Kay Granger

Kay Granger

TEXAS' 12th DISTRICT

Granger Statement on the American Health Care Act

2017/03/24

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Kay Granger (TX-12) released the following statement after the vote for the American Health Care Act was pulled Friday in the House of Representatives.

“I am deeply disappointed that we could not pass the American Health Care Act today,” Congresswoman Granger said. “Today was our best opportunity to advance the largest entitlement reform in my lifetime, paving the way for other important items such as tax reform.

“I appreciate all the individuals, especially those in the past few days, who have worked so hard on this effort. I am also grateful to have heard from thousands of my constituents on this important issue."

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My Take: Important Steps to Help Veterans

2017/03/17

I often hear from veterans in the 12th District about their dealings with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) – both good and bad. That is why I am proud to support legislation in the House which takes important steps to help our veterans.

Dear Friend,

While there are many hardworking and dedicated employees at the VA, including many veterans themselves, the current system makes it too hard to hold poor-performing employees accountable. The result is inadequate services for veterans and difficulty in retaining talented employees.

To address this, I supported the VA Accountability First Act, which allows the VA to fire, demote or suspend employees for poor performance or misconduct. Where similar legislation focused only on holding VA executives accountable, this legislation applies to all VA employees. In addition, I voted to empower the Secretary of the VA to better hire and retain physicians and other employees to make sure the VA can attract and keep the best talent to provide the best care for our veterans.

I also voted for the Veterans 2nd Amendment Protection Act, which ensures the freedoms granted by the Constitution apply to all Americans – especially those who defend those freedoms. Current law prohibits veterans from owning a firearm without due process if they are labeled by a VA bureaucrat as “mentally incompetent” – which can surprisingly happen when the VA appoints someone to help with the veteran’s financial affairs. This legislation requires a ruling from a judge to make that determination instead. In doing so, we can guarantee veterans the rights they defended in uniform.

Sincerely,

Kay Granger Member of Congress

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My Take: The American Health Care Act

2017/03/10

The number one concern of people in the 12th District is the future of the American healthcare system. This is a primary concern of mine, and why I wanted to give you more information on what is happening now in Washington.

Dear Friend,

This week the leaders in the House unveiled the American Health Care Act, which would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act that became law in 2010. This begins the first phase of a three part strategy to fully repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with the American Health Care Act to address the future of our healthcare system.

The first phase will be complete when Congress passes a special piece of legislation, known as a “reconciliation” bill. Congress uses reconciliation bills because they can pass the Senate with 51 votes, unlike most other bills. Since Republicans control 52 Senate seats, this is the only way to pass the American Health Care Act into law. Passing the American Health Care Act will eliminate burdensome taxes and penalties – including the individual mandate.

The second part of the strategy focuses on action from the Trump Administration. The Affordable Care Act gave lots of authority to the Secretary of Health and Human Services to implement the law. Because of this, Secretary Tom Price can fix parts of the healthcare system that Congress cannot, including undoing Obama Administration regulations that increase costs to patients.

Finally, Congress will need to pass additional legislation that improves other aspects of the healthcare system. However, this requires Democrat support, which will be difficult to obtain. As this strategy moves forward, I will continue to keep you informed.  

Sincerely,

Kay Granger Member of Congress

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Granger Speaks on the House Floor in Support of the Fiscal Year 2017 Defense Appropriations Bill

2017/03/09

Mr. Chairman, I rise in strong support of H.R. 1301, the FY17 Department of Defense Appropriations Act.

The world is more dangerous and unstable than any time is recent history. The U.S. and our allies face constant threats from countries including Iran, Russia, China, and North Korea. ISIS and other global terrorists threaten our very way of life. 

Our number one responsibility as Members of Congress is to provide for the defense of this nation. 

I commend Chairman Frelinghuysen for the outstanding job he did drafting the FY17 bill. He deserves our thanks for producing such a significant and meaningful bill.

Since becoming the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee Chairwoman, I have spent a lot of time talking to senior defense leadership to find out what they need to combat these threats.

They have unanimously stated that the only thing our adversaries respect is strength and they need this bill passed to ensure our military is as strong and effective as possible.

Sequestration and reduced budget requests have caused the military to be underfunded for too long.  This bill begins the process of rebuilding our military and giving our warfighters the resources they need to counter the numerous, complex threats around the world.  

This bill reverses the drawdown of end strength and instead increases it by 36,000 troops above the FY17 budget request.

This bill reverses steep cuts to procurement by funding additional ships and aircraft to modernize our weapons systems and address shortfalls. 

This is important because we have the smallest number of ships in the Navy since 1916 and the average age of an air force aircraft is 27 years old. Marine aviation squadrons have been forced to salvage parts from museums in order to keep planes flying.

In every meeting I have had with defense leadership, they emphasize the devastating impact both sequestration and operating under a continuing resolution have on our security. 

When asked about the impact of a full year C.R. General Goldfein, Chief of Staff of the Air Force said, “there is no enemy on the planet that can do more damage to the United States Air Force than us not getting a budget.”    

Our military is counting on us to pass this bill now. It is the only way to ensure the United States will be strong and able to lead in this very dangerous world.

I strongly urge a yes vote. 

Mr. Chairman, I yield back my time.

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The video of this statement can be viewed here.

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Granger Speaks on the House Floor in Support of the Fiscal Year 2017 Defense Appropriations Bill

2017/03/09


My Take: The Bills that Matter to You

2017/03/03

This Congress has more energy and urgency than I’ve seen during my time serving the 12th District. A large reason for this is because the American people expect results from this unified government. Congress must follow through on the promises made to fix some of the largest, most-pressing policy challenges facing our country.

Dear Friend,

Legislation is filed in the House of Representatives every day we are in-session. By the end of the 115th Congress, there will be thousands of bills introduced. Hearing from you helps me know what your priorities are.

I recently received an email from a constituent concerned about a bill that was filed in the House. In her message, she shared with me her views on this intricate policy issue and wanted to make sure I knew how she feels about the piece of legislation. I am glad she did.

With so many bills before the House, I appreciate constituents I represent taking the time to tell me what they think about them. This is especially the case for legislation that is not at the forefront of the media, like the bill that concerned the constituent I mentioned here.

When you bring it to my attention, it is helpful for me and my staff to flag the issue and follow-up on it in order to better serve you.

Sincerely,

Kay Granger Member of Congress  

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My Take: The Congressional Review Act

2017/02/17

The Congressional Review Act became law in 1996 and allows Congress to easily overturn harmful federal regulations. I wanted to provide some information about this little-known Act, which is allowing Congress to review and roll back these burdensome policies.

Dear Friend,

Congress is committed to providing relief for families and small businesses. One of the main ways we are carrying out this goal is by using the Congressional Review Act to repeal a number of burdensome regulations. These policies, which were never passed by Congress, stifle growth by creating more red tape for hardworking Americans.

Under this Act, Congress has 60 in-session days to review regulations put into effect by the executive agencies. This window was renewed for another 60 days when the 115th Congress began, which means Congress is providing oversight on rules enacted since June 13, 2016.

As an example, if the House and Senate disapprove of a rule issued by the Environmental Protection Agency, a simple majority in both chambers will send a Congressional Review Act resolution to the president’s desk for his signature to stop it. The Senate cannot filibuster this resolution. When the president signs a Congressional Review Act resolution, it blocks the federal agency from instituting that regulation again – including under a new administration.

Given the 60-day timeframe under the Congressional Review Act, Congress will continue working to review and repeal as many harmful regulations as necessary.

Sincerely,

Kay Granger Member of Congress

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My Take: Reining in Unelected and Unaccountable Bureaucrats

2017/02/08

One of the top priorities of House Republicans this year is cutting red tape in order to help promote a healthy economy that benefits all Americans. Here is another way we’re delivering on that priority.

Dear Friend,

New federal regulations must be carefully vetted to make sure they don’t hurt jobs and job creators. This is especially the case for any major regulations that would have a significant economic impact.

That is why I was pleased to support the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act when it passed the House last month.

The REINS Act requires Congress to approve any new major regulations proposed by unelected and unaccountable bureaucrats. This way, the people’s representatives in Congress can prevent federal agencies from implementing harmful and expensive new regulations that hurt economic growth and cost people jobs.

While some regulations are needed, the House will continue to take steps to ensure that the burdensome federal regulatory system is accountable to the people it serves. I will keep you informed as we do.

Sincerely,

Kay Granger Member of Congress

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Granger Revamps Senior Staff by Adding Retired Navy Captain as Chief of Staff

2017/02/03

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Kay Granger (R-TX), Chair of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, today announced the hiring of a retired Navy Captain with years of experience at the Pentagon as her new Chief of Staff.

“Captain Eric Wiese brings more than 20 years of leadership as a Navy officer including serving as the Deputy Director of the Navy Appropriations Liaison Office at the Pentagon,” Granger said. “He has vast experience in forming legislative strategy and in appropriations work. He will be invaluable to my work as we look to increase our investment in defense after years of decline during the Obama administration.”

Prior to serving as Deputy Director of the Navy Appropriations Liaison Office, Captain Wiese served as Commodore of the Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing ELEVEN in Jacksonville, Florida.  He has also served as an action officer at the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon where he helped create the annual blueprint for worldwide deployment of U.S. military forces. Captain Wiese graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1990 and holds graduate degrees from the U.S. Naval War College and the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School.

Johnnie Kaberle will remain the Chairwoman’s Deputy Chief of Staff and lead on defense appropriations issues. Kaberle has served on Capitol Hill since 1994 and has spent two decades working on National Security and Appropriations issues, including six years on the leadership team of then House Majority Whip Roy Blunt (R-MO).

“As I take over the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, I am thrilled to have in place a very experienced team ready to take the lead at Defense Appropriations and begin the vital work of restoring our military strength,” Granger added.

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

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Reexamining our Financial Support of the United Nations

2017/02/03

The United States funds 22 percent of the United Nations regular budget and is the largest contributor of any member state. The United States must ensure that the United Nations does not become a venue to target our allies and undermine our national security.  

Dear Friend,

The United Nations Security Council recently passed a resolution that unfairly targeted Israel and undermined direct peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. In addition, this resolution claims that the Old City of Jerusalem and Judaism’s holiest site are “occupied Palestinian territory,” and paves the way for further boycott, divestment and sanction campaigns targeting Israel.

After the resolution passed, I said that the United States should seriously reexamine our financial support of the U.N. and I meant it.

That is why I was proud to introduce legislation this week that shows the American people, Israel and our allies around the world that we stand with them against attempts to undermine and delegitimize them. The Safeguard Israel Act, which is a companion bill to what Senator Cruz introduced, cuts off funding to the United Nations until the President certifies to Congress that this one-sided, anti-Israel U.N. Security Council resolution is repealed.

Taxpayer dollars are precious. You can be certain that I will continue to exercise oversight to make sure they are applied wisely.

Sincerely,

Kay Granger Member of Congress

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kaygranger.house.gov

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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Michael McCaul

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