WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Kay Granger issued the following statement on House passage of the House-Senate Conference Report providing $1.1 billion in funding for the response to the Zika virus.
“I am pleased that the House has voted to provide substantial funding for the fight against Zika. I urge the Senate to approve this bill without delay to ensure we move forward quickly to combat this dangerous virus.
“As chair of the State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee, I want to emphasize that there are substantial funds in the bill for international response efforts to stop the virus at its source. This includes mosquito control activities to prevent the spread of the virus, public information campaigns to get the message out about Zika and evacuations of Americans if needed.
“These efforts have already begun with $589 million redirected by the Administration to respond to the Zika virus. The funds approved by the House will provide the next step. We have made sure they are targeted and focused, and will receive strong oversight.”
Congresswoman Kay Granger (TX-12) today released the following statement after CIA Director John Brennan’s prepared remarks to the Senate Intelligence Committee this week regarding the threat from ISIS.
“In a week that began with the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil since September 11th and included President Obama defending the ‘significant progress’ made under his antiterror strategy, CIA Director Brennan offered a sobering picture of the formidable threat ISIS and its affiliates still pose. The CIA Director’s prepared remarks before the Senate Intelligence Committee are so remarkable because he laid out a much darker view of the challenges we face - only two days after the President spoke.
“He underscored the danger of Western fighters using ‘refugee flows, smuggling routes and legitimate means of travel’ in order to enter our country and kill Americans. Two years into President Obama’s strategy to defeat ISIS, the terrorist group has been able to maintain its strength and capability to wreak havoc in the Middle East while inspiring troubled individuals to radicalize and do the same within their communities.
“It was also reported this week that 51 State Department diplomats signed an internal memo critical of the Obama Administration’s policy in Syria. The gulf between President Obama, his CIA Director and career diplomats in the State Department, highlights the pressing need for the Administration to take this threat seriously. There is no better way to respond to the horrific terrorist attack than with a clear strategy to defeat them.
“I have long advocated taking the fight to ISIS. We must also fully support our allies and partners around the world to take the fight to the terrorists abroad, rather than have it fought at home.”Read More
The Fiscal Year 2017 Defense Appropriations bill was approved by the House Thursday, providing important support for our troops and the nation’s defense, Congresswoman Kay Granger said. As the vice chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, Granger played a lead role in putting together the annual defense spending bill. The bill includes funds for key defense programs that are produced in Fort Worth.
“The United States and our allies continue to face threats from countries such as Iran, Russia, China, and North Korea. Radical Islamic terrorists, such as ISIS, continue to threaten everything we stand for,” Granger told her colleagues in a speech on the House floor. “As chair of State and Foreign Operations appropriations and vice chair of Defense Appropriations, I am very proud of what this bill does to ensure resources are available to counter all of these threats.”
Granger praised the bill’s inclusion of funding for 74 new F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, which are manufactured at the Lockheed-Martin Corp. plant in Fort Worth.
“The Joint Strike Fighter is the top fighter in the world, providing air superiority for our pilots and those of our international partners,” Granger said. “I am proud that this incredible plane is manufactured in Fort Worth.”
The Joint Strike Fighter is estimated to provide 129,000 jobs statewide in Texas.
The bill also funds 21 new V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft for the Marine Corps and the Air Force Special Operations Command. The V-22 is produced by Fort Worth-based Bell Helicopter.
“The House vote shows the national support for the Joint Strike Fighter, the V-22 Osprey and other programs vital to our national security, and our allies, that are produced in North Texas,” said Granger. “These defense programs employ thousands of North Texans, and they are a critical part of the defense industry hub that thrives here.”
Also included in the bill are funds for four new C-40 military transport planes. The Marine Corps Reserve is planning to base some of these new planes at Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, replacing some of their aging aircraft there, Granger said.
Link to Congresswoman Granger's floor speech supporting Fiscal Year 2017 Defense Appropriations bill.
Link to Appropriations Committee release with full details of Fiscal Year 2017 Defense Appropriations bill.Read More
My thoughts and prayers go out to the people of Orlando, and the victims and families of those who were murdered or injured. With 49 people dead and many more injured, this is the worst terrorist attack on American soil since September 11, 2001.
Sunday morning’s attack is another painful reminder that we are not immune at home to the radical Islamic terrorism we see around the world. But we should not be surprised. The enemy has been clear in its intentions: to destroy anyone who doesn’t submit to its extreme ideology.
It is time we face reality - we are at war. The threat from radicalized individuals is very real, and the horrific attack early Sunday was a strike at the very heart of our free, vibrant society. We must remain vigilant in our fight against terror.
Radical Islamic terrorism has metastasized because of the vacuum in the Middle East and North Africa, and is now closer than ever because of the online radicalization of homegrown extremists. This pernicious ideology draws disaffected people, petty criminals and prisoners into a false, distorted comfort guised in glory, meaning and sacrifice.
It attracted the killer in Orlando. We know he was on the F.B.I.’s watch list twice but was removed because there was no conclusive evidence – investigations of Americans do not go on indefinitely. If the killer had purchased any weapons while on the watch list, authorities would have been immediately notified. The investigation is ongoing, and we’ll have a clearer picture in the coming weeks and months.
Since September 11th, our country has been forced to have serious debates about the appropriate balance between our security and our freedoms. As the facts come together, we as Americans have to decide the proper balance.
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Award named after Granger mentor Bob Bolen
The Business and Commerce Political Action Committee, the political arm of the Texas Association of Business, has honored Congresswoman Kay Granger with the Bob Bolen Champion of Free Enterprise Lifetime Achievement Award.
“I am incredibly honored to receive the Bob Bolen Champion of Free Enterprise Lifetime Achievement Award – the first year this award is named after him. Mayor Bolen was a mentor of mine and a dear friend. He was successful at everything he set his mind to – whether in his businesses or in public service - because of his personal philosophy of ‘leaving a place better than you found it.’ In this spirit, I will continue to be a strong advocate for free enterprise, and am grateful to the Texas Association of Business for this award.”
“Congresswoman Granger has been a long-time champion of business,” said Texas Association of Business CEO Bill Hammond. “She has made it her mission to ensure we have a strong economy in Texas and across our nation. I want to personally thank her for the work she has done to support the creation of thousands of jobs. I can’t think of anyone more deserving of this award than Congresswoman Granger.”
Granger is proud to represent Texas’ 12th Congressional District, serving a community she has been an integral part of her entire life. Elected to her 10th term in 2014 by an overwhelming margin, Kay has a reputation as a hard-working, tough and principled leader on the issues that matter to her constituents. Her legislative prowess and ability to get things done led to her recognition by CQ’s Roll Call as one of the 25 Most Influential Women in Congress.
The first and only Republican woman to represent Texas in the U.S. House of Representatives, Granger serves as vice-chair of the powerful Defense Appropriations Subcommittee and chair of the State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee, which has direct oversight of the Department of State and national security programs abroad.
Born in Greenville and raised in Fort Worth, Kay graduated from Texas Wesleyan University and became a high school journalism and English teacher. In 1978, she opened and successfully operated her own insurance agency before becoming involved in the political process because of some local issues impacting her and her community.
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Congresswoman Kay Granger delivered the following speech in the House of Representatives in support of the Fiscal Year 2017 Defense Appropriations bill:
Mr. Speaker, I rise in strong support of the FY17 Defense Appropriations bill. This very important bill provides for our national security by supporting our soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines, who we rely on to provide that security.
During very dangerous times, we must ensure that the United States remains not only the greatest country in the world, but also the strongest.
Chairman Frelinghuysen takes the Constitutional responsibility to provide for the common defense very seriously and he deserves all of our thanks for drafting such a significant and meaningful bill.
This is not an easy bill to draft. With increased threats and reduced budgets, the Department of Defense is being forced to make decisions they should never have to make.
They are making decisions to align with a budget crisis instead of making decisions to protect the homeland and defeat our enemies.
The military readiness accounts are an example of the shocking consequences of this budget environment.
Already stretched thin by more than a decade of war, Marine aviation squadrons actually have to salvage aircraft parts from museums in order to keep planes flying.
This is unconscionable. Our national security needs more. Our troops deserve better.
The bill Chairman Frelinghuysen drafted takes a responsible approach to address these and other pressing issues. Rather than just “throw money” at these crises, he exercises the Subcommittee’s oversight responsibilities by reducing funding for programs with unjustified cost increases or subpar performance.
This allowed the Chairman to redirect those critical dollars to increase the number of troops, increase funding for training and address many of the Service Chiefs’ priorities.
The U.S. and our allies continue to face threats from countries such as Iran, Russia, China, and North Korea. Radical Islamic terrorists, such as ISIS, continue to threaten everything we stand for.
As Chair of State and Foreign Operations Appropriations and Vice Chair of Defense Appropriations, I am very proud of what this bill does to ensure resources are available to counter all of these threats.
Passage of this bill ensures the United States will lead in this very dangerous world.
I urge a yes vote.Read More
Congresswoman Kay Granger released the following statement regarding the mass shooting at an Orlando nightclub:
“My thoughts and prayers go out to the people of Orlando, and the victims and families of those who were murdered or injured. With 49 people dead and many more injured, this is the worst terrorist attack on American soil since September 11, 2001. It is a painful reminder that we are not immune at home to the radical Islamic terrorism we see around the world. The threat from radicalized individuals is very real, and we must remain vigilant in our fight against terror. We must also support our troops and international partners as they fight against terrorism abroad, and provide our First Responders with the tools and training to prevent it in our nation.”Read More
(Washington, DC) – Today, U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, Rep. Kay Granger (R-TX), Chairwoman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs, and Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY), Ranking Member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs, introduced H. Res. 729, expressing support for the expeditious consideration and finalization of a new, robust and long-term Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on military assistance to Israel between the United States Government and the Government of Israel.
Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:
“The United States has no greater friend and ally than the democratic Jewish State of Israel. But our major strategic partner is under constant threat in a region marred with terror, violence and instability – all of which are ever present on Israel’s borders. Ensuring Israel maintains its QME is not only U.S. policy, but it is our law. A new MoU between the United States and Israel is needed to help guarantee Israel’s safety and security in the face of these new threats and challenges. That is why it is incumbent upon the Obama administration to conclude a new, robust and long-term MoU with Israel that will increase the amount of assistance over the current agreement, expand its scope, and to do so expeditiously. We stand ready and willing to work with the administration to make sure that this priority is addressed in a manner that is mutually beneficial for the U.S. and our ally, Israel.”
Statement by Deutch:
“The Memorandum of Understanding between our countries forms the backbone of the U.S.-Israel security relationship. Prompt completion of a new agreement will significantly enhance Israel’s ability to defend herself against all threats and deepen our cooperation to ensure Israel’s safety and security for years to come. This bipartisan resolution reaffirms the long-standing Congressional commitment to strengthening the U.S. – Israel relationship.”
Statement by Granger:
“It is vital that the U.S finalize a new, strong Memorandum of Understanding with Israel as soon as possible. Israel faces constant threats that are increasing due to instability in the Middle East and we must provide our closest ally with the support they need to defend themselves. Completion of a long-term MoU will ensure that Israel has that support.”
Statement by Lowey:
“This bipartisan resolution reaffirms the unshakable commitment of the United States to Israel’s security and sends a strong message of support for finalizing a new Memorandum of Understanding between our governments. Without a doubt, the political, security, and economic interests of the United States and Israel are fundamentally enhanced by continued cooperation that strengthens stability and security in the region and bolsters the longstanding, bilateral relationship that exists between our two countries.”
WASHINGTON— The co-chairs of the House of Representatives Bipartisan Taskforce for Combating Anti-Semitism issued the following statement on Holocaust Remembrance Day, or Yom HaShoah:
“On Holocaust Remembrance Day, we stand together in commemoration of the darkest chapter of human history—the Holocaust—which claimed 11 million lives, including 6 million Jews, and we rededicate ourselves to fulfilling the promise of ‘never again.’
“Recently, anti-Semitism has fueled attacks on Jewish museums, markets, and synagogues in Brussels, Paris, Copenhagen, and here in the United States. We reassert our commitment to denouncing all anti-Semitic incidents, evaluating current law enforcement efforts to protect Jewish communities, and educating other Members on how we can—and must—respond to anti-Semitism at home and abroad.
“As co-Chairs of the Taskforce for Combating anti-Semitism, we frequently speak out against this ugly scourge as well as efforts to deny the Holocaust or rewrite history. On this Yom HaShoah, we rededicate ourselves to reinforcing our words with action. It is our duty to carry the mantle forward, educate our youth and keep the stories alive, ensuring that history will never repeat itself again—whether against Jews or any other people.”
The Bipartisan Taskforce for Combating Anti-Semitism is co-chaired by U.S. Reps. Nita Lowey (D-NY), Chris Smith (R-NJ), Eliot Engel (D-NY), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Kay Granger (R-TX), Steve Israel (D-NY), Peter Roskam (R-IL), and Ted Deutch (D-FL).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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The horrific attack early Sunday was a strike at the very heart of our free, vibrant society. Since September 11th, our country has been forced