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
Public tours are scheduled this week aboard the USS Fort Worth, which arrived in Galveston Monday in preparation for its commissioning on Saturday.
The ship is the second in the U.S. Navy's Freedom-variant of littoral combat ships designed to fight in close-to-shore operations, Navy officials said.
This week the United States suffered a great loss. On September 11, 2012, four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, were tragically killed during a violent protest in Benghazi, Libya. I strongly condemned the attacks that occurred on our diplomatic facilities in Libya and Egypt. My deepest sympathies go out to the families of those who lost their lives or were injured.
WASHINGTON, DC - Congresswoman Kay Granger (TX-12), Chairwoman of the State and Foreign Appropriations Subcommittee, released the following statement regarding the attacks in Libya and Egypt:
“I strongly condemn the attacks that occurred yesterday on American diplomatic facilities in Libya and Egypt. My deepest sympathies go out to the families of those who were lost and injured.
By Kerry Young
Texas lawmakers are doing all they can to block the Air Force from moving eight versatile C-130 cargo planes, which often have helped in disaster relief, from a local base to one in the northern Great Plains.
“The Gulf Coast is known for its whip-whirling tropical storms, devastating hurricanes, wildfires and floods,” Ted Poe , a Republican from the southeast Texas coast, argued in March on the House floor. “When is the last time you heard of a hurricane in Montana?”
Washington, DC – Congresswoman Kay Granger (TX-12) offered an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) which requires the Obama Administration to sell at least 66 new F-16 C/D multirole fighter aircraft to Taiwan. The amendment is companion legislation to Granger’s House Bill, H.R. 2992, and Senators Cornyn and Menendez’ Taiwan Airpower Modernization Act of 2011. The amendment was adopted late Thursday evening by voice-vote.
You probably remember the Super Committee from last year and how it failed to find $1.2 trillion in spending cuts. Since the Super Committee could not come to an agreement, we now face a “sequester” that will enact across-the-board cuts - including a $500 billion cut to our defense budget. The sequestration option was intended to be so serious that it would force the Super Committee to get the job done. The worst possible situation happened and now the consequences of sequestration are set to take effect this coming January.
Last week, the House of Representatives came together and passed a bipartisan agenda to help protect the private and public sector from domestic and international cyber attacks.
I send out my weekly e-newsletter to give you honest, accurate information about what is going on in Washington that you may not know about. On March 30th I sent out my e-newsletter on an Executive Order issued by the President. I received an overwhelming response. I wanted to take a moment to clarify some confusion caused by my e-newsletter.
This week I proudly stood with Governor Rick Perry and the brave men and women of 136th Airlift Wing of the Texas Air National Guard. We came together to deliver a message to the Air Force, to Texans, and to the millions of Americans who depend on the C-130 aircraft to respond to natural disaster emergencies: Our C-130s will not be moved out of Texas without a fight.