WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Kay Granger (R-Texas), chairwoman of the House Defense Appropriations panel, today said President Trump's budget request for the Pentagon falls short of what's needed to ensure military readiness and said mandatory spending caps imposed by the Budget Control Act of 2011 must be removed.
"After extensive conversations with our military leaders, I am concerned that the FY18 defense budget request is not enough to address the shortfalls and damage caused by years of underfunding," Granger said in opening remarks at the subcommittee's hearing on the Department of Defense’s fiscal year 2018 budget request. "The budget caps have exacerbated the problem and must be repealed."
The president's budget proposal calls for spending $603 billion on national defense over the next decade. Granger has said that number is probably where the appropriations committee would end up given divisions over defense vs. non-defense spending. on Thursday, though, she made clear that she does not think the president's request is equal to the need.
“For many years, the military leadership has said they would get the mission done no matter the level of funding they received. This is no longer possible and it is our job to make sure our military has what it needs to face the many threats to our nation," Granger said. "While the president's proposal represents a down payment on our national security, we must do better."
Granger said it will take several years of increased funding to undo the cumulative effect of sequestration, budget uncertainty, and continuing resolutions have had on the military, and she urged her colleagues on the appropriations committee to take the challenge seriously.
“All federal dollars are not the same," she said. "During a time when we face threats from Russia, China, North Korea, ISIS, and other terrorist groups, we must prioritize our defense funding first."
“It is my hope that we can find a bipartisan common ground to give our military the robust support that our service chiefs and combatant commanders tell us they desperately need." Granger said. "But as chair of defense appropriations, I will base my budget decisions on our national security needs – not the other way around."
"Our adversaries are rapidly advancing their tactics and their capabilities. The defense appropriations bill must ensure our capabilities remain more advanced and more lethal than our adversaries. The last thing we want to give our enemies is a 'fair' fight."Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Kay Granger, R-Texas, chairwoman of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, delivered the following opening statement at this morning’s hearing on the Department of Defense’s fiscal year 2018 budget request:
“Since becoming chair of the Defense Subcommittee, I have said the defense bill would be based on the needs of the military and the best military advice from our leaders in uniform. Unfortunately, after extensive conversations with our military leaders, I am concerned that the FY18 defense budget request is not enough to address the shortfalls and damage caused by years of underfunding. The budget caps have exacerbated the problem and must be repealed.
“For many years, military leadership has said they would get the mission done no matter the level of funding they received. This is no longer possible and it is our job to make sure our military has what it needs to face the many threats to our nation.
“All federal dollars are not the same. During a time when we face threats from Russia, China, North Korea, ISIS, and other terrorist groups, we must prioritize our defense funding first. Our adversaries are rapidly advancing their tactics and their capabilities.
“The FY18 appropriations bill must ensure our capabilities remain more advanced and more lethal than our adversaries. The last thing we want to give our enemies is a “fair” fight.
“Gen. Dunford, in 2012, your predecessor Gen. Dempsey testified that we were living in the most dangerous era in his lifetime. That was true when he made the statement and the world is so much more dangerous today.
“Unfortunately, I am concerned that the FY18 budget request does not go far enough. Our senior military leaders tell us this is the minimum level needed to stop the deterioration of our military readiness. as you have said, Sec. Mattis, it will take years of increased funding to get us to where we need to be, and this budget request should be viewed as the first step for what is truly needed to rebuild our national defense.
“This FY18 budget process is especially complicated and we have a big job in front of us, and little time to complete it. The world is not standing still and the threats of today and tomorrow are not waiting on our budget cycle.
“It is my hope that we can find a bipartisan common ground to give our military the robust support that our service chiefs and combatant commanders tell us they desperately need. This is where our witnesses come in, to help us clarify what we need to do.”
For more information about Chairman Granger and her commitment as chair of the House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee, please visit: https://kaygranger.house.gov/.Read More
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Rep. Kay Granger, R-Texas, today issued the following statement on the shooting of Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La, a congressional staffer, and two Capitol Police officers this morning at a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia:
“My prayers this morning are with my colleague, Rep. Scalise, and the other victims of this senseless and cowardly act of violence,” Granger said. “I want to thank the Capitol Police who were at the park this morning for their quick response and selfless dedication. We are all Americans, and we must stand together against any attempt to divide us.”Read More
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congresswoman Kay Granger (R-Texas) welcomed House passage of legislation to assist religious minorities in Iraq and Syria that have been victims of genocide by Islamic State forces.
The Iraq and Syria Genocide Emergency Relief and Accountability Act of 2017 (H.R. 390) passed the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday evening by unanimous consent. The bipartisan legislation was authored by Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.), and Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA).
“The horrific slaughter of men, women, and children that has occurred in Iraq and Syria because they refused to convert to Islam is a crime against humanity,” said Rep. Granger, who is a cosponsor of the legislation. “We must make every effort to protect the tens of thousands of Christians and other minorities who remain in the region. The legislation approved by my colleagues in the House last night will help religious charities and other humanitarian groups that are providing badly needed aid to survivors and help hold those responsible for these crimes to justice.”
The bill directs the U.S. State Department to provide assistance to entities taking specified criminal and judicial actions against individuals who suspected of committing genocide, crimes against humanity, or war crimes in Iraq since January 2014 and in Syria since March 2011.
This legislation would help Christians, Yazidis, and other religious and ethnic minorities targeted by Islamic extremists. In 2000, there were nearly 1.5 million Christians living in Iraq. Today there are fewer than 250,000. Those who remain face constant persecution.
Among the provisions, the bill would direct the administration to:
The legislation, which has the support of the Family Research Council, Aid to Church in Need USA, Christian Solidarity Worldwide, In Defense of Christians, International Christian Concern, Iraqi Christian Human Rights Council, and U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, now heads to the Senate.
For further information, please contact Robert Dillon at (202) 285 6783 or visit our website at kaygranger.house.gov.Read More
Every day, millions of children all over the world are living without families. The United Nations Children’s Fund estimates that 13 million children across the globe have lost both parents, and as many as 8 million children are living in institutional care.
These are children who long for a loving family to give them a forever home. At the same time, there are thousands of prospective parents in Texas and across the United States seeking to adopt children.
Despite the great need for adoptive parents, international adoption can be a slow and painful process. Many U.S. citizens who wish to adopt spend years waiting for a child only to be devastated when adoption proceedings fall through at the last moment or the child has to be returned to their birth country because of mistakes made thousands of miles away.
This has contributed to the decline of international adoptions to the United States by 72 percent since 2004. International adoptions worldwide have decreased by 50 percent during the same time period.
In an effort to address these problems and to make sure children that need a loving home can find one in America, I have introduced the Vulnerable Children and Families Act (H.R. 2532) with my colleague Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-Mich.).
The legislation promotes U.S. diplomatic efforts to improve international child welfare by helping foreign countries develop their own domestic adoption programs while strengthening opportunities for international adoption to the United States.
I am committed to making sure that the child welfare systems in the United States and abroad are working efficiently and effectively to provide permanent and safe homes to the most vulnerable of the world’s children.
Millions of children across the world are growing up without the security and stability that comes with family-based care. I hope you will join me in supporting efforts to help connect more children in need of permanent homes with safe, nurturing, and loving families in the United States.
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WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Kay Granger (R-TX) today released the following statement on the White House budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2018:
"Our military leaders have all emphatically told me that they urgently need more personnel, funding for maintenance, modernization, training, and equipment. The President’s budget is a start,” Rep. Granger said. “As the defense appropriations chairwoman, it’s my job to make sure our leaders in uniform have the resources they need to protect the nation. To that end, we will look closely at the defense budget to make sure our priorities are where they should be. In my opinion, there is no higher duty than making sure our joint forces have what they need to keep America safe.”
For more information about Congresswoman Granger and her work as chair of the House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee, please visit: https://kaygranger.house.gov/.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representatives Kay Granger (Texas) and Brenda Lawrence (Mich.) along with Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Amy Klobuchar (Minn.) yesterday introduced the Vulnerable Children and Families Act. The measure would help more children living without families or in institutional care find permanent homes by enhancing U.S. diplomatic efforts around international child welfare and ensuring that intercountry adoption to the United States becomes a more viable and fully-developed option.
“The future of the world rests on the shoulders of today’s children. We owe it to them to do everything we can to make sure they grow up in safe and loving homes,” Granger said. “This legislation will make it easier for families looking at international adoption to provide a permanent home for some of the world’s most vulnerable children and help ensure they grow up to be productive adults.”
“Millions of children across the world are in need of a permanent, loving family,” Lawrence said. “There is a clear need for permanency in this country and abroad. This bill helps ensure that the child welfare systems in the United States and abroad are working efficiently and effectively to provide permanent and safe homes to all children.”
“Every child deserves a permanent, safe, loving home no matter where they are born,” Blunt said. “Unfortunately, there are millions of children across the world who are growing up without the security and stability that comes with family-based care. This bill will help connect more children in need of permanent homes with families in the United States and around the world that are eager to adopt.”
“As the co-chair of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption and a senator from Minnesota, a state with one of the highest rates of international adoption in the country, I have seen firsthand the power of adoption,” Klobuchar said. “We can and must do more to help countries abroad develop their own domestic adoption programs while also strengthening opportunities for international adoption. That’s why Senator Blunt and I introduced this bipartisan legislation to ensure that our government is working in partnership with other countries to help ensure that children grow up in safe and nurturing families.”
The United Nations Children’s Fund estimates that 13 million children across the globe have lost both parents, and as many as eight million children are living in institutional care. Despite the clear need for more permanent homes for these children, the number of international adoptions into the United States has decreased by 72 percent since 2004.
The legislation is supported by the National Council for Adoption, American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, Saddleback Church, Harvard Law School Child Advocacy Program, Bethany Christian Services, Nourished Hearts, Center for Adoption Policy, and Gladney Center for Adoption.
Blunt, Klobuchar, and Lawrence serve as co-chairs of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption.
The Vulnerable Children and Families Act:
· Ensures that international child welfare and efforts to provide permanent and safe homes for vulnerable children are a central part of international diplomacy and U.S. foreign policy within the State Department;
· Replaces the current U.S. Department of State Office of Children’s Issues with an Office of Vulnerable Children and Family Security. This office would build international capacity to implement effective child welfare systems, with particular focus on family preservation and reunification, domestic adoption, and intercountry adoption;
· Creates a new annual report to Congress on the technical assistance being provided to foreign countries to promote family-based permanence under the act; and
· Strengthens coordination between the Office of Vulnerable Children and Family Security and the Special Advisor for Children in Adversity at the United States Agency for International Development, and ensures the two offices are working together to implement the objectives outlined in the 2012 Action Plan on Children in Adversity.Read More
Last year more than 100 police officers were killed in the line of duty. Those were men and women who put themselves in harm’s way to protect the rest of us. We see them dressed in their official uniforms as figures of authority, but we must remember that they are also mothers and fathers, sons and daughters, brothers and sisters.
When I was Mayor of Fort Worth, I implemented a program that brought community members and law enforcement together to keep our neighborhoods safe. We consulted with community leaders, clergy, and police in creating this program. This strategy reduced crime in the city by 49 percent. I saw first-hand the professionalism and dedication of so many of our law enforcement personnel, as well as the commitment of community members to keep their neighborhood safe.
This week was National Police Week. Ever since this week was created in 1962, Congress has worked to honor our brave police officers. I want to highlight two bills I voted for this week.
The first bill I voted for is the Thin Blue Line Act. This bill would make it easier for juries to charge those who murder state and local police with the death penalty. In the past few years, police officers across the country have increasingly been stalked and targeted for simply doing their jobs. This bill takes an important step to providing justice for our fallen officers.
The second is the Probation Officer Protection Act, which would expand the authority of probation officers to make arrests when they are being threatened or attacked while doing their jobs. Probation officers have a crucial job and their ability to defend themselves is important for the criminal justice system.
I am proud to have helped advance these important bills and I encourage everyone to remember every day those who answer the call to protect and serve.
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The number one concern of people in the 12th District is the future of the American health care system. This is a primary concern of mine, and why I wanted to give you more information on what is happening now in Washington.
Yesterday the House voted to pass the American Health Care Act, which will repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. This is the first important step to change the law. Now the Senate will have the opportunity to improve this legislation, after which the newly amended bill will return to the House for review, and then finally be sent to the President’s desk to be signed into law.
I have spoken with many of you about your thoughts on the American Health Care Act, and have heard a lot of concerns related to pre-existing conditions. I share your concerns and want to take this opportunity to clear up some misinformation on that topic.
Under the American Health Care Act it is still illegal for an insurance provider to deny someone coverage solely because they have a pre-existing condition. This important protection was implemented under the Affordable Care Act, and I agree it needs to be maintained.
In addition, this bill provides funding to states so they have the flexibility to do what is best for their citizen’s unique needs and those that are most vulnerable. One proven method of helping these individuals is high-risk pools. High-risk pools offer non-group health coverage to those that are at risk of being charged higher premiums because of their age or health status. Those that qualify to enroll in a high-risk pool receive subsidized health plans that help keep their premiums down. Before the Affordable Care Act, Texas had one of the most successful high-risk pools in the nation and many of my constituents have asked for its return.
While this legislation is not perfect, I felt it was important to keep my promise to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. As this legislation moves forward and improvements are made to the legislation, I will continue to keep you informed.
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WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Kay Granger (TX-12) released the following statement after voting for passage of the American Health Care Act, which repeals some of the most burdensome taxes and penalties affecting families in the 12th District.
“For the last seven years, Republicans have promised to repeal Obamacare,” Congresswoman Granger said. “Today we took the first step towards keeping that commitment. This legislation eliminates burdensome taxes and the harmful individual and employer mandates. It also nearly doubles the amount of money that Americans can save for medical expenses and empowers states to design programs to provide assistance to the most vulnerable. While the American Health Care Act is not perfect, passage in the House of Representatives is an important first step. The bill will now go to the Senate where there will be opportunities for improvement.
“Many of my constituents have expressed their serious concerns about coverage of pre-existing conditions. I share their concerns and think it is vital that Congress guarantees that people with these conditions are protected. That is why the American Health Care Act prohibits insurance companies from denying coverage to our most vulnerable and provides states the flexibility to do what works best for their citizen’s unique needs.
“Before Obamacare, many states had high-risk pools for individuals with pre-existing conditions and Texas had one of the most successful pools in the nation. It is clear that states are better equipped than the federal government to provide adequate care for its most at risk citizens and it is no surprise that many of my constituents have asked for the return of high-risk pools. That is exactly what this bill does.”
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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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Since becoming chair of Defense Appropriations, I have said the defense bill would be based on the needs of the military and the best military