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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

September 6, 2013 E-Newsletter

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. 

September 6, 2013 Article

U.S. Rep. Kay Granger wants to keep budget cutting in Washington from cutting jobs in Fort Worth.

The veteran congresswoman echoed her commitment to local jobs Thursday in a visit to AVX Aircraft Co., a local aerospace startup. She called North Texas defense contractors “our lifeblood” for economic prosperity.

July 24, 2013 Press Release

I thank the Chairman for yielding.

I want to thank Ranking Member Lowey for her dedication to this Subcommittee and her leadership as Ranking Member of the Full Committee.  Mrs. Lowey and I have a strong working relationship and we are both invested in the important work of this Subcommittee.  It is a pleasure to work with her and I respect her very much. 

I want to thank all the members of the Committee – from both sides of the aisle – for their participation and thoughtful contributions to this bill.

July 19, 2013 Press Release

Good morning and welcome to the Subcommittee markup of the Fiscal Year 2014 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill.

I want to begin by thanking Ranking Member Lowey for her dedication to this Subcommittee and her leadership as Ranking Member of the Full Committee.  Mrs. Lowey and I have a strong working relationship and we are both invested in the important work in the Subcommittee.  It is a pleasure to work with her and I respect her very much.

July 11, 2013 Press Release

Representatives Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Kay Granger (R-TX) led a bipartisan coalition today voicing their opposition to a Defense Department contract to purchase helicopters for the Afghan National Security Forces from Russian state-owned arms dealer Rosoboronexport. The latest contract came just days after the House of Representatives voted 423-0 on a DeLauro-Granger amendment to end the Department of Defense’s relationship with Rosoboronexport.

July 4, 2013 Press Release

Congresswoman Kay Granger (TX-12) and Congresswoman Nita Lowey (NY-17) today released the following statement concerning the recent events in Egypt:

June 17, 2013 Article

Today thanks to the leadership of Representatives Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Kay Granger (R-TX) the House of Representatives unanimously voted to pass an amendment to the FY2014 National Defense Authorization that continues to restrict the Pentagon from entering into new contracts with Russia’s state arms broker Rosoboronexport. Notorious for its ongoing lethal support to the Assad regime in Syria, Rosoboronexport continues to provide the murderous Syrian regime with heavy weapons that can be used against civilian targets.

June 16, 2013 E-Newsletter

Dear Friend, 

From serving our country to manufacturing the defense products we need to keep our country safe, the 12th Congressional District plays an important role in America’s national security. This week was very important for many of the programs that impact our district, as the House worked on both the FY2014 National Defense Authorization Act and the defense appropriations bill.

June 13, 2013 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC—Representatives Rosa DeLauro and Kay Granger announced today they are offering an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2014 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) being debated by the House of Representatives. The amendment would strengthen the current prohibition on U.S. defense contracts with the Russian arms dealer Rosoboronexport, which also supplies arms to the Syrian regime.

June 4, 2013 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Kay Granger, Chairwoman of the House State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee, issued the following statement after the conviction and sentencing of 43 non-governmental organization workers in an Egyptian court: