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National Security

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

April 2, 2014 Press Release

The Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs will come to order.  

Ambassador Power, thank you for being here today to testify on the fiscal year 2015 budget request for the United Nations and other international organizations.  

The direct appropriation requested goes up significantly - by more than 25%.  We need to hear why this is justified, especially in light of the fiscal challenges we face here at home.  

April 1, 2014 Press Release

Congresswoman Kay Granger (TX-12), Chairwoman of the State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee, issued the following statement regarding the renewed bid by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to petition the United Nations for limited statehood status.

March 25, 2014 E-Newsletter

Dear Friend,

Last week, I was honored to attend the ceremony at Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base for the arrival of the upgraded KC-130J aircraft that Marine Corps Reserve Squadron 234, known as The Rangers, will begin flying.

Squadron 234 supports various training and global operations that deliver air-to-air refueling, assault support and close air support to organizations across the Department of Defense. For example in 2013 the 234th:

March 19, 2014 Press Release

A bipartisan group of leading members of Congress today strongly urged Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel to cut off taxpayer dollars to the Russian state-arms dealer, Rosoboronexport. The representatives on the letter, led by Congresswomen Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Kay Granger (R-TX) have worked to end future contracts with the company, but the Defense Department continues to implement an existing contract to purchase helicopters from the firm.

March 17, 2014 E-Newsletter

Dear Friend,

While wildlife trafficking is largely dealt with off the shores of the United States, it has a critically important connection to our own national security.

The illegal trade of endangered wildlife products is worth in the range of $7 billion to $10 billion annually; the legal trade is valued at $300 billion.

March 17, 2014 Opinion

By Rep. Kay Granger |

The defense industry is facing unprecedented challenges, with the help of a new group of women leaders.

March 12, 2014 Press Release

The Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs will come to order.

Mr. Secretary, I want to welcome you back to the subcommittee. We look forward to your testimony.   

During our time with you today, there are many new issues that Members will want to address.  

In Ukraine, the situation continues with no resolution in sight in spite of your personal engagement to try to bring this crisis to an end.  

March 6, 2014 E-Newsletter

Dear Friend,

I wanted to share with you an editorial by the Washington Post that ran earlier this week about President Obama’s foreign policy approach. I believe this well written editorial highlights the views that many of us share regarding the approach the current Administration has taken to the recent foreign policy challenges facing the United States.

At this critical time, America needs to exhibit bold leadership and I believe this editorial reinforces the need for this approach to world events. 

Kay Granger
Member of Congress

March 6, 2014 Press Release

Congresswoman Kay Granger (TX-12), Chairwoman of the State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee, issued the following statement strongly supporting H.R. 4152, legislation to provide loan guarantees to the country of Ukraine.

March 5, 2014 Opinion

By Editorial Board, Published: March 2