Kay Granger

Kay Granger

TEXAS' 12th DISTRICT

My Take: A Well Deserved Pay-Raise for Texans

2017/11/17

For the first time in years, a typical middle-income family will see significant tax relief.

November 17, 2017

Dear Friends,

Last month, I wrote to you about the House Republican plan to reform our broken tax code. I also promised you that I would keep you informed as tax reform works its way through Congress.

As you may have seen, yesterday the House passed historic legislation to deliver meaningful tax relief to families, workers, and businesses. The goal of this legislation is to simplify the tax code, allow Americans to keep more of their hard earned money and encourage companies to stay in the U.S. to keep vital American jobs. It represents the most sweeping tax overhaul in a generation.

The House Republican bill doubles the standard deduction to protect more of Americans’ paychecks from taxes. It increases the Child Tax Credit to help more families with the cost of raising children. And it preserves important tax benefits to help families afford a home, pay their property taxes, and put their kids through college.

By doubling the standard deduction for individuals and families, and lowering the overall tax rate, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will result in more money in the pockets of average Texans, more than making up for the elimination of any one particular deduction. Tax simplification also means that most Americans will now be able to file their taxes on a postcard. While the House has passed our version of the bill, the Senate’s legislation has some differences, and the final version is not yet complete.

Importantly, the bill we just passed out of the House means that for the first time in years, a typical middle-income family will see significant tax relief. In fact, the Tax Foundation estimates our plan would increase the median Texan household income by $2,558.

I have heard from some constituents who are concerned that the tax bill’s reforms remove some deductions from the tax code. An example of this is that the media is alleging that our tax bill is bad for teachers because they would no longer be able to deduct $250 from their taxes for classroom expenses. It’s important to remember that the value of this deduction is, on average, only $37.50. Under our tax plan, however, that same teacher would be able to save more than $1,000. The benefit under the House Republican plan to a teacher or average worker is clear – and anything you might hear to the contrary is just fake news.

The tax reform bill also ensures that most small businesses will pay a top rate of no more than 25 percent on their pass-through income. That’s a huge difference from today, where they’re paying rates as high as 40 percent.

Finally, this tax relief plan means that America will have one of the most modern and competitive tax codes in the world. Rather than a corporate income tax rate of 35 percent, we’ll have a corporate rate of 20 percent – which beats many of our major international competitors. Instead of encouraging American companies to keep trillions of dollars in profits overseas, we’ll have a pro-growth tax system that encourages them to bring this money home. That means more jobs and more investment in Texas.

This is the most significant step we’ve taken toward comprehensive tax reform in more than 30 years, and I am proud to support it.

Sincerely,

Kay Granger

Member of Congress

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Granger Statement on the Tax Cut and Jobs Act

2017/11/16

Congresswoman Kay Granger (TX-12) today issued the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act:

“Our current tax code is too long, too complicated and is a drag on the economy. With the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, we have a historic opportunity to simplify the tax code and lower the overall tax rate for both individuals and businesses, creating new jobs and new opportunities for Texans.

“Right now, businesses are suffering under some of the highest taxes in the world, forcing them to move jobs overseas to be able to stay in business. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act reduces tax rates so that businesses will stay in the U.S. and encourages those that have moved to come back. This will increase jobs, while reforms like increasing the standard deduction and removing special interest loopholes will make the tax filing process easier and simpler for all Texans.

“By doubling the standard deduction for individuals and families, and lowering the overall tax rate, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will result in more money in the pockets of average Texans, more than making up for the elimination of any one particular deduction. In fact, the Tax Foundation estimates that the House Republican tax plan will create 81,108 jobs for Texans and increase the median Texan household income by $2,558. The bill passed by the House today will cut taxes, create jobs, energize the economy, and result in more money in the average worker’s paycheck.”

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Granger Statement on Esper Confirmation as Secretary of the Army

2017/11/15

Chairwoman of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee Rep. Kay Granger (TX-12) issued the following statement after the Senate voted to confirm Mark Esper as the Secretary of the Army:

“I congratulate Mark Esper on his confirmation as Secretary of the Army by the U.S. Senate. I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Mark for many years. His dedication and distinguished service in uniform and in the private sector will serve him well in his new post. Mark will be a good steward and advocate for the men and women of the United States Army. I look forward to working with him in this important position.”

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Granger Statement on the National Defense Authorization Act

2017/11/14

Congresswoman Kay Granger (TX-12) today issued the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed the FY18 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA):

“I congratulate the authorizers on the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act which will establish policies for the Department of Defense.

“As Chairwoman of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, I look forward to quickly completing the hard work necessary to fund our nation’s military and will carefully consider the funding recommendations contained in the authorization Act. 

“Along with my colleagues on the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, we will ensure that the United States military has the resources it needs to assure our allies, deter aggression, and overpower any potential adversaries.”

 

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My Take: Honoring Our Veterans

2017/11/09

Tomorrow is Veterans Day – a time for us to honor all who have served our nation in uniform.

November 10, 2017

Dear Friends,

Tomorrow is Veterans Day – a time for us to honor all who have served our nation in uniform.

Our nation’s men and women in uniform are America’s greatest asset. Their sacrifices throughout our nation’s history have laid the foundation for the freedoms we enjoy today.

As Chairwoman of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, I witness the enormous responsibility our service members carry, and I am humbled by their dedication and selfless service. That is why I fight every day to make sure our military and our veterans have what they need to keep us safe.

It’s also our responsibility to make sure America cares for these brave individuals when they come home. As your Congresswoman, I will never stop fighting for those who fought for us. 

This Veterans Day, please join me in honoring all the men and women who have given so much to keep our nation safe.

Sincerely,

Kay Granger

Member of Congress

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My Take: U.S. House Funds the Children’s Health Insurance Program

2017/11/03

This week, the House voted to fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

November 3, 2017

Dear Friends,

This week, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to fully fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), an important safety net program that provides healthcare to lower-income children.

Since 1999, when CHIP was enacted with strong bipartisan support by the Texas Legislature, it has helped children in working families who earn too much to qualify for Medicaid, but too little to afford private health insurance.  

Nearly 400,000 Texas children – more than 10,000 in the twelfth district alone – rely on the CHIP program to provide basic healthcare services. These children would have no other affordable option for coverage otherwise.

I understand how difficult it can be to afford health care and how important it is that Texas families have access to affordable and hassle-free health care.

The bill that passed the House today would extend this vital program for five years, and would ensure that children will continue to receive coverage through our local Texas CHIP program rather than through Obamacare or Medicaid.

I have always been a strong supporter of cutting wasteful government spending and making sure that our precious taxpayer dollars are used wisely, and I’m pleased that the bill we passed also is fully paid for – ensuring that we will not burden future generations with more debt.

The Texas’ Children’s Health Insurance Program is critical to hundreds of thousands of Texans, and I am hopeful that the Senate will soon pass this important legislation to ensure that no child goes without the care they and their family deserve.

Sincerely,

Kay Granger

Member of Congress

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My Take: Tax Reform that Works for Texans

2017/10/27

Dear Friends,

This week, the House passed a final budget resolution. This is a key step to advance tax reform.

It’s been more than 30 years since Congress passed major tax reform. Over that time, the tax code has become bloated and full of carve-outs for special interests, and swelled to seven tax brackets and more than 70,000 pages.

Texans spend too much time working through a tangled mess of rules just to file their taxes, and too many haven’t seen a meaningful pay increase in years.

That is why now is the time for Congress to act. This budget begins to deliver on my commitment to the people of the twelfth district to grow our economy and deliver real tax relief for individuals, families, and businesses. As Chairwoman of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, it was also vital we passed a budget to lay the groundwork to rebuild our military. 

Congress and the Administration will now craft legislation that will reduce taxes and grow jobs and paychecks for all Americans. Reforms like increasing the standard deduction for individuals and families, removing special interest loopholes, and repealing the death tax will make the tax filing process easier and simpler. All told, these tax cuts will boost wages for the typical worker by at least $4,000.

I am looking forward to working with my colleagues over the coming weeks to make taxes lower, simpler, and fairer. I will be sure to keep you updated as this important legislation works its way through Congress.

Sincerely,

Kay Granger

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Granger Statement on Final Passage of the Budget

2017/10/26

Congresswoman Kay Granger (TX-12) today issued the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed a final budget resolution:

“The vote by the House on this budget resolution puts us one step closer to passing historic tax reform, which will overhaul our broken tax code, increase paychecks for Texans, and create jobs here in America. As Chairwoman of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, it was also vital we passed a budget to lay the groundwork to rebuild our military.  

“This budget delivers on my commitment to the people of the twelfth district to grow our economy and deliver real tax relief for individuals, families, and businesses. I am looking forward to working with my colleagues over the coming weeks to make taxes lower, simpler, and fairer.” 

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My Take: Combating Human Trafficking in Fort Worth and Beyond

2017/10/20

Earlier this week I announced a $3.3 million grant for the University of North Texas Health Science Center to combat human trafficking. 

Dear Friends,

Earlier this week I was honored to announce that the University of North Texas Health Science Center has been awarded a $3.3 million grant from the State Department to help combat human trafficking. With this funding, U.N.T. will help establish a D.N.A. database of parents and family members of missing or abducted children in Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. This database will allow us to positively identify children who have been trafficked and safely return them to their families.

The U.N.T. Health Science Center already runs the premier human identification lab in the United States. As such, they are uniquely qualified to lead this effort, which will be vital in the continuing struggle to combat human trafficking from Central America. In fact, the center has already been involved in many high-profile cases including the Amanda Knox trial and helping to identify the victims of John Wayne Gacy.  

As I’ve said before, no community in America is immune to the scourge of human trafficking, including our corner of North Texas. Sadly, the Dallas-Fort Worth area has the second-highest number of cases in Texas, and the problem is only getting worse: last year, there was a 35% spike in human trafficking cases compared to the previous year.

While no single piece of legislation will end human trafficking, Congress can act – and we have. Just this past year, the House has passed 16 bills to provide greater support for trafficking victims and additional resources for law enforcement to enable them to go after traffickers. We are resolved to act to stop this tragedy here in America and around the world.

We can all play a part in combating human trafficking and protecting the most vulnerable among us. It is my hope that with the right resources, we can end this scourge once and for all.  

Sincerely,

Kay Granger

Member of Congress

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My Take: An Update on Iran

2017/10/13

Iran continues to pose a threat to the United States and our allies. As Chairwoman of the House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee and a member of the House Intelligence Committee, I am committed to keeping Americans safe and preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon.

Dear Friends,

This week, Iran’s nuclear program is back in the news. I wanted to share some thoughts with you about why preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon is in the vital interests of the United States, and how the deal reached with Iran by the Obama Administration was fatally flawed.

After many years of sanctions, Iran was forced to come to the negotiating table. This was an opportunity for the United States and the world to ensure that Iran never developed nuclear capabilities.  Unfortunately, the Obama Administration was so focused on getting any deal they could that they did not focus on getting a good deal. In 2015, an agreement was reached that reduced economic sanctions on Iran and unfroze billions of dollars of assets in return for a temporary freeze in their nuclear program. It was clear through Iran’s rhetoric and subsequent actions that they never truly intended to abide by the deal.  They simply wanted to help their crippled economy and have access to billions of dollars that they could use to fund terrorist groups and actions. 

At the time, I expressed strong opposition to this agreement because it did not prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons; it simply delayed it, while also giving them access to conventional weapons.  As part of the deal, the Obama Administration also released more than $100 billion in previously frozen assets that Iran has since used to finance terrorist activities in the Middle East and rebuild its conventional weapons arsenal. Additionally, the deal failed to achieve “anytime, anywhere” inspections and relinquished the deterrence provided by surprise inspections. It will begin to lift key nuclear restrictions after eight years, and will grant Iran virtually instant breakout time after 15 years. In short: the agreement legitimized Iran’s nuclear program and set it on a path to become a nuclear state.

After taking office in January, President Trump tasked his national security team with conducting an Iran policy review, with the aim of developing a comprehensive strategy to address and counter all the threats Iran poses to the international community. Part of the Iran deal requires that every 90 days, the president must certify that Iran is in compliance with the agreement. Today, President Trump announced that his administration was unable to certify that the benefits Iran receives under the deal are “appropriate and proportionate to the measures Iran has taken with respect to terminating its nuclear program.” This decision means that it will be up to Congress to explore options to address the serious flaws in the Obama Administration’s nuclear agreement.

As Chairwoman of the House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee and a member of the House Intelligence Committee, I receive frequent briefings on the developments regarding the effort by Iran to acquire nuclear weapons. There is no higher responsibility I have than to keep Americans safe.  I look forward to working with my colleagues in the House to do everything possible to ensure that Iran never has the ability to use nuclear weapons against the U.S., Israel or our allies.

Sincerely,

Kay Granger

Member of Congress

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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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