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
I have received a number of emails and letters concerned that the Republican conference has committed to a bill that grants amnesty to persons who entered the country illegally. This is not true.
Speaker John Boehner introduced a list of guidelines he supported if we were to write an immigration reform bill. He has since pulled that document from consideration.
The Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related programs will come to order.
Today we will hear from the panel before us about a topic that is a high priority for this subcommittee – democracy promotion.
I would like to welcome our witnesses: acting Assistant Secretary Zeya, Deputy Assistant Administrator Mendelson, and Director Mendes. Thank you all for being with us today.
Over the weekend it was announced that the United States, along with six other world powers, and Iran reached an agreement on a plan forward toward loosening economic sanctions placed on Iran in return for a temporary freeze in their nuclear program.
This is an international issue that I believe warrants your attention. It’s also an issue I continue to have very serious reservations about both with the underlying negotiated plan with Iran and the failure so far during these discussions to come to an agreement to completely dismantle Iran’s nuclear program.
Congresswoman Kay Granger (TX-12) issued the following statement on the Implementation of the First Step Agreement on the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Nuclear Program.
"I continue to have very serious reservations about both the implementation and the underlying plans and their failure to completely dismantle Iran's nuclear program and capabilities.
Last night, the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC) recognized Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. and Representatives Kay Granger (R-TX) and Nita M. Lowey (D-NY) for their long-standing commitment to America’s global leadership through strong U.S. development and diplomacy programs. Close to 1,000 people representing a who’s who of the U.S. foreign policy community were on hand to honor the three leaders for supporting a robust U.S. International Affairs Budget.
Congresswoman Kay Granger today released the following statement after the White House announced a decision to suspend some aid to Egypt:
Cmdr. Warren Cupps wears his Fort Worth cowboy boots and a Stetson hat on the bridge of “the best ship on the water.”
“There’s no doubt in my mind that the USS Fort Worth will be successful, because the sailors manning LCS ships are the best the Navy has got,” Cupps said.
Each passing month, the United States falls dangerously behind in preparation to meet increasing global threats, warns U.S. Rep. Kay Granger from Texas.
With an ever more dangerous and less certain world, maintaining air superiority is the key to success in any future conflict, writes the Republican chair of the Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations in an op-ed piece for the Aerospace/Defense Special Edition of the Washington Times.
As recent events around the world underscore, the world is getting more dangerous, and less certain, with every passing month. If we don’t prepare as a nation for the increasing threats we will most certainly face in the not so distant future, our nation and our allies will likely pay a steep price. The United States must remain the strongest nation, and have the best equipped and trained military, to ensure peace and prosperity for our children and grandchildren. The stakes are that high.
I have been consulted by Secretary Kerry and other top Administration officials since the beginning of the debate on Syria. From everything I have learned, intervening in Syria’s civil war is not in the best interest of the United States. Our homeland is not under attack.
The Administration has not made the case to Congress or the American people that a military strike would be in our national security interest or the national security interest of our allies in the Middle East. There remain very serious questions about what the mission is and the possible consequences.