of the difficulties faced in Central America by a large influx of Cuban migrants headed for the U.S. southern border.
Granger is the chairman of the House State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee, and headed the House Speaker’s Working Group on national security and the humanitarian crisis on the southern border last year.
“We have seen thousands of Cubans migrating to Ecuador and then traveling through Central American countries, and we need to know what is going on there,” Granger said. “The Costa Ricans are one of our most stable partners in Latin America. Helping Costa Rica maintain its security will help the United States maintain national security.”
Granger pledged to work to ensure that U.S. aid will help Costa Rica deal with problems such as the Cuban migration issue, as well as drugs and other trafficking concerns.
Over the past year, tens of thousands of Cubans have crossed to Latin America and migrated overland to the U.S. border, according to U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officials. Thousands have crossed into Texas. Under a 1996 federal law, Cubans who are admitted or paroled into the U.S. can qualify for expedited proceedings to become a legal immigrant.
Nicaragua, Guatemala and Belize closed their borders to Cubans on November 15. The result is that 6,000-8,000 migrants have been stranded in Costa Rica.
Granger toured Cuban migrant centers along the border, and found that they were well-maintained by the Costa Ricans. She was joined by Congressman Henry Cuellar, (TX28). The group received briefings from U.S. Ambassador to Costa Rica S. Fitzgerald Haney, as well as the Costa Rican ambassador to the United States, the U.S. Coast Guard and a number of Costa Rican officials.
She also met with Costa Rican President Guillermo Solis, and he and other officials urged greater attention from the United States on the problems caused by the movement of drugs and human trafficking in Central America.
“Costa Rica, like other Central American countries, faces the problems of drug trafficking, human trafficking, and weapons trafficking all mixed together,” she said. “In my opinion, the U.S. must help Costa Rica improve its security, which will help us provide more security at our own borders.”
The Congress passed a momentous Appropriations bill this week that is good for the nation and very good for Texas. Here is what Texans did:
The most important part of the bill was authored by Texan Joe Barton. Joe has tried to get this done for decades, and with the help of Speaker Paul Ryan, he was successful in allowing our domestic oil to be sold internationally, creating thousands of jobs and predicted to have a $17 billion benefit to Texas in its first year.
Texan Kevin Brady, who has just been named to chair the powerful Ways and Means committee, was able to get a provision to allow Texans to deduct their sales taxes permanently. Texans have fought for this each year and now will not have to do that.
NASA, once so powerful in science for the world, was finally funded at levels it has not seen for decades. That came about by John Culberson from Houston. He has worked on this issue since coming to Congress.
My focus has always been our military and defense funding. I got 68 Joint Strike Fighters in the bill. The JSF is, of course, made by Lockheed Martin Corp. in Fort Worth and their fine, skilled workers. The helmets the pilots wear to fly those fighters are made by another Fort Worth defense firm, Elbit Systems.
Terrorists are on our minds daily, and John Carter chairs Homeland Security Appropriations. He and Michael McCaul put in the security provisions we needed. The visa issue you keep seeing in the news was a hole in our security. It was covered in this bill by Carter, McCaul and Armed Services Chair Mac Thornberry.
Others played a big part with Michael Conaway in the agriculture provisions that will help our farmers.
You should be proud of your Texans, and we are proud to represent you.
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WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. energy industry will be able to create thousands of new jobs in America and provide a stable oil market to our allies around the world once it is freed from the outdated federal prohibition against exporting crude oil, Congresswoman Kay Granger said Friday.
Granger said she was proud to cast a vote to end the 40-year-old crude oil export prohibition, which was included in the Fiscal Year 2016 omnibus Appropriations bill.
“Getting rid of the policy blocking U.S. crude oil exports is one of the most important decisions Congress has made this year,” Granger said. “We need to take away control of the world oil policy from the OPEC oil ministers and put it in the hands of American innovators and workers.”
Granger co-sponsored legislation passed by the House which was authored by Congressman Joe Barton of Texas to eliminate the prohibition. The provisions in the omnibus Appropriations bill were based on that legislation.
Ukraine and many of the nations of Europe receive much of their energy supply from Russia, and other nations are dependent on supplies from unstable nations in the Middle East like Libya. U.S. oil producers can provide a stable supply that will reduce the possibility of blackmail policies, Granger said.
“Creating global security is more than just providing military support – giving our allies an energy supply they can depend on is extremely important,” Granger said. “We have the best energy technology, the most creative business minds and the most reliable source of crude oil. Releasing America’s crude exports into the global oil market will bring rewards to us and our allies.”
Providing US oil producers access to the global market will have tremendous benefits for the U.S. economy, Granger said. The added business will bring as many as 300,000 new jobs nationwide – 35,000 just in Texas, where the energy industry has suffered recent job losses. The Brookings Institute estimates that allowing crude oil exports could increase U.S. gross domestic product by as much as $1.9 trillion by 2039.
Stability and free market competition will also benefit U.S. consumers with lower prices at the pump, and help avoid the price spikes seen in the past decade.
“We have an abundance of crude oil production, our refineries are running at near capacity, our storage is at record highs, and this will help our producers move forward into the world market,” Granger said. “The elimination of this out-of-date policy is a win-win for the American economy and our global allies.”
The Government Accountability Office report on allowing U.S. oil exports is available here:
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Kay Granger issued the following statement on the passage of the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015, which extends many of the most popular federal tax deductions:
“Americans will save billions of dollars on their federal taxes with the passage of this ‘tax extender’ bill. This legislation makes many important tax deductions and provisions permanent, including the ability to deduct state and local sales taxes on your IRS return, which is especially important for Texans. Additionally, the research & development tax credit is made permanent, which will encourage our innovators to invest and develop cutting edge technologies here in the US. Finally, the bill supports American businesses by making permanent the increased small-business expensing deduction on equipment and property, allowing them to plan ahead and grow their businesses and the economy.”
More information on the legislation is available at http://waysandmeans.house.gov/brady-highlights-how-the-path-act-helps-american-taxpayers/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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