Kay Granger

Kay Granger

TEXAS' 12th DISTRICT

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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Granger, Zeldin Introduce Legislation to Prohibit Taxpayer Dollars to the United Nations Until Anti-Israel Resolution is Repealed

2017/01/31

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Kay Granger (R-TX) and Congressman Lee Zeldin (R-NY) today introduced the Safeguard Israel Act. Last month, the United Nations Security Council passed a resolution that unfairly targeted our longtime U.S. ally Israel and undermined direct peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.

The Safeguard Israel Act will cut off funding to the United Nations until the President certifies to Congress that United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334 has been repealed.

“I meant it when I said that the United States should seriously reexamine our financial support of the United Nations,” Congresswoman Granger said. “The recent one-sided, anti-Israel resolution that passed the U.N. Security Council was only the latest example of the U.N.’s warped priorities and hostility toward our friend and democratic ally. I am proud to introduce this legislation with Congressman Zeldin which shows the American people, Israel and our allies around the world that we stand with them against attempts to undermine and delegitimize them.”

Congressman Zeldin said, “United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334 is an anti-Israel, anti-Jewish attempt on behalf of Pro-Palestinian nations to delegitimize Israel and ethnically cleanse East Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria of the Jewish people. I am proud to join with Congresswoman Granger to introduce the Safeguard Israel Act. It is disgraceful that the United Nations Security Council passed this resolution at the start of Hanukkah; a celebration of the Macabees' fight for freedom on this same very land that this resolution seeks to remove the Jewish people from. The United Nations is becoming a force for everything it was created to fight against. This resolution shamefully crosses a red line and the United States should suspend any more funding to the United Nations until this resolution is repealed.”

Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) introduced the Senate companion bill on January 12, 2017.

The Safeguard Israel Act provides the reasons why Resolution 2334 should be repealed, including:

  • It attempts to interfere and set conditions on direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, which contradicts the long-standing policy of the U.S. and previous commitments made to Israel.
  • It claims that the Old City of Jerusalem, the Western Wall and the Temple Mount, the holiest site for the Jewish people, are “occupied Palestinian territory.”
  • It paves the way for further boycott, divestment and sanction campaigns targeting Israel.
  • It could enable the International Criminal Court to open an illegitimate formal investigation against Israel.

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.  

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Constituent Stories: The Health Care Law

2017/01/26

The Affordable Care Act was supposed to improve our nation’s health insurance system by giving people more choices, more coverage and affordable care. Below are some recent stories on this issue I’ve received from people in the 12th District. I sincerely appreciate hearing from each and every constituent who takes the time to contact me.

Dear Friend,

One of the most common concerns about the health care law that I hear from constituents is that their coverage has gotten worse since the law’s passage in 2010.

This was the case for one constituent who worked for 35 years at a company that was known for having good health insurance for its employees. Previously, her medication was always covered by her insurance, but since the health care law took effect, the out-of-pocket yearly cost of the medication is now $66,000. She can no longer afford it.

In another instance, one small business owner had been insured for over 20 years. During each of the last five years, her premiums had increased an average of 20 percent every year. Last month, she was notified that her plan is no longer available past July. When looking at healthcare.gov for a new plan, she found only two options which were worse than what she had before the health care law went into effect. Both plans had higher premiums, higher deductibles and less coverage. Contrary to President Obama’s promise to keep her preferred doctor, neither plan would cover her current doctors.

I will share one more story about a young man with a sudden and serious disease. He had a “Gold” plan through the exchange before he knew he was sick. He now owes over $62,000 for medicine, surgeries and other treatments for his illness. Because of loopholes in the law, his plan’s out-of-pocket limits don’t apply to his treatment. He and his wife are now forced to make heartbreaking decisions to get him the care he needs.

Health insurance is personal and the patient’s needs should be at the center of it. That is why Congress is currently working with the new Administration to replace the Affordable Care Act with a patient-centered system that will provide Americans with more choices, lower costs and greater control. 

Sincerely,

Kay Granger Member of Congress

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Granger Statement on the Obama Administration's Release of $221 Million to the Palestinian Territories

2017/01/24

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Kay Granger (R-TX), Chairwoman of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, issued the following statement after the Obama Administration, in its final hours, defied a Congressional hold she placed on $221 million for the Palestinian territories.

“I am deeply disappointed that President Obama defied congressional oversight and released $221 million to the Palestinian territories,” Congresswoman Granger said. “This was the first time the Obama Administration chose to ignore the State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee and released funds without approval.

“As Chairwoman, I worked to make sure that no American taxpayer dollars would fund the Palestinian Authority unless very strict conditions were met. While none of these funds will go to the Palestinian Authority because of those conditions, they will go to programs in the Palestinian territories that were still under review by Congress. The Obama Administration’s decision to release these funds was inappropriate.”

Congresswoman Granger represents the 12th Congressional District of Texas and was selected to serve as Chairwoman of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee for the 115th Congress.

Previously, Granger served six years as Chairwoman of the State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee, where she oversaw the State Department foreign aid programs. As Chairwoman, Granger insisted on transparency and accountability to make sure American taxpayer dollars were spent wisely.

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My Take: Real Relief for Small Business Owners

2017/01/19

Americans voted to change Washington last November. I heard that message loud and clear. That is why I’ll be sharing with you bills before the House that take concrete action to change Washington for the better.

Dear Friend,

I’ve heard from small business owners in the 12th District about the harmful effect overreaching federal regulations are having on jobs and businesses. With many already feeling left out in today’s economy, job creators are being buried by the costs of complying with this added red tape.

Having owned a small business before entering politics, I know that the person who understands a business best is the owner. Not a bureaucrat in Washington.

Unfortunately, this does not stop regulators from finalizing new rules without considering unintended consequences and the impact on jobs or wages.

The Regulatory Accountability Act that passed the House last week changes that. It reforms the writing of regulations to make rules easy to understand for small businesses, provides the public a greater voice in the rulemaking process, and increases the power of courts to block unnecessary new rules.

With this thoughtful approach, the House’s concrete action provides much-needed relief to business owners and helps them create jobs in communities all across the country.

Sincerely,

Kay Granger Member of Congress

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My Take: Four Questions about Your Health Insurance

2017/01/17

The federal government’s approach to fixing our nation’s health insurance system – Obamacare – has failed. Prices have gone up and choices have gone down. If this poorly-designed law is kept in place, things will only get worse and more families will face difficult situations.

Dear Friend,

Below are four questions I want to ask about your health insurance:

  1. Are you paying more for your health insurance today than before Obamacare?
  2. Do you know someone, including yourself, who lost your health insurance coverage since Obamacare was implemented?
  3. Have you have found the bureaucracy, rules and restrictions of health insurance more difficult?
  4. Do you remember President Obama and Speaker Pelosi promising that you could keep your doctor and coverage, costs would go down, and that health insurance would be simpler under Obamacare?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you are not alone. I hear from constituents every day who have lost their insurance plans and seen their costs go up. According to Gallup, eight out of ten Americans want to significantly change the law or replace it altogether.

Fortunately, we have a plan.

The new Congress and Administration are going to repeal this harmful law and transition to a better insurance system that is personal and centers around you – the patient. We have already started working on this with the passage of the budget vote, and I will keep you informed as we unveil our legislation for a 21st century health insurance system this year. 

Sincerely,

Kay Granger Member of Congress

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Granger Named Chair of Powerful House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee

2017/01/10

Washington, DC—Congresswoman Kay Granger (R-TX) announced today that she has been named Chairwoman of the House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee for the 115th Congress.  This subcommittee oversees more than 50 percent of total House Appropriations Committee funding.

“I am honored to be asked to serve as Chairwoman of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee,” Granger said. “Much of my work in Congress has focused on national security and foreign policy.  So I am ready to go to work on Day One.  The challenges facing our nation are serious—terrorism remains a global threat and our military has been reduced during the Obama years.  To be safe, we must be strong.  I will work with my colleagues to rebuild America’s military.  Now is the time to invest in our military and ensure it is stronger than ever.”

Granger has long been recognized for her leadership on national security and foreign policy.

As a Freshman from 1997-1999, Granger served on the House Armed Services Committee and the House Budget Committee.  In 1999, she was selected to serve on the Appropriations Committee. During her time on the committee she has served as Vice Chair of the Military Construction Subcommittee, and most recently as Chairwoman of the State and Foreign Operations Committee.  She has also served on the Defense Subcommittee including four years as Vice Chair.  In 2001 in the aftermath of 9-11, she was chosen to serve on the newly created House Appropriations Homeland Security Subcommittee.

Granger brings a wealth of experience to her new job.  In her role as State and Foreign Operations Chairwoman, she oversaw the State Department where she insisted on transparency and accountability including in the probe on the attack on the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi.

As Vice Chair of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, she worked closely with Chairman Frelinghuysen to provide for our national security under the current budget constraints. 

And in 2014, she was asked by House Leadership to chair the Congressional task force that dealt with the border refugee crisis.

As a result of her work in national security and foreign policy, Granger has been the recipient of numerous national security awards over the years, including:

• The Navy Distinguished Public Service Award awarded by the Secretary of the Navy;

• The Decoration for Distinguished Civilian Service awarded by the Secretary of the Army;

• The Semper Fidelis Award presented by the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation;

• The US Global Leadership Coalition Award presented by the US Global Leadership Coalition;

• The Henry M. Scoop Jackson Distinguished Service Award presented by the Jewish Institute of National Security Affairs;

• And she was chosen by then-Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld to receive the first “Global War on Terrorism” coin.

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1026 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-5071
Fax 202-225-5683
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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