Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Kay Granger (R-Texas) issued the following statement on Sen. John McCain:
“John McCain is one of the toughest men I know. He’s never been one to shy away from a fight and I don’t expect him to do so this time. My thoughts and prayers are with John and his family.”Read More
Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Kay Granger (R-Texas) was honored yesterday at a Sunset Parade at the Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington, Virginia.
Granger, who serves as chairwoman of the House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee, was recognized Tuesday evening at the traditional summer parade for her sustained commitment to America’s servicemen and women.
“During my time in Congress, I have always sought to serve in positions where I could help the military and strengthen our national security,” said Granger, who has served in the House since 1997. “We live in a dangerous world, and we depend on the Marines Corps and all of our service members to keep us safe and maintain stability around the globe. Now is the time to invest in the modernization of our military to ensure it is stronger than ever.”
Deputy Commandant for Aviation Lt. Gen. Steve Rudder said Granger is known for being “hard-working, honest, and fair” and thanked her for her support of the military.
“It was a great honor to be recognized by the Marine Corps with a traditional Sunset Parade,” Granger said after the evening parade. “I want to thank Lt. Gen. Rudder and the Commander of the Marine Barracks Washington, Col. Tyler Zagurski for inviting me to be a part of this wonderful tradition.”
Since September 1956, marching and musical units from Marine Barracks, Washington, D.C., have presented Sunset Parades in front of the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial from May to August.Read More
Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Kay Granger (R-Texas) today released the following statement after the House Appropriations Committee approved a balanced and responsible energy and water spending bill.
The bipartisan bill provides badly needed investments in Army Corps of Engineers’ water infrastructure and flood-control projects like the Trinity River Vision project in Fort Worth.
“The Trinity River Vision project will improve the quality of life and livability of Fort Worth by addressing the area’s chronic flooding problems,” said Granger, who voted for the energy and water bill as a member of the full Appropriations Committee. “I have long been a supporter of the Trinity River project and I am proud that this bill will help advance it.”
The transformational Trinity River Vision project will improve flood protection along 88 miles of the river and eliminate the need for the existing levee system in the center of Fort Worth, opening up the riverbank area for recreation and urban revitalization.
The bill provides the Army Corps of Engineers nearly $6.2 billion for fiscal year 2018, an increase of $120 million above the current funding level and $1.2 billion above the President’s budget request.
“This bill is good for Fort Worth and good for the country,” Granger said. “We need to improve flood control along our river area and open up the area to recreation and economic development for the benefit of the whole community.”
The bill is now ready for consideration by the full House.Read More
Washington, DC – Congresswoman Kay Granger on Wednesday joined her House colleagues in standing up for victims of human trafficking and providing law enforcement additional resources to better protect vulnerable women and children from exploitation and slavery.
“The enslavement of humans for the purpose of prostitution or forced labor is not something we think about as happening here in America, but the truth is that human trafficking affects every region of our country. North Texas is not immune,” Granger said. “The legislation we passed today will help crack down on human traffickers and strengthen protections for at-risk youth.”
A recent University of Texas report estimates there are more than 300,000 victims of human trafficking in Texas, including almost 79,000 children victims of sex trafficking and nearly 234,000 adult victims of labor trafficking.
The House on Wednesday passed three bills targeting human traffickers:
Nationwide, incidents of human trafficking rose 35.7 percent in 2016 over the previous year, according to the National Human Trafficking Hotline. The hotline received 7,572 reports of trafficking in America last year. Texas was the state with the second highest number of cases with 670.
Since its founding in 2007, the hotline has received 145,764 reports of human trafficking across the United States.
The International Labor Organization estimates that 20.9 million people are trafficked globally. Of those, 68 percent are subjected to forced labor, 26 percent are children and 55 percent are women and girls.
“We must do better to protect the most vulnerable among us,” Granger said. “While legislation alone will not solve human trafficking, these bills reflect our continued commitment as a caucus to eradicating this scourge and giving victims a chance at a brighter future.”Read More
By Rep. Kay Granger
Originally published in Defense News on June 30, 2017.
Last week, a Russian fighter jet buzzed a U.S. Air Force reconnaissance aircraft participating in NATO exercises in the Baltic Sea. The armed fighter came within a few feet of the U.S. aircraft before breaking off, according to media reports.
Closer to home, Russian bombers have repeatedly approached U.S. airspace off the coast of Alaska, prompting the Air Force to scramble F-22 Raptor fighter jets from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage to intercept them.
Russia’s forays into the Alaska Air Defense Identification Zone, an area extending 200 miles beyond the state’s sovereign airspace into international airspace and waters, have reached levels not seen since the Cold War, according to North American Aerospace Defense Command officials.
Russia interference with U.S.-led military efforts in Syria and its seizure of Crimea are brazen examples of an adversary challenging American hegemony around the globe, but they are not isolated events.
China is rapidly expanding its military power in the South China Sea, and an increasingly belligerent North Korea continues its saber-rattling ballistic missile tests on the Korean Peninsula. Islamic terrorists in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Africa and the Philippines strike Western targets seemingly at will.
While America’s military remains a potent power on the battlefield, the growing boldness of our adversaries is evidence that our forces no longer provide the overwhelming deterrent they once did.
Our current state of un-readiness is a self-inflicted wound. Decades of declining budgets, deferred procurement, and nonstop deployments have left our armed forces undermanned, underequipped and undertrained. The indiscriminate cuts to discretionary spending imposed by the 2011 Budget Control Act (BCA) are simply the latest insult.
Providing for the common defense is the federal government’s primary constitutional obligation. But while we are continuously demanding more of our military personnel, defense funding is on track to hit its lowest level as a share of the economy since the end of World War II.
National security makes up less than 16 percent of federal spending or just 3.4 percent of our nation’s gross domestic product. Mandatory spending on entitlements and interest payments, on the other hand, accounts for roughly 70 percent of the federal budget, an amount equal to 15 percent of GDP.
The steady drop in defense spending has resulted in combat readiness issues across the force. Army troop strength has fallen by nearly 100,000 to 470,000. Two-thirds of our 31 brigade combat teams are not considered combat-ready. The Air Force is flying planes that were cutting-edge technology three decades ago. And more than 60 percent of the F/A-18 Super Hornets owned by the Navy and Marines are unable to fly because of maintenance backlogs and a lack of replacement parts.
Never-ending budget uncertainty has made it almost impossible for the Pentagon to plan strategically or efficiently implement new initiatives and weapon programs.
The spending bill written by the House defense appropriations panel, which I chair, seeks to reverse this troubling trend by basing funding levels on our national security needs – not the other way around.
Under the bill, which the full Appropriations Committee approved on Thursday, the Pentagon would receive $658 billion. That amount is $28 billion above President Trump’s budget request in recognition of the urgency of the readiness issues facing our military leaders.
The higher number – $60 billion more than current year funding – will require congressional action to waive the BCA’s caps on defense spending.
Fully addressing our modernization needs will require a long-term spending agreement that eliminates the risk of sequestration altogether. As Gen. James Mattis testified in 2015, “No foe in the field can wreck such havoc on our security that mindless sequestration is achieving.”
For years, our military leaders have said they could accomplish their mission regardless of funding levels. That is no longer the case. Chronic underfunding and uncertainty have starved our armed forces of the investment needed to stay ahead of our adversaries and be able to respond to multiple threats simultaneously.
All federal dollars are not equal. National security must take precedence.
The longer we wait to restore balance to the budget process, the greater the eventual cost of modernization. The worst possible outcome would be to leave in place current funding levels and caps, delaying for yet another year the overdue discussion about national spending priorities.
At a time when our nation faces challenges from Russia, China, North Korea, ISIS and other terrorist organizations, we must prioritize defense funding to provide our troops the tools and training to ensure they have a superior advantage on the battlefield. The last thing we want to do is offer them a fair fight.
Rep. Kay Granger represents Texas’ 12th District and is chairman of the House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee.Read More
WASHINGTON, DC – House Defense Appropriations Chairwoman Kay Granger (R-Texas) today delivered the following opening statement at the full House Appropriations Committee’s markup of the defense spending bill:
“Today we are marking up the defense appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2018.
“Congress’s number one responsibility is to provide for the defense of this nation. It is this bill that fulfills that most fundamental constitutional duty.
“The world is more dangerous and unstable than any time in recent history. Our adversaries – North Korea, Russia, China, and Iran – continue to become more aggressive. Terrorist threats from ISIS, al Qaeda and their affiliates continue. Technological advances are creating new and more lethal threats.
“Since becoming chair, I have made it my priority to listen first and foremost to our defense and intelligence experts so that we can ensure they have what they need to face both current and future threats.
“The bill before you reflects the advice we received from them. It provides Secretary Mattis with the resources he needs to implement his plan to restore our military.
“The subcommittee held numerous briefings, hearings, and hot spots meetings to ensure we had the most accurate and current information needed to write this bill.
“It has been an honor to work with my ranking member, Mr. Visclosky. His knowledge and passion for our national security have been extremely valuable.
“I want to thank Chairman Frelinghuysen and Ranking Member Lowey. Your strong leadership enables this subcommittee to do what is necessary to provide for our national security. I also want to thank all members of the committee and subcommittee for your ideas on how we can best address the needs of our military. This bill incorporates your ideas and priorities. The bill also takes into account the over 5,000 requests submitted by our committee and House colleagues.
“Today we are taking the next step to help Secretary Mattis’ plan by continuing to address military readiness but also beginning critical investments in increasing capabilities, lethality, and modernization.
“The bill provides a total of $658 billion for Fiscal Year 2018. This is $28 billion above the president’s request, and $60 billion over last year.
The levels in the bill match the levels of the authorization committee.
“General Dunford, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said, ‘The U.S. military’s competitive advantage against potential adversaries is eroding. Over the last decade, sustained operational commitments, budgetary instability, and advances by our adversaries have threatened our ability to project power, and we have lost our advantage in key warfighting areas.’”
This bill addresses his concerns regarding readiness and modernization requirements by:
Depot maintenance is funded at $16.6 billion to get our planes and ships back in working order.
“Secretary Mattis said, ‘Without sustained, sufficient, and predictable funding, I assess that within five years we will lose our ability to project power; the basis of how we defend the homeland, advance U.S. interests and meet our alliance commitments.’
To ensure this does not happen the bill includes $28.6 billion, above the president’s request, for a National Defense Restoration Fund. This fund is available to the Secretary to increase end strength, improve military readiness, modernize equipment, and invest in future technology, subject to appropriate congressional oversight.
“The secretary and the Joint Staff are expected to deliver a new defense strategy in September, a much-needed update to the last review conducted in 2014. The results of that review will inform the investments we need to make to rebuild our military.
“The Defense Restoration Fund will enable the Secretary to make necessary investments resulting from that review now, instead of having to wait until 2019.
“We have had an incredibly compressed timeline to put this bill together, and we have produced a bill we can all be proud of. Both majority and minority staff have done an incredible job to put this bill together, and we all owe them our sincere gratitude. Without their commitment and ability to work without sleep, we could not have put this bill together. I thank the majority and minority staff for really wonderful work.
“Our military has made it very clear that must provide predictable funding. Secretary Mattis told the subcommittee that ‘continuing resolutions -- coupled with sequestration -- blocked new programs, prevented service growth, stalled industries' initiatives and placed troops at greater risk.’
“We must listen to our military leaders and pass the FY18 Defense Appropriations bill out of committee today.”Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Kay Granger (R-Texas) today issued the following statement on the Trump administration’s decision to rescind the expanded definition of “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) under the Clean Water Act:
“Today’s decision from the Environmental Protection Agency to withdraw the WOTUS rule and restore some commonsense to our national regulatory system is good news for Texans,” Rep. Granger said. “The rule as expanded under the previous administration was a dramatic example of federal overreach and would have had devastating effects on our state.”Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Kay Granger, R-Texas, joined her colleagues from the Bipartisan Taskforce for Combatting Anti-Semitism today in sending a letter to the European Parliament congratulating it for adopting a working definition of antiSemitism.
“The frequency and scale of anti-Semitic incidents in both the United States and Europe over the past few years have been deeply alarming. From large-scale attacks, such as the 2012 assault on a Jewish school in Toulouse, to smaller but all too common incidents of harassment and vandalism, European Jewish communities often fear for their safety and deserve a strong message of support from their governments,” the letter from the co-chairs of the Bipartisan Taskforce for Combatting Anti-Semitism states.
The European Parliament’s resolution, which includes a working definition of anti-Semitism adopted from the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, encourages European Union member states to monitor and prevent anti-Semitic violence and prosecute perpetrators.
The signers of today’s letter encouraged individual European Union member states to adopt the definition as well. Of the states participating in the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, only Austria, Romania, and the United Kingdom have formally adopted the definition.
“Following the recent passage of the working definition of anti-Semitism, we strongly encourage all EUmember national parliaments to formally adopt the definition and commit to greater action against anti-Semitism. Anti-Semites must understand that there is no place for anti-Jewish bigotry, and European Jewish communities must be assured that their governments will do all they can to keep them safe,” the letter states.
A copy of the full letter is attached.
In addition to Rep. Granger, the letter was signed by Reps. Lowey (D-NY), C. Smith (R-NJ), Engel (D-NY), Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Veasey (D-TX), and Roskam (R-IL), Reps. Meng (D-NY), Rosen (D-NV), Cohen (D-TN), Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), Meeks (D-NY), Frankel (D-FL), Nadler (D-NY), Quigley (D-IL), Green (D-TX), Sires (D-NJ), Schiff (D-CA), Schneider (D-IL), Lieu (D-CA), Napolitano (D-CA), Sherman (D-CA), Norcross (D-NJ), Bilirakis (R-FL), Raskin (D-MD), P. King (R-NY), Gottheimer (D-NJ), Rice (D-NY), Lowenthal (D-CA), Boyle (D-PA), and Schakowsky (D-IL).
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Kay Granger (R-Texas), chairwoman of the House Defense Appropriations panel, today said President Trump's budget request for the Pentagon falls short of what's needed to ensure military readiness and said mandatory spending caps imposed by the Budget Control Act of 2011 must be removed.
"After extensive conversations with our military leaders, I am concerned that the FY18 defense budget request is not enough to address the shortfalls and damage caused by years of underfunding," Granger said in opening remarks at the subcommittee's hearing on the Department of Defense’s fiscal year 2018 budget request. "The budget caps have exacerbated the problem and must be repealed."
The president's budget proposal calls for spending $603 billion on national defense over the next decade. Granger has said that number is probably where the appropriations committee would end up given divisions over defense vs. non-defense spending. on Thursday, though, she made clear that she does not think the president's request is equal to the need.
“For many years, the military leadership has said they would get the mission done no matter the level of funding they received. This is no longer possible and it is our job to make sure our military has what it needs to face the many threats to our nation," Granger said. "While the president's proposal represents a down payment on our national security, we must do better."
Granger said it will take several years of increased funding to undo the cumulative effect of sequestration, budget uncertainty, and continuing resolutions have had on the military, and she urged her colleagues on the appropriations committee to take the challenge seriously.
“All federal dollars are not the same," she said. "During a time when we face threats from Russia, China, North Korea, ISIS, and other terrorist groups, we must prioritize our defense funding first."
“It is my hope that we can find a bipartisan common ground to give our military the robust support that our service chiefs and combatant commanders tell us they desperately need." Granger said. "But as chair of defense appropriations, I will base my budget decisions on our national security needs – not the other way around."
"Our adversaries are rapidly advancing their tactics and their capabilities. The defense appropriations bill must ensure our capabilities remain more advanced and more lethal than our adversaries. The last thing we want to give our enemies is a 'fair' fight."Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Kay Granger, R-Texas, chairwoman of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, delivered the following opening statement at this morning’s hearing on the Department of Defense’s fiscal year 2018 budget request:
“Since becoming chair of the Defense Subcommittee, I have said the defense bill would be based on the needs of the military and the best military advice from our leaders in uniform. Unfortunately, after extensive conversations with our military leaders, I am concerned that the FY18 defense budget request is not enough to address the shortfalls and damage caused by years of underfunding. The budget caps have exacerbated the problem and must be repealed.
“For many years, military leadership has said they would get the mission done no matter the level of funding they received. This is no longer possible and it is our job to make sure our military has what it needs to face the many threats to our nation.
“All federal dollars are not the same. During a time when we face threats from Russia, China, North Korea, ISIS, and other terrorist groups, we must prioritize our defense funding first. Our adversaries are rapidly advancing their tactics and their capabilities.
“The FY18 appropriations bill must ensure our capabilities remain more advanced and more lethal than our adversaries. The last thing we want to give our enemies is a “fair” fight.
“Gen. Dunford, in 2012, your predecessor Gen. Dempsey testified that we were living in the most dangerous era in his lifetime. That was true when he made the statement and the world is so much more dangerous today.
“Unfortunately, I am concerned that the FY18 budget request does not go far enough. Our senior military leaders tell us this is the minimum level needed to stop the deterioration of our military readiness. as you have said, Sec. Mattis, it will take years of increased funding to get us to where we need to be, and this budget request should be viewed as the first step for what is truly needed to rebuild our national defense.
“This FY18 budget process is especially complicated and we have a big job in front of us, and little time to complete it. The world is not standing still and the threats of today and tomorrow are not waiting on our budget cycle.
“It is my hope that we can find a bipartisan common ground to give our military the robust support that our service chiefs and combatant commanders tell us they desperately need. This is where our witnesses come in, to help us clarify what we need to do.”
For more information about Chairman Granger and her commitment as chair of the House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee, please visit: https://kaygranger.house.gov/.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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McCain is one of the toughest men I know. He’s never been one to shy away from a fight and I don’t expect him to do so this time.
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Proud to join my House colleagues today in passing three anti-human trafficking bills.
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