The heinous terrorist attacks in Paris and the heightened threat environment around the world again demonstrates the resolve of the radicals who want to control the world through tyranny and terror. In these very dangerous times, the first duty of government is to keep the American people safe.
I oppose our country accepting refugees until we implement better safeguards to secure the American people. Terrorists are actively seeking to infiltrate countries posing as refugees in order to kill us. We know one of the suicide bombers in the Paris attacks did so in order to gain access to Europe from the battlefield in Syria.
The plight of refugees fleeing the unspeakable horrors of the Islamic State and Syrian civil war is heartbreaking. The United States will not turn its back on this crisis. That is why the United States has provided $4.5 billion in assistance to relief agencies, organizations and countries in the region to meet the urgent needs of refugees. This is three times more aid than the second-largest provider, the United Kingdom, at $1.5 billion.
Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan have accepted nearly 4 million refugees during this crisis. The Persian Gulf states that share a language and culture with Syria, with the exception of the United Arab Emirates, have not accepted any.
Our strategy pertaining to refugees in this heightened threat environment should remain focused on providing significant assistance to those suffering and the nations in the region who accept them. Through this assistance, displaced persons can return to their home country when the crisis has been resolved.
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WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Kay Granger (TX-12) Wednesday co-sponsored legislation that would provide stringent protection for America against terrorists who attempt to slip into the country under any program involving refugees from Syria or Iraq.
Granger warned on Sunday that current safeguards are inadequate and said the administration should suspend the admission of Syrian refugees into the United States. Evidence has shown that one or more of the terrorists involved in the Paris attacks had entered Europe in the wave of refugees.
“I have urged the Administration to stop admitting any more Syrian refugees in this dangerous environment,” Granger said. “It is clear that we need much better safeguards before we can accept any refugees from that area.”
Granger on Wednesday co-sponsored the “American Security Against Foreign Enemies (SAFE) Act of 2015,” which was introduced by Congressman Michael McCaul of Texas, the Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee.
Under this legislation, no Syrian or Iraqi refugee can enter the United States until the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, the Director of the FBI and the Director of National Intelligence unanimously agree that the individual does not pose a security threat and provide that certification to Congress.
Granger, who is chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations, told her colleagues at a meeting this week that the United States has been extremely generous in providing relief to refugees from the Syrian conflict.
The United States has provided $4.5 billion in aid to people affected by the Syrian conflict, and supports millions of people in Syria and the surrounding nations, according to the U.S. Agency for International Development.
“We have provided the largest proportion of aid for refugees in the countries surrounding Syria, and we will continue to provide that support,” Granger said. “The United States will not turn its back on this crisis.”
The full text of the legislation can be found here.
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Kay Granger (TX-12) issued the following statement regarding the terrorist attacks in Paris:
The terrorist attacks on the people of Paris – with the apparent guidance and support from the Islamic State – are a heinous crime that reminds us all that we are at war with the radicals who want to control the world through tyranny and terror.
These attacks are a warning that the United States response to the Islamic State has been inadequate. The Administration must understand that this terrorist group is a threat to the entire world, and we need a response that will help us defeat this threat.
Seeing these terrorists strike in the heart of Europe is a dire warning that Congress must provide our military and intelligence agencies with all the funding and equipment necessary to protect our national security abroad, where these threats develop. I will continue to push for strong funding for our national defense, and for the programs overseen by the State Department that aid in the fight against ISIS, other terrorist groups, and other radical extremists.
The news that at least one of the attackers may have entered Europe as a "refugee" reinforces my concern about the Administration’s policy to increase Syrian refugees coming into the United States.
We cannot allow Syrian refugees in the United States in the current dangerous environment. We have provided significant assistance to the refugees and nations in the region to address the crisis, and that should continue to be our response.
Also, this renewed threat of terrorism plots should be a warning that we must keep terrorist detainees in the maximum security of Guantanamo Bay. We cannot allow them to be brought to the United States, or to be set free to rejoin ISIL or Al Qaeda in their war against the world.
My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Paris and those whose loved ones have been murdered or injured. Our response to these atrocities must be to unite with our friends and allies around the world with a renewed commitment to the annihilation of the Islamic State.
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Kay Granger (R-TX) released the following statement congratulating Congressman Paul Ryan on his election as the Speaker of the House of Representatives Thursday:
“I was pleased to support Congressman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin as the next Speaker of the House. Congressman Ryan has been a thoughtful and impassioned leader as Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee. He is liked and respected by members of all political persuasions in and out of Congress. He has shown an ability to work with all members, and to bring together coalitions to move forward on creative conservative solutions to the challenges faced by our nation. I am hopeful that our strong Republican majority will rally behind Speaker Ryan to show the American people that WE are the responsible governing party.”Read More
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Kay Granger (R-TX) released the following statement on the comprehensive budget agreement approved by the House of Representatives Wednesday:
“The budget agreement approved by the House of Representatives Wednesday ensures that Congress provides funding needed to support our nation’s national defense. It will stabilize the budget process, allowing our military to plan and conduct exercises and operations, procure vital warfighting equipment and pay our service members.
“I strongly support the budget agreement provision that lifts the fiscal cap on defense spending by $25 billion – although this falls short of the $30 billion in the defense authorization bill passed by Congress but vetoed by the President. Because the agreement carries through the next fiscal year, both the Department of Defense and Congress can plan for an orderly budget process into 2017, rather than struggle through never-ending fiscal emergencies that have confronted us recently.
“I am also pleased that the agreement prevents a drastic 50 percent increase in Medicare premiums for more than 15 million senior citizens. The agreement also repeals the employer healthcare mandate and offers relief to businesses forced to navigate the inefficient system created by the current healthcare law.”
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Kay Granger (TX-12) released the following statement about this Thursday’s ceremony to award the Congressional Gold Medal to the surviving members of the special military unit tasked with protecting cultural treasures stolen by the Nazis during World War II:
"This Thursday, the Congressional Gold Medal will be awarded in honor of the Monuments Men as a result of my bill in the 113th Congress. Amidst the death and destruction of World War II, The Monuments Men and Women were able to locate, preserve and return almost five million cultural items confiscated by the Nazis, including many of the world’s greatest works of art. The veterans who participated in these daring missions are certainly worthy and deserving of the recognition of Congress’ highest expression of appreciation.
“I have been looking forward to this ceremony ever since I first learned about the greatest untold story of World War II. My journey with The Monuments Men began at the Kimbell Art Museum in 2006 when I met Robert Edsel after he had published his first book about their daring missions. I want to thank him for uncovering this story and sharing it with the world. I am pleased he will join us at the Capitol for this special ceremony, because it would not have been possible without him.”
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Kay Granger (TX-12) released the following statement regarding the Texas Delegation letter she recently co-led with Congressman Marc Veasey (TX-33) that supports the extension of the Positive Train Control (PTC) implementation deadline.
“I am pleased to join with Congressman Marc Veasey and 29 other Members of the Texas Delegation in demonstrating our support for extending the implementation deadline of Positive Train Control (PTC) technology on our nation’s railroads. As of 2012, Texas alone had 49 freight railroads, employing nearly 17,000 employees. Texas also has the most freight railroad miles in the country, which move hundreds of millions of tons of commodities each year across our state.
“If the PTC implementation deadline is not extended, we are concerned that railroads in Texas and across the country will be forced to close. This would have a crippling effect on our nation’s transportation network and severely damage our economy.
“I recognize the importance of PTC and support its implementation as soon as possible; however, it is clear that the current December 31, 2015 deadline is not realistic. Despite investing billions of dollars into PTC, unanticipated technological and regulatory delays have left railroads unable to comply with the deadline. We must prevent a shutdown of our rail network.
“I am proud the Texas Delegation is taking the lead to ensure that our nation’s railroads can continue their important role in our economy, while working to fully implement Positive Train Control technology.”
WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Kay Granger (TX-12) and Congressman Steve Womack (AR-3) yesterday sent National Commission on the Future of the Army (NCFA) Chairman Carter Ham, USA Ret., and Vice Chairman Thomas R. Lamont a letter expressing concerns over recent Army force structure decisions and their hope that the NCFA will take into account the value and capability of the National Guard as they prepare recommendations for Army force structure decisions. The letter says, in part:
“The National Guard must be recognized as a legitimate combat reserve of the Army. To relegate them to the sidelines by stripping them of assets, reducing their readiness levels, and removing combat capability is simply unacceptable. In addition, we urge you to reexamine the Department of Defense dwell time guidelines: some adjustments would make the Guard a cost-effective and viable choice for maintaining combat power. As proven over the last 14 years, the National Guard provides a significant cost-savings in dwell while providing an equal capability when deployed. The National Guard is always accessible and has never been better equipped, better led and more ready than it is right now. It is essential to build a force that embraces this unprecedented capability.”
The letter goes on to express specific concern over the Army’s Aviation Restructure Initiative (ARI), which would remove attack aviation capability from the National Guard in order to provide the active Army with additional capability, and reiterate the need for an operational reserve in attack aviation.
The full text of the letter can be found here.
Without action from Congress, the federal government will shutdown on October 1st. I want to give you an update on this important issue and provide my perspective, as I have heard from a number of you regarding this topic over the last few weeks.
Our federal government was set up with the primary purpose to defend our country from enemies. This point is at the forefront of my mind every day I represent you in Congress, but it always seems to figure more prominently during these budget crises. When the American people’s representatives cannot govern effectively, it sends a message of vulnerability to our adversaries. There is no shortage of those who seek to do us harm in these very dangerous times.
A short-term continuing resolution is necessary to avoid a shutdown and negotiate a budget deal, but we cannot operate under one that lasts a year. The only thing worse than a continuing resolution is an outright shutdown of the government. Although essential federal employees who volunteered to defend our country such as our men and women in the military, law enforcement and border patrol would still be expected to report for duty during a shutdown, they would be working without pay. This is unacceptable.
As a government “of the People, by the People, for the People," it should be both responsive to the changes of the people and a responsible steward of our hard-earned taxpayer dollars. When Congress passes a continuing resolution, it only continues current levels of spending. This means duplicative or wasteful programs that should be eliminated continue to get funding. Likewise, important programs that need new or additional funding can’t get it.
We don’t need more spending in Washington on autopilot- it wastes taxpayer dollars, hurts small business owners and those approaching retirement, and ill-equips our men and women in uniform. Please be assured I will continue to fight for a smaller, more responsive Washington that gets back to its core principle: provide for the common defense.
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Over the summer I have watched, just as you have, the videos that raise serious questions about Planned Parenthood’s operations. I am disgusted by them. As the first and only Republican woman to represent Texas in the House of Representatives, I want to share with you my take on this very serious issue.
I strongly support a full and thorough investigation into these shocking allegations. I am pleased that House leadership announced a broad congressional inquiry that will include three House committees, and I voted in favor of a bill suspending funding to Planned Parenthood for a year while these inquiries are ongoing.
These dollars should instead be redirected to women’s health services and clinics, which currently provide robust services to those most in need. I don’t want any federal taxpayer dollars going to fund abortions, and we should not allow the deplorable actions of Planned Parenthood to further harm women and families.
I have heard from many of you regarding this issue and know how deeply affected you are by it. Your concerns are understandable - these videos are horrifying. The events depicted have only reinforced my long-held opposition to the federal funding of abortions. I have consistently voted in favor of legislation that eliminates funding for Planned Parenthood. Because of my principled leadership, I was recognized earlier this year by Family Research Council (FRC) Action for my 100 percent voting record on pro-life and pro-family legislation that they tracked during the 113th Congress.
My fellow conservative women and I in the House have an important leadership role to play on this issue. We will continue to take our responsibility seriously, and will work tirelessly to find a resolution.
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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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We cannot accept more Syrian refugees until we are absolutely convinced that our system of safeguards is secure. https://t.co/C6qJTwlIRI
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House votes overwhelmingly to put American safety first, ensure that no terrorists slip in through refugee program. https://t.co/6qVVKvjxEH
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Vote coming today on bill to make our refugee program secure. I support this plan to protect America from ISIS. https://t.co/6qVVKvjxEH
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