Kay Granger

Kay Granger

TEXAS' 12th DISTRICT

My Take: America Can Always Count on Fort Worth

2017/09/18

Dear Friend,

We have so much to be proud of in Fort Worth.  One of the things I am most proud of is our community’s ability to step-up to provide help during times of need.  Local governments, churches, synagogues and charities represent just some of the many of the people in the area who immediately stepped up to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey and Irma.

This selfless spirit was on full display at Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base during both hurricanes. I wanted to provide you some highlights of how our base was involved. 

During Hurricane Harvey, our base welcomed military aircraft and families to provide them safety as they evacuated from the path of the storm.  Fort Worth received them with open arms giving them a safe haven and comfort during and after the catastrophic event.  Additionally, our base personnel immediately began working 24-hour operations to assist the Federal Emergency Management Agency with hurricane response including search and rescue operations.  Our Reserve fighter aircraft patrolled the skies to ensure American airspace remained safe.  The National Guard 136th Airlift Wing assisted in evacuating over 2,500 people and 20 animals from Beaumont, Houston and Galveston.

Within weeks of Harvey, the unprecedented Hurricane Irma aggressively pushed toward America.  Again, Fort Worth stepped-up to contribute, serving as a refuge for federal and state aircraft from Florida and South Carolina.  Quickly, the number of aircraft on our base tripled to over 200.  Again, base personnel and the Texas National Guard performed multiple relief missions across Florida and Puerto Rico delivering desperately needed supplies and relief.  These efforts clearly demonstrate the capabilities our base provides this nation and the resolve of our community.

I applaud the outstanding men and women of Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base for their gallant dedication to protecting our fellow Americans.  They clearly embody the values and spirit of our incredible community.  Without a doubt, American can rest assured knowing they can always count on Fort Worth.

Sincerely,

Kay Granger

Member of Congress

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GRANGER STATEMENT ON DACA ANNOUNCEMENT

2017/09/05

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  The establishment of DACA under President Obama was a clear example of the Executive Branch going around Congress to create a law.  Now is the time for Congress to work together to find consensus on a permanent legislative solution.

 

For more information about Congresswoman Granger and her work as chair of the House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee, please visit: https://kaygranger.house.gov/.

 

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EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE FOR VICTIMS OF HARVEY

2017/09/04

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Harvey caused unprecedented devastation and hundreds of thousands of people are suffering. That is why today we are announcing that the House Appropriations Committee released an assistance package to provide disaster relief and recovery funding urgently needed by the individuals, families and communities who were in Harvey’s path. This is the initial assistance package needed to address the massive destruction. Congress will act swiftly to ensure this assistance gets to those in need. It is vital that those affected by this extraordinary disaster receive the federal resources required to begin to recover and rebuild. I have been awed by the response of the State of Texas, first responders and volunteers over the past week.

Texans are strong and resilient; we will recover from this devastation.

 

 

 

For more information about Congresswoman Granger and her work as chair of the House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee, please visit: https://kaygranger.house.gov/.

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My Take: Texans Respond to Hurricane Harvey with Open Arms

2017/08/31

Dear Friends,

The images of the destruction wrought by Hurricane Harvey are heart-wrenching. Our Texas coast neighbors have lost so much – homes, possessions, and for some, family members and friends.

Thanks to the generosity of so many, though, the one thing they have not lost is hope.

The big-heartedness of Texans has been on full display in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. All across the state, people have given their time and resources to help those affected by the storm. 

Even as the waters begin to subside, volunteers and donations continue to poure in to Houston and neighboring communities from across Texas to assist with rescue efforts and to shelter wet and weary evacuees.

North Texas communities have sent first responders, equipment and other aid. Individuals and businesses alike have donated equipment, money, and time to the response effort.

The City of Fort Worth has prepared five public buildings to serve as shelters with capacity to serve thousands of evacuees from Houston and other affected areas.

The entire Texas National Guard has been mobilized to assist with search and rescue, and recovery efforts in the aftermath of the storm. About 12,000 guardsmen are conducting search-and-rescue missions from Corpus Christi to Houston.

In the wake of the hurricane, the good people of Texas have shown the world the values that make our country so special. The outpouring of generosity, kindness, volunteerism, and heroism on display this week reflects the very best of America.

Donations of clothes, diapers, water, non-perishable foods and other essentials are badly needed. If you can donate, make sure to do so to a reputable organization. 

Sincerely,

Kay Granger

Member of Congress

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My Take: Meeting with the great people of the Twelfth District

2017/08/25

The summer is almost over and it has been a busy August. I attended a number of meetings and community events in the past few weeks, and have met with many of you who requested meetings with me.

 

Dear Friend,

It is always a priority for me to be back in Fort Worth as much as possible. I recently calculated that I spend at least 60 percent of the year in the district.

When I am in the district, my goal is to hear from as many constituents as possible. My schedule is always filled weeks in advance with meetings and community events. If I am not available, my staff is always happy to meet with you.

In the past week, I attended a groundbreaking for the new Northside Community Health Center, a meet-and-greet in Weatherford, and a sit-down with church groups about the plight of refugees living in the Fort Worth area.

I also attended one of my favorite events this week. Each year, I host a meeting with community mayors from across our corner of North Texas. This nonpartisan gathering is exceptionally helpful because I get the chance to learn what issues are affecting our communities.

Many of these types of events do not attract coverage in the media, but the Wise County Messenger wrote about a meeting I had Monday with constituents in Decatur. If you have not read the article, I encourage you to do so here.

While the meeting was arranged by a Republican group, many Democrats attended and everyone had a chance to ask questions. Topics included healthcare reform, national security, and education.

Much has been written about the current state of our political system and our inability to have a civil debate. I thank everyone who turned out Monday for showing respect for their neighbors by allowing us to have a constructive conversation.

If we lose the ability to have a civil public discussion about the issues we most care about then we lose a key component of our democracy.

Sincerely,

Kay Granger

Member of Congress

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Chairwoman Granger Statement on Afghanistan Strategy  

2017/08/22

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Kay Granger (R-Texas), chairwoman of the House Defense Appropriations panel, today released the following statement on the Trump administration’s plans for the war in Afghanistan:   “I wholeheartedly support the President’s decision to follow Defense Secretary James Mattis’ recommendation to increase troop levels in Afghanistan. This modest increase will allow us to provide better support to the Afghan security forces and ensure we continue to have a strong ally in the fight against terrorism. In addition, it is important that Pakistan is working with us to deny terrorists a safe haven.”  

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My Take: The Politics of Intolerance

2017/08/18

Dear Friend,

One of the biggest problems in politics today is that we sometimes jump to conclusions without hearing out the other person.

I was recently asked about political violence in this country.  I responded that there has been political violence on both sides … because this is a fact.

Let me demonstrate this by referencing two recent events we are all familiar with:

The murderous events in Charlottesville were abhorrent, and the white supremacists who incited the violence do not represent who we are as a people. There is no room in our society for those who embrace hate and bigotry against their fellow Americans.

This was an example of political violence and I denounce it.

But just a few weeks before Charlottesville, a left-wing radical in Alexandria fired a gun at members of the Republican Congressional baseball team and critically wounded the House Republican Whip.

This was an example of political violence and I denounce it as well.

Both of these episodes were violent.  Both were outrageous.  Both were un-American. And both must be denounced. In fact, I can’t imagine that anyone but severe partisans would not agree with my position in denouncing both actions. 

This is the point I was making when I made my comments a few days ago.

Still, I would add that Charlottesville is deeply troubling to me.  Anti-Semitism and intolerance do not represent the core values and morals of this great nation. It is incumbent upon all of us as Americans to take a stand against extremism and acts of hatred.

The rhetoric of hate and personal insult has taken our political system hostage, making civil discourse nearly impossible and often dangerous. Whether it is the anti-Semitism of Charlottesville or the political intolerance of Alexandria, America is facing a moral crisis.

Disagreements over the direction of our nation and the political principles we follow to set our economic, health care, education, national security, and other policies are important ones. Every act of violence by demonstrators and counterdemonstrators, though, moves us further away from real solutions.

Unless we stand up for the universal ideals of equality and freedom for all, we risk losing what makes this nation a beacon of light for so many around the world.  And in the meantime, let’s make sure our political discourse is one where we hear the other person out, don’t jump to conclusions and don’t assume the worst.  Now is the time for all Americans to lower their voices and raise their sights.

Sincerely,

Kay Granger

Member of Congress

 

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Congresswoman Granger's Statement on Charlottesville

2017/08/17

"The recent events in Charlottesville are abhorrent and are not representative of the core values and morals of the United States. As a nation, we can have a civil debate over the differences in our beliefs, but we must condemn white supremacist groups like the KKK and neo-Nazis that promote bigotry, antisemitism, racism, and violence. Freedom and liberty are the foundations of this country, and therefore it is incumbent upon us as Americans to take a stand against such despicable acts of hatred." - Congresswoman Kay Granger, Co-Chair of the bipartisan Anti-Semitism Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Human trafficking happens everywhere. Yes, even here

2017/08/07

BY KAY GRANGEROriginally published in the Star-Telegram on Aug. 4, 2017

Human trafficking isn’t something we think of as being a major problem in America, but the truth is that adults and youth are being forced into prostitution and unpaid labor in our own backyard at an alarming rate.

No community in America is immune to the scourge of human trafficking, including our corner of North Texas.

The trafficking of people for the purpose of enriching the traffickers — whether the victims are brought across our borders illegally or recruited from our most vulnerable neighbors — is the fastest-growing criminal industry in the world.

More than 20 million victims are affected worldwide, according to the International Labor Organization. The majority of those victims are forced to work for little or no wages, many of them in the commercial sex trade. More than a quarter are children.

Every night across America, human traffickers prey on lost boys and girls, selling them through force or coercion for sex in big cities and small towns from coast to coast. Human trafficking has become a major human rights crisis that is overwhelming the limited resources of our local law enforcement agencies and destroying the lives of a generation of victims.

Incidents of human trafficking in the United States saw a 35.7 percent increase in 2016, compared with the previous year, according to the National Human Trafficking Hotline, which received 7,572 reports of trafficking last year.

As a senior member of the House State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee and co-chair of the House Human Trafficking Caucus, I have met with the victims of trafficking and witnessed the emotional devastation caused by being forced into slavery.

The trafficking of men, women and children for the purpose of exploitation is a horrendous crime that has no place in our society. The average age of girls who are sold into prostitution for the first time is between 8 and 13, and hundreds of teenagers are trafficked every night in the Fort Worth-Dallas area.

Texas is among of the top two states in the nation, after California, for reported incidents of human trafficking, and the Dallas-Fort Worth area has the second-highest number of cases in the state after Houston.

A recent University of Texas report estimates there are more than 300,000 victims of human trafficking across the state, including almost 79,000 children forced into the commercial sex trade by traffickers and nearly 234,000 adult victims of labor trafficking.

North Texas is a favorite target for modern-day slavers because of its relative proximity to the border and the convenient access to major highways and airports that make transporting victims to the rest of the country easy.

The increasing number of human trafficking cases in Tarrant County — 26 cases between January and April alone, compared with 62 in all of 2016 — has spurred a grassroots effort led by former and current elected officials and civic leaders to better protect victims and more aggressively prosecutes those who prey on them.

Part of that initiative is the Fort Worth Police Department’s Tarrant County Five-Stones Human Trafficking Taskforce, which includes federal and local law enforcement agencies working in partnership with community organizations, nonprofits, concerned citizens, and elected officials from all levels of government to end human trafficking.

Another worthy effort in the fight to end human trafficking is the Blue Lightning Initiative, a partnership between U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the U.S. Department of Transportation, and the aviation industry, including Fort Worth-based American Airlines. The initiative trains flight crews and other airline personnel to identify and report possible instances of human trafficking.

Traffickers often use fear and coercion to manipulate youth into engaging in the commercial sex trade and then keep most, if not all, of the profits. The Internet plays a significant role in sex trafficking and is often the way traffickers first find and connect with victims.

In response to this growing epidemic, the House has this year passed 16 anti-trafficking and exploitation bills to provide greater support for victims and make available additional resources for law enforcement to track down and punish traffickers.

No single piece of legislation will end human trafficking, but every bill brings greater attention to this problem hiding in plain sight and further empowers victims to regain control of their lives. Together with the efforts of community leaders and organizations in and around Fort Worth, we can curb the horrific damage caused by human trafficking and child exploitation.

We can all play a part in combating human trafficking and protecting the most vulnerable among us. I encourage you to learn the warning signs that may indicate that someone is being trafficked, volunteer to do victim outreach, and teach your children to identify dangerous situations and how to avoid potential traffickers.

If you suspect someone is being trafficked, please call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at (888) 373-7888.

Kay Granger serves North Texas in the U.S. House.

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Editorial: Human trafficking happens everywhere. Yes, even here

2017/08/07

BY KAY GRANGER Originally published in the Star-Telegram on Aug. 4, 2017

Human trafficking isn't something we think of as being a major problem in America, but the truth is that adults and youth are being forced into prostitution and unpaid labor in our own backyard at an alarming rate. 

No community in America is immune to the scourge of human trafficking, including our corner of North Texas.

The trafficking of people for the purpose of enriching the traffickers — whether the victims are brought across our borders illegally or recruited from our most vulnerable neighbors — is the fastest-growing criminal industry in the world.

More than 20 million victims are affected worldwide, according to the International Labor Organization. The majority of those victims are forced to work for little or no wages, many of them in the commercial sex trade. More than a quarter are children.

Every night across America, human traffickers prey on lost boys and girls, selling them through force or coercion for sex in big cities and small towns from coast to coast. Human trafficking has become a major human rights crisis that is overwhelming the limited resources of our local law enforcement agencies and destroying the lives of a generation of victims.

Incidents of human trafficking in the United States saw a 35.7 percent increase in 2016, compared with the previous year, according to the National Human Trafficking Hotline, which received 7,572 reports of trafficking last year.

As a senior member of the House State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee and co-chair of the House Human Trafficking Caucus, I have met with the victims of trafficking and witnessed the emotional devastation caused by being forced into slavery.

The trafficking of men, women and children for the purpose of exploitation is a horrendous crime that has no place in our society. The average age of girls who are sold into prostitution for the first time is between 8 and 13, and hundreds of teenagers are trafficked every night in the Fort Worth-Dallas area.

Texas is among of the top two states in the nation, after California, for reported incidents of human trafficking, and the Dallas-Fort Worth area has the second-highest number of cases in the state after Houston.

A recent University of Texas report estimates there are more than 300,000 victims of human trafficking across the state, including almost 79,000 children forced into the commercial sex trade by traffickers and nearly 234,000 adult victims of labor trafficking.

North Texas is a favorite target for modern-day slavers because of its relative proximity to the border and the convenient access to major highways and airports that make transporting victims to the rest of the country easy.

The increasing number of human trafficking cases in Tarrant County — 26 cases between January and April alone, compared with 62 in all of 2016 — has spurred a grassroots effort led by former and current elected officials and civic leaders to better protect victims and more aggressively prosecutes those who prey on them.

Part of that initiative is the Fort Worth Police Department’s Tarrant County Five-Stones Human Trafficking Taskforce, which includes federal and local law enforcement agencies working in partnership with community organizations, nonprofits, concerned citizens, and elected officials from all levels of government to end human trafficking.

Another worthy effort in the fight to end human trafficking is the Blue Lightning Initiative, a partnership between U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the U.S. Department of Transportation, and the aviation industry, including Fort Worth-based American Airlines. The initiative trains flight crews and other airline personnel to identify and report possible instances of human trafficking.

Traffickers often use fear and coercion to manipulate youth into engaging in the commercial sex trade and then keep most, if not all, of the profits. The Internet plays a significant role in sex trafficking and is often the way traffickers first find and connect with victims.

In response to this growing epidemic, the House has this year passed 16 anti-trafficking and exploitation bills to provide greater support for victims and make available additional resources for law enforcement to track down and punish traffickers.

No single piece of legislation will end human trafficking, but every bill brings greater attention to this problem hiding in plain sight and further empowers victims to regain control of their lives.

Together with the efforts of community leaders and organizations in and around Fort Worth, we can curb the horrific damage caused by human trafficking and child exploitation.

We can all play a part in combating human trafficking and protecting the most vulnerable among us. I encourage you to learn the warning signs that may indicate that someone is being trafficked, volunteer to do victim outreach, and teach your children to identify dangerous situations and how to avoid potential traffickers.

If you suspect someone is being trafficked, please call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at (888) 373-7888.

Kay Granger serves North Texas in the U.S. House.

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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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