The issues of National Security are important to our district and to my work in Congress.
From the brave men and women who serve overseas and at the Naval Air Station – Joint Reserve Base in Fort Worth, to the hard-working Texans that design and manufacture the world’s most innovative weaponry, the 12th Congressional district plays an integral role in America’s national security.
Since arriving in Congress, I have worked tirelessly to strengthen our nation’s military. As a member of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, I am proud to have an important seat at the table as Congress addresses our defense funding. I will fight to strengthen our district’s contribution to the security of this country and be a vocal supporter of important weapons programs, including the F-22, H-1, V-22, and Joint Strike Fighter. These programs are integral to our national security and play a vital role in our military’s offensive and defensive strategies.
Our service members and their families also play a critical role in America’s national security strategy. I believe it is extremely important that we increase the quality of life for our men and women in uniform, their families and our nation’s veterans. I am committed to fighting for our military families and supporting legislation that promotes the welfare of our service women and men.
As the former Chairwoman of the State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee, I am also proud to play a role in deploying our nation’s soft power as part of our overall national security strategy. The Subcommittee’s work includes efforts to support our ally Israel and stop the spread of global terrorism.
In 2012, I 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 the Texas National Guard C-130 squadron to Montana. After months of hard work, I am proud that we were able keep the C-130s where they are needed and where they belong: Fort Worth.
Global War on Terror
While more than a decade has passed, the horrifying images of September 11, 2001, have not faded. We have been reminded by the shooting at Fort Hood and the bombings at the Boston Marathon that the threat of terrorism to our homeland has not faded. We cannot afford to take these threats lightly or doubt the ever-increasing globalization of terrorism. I am determined to defeat terrorism through a sound defensive position and unquestionable military might.
More on National Security
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.
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.
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Kay Granger (R-TX) today released the following statement on the White House budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2018:
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.
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.
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Kay Granger (TX-12), Chairwoman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, released the following statement after the United States conducted a targeted military strike in Syria.
The House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee oversees more than 50 percent of discretionary funding. As Chairwoman of this Subcommittee, I am committed to rebuilding our military to keep the United States and our allies safe.
This week I chaired the first two hearings of the Defense Subcommittee in the 115th Congress. With the challenges to our military readiness and the complex and diverse threats facing our country, I appreciate the generals who came to the Capitol this week to testify in front of the Subcommittee about their commands.
Mr. Chairman, I rise in strong support of H.R. 1301, the FY17 Department of Defense Appropriations Act.
The world is more dangerous and unstable than any time is recent history. The U.S. and our allies face constant threats from countries including Iran, Russia, China, and North Korea. ISIS and other global terrorists threaten our very way of life.
Our number one responsibility as Members of Congress is to provide for the defense of this nation.
The United States funds 22 percent of the United Nations regular budget and is the largest contributor of any member state. The United States must ensure that the United Nations does not become a venue to target our allies and undermine our national security.