Kay Granger

Kay Granger

TEXAS' 12th DISTRICT

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

2016/12/01

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.

Sincerely,

Kay Granger Member of Congress

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My Take: The Recent Debate about the Internet

2016/11/29

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.

Sincerely,

Kay Granger Member of Congress

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Granger joins Presidential delegation to Jerusalem to attend funeral of former Israeli President Shimon Peres

2016/09/30

Congresswoman Kay Granger was invited to join the Presidential delegation as the President and his guests travel to Jerusalem for the funeral service of former President of Israel, Shimon Peres. Congresswoman Granger released the following statement on her way to the funeral service, which will be held Friday.

“I first met Shimon Peres when he was Prime Minister of Israel and I was Mayor of Fort Worth, and I count myself fortunate to have met, known and worked with him in his role as the President of Israel. I last met with Peres when I had the honor to introduce him at the Tarrant County College Foundation Lunch in Fort Worth in March of 2015.

“He lived a long life of service and distinction, marked by such recognition as the Nobel Peace Prize, Congressional Gold Medal and Presidential Medal of Freedom. His strides for world peace were unparalleled; his efforts, tireless.

“The world mourns the loss of one of the great statesmen of our time.” 

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Granger Applauds Passage of the Major Water Infrastructure Bill that Authorizes Trinity River Vision Funding

2016/09/28

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Kay Granger released the following statement after the passage of the Water Resources Development Act of 2016 (H.R. 5303), which includes full funding authorization for the Trinity River Vision project.

“The Trinity River Vision is a transformational project that will improve the quality of life and livability of Fort Worth and the surrounding communities.

“I have advocated and supported the Trinity River Vision project for years, and have worked in Congress to make it a reality. We need to bring our river area up to standards to prevent flooding and prepare for development – which would create jobs and over $1 billion in economic benefits to our community.

“I believe that as the Trinity River has been revitalized and preserved, so has Fort Worth. I am very pleased that, after years of hard work, full funding authorization for this critical flood control and economic development project is included in the Water Resources Development Act of 2016.”

 

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Granger Applauds New U.S. – Israel Defense Aid Package

2016/09/14

Congresswoman Kay Granger was one of a select group of people invited to attend the signing ceremony for the new U.S. defense aid package for Israel known as a memorandum of understanding (MOU). Congresswoman Granger has been a staunch advocate for Israel and strengthening the U.S. – Israel relationship. During the signing ceremony, Congresswoman Granger was recognized for her role in helping get the 10-year, $38 billion agreement completed.

“Today is a historic day in the United States - Israel partnership. Keeping the U.S. - Israel relationship strong is a top priority of mine and as Chairwoman of State-Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee and Vice Chair of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, I’ve worked tirelessly to ensure that the relationship is strong and Israel has what it needs from the U.S. to defend and protect itself. 

“I am pleased that after a lot of hard work, our countries have agreed to an unprecedented 10-year military assistance package. This agreement is absolutely critical for Israel’s security.

“Israel faces constant threats, including Iran, and the thousands of missiles Hezbollah has aimed at them. That is why I have been a champion for the Israeli missile defense systems. For the first time ever, this MOU includes funding for missile defense. This level of commitment to Israel’s security and her future will send a message to our adversaries in the region.

“Our countries share an enduring friendship and democratic values. We also face common adversaries. With this agreement, Israel’s enemies are again reminded the bond between our two countries is strong and unbreakable.”

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My Take: Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis

2016/07/25

More than 11 million Americans suffer from severe mental illness. Those who suffer are most likely to become incarcerated and homeless, creating further challenges for them, their families and society down the road.

Dear Friend,

I have long advocated in Congress to help increase access to mental health benefits for the most vulnerable, and am a proud cosponsor of the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act, which passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 422 – 2.

Our outdated mental health system is not equipped - and often refuses - to provide care for those with mental illness, especially those suffering from extreme schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. That is why we’ve taken steps to ensure people who suffer from mental illness get the care and medication they need – just like other patients.

Rather than allowing people who suffer from serious mental illness to “fall through the cracks” of our mental health system onto the street or into prison, this bill helps discover and address serious mental illness in individuals before their lives spiral out of control.  

Through this investment in serious mental health care, Congress is helping people in the shadows, and their families who struggle to care for them, come into the light before their illness deteriorates into crisis.

Sincerely,

Kay Granger Member of Congress

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Appropriations Committee Sends Joint House and Senate Letter to the White House Urging Action on Zika Funding

2016/07/14

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers, along with Senate Appropriations Chairman Thad Cochran and other senior members of the House and Senate committees, today sent a joint letter to President Obama urging White House action on Zika funding.

Senate Democrats today again blocked legislation that would immediately fund efforts to prevent and fight the spread of the Zika virus. Chairmen Rogers and Cochran wrote that given the critical need for these funds and absent the funding that was blocked today, the White House should “aggressively use funds already available to mount a strong defense against the virus.”

The full text of the letter is below:

July 14, 2016

President Barack Obama

The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Ave

Washington, DC 20500

 

Dear Mr. President:

Your Administration has asked Congress to provide additional resources to prepare for, and prevent, the spread of the Zika virus.  We have responded by both supporting the reprioritization of existing resources and passing through our respective chambers legislation that would provide additional Zika response funding.

On February 18, 2016, we called upon your Administration to repurpose available funds to be spent immediately to fight the disease.  On April 6, 2016, you did so through the use of existing authorities, repurposing $589 million for Zika response activities.  Given the urgency of your request, we were surprised last week when Politico reported the following based on information shared by Administration officials:  “The Obama administration has so far distributed only about one-sixth of the unspent Ebola funding that it diverted to combat the Zika virus.”  This money is available immediately to prepare for and combat Zika, yet is seemingly not being spent.

The House passed a conference report that would provide an additional $1.1 billion in emergency supplemental funding to continue to prepare for, and prevent, Zika both domestically and internationally.  It is unfortunate that Democrats have blocked action on this legislation in the Senate. The conference report provides the same amount of funding that every Senate Democrat previously supported.  It fully funds vaccine research, and increases funding for mosquito spraying and eradication, Zika surveillance, and advanced development of treatments and diagnostics.  The conference agreement provides the same access to health services as your supplemental request, contains no new prohibition on any health service, and expands access to health services in Puerto Rico beyond your initial request.

If Senate Democrats continue to block consideration of Zika legislation, we urge you to aggressively use funds already available to mount a strong defense against the virus.  We also note that the fiscal year 2016 appropriations bills allow the Administration access to additional funds. The Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services has transfer authority that can be used as an additional source for Zika preparedness.  The previous Secretary did not hesitate to use this authority to support the failing Affordable Care Act Exchanges.  The Secretary of State also has authority to reprogram funding to provide additional foreign assistance to address the Zika virus outside the United States.

We urge you to use available funding now to ensure our nation is prepared. 

Sincerely,  

Rep. Hal Rogers, Chairman, House Appropriations Committee

Sen. Thad Cochran, Chairman, Senate Appropriations Committee

Rep. Tom Cole, Chairman, House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services

Sen. Roy Blunt, Chairman, Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services

Rep. Kay Granger, Chairwoman, House Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations

Sen. Lindsey Graham, Chairman, Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations

A pdf version of the letter is available here.

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Congresswoman Kay Granger Opening Statement: Appropriations Committee Markup of Fiscal Year 2017 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill

2016/07/12

Thank you, Mr. Chairman. I want to begin by noting your continued support for the State-Foreign Operations bill. Our allocation of $52 billion has allowed us to produce a good bill that addresses many bipartisan priorities. 

I also want to thank my friend, Mrs. Lowey, for her dedication to this Subcommittee.

We have a great group of members on both sides of the aisle. I especially want to note the work of my friend Ander Crenshaw, who will be leaving us at the end of this Congress. He has played an important role in making foreign assistance programs more accountable, transparent and effective.

The bill before us today supports U.S. national security priorities. 

It fully funds the request for embassy security and maintains our commitment to the security of our allies and partners, such as Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Tunisia and Ukraine, as well as our neighbors in Colombia, Mexico and countries in Central America. 

The bill also provides strong support to Iraq, with a particular focus on helping the Kurds, who are fully engaged in the fight against ISIS.

We also increase funding for programs that stop terrorism around the world by improving border and aviation security and dismantling networks that finance terrorists.

During this time of unprecedented political change, the bill strongly supports democracy programs and international broadcasting.

The bill rejects deep cuts proposed by the President for life-saving humanitarian relief overseas, and it provides strong support for bipartisan health priorities.

As we saw with Ebola and now with the Zika virus, diseases that are spreading in other countries can quickly become concerns here at home.  That is why we provide $200 million for global health security and to address health threats as they emerge.  This funding will help countries better prepare for the next crisis. It also ensures funds will be on-hand for the next health emergency. 

The bill provides funds above the request for maternal and child health. It fully funds the request for UNICEF.  These funds can also be used to address the Zika virus, if needed.  In addition, we provide new funds to address malaria, without redirecting Ebola funds that the Administration proposed.

The commitment in this bill to address global health and humanitarian priorities is clear, and I thank my colleagues for their commitment to these issues.

The bill also supports many other bipartisan areas of interest, such as addressing human trafficking and wildlife poaching, by providing resources above the requested level. 

In order to address all of these priorities within our allocation, the bill reduces funds for the United Nations, international organizations, and financial institutions.

The bill strengthens oversight, transparency and accountability to ensure that taxpayer dollars are protected.  We fully fund the agencies’ Inspectors General, and we address deficiencies in agency processes and financial accounting systems. 

One area of focus is improving foreign military financing and sales programs. 

We cannot ask our partners to take on an increased role in the fight against ISIS and other threats and then sit on their requests for U.S. equipment.  This does significant harm to our relationships around the world; drives our partners to purchase weapons from other countries; and risks U.S. jobs.

This bill takes the first step to change the way we provide aid to our partners.

I hope that all of us can continue to find common ground and work together as this bill moves through the process.

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Granger Statement on the Shooting of Police Officers in Dallas

2016/07/08

Congresswoman Kay Granger issued the following statement on the shooting of police officers in Dallas yesterday.

"It is with shock and deep sorrow that I join all Americans in praying for the families and friends of the slain and injured officers of the Dallas Police Department and DART Police. Like so often happens, our men and women in blue ran toward gunfire to protect their fellow citizens. I want to thank them and all law enforcement officers across the country, for their bravery and sacrifice in continuously risking their lives to confront danger and save lives. We will learn more about the details of this horrific ambush in the coming days. In the meantime, let us pause for reflection and healing - recognizing violence is never the answer, and the common humanity that unites us all."

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Chairwoman Kay Granger Opening Statement: Subcommittee Markup of Fiscal Year 2017 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill

2016/07/06

Chairwoman Kay Granger presented the following opening statement at the Subcommittee markup of the Fiscal Year 2017 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill. The bill was reported without opposition to the full Appropriations Committee:

I would like to welcome everyone to today’s markup of the Fiscal Year 2017 Appropriations bill for the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs. 

I want to begin by recognizing Chairman Rogers and his work to move bills quickly through the Committee.  This is the 11th subcommittee markup, and our allocation of $52 billion has allowed us to produce a good bill that addresses many bipartisan priorities. 

I also want to thank my friend, Mrs. Lowey, for her continued dedication to this Subcommittee.

We have a great group of members on both sides of the aisle who care deeply about the programs in the Subcommittee’s jurisdiction. 

The Fiscal Year 2017 bill that we are marking up today supports U.S. national security priorities.  

It fully funds the request for embassy security and maintains our commitment to the security of our allies and partners, such as Israel, Egypt, Jordan, and Ukraine. 

The bill also provides strong support to Iraq with a particular focus on helping the Kurds, who are fully engaged in the fight against ISIS.

We also increase programs that stop terrorism around the world by improving border and aviation security and dismantling networks that finance terrorists.

During this time of unprecedented political change, the bill strongly supports democracy programs and international broadcasting.

The bill rejects deep cuts proposed by the President for life-saving humanitarian relief overseas, and it provides strong support for bipartisan health priorities.

As we saw with Ebola and now with the Zika virus, diseases that are spreading in other countries can quickly become concerns here at home.  That is why we provide $200 million for global health security efforts and to address health threats as they emerge.  This funding will help countries to be better prepared for the next crisis and funds will be on-hand to address the next health emergency. 

In order to address all of these priorities within our allocation, the bill reduces funds for the United Nations, international organizations, and financial institutions.

The bill strengthens oversight, transparency, and accountability to ensure that taxpayer dollars are protected.  We fully fund the agencies’ inspectors general, and we address deficiencies in agency processes and financial accounting systems. 

One area of focus is improving foreign military financing and sales programs. 

We cannot ask our partners to take on an increased role in the fight against ISIS and then sit on their requests for U.S. equipment.  This does significant harm to our relationships around the world; drives our partners to purchase weapons from other countries; and risks U.S. jobs.

This bill takes the first step forward in changing the way we do business.

I hope that all members can support reporting the bill out of Subcommittee today, and we can continue to work together as the bill moves through the full committee.  

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Details of the Fiscal Year 2017 State and Foreign Operations Approriations bill as marked up by the Subcommittee are available here: 

 http://appropriations.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=394623

 

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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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John Ratcliffe

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Jeb Hensarling

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Joe Barton

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John Culberson

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Kevin Brady

TEXAS' 8th DISTRICT

Michael McCaul

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Michael Conaway

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Mac Thornberry

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Randy Weber

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Pete Olson

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