WASHINGTON, DC—Congresswoman Kay Granger (TX-12) issued the following statement regarding the Department of State’s plan to modify the U.S. diplomatic presence in Cuba:
“I am opposed to the Administration’s planned re-designation of the U.S. Interests Section as a U.S. Embassy in Cuba, which would give the Cuban regime full diplomatic recognition despite the fact that they continue to repress the Cuban people. As Chairwoman of the Appropriations Committee’s State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Appropriations Subcommittee, it is my responsibility to weigh in on how the State Department uses American taxpayer dollars, and I object to funds being used to expand U.S. diplomatic operations and facilities in Cuba.”
WASHINGTON, DC—Congresswoman Kay Granger (TX-12) issued the following statement regarding an agreement reached on Iran’s nuclear program:
“I will not support an agreement that jeopardizes the safety and security of Americans and our allies throughout the world. The goal of these negotiations was for Iran to give up the ability to produce nuclear weapons in exchange for sanctions relief. This agreement would simply delay Iran’s ability to produce a nuclear weapon, while also giving them access to conventional weapons. Furthermore, with sanctions lifted, the Iranian government will have the resources to continue to pursue its anti-American and anti-Israel agenda. This Administration was so concerned about building a legacy that it was incapable of walking away from what appears to be a bad deal.”
WASHINGTON, DC—Congresswoman Kay Granger (TX-12), Congressman Steve Womack (AR-3), and Congressman Keith Rothfus (PA-12) are leading the effort to protect national security by keeping Apache helicopters with the National Guard and preventing the reduction of Army Guard End Strength. The three lawmakers spearheaded a letter signed by more than 200 House members urging that National Guard Apaches not be transferred to the Active Army and that no decision on the transfer be made until the Commission on the Future of the Army issues its report.
In the letter to the Chairman and Ranking Members of both the House Armed Services Committee and the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, the members highlighted the fact that the National Guard is “battle-tested and combat proven.” They also noted the vital role that the National Guard plays in responding to domestic disasters and emergencies while also fighting overseas. The lawmakers said any changes before the Commission completes the report “defeats the entire purpose of the Commission.”
“America’s security is our top priority,” the House members wrote in the letter. “Protecting the capabilities of the National Guard is vitally important to that security. As the FY16 National Defense Authorization and Appropriations bills are conferenced, we ask you to halt the transfer of Apaches from the Army National Guard and stop reductions in Army Guard end-strength and Full-Time Support until FY 17. This will ensure Congress has sufficient time to review all recommendations and to thoughtfully deliberate the issues before making a final decision on matters critical to national security.”
WASHINGTON, DC—Congresswoman Kay Granger (TX-12) issued the following statement on the United Nations Human Rights Council report on the Gaza conflict:
“The UN Human Rights Council’s report on last summer’s conflict in the Gaza Strip continues the Council’s blatant bias against Israel. The report was unfairly critical of Israel while at the same time it fails to condemn Hamas’ terrorist tactics. The report said nothing about Hamas’ indiscriminate firing of rockets into Israel, their use of underground tunnels to launch attacks against Israel and their storage of missiles at hospitals and schools. The report also recommends the International Criminal Court, which has a clear bias against Israel, conduct an investigation into Israel’s actions in the Gaza Strip.
“I have been very vocal with my concerns regarding the UN Human Rights Council and the International Criminal Court. I included language in the Fiscal Year 2016 State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs bill to address these concerns. The bill prohibits the UN Human Rights Council from receiving taxpayer dollars unless the Secretary of State determines and reports that participation in the Council is in the national security interest of the United States and that the Council is taking significant steps to remove Israel as a permanent agenda item. In addition, the bill prohibits economic assistance to the Palestinian Authority if they initiate or actively support an International Criminal Court investigation that subjects Israeli nationals to an investigation for alleged crimes against Palestinians.
“I urge the Administration to adamantly oppose this biased account against Israel and support Israel’s right to defend itself. Should this come up for a vote, members of the UN Human Rights Council must also stand up against such blatant bias and vote against this report.”
WASHINGTON, DC—Congresswoman Kay Granger (TX-12) issued the following statement on the Supreme Court’s decision that ObamaCare subsidies for 34 states that use the federal insurance exchange are legal:
“Regardless of the Supreme Court’s decision, ObamaCare has had a deeply negative impact on my constituents’ personal health care and our nation’s health care system. The law raised taxes, forced many Americans to change their insurance, reduced coverage options and imposed new government mandates on the American people. I remain committed to working to make high quality healthcare affordable and accessible to my constituents.”
WASHINGTON, DC—Last night, Congresswoman Kay Granger (TX-12) met with Malala Yousafzai, who earned a Nobel Peace Prize for her advocacy of education for young women. Congresswoman Granger released the following statement about the meeting:
“Malala Yousafzai’s accomplishments are a source of inspiration for me and many others. As the daughter of a teacher and principal, and a former educator myself, I know firsthand the profound impact that an education can have on a young adult.
“The work that Malala does improves the lives of young men and women throughout the world.
“Malala has managed to accomplish so much good without a title or a position of power. She has earned recognition because of the importance of her message and her willingness to stand up to those who deny young women an education. In doing this work she has placed her life in jeopardy.
“We often mistake those who are physically imposing or in a position of power for the strongest individuals in our society. But as Abraham Lincoln said, ‘There is nothing stronger than gentleness.’ Malala is one of the strongest individuals whom I have ever had the honor of meeting.
“Through my past work as Co-Chairwoman of the Iraqi Women’s Caucus and Co-Chairwoman of Women's Caucus Task Force on Afghan Women, and through my work as Chairwoman of the State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Subcommittee, I have led several efforts to make sure that young women have access to an education and opportunities to participate in the political process.
“I wish Malala the best as she continues her vital work and I am committed to doing whatever possible to ensure that an education is a right rather than a privilege.”
I thank the Chairman for yielding and for his exceptional leadership of the Committee this year.
I also want to acknowledge the work of my friend, Mrs. Lowey, as Ranking Member of the Full Committee and the Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations. Even in a year when total spending in the bill is reduced by 11% below the request, we have tried to work together to find solutions our members can support.
We have many amendments to consider this morning, so I will give just a few brief highlights of the bill.
All of our Committee members know that we live in a dangerous world where terrorists threaten the United States, our allies and partners, and our way of life. We see Russia and China continuing to assert territorial claims against their neighbors, and the threat of a nuclear Iran is real. That is why this bill at $47.8 billion, 3% below last year’s level, must prioritize programs that are in our national security interest, including o embassy security; o assistance to key countries - such as Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Ukraine; o preventing terrorist safe havens and stopping the flow of foreign terrorist fighters, and; o democracy programs and international broadcasting. The bill provides robust funding for security initiatives to help our neighbors in Mexico, Colombia, the Caribbean, and Central America. The funding provided for Central America continues to address the tens of thousands of unaccompanied children that have come to the United States over the last year. As I said when we marked up this bill last summer, changes will not happen overnight in these countries. While there is now a joint plan to address shared challenges in the region, more needs to be done by the Central American countries. Security must come first before there can be prosperity.
The bill continues our bipartisan commitment to address human trafficking. We must do our part to put an end to what equates to modern day slavery. The bill also devotes funds to combat wildlife poaching and trafficking. Many members of this committee are concerned that criminal organizations are getting rich off of this illegal activity, and we want to protect some of the world’s most unique wildlife from extinction.
The bill also focuses on critical humanitarian aid and health programs by rejecting the cuts proposed for these accounts in the President’s budget. To address all of these needs, the bill excludes funding for many of the international banks, reduces the United Nations and international organizations by a billion dollars below the request, and rescinds accounts where balances have accumulated due to slow spending. This bill addresses key policy issues, including aid to Egypt. At a time of unrest in the Middle East, the U.S. needs Egypt as our stable ally. Funds in the bill, and the conditions placed on those funds, reflect our commitment to maintaining our relationship with Egypt. The bill makes clear statements about the Palestinian Authority (P.A.). The P.A. will not receive economic aid as long as they continue to pursue unilateral efforts at the U.N. and other international organizations, outside of a negotiated peace agreement with Israel. The bill also stops the Palestinians from having representation in Washington, D.C., if their hostile actions continue.
In closing, I hope that we can work quickly to report the bill out of Committee today. I yield back to the Chairman.Read More
WASHINGTON, DC—Congresswoman Kay Granger (TX-12) released the following statement on her decision to vote for Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation that would establish the rules for how the President can negotiate trade agreements. “American companies and workers depend on a global economy and it is essential that they are in a position to take full advantage of global markets,” Congresswoman Granger said. “The worst thing that can happen is for America to be shut out of these markets. In Texas alone, more than 40,000 companies export $325 million in goods annually. Ways & Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (WI-1) has written the TPA bill in such a way that the President is required to negotiate in a manner that is both accountable and transparent. Congress will have the ability to weigh in as the agreements are being negotiated and would retain the authority to veto an agreement that they determine is not in America’s best interest. I will vote for Trade Promotion Authority because it gives the United States the leverage needed to negotiate favorable trade agreements that open foreign markets to American exports, grow our economy, and create American jobs.”Read More
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Kay Granger (TX-12) released the following statement after former Speaker of the House Jim Wright passed away earlier today.
“Speaker Jim Wright’s footprint in Fort Worth and North Texas is large. He was instrumental in projects that helped build this state and particularly North Texas to the prominent place it holds today. He helped save the Historic Stockyards District and authored the Wright Amendment which settled a bitter fight over DFW International Airport, allowing Fort Worth and Dallas to work together and share the economic growth largely credited to the success of the airport.”
“My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and I join with so many others in mourning the loss of a true giant who worked tirelessly on behalf of the people of Texas and the United States of America.”Read More
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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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