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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

May 10, 2013 E-Newsletter

Dear Friend,

Many of you have reached out to me about the Benghazi terrorist attack on September 11, 2012, that resulted in the murder of four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens. 

I share your deep concern over this issue. Eight months after the attack, we still don’t have the full story. In order to improve embassy security, increase the safety of our Foreign Service officers, and ensure the continued security of the American people, it is critical that we have all the answers.

April 16, 2013 Article

The Marine Corps is replacing its aging C-130s at Naval Air Station Fort Worth with the next generation of the aircraft, U.S. Rep. Kay Granger, R-Fort Worth, announced Tuesday.

Granger said in a news release that Lt. Gen. Robert Schmidle, deputy commandant for aviation for the Marines, has told her that the C-130s flown by Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 234 will be upgraded.

April 12, 2013 E-Newsletter

Dear Friend,

I have heard from many of you with questions about the situation in North Korea.

February 13, 2013 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Representative Kay Granger issued the following statement after President Obama delivered the State of the Union speech.

“Tonight, the President correctly said that across-the-board defense cuts would harm our military readiness and jeopardize our national security, but he did not offer a specific solution to stop these devastating cuts. Today’s nuclear test in North Korea is a reminder of the risks our country continues to face. We must maintain a military capable of responding to serious threats around the world.

January 22, 2013 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Kay Granger, the Chairwoman of the State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee in the House of Representatives, announced that she will attend the World Economic Forum this week in Davos, Switzerland.  This annual meeting brings together leaders in politics, business, academia, the arts and the non-profit sector from around the world for an intensive discussion of economics and geopolitics. 

December 20, 2012 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Kay Granger released the following statement after the passage of the FY2013 National Defense Authorization Act which, because of work by the Texas Congressional Delegation, kept the Texas National Guard’s C-130s in Fort Worth:  

November 16, 2012 Press Release

Washington D.C - Congresswoman Kay Granger, Chairwoman of the State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee released the following statement in support of Israel: 

September 28, 2012 Press Release
September 27, 2012 E-Newsletter

Dear Friend, 

At the U.S.S. Fort Worth commissioning ceremony last weekend, we were fortunate enough to have my good friend Gordon England deliver the keynote address.  Mr. England has served as both the Deputy Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of the U.S. Navy.  He was instrumental in making the U.S.S. Fort Worth part of our city’s legacy, and we were all moved by his words. I wanted to share his speech with all of you.