Kay Granger

Kay Granger

TEXAS' 12th DISTRICT

Reaction to the State of the Union Address

2015/01/22

Dear Friend,

On Tuesday, President Obama delivered the annual State of the Union address on how the country is doing and what he believes should be the priorities of the country for the year ahead. This is an opportunity for the president to set the tone for the nation’s agenda and how he plans to work with the new Congress.  

I believe the tone for the year ahead should be one that enables the country to move forward. The American people have chosen divided government, but not a constant stalemate between the White House and Congress. The focus should be on continued economic recovery and job creation, providing for our national security, taking care of our veterans, and reestablishing strong American leadership abroad.

There needs to be a renewed emphasis on how Washington can create a vibrant economic environment. This should include eliminating excessive regulations, putting the federal budget on a path toward balance, and establishing new trade partners so American products can be sold to more marketplaces abroad. Reforming the burdensome tax code for both individuals and small businesses is vital to growing the economy. I adamantly oppose tax increases to pay for more government spending like the president suggested. We need real tax reform that lowers rates, creates jobs, and rewards hard work and success. We have started to see new life in the U.S. economy, but there is still a long road ahead to full recovery and Washington should take this opportunity to expand growth, not restrict it.

I also continue to oppose the president’s approach to the use of executive authority. President Obama understands well the frustration Congress has with his decision to govern almost exclusively by executive action. The president should work with the new Congress, not circumvent the legislative process.

Additionally, fighting and stopping terrorism, both domestically and abroad, must be a top priority for the U.S. for the year ahead to ensure our citizens remain safe. I believe reestablishing strong leadership abroad is critical to counterterrorism efforts around the world. This means standing firm when the U.S. makes a commitment. This also includes standing with our allies and standing up to our aggressors.

In turn, it is the responsibility of the federal government to fulfill the promise made to all our veterans that we will take care of them once they return home. The federal government hasn’t lived up to that promise very well lately and more needs to be done to ensure this is a promise our country never breaks again.

While the president has outlined his agenda, I believe these are some of the key priorities that the White House and new Republican Congress must address in the year ahead.  

Sincerely, Kay Granger

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Granger Statement on President Obama’s State of the Union Address

2015/01/21

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Kay Granger (TX-12) released the following statement after President Obama delivered the annual State of the Union address this evening.

“The tone for the year ahead should be one that enables the country to move forward. The American people have chosen divided government, but not a stalemate between the White House and Congress. The focus should be on continued economic recovery and job creation, providing for our national security, taking care of our veterans, and reestablishing strong American leadership abroad.

“There needs to be a renewed emphasis on how Washington can create a vibrant economic environment. This should include eliminating excessive regulations, putting the federal budget on a path toward balance, and establishing new trade partners so American products can be sold to more marketplaces abroad. Reforming the burdensome tax code for both individuals and small businesses is vital to growing the economy. I adamantly oppose tax increases to pay for more government spending as the president has outlined. We need real tax reform that lowers rates, creates jobs, and rewards hard work and success. We have started to see new life in the U.S. economy, but there is still a long road ahead to full recovery and Washington should take this opportunity to expand growth, not restrict it.

“I continue to oppose the president’s approach to the use of executive authority. President Obama understands well the frustration Congress has with his decision to govern almost exclusively by executive action. The president should work with the new Congress, not circumvent the legislative process.

“Fighting and stopping terrorism, both domestically and abroad, must be a top priority for the U.S. for the year ahead to ensure our citizens remain safe. I believe reestablishing strong leadership abroad is critical to counterterrorism efforts around the world. This means standing firm when the U.S. makes a commitment. This also includes standing with our allies and standing up to our aggressors. In turn, it is the responsibility of the federal government to fulfill the promise made to all our veterans that we will take care of them once they return home. The federal government hasn’t lived up to that promise very well lately and more needs to be done to ensure this is a promise our country never breaks again.”

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Unconstitutional Executive Action

2015/01/14

Dear Friend,

Earlier today, the House responded to the unprecedented and unconstitutional actions President Obama took in November to change our country’s immigration laws without the consent of Congress. By fully defunding the executive orders the House has taken an important step in stopping President Obama’s executive overreach on immigration from being implemented. The president’s egregious executive orders on immigration have only created more loopholes in an already complicated immigration system, which is why the president shouldn’t be legislating via executive action.  

In addition to taking steps to stop President Obama’s immigration executive actions, the House fully funded the Department of Homeland Security for the remainder of the fiscal year. In December, the House stopped short of funding the Department of Homeland Security through the end of the fiscal year because we wanted to challenge the president’s executive overreach when the new Congress convened. As a result, the House has now fulfilled its promise to defund the executive orders while taking the responsible step to fund the Department of Homeland Security.

This bipartisan bill includes critical funding for Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement as well as agencies dedicated to counterterrorism. The recent terrorist attacks in Paris are a reminder that we must remain vigilant against the threat of terrorist acts on American soil, which is why this bill makes important investments to keep our country safe.

The bill provides for the largest operational force in history with 21,370 Border Patrol agents and 23,775 Customs and Border Protection officers to fully support efforts to protect our borders. It is the fundamental responsibility of the federal government to protect the homeland and that includes a robust effort to secure our borders.

This legislative package now goes over to the Senate for consideration.  

Sincerely, Kay Granger

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Granger Statement on Defunding President Obama’s Immigration Executive Action; Fully Funding Department of Homeland Security

2015/01/14

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Kay Granger (TX-12) issued the following statement after the House of Representatives voted to defund in its entirety President Obama’s recent immigration executive orders and fund the Department of Homeland Security for the remainder of fiscal year 2015.

“Today, the House responded to the unprecedented and unconstitutional actions President Obama took in November to change our country’s immigration laws without the consent of Congress. By fully defunding the executive orders the House has taken an important step in stopping President Obama’s executive overreach on immigration from being implemented. The president’s egregious executive orders on immigration have only created more loopholes in an already complicated immigration system, which is why the president shouldn’t be legislating via executive action.

“In addition to taking steps to stop President Obama’s immigration executive actions, the House fully funded the Department of Homeland Security for the remainder of the fiscal year. This bipartisan bill includes critical funding for Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement as well as agencies dedicated to counterterrorism. The recent terrorist attacks in Paris are a reminder that we must remain vigilant against the threat of terrorist acts on American soil, which is why this bill makes important investments to keep our country safe.

“The bill provides for the largest operational force in history with 21,370 Border Patrol agents and 23,775 Customs and Border Protection officers to fully support efforts to protect our borders. It is the fundamental responsibility of the federal government to protect the homeland and that includes a robust effort to secure our borders.”

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Granger Condemns Palestinian Authority Decision to Join International Criminal Court

2015/01/08

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Kay Granger (TX-12), chairwoman of the State and Foreign Operations Appropriations subcommittee, issued the following statement condemning the decision by the Palestinian Authority to join the International Criminal Court (ICC).

“I condemn the Palestinian Authority’s move to join the International Criminal Court. This is hostile to the peace process with Israel and puts U.S. assistance to the PA in jeopardy. The PA knows the firm position of the U.S. because Congress made it law that if the Palestinian Authority initiates or actively supports any judicially authorized investigation against Israel for alleged crimes against Palestinians, our economic assistance to the PA would end.   “The Palestinian Authority is heading down a dangerous path. Israel cannot be expected to negotiate in good-faith with a government who is derailing future attempts to find a peaceful solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The PA needs to reverse the course they are on and become a partner for peace."

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Supporting the Keystone Pipeline

2015/01/08

Dear Friend,

On Friday, the House will vote on H.R. 3, the Keystone XL Pipeline Act. This legislation would approve construction of the long-delayed Keystone XL oil pipeline that would stretch from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico.

It has been six years since the pipeline application was first submitted for approval to the State Department. Since then, the project has undergone five separate environmental reviews, totaling over 222,000 pages, which have shown that the pipeline would be environmentally safe and good for the economy. The latest environmental review, which was released in January 2014, concluded that the project would not increase carbon emissions and confirmed that the construction of the pipeline would support approximately 42,000 jobs.

However, President Obama has refused to act, despite the positive findings in numerous studies and the broad bipartisan support for the pipeline. Because the president will not act, the House will again pass legislation to approve the pipeline. The Senate, with the new Republican majority, is expected to swiftly pass the legislation as well.

Unfortunately, President Obama has said he will veto the bill to allow for the State Department’s multi-year review of the pipeline to continue. This is just another stalling tactic to delay making a final decision on the pipeline, especially in light of all of the previous efforts to study the impact of this oil pipeline over the last several years.

I believe this pipeline is in the best interest of our country and it should be approved for construction without further delay. Sincerely,   Kay Granger Member of Congress

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Roll Call: From Aid to Impact: Supporting U.S. Foreign Assistance

2015/01/06

By Reps. Ander Crenshaw, Kay Granger and Mike Quigley

What impact is U.S. investment in foreign aid having in far off, foreign countries? In D.C., we receive statistics about the impact of aid, but never get a face or a name of those affected by our help. Traveling to Cambodia, the largest single beneficiary of U.S. aid in maternal and neonatal health, changed that. That’s where we met Navy, a 30-year-old woman who lives with her 6-year-old daughter, Davin in Phnom Penh.

For the past five years, Navy has worked in the garment industry as an employee in a factory that makes apparel for Levi’s and other U.S. companies. Navy is the primary earner for her household because her husband’s construction work is seasonal. Earlier this year, she was repeatedly missing work due to her daughter constantly becoming ill, affecting her ability to do her job and feed her family. For too long, she didn’t understand what was causing Davin to become sickly, dehydrated and without an appetite almost every other week.

We met Navy and many women just like her when we traveled to Cambodia with the humanitarian organization CARE, whose staff on the ground educated us on some of the major developmental challenges facing Cambodia today. Many Cambodian women face obstacles to accessing health care because of the poor quality of services offered and the difficulty in accessing health care facilities. These problems are particularly prevalent among Cambodia’s predominantly young population and marginalized groups such as garment workers. Also, nearly 80 percent of the population lives in rural areas where health facilities are not easily accessible.

For the past six months, Navy has been attending CARE’s health and wellness sessions twice a month with peer educators during her lunch break. Because of this worker education program, Navy is empowered to make healthier lifestyle decisions for herself and her family. She shares what she learns about personal health and hygiene with her daughter, passing on knowledge to the next generation of Cambodian women, a perfect example of sustainable development.

In Navy’s own words, “Before, I didn’t have a complete understanding and my daughter got sick a lot. Now, she is healthy and not sick like before, because I know proper hygiene and sanitation.” Navy’s experience illustrates the importance of education in positive health outcomes. For many of us, something like washing your hands to avoid getting sick seems simple and almost innate, but it isn’t. However, once proper hygiene is taught, people’s overall health improves and they can live longer, more productive lives.

Organizations such as CARE have been able to bring together innovative tools and services, such as community health volunteers, micro-savings and popular media, to provide a holistic approach to overcoming poverty in some of Cambodia’s most destitute neighborhoods. They could not accomplish these significant achievements without U.S.-funded foreign assistance.

The U.S. government is the largest single donor in maternal and neonatal health in Cambodia, spending approximately $14 million each year. As legislators, it is our responsibility to ensure that every federal dollar is being used effectively and efficiently.

U.S. foreign assistance has saved the lives of millions of women by empowering them to raise healthy families, send their children to school and foster small businesses. Thanks to U.S. aid over the past 60 years, maternal and child mortality has dropped sharply, literacy rates have increased, and economic opportunity has expanded in the developing world. A strong global economy and an educated populace are directly in our nation’s best interest.

Even with significant strains on the federal budget, foreign assistance must remain strong. The international affairs budget supports programs with low-cost interventions that generate high-impact results, saving lives in the fight against disease, poverty and hunger. It also offers a small price for a big return, as the foreign aid budget only represents one percent of the federal budget.

We must continue to financially support the United States’ foreign assistance programs, for it is a smart investment for our global stability and one we look forward to championing together in the 114th Congress.

Rep. Ander Crenshaw is a Republican from Florida. Rep. Kay Granger is a Republican from Texas. Rep. Mike Quigley is a Democrat from Illinois.

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How Congress Could Stymie Obama’s Cuba Plan

2014/12/22

President Barack Obama’s plans to seek a normalization of relations with Cuba split lawmakers, and those on the opposing side vowed to use whatever means available to stand in the way of the policy shift. Mr. Obama said he looked forward to engaging with lawmakers on ways to further his policy aims, but top Republicans signaled they would have little appetite for a rapprochement.

“Relations with the Castro regime should not be revisited, let alone normalized, until the Cuban people enjoy freedom – and not one second sooner,” House Speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio).

For those hoping to halt, or at least slow, the president’s efforts, there are a handful of legislative paths that are could present themselves once lawmakers return to Washington. They fall in three general areas:

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SPENDING BILLS: The most powerful tool available to Congress is its power of the purse: the ability to fund–or more importantly, defund–government programs, initiatives and other policies that lawmakers don’t like. The $1.1 trillion spending bill enacted last week, for example, contains Cuba-related provisions in its roughly 1,600 pages, including a prohibition against funds for U.S. agriculture programs from being used to directly finance or provide assistance to Cuba and a handful of other countries.

Critics of Mr. Obama’s normalization plans have already signaled they plan to use the appropriations process to try to slow the process. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.) tweeted on Wednesday that “I will do all in my power to block the use of funds to open an embassy in Cuba.” That’s no idle threat; Mr. Graham is slated to become chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee’s subcommittee on state and foreign operations next year. That not only puts him in charge of a bill that included $49.3 billion in discretionary spending for  fiscal 2015, but also oversight of the State Department’s budget.

Rep. Kay Granger (R., Texas), who chairs the state and foreign operations subcommittee on the other side of the Capitol, criticized the administration’s decision to act unilaterally.

“Congress has a vital role to play in our country’s foreign policy and how American taxpayer dollars are used,” Ms. Granger said.

Beyond preventing funds for the establishment of a U.S. embassy in Havana, appropriators have yet to tip their hands as to how they might try to use their appropriations power to slow Mr. Obama’s plans. Aides suggested one approach would be for critics to explicitly single out Cuba as ineligible for funds appropriated to various government agencies and programs on a broader scale than is currently employed.

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NOMINATIONS: Another easy avenue available to Cuba critics would be to block or slow Mr. Obama’s nominations to the State Department and other international posts as a protest against the attempt to normalize relations with Havana. The White House is already going to face a tougher process getting its executive branch appointments confirmed under the new GOP-controlled Senate, but the addition of a hot-button political issue such as Cuba could make it harder.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R., Fla.), Cuban-American himself, said as much on Wednesday at a news conference criticizing the Obama administration’s move. “I anticipate we’re going to have a very interesting couple of years discussing how you’re going to get an ambassador nominated and how you’re going to get an embassy funded,” he said.

Like Mr. Graham, Mr. Rubio will be in a position to follow through on his promises. He’s slated to chair a key subcommittee on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee next year, giving him the ability to challenge the White House and State Department in both hearings and when the panel considers nominations.

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EMBARGO ACTION: In his announcement Wednesday, Mr. Obama said he hoped to engage Congress “in an honest and serious debate” about lifting the current embargo that restricts most travel and trade with Cuba. That is not expected to happen any time soon. In fact, strong anti-Cuba lawmakers will want to tighten the embargoes.

The current U.S. embargo dates back to the 1960s and has been cemented into U.S. law through a number of legislative actions over the years. Mr. Obama acknowledged that Wednesday but said he hoped to work with Congress to reverse course.

Critics said the opposite – an attempt to reverse the action – is more likely. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R., Fla.), a vocal critic of the Castro regime, said in a Wednesday statement that it was possible that the actions by the White House violated a number of Cuba-related laws passed previously by Congress.

“The White House attempts to normalize relationships with Cuba without the approval of Congress may be in direct violation of Helms-Burton that specifically states that all political prisoners must be released and free and fair elections must be held before establishing a diplomatic relationship,” she said.

The biggest challenge to this approach would be Mr. Obama himself. While the Republican-led Congress could seek to pass legislation targeting the normalization effort, the president would probably veto anything lawmakers were able to pass. Additionally, with bipartisan support for the White House’s plan to establish diplomatic ties, it’s unclear whether any punitive legislation could even make its way through both the House and Senate.

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Good news about your taxes

2014/12/22

Dear Friend,

In January, I first wrote to you about an important tax deduction that would expire at the end of this year if Congress didn’t act.

In Texas, since we don’t have a state income tax, we are able to deduct state and local sales taxes when filing federal income tax returns. This provides some parity with other states who can deduct their state and local income taxes when filing their returns.

Over the past two weeks, the House and Senate both passed an extension of this deduction, and President Obama signed it into law on Friday. While this is not a permanent solution, it does prevent a tax increase on Texans.

I believe that when the new Congress convenes in January comprehensive tax reform needs to be part of the agenda, including making this deduction permanent. By doing so, it will erase future uncertainty about whether or not Texans will face a tax increase.

In addition to extending this tax deduction, Congress passed the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act. This bill will help those with disabilities to save money for education, housing, and medical expenses to use at a future time. By allowing those with disabilities and their caretakers to set up a tax-free savings account, they will be able to better manage the cost of care.

Sincerely, Kay Granger

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Granger Announces New Staff Hire

2014/12/22

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Kay Granger (TX-12) today announced the hiring of Randi Mitchell to serve as District Director. Randi will be based in Fort Worth and will oversee the daily operations of the district office of the 12th Congressional district.   

“I am proud to have Randi join my office as district director,” said Granger. “Her strong background and connection to our community will be a great addition to our already great team. I place a high value on the constituent services we provide from our district office and Randi will build on our record of success.”

“It’s great to be a part of such a dedicated team,” said Mitchell. “I have a passion for giving back to my community and I look forward to working alongside Congresswoman Granger to support the constituent services that are provided by our district office.”

Randi brings with her over 15 years of experience with a specialty in marketing management. A lifelong resident of the Fort Worth area, Randi is active in the community and has been recognized for her achievements. In 2009, she was honored as a 40 Under 40 recipient by the Fort Worth Business Press as a woman who has helped shape the future of Tarrant County. Randi is a graduate of Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas and a 2012 Leadership Fort Worth graduate. She is an incoming board member of Camp Fire First Texas and serves as a Marketing Task Force member. Additionally, she is a member of The Ladder Alliance Marketing Committee and is a Breakfast Club member with Lena Pope.

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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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