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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The federal government’s first responsibility is to provide for our common defense. If the federal government is not open, our men and women in uniform are put at an unacceptable disadvantage.
Today I voted in favor of the one week continuing resolution to keep the government open. While not ideal, this added time will allow Congress to continue negotiating a final funding agreement for Fiscal Year 2017.
There is a chance that Congress may pass a long-term continuing resolution at the end of next week. I am opposed to long-term continuing resolutions because they do not allow Congress to evaluate current funding priorities. Instead, they simply continue previous government spending. This in turn prevents Congress from addressing current priorities.
In particular, a long-term continuing resolution is most devastating for our military. Without a new funding agreement focused on current priorities, the Navy will have to shut down half of its air wings, cancel the maintenance of 14 ships and cancel several ship deployments. The Army will have to delay critical modernization efforts and both the Marine Corps and Air Force will have to stop flying mid-summer.
We already have a readiness crisis in defense. Our men and women in uniform do not need additional challenges caused by Congress. That is why you can be certain I’ll continue working toward the comprehensive and current funding agreement our military deserves.
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I wanted to take this opportunity to share some of my travels throughout our community over the recent district work period.
Our community is unique because while it is vibrant and growing, Fort Worth still has its “small town” feel. The reason for this is because of our spirit of volunteerism. When there is a need, people in our community step up to take care of one another.
Local employees at U.P.S. do this by stepping up to be positive role models for children and help them shape a better future. I was pleased to take part in an event celebrating the U.P.S. Foundation’s support for Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star, and was honored to say a few words highlighting this partnership that makes our community stronger.
Although right outside of our 12th District, I also toured the Gatehouse, a new facility that will serve our community by providing protection to the most vulnerable among us. The Gatehouse is a community for women and children experiencing crisis and offers a variety of services to provide a safe place to escape abuse. This facility, funded entirely through private donations, ensures that our vibrant and growing community continues to look out for those in need.
In addition, I visited the Fort Worth Independent School District’s Young Women’s Leadership Academy to speak with junior and senior students and answer their questions. This wonderful school, which received the prestigious recognition of being named a National Blue Ribbon School, provides young women a rigorous curriculum to prepare them for college and success in life. We are fortunate to have such impressive young leaders in our community.
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With the President’s targeted military action in response to the atrocities committed by the Assad regime against innocent civilians, the United States has shown we are ready to lead again on the world stage.
When the White House made me aware in advance of last week’s targeted military action against the Assad regime, I told them they would have my full support. The regime’s use of chemical weapons against innocent men, women and children is horrific and cannot be allowed. The Syrian Government used these weapons in direct violation of international law and there needed to be an immediate, proportionate response.
The decisive action by this administration demonstrated to the American people and the world that America will lead from a position of strength. When this Administration draws a “red line” the world knows that line cannot be crossed without repercussions.
For many years, the world and our allies have been trying to assess what they should do in the absence of U.S. global leadership. Now the world knows that the days of “leading from behind” are over and the United States is ready to act like the world power we are.
I applaud the President for taking this necessary action and cannot overstate the impact it has on the world’s image of American strength. To be safe, we must be strong. In today’s dangerous world, that is more important than ever.
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Advocating on behalf of constituents is one of the most important roles of a Congressional office. This week I want to share some of what my district office does to help constituents in their dealings with the federal government.
Federal agencies affect all of us on a daily basis. While we may have a satisfactory experience with the Social Security Administration, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Department of Veterans Affairs or other agencies, sometimes we have difficulty getting what we need accomplished.
When constituents are having trouble navigating the bureaucratic maze or getting an answer they need, my office is here to help.
A recent example of the work we do involves a constituent’s son who joined the Navy and suffered a serious medical emergency during training. Due to paperwork delays and technicalities, her son was unable to get the special treatment the military doctors recommended for his recovery. When my office was contacted about this case, we were able to get the approval he needed and he has since moved to that special treatment center – where he is showing signs of improvement which give his parents hope.
In another case, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services proposed a rule that would affect patients with prosthetic devices. After hearing from constituents who would be negatively impacted, my office contacted the agency about the proposed rule. Fortunately, the agency decided against implementing it and patients can still get the prosthetic devices they depend on.
Should you ever need assistance in dealing with federal agencies, please call my Fort Worth office at 817-338-0909. It is an honor to advocate on your behalf.
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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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Chairwoman Granger's statement today on the release of the President's budget proposal: https://t.co/Qq40MIGWNl
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So proud of the 35 young ladies graduating from the Young Women's Leadership Academy this month. The Class of 2017 is truly full of future leaders
Congratulations to the finalists in the “What’s Right About America” essay contest and to all the fifth-grade graduates being honored tonight
Congresswoman Kay Granger (R-TX) today released the following statement on the White House budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2018: “Our military