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
On Tuesday, Speaker John Boehner announced the formation of a Member-level working group to address the national security and humanitarian crisis occurring at the southern border. The Speaker has asked Congresswoman Kay Granger (TX-12) to lead this effort. Granger issued the following statement regarding the announcement of the working group.
Today, Congresswoman Kay Granger (TX-12), Chairwoman of the House State and Foreign Operations Appropriations subcommittee, offered an amendment during the full committee markup of the FY 2015 State and Foreign Operations bill to provide a significant boost in the resources available to the United States to help stop the flow of unaccompanied alien children (UAC) crossing the southern border of the U.S., which has turned into a humanitarian and national security crisis.
I thank the Chairman for yielding and for his leadership on so many issues in the State and Foreign Operations bill. I also want to thank Mrs. Lowey for her dedication to the subcommittee. We work closely together to try to find solutions our Members can support.
We have many amendments to consider today, so I will just give a few brief highlights of this year’s bill.
I would like to welcome all of the Subcommittee Members to the markup of the fiscal year 2015 bill and report for the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs.
I want to start by thanking Mrs. Lowey for her dedication to this Subcommittee. It is a pleasure to have her as my partner and friend. We have been able to accomplish many great things working together.
On Tuesday, the House Committee on Appropriations voted to approve the FY 15 Defense Appropriations bill, clearing the way for the full House of Representatives to vote on the defense measure next week. As Vice Chairwoman of the Defense Appropriations subcommittee, I voted in favor of this appropriations bill, which includes support for vital defense and aerospace programs built in Tarrant County.
WASHINGTON, DC – On Tuesday, the House Committee on Appropriations voted to approve the FY 15 Defense Appropriations Bill, clearing the way for the full House of Representatives to vote on the defense measure in the coming weeks. Congresswoman Kay Granger (TX-12), Vice Chairwoman of the Defense Appropriations subcommittee, voted in favor of the appropriations bill, which includes support for vital defense and aerospace programs built in Tarrant County.
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Kay Granger (TX-12), Chairman of the House State and Foreign Operations Appropriations subcommittee, released the following statement regarding the announcement that President Mahmoud Abbas swore in a new Palestinian government on Monday.
In the coming days, Egypt will elect a new president. This will be a historic moment for the people of Egypt and an important step in the journey that they began more than three years ago, when millions took to the streets to demand change.
The U.S. administration’s response to the events in Egypt that began on June 30, 2013, sent mixed signals to the Egyptian people and to our allies in the region. It is my hope that a free and fair election in Egypt will provide the U.S. government with an opportunity to fully re-engage this critically important strategic partner.
I wanted to share with you an op-ed that I co-wrote with seven of my colleagues including Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Budget Chairman Paul Ryan. Two weeks ago, we traveled to Asia to visit with world leaders, tour U.S. military installations and meet with our diplomatic teams in Japan, South Korea and China.
The Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs will come to order.
Today’s hearing is on U.S. assistance to combat transnational crime. I would like to welcome our two witnesses from the Department of State:
• Ambassador Brownfield, Assistant Secretary of the Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs
• Ambassador CdeBaca, U.S. Ambassador-at-Large to Combat Trafficking in Persons