Kay Granger

Kay Granger

TEXAS' 12th DISTRICT

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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Granger Blasts Senate Democrats' Filibuster of Critical Zika Response Funding

2016/06/30

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Kay Granger issued the following statement on Senate Democrats’ voting against the House measure to provide $1.1 billion to stop the spread of the Zika virus and improve mosquito control measures to protect Americans.

“The American people are fed up with the dysfunction in Washington and Senate Democrats’ decision to block critical Zika funding is yet another example of why. This Democrat filibuster is about blatant politics instead of what the House is focused on – protecting young women and their babies susceptible to the severe consequences of Zika.

“Zika poses a major threat to the U.S. and the world. There are already cases of Zika in the U.S. During my most recent meeting with Dr. Freiden, head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), he said that this virus is moving so fast that days really matter in controlling this virus. Yet Senate Democrats have cynically invented excuses to further their political agenda at the expense of the health and safety of Americans.

“The critical Zika response funding passed by the House ensures that there will be no shortage of funds to address this devastating virus. In fact, just last month Senate Democrats unanimously supported the exact same $1.1 billion level of funding they blocked this week. Every day that partisan politics delays this funding is a day lost that we could be addressing this crisis.

“As chair of the State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee, I have worked closely with Dr. Freiden to respond to the Ebola outbreak in 2014 and save lives. The Zika response legislation incorporates some of the best lessons learned from our response to Ebola, including the importance of acting quickly with a clear plan to confront the crisis and of using targeted and focused funding.

“As we now work to address the public health crisis posed by Zika, we must remember that time is of the essence and that lives hang in the balance – especially those of our most vulnerable, unborn babies.”

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Granger Joins Congressional Delegation Letter to President Supporting Texas' Concern over Syrian Refugees

2016/06/27

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Kay Granger Friday joined Governor Greg Abbott (R-TX), and 23 members of the Texas delegation, in sending a letter to President Obama regarding the Syrian Refugee crisis.

“It has become clear that this Administration is not serious about confronting the threats made by ISIS and radical Islamic terrorists to the safety and security of the United States,” Granger said. “Just last week, CIA Director John Brennan warned that ISIS is sending Western fighters among refugee flows and smuggling routes to enter our country and kill Americans. Texas must have a say in protecting against these dangerous individuals infiltrating the refugee program.” 

The letter questions the handling of the Syrian refugee crisis by the Administration, given the stated intention by ISIS to infiltrate the program and exploit it in order to carry out attacks on the West. It states “we believe your Administration has manifestly failed to reassure and adequately engage State and local governments on these resettlements” and insists “that you work with the State of Texas to reform your Administration’s refugee resettlement policies and procedures immediately.”

The full letter can be viewed below. In November 2015, Congresswoman Granger supported the SAFE Act, which requires comprehensive background checks of every refugee from Iraq or Syria, and certification that each does not pose a threat before they can be admitted into the United States.

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Granger Statement on House Passage of Zika Response Conference Report

2016/06/24

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.”

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Granger Statement On CIA Director Brennan’s Warning On ISIS

2016/06/17

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.” 

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Granger Applauds Passage of Fiscal Year 2017 Defense Appropriations Bill

2016/06/16

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.

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Congresswoman Kay Granger House speech in support of the Fiscal Year 2017 Defense Appropriations bill

2016/06/16


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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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