Kay Granger

Kay Granger


My Take: Real Relief for Small Business Owners


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.


Kay Granger Member of Congress

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My Take: Four Questions about Your Health Insurance


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. 


Kay Granger Member of Congress

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Granger Named Chair of Powerful House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee


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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Navy Secretary Presents Congresswoman Kay Granger with the Navy Distinguished Public Service Award


WASHINGTON, DC – In recognition of her leadership on national security and foreign policy issues, Congresswoman Kay Granger (R-TX) today was presented the Navy Distinguished Public Service Award. This award, established in 1951, is the highest recognition presented to civilians by the Secretary of the Navy for “specific courageous or heroic acts or exceptionally outstanding service of substantial and long-term benefit to the Navy, Marine Corps, or Department of the Navy as a whole.”

“I am humbled by this incredible honor,” Congresswoman Granger said. “In my work in Congress, nothing is more important than national defense. I have worked hard to ensure that we have the military we need and the security we deserve. It has been the honor of my lifetime to help fund and support the men and women in uniform and their families. They sacrifice so much to keep us safe in these dangerous times. It is me who is grateful for their outstanding service. I thank the Navy for this award and pledge to continue fighting for our war-fighters in Congress.”

Congresswoman Granger represents the 12th Congressional District of Texas – where the Navy oversees Naval Air Station Fort Worth–Joint Reserve Base – and serves as Vice Chair of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. In this role, she has worked to provide for our critical national security needs under the current budget constraints. Additionally, Congresswoman Granger is the Sponsor of the Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3). 

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Granger Statement on Administration's Refusal to Veto One-Sided U.N. Resolution Against Israel


Fort Worth, TX – Congresswoman Kay Granger (TX-12), Chairwoman of the House Appropriations State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee, issued the following statement after the Administration did not veto the one-sided United Nations anti-Israel resolution.

“I never thought I would see the day when the United States of America would not stand with our longtime ally Israel. President Obama could have and should have stopped this from happening. This hurts the efforts toward peace in the region. I agree with Donald Trump that we should seriously reexamine our financial support of the U.N. and the countries that supported this treacherous action.”

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Granger Calls on Administration to Veto One-Sided U.N. Resolution Against Israel


Fort Worth, TX – Congresswoman Kay Granger (TX-12), Chairwoman of the House Appropriations State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee, issued the following statement in advance of the vote on the one-sided United Nations anti-Israel resolution.

“This resolution highlights the U.N.’s warped priorities and hostility toward Israel.  Passing this resolution will accomplish only one thing – undermining the prospect of direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.  The U.N. is not and will never be a legitimate venue for this matter.  The Administration must stand with Israel and veto this resolution.”

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Granger Statement on the Delivery of Israel's First F-35I Adir Fighters


Fort Worth, TX – Congresswoman Kay Granger released the following statement after Israel took delivery of its first pair of F-35I Adir fighters.

“Israel is a critical ally and it is fitting that Israel will be the first country in the Middle East to operate the F-35,” Granger said. “This fifth-generation stealth fighter is what we need to keep our two countries safe in these dangerous times. I want to congratulate the Israeli Air Force and the talented workers of Lockheed Martin in Fort Worth, Texas, on this historic occasion. Today’s delivery is an important step in maintaining Israel’s qualitative military edge and air superiority in the Middle East and gives further proof of the strong, unbreakable bond our two countries share.”

A leading advocate for Israel and strengthening the U.S. – Israel relationship, Granger was recognized for her role in helping get the 10-year, $38 billion memorandum of understanding (MOU) that was signed on September 14th completed. This agreement enables Israel to purchase key U.S. systems, including the F-35.

Granger was also recently presented the Henry M. Scoop Jackson Distinguished Service Award by the Jewish Institute of National Security Affairs, and was invited to join the Presidential Delegation to Jerusalem for the funeral service of former President of Israel, Shimon Peres.

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Congresswoman Granger Praises Passage of the Water Infrastructure Bill that makes the Trinity River Vision a Reality


Washington, DC – Congresswoman Kay Granger released the following statement after Congress passed the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act, which will now go to the President to be signed into law. Among other critical water infrastructure projects, this bill authorizes the transformational Trinity River Vision (TRV) project.

“I have been a staunch advocate for TRV since its beginning, and have worked every step of the way to make this vitally important flood and economic development project a reality,” Granger said. “The benefits of TRV to the people throughout the region simply cannot be overstated. That is why so many citizens, groups and community leaders have worked tirelessly to see it through.

“With an estimated economic impact of over $1 billion to the area, TRV will bring jobs and opportunities to people throughout our region and make necessary improvements to outdated flood protection infrastructure along 88 miles of the Trinity River. New economic development will transform the river into the heart of our community – adding 800 acres to our dynamic downtown, and connecting it to our world-class Cultural District and Stockyards.

“The passage of this important legislation is a dream come true for Fort Worth. After many years, the Trinity River will finally be treated like the prized possession it is.”

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My Take: A Strong National Defense for the United States and our Allies


When I got to Congress, I said that our nation’s defense would be my focus. I’ve served on the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee for 10 years, rising through the ranks to become vice chairwoman. I’ve studied these issues and know how America’s diplomacy and defense work together to keep us safe.

Dear Friend,

This week, I was invited to attend the Jewish Institute for National Security of America’s (JINSA) 40th Anniversary Awards Dinner and humbled to receive the 2016 Henry M. “Scoop” Jackson Distinguished Service Award for my leadership on military and national security issues.

JINSA was established in 1976 to promote a strong U.S. military and robust national security for the U.S. and our allies. Their remarkable work makes a profound impact on our national security, and this was demonstrated by the over 500 policymakers, military leaders and diplomats in attendance that evening. 

Named after the late-Senator from the state of Washington who tirelessly advocated for a strong national defense for the United States and our allies, the “Scoop” Jackson Distinguished Service Award is given to public leaders who have done the same over their careers. It was an honor to be among the admirals, generals, public servants and other prominent leaders who received this award before me.

In these very dangerous times, a robust national security is needed more than ever. We must ensure the United States remains not only the greatest country in the world, but also the strongest.

In order to do this, we must end the arbitrary cuts to the defense budget. With the incoming Republican Administration and control of both the House and Senate, we have the opportunity and responsibility to get rid of this damaging policy.

Together, we can continue to work for a more secure, peaceful and prosperous future for our country and its friends around the world.


Kay Granger Member of Congress

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My Take: The Recent Debate about the Internet


I have heard from many constituents about the U.S. government transferring oversight over aspects of the internet to a private, non-profit organization based in California called ICANN. This is a complex issue, and so I wanted to provide you with some background and context.

Dear Friend,

Since the internet’s creation decades ago by the U.S. government, it has seen tremendous growth and revolutionized the way we live. This incredible growth naturally caused the government to adapt how it oversaw aspects of the internet’s framework.

An important part of this framework is the domain name system, which helps organize web addresses and directs traffic on the internet.

The U.S. government transferred management of this system to ICANN – a California-based non-profit organization - in 1998. The government still retained oversight, but planned to completely phase out in the future.

In 2014, the Administration announced its intention to end the government’s oversight responsibilities and fully transfer them to ICANN. Critics of ending the government’s oversight feared that this transfer would relinquish U.S. control of the internet and allow repressive foreign governments to censor internet content. On the other hand, supporters viewed this transfer as strengthening the independence and freedom of the internet.

After a two year planning process, the U.S. government ended its remaining oversight responsibilities and transferred them to ICANN on October 1, 2016.


Kay Granger Member of Congress

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Congresswoman Kay Granger House floor statement on FY 2016 omnibus spending bill

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KXAS NBC5 - Granger Recognized for Wildlife Conservation Efforts

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Rep. Granger Letter to President Obama Discussed During White House Press Briefing

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Kay Granger Participates in Reading of Constitution on House Floor

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Rep. Kay Granger Delivers Floor Speech in Support of House Republican Border Crisis Legislation

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Kay Granger Discusses Border Working Group on NBC DFW's Long Star Politics

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Kay Granger Discusses Border Working Group on WFAA Inside Texas Politics

2014-07-21 17:02:15

Kay Granger Goes On the Record with Greta to Discuss the Border Crisis

2014-07-16 15:51:52

Kay Granger Discusses Crisis at TX-Mexico Border with NBC DFW

2014-07-15 13:25:56

Kay Granger Discusses Crisis at TX-Mexico Border on Fox and Friends

2014-07-15 13:19:15

Granger Speaks Out in Support of Ukraine Aid Legislation

2014-03-06 16:56:55

Meet the Press PRESS PASS Program on Monuments Men Gold Medal Legislation (Part 2)

2014-02-09 18:46:30

Meet the Press PRESS PASS Program on Monuments Men Gold Medal Legislation (Part 1)

2014-02-09 18:42:12

Granger Gold Medal Legislation Honoring Monuments Men Featured on CBS This Morning

2013-12-06 14:25:32

Rep. Kay Granger Discussions Introduction of Monuments Men Gold Medal Legislation

2013-12-05 19:05:03

Leadership Stakeout Remarks

2013-12-04 19:56:53

PSA: "Signs"

2013-07-01 18:16:53

PSA: "Who Me?"

2013-07-01 18:16:46

09.22.12 Commissioning Ceremony of the U.S.S. Fort Worth

2012-09-24 18:21:16

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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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